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Kit: Power Lunch

The present state of business prizes efficiency above all else: large outputs from small teams, multitasking, checking email while jogging, jogging while conference calling, working vacations. In this paradigm a leisurely lunch gums up the works. But the reality is that a face-to-face over charred ribeyes and bone-dry martinis can replace a week’s worth of email exchanges. One good single-pump handshake and a knowing smile is good for a billion retweets. The power lunch, like the double-breasted suit, is not back: it never went away. To do it right you’ll need a few accoutrements, which you’ll find right here. We’ll see you at Dorsia.

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Liquid Handsome

The Best Facial Moisturizers for Men

The first thing you should do after washing and shaving your visage should be to apply a high-quality moisturizer. You need to restore nutrients and hydration to your empty epidermis and protect against UV rays and premature wrinkles. You're a handsome dude -- keep yourself that way. Commit to being blemish free, skin cancer free, flake free, wrinkle free; let's aim to have clear, soft, touchable, youthful skin. Let's start with these, the best facial moisturizers for men.

36 gifts for the well-dressed gent

12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

If you’re a stylish gent, you’re acutely aware of each seasonal shift. Spring affords chances to wear lighter, refreshed colors; summer is time for light material and sunglasses; autumn means breaking out a chunky cardigan. But it’s winter when a man can truly shine. He can layer. He can sport rich fabrics and hulking boots, overcoats and purposeful accessories. When there is such a wide, deep array of options in the winter wardrobe world, what exactly do you give the man who lives stylishly? We’re here to turn that dilemma into fruitful present curation. So brew up some nog, get out the wrapping paper (even if you’re giving to yourself) and check out our top picks in these important categories of winter style for the well dressed man.

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Grizzly Adams, you are not

Handsomely Hirsute: 6 Best Beard Trimmers

Straight edge razors, Dollar Shave Club, electric, Mach 3, safety razors...for the clean-shaven out there, options truly abound. For those of us who opt for a little or a lot of facial hair, though, companies seem less inclined to provide choices. Keeping that beard trim and looking good is important regardless of season, particularly when research has shown women are more attracted to men with heavy stubble than their clean-shaven counterparts. In the interest of cleaning up this situation, we've rounded up our favorite beard trimmers.

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Video Breakdown: Braun CoolTec Razor

Thermo-Electric Cooling Technology -- that's not a term you expect to read on an electric razor's spec sheet. Thankfully, there's no need to butcher that science-speak in front of a sales associate; just ask for CoolTec. Fulfilling the next step in shaving innovations from Braun, it's the world's first razor that actively cools the skin via an integrated electro-ceramic cooling element in the head. To find out all grooming innovations the CoolTec has to offer, check out the video above.

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Essentials for the daily grind

Kit: Office Space

Dali said intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Clearly, you've got both in spades -- all that's lacking is better preparation. Small upgrades can make big differences in organization, confidence and execution, and luckily for you, we've dug up the must-have office essentials to help you stay focused on conquering the office, one job done well at a time. Heed our advice and maybe you'll be patting backs soon.

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Essentials for a Smooth Trip

Kit: Frequent Flyer

Travel pros. You've seen them. You've envied them. They glide through check-in, make the body-scan look like a photo shoot and sightsee like locals. Sure, part of it might be their passport with 200 stamps, but the right kit makes a world of difference, too. Whether you're embarking on a shuttle flight or a trip around the globe, there are a few pieces of gear that will improve life on the road dramatically. We've got 'em.

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Groom like a big boy

Birchbox Man

When's the last time you tried out a new grooming product you didn't swipe from a hotel? Now eliminate the items your better half brought home. That's what we thought. Just because it's what your dad or your roommate in college used, doesn't mean it's the right thing for you. Luckily for your too-busy-to-possibly-stumble-into-a-drug-store self, Birchbox Man is a service that's designed to take the hassle out of finding your next go-to grooming supplies and tools. Learn more by clicking into the post, or join now below.

