Meet the G&F Gentlemanâ€™s 101 Guide. A chivalrous how-to handbook on mastering a few lost (and some just ignored) arts to prep you for your daily routine and beyond. We searched the city for our team of gentleman experts and all-around cool places to give us simple tips and tricks to be your healthiest and most cavalier self. Follow us through this modern day gentlemanâ€™s guide as we learn how to pack the best weekend bag and how to master the closest shave and even how to love thy green juice. Go ahead and channel your inner Dapper Danâ€”coiffed hair and mustache optional. >>
JARED VAN CAMP HAS NEVER ONCE COMPLAINED ABOUT EATING HIS GREENSâ€”AND IT SHOWS!
Does your green juice face look a lot like your Malort face? Never fear, we recruited Jared Van Camp of Owen + Alchemyâ€”the hottest juice bar in all the landâ€”to teach us a fool-proof juice recipe that packs the most the punch. Start your mornings green (and deliciously smiling!) with this recipe thatâ€™s sure to give the energy you need to conquer your day.
“It’s got a lot of health benefitsâ€”the coconut is really good for your skin, and the kale provides a ton of vitamins to get you going at the beginning of the day,â€ explain Jared. â€œ And to top it all off, it tastes delicious!”Â OWEN + ALCHEMY, 2355 N. MILWAUKEE AVENUE
WE’RE MIXING IT UP WITH HENRY’S SWING CLUB’S MICHAEL RUBEL
Weâ€™re getting schooled in spirits with Henryâ€™s Swing Club partnerÂ Michael Rubel. We asked Michael to mix up the Boulevardierâ€”the Negroni’s long-lost autumnal cousinâ€”a whiskey cocktail to keep in your arsenal so you can whip up something rich and intriguing every time.
â€œWhether it’s to console oneself after a rough day, or it’s the third date and she came back to your place, to be able to mix a quality drink means you’ve grown up.â€ explains Michael. â€œYou’re a man of some substance and hidden talents.â€
Some tips from Michael, you ask? He replies: Old school rules say start with your least expensive ingredients first. And it’s also nice to build, when possible from smallest to largest measurement. After adding the ice, stir until the drink is cold and diluted by 20% or so. Cut a swath of orange peel with a bit of pith, enough so it stays sturdy in your handâ€”express the oils over the top of the drink. The riper the orange the less oil it possesses. A nice hard navel orange with flecks of green is ideal here.Â HENRY’S SWING CLUB, 18 W. HUBBARD
NEW FAVORITE MEN’S PRODUCTS? ONE WORD: YES.
The perfect shave doesnâ€™t only mean a hairless face, but instead includes the right finesse and products to leave skin as soft as a babyâ€™s bottom. Tucked away in the Cowshed Spa of the new Soho House Chicago, the men’s retreat is a hidden gem that we’re happy to share. Weâ€™re dishing with its barber, Frank Oâ€™Connor, who teaches us the art of shavingâ€”from graceful brush strokes to the harmonious graze of the blade. As a 3rd generation barber, Frank has an old school, no nonsense approach to shaving and facial maintenance. Along with his step-by-step shave guide, Frank is also serving up two of his essential products from the Neville line at Soho House Chicago.
So what does Frank swear by from the Neville line? The Neville Rescue ScrubÂ which he urges to use every other day to prepare surface of skin for a cleaner shave. It also removes dead skin cells with volcanic ash and softens with cocoa butter. His second favorite? Neville Shave Oil. He suggests to use after the Rescue Scrub when shaving to soften the beard and add a protective layer of skin between you and the blade.
“Everytime you shave you are removing a layer of skin, so it’s important to add that layer back into your routine. It also prevents razor bumps and ingrown hairs,” Frank says. Well said, Frank.Â FOR MORE INFO ON PRODUCTS, VISIT NEVILLE.CO.UK. TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT AT COWSHED CHICAGO, CALL 312.754.6915.
WHEN YOU HEAR SHARP DRESSED MAN? WE THINK AUGUSTINE EMUWA.
No longer a fixture just for tuxedos, bow ties have a look of old world grandeur and modern sophistication. And who better to teach us the gentleman sport of tying a bow tie than Augustine B. Emuwa, Owner and Lead Craftsman of Knits&Knotts. Augustine credits his father and grandfather as style inspiration for Knits&Knotts to create modern classics. Ditch the clip on to get all tied up and spiffy in 10 steps with this bow tie how-to.
VISIT KNITS & KNOTTS FOR MORE INFORMATION
ALL THE ESSENTIALS. AND NO SORE ARMS. THIS IS THE NEW WAY TO TRAVEL.
From business to personal, travel plans can induce excitement and anxiety depending on preparedness. We ran to Haberdash Men to stock our bag with the greatest and most travel-friendly products. Weâ€™re giving you the simplest how-toâ€™s on the essentials of packing. What to fold and what to roll. How to save space and what to pack. Weâ€™re starting from the topâ€”the ultimate weekend duffleâ€”with the classic Filson Small Duffle. Follow along below and with the video to learn how to pack like a pro in under two minutes.
So what did we snag at Haberdash?Â We’re waxing poetic about our packables:
A gingham print, like this Haberdash Brushed Twill Shirt, can easily be dressed up or down.Â The Malin + Goetz Essential Kit features six minis that fit perfectly in your dopp kit and even pack your favorite hair product, Layrite, in an uber mini size perfect for travelling.Â The Filson 72-Hour Briefcase features an interior â€œJoeyâ€ charger that powers up electronics while on the go–no wall outlet needed.
For the dreaded, heavy shoe: Choose one pair of sneakers or casual shoes ideal for the day, like Red Wing Chukkas, and one pair of dressier shoes for the night, like Alden Long Wing Bluchers.Â VISIT HABERDASHMEN.COM TO SHOP ON-LINE + CHECK OUT CHICAGOLAND LOCATIONS.Â PLUS USE “FILSON20” AT CHECKOUT TO RECEIVE 20% ANY FILSON PRODUCTS UNTIL NOV 19.
WHEN MARK BEIER TALKS FITNESS: WE LISTEN.
A gentleman always has five minutes for a quick workout and morning sweat. Weâ€™re getting you trained with fitness guru, Mark Beier, on this everyday program you can do anywhere. As founder of Mark Bars and co-director of training of Shred415, Mark knows a thing or two about creating time-friendly workouts that challenge the core, create flexibility and stimulate a good amount of calorie burn. Watch Mark go through each of the five workouts below and read on to learn his dos and donâ€™ts of technique.
While he has a lot of Do’s and Don’tsâ€”we’re really fascinated by his final statement that sums up his workout mentality: “Itâ€™s easy to push it hard at the beginning and then slack off at the end, the question is if you can sustain a constant, challenging tempo the entire 60 seconds.” It’s on, Mark.Â WANT MORE MARK? VISIT SHRED415.COM + MARKBARS.COM