Revisiting MOBS for an LA Summer

Revisiting MOBS for an LA Summer

Contributing Writer: Anthony C. Stafford

If you haven’t already taken a summer vacation, odds are you will soon. And if you have taken that summer vacay already, you’ll probably be taking another one or doing some outdoor activities at the very least. For that reason alone, we thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit  footwear brand MOBS Design. After all, in LA’s summer fun (and heat), comfort is a top-notch priority — and MOBS is here to delivery just that. If you missed our previous coverage of MOBS’ amazing brunch event, you can catch up here. Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about why we’re revisiting this amazing brand!

MOBS Design is a staple for the shoe connoisseur, and they’ve been creating extremely comfortable, light-weight, and attractive shoes for both men and women. With a variety of eye-catching styles, the shoes truly fit whatever occasion life can throw at you. From running and exploring the city, to picking up the kids after work, MOBS has taken into account that we live diverse and busy lives. As a result, the company’s offerings transcend the demands of daily life.

In addition to the many styles, MOBS features an easy-on-the-eyes array of color combinations to further meet your particular tastes. Whether you’re feeling sporty and need a breathable knit finish, or life is demanding something more formal to match your slacks, this brand has your feet covered with all-leather finish options. When we last met with the MOBS team, they wore their favorite pairs of stylish designs, and spoke eloquently of their mission, creative and design processes, and what’s to come in the company’s future. Here’s what that vision is like today, plus a little more insight from MOBS’ Founder and CEO, Alexandre Benaim, in a special Q&A interview:

Where do you find inspiration for the aesthetic of MOBS?

“I find my inspiration in culture all around the world but also in design, architecture, art, photography, cartoons, sport wear, work wear, combat wear, materials, high end and any fashion to create versatile sneakers that work in any situation and allow to be active and dress-up.”

What sparks your ideas, visually? Why unisex?

“Sneakers are functional product by definition which makes our designs are driven by technics and comfort. Otherwise I believe that men and women can definitely wear the same colors and materials.”

What are your imperatives as a creative director?

“Find the meaning without losing the goals. Create the aesthetic without losing the comfort. Build the story without losing the identity.”

How do you keep creative integrity and originality within the footwear market, while so many brands are copying from each other?

“We are not chasing the trends, we are not reinventing the wheels… In fact we are just trying to offer the best version of classic silhouette by offering a minimalist timeless design.”

Who would you describe as the quintessential MOBS consumer?

“Any active, nomadic people with a free state of mind.”

What direction would you like to see MOBS grow toward in the future?

“I would love to establish MOBS as a relevant high-end, athletic lifestyle brand with a diversity of products.”

Everyone has remarked the extreme comfort of MOBS shoes. What is the secret?

“The magic recipe! We design and engineer a real athletic in-sole and out-sole combined with leather uppers, and even the entire linings of all our models are made from natural leather. We have been through all the details to offer the best possible comfort.”

What is your favorite shoe from the collection, and why?

“Tough question… But the high top is really an awesome version of what I think is the most emblematic sneaker’s silhouette.”

MOBS Design brings innovation, unique colors, high-quality materials and undeniable comfort to the table. LA summers have become notorious for all there is to do regarding entertainment and activities — as well as the scorching weather. The MOBS brand is a refreshing eye-magnet in the world of sneakers, and it’s reassuring to find a brand of shoes that can bring many miles of durability to the feet of consumers in an extremely versatile and stylish way. Simply put, the shoes are just so damn cool!

Groom + Beauty: Grooming In the GoldenHour

Groom + Beauty: Grooming In the GoldenHour

For National Men’s Grooming Day, it was important to me that I find a grooming service worthy of publication. It had to be memorable, it had to be satisfying, it had to be “Golden”. I also threw in a convenience factor as I wanted to be sure it was in the San Fernando Valley being that I reside in North Hollywood. Thankfully, I didn’t have to travel too far as I was directed over to GoldenHour in Sherman Oaks. Owned and operated by young entrepreneur, Jalon Webster, GoldenHour takes pride in being the Valley’s best men’s grooming experience available because they hold themselves up to the highest standards in town.

The vibe of GoldenHour is established as soon as you walk into the shop from  the minimalist design with street art accents along with a music playlist that sets the mood to unwind.  Jalon says, “We like to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world and bring you to a place of serenity within the shop. We utilize curated playlists to set the tone with music. Then pairing our full service haircuts with our men’s manicures, pedicures, or facials allows for an experience that is truly ‘Golden’. I believe you have to give to yourself before you can give to others. The more you give to yourself, the more you can give to others.

