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New: Odin 11 Semma Fragrance

Odin 11 Semma Fragrance Cologne Scent

Coming by the end of the weekend is the eleventh member of the coveted collection of fragrances from New York boutique Odin, which explores the philosophy of sample, explore, modify, model and assess (Semma). 11 Semma is dynamic; a go-getter’s tonic whose laurels use the piquancy of chile pepper, clove, myrrh, cinnamon and, for the first time in an Odin fragrance—tobacco. It’s a sweet scent, yes, but it strikes like a musk that’s percolating on a foundation of sparkling wine. It’s got a optimistic coziness that reads for fall, but a festive, down-to-Earth spark that’s even for the coming winter.

$165 for 3.4 oz at the Odin Store in New York, select Barneys and online at and

Stance Fall 2013 Collection: Step Into It, If You Dare

Stance Socks Fall 2013 Men

We’re still a little perplexed at how it came to this, but socks do indeed come in collections. That’s not a complaint—really—we’re in the midst of experiencing the current sock craze just as much as you are, but it’s taken a moment to adjust to the idea of that a cohesive collection of tubing for your feet can borrow the same terminology used to describe, say, what Ralph Lauren or Rick Owens sends down a runway.

Though, collection implies a timeline, and that, dear readers, is something of note. Socks do have a shelf life. And while you may have a favorite pair, they experience way more wear and tear than that Spring 2013 Givenchy blazer you’ve been over-wearing because you love it so much. Wear your socks to much and they become unsightly rags. Perfect for the trash can.

Which leaves us at the Fall 2013 collection of socks from Stance. It’s time to go though your sock drawer and ditch the faded, torn, worn, ragged  and replace them with some new pieces of biped mastery. There’s plenty of sock brands making designs we love, but Stance is one of the few that makes interesting socks that are thick enough to keep your toes warm for winter. Combined cotton and reinforced heals mean they’re cushy and comfy. The designs that range from preppy to mod to hippy let you pair them with just about anything—even that strange socks n sandal trend that’s been creeping back from it’s mid 1990′s death.

Check out Stance Socks Fall 2013 Collection here.

Your Next New York Fashion Week Home is the NYLO Hotel

Nylo Hotel New York City Upper West SideNew York City’s Upper West Side has been cool…well, never (well, ok maybe once if you’re a die hard Seinfeld fan, and even then…) but that’s looking to change with today’s arrival of the city’s first ever NYLO Hotel. The boutique hotel chain is known for it’s mix of urban loft style rooms mixed with a cool industrial jazziness that makes the spot feel like it should be well below 42nd street. But it’s design isn’t what really gives the place a downtown feel. They’ve teamed up some of the Lower East Side’s most buzzed about shops like Roni Sue in the Essex Street Market and Clinton Street’s Prohibition Bakery to provide a real taste of lower manhattan. West Village newcomer RedFarm is going north, bringing its clean and modern Chinese cuisine to to the hotel with menu items including award-winning dim sum by master chef Joe Ng and Chinese food expert Ed Schoenfeld.

Add in a gorgeous rooftop with sweeping views and the fact that it’s located on 77th and Broadway, just one subway stop and a few blocks walk to Lincoln Center,  and you’ve got  an ideal spot to set up camp during the next New York Fashion Week.


The Launch of the Jack Black Blue Mark Collection

Jack Black Blue Mark Mens cologne new holiday

If you’ve been a wearer of Jack Black’s Blue Mark Eau de Parfum, then you should be quite piqued by some of what’s been happening to the signature scent. If you’ve never heard of the fragrance—then it’s time. The sweet, watermint scent hasn’t changed; it’s the same mix of  musky wood  mixed with fresh sheets that’s perfect for any time of year, but the bottle’s been updated to look just a little more stately, in a new weighty square of cobalt. And more importantly, you can take that deliciously clean scent with you into the shower. They’ve taken the same luxuriously sourced essential oils and added given them some sudsy treatment. The 2-in-1 Blue Mark Rich Lather Body & Hair wash is deeply moisturizing, exactly what you want for coming dry, cold winds of winter, and also great for your hair, which can get dried out from too much product. It’s a handy addition to the fragrance, but also serves as worthwhile alternative, especially for guys who aren’t into spritzing and spraying. It hydrates the skin and hair with  just enough of the scent to give you  a perfect, understated shot of elegance. Perfect for end of year party time.

Blue Mark Rich Lather Body & Hair Wash is $30 for 12 oz at

Blue Mark Eau de Parfum is $70 for 3.4 oz at

APC + Nike AirMax Part 3

APC Nike AirMax Three Sneakers TrainersSchedules are busy in fall, which is why it’s a good idea to have some trainers that will keep your feet feeling good at the gym, and then look correct enough to bounce out to whatever plans you’ve got next. The latest collaboration between APC and Nike are just those kicks. Dropping today, they’re street smart with a dash of neon yellow trim, neon orange eyelets and navy everything else. On the performance tip, the midsole in injected foam and air cushion for slight shock absorption and more support. They drop today and go for $120. These collections have been selling out fast so if you want, head on over to