Aug
28
2014
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Somethin’ for the Fellas: Copious Row

david chines copious rowRecently, I had the pleasure of virtually catching up (as he’s spent most of the summer traveling and sunning in the Hamptons) with my dear friend, David Chines, founder of Copious Row.  Having always had impeccable taste and being my favorite friend to “spill tea” with, creating an online shopping destination only seems like a natural progression in his career having a major background in fashion, marketing, and digital media.  Below, David answers some questions about the concept behind Copious Row and what makes a truly dapper gentleman.

What is Copious Row?

Copious Row is an e-commerce site dedicated to the discerning man who is looking for unique and interesting items for themselves, their homes, their offices and beyond. It is also the perfect place to find an amazing gift for any man in your life!

How was the concept conceived?

The concept came about because I, personally, couldn’t find a website where I could find different and outstanding products. I felt like the male population was under served in the realm of on-line shopping. I don’t want to buy things that everyone already has.  I was also familiar with many international brands that weren’t available in the US and/or on-line. The site has an incredible international set of vendors that don’t have much US presence. I also kept hearing from my girlfriends that they have the hardest time finding gifts for men – another problem the site solves!

copious row landing pageWho is the Copious Row man?

The Copious Row man isn’t necessarily just one person. The goal was to create a site that men of all ages, geographies, and interests would want to shop on. The only unifying factor I would say, is that the Copious Row man likes the unexpected and appreciates incredible quality and craftsmanship. Our man is looking to invest in beautiful items that are timeless and classic but are definitely conversation starters.

What makes it different than say, Mr. Porter or East Dane?

Unlike those sites, we don’t carry ready-to-wear or shoes. We focus on lifestyle items, our pieces are not seasonal or trendy and don’t have a shelf life. It’s also a very easy sight to shop.  We very rarely have sizing in our items, so there is no need to worry about fit or size. We are also very selective about what we carry – we curate and edit very carefully. We choose the best of a product line making for a great, comfortable shopping experience that isn’t overwhelming.

leather gear cufflinks copious rowWhat must every dapper gentleman have in his closet?  In his bathroom vanity?

Every dapper man has to have a great wallet and a great pair of cufflinks. These items can really define a man and tell the world who he is.  Although most men are very casual these days, cufflinks can be fun and full of personality. They’re a great conversation starter and can tell a great tale.  Your wallet also tells a story – are you casual? formal? practical? It speaks volumes!

For the bathroom vanity – the right hair product! Knowing what works best for your hair type and knowing how to style your hair is essential, it’s one of the first things people see. Dapper starts from the head down!

hairbond hair distorter

What is the biggest style mistake that men make?

Not paying attention to details. When you walk out of your house you are sending the world a message. People appreciate a man who takes care of himself and takes pride in the things he owns. Carrying around a 12 year old wallet is not sexy. Using your grandfather’s torn up luggage is not cool. Women love a man who is sleek and put together.

troubadour leather wallet billfoldWhat is the one item that can take you from looking a bit disheveled to totally dapper?

A great bag. Whether it’s a beach bag, gym bag, briefcase, etc. If you see a man on the street who may be a bit disheveled but he’s carrying a great bag, he will still turn heads and keep people wondering.

mens tote bagWhat must men throw out from their wardrobes immediately if not sooner?

Flip-flops!! If not on the beach, a man has no business wearing flip-flops. They’re way too casual and make you look young and sloppy.

 

Gentlemen, I hope you took notes and ladies, if you’re looking for something extra special for that special man in your life, whether it be your father or fiancé, be sure to head over to shop Copious Row.

xx,

WhyDid

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May
07
2014
0


Gift Guide: Hey Ma.
Written by: WhyDid | Gift Guide

mom-daughterWith Mother’s Day being this Sunday, it’s probably time to online shop for someone other than yourself.  While breakfast in bed and a card with the outline of your hand drawn in crayon may have passed as an angsty pre-teen, it’s time to step your game up.  Basically, it boils down to buying mom something you know she probably wants, but wouldn’t dare ask for because that’s what moms do.  So, think about something indulgent, something she’s mentioned, or something you’ve seen her longingly look at.  I mean, she’s going to like the fact that you even remembered most, but picking out something other than a footbath wouldn’t hurt.

mothers-day-gifts

 

1. Madeleine Thompson Cashmere Nightdress, 2. Ippolita Pavé Diamond and Blackened Sterling Silver Number Charm, 3. Giorgio Armani Saffiano Zip Around Wallet, 4. Burberry Carolina Pebble Grain Leather Diaper Bag, 5. Anya Hindmarch Take Off/Touch Down Bag, 6. Butterscotch Blankees Personalized Block Blanket, 7. Jo Malone London Trousseau Box, 8. Eberjey Millie Lace Trimmed Jersey Robe

xx,

WhyDid

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Feb
14
2014
0


Gift Guide: First Time for Everything
Written by: WhyDid | Gift Guide

40-year-old-virginOne of the best parts about being in a relationship other than having someone to keep your feet warm is the level of intimacy that can be reached.  I’m not sure all guys understand that the longer you’re with a woman and the more she trusts you, the hotter things can (and will) get.  While I’m a firm believer that things should be steamy year round, even in the chilly winter months, it’s nice to have a day especially dedicated to pure romance.  So, have some fun with it and be thankful that you’ve got somebody to share your hopes, dreams, and dirty little secrets with.

