See Now, Buy Now: Duke Cannon’s Bourbon Solid Cologne Is The Perfect Winter Scent

An elegant, masculine, rugged cologne from Duke Cannon.

When it comes to the best grooming essentials for winter, there are plenty of bases you’re to need to cover, from keeping  your skin hydrated to ensuring that yes, your scent game (scent game?) is on-point. Ladies and gentlemen, on that note, I’m pleased to point you toward Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne, inspired by the rich oak scents found at Buffalo Trace Distillery — it’s seriously cool, and that unique craftsmanship makes it one of the best solid colognes for men (if not the best). Let’s get right down to it: The way you smell, the type of cologne you wear on a daily basis, can elevate your ensemble and your mood from good to great … to really great. And if you haven’t yet tried out a solid cologne, you’re going to be mighty pleased with Duke Cannon Solid Cologne. This sharp solid cologne is a handy and easy-to-use cologne option with a pleasingly masculine smell that’s not overpowering in the slightest — that’s a huge benefit compared to other colognes you might have been using (and Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne is  a far cry from the AXE spray found in locker rooms of days gone by).

SHOP: Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne

A well-designed tin holds your new favorite cologne.

Now, if you’ve read the blog, you know that Duke Cannon is about more than just proper, extremely well-made men’s grooming essentials — they also give back to organizations that support military veterans, and the brand makes all of its must-have grooming picks right here in the United States. What’s not to love about that? But back to the exceptional Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne. The Oak Barrel scent is rich and quite pleasing to smell, and it’s the perfect cologne for winter because of that — there’s just something about this time of year that calls to mind rich whiskey, cold weather and warm fires.  Wearing this Duke Cannon cologne to the office or to your favorite brewery or distillery is a bit like capturing that vibe in a bottle (or in well-designed tin, if you catch my drift). The bottom line is this:  Duke Cannon makes some of the best men’s cologne on the market, and this is a brand worth trying if you’re looking to upgrade your grooming this year.

SHOP: Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne

Style Pick of the Week: Duke Cannon Proper Cologne

Only the best men’s cologne you can buy now.

Quick, tell me: What cologne are you going to wear on New Year’s Eve? Yes, that’s right. This is an oddly specific men’s grooming question today on the blog, but the good news is, I’ve got the answer as to cologne for your New Year’s Eve, and well beyond that: The answer, my friends, comes from Duke Cannon and the Duke Cannon Proper Cologne. It’s a recent introduction to the storied Duke Cannon line of grooming essentials, and a type of cologne that you’re going to want to wear every single day — not just on New Year’s Eve (although you should wear it then, too). If you read the blog, you’re likely familiar with Duke Cannon, but here’s the scoop: The Minnesota-based brand makes no-fuss men’s grooming goods, like its “Big Ass Brick of Soap” and its standout beard oils and balms, that simply don’t mess around. It’s pretty great, as well, that Duke Cannon’s grooming goods are inspired by the military (the aforementioned soap bricks are inspired by ones issued to Korean War soldiers), with a portion of proceeds going to veteran’s organizations. So, that’s a nice bonus if you happen to also be shopping for the best new cologne on the market. And again, this cologne really does pass muster.

SHOP: Duke Cannon Proper Cologne 

Shown here is the Prescott, one of multiple essential scents you can get from Duke Cannon..

The thing about the truly excellent Duke Cannon Proper Cologne is that it combines all the properties that make Duke Cannon products so essential — the range of scents, from Randolph (with bergamot, lavender and leather) to Prescott (citrus, oakmoss and tonka) is highly versatile, for starters. Even the design of this cologne is well-considered, as the bottle is sleek and the graphic design on this cologne is refined yet rugged, and perfectly stylish. That is to say, this Duke Cannon cologne isn’t like the colognes clogging up valuable space at a big-box department store — it’s modern and refreshing, and again, it’s some of the best men’s cologne you can buy now. But let’s go back to why you should wear it on New Year’s Eve — any of these scents are refined, versatile and simply great-smelling. It’s that sort of finishing touch that’ll elevate any New Year’s ensemble you wear — and heck, any outfit you put together at any time of year, including this winter. If that all sounds like just what you need, then grab the Duke Cannon Proper Cologne now.

SHOP: Duke Cannon Proper Cologne 

See Now, Buy Now: The Duke Cannon Supply Drop Is The Perfect Holiday Grooming Gift

Just one of many standout Duke Cannon grooming products to gift this season.

