Wednesday, 29.3.2017

Light the Night

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a little attention, it’s only natural. We groom ourselves, we accessorize, and we dress well, not only because it makes us feel confidant, but because, like it or not, we’re judged by how we present ourselves to the world. We (many of us) bask in that attention, especially when it comes from the fairer sex, with some likely lads going to great lengths to maintain a sense of notoriety, especially in their social lives. Fortunately, it might be as easy as waving your hand at a waiter next time you’re hitting the club.

Introducing Midnight Sabre, a breakthrough, eye-catching, and certainly attention-gaining new luminous bottle from Polish vodka gurus Belvedere. Available exclusively at Asia’s top nightclubs, this very special bottle of vodka (sibling to Belvedere’s 2014 precision cut Night Sabre club bottle) features exquisite laser etching and a delicate black coating, which helps set the scene and captivate the crowds when you turn on the built-in LED lamps in the bottle’s base. The effect of misty trees emerging from within the bottle is sure to act like a welcoming beacon to the lovelies with their eyes on the VIP tables.

Go ahead, bask.


 

Belvedere Midnight Sabre
Available in good wine stores
www.belvederevodka.com


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Making Mixology Easier

Perhaps this is a familiar scenario: you’ve been on the town, honed in, worked your magic, and brought a lovely little thing home to your man pad, where, as a gentleman, you’ve made the debonair offer of a “cocktail or perhaps a glass of champagne” without looking in the fridge first. Sadly, when you do you realize there is no champagne, and sadly no ingredients for home-style mixology, save for a bottle of Stella, a well-intentioned miniature of absinthe, a low sugar juice box, and an onion that’s starting to get attitude. How do you ensure your love pad offers real hospitality without filling your rarely-explored fridge with perishables?

One way is with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot’s new RICH champagne, available in brut and rose. The first French champagne designed specifically for use in cocktails, the new wine takes its inspiration from the sweeter champagnes Madame Clicquot once sold to the Russian aristocracy, tipples that were described as ‘rich’ champagnes. With a blend of 45 percent pinot noir, 40 percent pinot meunier, and 15 percent chardonnay, this blissfully-light wine is packed with summer fruit flavours, from honey and ripe apples to citrus, with a touch of floral notes – essentially it already has most of what you need for home mixology. Simply add ice to a glass, add a few slices of cucumber, a touch of lime, perhaps a grating of ginger, a spoon of marmalade, a splash of fruit tea or almost anything you can lay your hands on, and hey presto, you’ve made something we think could impress the pants off her.

And that’s the idea, right?


 

Veuve Clicquot RICH
Available in good wine stores
rich.veuve-clicquot.com


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Time to Turn Over a New Leaf

You may only now be seeing guys outside bars, at bus stops, or virtually anywhere else, vaping, but it’s not all that new a trend. The first e-cigarette was created by Herbert A. Gilbert in the 1960s. His smokeless, non-tobacco e-cigarette included flavor cartridges and heating elements, and produced smokeless flavored air. Skip forward to the 2000s when Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik created the first modern e-cigarette, motivated by his own addiction to traditional smokes. He released his invention, which contained a battery, an ultrasonic atomizer, and a cartridge filled with nicotine-laced propylene to the public in 2006, and the rest, so they say, is history. Today, vaping, with or without nicotine, has taken off globally, with vaping technology keeping pace.

You can learn more about vaping at Hong Kong’s first dedicated vape shop, located in Sai Ying Pun. The tiny boutique features a huge array of imported non-nicotine vape e-juices – from Naked and Five Pawns to the innovative Bi-So range – as well as a vast selection of vaping devices including Vapresso and iStick,  – from simple unregulated puff-n-gos, through to mods packed with computer chips. Owner Tom knows the ins and outs of the global vaping scene and can answer any questions you have; suggest a starter kit for those looking to break the habit of traditional cigarettes; or help you upgrade to a truly modern vaping experience.

Because it’s never too late for good habits.
 


 

The Vape Shop Hong Kong
Lee Wang Building, 133-134 Connaught Rd West, Sai Ying Pun; 5165 6313
www.thevapeshophk.com


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Sipping in the City of Light

Let us just whisk you back in time for a moment. It’s 1985; Calvin and Hobbes has just run for the first time in US newspapers; the wreck of the Titanic has just been discovered at the bottom of the Atlantic; sweater vests are still cool; and the first version of Windows has just hit the shelves. And yet, all you can think about is which kidney you’re going to sell to buy your first pair of Air Jordans. They were the bad-ass of the shoe world (their 1984 prototype was even banned by the NBA for having too little white) and they fed perfectly into your alter-ego as a kid from the tough side of the street. Of course, if you did survive the drive-bys of suburbia, these sneakers also promised you’d defy gravity on the basketball court; that you too could make it all the way to the NBA (or at least to the rim), just by wearing Michael’s signature.

