Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Perfect...Post Shave

 Morocan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion by Aesop

I have been using Aesop products for about 6 months now. Great packaging and intoxicating scents aside, they produce real results.  My fav is the post-shave lotion. It spreads effortlessly and acts quickly on dry and aggravated skin of the face and neck. Extracts of Neroli Blossom, Sandalwood and Bisabol calm and soothe without clogging. It's not easy to find this Aussie line in Canada but you can try ordering from the UK or visit one of two new shops in N.Y.C.  $50

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Perfect...Carve

The Great Beauties of History Snowboard by YES.

Finally, a board for a grown man.  After the success of the Great Dudes of History snowboards by YES, the company has flipped the switch by giving us Great Beauties of History.  The boards are an asymmetrical twin shape, use a Camrock profile, have one of the firmest flexes in the range and include a new nameless technology to increase grip.  If you want to go a bit more controversial (and give back to charity) try their Great Boobs of History, with proceeds going to help breast cancer survivors experience the life-changing effects of snowboarding through Retreat Yourself camps in Colorado.  $500 or at these global dealers

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Perfect...Slipper

The Fog Linen Work Slipper

On a recent trip east I happened to leave my favorite new slippers behind...and I haven't been the same since.  Made of durable linen and leather from Lithuania, these slip-ons are not only comfortable but keep my tootsies warm as the harsh winter approaches.  Did I mention how subtle they are?  To order on-line visit  or get them at fine stores in Gastown, Vancouver

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Perfect...Sound

The Libratone Wireless Speaker

More than just a hip piece of scandinavian furniture, the Libratone speaker connects seamlessly and wirelessly to just about any sound source you can think of.  Made with high quality cashmere, chrome and wood, this pleasing to look at system puts sound in every corner of the room.  From $699

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Perfect...Duffle

Forestbound uses exclusively found and salvaged materials to create durable, utilitarian tote bags. This WWII era us military duffel bag has been reworked into a durable, zip-top duffel bag, fully lined with cotton canvas. Note these are made to order (fantastic) so you can choose your colour of canvas. $280

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Perfect...Pitch

Now that I consider myself a bit of an outdoorsman I want to make sure my accommodations live up to my standards.  The Heimplanet Cave Tent does just that.  Constructed on five identical struts, the inflatable three-man (in my case one-man) tent weighs less than 12 pounds and does not need poles.  The "Cave Tent" allows for the entire frame to be inflated in less than a minute leaving more time for hunting and scavenging.  $699

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Perfect...White Shirt

The Ike Behar White Classic Windsor

These are no ordinary dress shirts. Ike Behar’s shirting is made from the finest, most luxurious materials, and domestically crafted with a patented, diamond quilted collar construction. Top everything off with sturdy single needle stitching, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for dress shirts that will become instant favorites, and keep on kicking for years to come.  $158  Check out this and other Ike Behar shirts at

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Perfect...Lounge

The EMU Heaven Lounge Chair by Coalesse

Seating is important for a patio but there is no need to overdo it.  Two to four will suffice, along with a couple of side tables.  The refined Heaven collection by Coalesse will add a sensual and sophisticated elegance to your outdoor space.  $535  

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Perfect...Grill

The Snow Peak Iron Grill Table Set #3

Summer is upon us so I thought I would dedicate this week to creating the perfect patio or outdoor space. Currently my patio consists of one potted plant and a gardening spade - an ideal canvass.  Start with a centre piece like a cool grill and build from there.  The Snow Peak Iron Grill Table Set is ideal because it's fully customizable and can include a number of counter space options like these fold-out bamboo tables...and it's collapsible for easy transport.  $700

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Perfect...Swim

The Setter Swim Short by Orlebar Brown

Now that you have moved on from over-sized surfer print board shorts, its time to start thinking about a stylish pair of trunks that can take you from the beach to the beach club.  A revised take on the classic 1950's swim short, Orlebar Brown's Setter streamlines your physique with a modern cut and a multitude of colours.  $230

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Perfect...Canadian Whisky

Collingwood Canadian Whisky

Being from Canada I have had my fair share of whisky.  During my youth it was the drink of choice before heading downtown to the local watering hole.  Since that time my appreciation for fine liquid gold has improved.  Collingwood  Maplewood Whisky is triple distilled in white oak barrels and undergoes a finishing step called maplewood mellowing (they had me at triple distilled) and as they state on their website: "fancy bags and bottles don't make great whisky. It's what's inside that counts."  I couldn't agree more.   $30

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Perfect...Bag Lunch

The Lunch Tote by Artifact Bag Co.

I prefer bringing my own lunch to work.  It has something to do with the fact I know what is in it. You can't say the same for the local blue plate special.  The problem is, who wants to walk to work carrying a fluorescent green igloo cooler bag.  Not me. This sturdy American made waxed canvas lunch tote combines durability with a modern design...and it sure beats my Dora the Explorer lunch box.  $65 at 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Perfect Cargo

The Perfect Shape Cargo Pants by Uniqlo

Cargo pants are back but without the sagging and bagging.  Keep them simple and they can become the perfect alternative to casual Fridays.  The fit should be similar to your favorite pair of straight cut jeans.  $40 at

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Perfect...Breaker

The Bora Breaker from Aether
Spring showers bring May flowers but it also brings a chill to your bones.  The Bora Breaker offers a soft comfort and the functionality of a classic windbreaker.  Shield your shirt and tie from the rain with a modern fabric and contemporary design.  $235 at 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Perfect...Frame

The Fillmore Frames from Warby Parker

These "Fillmore" frames are classically designed for small to medium sized faces like mine. They incorporate a bold keyhole bridge, thick acetate and Warby Parker’s signature plaque. I also love their Virtual Try-On Tool.  $95

For every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker will provide one to someone in need.  Nice!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Perfect...Nautical

The Nautical Tee by Saint James

Oh the French and their fashionable Navy.  The fisherman's sweater has been keeping them warm for over a century and Saint James has been making them since the 50's.  Its simple lines and classic design make it easy to layer. Available at $85

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Perfect T

The James Perse T-shirt

Okay, it has been a while, but I am back.  I am always on the hunt for the perfect T.  One that fits, is soft and is good quality.  I have found it thanks to James Perse. They can be found in a number of fine shops throughout Vancouver, but order online at   $45

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Perfect...Laundry

The Laundress Travel Pack

The Laundress Travel Pack includes everything you need to make life easier while away from home. Includes fabric scent, detergent, crease release, stain solution and a laundry bag.  Perfect for removing all evidence of late night shenanigans and debauchery.  $59 at in Vancouver.  Check out other great products at 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Perfect...Neck

The rag & bone Plaid Scarf

I'm a big fan of the scarf.  I think it is because I always feel cozy wearing one.  It's like I am still in the comfort of my own bed. The rag & bone Plaid Scarf, made from 100% virgin wool, is lightweight enough for the warmer seasons and “cozy” enough to keep out the cold.  $125 online at