Top Holiday Gifts for the Style Conscious Man

Choosing a holiday gift for the style conscious Washington man can be a daunting task. With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, the race is on to hunt down that ideal gift.
While it’s great to take advantage of the upcoming sales, don’t let your frenzy to find an amazing bargain lead you down the wrong path. Think panache and savoir-faire when selecting presents for the fashion savvy.
Statement pieces to accentuate a wardrobe or grooming and skincare packages are excellent choices this holiday season and should be high on the list. The trick is to aim for things that will enhance your guy’s style and flair.
The Washington metropolitan area has great places to pick up some awesome presents. The good news is that perfect gift can be found in a variety of price points so there is something for everyone.
Hugh and Crye Pocket Squares

Hugh and Crye Pocket Squares Hugh and Crye

Hugh and Crye Pocket Squares

Pocket squares are the ultimate finishing touch to a tailored look. Washington favorite, Hugh and Crye has a great selection with the arrival of many new styles just in time for the gift giving season. At $20.00 each, you might not be able to select just one so pick up several. Also check out how you can customize collar stays with their 3-D printer.
Hugh and Crye – 3212 O Street NW, #5, Washington, DC, 20007 (202) 250-3807
Bull and Moose Camo Bow Tie

Bull and Moose Camo Bow Tie Laura Fruchterman

Bull and Moose Camo Bow Tie

Bow ties are hot right now and being able to tie a bow tie is a skill every well-dressed man should master. Not only is this camo tie by Bull+Moose handsome and chic, it was meant to be worn to support our servicemembers. This is a quality tie made with a great attention to detail. Upon close examination, each color in the tie was created with a different weave.
The Lucky Knot – 101 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22134 (703) 549-1797
Burberry Touch Screen Gloves

Burberry Touch Screen Gloves Barnette R. Holston, Jr.

Burberry Touch Screen Gloves

The iconic Burberry plaid is still recognizable in subdued colors. These wool and leather gloves keep the hands warm and toasty but are also touch screen friendly. What sets them apart is these stylish gloves maintain their sleek lines without employing bulky or unsightly technology that often plague other brands.
Burberry – 970 I Street NW, Citycenterdc, Suite #305, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 463-3000
Grooming Lounge Services

Grooming Lounge Services Barnette R. Holston Jr.

Grooming Lounge Services

Consider gifting a spa day. The Grooming Lounge offers a variety of services with a favorite being, The Hill, which includes a cleansing face treatment and massage therapy. A couple of hours for a facial and massage will have your man feeling renewed. He already looks good so why not help him feel good a well?
Grooming Lounge DC – 1745 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 466-8900
Mani/Pedi from Patsy's Nail Bar

Mani/Pedi from Patsy’s Nail Bar Barnette R. Holston, Jr.

Mani/Pedi from Patsy’s Nail Bar

Patsy’s Nail Bar features the infamous Mancave where patrons can enjoy a beverage while watching their favorite sports on widescreen tvs. Having hands and feet pampered for a few moments in a relaxing atmosphere could become an addictive habit!
$60.00 – $110.00
Patsy’s Nail Bar – 1926 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 (202) 466-2457
Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom Cleanser Barnette R. Holston, Jr.

Eve Lom Cleanser

Some men prefer to conduct their skin care regime at home. For this guy, Eve Lom’s cleanser is a best bet. The cleanser cleans, tones and exfoliates in one fell swoop. The award winning cleaner would be a welcomed addition under a tree, in a gift bag or stuffed in a stocking.
$50.00 – $135.00
Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie – 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015 (202) 966-9700
Jimmy Choo Shoes

Jimmy Choo Shoes Barnette R. Holston, Jr.

Jimmy Choo Shoes

Men can benefit from the designer who has been making women’s feet look fabulous. Jimmy Choo adds large tassels, bows and other treatments to turn the mundane into works of art. These elegant shoes heighten evening wear but also make a night out on the town just as special. The Sloan in Jasper, the Felix with its large bow and the Foxley with its oversized tassels are all top choices.
While the Chevy Chase store location only features women’s styles, the sales reps are more than happy to order your selections directly to the store for you.
$695.00 – $750.00
Jimmy Choo – 5481 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (240) 223-1102
Tumi CFX Indianapolis Slim Brief

Tumi CFX Indianapolis Slim Brief Tumi

Tumi CFX Indianapolis Slim Brief

For the man that is on the go, the new slim brief from Tumi is a winner. Transforming carbon fiber into this soft sided bag makes this bag both durable and elegant. Lightweight and with a lean profile, this bag still provides ample storage space for all essentials.
1051 H Street NW #208, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 289-5208
Billy Reid Sawyer Peacoat

Billy Reid Sawyer Peacoat Barnette R. Holston, Jr.