Prepare to get excited about your next pair of Air Jordans. Delivering a sack load of swagger to a golf course near you, the new Air Jordan golf shoe promises you as much success on the links as they did on the asphalt. For those in the know, Jordan is a massive fan of the great game and even played honorary vice-captain for the US Ryder Cup team. The new version boasts additional ankle padding, with a waterproof upper in leather, Nike Free-inspired spikes below, the iconic Jumpman logo on the lounge, and options for two colours: original white, black and red, or white and metallic. We think it might be time to dust off that bad-ass persona.

"I thought Jordans and a gold chain was living it up," – NAS, Street Dreams
 


 

Air Jordan Golf Shoe
US$200
www.nike.com


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California Dreamin’

You may not have thought about it much but the bag you carry can define you as much as those expensive shoes, that vintage watch, or that flashy haircut. You may have just stepped out of a Thai boxing session but if you’re sporting a backpack with that pinstripe suit, you might as well be wearing trainers and a pocket protector.


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Look Aging in the Eye

Sure, it may not have happened yet, and we’re not saying it will any time soon, but eventually, there’s going to be a morning when you look in the mirror and realize that age is catching up with you.


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Singapore’s Newest Hideaway

You may not have thought about it much but the bag you carry can define you as much as those expensive shoes, that vintage watch, or that flashy haircut. You may have just stepped out of a Thai boxing session but if you’re sporting a backpack with that pinstripe suit, you might as well be wearing trainers and a pocket protector.


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Groom to Win

Today’s gents looking to maintain their debonair persona should count themselves lucky. The men of the past didn’t have the raft of grooming options we now take for granted. In the late 1700s Pierre Fauchard, known as the father of modern dentistry, recommended rising with one’s own urine to kill germs and maintain good oral health.


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It’s Our Time Now

So you consider yourself a bit of a music buff, a festival fan, a man-about-the-dancefloor, and with good reason. You’ve travelled the world to attend, front row and all, the world’s best music concerts and events, from muddy farm fields in the English countryside, and the beaches of Singapore, to the free love best found in the streets of Berlin.


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Because it’s Not Too Late

Ok, so you might not want to talk about this touchy topic, but that doesn’t make it go away – some of you, some of us, might be losing our hair. It’s a perfectly natural process (unless you’ve been standing too close to the microwave) yet there is still a certain degree of social stigma attached to male baldness.


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How Do You Take It?

Coffee; it’s the lifeblood of many a manly lifestyle, but it does so much more than just keep you awake.


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Not All Vodkas Are Created Equally

Despite all the myths and misconceptions there are about the world’s most popular spirit, one thing remains true: there are vodkas, and there are vodkas.


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Handmade Goodness

You’d have to live in a hole in the ground not to have recognized the global renaissance that artisanal gin is enjoying at the moment.


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Intoxicating Art

So you’re rebuilding your home bar after it was violated by those you hold dearest over the festive season.


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Time to Impress

It’s almost Christmas and New Year’s, which means the party season is almost upon us. It’s a great time to stock up on grooming essentials that will ensure you look your best during those office parties and family gatherings. Here are some of our new-found favourites.


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Prepare for Change

Being flexible is the key to being a good traveller.


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Gallivanting around on holiday is always fun, but it’s always better when there’s a bit of alcohol on hand. Bottles and cans are for boys; for all the classy gents out there, we’ve rounded up five hip flasks to make holiday drinking both easy and sexy.


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Make sure you hit the beach in style this summer with NecesCity’s selection of the most dapper swim trunks around.


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Sharpen Up for Summer

While it’s well-known that not every guy on the street places hygiene and grooming as high on the priority list as say, a threesome with the runners up in a ladies' Brazilian beach volleyball tournament. But that doesn’t mean you can’t follow a few vital guidelines that will ease you into the middle-right of the metrosexuality scene.


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Finally Something Good from Space

Fairly often we hear about ‘breakthroughs’ in space, new comets or black holes discovered, the Big Bang better understood, the dimples and pimples on some far-off world spied on by scientists with billion-dollar telescopes like so many teenage peeping toms.


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Isn’t it funny how trends return to vogue and what we once swore we would never wear, we now contemplate and even capitulate to?


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Spy Style

At one point or another, all of us have dreamed of being dashing spies.


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Eye Candy for Your Face

 

 

 

Trends of days past return this year with vintage sunglasses for men taking their cues from the cool 60s.


