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Men’s Fashion Review – One Star Billfold in Redrock

There’s a lot of cool, DIY/indie/whatsayyou-ism going on fashion-wise at the worldwide handmade shop site, Etsy. One Star Leather Goods is one such craft store on there, specializing in leather wallets, notebooks, belts, etc. Let’s see how their One Star Billfold in Redrock wallet fares in a close review.

This is an excellent wallet. As promised, it is clearly handmade and hand-stitched. Like most fine leather products, this wallet will only look better with age. I can easily see the dark reddish brown giving way to streaks and stretches of cherry red while the stitching will remain strong and intact.


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Men’s Fashion Review: Goodoo shoes

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I’m always on the hunt for new, exciting shoes. Though I have a taste for dressier ones, my interest generally falls towards streetwear footwear. Recently, the good people at Goodoo sent me several pairs from their collection to review. Let’s see how their “yum” shoes fair first.

I really like the color of these shoes, a blend of white and tan. The outsoles of the shoes could use some better color attention though as they are of boring black rubber. Overall the stitching/ construction is solid and the laces strong. The leather is very well-treated though I wonder if it will fade over time.

As for function, the foam insoles are supportive yet comfy. After walking in them for a few miles, I didn’t experience any aching or irritation. The backs are sturdy and therefore don’t invite the bad habit of slipping in of feet.

All that being said, I have gripes with some design choices. For one, the Goodoo plate with raised letters strikes me as a little tacky. Even more questionable are the chains dangling on the outfacing sides as seen here. Fortunately, they are easily removed.

These are solid albeit somewhat curious shoes.

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Men’s Fashion Review: AXE Body Gel

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An important part of being fashionable is staying clean – not just keeping your clothes clean, but your body as well. Soap cuts it for most shower ablation, but sometimes a body wash is best to cover all your bases. AXE got into the bodywash business a while ago and has some new product lines. Let’s see how their Thai Massage body gel fairs.

Just like with most AXE products, the bottle’s design has a faux-futurism about it and the copy on the label assures one that women will find the gel’s user irresistible. Eh, the tongue in cheek verbiage never sold me. Thankfully though, the plastic spout for the container doesn’t let half of the goo out each time you squeeze. A definite perk.

The gel itself is very gooey and GREEN GREEN GREEN. It took me a while to get over its resemblance to slime. Suspended in the gel are some yellow salts that I suppose are intended to exfoliate. These salts aren’t granular like the sand in my face scrub – they’re big enough to be called beads really – so I wonder how much effect they have on anything dead skin related. The gel does wash off nice and leaves my skin looking clean and a little smoother. I also can’t detect a residual scent after finishing in the shower, which contradicts what the packaging suggests.

Overall, I think it’s a product fine for cleaning your armpits and whatnot, but Thai Massage never amounts to a beautifier, let alone an aphrodisiac.

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Men’s Fashion Review: Birkenstock Sandals

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Summer’s almost over, so best not to invest in sandals just right now. But for next year, consider purchasing a pair of Birkenstocks. Let’s see how this pair care of the Family Footwear Center fared in the final weeks of the sunny season.

These Birkenstock Milano sandals, Cocoa Nubuck color, are pretty awesome. For one, I love the color and expect it will fade gracefully. Two straps is just number needed and it’s definitely an added bonus that they are made of soft leather. In fact, the plentiful use of leather is very much welcomed – when was the last time your sandals stretched and breathed? The branding’s also kept to the footbed, which is a tasteful move.

Speaking of the footbed, my only gripe with these Birkenstocks is that the mold of the bed, its hills and valleys, hasn’t exactly jived with the structure of my feet so far. I hear the sandals “adapt” to the unique shape your feet, but not fast enough since sometimes wearing them can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, the sole is very well constructed and conforms pretty well to the terrain and so isn’t too sturdy. I purposefully stomped on some gravel and didn’t

Overall, a very nice pair of sandals. And aside from carrying bomb sandals such as these, Family Footwear Center sells Carolina boots, Chippewa Boots, and work boots.