There are what you might call the expected holiday gifts for men (especially on Cyber Monday, not all of which are, honestly that *great*. Then, there are what you might call some of the best holiday gifts for men, like the essential and jam-packed Duke Cannon Supply Drop (featuring yuletide-themed holiday soaps and more men’s grooming essentials). Today, as you can tell, we’ll be focusing one of the best grooming gifts for men, a well-made collection of downright indispensable grooming goods — available for a Cyber Monday sale deal & made with care right in the U.S.A. If you read the blog regularly or check out my Instagram, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of Duke Cannon — these products, from beard oil to richly crafted soaps and colognes, feature bold scents and hardworking design. Seriously, where else can you get a Big Ass Bar of Soap in a variety of scents? Well, you can start with the Duke Cannon Supply Drop as a great men’s gift or as an early treat to yourself, and no one’s going to be disappointed with the results (again, especially on Cyber Monday!).

SHOP: The Duke Cannon Supply Drop 

Yes, these soaps have a distinct holiday theme — that’s for the best, as they smell great and perform very well.

So, what’s inside this action-packed men’s grooming subscription box? In short, a bit of everything — it’s going to make whoever gets it a very happy and well-groomed guy. The centerpiece of the Duke Cannon Supply Drop might just be the Big Ass Brick of Soap done up in holiday-themed, limited-edition scents — these soaps smell downright pleasant for the holidays (yes, even the “Lump  of Coal,” made with activated charcoal). They also do a great job at getting you cleaned up. The Supply Drop also features the brand’s famed Solid Cologne, to go along with its Shower Soap and the excellent Emergency Heat + Light Candle (as discussed in this post). Heck, you even get a steel flask in this lineup of the best men’s grooming goods — again, someone’s going to love this. The best part? The Duke Cannon Supply Drop delivers quarterly, ensuring whoever receives it never runs out of crucial men’s grooming gear. This box set is jam-packed, affordable & seriously essential — add it to your shopping list for the holidays.

SHOP: The Duke Cannon Supply Drop 

The List: These Are the Best New Men’s Style and Grooming Essentials of the Season

It’s high time you geared up for spring, is it not?

Still searching for the best spring rain jacket, like the Relwen Packlight Shell as shown above? Or perhaps you’re after other crucial pieces among a host of men’s style essentials you need for the season? We’ve got you covered with today’s new, spring-forward edition of The List — from a slim, sustainably made new polo to a crucial facial moisturizer crafted for daily use, enjoy all the gear you need now. Oh, and as ever … keep your credit card handy. You’ll need it.

Relwen Packlight Shell — $228 (Huckberry Exclusive)

The breathable, packable, functional shell that’s going to take you through spring.

As sold by the good folks at one of my favorite online shops, this stylish rain jacket is also seriously functional — it’s maybe the perfect spring jacket wear all day, every day (or at least on rain days, that is).

Colchester High-Top Sneakers — $79.98

The classic basketball shoes you didn’t know you needed.

We go from a stylish rain jacket right into the high-top sneakers you need now. These are a seriously affordable, subtly cool pair of high-top kicks you’ll want to wear with … well, everything. They also happen to be a remake of the original basketball shoe. Too cool.

Luminox Atacama Field Automatic 1900 Watch — $890

A durable, tough, insanely well-made field watch to wear on the daily this spring.

The search for a functional, rugged & classic everyday watch is over — the Luminox Atacama is made for the field, but polished enough for a day of spring travel. Potentially an investment-worthy watch to splurge on? You better believe it.

Flint and Tinder French Terry Pullover Hoodie — $88

The casual, cozy, cool hoodie you need in your spring rotation.

Speaking of crucial spring layers, allow me to introduce you to your new favorite hooded sweatshirt. Able to be worn quite nicely with slim light wash jeans and vintage sneakers this spring, don’t you think?

Bespoke Post Crema Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

This could be the best way to make espresso at home, take it from me.

Searching for perhaps the best way to make espresso at home? For a price that’s incredibly affordable? The Bespoke Post Crema Box is here to help you upgrade your coffee this spring.

Outerknown Dune Jersey Polo — $68

The breezy polo to wear all spring and summer.

You surely know Outerknown and handsome, trusty spring style essentials like the Outerknown Puffer Jacket. (An important note: You can use the code STYLEGUIDE25 to get 25 percent off any full-priced Outerknown item). Now, meet your new favorite spring and summer polo, the Outerknown Dune Jersey Polo. Made to feel a much-loved T-shirt and yet finished with the classic design details of a traditional polo, the use of garment-dyed Supima cotton (and Fair Trade craftsmanship) sets this stylish spring polo apart from the pack.
Flint and Tinder Heavy Slub Tee — $38

A classic T-shirt you’ll want to wear all spring.