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Shave and a happy wallet, two bits

Harry’s: A Great Shave, A Great Price

Tired of feeling like they were "paying a tax on razors imported from the future", the smart gentlemen behind Harry's (Warby Parker co-founder, Jeff Raider, and his partner, Andy Katz-Mayfield) set out to make a well-groomed face affordable. What they've created is much better than a disposable and much (much!) cheaper than said "future" razors.

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That's nothing to sneeze at

Follow Your Nose: Five Small-Batch Colognes to Try Now

Look on your bookshelf, in your armoire, wherever you stash your toiletries. We’d bet a shiny buffalo nickel you’ve got one bottle of cologne there, maybe a second collecting dust. That one you've got smells like getting socked with a powdery diaper, but the the packaging made you think of white sand, bracing saltwater and azure skies. What happened? More to the point, how did you end up with that bottle? For all the energy men expend making decisions about what to buy (we should know), we put comparatively little effort into cologne. That changes now. We’re going to take some of the guesswork out by testing men’s cologne here at GP, starting with a look at five men's fragrances from niche brands we like.

Old School, High Quality, No BS

Owen & Fred

In the constant pursuit of a high-quality, stylish lifestyle, it's understandable that we men may stray from the path a time or two -- a truck stop frozen burrito here, a discount-grade pair of white socks there. Most times, though, we regret purchasing shoddy products. Owen & Fred, The Store For Men is a response to just such disappointing gimmickry, providing the superbly crafted choice for everything from dopp kits to ties to kitchen accessories and all the rest.

A Locals Bar

Hudson Made Beard & Shave Soap

We’d like to regale you with stories of the good old days, when men would go down to the local soapmaker’s shop to refill their scuttle with something fresh and handmade and honest. But we’ll do you one better: Get ye to New York’s Hudson Valley -- or at least

Pheromones are not enough

Juniper Ridge Backpacker’s Cologne

"Backpacker's Cologne" sounds more like a euphemism for "smells like you haven't showered in a while" than a natural fragrance made using pre-industrial perfume techniques -- but that's just what it is, camper. Juniper Ridge harvests wild plants from seven locations in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and the Desert

Care for your skin, Kiwi-style

Triumph & Disaster Grooming Products

These days, fame increasingly comes with the chance to delve into product development. Jordan transfered his ups into sneakers; Dre's cashed in his booth skills on headphones; Beckham shills underwear -- these all make perfect sense. Former New Zealand cricket star Dion Nash turned his right-armed bowling skills into... a

It puts the lotion on

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm

Is treating your face well too effeminate for you? Get over yourself. Unless you've got the symmetry of Matt Bomer or go by first name "Tom", last name "Hardy", there's no good reason to glorify skin like a catcher's mitt.
Solar, eclipsed

Davines SU After Sun Grooming Products

You're well-dressed and fit, you drive a nice car and even your girlfriend is easy on the eyes. But you still park your face under the hot sun, thinking that you're invincible. If you don't want to resemble a baseball glove

Clean (smelling) jeans

retaW MOOD* Denim Fragrance Liquid

We all know that wearing jeans just once out of the washer isn’t enough, unless you're one of those unfortunate souls looking to revive the acid-washed glory days of the 80s. Two times maybe. Three times...well, that’s when they just start

Perfect protection

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+

After months of holing ourselves up during winter, the sun is finally making a warm comeback, and unless you have dedicated your life to playing World of Warcraft, you'll be outside soaking up some vitamin D. Thankfully, we all know what

Shave and save

Dollar Shave Club

Few things pillage your wallet in such shocking fashion like re-upping your razor blade stash. Michael Durbin, CEO and founder of Dollarshaveclub.com was fed up with the price gouging going on in today's $2.6 billion grooming market, and set out to

Bring the barbershop home

Imperial Barber Products

Imperial Barber Products is a new grooming brand, inspired by the founding team's collective 26 years of experience in the LA and NYC barbershop scene. The made in the U.S.A. line started off with the classic pomade, which the brand

Travel sheets to the wind

Travelon Toiletry Sheets

We can deal with the TSA airport security shuffle but the frenzy to keep grooming items down to the correct but annoyingly small 3 ounces is all but intolerable. To cut back on some of that hassle, consider using the cool

