Worn out Wednesday – J.P. Mastey

first_imgIf you think the men’s grooming explosion is a new thing, get out your Funk & Wagnall and look up Baxter of California. This brand blew up back in 1965 and was in the dopp kit of every leading man in Hollywood. Fast forward to the dawn of a new millennia for men’s grooming when Mr. Baxter Finley rang up the energetic J.P. Mastey to take over the then staid brand.Before bringing Baxter back to life, J.P. was a buying agent for Japanese and European companies. He would attend trade shows buying and sourcing new brands. He knew he wanted to own his own brand at some point so when Baxter came about he jumped on it. “At first I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted so I just took it slow,” Mastey told us. But around 2005 he trail blazed new distribution channels like men’s lifestyle shops and barber shops. 2006-2010 saw huge growth for the company. In 2010 Mastey opened the Baxter Finley Barbershop and that brought the brand worldwide recognition and proved to be a testing ground for new products, “we get great feedback and development there,” J.P. explained.Mastey continued differentiating the brand by collaborating with top brands around the globe including Colette in Paris, Saturdays NYC, Porter in Japan and UNIONMADE in San Francisco. As J.P. said, “We are a heritage brand and we have a real classic approach to men’s grooming.  This has differentiated us from many.”We spoke to J.P. about his Los Angeles infused personal style and here is what he had to say:I come from a European family with a French background. My uncles would wear beautiful suits, ties, shirts and really cared about their appearance. So every time I wear a suit I wear JM Weston shoes because that is what they wore. I like a spread collar, silk ties and suits that fit well.But that is not my lifestyle. For the most part I am in jeans and khakis – a real California casual vibe.Suits- The most beautiful ones I have are Valentino. The fabric is fantastic and the fit is great. I have some great Zegna ones too. I like them cut European with vents in the back.  The French and the Italians just know how to do it better!Ties- Hermes. I only have 3-4. I don’t have to break the bank. Quality over quantity (except for my Nike obsession).Jeans- Levis 505 and  RRLKhakis- RRLShirts-J.Crew has a slim cut that fits me great.Sneakers- Nike Shoes which I have about 12 pairs of. (of which I have about 12 pairs)? I like Clark’s desert boots too. I was turned onto them back in my buying days with the Japanese. They were fanatics about these shoes and they really grew on me. So ever since I was 19 I’ve had desert boots.Brands still mean something to me but as I get older I think about what I feel both comfortable and confident wearing. I am more confident in sneakers and jeans than a suit. Originally I was wearing ties to all of my meetings and I just didn’t feel myself. The result of shedding that image is that I come off more as myself and I feel better.Outerwear- I got turned on to American Apparel a long time ago. When I find a tee shirt that fits me well I will buy piles of them. Their long sleeve thermal is perfect for me as are their zip up hoodies. Their down vests are a favorite for when it is chilly in LA. I’ll wear a peacoat when it gets a bit chilly here.Sunglasses- I like the new RayBans.Watches- I am a big watch fan. I love classic brands so I wear a Rolex. I didn’t wear one until I could afford to buy the watch I wanted. There is something about heritage brands I gravitate to. I will never buy a Tesla, it’s BMW, Mercedes or nothing!Favorite piece of tech: iPhone – it’s attached to my handRecently downloaded App: not many.  I tend to use my laptop or iMac to research and surf – but I do love Get Human and Google maps.Next tech purchase: I do a lot of design work so am I excited to get the new Mac Pro in December – the tower is beautiful. Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Tan France Wants Everyone to Dress for the Job (and Life) They Want A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt last_img read more

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BCE reports Q1 net earnings of 615 million up almost nine per

BCE reports Q1 net earnings of $615 million, up almost nine per cent by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2014 2:52 am MDT OTTAWA – Canada’s new wireless code of conduct is taking a bite out of BCE Inc.’s wireless business, but chief executive George Cope was upbeat about the company results that helped drive higher profits in the first quarter.Cope said the move to two-year contracts from three-year agreements under the new code has pushed up prices.“We’re thrilled with the financial results of the wireless business, but clearly the industry has slowed a little bit as a result of the wireless code,” Cope said Tuesday following the BCE annual meeting.“But, frankly, it was a really good first quarter and, if you look historically, the first quarter is the slowest because the fourth quarter is so strong.”He added that a lack of any big new offerings from the smartphone makers also affected the results.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission brought in a new wireless code of conduct in December. The changes included the right for consumers to cancel their wireless contracts after two years without fees, as well as certain limits on roaming and excess data charges.BCE reported Tuesday a first-quarter profit of $615 million or 79 cents per share, compared with $566 million or 73 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago, helped by growth in its wireless and media divisions.Operating revenues grew 3.7 per cent to $5.09 billion from $4.91 billion a year ago.Adjusted net earnings were $626 million or 81 cents per share, up from $599 million or 77 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 76 cents per share on $5.12 billion in revenue, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.BCE also confirmed its guidance outlined earlier this year for revenue growth in the range from two to four per cent and adjusted earnings per share in the $3.10 to $3.20 range.The results came as Bell added 33,964 postpaid net wireless customers, mostly smartphone subscribers on two-year contracts. That compared with 59,497 in the same quarter last year.Wireless revenues increased 4.5 per cent to $1.47 billion in the quarter, from $1.40 billion last year, as average revenue per user increased 3.5 per cent to $57.90.Barclays analyst Phillip Huang said the overall wireless results were “solid.”“Continued improvement in subscriber mix and data growth drove ARPU growth acceleration,” Huang noted, adding that the turnover of Bell wireless customers also improved slightly.On the downside, the corporate business was a source of weakness in the quarter as companies reduced the number of phone lines and converted to Internet-based services.Bell lost 35,595 lines at businesses, up 43 per cent or 10,706 compared with a year ago.Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose noted the weakness in the business segment reflected general economic weakness in Quebec and Ontario.“With no obvious turnaround in key verticals, like manufacturing and retailing, we expect continued weakness in the enterprise segment,” Ghose wrote in a note to clients.Revenues for Bell Media, which includes TV and specialty TV channels, increased by 40.7 per cent to $722 million thanks to higher advertising and subscriber fees from the Astral acquisition. Rate increases in specialty TV services and higher revenues from new mobile content deals also helped Bell Media’s revenues.BCE acquired Astral Media last year and its stable of TV channels and radio stations in a deal worth $3.8 billion.Revenues for subsidiary Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) decreased 1.2 per cent to $676 million in the first quarter due to continued declines in local and long-distance phone customers and competition.As of March 31, BCE said it had 7.9 million wireless subscribers, up 1.2 per cent from a year ago. The number of Internet subscribers grew 3.4 per cent to 3.16 million.Bell Fibe TV added 54,680 net new customers during the quarter, up 15.2 per cent. The company says its total number of TV subscribers rose 8.1 per cent to 2.52 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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