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Fit for a Tsar

What’s a Tsar to do?  Try as he might, his people just wouldn’t modernize!  Peter the Great had an idea.  On this day in 1698, Tsar Peter I levied a tax on all men who insisted on wearing a beard.  Clergymen and peasants were exempt from the levy but everyone else had to pay. Men […]

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A Father's Day Favorite

Soap-on-a-Rope has always been a Father's Day favorite.  I remember buying a bar for my dad when I was a young boy.  There's something so manly about it—the no-nonsense practicality, the simple functionality, and, of course, the lingering masculine smell. Hanging from the shower head or water tap, a bar of the soap will stay handy and neat (never dissolving into a slimy goo).  Alas, making soap-on-a-rope is a labor-intensive (and vanishing) tradecraft.  Luckily, our soap maker in Portugal, Claus Porto, still makes the suspendible bars.  Click on the photo above and learn more about it. Other Musgo Real products are also offered on-line—as a gift pack or a la carte. More Father's Day gift ideas tomorrow.    LEO Design's...

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Classic Men’s Bath Collection

Perfect for Father’s Day: a collection of classic men’s Musgo Real products from Claus Porto, Portugal.  He’ll start in the shower with the body soap, shave next with the luxurious shave cream, and finish-off with a splash of the aftershave.  These products will help make his mundane morning ablutions a little less tedious, a little […]

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Classic European

Founded in Portugal in 1887, Claus Porto makes a range of fragrance and bath products—including their classic Musgo Real collection.  Shown above, the classic aftershave—which I've been selling for 23 Christmases.  In our on-line shop, you'll also find their shave cream, their soap-on-a-rope, and a special men's grooming gift assortment.  Click on the photo to learn more. LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"  

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A Sunny Day in London Towne

D. R. Harris (not Doctor Harris) was founded on fashionable St. James’s Street, London, in 1790 and has been a fixture there ever since. In the Eighteenth Century, when there was not much distinction between barbering and medicine, it was common for a customer to patronize the same professional for his shaves, his cologne and his […]

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Bem Vinda!

Bem Vinda!  Welcome to Joana from Claus Porto in Portugal—who visits our store for the first time today.  Although I’ve been selling their products for over twenty years, we’ve been serviced by an American rep, not top management from “the home country.”  The American rep has now retired from the line and Joana is taking-over […]

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My Sweet Mother

Perfume has long been a favorite Mother’s Day gift.  How about a perfume bottle?  These crystal vessels, hand-blown in Sweden in the 1950’s and 1960’s, take the form of gourds, pears, and more-classic geometric or teardrop shapes.  Each has a little stopper which doubles as a perfume dauber—some daubers are long, some daubers are short. […]

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A Valentines Idea for Her . . .

Just in: a nice collection of Swedish Mid-Century crystal perfume bottles.  Made by Orrefors or Kosta Boda in the 1950’s or 1960’s, each piece is a rather remarkable work of craftsmanship.  Shown front-and-center, a pear-shaped bottle, whose stem has become the perfectly-fit bottle stopper.  Other shapes exhibit various degrees of glass cutting and geometry. A […]

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