Get Dressed/ Men's grooming
Kristin Booker • June 17, 2010

Fashionable Father’s Day: Robert Verdi’s Picks for Dad

We all love hearing about the new and stylish discoveries of our favorite lifestyle guru and celebrity stylist, Robert Verdi. At a recent tweet-up, Robert gave his picks for fabulous Father’s Day gifts. Not sure what to get dear old Dad? Read along for some really great picks:

For Inspired Dads (idealistic, engaging), he suggests John Bartlett’s Tiny Tim T-Shirt. The fantastic tee is supersoft and features a silhouette of the designer’s own beloved rescue dog with three legs of the same name. The shelter named him that because they found him on Christmas Eve. All together now: “Awwww!” The shirt comes in multiple hues and is not only cool but comfortable.

Modern Dads will appreciate iconic potter/interior design guru Jonathan Adler’s new Pop Candles. The smells are derived from favorite organic smells like Tomato, Grapefruit and Watercress (and they smell DIVINE!) Best of all, when the candle is finished, the container can be used as a highball drinking glass. Get the Tomato candle, it really does smell like a tomato vine and is positively delicious to burn.

Classic Dads will appreciate Kenneth Cole Vintage Black, which has been described as “zesty lime and grapefruit combined with classic lavender and woods = a combination that is cool and vintage with a modern flair.” It has a very power-suit-by-day/black-tie-by-night kind of scent that is just beyond.

Dads on the Go will appreciate the Vaseline MEN line of products, like their Cooling Hydration Body Lotion which will instantly cool his skin on contact (perfect for a shower after the gym or a hot day in the sun) and absorbs within 15 seconds. The entire line absorbs quickly, is non-greasy and a great way to care for his face and body. Check out the line at your local drugstore or superstore.

Professional Dads always appreciate a little time away from work and the family to unwind without anything fussy. If you’re in NYC (or you’re planning a trip here), send him to John Allen’s, a men’s grooming studio that offers skin, hair and nail care in an environment that is completely guy-friendly. The hardwood and leather environment offers quick and easy services, amazing products from John’s own personal line, a billiard room and a full bar. The Full Service Experience takes just 15 minutes for shampoo, condition, haircut, manicure, shoeshine, and beverage! Yes, that’s what Willis was talkin’ ’bout.

Jet-Setting Dads will appreciate the luxurious Coach Transatlantic Travel Kit, a gorgeous dop kit made of premium, glove-tanned leather and of a generous size to hold all his toiletries. It’s a way to keep him well-groomed in style.

Savvy Dads that appreciate sharply-pressed suits will appreciate a Rowenta First Class Travel Iron. He can keep it at his desk and steam his suit before a big meeting (or a tuxedo before a night on the envelope circuit.) It’s compact, light, heats up quickly and won’t spit water, all of which make it a perfect winner.

Stylish Dads will appreciate a pair of the brand-new BOSS Men’s Modern Aviator sunglasses.  This stylish US-exclusive collection just hit stores this month and are not only very flattering to a multitude of face shapes, but they’re prescription ready! Love it when a plan comes together!

Ladies go crazy for a sharp-dressed man, so make sure the Dapper Dad remains happy with a great suit at the right price. Classic JOE Joseph Abboud Suit Separates from JC Penney are a sleek suit with an American cut that will make him look and feel like a million bucks for the extremely affordable price of just $179.99. Yes, people, it’s beyond great.

Fathers that are Young-At-Heart (and a little bit rock n’ roll) will appreciate uber-cool Jan Leslie cufflinks. Artful, inspired and extremely well-made, they’ll add just the right touch of style to your man’s inner rock star aspirations.

Tasteful Dads appreciate high quality accessories, like this Cole Haan Seton Tuxedo Wallet in rich black calfskin leather. Four pockets and a currency sleeve will keep all of his essentials organized in a luxurious, slim design.

Sleek Dads appreciate quality design, so an architectural luxury like a Skagen Denmark men’s watch should be right up his alley. The signature slim mesh band whispers taste and the high-quality materials will ensure he’ll have it for years. Oh, and the price point won’t kill your wallet, either.

If you’ve got a Do-It-Yourself kind of Dad like mine, then the Stoner Solutions Invisible Glass Ultimate Glass Cleaning Kit is perfect. This all-in-one kit contains revolutionary products to clean the windows in Dad’s car with minimal effort and dries quickly with a streak-free shine. It cuts through PERMANENT MARKER, people. I’ll be shipping this one home.

Got a dad who fancies himself a bit of a gourmand? Well, then, brunch is now served with a jar of McClure’s Spicy Pickle Brine Bloody Mary Mixer.  Now, let’s be clear here: it’s not for wussies. This spicy mixture packs a kick of spice and brine from the McClure’s great grandmother Lala’s original pickle recipe. Just add his favorite vodka or gin and some garnish (pickes, olives, more horseradish for the daring) and serve it up. I’ve been told you can also cool a mean spicy shrimp and rice with it. Yum.

Handy Dads will appreciate the original Leatherman Skeletool (and actually, get one of these for yourself, ladies.) This all-in-one tool weighs in at a mere five ounces and contains all the tools he’ll need to fix pretty much anything: a stainless-steel combo blade, pliers, bit driver, removable pocket clip, and a carabiner/bottle
opener. It’s the MacGyver of pocket tools.

Lastly, Cool Dads aren’t afraid to shave their heads and let their craniums become their crowning glory. Make it easy for him to groom his dome with the Headblade tool and accompanying products. He can just slip his finger through the ring and tighten that sexy bald look in a snap. Gotta love it!

Really, it doesn’t matter what kind of Dad you have, just make sure to celebrate the fathers in your life this Sunday. Hope these product suggestions from Robert gave you some great ideas!


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