Gents cashmere baseball hat; $74 at gentsco.com
Acne Studios unisex sunglasses; $320 at acne studios.com
Brian Lichtenberg sweatshirt; $98 at shopkitson.com
Nudie Jeans “Skinny Lin” unisex jeans; $199 at nudiejeans.com
Nudie Jeans unisex “Eino” vest; $299 at nudiejeans.com
On the Spritz
HiM by Hanae Mori; $74 (1.7 oz.) to $99 (3.4 oz.) at sephora.com
George Esquivel “Vanas” suede brogues; $720 at net-a-porter.com
In 2011, Imperial set out to introduce a new generation of gents to the time-honored tradition of using barber products. The L.A.-based company perfected a classic pomade before tackling shaving soaps and lotions. Baxter of California can trace its roots to 1965. Four years ago the company got a reboot, modernized its look, updated its formulas, and opened its first retail outfit, on La Cienega Boulevard. The Motley began as a glorified hobby in a downtown L.A. loft; today it’s the go-to source for the most desirable brands in guy grooming, including hand-blended colognes and travel-size kits. Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy continually tops best-seller lists because it can soften the scaliest skin. Evolutionman was created by professional makeup artist and L.A.-based entrepreneur Marco Berardini to prove that makeup isn’t just for women anymore. His hangover beauty treatments have been a hit with weekend warriors of both genders.
Photograph by Will Deleon
1. Baxter of California safety razor ($60)
2. Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy (jar, $22)
3. Baxter of California Oil-Free Moisturizer ($22)
4. Evolutionman Revitalize Eye Gel ($30)
5. Imperial Pre-Shave Oil ($16)
6. Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy (tube, $19)
7. Baxter of California shave brush ($90)
8. Imperial Field Notes (free with Field Shave Kit, $60)
9. Imperial Shave Soap ($12)
10. Imperial combs ($2.95 each)
11. The Motley cologne trio ($45)
12. Kenton “Sorenson” Dopp kit ($150)
13. Imperial Bergamot After-Shave ($12)
14. Baxter of California straight razor ($295)
15. The Motley Detoxifying Daily Cleanser (part of Port Products Travel Kit, $32)
16. Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner ($18)
Would you rather hear a passel of psychedelic rock bands or a former French first lady strum love songs? Eat hyperlocal jams or frolic in the poppies? Watch a movie about a penis museum or roll on shabbos with the Jeff Lebowski? Take your pick. This weekend is full of options.
SEE: Paris Photo Los Angeles
Photojournalists, fine artists, and filmmakers present modern and vintage techniques at the international festival. More information (April 25-27; Paramount Pictures Studios)
SEE: The Final Member
Iceland has a penis museum—yes, you read that right—and the traveling version has invaded L.A. Scientists who study phallology will show off preserved historical artifacts of the human and animal varieties. There will also be screenings of The Final Member, a documentary about the museum. More information (April 25-27; Cinefamily)
EAT: Artisanal LA
With more than 250 vendors, this confab offers the largest assemblage of local artisanal talent, including makers of foodstuffs and housewares. More information (April 26-27; L.A. Mart)
HEAR: Desert Daze
Rock and roll of the slightly psychedelic variety (Danish rockers the Raveonettes, shoegaze heroes Blonde Redhead, and power-rock duo Deap Vally) descends on another desert town. Here are five must-see bands. More information (April 26; Sunset Ranch Oasis)
SEE: Man in a Case
Mikhail Baryshnikov (read our Q&A with him here) stars in two adaptations of Chekhov’s short stories. Video projections enhance the dance performances, which reveal that no matter the decade, love is complicated. More information (April 24-May 10; Broad Stage)
SEE: Photo Independent
Independent photographers claim a spot on this highly visible stage as they showcase their work. This first-time event aims to create a brand new dialogue and outlook on photography in L.A. (Check out our photo editor’s must-see picks.) More information (April 25-27; Raleigh Studios)
HEAR: Black Sabbath
The grandfathers of heavy metal conclude their world tour with a lineup that’s as close to the original as possible: singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler. Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk fills in on drums for Bill Ward. More information (April 26; Hollywood Bowl)
SEE: Lebowski Fest Los Angeles
This year’s tribute to the Coen brothers’ brilliant 1998 film features a performance by the Kyle Gass Band, appearances by minor actors from the movie, and a bowling party. More information (April 25-26; The Wiltern)
One of the town’s best fund-raisers, this is a blind art sale in which works from the likes of Ed Ruscha are mixed in with those by lesser-known artists. All the pieces are going for the same price; the artist’s identity isn’t revealed until after you’ve purchased it. Big spenders can attend a gala dinner and preview on April 23. More information (April 26; Santa Monica Museum of Art)
SEE: Brewery Artwalk
Over 140 artists will open their studios to the public, but this isn’t your average artwalk. In additional to paintings and sculptures, many of the artists will showcase works in the areas of 3D printing, light sculpture, high tech furniture design, and other futuristic art mediums. More information (April 26-27; Brewery Arts Complex)
HEAR: Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the Mad Men Era
The drama’s fashions have been endlessly emulated, but Glee and 30 Rock actor Jackson is more keen on the music. His lounge and bossa nova numbers garnish that martini. More information (April 26; Disney Hall)
SEE: California Poppy Festival
The celebration of California’s state flower spreads across 55 acres, offering exhibits, music, and family activities in the beautiful sunshine. More information (April 26-27; Lancaster City Park)
SEE: Palm Springs Follies
With a cast of stars perfectly aged 55 to 84, this Broadway-caliber show proves age does not matter when talent is high. 2014 will be the final year for the show’s “Long Legged Lovelies” and “Follies Gentlemen” to strut their stuff in a celebration of music, dance, comedy, and everything in between. More information (April 24-May 18; Plaza Theater)
SEE: Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
Aficionados of the western and Sam Elliott look-alikes present poetry and honky-tonk tunes, while food vendors offer a taste of where the buffalo roam. More information (April 24-27; Melody Ranch)
She’s already built a cult following among the ladies. Now Clare Vivier is luring the menfolk with a masculine line of leather wallets and canvas weekenders.
