Stocking Stuffers - I


Musgo Real Portuguese Soap-on-a-Rope (LEO Design)


With just a few days left before Christmas, let's focus on those last-minute items—those perfect stocking-stuffers which round-out the holiday offerings.

Soap-on-a-rope is the classic gift for Dad.  Father's Day, Christmas, Dad's birthday: all occasions when another bar of soap-on-a-rope would be met with his gratitude and a hearty exclamation, "My favorite!"  But soap-on-a-rope has become increasingly hard-to-find.  Part of the reason is the rising popularity of bodywash and the fact that making soap-on-a-rope is a labor-intensive, expensive process.  This line of soap, from Portugal, is called Musgo Real (or "Royal Moss").  It's maker, Claus-Porto, once made custom soaps for the aristocratic families of Portugal (each family had a custom fragrance, color and embossing).  This classic fragrance is a clean, masculine blend of bergamot, lavender, violet, neroli, patchouli, vetiver and wood notes. It compliments the popular aftershave, bearing the same fragrance, which we also carry in our on-line store.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248