Billy Reid Sawyer Peacoat

The hair-on calf leather used for this Billy Reid coat gives the traditional peacoat a bold and updated look. Handmade entirely in the United States, each coat has its own individual look. Perfect for the guy who wants to stand apart from the crowd and not be lost in it.
Billy Reid – 3211 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202) 495-6765

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Gilt City Warehouse Sale, a fun and inexpensive night on the town

The bi-annual favorite was held at Dock5 in Union Market.
Twice a year bargain hunting shoppers are invited to “raid the warehouse” at the Gilt City DC Warehouse sale. The event, which is held in various locations nationwide, returned to Washington this weekend to eagerly awaiting crowds. Scores of people braved the cold and lined up early so they could spend an inexpensive Friday night of entertainment. Here they enjoyed unlimited cocktails, munched on tasty snacks and danced to lively music as they embarked on a thrilling hunt for discount clothing, home goods and accessories.

Among those in line was Leticia Long who was attending the event for the first time. “I’m hoping to find some cute sweaters,” she said as she waited to enter the building. Long brought with her several friends who were also first timers to the sale. One of them, Harold Sanco, was looking for “expensive shoes” and was later seen carting around several boxes suggesting that he had accomplished his mission.
This year the bi-annual favorite took place at Dock5 located in Union Market in northeast Washington. This new location provided a larger venue than its previous spot giving shoppers more space to snap up Prada and Ferragamo shoes, Gucci blazers and other must-have designer wares. The space also allowed for a John Varvatos pop up store, which featured a full collection of looks with prices 75% off of original sticker.
This year’s selections were a mix of current and previous years’ fashion, irregular pieces and slightly damaged items. Experienced shoppers knew to check their choices carefully before adding them to their buy list. Gilt City DC did do a good job of providing merchandise with classic styling or items that were right on trend for this season. As a result, choices seemed fresh and not out of date.
With a little patience, shoppers could be rewarded with some wonderful statement pieces. Some of the standouts included a Carolina Herrera floral ball gown from spring 2013, red DSquared loafers from last spring, a very popular zip up shawl sweater from the 2013 Stockbridge Collection from Gant and a stunning quilted tartan jacket from Black Fleece which is still available online from Brooks Brothers.
Prices ranged from a few bucks to thousands of dollars however they did elicit a mix response from some patrons. Nowhere was it more evident then the checkout line. As shoppers waited in the long queue to complete their purchases, they contemplated their choices and some things were returned after being deemed too pricey.
That’s not to say there were not bargains to be had. The aforementioned DSquared loafers were a good deal priced at $179 down from $695 and a Tommy Hilfiger blazer was a steal at $65 as compared to $295 online. Local personality, Tommy McFly said, “I went wild,” as he made his way to the cashier with his goodies and shoppers did leave the event happy with shopping bags in toe.
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Ralph Lauren’s new leather bomber jacket is today’s modern classic

Out in stores now and ideal for the fall and winter months is the Polo Shearling and Leather jacket. We love this coat for the season as it has a vintage look although it’s new for 2014. It is surely destined to become a classic and a go to favorite.

“Classic, to me, is something that’s timeless, enduring. The things that never go out of style. Polo, the kinds of clothes I design are the kinds of things I believe in, the kinds of things that last forever. I love things that stay,” according to Ralph Lauren.

This coat certainly lives up to his definition. With its rugged good looks and vintage styling, it’s not only handsome but also truly functional for the upcoming winter months ahead. Inspired by the WWII B-3 bomber jacket, it was designed to keep fighter pilots warm at altitudes of more than 30,000 feet.
To combat the early chill, wear the jacket over a plaid shirt paired with jeans and a sturdy hiking boot. For a quick dressy look, try it over a dress shirt and bow tie. Combining it with a thick wool sweater should provide more than adequate protection to conquer the harsher winter weather.

As the season’s change, it’s always nice to update our wardrobes. We leap through the pages of magazines to see the latest trends and rush to the stores to see what’s hot for the season. However as we prepare for fall 2014,some of the best advice comes from Ralph Lauren who says, “Don’t be today’s look. Be a look that’s timeless. Don’t try to be yesterday’s news.”
Look for the leather jacket at Polo stores in the Washington area. Locations are in Chevy Chase, Georgetown and Tyson’s Galleria. It is also available online at

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