Tired of sitting on your phone? Hank looks like a pocket square but acts like a hidden pouch for tucking away your eyeglasses, cell, or credit cards.
Opened this spring, Unionmade at the Grove maintains 1,900 square feet of the most well-known names in menswear, from heritage to current brands.
Spencer Nikosey of Killspencer has taken the luxury athletic trend to new heights with his latest line of handcrafted leather items, which includes this speed bag.
Summer is almost here, and it’s time to grill in style. This charcoal suitcase BBQ from Kikkerland folds and locks for easy transport. You’ll be the envy of the campground.
Buck Mason on Abbot Kinney offers dudes anxiety-free shopping with pre-packaged outfits like the “Kerouac”: a pair of chinos, a chambray and an oxford shirt, a hoodie, and a tee.
L.A.-based Parabellum is known for its buttery bison leather keychains and bags. It’s also created limited-edition pieces for Oliver Peoples and Blackman Cruz.
After years of wowing Angelenos with its brunch, the team behind Square One Dining is tackling dinner with the same farm-to-table fervor. Located next to a dry cleaner in a strip mall, Lucky Duck is the quintessential Silver Lake bistro, outfitted with Thonet chairs and decorative concrete blocks. Chef Bryan Stevens keeps things seasonal and simple: Pan-roasted chicken is marinated for maximum succulence; bouncy fettuccine gets a boost from mustard greens and bright, acidic pesto. The wine list, curated by local merchant and Los Angeles contributor Lou Amdur (see page 57), spans the gap between all-purpose and eccentric. » 2630 Hyperion Ave., Ste. 101, 323-686-6304.
His popular restaurant and pizzeria make Michael Dene the dean of Italian dining in Long Beach. Now the restaurateur is a rancher, too. His steak house in Naples will feature Chianina, a prized cattle being bred at a Utah ranch. The grass-fed beef won’t hit the kitchen until April, but for now you can enjoy hulking cuts of devilishly tender Piedmontese beef, enhanced by salt, pepper, rosemary, and good olive oil. Old-school steak house staples—roasted bone marrow with onion jam, creamed spinach, potatoes au gratin—are done justice. There’s even a boozy rum baba for dessert, served with candied fruit and Chantilly cream. » 5716 E. 2nd St., 562-434-2333.
The fine dining scene along this kosher corridor has looked a bit wan, but thanks to Alex Reznik, there’s new life. The former Top Chef star channels his Brooklyn upbringing with corned beef tongue on brioche and caper-topped whitefish rillettes with toasted bagel chips. Soft pretzels—sprinkled with salt and served with sinus-clearing mustard—remind us of trips to the ballpark. Velvety steak frites will please the traditional chophouse crowd. Snag one of the leather booths in the rear dining room. We only wish the drinks menu weren’t so minuscule, especially at a place with “cocktail” in the name. » 8731 W. Pico Blvd., 310-271-9300 or ditmasla.com.
Geographically, it’s possible—so why not attempt this now?
How to do it: Wake up at dawn, head to the beach—anywhere from Manhattan to Malibu. Surf until no later than 11 a.m., then change from wet suit to warm clothes for the drive to Bear Mountain. Time it right and you’ll be on the slopes by 1:30 p.m., which will make the most of that day pass. You’ll be home in fuzzy slippers and sipping hot chocolate by midnight.
The Mount Wilson Observatory will rock your world. Open daily from April to December, the planetarium, which is located in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, has the world’s largest telescope available to the public.
How to do it: Explore the universe with an interstellar sleepover party. One night costs $1,700 (for up to 25 people), with a half night (sunset to midnight) available for $900. Cots are included, but you won’t be sleeping through this cosmic show.
Wish List: Amy Adams
“I’ve never taken my daughter to a planetarium.”