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My Life Is In The Bag: Knomo London


Admittedly I've done some questionable things in and about my way through this inspiring yet increasingly annoying city.  I've risked running extremely late by turning back from the subway to retrieve a vital organ; my cellphone.  There's been numerous times that my trip to Wholefoods to buy one pint of blueberries turned into me being laden with three bags of groceries on a packed subway ride home.  Then I cannot forget that time I spent almost a minute wondering why my Metrocard wouldn't swipe only to find out, after giving icy stares to the token booth clerk, that I'd been trying to swipe my ATM card.  

In all these instances, if I'd been a tad more organized I could've avoided myself some frustrating occurrences.  What if had a sweet spot to rest my cellphone instead of relying on my jean pocket?  What if I had a little convenient slot to neatly slip a couple of collapsible canvas shopping totes?  What if I had a dedicated slip for my Metrocard so that I wouldn't have to dig into the kerfuffle that is my wallet?  How about Knomo London?
Knomo London is a modern accessories line whose bags, sleeves, agendas, packs, etc have all the nooks and crannies to keep the essentials you tote around together especially when you (or life) falls apart.  The key phrase with Knomo is modern convenience.  A typical day nowadays can start with a simple agenda then spiral out of control ending up with bullet points, revisions and other insertions.  That's where Knomo's handling of slots, pockets and sleeves comes in splendidly to make you stay organized throughout your day's journey.  The icing on the cake is that the brand leaves you no less stylishly-equipped for the irregularities of your day with colors, styles and versatile styles that speak to starting out professionally at work, but ending up with cocktails at karaoke.  

Knomo works with various fabrications like clean nylons, supple leathers and forward textiles for the cosmopolitan individual on-the-go who requires the most from their bags.  Two-fold clothing is becoming what men who have diverse schedules are gravitating towards and their accessories following suit makes perfect sense.  Knomo bags have uniformity in the sizing of their various pocket dimensions to ensure gadget interchangeability with ease in switching from, for example, their Holborn soft briefcase to their Beaufort backpack.   The color options and pairings from Knomo range from appropriately fresh & bold to neutrally lifestyle-friendly.  Then they take it a step further with the infusion of technology into their collections.  For example, their Dalston Collection features slots that can accommodate the Knomo ecosystem of portable batteries, charging cables and a travel adaptor.  More recently the brand has introduced their DropGo system for charging your smartphones wirelessly and KnomoID which allows you to register your bag in case it should get lost.  On the style side for Fall, Knomo has collaborated with the archive collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for a limited-edition collection utilizing vintage prints from the 1920's that evoke the feeling of a modern camouflage. 

Some could look at it as overkill, but if you enter your day or commute more organized then you can go through the day rest assured that the last things you'll have to worry about are your daily 'vitals' becoming unreliable.  Knomo is on a great track to get you equipped to tackle the hustle and bustle season after season.  Worry-free is always a great way to start your trip.  Now pack your Metrocard, neatly tuck the latest GQ, remember your passport and get going!




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A Better Brunch With Mary: Ubons Bloody Mary Mixes


Brunch anyone?  It is Sunday morning after all.  No matter what you choose to munch on for this melange of breakfast and lunch, a bellini or a mimosa could work well as an accompaniment.  However, if you want the quintessential classic brunch libation then it's got to be a Bloody Mary.  Briny and savory, a brunch Bloody Mary can be the perfect hello for an early afternoon Sunday nosh or the quintessential cure to get over the previous night's imbibing.

Making one can be a bit laborious though.  This is exactly why I'm glad I discovered Ubons and their amazing Bloody Mary mixes.  These mixes are part of a fifth generation family recipe that started with a sauce perfected by Ubon Roark, the patriarch of the Roark family.  The versatility of that sauce,  that inspired family and friends, has now turned into savory Bloody Mary mixes.  
The first sauce is Ubons Pittmaker's Hot & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix which is chock full of the classic Bloody Mary seasonings plus the added spiciness of chiles and of course the patented kick of Papa Ubon's piquant recipe.  It gives a heated kick to a Bloody Mary or Maria while Ubons BBQ Bloody Mary Mix tailors the Ubons recipe to make a satisfyingly smoky drink with a touch of sweet and tangy.  Both mixes are excellent timesavers that can make an incredibly satisfying Bloody Mary or Maria.  What could be more timesaving than taking 4 parts Ubons and 1 part vodka or tequila to make a flavorful brunch staple?  It's that simple and that tasty.  Now you can spend the extra time perfecting that poached egg dish for brunch.  


www.UbonsBBQ.com

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When Snacking Goes Right: Pistachio-based Snacks


My favorite nut just got even better.  I have this compulsion, as recurring as it is, that makes it so that I can never eat just one pistachio.  I am convinced that there's a hidden natural additive in pistachios that makes them addictive.  Many are the times that I've just sat somewhere and blindly cracked open salty delicious shell after shell after shell practically inhaling them.  There's something to that distinct earthy flavor that makes a pistachio a perfect pairing with sweet or salty.  How delightful was I to discover these two following brands at a recent 'Snack Attack' Showcase here in New York City.

