The inimitable Aidan Gill recommends ideal gentlemen necessities and dispenses invaluable advice – just in time for the gift-giving season.
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Aidan Gill avails himself of his favorite Irish whiskey, Green Spot, in his fabled barbershop and men’s accessories store on Magazine Street in New Orleans.
When it comes to shaving, Aidan says he focuses on the timeless, which means the process always starts with a proper badger brush like the ivory handled version above. This is what Aidan tells the younger men who come into his shop: “Oil and brushes are not just for barbecuing anymore. Seriously, we use the brush because we’ve always used the brush, it’s the only way to go. Your father did, your father’s father did, and you’ll like it, you’ll see.” He says they’ll especially like it with the Aidan Gill for Men Pre-Shave Oil. Not everybody is inherently slick, after all. More oil means less friction and more love for the shave.
This leather tie case is an ingeniously designed travel item and a perfect gift for the men on your list. It will also help fulfill Aidan’s mantra about how a man should treat his tie: “Keep it straight, keep it clean, and keep it tidy in between.”
Aidan says no man who has reached maturity should ever be caught without handsome wine opener on his person or in his bar: “You shouldn’t approach Chateau Latour with something you’ve bought from a cheap Portugese whore. Respect the wine, respect the tradition. And always be prepared with a manly but gorgeous corkscrew like this one by Laguiole in burled rosewood.”