sexy gifts

1. Vanessa Mooney Heavy Metal Chain Bra, 2. Vanessa Mooney Anarchy Double Cuff Bracelet, 3. Only Hearts Loulou Heart Bralette and Heart Hipster, 4. Rosamosario Bling Bling Love Playsuit, 5. Jennifer Meyer Je T’aime 18 Karat Gold Diamond Ring, 6. Jacquie Aiche F*ck Ring, 7. Kiki de Montparnasse Crochet Lace Bodysuit, 8. Hanky Panky Studded Heavy Metal Cuffs,  9. Hanky Panky Lelo Pleasure Set,  10. For Love & Lemons Papillon Butterfly Applique Bralette and slip, 11. L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Lolita Underwire Bra and Briefs, 12. Fleur du Mal Leather Triangle Bra

xx,

WhyDid

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Feb
12
2014
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Gift Guide: First Kiss
Written by: WhyDid | Gift Guide

spidermanSo, you’ve made it past an awkward coffee and perhaps a painful dinner or two.  You lovebirds are well on your way to wedded bliss… or at least Applebee’s.  Okay, fine maybe The Standard.  If your relationship is starting to heat up and your loins are starting to feel the burn, you’re going to need to step your game up and a candle for Valentine’s day is not going to light her fire, but it may get you fired.  Below are some gifts totally giveable to the potential future mother of your children… or dog.

valentines gifts

 

1. L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Esthar Appliquéd Lace and Satin Eyemask, 2. Deborah Marquit Giardino di Fiori Lace Soft Cup Bra and Lace Thong,  3. Lanvin Padam Continental Flap Wallet, 4. Gorjana Taken Ring, 5. ginette_ny Be Mine Petal Studs, 6. Cosabella Panty Pack, 7.  L’Artisan Parfumer Voleur de Roses, 8. Valentino Rockstud Small Neon Leather Bracelet, 9. Jennifer Zeuner Mini Heart Bracelet with Ruby, 10. Elizabeth and James Leary Sunglasses, 11. Fleur of England Amour Silk and Lace Boudoir Bra and Bow Tie Brief, 12. Carine Gilson Silk Charmeuse Camisole and Flottant Shorty

Eating good in the neighborhood.

xx,

WhyDid

 

 

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Feb
11
2014
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Gift Guide: First Dance
Written by: WhyDid | Gift Guide

napolean dynamite danceYes, along with finding someone cute to cuddle up with this Friday– which just so happens to be February 14th, your boo or potential object of affection will most likely be somewhat stressed about what to gift you for this Hallmark holiday.  All of this will be made exponentially harder when factoring in what is or is not appropriate based on the length of your relationship and just how hot and heavy it’s gotten between you two thus far.  If you’ve just started dating and Patti Stanger would still have you on the two drink maximum (HA!), it’s just that much more tricky.  It’s important to show interest without giving away the promise of a picket fence, perfectly trained papillon, and three adorable and well mannered children.  Ladies, print this out, press forward, casually share it on Facebook and hope that your man is smart enough to read on.

When my newly smitten best guy friend confirmed with me that he should, in fact, send flowers to the new apple of his eye for Valentine’s day, he was downright insulted when I made him assure me he wouldn’t send the standard red roses- especially those flanked with the floral equivalent of cantaloupe, baby’s breath.  I forget that his mama raised him right and he, therefore, has impeccable taste down to wearing a three piece suit to his business casual office. However, some of you “gentleman” (yeah, I’m air quoting that) could use a little bit of a stern reprimanding when it comes to gift giving for the special ladies in your life.  Therefore, I’m here to guide your ship through the rocky waters of your budding relationship to your own private island of infatuation.

Some side notes about my selections:

  • Do not give a half assed gift.  If you choose to go with a frame, put a flipping picture in it.  That’s like giving a girl a vase with no flowers or a jewelry box with no jewelry.  This type of gift will land you in more hot water than baby’s breath or store bought chocolates (just don’t).
  • The little things are the things she will remember- unless she’s a gold digging ho and, in that case, you should abort mission before she drains your bank account and your sanity.  If you give her a book, write a sweet inscription.  If you opt for a change purse, tuck a shiny, lucky penny inside for her to find.
  • Don’t overdo it.  Crotchless panties two weeks in?  Probably not.  Now, six months in is a completely different story… Pro-tip: If you give a giant, shiny, or expensive gift too early on, you’ve set yourself up for future failure.  You must always outdo yourself and you, my friend have set the bar awfully high (sorry, ladies, but you know it’s true).  As for giving a girl a ring so early on, this is a knuckle ring and it’s a pearl, not a diamond.  You’re basically giving her something to punch you in the face with should you ever foul things up.  I consider this ring a token of good faith and an indicator that you’re up on current trends.
  • Don’t bother with a card- unless you plan on writing more than just your name.

valentines present

 

1. Wildfox Lolita Sunglasses, 2. Miu Miu Croc Effect Glossed Leather Pouch, 3. Taschen Set of Two Fairy Tale Books, 4. Rodarte Rohearte T-Shirt, 5. Rablabs Obra Frame, 6. Mary Green Sleeping Beauty Eye Mask, 7. Sophie Bille Brahe Lisa Petite Pearl Knuckle Ring, 8. Bing Bang Secret Admirer Necklace, 9. Jennifer Zeuner Adored Necklace, 10. AIR by alice + olivia Drape Wrap Around Top, 11. alice + olivia Lizard Phone Pouch with Portable Charger, 12. Elle Macpherson Medina Lace and Silk Pajama Set, 13. Chan Luu Cashmere and Silk Blend Scarf, 14. Eberjey Mabel Lace Trimmed Jersey Robe

Seriously, I wish I could date myself sometimes.  Also probably why I’m such a hit at a certain W 12th Street hot spot

xx,

WhyDid

 

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