From polos to T-shirts — and yes, more gear from Flint and Tinder. Thing is, we’re back this time with the best new T-shirt to buy now. How can you not love the slub texture, the pleasing spring colors, and the excellent versatility?
Faherty Brand Overdyed Denim — $178

Richly crafted and yet pleasingly faded — a new spring go-to.

Stop searching for the best men’s jeans for spring and summer, because this particular pair — always well-crafted from Faherty Brand — could be just the ticket. Wear them with that Outerknown polo shown above.
Cardon for Men Daily SPF — $20

A well-made moisturizer and SPF combo that seriously delivers.

Finding a simple, go-to product to add to your grooming routine for spring and summer can prove tricky — after all, the men’s grooming landscape is surprisingly crowded these days. That being said, Cardon for Men might be onto something. They’ve worked with some of Korea’s top skincare manufacturers to deliver a daily SPF and moisturizer that’s not oily or overly fragrant — in fact, it’s one of the best moisturizers for men that I’ve tried. Get a tube for yourself now via the brand’s Web site. A reminder that you can find them on Instagram right here, too.
Bradley Mountain The Rambler — $285

The exact bag you need for all your spring and summer adventures.

Finding the right bag for spring and summer travel was just made a heck of a lot easier, thanks to the Bradley Mountain Rambler; it’s made with both waxed canvas and bridle leather for outstanding looks and tons of durability.
Blundstone Super 550 Boots — $185

A classic pair of Australian boots that are now quite the style statement.

We’ve certainly talked in past editions of The List about how Blundstone boots might just be the best boots to buy for rainy weather. And well, that’s why they’re featured here again today.
Zeal Optics Windsor Sunglasses — $149

The right way to shake up your sunglasses rotation.

We’d be remiss not to include a pair of the best men’s sunglasses in this edition of The List for you, seeing as how summer is creeing every closer. And the Zeal Optics Windsor Sunglasses are highly unique and affordably priced, to boot.
Now, that’s going to wrap up today’s post. Do any of the above make your list of new menswear essentials? For me, I’d say you can’t go wrong with the perfect spring jacket — that’d be the Relwen Packlight, as pictured above. Feel free, as always, to let me know your thoughts via Twitter. Thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Bespoke Post Lather Box

The shaving essentials you need now.

Your search for the perfect shave just got a whole lot easier — in fact, when you pick up the Bespoke Post Lather Box, the perfect shave has a price to it … a price of just $45 (when signing up for Bespoke Post, that is). Why the Lather Box, and why now? Well, we’re truly into spring — perhaps you’re the type of guy who grows out a beard for the fall and winter, and you want to part with it (sheds single tear). Perhaps, you just appreciate a classic, old-fashioned shave — either way, the Bespoke Post Lather Box is here to help. Changing up your facial hair as a new season rolls in is something you might be considering, but if you needed another reason to give it a shot, consider this one last push.

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SHOP: The Bespoke Post Lather Box

That’s certainly why we count on Bespoke Post here on the blog: Think of something you need, and they’ve got it. And you DO need that close, essential shave, especially to start a new season. It’s even better that the Bespoke Post Lather Box is packed with men’s grooming essentials from Base Light, a modern brand that still respects old-school traditions. So, you’re not only getting Pure Badger Shaving Brush, you’re also getting Base Light’s Hydrate Shave Cream to go along with it — see, that’s the best of the old and the new, all wrapped up in the Bespoke Post Lather Box.

Another considered step to add to your grooming routine.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Bespoke Post Lather Box helps you store your shaving essentials as well, thanks to a modern chrome shaving stand, along with a concrete shaving bowl. That these are two modern takes on the type of products your grandfather would have used is certainly intentional — and the Bespoke Post Lather Box is all the better for it. The final step in the perfect shave for your whiskers? Adding in some of the Restore Post-Shave Balm, designed to cool and soothe your skin. Set aside the balm and the shaving cream, store the brush, then call it a day — the Bespoke Post Lather Box really does make it that easy. Plus, it looks cool and channels that timeless, old-school cool you used to see in Old Spice commercials. Don’t take my word for it, though. Get your hands on the Bespoke Post Lather Box, and your face will thank you.

SHOP: The Bespoke Post Lather Box

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The Friday Read: The Best Men’s White Jeans, V76 by Vaughn & Portland, Maine

Happy Friday, folks! We made it through another week, but I’m not done with my work just quite yet. Namely, we’re kicking off today’s post by telling you about the one product — just one — that can give your fresh spring haircut a lift (as seen above!). That would be the excellent V76 by Vaughn Texture Clay, an American-made men’s grooming essential that provides a medium hold and nice separation while moisturizing your hair. Say adios to your old winter ‘do — I’ve loved trying out the Texture Clay this week (as you might have seen on my Instagram), and I can’t recommend it enough. The Blue Cedar fragrance is mighty pleasing, and it’s also made without parabens. Simply perfect. Now, to other matters in menswear.


