The Raffish Rake

Seth Vaughan
February 20, 2014

It all began with a recent night I spent with Tom Ford. Not the man, mind you, but his new line of eight men’s skincare products including a face cleanser, moisturizer, revitalizing concentrate, lip balm, purifying mask (it goes on black and dries to a manly greenish gray as it sucks devilish impurities from one’s dermis), bronzing gel, anti-fatigue eye treatment and concealer. I’m sold on everything but the concealer, personally. Also of note, Ford’s own admission that the real secret to a fresh face is clear bright eyes — which is to say, if revitalizing concentrate seems a bit much, maybe opt for a spot of Visine before facing the day. From $25, at Neiman Marcus.

And while doing an about-face, let’s talk razors. There’s nothing I deplore more than shelling out 20 bucks on a cartridge of blades, which is why I’m so pleased to have made the acquaintance of Harry. No, I’m not talking about the famous Parisian bar where Hemingway and the Aly Khan swilled; I mean Harry’s Razors, the brainchild of Warby Parker (the direct-market eyeglass purveyor) co-founder Jeff Raider and friend Andy Katz-Mayfield, which has managed to price razor blades at around two dollars by selling directly through their website. Better still, you can purchase razors, blades et. al as a nifty little set (priced from $15), with handles available in both chrome and snappy colors. Included in the sets, too, is a tube of Harry’s shaving cream, which is free of pesky parabens and sulfates, to boot. A year’s worth of blades comes in at $52, which has me happily waving adieu to Gillette for good. At

A pervasive new aesthetic is permeating the style monde, and it’s premised on freshly refined classics (we have Phoebe Philo and Mickey Drexler to thank in equal measure for this). Jack Purcell’s spring collection of sneakers expertly embodies these qualities – classic, effortless, edited. The famous lace-ups are reimagined in four new manners, ranging from caramel nubuck, called Tortoise Leather Jack, to shiny aubergine calfskin, called Post Applied. They’re a wise buy, with prices starting at $37.50 for a pair in timeless white canvas to impart a snappy exclamation point to spring trousers. At

Mark Cross, America’s first luxury leather goods brand (Grace Kelly famously carried one of their pocketbooks in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window) relaunches its choice men’s leather goods this month, including luggage (duffels, rolling trolleys and soft packing cases), briefcases, Dopp kits and wallets in a variety of iterations, in both color and design. Prime pieces include a reissue of the original Mark Cross duffel design in vintage calf, as well as a red pebbled calf Dopp kit with gold hardware that is exhilaratingly irresistible. At

Cheers, chaps!