Giants Sweet and Salty Pistachios are a highly delicious and addictive snack.  This company knows a thing or two about snacks since they've been around since 1958 when founder Bob Schuler started the company with sunflower seeds.  Take the nuttiness of the pistachio and then add the experience of sweet & salty like that of having kettle-cooked popcorn and you'll understand the flavor profile better.  This is a great snack to have along with beer, cocktails or on an eclectic fruit/nut/cheese platter.

www.GiantsSnacks.com



Next up, Setton Farms Dark Chocolate Pistachios bring two depths full circle.  That full-bodied flavor  of a sweet and rich dark chocolate marries with the earthy and robust pop of a pistachio for a nice outcome.  These pistachios are premium California grown and are also made in small batches to ensure a better, more flavorful and complete product.  These go great with an after dinner digestif or tossed in with seeds, dried fruits and other nuts for a more livelier trail mix.  

www.SettonFarms.com

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Not All Tees Think Alike: The Elite Series Fitted Tee From Bensly


What's in a tee?  Not much really.  Most tees are five parts; a front, a back, two sleeves and a collar.  However, as the various bodies of men can attest to, it's not what a tee is, it's what you do to a tee that makes the difference.  Like, there have always been designers trying to perfect the basic five pocket jean, but like the tee, I've found that timing, and of course technique, makes all the difference in reaching the ever-evolving menswear consumer.  

This is why this tee stood out to me.  Admittedly I was a tad skeptical at first as to whether or not this tee would strike a good nerve, but after it was sent to me and I put it on, I understood.  See that was also part of the process...putting it on!  Many men take a garment at face value and are quite reluctant to experience it on their bodies.  However, consider that you don't buy clothing to only look at it; you buy it to wear it, live your life in it and experience it.  So just how do many modern men live their lives?  They are a lot more body conscious and socially aware but, like always, most men still don't want the fuss.

So here enters the Elite Series Fitted Tee from Bensly.  The American clothing company not only takes fit seriously, but also adheres to a growing welcomed concern of many modern menswear labels in that they are socially aware of the havoc the garment industry wreaks on the planet. Key things like low-waste, sustainability, less water wasted in production, ethically-sourced materials, nationally grown raw materials and nationally made products all factor into the Bensly aesthetic.  

However, at the end of the day since you've been cued to the redemption in the production, you're probably wondering how the satisfaction in fit makes this a several-fold experience.  Well, like I mentioned before, I put it on....and I loved it!  The Elite Series Fitted Tee line is made of 90% tencel and 10% spandex.  Tencel, for those unaware is a sustainable fiber made from wood.  The Elite Series is made from Australian eucalyptus wood and boasts a hand soften than silk, more absorbent than cotton and cooler than linen.  Don't be skeptical!  I am year-round 'sweater' and when I first wore this shirt out on an 85 degree day it almost felt as if the shirt was keeping me cooler.  This was a welcomed relief that become an impish delight when I discovered the hidden little subtle design features that made this shirt unique.  There are darts on the sleeves for a nice wing-less bicep-fit, stitching at the crew collar band to ensure a contoured fit to the clavicle area and two back darts that tone down the billowing that happens with a lot of mens tees especially for men with developed V-torsos. 


Bensly seems to have the right idea going with their brand's approach as their tees have the modern dress up/dress down appeal that make them a plausible option for a cosmopolitan man's overlapping 24-hour gym/work/dinner/bar/casual hustle-n-flow.  For more Bensly products, the subtle and bold nuances that set them apart and more on their mission visit their website at Bensly.com and get the deets on their kickstarter campaign at https://bensly.com/kickstarter/ .  This tee could be a welcomed, well-made & well-fit relief to remove the added conundrum of what should I wear out of your already strained agenda.  

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A Modern Gentleman Is A Brave Gentleman: Brave Gentleman S/S 2018 Collection Review


You may have been astute enough to notice it but aloof enough to make it seem as though you didn't care.  With whatever way you choose to see it, you can't ignore the appeal to get men to look in-between the seams of their clothing in this global climate.  By that I mean that menswear designers have been trying to increase their intrinsic and sticker-price values by getting you to appreciate the story behind sourcing, construction and distribution.  The idea is that if you can appreciate how an aspect of your life (your wardrobe) gives back, highlights a better future and is connected to a more enlightened humanity then maybe you would feel more connected to a brand.  That is if you are attuned enough.

Joshua Katcher is attuned.  His brand Brave Gentlemen offers quality eco-friendly tailored menswear a welcomed step in the right direction away from the commonly held stereotypes of tree-hugging, Teva-wearing, harem pant donning hippies.  His endeavors actually extend beyond eco-friendly as Katcher aims to see his beleaguered industry delve deeper into higher aspirations away from animal cruelty, worker exploitation and non-sustainability.  


Take the Spring/Summer 2018 Collection from Brave Gentleman on for better depth.  Katcher took his unwavering stance of non-exploitation of any organism and poured it into botanical and snake print sportswear made with organic cotton with a waterless system, blazers & vests in Italian future 'suede' and sublime vegan leather totes and briefcases.  Brave Gentleman seeks to do with menswear what many parents aim to do at the dinner table with veggies and kids.  The label seeks to introduce the humanity of conscious menswear by including everything synonymous with beautiful menswear.  The collection is ripe with rich browns, stark whites, coastal blues and other seasonal colors and a trim streamlined modernity.  This modernity is achieved with more consciousness like using attractive slim low-waste belts with turned edges and deadstock buckles, corozo suit & shirting buttons and quality cotton batiste shirtings and pocketing.  

Joshua Katcher is part of a growing number of awakened designers.  The impressive thing with this new crop seems to be their appeal to see tags like 'Made in Italy' or 'Made in the USA' simply share a place behind your neck with a new label of 'Made Responsibly'.  

Photos by Eric Mirbach

www.BraveGentleman.com

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