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Men’s Fashion Review: 191 Unlimited Shirt

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Autumn’s coming, so you better start packing those tees and unearthing those darkly shaded, long sleeved shirts. 191 Unlimited recently hooked me up with a piece painted as appropriate for Fall living. Let’s see how the provocatively named “Paparazzi” collared fairs.

First thing I noticed outside of the box were how not-so-subtle the golden pin stripes turned out to be. Fortunately, they bothered me for all of a few minutes once I noticed how the linear mini-points of gold are matched by a few cool bands of dark yellow velvet in the interior. The grey contrasts inside the cuffs and the placket are also nicely tucked in details. I applaud all the complementing, small voiced color usage.

This piece comes with epilates, a shirt addition that I have come to despise universally and simply on principle. If I wanted to roll up my sleeves and look like a toolish bartender, I would do so and wouldn’t need extra pieces of fabrics to “secure” my clumpy mistreatments. I just don’t get how I do like the buttons for the epilates, cuffs, etc., which are squares with rounded corners. The collar could use a mini-stay pocket because they turn curvy quickly.

My biggest beef with this shirt is not with some “essential” quality of the shirt, but rather a disappointment that is very easily avoidable: rampant loose threads. I kid you not: I found danglers in button holes, on the placket, in the stitching on the pocket, etc. etc. What’s worse is that I’ve run into this very same problem with OTHER 191 shirts. Sheesh.

If they could only get their act together, maybe then they would get some more attention for their otherwise fun pieces.

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Men’s Fashion Review: Boqari undergarments

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Choice of undergarments is certainly a fashion statement – especially when it might matter most for “impressing”. Boqari prides itself on selling, well, pretty outrageous pieces for the areas both above and below the belt. Let’s see how their mesh underwear and tanks fared.

boqari tank

I kinda love this tank, the “BQ Flow Tank”. It actually works great for the gym, what with the nylon blend and alternating mesh helping to regulate all the sweating and subsequently one’s body temperature. Additionally, its tight but slimming form could easily disguise some of those “work in progress” areas for those of us looking to get in shape.

boqari tank

The stitching’s pretty good too, though I don’t really like those little clumps on the inside as you can see (not that they really rubs up against my chest or anything). And I’m normally really opposed to having prominent branding/ logos on a piece, but here the ‘Boqari’ blends in nicely. All that said, I couldn’t see myself wearing this tank out – unless I was back in WeHo.
boqari underwear
As for the “Jamaica Mesh” undies… wow. These certainly show off some skin and some, uh, packing. One might say even that you can see too much through the nylon – risque! Strangely enough, these hotties are marketed as unisex. I guess that asks for some playful exchange between hetero-partners? These are fun but inappropriate for most locker rooms.

Everyone adventurous should have one of both and no more.

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Men’s Fashion Review: Jack Georges Slim Flapover

I needed a new soft briefcase a week ago and I needed it stat. Luggage and the like takes some deliberation over what size, color, and material (though I don’t know how anyone could settle for anything less than leather), so I did my due diligence albeit in quickly. Since I was primarily interested in something compact (I already have a vintage American Tourist suitcase for heavy loads) I eventually decided on a piece from Jack Georges, a well-known bag manufacturer. I’m very impressed by the item for the following reasons.

The piece is clearly constructed by precise hands, with the leather being in excellent shape. The stitching is without divergence and the flap goes up and down just as one would want it to. The handle is sturdy at the grip but also easily adjusted at the ends. The buckle for the flap clicks open without a hitch while also serving as a sturdy lock. The pocket making up the back could fit a number of papers pretty cozily.

There are a few compartments inside ranging in size; I keep a small digital camera the biggest one, pens and the like in another and a phone charger in one too. The bag conforms nicely when several items, e.g. a notebook and folders in my case, are inside the pouch. There is also a long zipper pocket that is very useful for carrying business cards, a bottle of cream, lip balm, etc.

The only (tiny) gripe I have with this briefcase is that the inside would serve be a little roomier. But, hey, I guess they call it slim for a reason.

Overall, a great buy and would recommend it to anyone. Unfortunately, this specific model has been discontinued, so your only bet is finding it online. Good luck! It’ll be worth the hustling.

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