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Oxfords and Monks don’t go with everything, and tassels should be found on strippers, not loafers. Lace up with a sturdy yet stylish pair of chukka boots – versatile, leather ankle-height boots that come in a wide range of style and looks.


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Because Gentlemen Come Prepared

Sometimes it can be hard to predict what weather you’ll encounter on the road.


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Dopp Kits for Savvy Gents

We’re travelling more than ever and that means we need to be a little more organised when on the road. Dopp kits, created by German immigrant Charles Doppelt in 1919, are ideal for busy travellers that need all their grooming needs in one easy pouch. Here are some of our favourites.


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Go West

America’s Wild West was a real man’s world. The American Frontier was a time when men drank and caroused in saloons; when barroom brawls were settled in high-noon duels; and when the outlaw cowboy embodied all it was to be a man.


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The Ultimate Man Cave

We men love being in the presence of women.


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This November a brotherhood of men once again took to the streets of Hong Kong proudly sporting all manner of moustaches in support of Movember, the men’s health-advocating charity that seems to gather more ‘bros each year. NecesCity gathered three MoBros one evening to talk about their mo’ stories over a few man-approved cocktails.


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Even alpha males need a dose of self-appreciation from time to time and these guy friendly sanctuaries are bound to satisfy. 

 


Gentlemen’s Tonic

Brother to the original urban man cave in London’s Mayfair, Gentlemen’s Tonic on Wellington Street is a contemporary take on a traditional men’s barbershop, except it also offers facials, manicures, massages, and plenty of manscaping for the black suit crowd looking for reprieve from the corporate world. The Rubio package, designed “for the ultimate playboy”, includes a haircut, wet shave, express toning facial, hand treatment (not what you’re thinking), and a deluxe Swedish massage. Alternatively, great for buck’s party warm ups, the Hemingway inspired ‘After a Heavy Night of Drinking & Bullfighting’ marries an aromatherapy message and facial with a stiff Bloody Mary.http://www.gentlemenstonic.com/

 

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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

With a Turkish Hammam, Moroccan Rasul ,and a 1930s Shanghainese style barber and grooming centre at guests’ disposal, The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Oriental offers treatments laced with ancient wellness tradition across 15 treatment suites, with an adjoining state-of-the-art fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. Lads looking to languish should book the three hour long Gentlemen’s Refresher – Half Day package and arrive an hour early to chill in the vitality pool or sauna before starting with an exfoliating Hammam experience, followed by a de-stress massage, and a mini facial to rid the skin of impurities. Catch up with your mates over a session in the amethyst crystal steam room or over bouts at the ice fountain. 
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The Strand Hong Kong

The Strand Hong Kong is a haven in which modern men can unwind without the fuss of work or women. With the entire second floor of the Cochrane Street building dedicated to the lads, The Strand is famed for their extensive list of facials, which use organic products sourced from Germany. However, you’ll miss out if you don’t go in for The Godfather ritual, during which a team of professionals subject punters to a 60-minute oriental body massage, a 30-minute booster facial and a 15-minute jetlag treatment that promises to lighten eye luggage. There’s little left to do but kick back with a magazine in one hand, and a chilled beverage in the other. 
http://www.thestrandhk.com

 

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Chuan Spa

The Langham Place Mongkok boasts the city-famous Chuan Spa, an oasis on the 41st floor where traditional Chinese medicinal practices are used reduce mental stress and muscular tension. The Chuan Signature Man Menu focuses on the male specimen’s energy flow, or Qi. Highlights include the Stress Killer massage and the Chuan Man’s World skin cleanse. The Metropolitan package, for the modern, working man, is a must-try, with its back scrub, warm paraffin mask, leg and foot massage, and Chuan Man Maintenance purifying facial, is designed to alleviate inner tension as well as sculpt and tone the body. An hour and 30 minutes later, you’ll be one with all of your chakras. http://www.chuanspa.com.hk/en/HongKong/

 

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W’s Bliss Spa

Soaring way above cloud nine on the 72nd floor of the W Hong Kong, the Bliss Spa is a retreat that features nine lavish treatment rooms, jacuzzis in locker rooms, and even a brownie and lemonade buffet to satisfy mid-spa hunger pangs (though we’re sure they would also bring a margarita or two up from the WooBar if you asked nicely). Enjoy BIP (Bliss Important Person) priority status and check out the spa’s exclusive Pour Les Garcons summer promotion that combines a 30-minute back, neck, and shoulder massage, and a 15-minute scalp therapy session, with a 30-minute facial that’ll exfoliate and tighten the skin and rid you of your post-deadline panda eyes. You’ll even have access to the FIT gym and WET swimming pool, one of the city’s most iconic, leaving the hotel a new man. http://www.w-hongkong.com/

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