We’ll have another Style Pick of the Week coming tomorrow, so stay tuned. In the meantime, it’s pretty neat to be able to cross another city off my travel bucket list this fine spring weekend — for me, that’d be Portland, Maine, a City I’ve long wanted to explore for its reputed beer scene and small-town Northeast feel. I happen to be trekking there this weekend to enjoy the likes of great Northeast coffee & Allagash Brewing beer, to go along with a show (always a show!) by remarkable up-and-coming pop star Maggie Rogers! I’ve previously seen Maggie play two sold-out shows back in August 2017 at the wonderful Brooklyn Steel, and this Saturday night show at the State Theatre should be no less remarkable! I particularly love her debut album, “Heard It In A Past Life,” and am so excited for what should be a transcendent evening (truly!).

Have any suggestions as to what I should do in Portland? Hit me up on Twitter (find me via @BoKnowsClothes!). Make no mistake though, we’ll be busy on the blog all the meanwhile. To wit: we’ve got plenty of men’s style content for you to enjoy on this lovely weekend, from the best spring rain jacket to a full list of seasonal menswear essentials. Get your weekend going below — and maybe spin some tunes from Maggie Rogers while you’re at it! Cheers!

  • Do white jeans feel like a style risk? Well, that’s understandable — and that being said, spring and summer presents a prime opportunity to try out a pair (seriously!). So, without further ado, read about my favorite pairs of white jeans over at The Manual. Cheers!
  • It’s worth refreshing your style and your beer fridge in equal measure for spring. That being said, it’s awfully nice to crack open a beer that’s packed with flavor & hops, even as the weather warms up. On that note, there’s no better beer embodying this currently than the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale — check out my rundown of this excellent beer for GearMoose.
  • If you know me, you know I love — and frequently recommend — a stylish pair of men’s sneakers for spring. And for my money’s worth, it doesn’t get any better or more unique than the ZDA Handball Trainers, which I wrote about recently for GearMoose. Wear ’em with light was jeans and a white skin tee. Read and enjoy, folks!

That’s all from me for now — again, check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week covering spring style essentials. Thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: Vancouver, Arkells & Hawthorne Grooming

The perfect gear essentials for any situation — all from Bradley Mountain and Bespoke Post.

It’s the first winter weekend of February — to me, that means it’s time for you to enjoy another Friday Read and also, perhaps, time for you to shop some new men’s style essentials from the good folks at Bradley Mountain. As seen above (and as sold by Bespoke Post), Bradley Mountain stocks exceedingly stylish and well-crafted leather goods, particularly fitting for winter travel. Speaking of winter travel, well, that’s the theme for yours truly this weekend — I’ll be heading to the great Western city of Vancouver for quite the exciting trip tonight. It’s a particularly special adventure, as I’m hitting the road to see Canadian mega-stars Arkells play a sold-out Pacific Coliseum on the “Rally Cry” Tour! They’ve become one of my favorite bands over the years (including three packed NYC shows at small clubs) — what’s more, they’ve got quite the support act in Lord Huron! But mainly, Arkells epitomize passion and work ethic with their uplifting blend of rock and power pop.

In fact, last year’s “Rally Cry” album was a huge favorite. To see a band play to about 300 people in Brooklyn — and then to be able to watch that same band sell out a 17,000-seat arena in its home country — is pretty special, to say the least! Aside from the show, what should I do in Vancouver? Let me know of any must-visit spots on TwitterAnd to follow along with my trip, head to my Instagram. For now, I’ve got some writing to wrap up before I hit the road — start your weekend with the right way with a new edition of the Friday Read, and be sure to enjoy tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Cheers!

  • Recently, I had the chance to get acquainted with a new brand that stocks custom men’s grooming essentials aplenty — that brand would be Hawthorne, based right here in NYC. They make customized cologne, body wash & soap using a grooming algorithm and quiz that’s pretty neat — and the process yields some quality results. You can read the full men’s grooming review over at The Manual!


Alright, before we go … I’ll leave you with a few more crucial menswear reads and shopping suggestions. Namely, upgrade your crewneck sweatshirt with this classic crewneck from Todd Snyder x Champion. You really won’t regret it. Or, you can scratch that itch when it comes to the best new menswear for winter, via a recent entry in our shopping series The List. OK, ready for the weekend? Same here! Thanks so much for reading.

-Beau