I received a fresh haircut from Jalon himself and a professional manicure from the on-site aesthetician and nail tech. The signature haircut also called “The Golden Hour” takes a complete 60 minutes because Jalon focuses on precision and giving his clients the best treatment available. He attributes his skill to the time he’s spent cutting hair altogether. “I’ve been cutting hair for over 14 years, which is more than half of my life. I love what I do and I love interacting with people. There’s something very therapeutic about getting a great haircut, and I want to stick to the old school idea that I’m not just your barber, but I’m also a type of therapist when you’re in my chair.

It’s no wonder why GoldenHour has been able to establish itself as prime location for male grooming. Their services have garnered a celebrity clientele that includes the likes of Sarunas Jackson, Shannon Sharpe, Andre Berto, Donovan Carter, Omar Bolden, Duke Ihenacho, and more.
The flagship Sherman Oaks location opened in March 2018, but GoldenHour has been in operation for 2 years servicing the San Fernando Valley area. They take pride in being a local business as Jalon is a Valley native. “I love that I get to operate my passion in this community. I even celebrate the Valley on “818 Day” which is on August 18th, as a means to commemorate our famous area code. We make it a community effort, and I’m proud of this town.
GoldenHour is located at 14084 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 and accepts appointments via their booking site HERE.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram as well at @goldenhourgrooming.

NFL’s Rodney McLeod & Malcom Jenkins Present Bespoke Men’s Club for ESPYs Week

NFL’s Rodney McLeod & Malcom Jenkins Present Bespoke Men’s Club for ESPYs Week

      

With every award show in L.A., there’s bound to be a plethora of events celebrating the socialites and celebs in town for the festivities. ESPY Week is no exception as the elite stars of sports are honored in their own way through an exciting ceremony that highlights these star athletes’ achievements.

Kicking off ESPY week, The Bespoke Men’s Club was hosted by current Super Bowl Champions of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. Both Jenkins and McLeod brought their off the field passions into full effect as owners of their own individual fashion boutiques Damari Saville (Jenkins) and Back of House (McLeod) with their ESPY week pop-up event. After winning a Super Bowl together, the duo thought it would be great to partner for a successful collaboration, just off the field this time with The Bespoke Men’s Club!

The Bespoke experience consisted of a gifting suite in Downtown LA’s Fashion District on Monday, July 16th & Tuesday, July 17th. Bespoke was curated to provide the best in clothing, electronics, and grooming in one Men’s Club experience and the event was just that! Each guest received a Talley & Twine luxury watch as they entered the lounge to commence the experience. Just past the shopping experience, guests were offered complimentary haircuts and grooming services on behalf of Luster’s S-Curl and The Mane Choice. While receiving grooming services, guests were able to get a sneak preview of The Equalizer 2 from Sony Pictures which is set to release on July 20th, 2018.

Vibes were set by a live DJ, artwork by Erik the Artist, passed bites and delicious cocktails crafted by Teeling Whiskey and ROAR Organic. The two-day event was all possible because of the support of brands ProJewelerClean ShowroomTodd PatrickGordon CrushPacks SupplyAinsley & TroupeGifted ApparelEsquire Men’s Grooming,FairplayJabra HeadphonesHard SodaMr13195 and Taylordblu.

Jenkins + McLeod had some of the sports world’s most prestigious athletes in attendance including Jalen MillsJohn RossTrumaine JohnsonJay Ajayi, and Dontrelle Inman just to name a few. Check out the rest of the images from this event below:

             

  

  

Groom + Beauty: The Kiehl’s Man Fuels Up

Groom + Beauty: The Kiehl’s Man Fuels Up

     

Summer is well underway, and men, I’ve seen the glory as it pertains to products for retaining youthful, well-moisturized skin this season. Kiehl’s partnered with Equinox in Century City to provide a media preview to two of their latest products within their Facial Fuel & Body Fuel Lines.

