They say that scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, and for anyone who has ever switched laundry detergents and suddenly found their closet smelling unmistakably like a particular ex-girlfriend, it’s hard to argue. The things we remember consciously, by calling them up from our memories, are rarely matched by the extreme visceral evocation caused by scent. Case in point: Alfred Lane's clever solid colognes, in three self-assured scents, may be so damn evocative that you'll start remembering things that never even happened. Like that time you were a celebrated revolutionary (woodsy, sweet Vanguard), that time you were the most charismatic speaker the Academy had ever seen (warm, spicy Brio), or that time you were the most interesting man in the world (leathery, smokeyBravado). And since the colognes are made by hand in Chicago from only natural, wholesome ingredients, you’re sure to be in the mood to remember only the good things, not the bad. Which is more than we can say for that ex-girlfriend situation. Get it here.
A new year: whether rolling over into 2014 causes feelings of hope, uncertainty, trepidation, or even some amalgam of the three, chances are that New Years is a holiday that holds some weight with you. In honor of all the resolutions we’ve been hearing floating around, we’re doing something a little different today. Below you’ll find six tools to help you bring about the kind of change you wish to see in this time of new beginnings. Whatever your goal, we hope you reach it and then some. Happy 2k14, friends.
1. GET ORGANIZED: Reclaimed Oak Desk Tray, Kaufmann Mercantile.
2. HIT THE GYM: Club Monaco x Reigning Champ Vintage Crest Reissue Crew, Club Monaco
3. TRY SOMETHING NEW: Breckinridge Bourbon
4. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: Baxter of California Sunscreen, Men’s Essentials
5. TAKE YOUR TIME: Giesen & Forsoth Maple Handle Straight Razor, Prospector Co.
6. WRITE IT DOWN: Journal Standard Notebook, Hickoree’s
7. DO GOOD: Enamel Sign, Best Made Co.
We all know that beer is good for your mind and soul (right?), but we’d never before considered the possibility that it’s also good for your face. Luckily, there are people in the world more naturally curious than we. For instance, Mary Kearns, the mind behind Herban Lifestyle (we do love us some puns). Using a clever mix of guy-friendly ingredients (read: beer), she’s developed a line of soaps, pomades, and moisturizers aptly entitled MAN that promise to improve the face you show to the world without making you feel like a self-pampering sellout. We’re not saying beer is a magical cure-all handed down to us from the gods…but until we find evidence to the contrary, we’ll be in the back room, drinking. Get it here.