In the Bag: Imperial Barber Products

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The Company: Imperial Barber Products

The Founders: Pedro Zermeno and Bryan Fisher

The Story: How do the dudes behind Imperial know what barbers want? Because before they launched their collection of grooming goodness in January 2012, they had racked up 26 combined years of experience in the biz. The L.A.-based company is all about keeping things simple and functional: Right now, they have eight (simply packaged) offerings in their line—we’re talking a cluster of hair pomades, a no-nonsense shave soap, and a bergamot after-shave. Because having 29 hair product options is definitely not better.

Get a bunch of Imperial shaving gear in our grab bag for boys! Score one while you can.

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Gifted Program: Keep Calm and Carry-On

What do we think you should gift this season? Something Of a Kind—I mean, OBVIOUSLY. If you’re looking to double-down on the special, we’ve conjured up some stellar present pairings—our “Gifted Program,” if you will—that we’ll be serving up over the next couple weeks. (And ok, fine, if this doesn’t satiate you, we have a slew of ideas up in our Pinterest, too.) —erica 

The pairing: Ernest Alexander’s ridiculously perfect, canvas-and-leather overnight bag ($395) + dude grooming essentials (in TSA-friendly sizes), curated by the fly girls over at 3floz ($74.50). Throw in an airline ticket to somewhere with sand, and you’re officially the best gift-giver ever.

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In the Bag: Metaphor Organic

Our holiday grab bags are back! Packed with rad finds from some of our fave up-and-coming brands, they’re the perfect gifts for the hardest-to-shop for peeps on your list—boys and girls alike. Score them while you can, and get the low-down on the featured lines here. —erica

 

The Company: Metaphor Organic

The Founder: Errol Davis and Adam Bienvenu

The Story: Errol Davis and Adam Bienvenu are pretty high-minded guys. The former is a writer and the latter a conceptual artist, and they came upon the idea to start a health-slash-beauty business after year of contemplation, zeroing on triple bottom line (that’s people, planet, and profit), doing everything by hand, and putting the emphasis on using only natural ingredients (organic if possible!). That means their soaps and deodorants are packed with goat’s milk, coconut oil, and, in the case of this bar above, coffee, roasted right in San Francisco.

Score this soap, bound to wake you up in the morning, but scooping up one (or three!) of our Boys’ Holiday Grab Bags.

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In the Bag: Baxter California

Our holiday grab bags are back! Packed with rad finds from some of our fave up-and-coming brands, they’re the perfect gifts for the hardest-to-shop for peeps on your list—boys and girls alike. Score them while you can, and get the low-down on the featured lines here. —erica

 

The Company: Baxter California

The Founder: Baxter Finley

The Story: Baxter Finley is someone out of an AMC show (ok, fine, Mad Men). When the ad man moved from NYC to L.A. in the sixties, his skin was getting parched, and he wanted a remedy. Seeing as how girly all the skincare products to be had were at the time, he decided to make his own moisturizer, Super Shape, which grew into the first men’s grooming line launched in the U.S. of A. Though the company’s been around for decades now, things really got bumping around 2000 when his pal Jean-Pierre Mastey took the reigns (and guys started to use the term “product”). Now it includes super-slick, high-gloss versions of pretty much everything a guy could want in his medicine cabinet.

Our jumbo Boys’ Holiday Grab Bags come with Baxter’s schmancy shave cream. Click here to get them.

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In the Bag: Ursa Major

Next week is Cyber Monday! We’re going to celebrate by 1) releasing a special holiday surprise and 2) avoiding the word cyber for 12 months thereafter. But back to that whole surprise thing: We can’t reveal too, too much, but we will go ahead and intro you to some of the super-cool brands involved. That way, on Monday, you can legitimately say, “Oh, I know you from the internet.” —erica

The Company: Ursa Major

The Founders: Oliver Sweatman and Emily Doyle

The Story: Bet you learned in second grade that your skin in your body’s biggest organ. So, you should probably take care of that thing, and that’s what the duo behind Ursa Major want to help you do. They swapped their fancy NYC jobs for life in Stowe, Vermont, making men’s grooming products—there’s a face wash and a shave cream, and a toner and face balm are coming soon. But these aren’t your standard recipes: Ursa Major uses the sort of ingredients that come from plants, not the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and the reviews are what you’d call raves.

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