  • Eye Fuel – Due to its thin, fragile skin, the eye contour is often the first area of the face to show signs of
    fatigue. Kiehl’s instantly cooling under-eye formula provides weightless hydration and refreshing
    relief for tired-looking eyes. With continued use, the formula with Caffeine and Vitamin B3 helps
    reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Fuel up after a long flight or a long night.
  • Body Fuel Antiperspirant & Deodorant – Kiehl’s delivers on its first ever global roll-on antiperspirant deodorant and provides 48-hour protection against sweat and odor. The quick-dry formula with Caffeine, Vitamin C and Zinc glides on easily without sticking.

So far, I can attest that both product samples we received are holding up to the standard of Kiehls’ brand quality that they’ve maintained for years. To further that claim, both are the perfect additions to these lines as the rest of the Facial & Body Fuel collection is particularly pleasing, with my favorite items being the No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm, the Energizing Face Wash, and the Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment.

What Kiehl’s is doing is starting a movement with their products and you can follow it on social via their #FindYourFuel hashtag.

Additionally, make sure to check out our media preview’s supporting partners who treated us so well during the product introduction before and after our Athletic Conditioning session at Equinox Century City.

    

            

Shirts by lululemon; athletic socks by Bombas; water bottles by Takeya; catering by SweetGreen; iced coffee by La Colombe; beverages from Beaming & Dirty Lemon, and health bars by Nutshell.

Make sure to follow Kiehl’s on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat, and YouTube, and shop the whole collection HERE.

      

This edition of Groom + Beauty review courtesy of @jPinNotes and @MrScott10

Gentlemen’s Guide to Summer Manscaping

ManscapingAh yes, men’s body grooming, better known as ‘manscaping’. We all do it, but no one likes to talk about, especially with our fellow gents. We like to share where we scored a killer deal on a fresh new pair of wing tip shoes or blazer but we won’t share how we get rid of hair down there, and I mean way ‘down there’. Know what I mean?

Manscaping YT Video

If you’re a sexy hairy beast or barely grow a hair on your chest, every man needs to do some grooming maintenance work on their body, especially in the summer when we’re hitting the beach just about fully exposed. So here’s a guide to get your body well groomed from head to toe and everywhere in between to get ready for summer in a tasteful way.

 So let’s get down to business:

 Haircut

Keep it short, fellas. Summer is the perfect time to try a new fresh haircut. If you usually get a #1 or #2 on the sides, try going shorter with a #0 or a skin-tight fade. It’s going to get really hot there guys, so a shorter cut will keep you cool and looking fresh!

 Chest

When it comes to hair on your body, you have to work with what you got. The key is to go for a natural look. If you’re extra hairy, you don’t want to completely remove all your hair. It just won’t look good. Buy a pair of haircutting clippers and trim your chest. Make sure to apply lotion after you trim to soothe any redness.

If you are pretty much hairless on your chest, but have a few random stray hairs, you’ll want to remove them. Depending on how many hairs you have, you can either pluck the hairs or gently shave them the night before your beach or pool outing.

Back

So you have two options here guys:

1. If you have a really good roommate, or if you don’t mind asking your wife, have them trim your back hair with haircutting clippers.

2.  Schedule an appointment and get that rug on your back waxed. Back hair is never sexy. If keeping up with your waxing appointments becomes to much of a hassle, you can also opt for laser hair removal. Don’t be afraid, back hair removal is the most common area serviced for guys.

Underarms

This is the only area that’s OK to keep ‘hairy’. BUT you still need to do some upkeep. If your armpit hair peaks out and is visible when your arms are down by your side, then it’s time to trim. Just grab a pair of scissors and trim the hair that is visible. That’s it!

Arms

The areas that should NOT have hair are your biceps and shoulders. Grab your amazing haircutting clippers and trim away. Now this is the tricky part: you SHOULD have hair from your elbows down. What you want to do next is use a guard that comes with the clippers you purchased to blend in the no hair on your biceps and shoulders to the hair on your forearms.

Legs

The is where the ‘natural look’ applies. You want to keep hair on your legs. If you feel you’re extra hairy, use your handy dandy haircutting clippers with a guard for a small trim.

Bush

The ‘natural look’ applies here as well. You definitely want to trim that bush, but still keep some hair down there. And please no ‘love trail’ or any other fancy design. And don’t forget to trim those hairs that trial off from your bush to your legs and pelvic area.

Sack

Now we’re getting to the danger zone. What you’re going to want to do is shave your sack in the shower. Apply shaving creaming and, with surgeon-like precision, take small strokes to remove hair in small sections. DO NOT take long strokes as if you were shaving your face. Trust me, you’ll regret it! Apply post shave balm after you’re out the shower to help relieve any razor burn. That’s the last place you want it to burn.

