Have you ever walked into the handbag department of a luxury goods specialty retailer, and observed how many times a woman will pick up, put down, view in the mirror, and ask the opinion of everyone around before purchasing an item she both adores and knows will wear. Now segue to an automobile showroom where cappuccino is freely poured and watch a man test drive a car that corners like rails, return, and sign the purchase paperwork for immediate delivery.
However when it comes to grooming himself he is still a bit baffled. American women spend on average a good six figures on beauty products and grooming, which worldwide is a multi-billion business, and while men have been tiptoeing into the marketplace it is rather doubtful that over lunch they will be discussing the best place to get a manicure versus last weekend’s golf handicap. This is where the women- mothers, daughters, granddaughters, girlfriends and the entire female population can assume the role of head coach, and one of the most opportune of times is in the gifting of Father’s Day presents.
For the past five years, Lee Garipoli, proprietor of ManKind Grooming & Services in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, as well as himself, a scratch playing golfer, has blended the traditions of yesterday, such as a shoe shine, with products, from the noted, natural product line, The Art of Shaving, and its own recently launched, two ounce, homemade One of A Kind post shave treatment ($18), that provides instant relief for the most sensitive of skin, while becoming a best seller, with services like a one hour hot stone massage, of today, in order to make a man feel right at home.
ManKind definitely spells manly from the moment you enter its door, with its rich appointments in leather and wood, where one can shoot a little pool, have a cold beer and select from a wide range of services provided by its highly experienced staff committed to enhancing and educating one in the grooming experience all in front of the big screen unless of course one opts to soothe the body with a massage and sauna. At Mankind, says Garipoli, “we offer a wide variety of products designed exclusively for men that are pleasing to all as we believe that grooming wasn’t meant to be a task but rather an opportunity to present the best you have to offer.” And one of the best it offers is its signature, luxurious, hot One-of-a-Kind Shave which has been dubbed ‘the best shave known to man’.
Being as ManKind is there to enhance a man’s state of grooming year round, with memberships, catering for groomsmen and bachelor parties, as well as other special events, gift certificates, especially for Father’s Day, are always available in store or online, and make a most memorable time out for dad.
Nearby at Tease Salon at Bank of America City Center on Las Olas Place, a pied-a-terre of shops and restaurants, Luann Alorro, owner has been graciously welcoming and enhancing the well-being of its male clients at this location, for nearly a decade. “It is joyfully rewarding to watch the multi-generations of a client’s family grow; from grandfathers, fathers, sons, and grandsons, knowing that we at Tease have had a significant impact in enriching the appearance of their lives. I am always touched by the bonding that occurs between a father and son when the former passes the baton of his grooming knowledge or vice versa during a first salon visit,” says Alorro. Tease, which has been voted best salon in Ft. Lauderdale, strives daily to customize, with utmost courtesy each of its services from hair to nails, to the specific needs of its clients in a way that is lighthearted, fun, relaxing, and inviting. This Father’s Day, from Tease, one can purchase a gift pampering package for $75 that includes a haircut, manicure, and pedicure. Tease is so close to both the business district and nightlife of downtown, so be prepared as the man in your life might just decide to more handsomely enjoy an evening out with family and friends.
And if you want to bring the grooming home, there is the Double Play Kit from Every Man Jack www.EveryManJack.com,headquartered in San Francisco, the core of whose business agenda is to redefine men’s grooming with products that contain natural ingredients; no dyes, parabens, (preservatives), phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, or stearin (tallow which is beef fat- a common component in most soaps and on many other labels), in upscale new wave, manly barbershop packaging at an ever affordable price point.
The Double Play Kit, a $40 retail value being offered online only online this Father’s Day for $25,contains six, full size, no-nonsense grooming items from both its fragrance-free shave and scented body collection with the added gift of its unscented, SPF 15 lip balm to further educate and encourage men, especially those living in Ft. Lauderdale, into the habit of protecting this delicate area from sun damage. It is both portable and contoured to a man’s mouth for ease of application throughout the day.
Every Man Jack has thought of everything in this kit from its pre-shave face scrub that contains jojoba beads, for gentle exfoliation to its 4-pack vitamin enriched body bars, with marine extracts that soothe the skin and glycerin to retain the skin’s moisture throughout the day. The only thing one needs to do is select from its fresh citrus or heady cedarwood scentedbody collection. And if you prefer to create your own gift package you can visit Whole Foods and Target. Either way you will have gifted dad with products that are eco-friendly. And now that he has a matched set of natural products on his shelf you might just have to make some room on the bathroom vanity, as he might just be bringing the boys in to proudly show them his wonderful Father’s Day gift, before heading off to the links.
P.S. Even though these are Father’s Day gift suggestions you might also want to consider them for upcoming graduations, especially The Double Play Kit with its wallet-friendly price for natural male beauty.