Ditch your eye baggage

Polaar Icy Magic

You work your ass off to get ahead in everything. You rise early and go to bed late. You eat well, exercise, and spend time with those you love. And everyone can tell you live life to the fullest, not from

Style Pick: Mission Workshop Eiger Field Jacket

The first in a series of new technical pieces called the Advanced Projects Series, Mission Workshop has infused the classic military field jacket with their thoughtful, modern touch as well as a heavy dose of the murdered out look we can't

Ditch the free hotel soap

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash

Admit it, you've been caught by your wife/girlfriend washing your face with bar soap or whatever suds-creating substance is next to the sink. Embarrassing, isn't it? What's worse, that method isn't doing your skin any favors. Time to upgrade several notches by

Personal stylist, in a box

Birchbox Man Limited Edition Collection

The popular direct-mail startup Birchbox has officially launched a one time edition of their subscription commerce service geared towards men. The limited edition box is filled with a trove of grooming finds from brand's we've covered on site before including:

Smell Top Shelf

Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling

Smelling like a bottle of gin at one point was a bad thing in proper society. Now it seems the tides have changed for fans of the quintessential British spirit. Juniper Sling ($160) is a new fragrance from Penhaligon’s --

Clean Your Slate

Portland General Store Hunting Camp Soap

Few boutique grooming brands understand how to catch our eye like The Portland General Store. Lisa Brodar and Troy Tyler's latest creation is called Hunting Camp Soap ($13). Thanks to bold ingredients such as pumice, sandalwood powder, activated charcoal, frankincense

Style For Your Smile

Yumaki Toothbrushes

While the big name brands dream up gimmick after gimmick to differentiate their own bristle sticks from the rest of the pack, Yumaki takes a much more focused approach. Style, simple design, and quality construction are the name of

Just Don't Drink It

Wash With Joe

Coffee and a hot shower form a one-two punch that gets many of us out of the house and ready to work. Short of bringing your mug in the shower, Wash With Joe ($24) is the best way we know

Style Pick: Barena x Monocle Travel Jacket

An excellent collaboration from one of our favorite men’s print publications and world renowned Italian clothier Barena. The jacket's unstructured tailoring, patch pockets and button closure on the collar make it ideal for travel — whether your final destination happens to

Priority Male

Black Box Grooming Subscription

Spending time hunting down the best grooming products ranks right above watching paint dry on our list of priorities. That said a man’s grooming practices should be just as tailored as his suits. For $12, a month, a new service

Dry me a river

Dry Goods

Summer heat is just around the bend so it's time to bust out the moisture and sweat fighting go-to's. We've been stalwart users of Gold Bond, but this year we're making the switch to Dry Goods ($13). Each 360° point-and-shoot

Simply Clean

Rocky Top Soap Shop Manly Man’s Gift Set

The grooming products sales strategy for most corporations is simple. Just release commercials packed with gorgeous women obsessed with some guy post shower, and maybe sprinkle in a few fighter jet flybys for good measure. We’re sure their internal data shows

Major Indulgence

Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream

Shaving is making a comeback. Good shaving, that is. The use of bargain shave gels and foams is taking a back seat to more sophisticated products that are also better for your skin. Okay, so you don't have time every day

Nice and Toasty

Toddland Flannel Lined Pants

My thighs are freezing. That’s the G-rated version of what we blubber to ourselves in the thick of winter, when a regular pair of jeans or khakis just isn’t enough to fight off the cold. If you’ve had a moment like

Tame the Gila Monster

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel

With the harsh onset of winter (especially in the east), you may find that no amount of internal hydration can stop the perpetuation of lizard face. You drink plenty of beer water, and you even run the humidifier. Sadly, though, you

Low Maintenance Maintenance

Zirh Reverse Anti-Aging Serum

As a generation of enlightened men, we're far more conscientious about skin care than our fathers were, but we still don't like to go through numerous processes to get our mugs looking better than Keith Richard's. If we can get

Hart Steel from the Heartland

Hart Steel Straight Razor

What man hasn't had a draw to straight razor shaving. Maybe its the simplicity, maybe its the timelessness, maybe the "green-ness," but we'd guess a large portion is because it's flat-out badass. For me, that draw to straight razor shaving finally reached