Shaft

Use the same technique as you did when shaving your sack. Hold your junk upright and shave upwards in small strokes. This area is extremely sensitive (you probably know that already) so don’t spend too much time in one area because it’s easy to get razor burn there. So make sure you have a steady hand and do your best to grab the hairs on the first stroke.

Grundle

Now this area you DO NOT want to shave because there is a lot of friction going on down there. You’re OK if you want to keep the hair down there, but I still recommend you give it a short trim every now and then with your clippers.

Grooming Tip: If grooming your junk area sounds too complicated and you don’t trust yourself, schedule an appointment to get it waxed (yes, you can get it waxed).

Butt

Butt hair is always a no-no. Grab your clippers and start trimming as short as possible. A good machine to use for this is the peanut. It’s smaller than your clippers and cuts shorter too. So don’t be shy, guys. Get every hair between every nook and cranny (and that means between the cheeks). Also cut those hairs that start connecting to the back of your legs from your butt like vines.

Again, if you don’t trust yourself with this you can always schedule an appointment to get this done by a professional.

You guys should now be summer ready and won’t have to be put in any hairy situations. Hairy situation… Get it???

I hope you guys found this information helpful.

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Steve A. Nuñez

5 Lessons Every Man Should Know About Wearing Sandals

5 Lessons Every Man Should Know About Wearing Sandals

Sandals Video Screenshot

Alright fellas… Here’s the truth about guys wearing sandals. Are you ready? OK… No one wants to see our big, hairy, sweaty feet! Remember the last time a girl said to you, “Hey, you have sexy feet” or how about that one time you’re fellow bro told you “dude, those sandals are sweet!”? Of course you don’t! You know why? Because men’s feet aren’t the best thing to look at.

Unlike women’s feet, which tend to be petite, soft and well-groomed, men have big, hairy feet and that’s OK because we’re men. Even the best groomed man can’t do anything about french fry looking toes. If you can’t stand looking at another dude’s feet for a second, imagine what your girl thinks when you decide to wear flip flops all day.

So I know what you’re saying, “It’s hot. What do I wear to the beach? How can I wear sandals if I don’t want to be so casual?”. What I’m saying is: there is a way for us men to enjoy the feeling of wearing sandals and at the same time look good and stylish.

Here are 5 lessons to get you looking good in sandals:

Lesson #1: Find a pair that covers the majority of your feet

Men’s sandals with thick straps help make those anchors attached to your ankles look smaller because they cover the majority of your feet. They also help cover any “feet issues” we may be self conscious about. So you get to enjoy the feeling of wearing sandals all while keeping those paws in check.

Lesson #2: Avoid wearing flip flops

I enjoy the comfort of flip flops just like the next man but save that for home. Wearing flip flops only make your feet look bigger.

 Lesson #3: Get a Pedicure

Keep them clean gentlemen. You’re feet will be on display and people will stare. Make sure to keep your feet well groomed just like any other part of your body. You’re feet have been in hibernation all winter so you don’t want them looking like hobbit feet seeing daylight for the first time. A pedicure will get your feet ready for spring and summer.

Lesson #4: Trim Your Feet Hair

There’s just something gross about hairy feet. It’s just as bad as seeing a guy with visible nose hairs sticking out. Part of grooming your feet includes trimming or even shaving them.

Lesson #5 Moisturize

Our feet usually don’t see a lot of daylight so make sure to avoid dry, cracked skin by applying moisturizer when they do come out to play. It’s best to apply lotion right after you shower, but if you have extra dry feet, try slathering on some cream (which is heavier than lotion) before bed and sleep with your socks on. The next morning, your feet will be soft and smooth.

Here’s how I sported strappy sandals:

Steve Wearing Sandals

Shop the look:

Panama Hat: Forever 21 Men

Floral Print Shirt: Forever 21 Men

Linen Pants: H&M

Sandals: Forever 21 Men

Now go grab a pair of these sandals to complete your look!

Birkenstock Sandals

Birkenstock Arizona Slide Sandal: $99.95

Forever 21 Sandals

Forever 21 Men Faux Leather Sandals: $12.90

adidas

Adidas Adilette Slide Sandal: $29.95

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Steve A. Nuñez