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Stylist Patricia Parenti poses for a photo-op at the Liberty Fairs

Liberty Fashion and Lifestyle Fairs was held at Pier 94 in NYC July 10-12, 2016. This is fashion industry trade show for the hipster and contemporary man who wants to look Au currant and cool, casual and dressy.  Sam Ben-Avraham founded/owns this show and is an industry veteran/pro. I've had the pleasure of meeting him many times throughout the years and not only is he very nice but extremely handsome. The show is about freedom and a space without walls. They curate the most progressive clothing/accessories brands in the menswear industry and brings them all together along with grooming products and home goods. What is nice about this show is that it's not corporate and the vendors are organized by classification. Some of the sections are JETRO - Japan External Trade Organization is a government organization that promotes Japanese products to the rest of the world; THE LIVING ROOM - dedicated to home wares and furniture; THE DRUGSTORE - grooming and apothecary; BLIND BARBER - where you can sit in a chair and get your haircut or beard/mustache groomed but only if you're a man; FREEDOM HALL - menswear brands all sharing a common thread of community, creativity and craftsmanship;  NYMD PREVIEW - some of the designers being featured on the runways at New York Men's Day.  This fair will be coming up again January 24-26, 2017 in NYC same place but to get in you have to prove with credentials that you are in the press or retail fashion industry. WWW.LIBERTYFAIRS.COM


Jessie the designer and creator is sitting on a piece of his handmade furniture in the first photo above. He hand makes everything in Brooklyn, NY out of concrete poured in a mold, brass, walnut wood and leather. His creations are a cross between functional and sculpture. The shapes are inspired by the Brutalist Architecture Movement from the 1950's and 1960's. In the last photos the table is concrete/brass/leather, 29"x 17", $9,500.00. His chair featured in the same photo is concrete/walnut/leather, 27"x29"x32", $10,000.00. All these pieces should last forever so they are worth the price. I especially like the record cabinet for if you don't know by now records have been making a comeback for the past five years or so. Great pieces to put in a ultra modern house or apartment. WWW.JESSIENELSONSTUDIO.COM  OR ON INSTAGRAM  @JESSIENELSONSTUDIO


Shannon the designer featured in the first photo above makes men's jewelry but it could also be unisex in South Pasadena, California. Some of the metals that she uses are antique brass or steel with components of coins, tokens and lots of other ideams that have been recycled which I think is a great idea to save the earth. All of these re-purposed pieces an be seen in the photo above. Other jewelry are bracelets strung on leather (see her wrists), and real snake vertebrae that she shapes into necklaces and bracelets which she says is her best seller (shown in the middle photo). By the way she also makes a women's line that includes feathers, leather fringe bracelets and recycled glass. WWW.ASTALI.COM


Everything is made in Los Angeles by founder Luz in leathers from Italy that are full grained and vegetable dyed in custom colors such as teal, cobalt, saddle, rust, olive, camel, tobacco and cherry. Styles consist of key fobs, money clips, card holders, wallets, travel valets, toiletry bags, cardholders, billfold cardholder, compact passport wallet, notebook covers, backpacks and weekender bags.  I loved the travel valet (first photo) because it folds down flat for a suitcase, then you fold the sides up again, put on your dresser at night, then a guy can unload his pockets and put all his stuff in it including his watch. When he wakes up in the morning it's all there and all he has to do is grab and go. The toiletries bag opens like an old fashion doctors bag and is shown in black in the above photo. Backpack has side pockets for water bottles. Weekender and tote bags have short and long straps with inside zipper pouches. Prices $40.00 -$540.00 WWW.MADEINMAYHEM.COM to order with free shipping.


Photos and Articles byStylist PatriciaAnn Parenti

Hand blended in Bayridge which is in Brooklyn, NY.  A line of skincare for face and body just  for men which is botanical based. Four different kinds of soaps are available for purchase- 1.Japanese - peppermint face soap, 2. blackberry exfoliating soap, 3. juniper berry with basil  and black pepper body soap, 4. Vetiuer is a honeysuckle bergamot body soap. Shampoos/conditioners incorporate botanical extracts such as chamomile, sage and ginseng root which makes these products smell delicious. The body wash has gray stones activated from charcoal to exfoliate your dead skin as you wash. None of the products have any artificial perfumes and scented with essential oils. Hand scrubs are made especially for creators/artisans and any one like me who works with their hands too much. This line has a great travel product in the way of an essentials kit consisting of shampoo, water less hand wash, face wash, body lotion and a hair styling lotion. Prices are $12.00 for a soap to $35.00 for a travel kit in a plastic case shown in photo 2. I tried each of the scrubs shown in photo 1 and they took off all the dead skin on my overused and always dry hands all while making them softer. You can order these products off the website also. WWW.RICHANDCLEAN.COM

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