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London Calls

Greg and Paolo in front of Paul Smith, Covent Garden

February’s the month snowbirds thaw in Miami, but this year we did the opposite — we jetted off to London for a bit of business and a trip down Memory Lane. Our home away from home was the quintessentially British Gore Hotel in Kensington, the perfect Sherlock Holmes-y setting for a pair of gents on a working R & D holiday with mum — Greg’s mom.

The Tudor Room, Gore Hotel

Note: Next to Italy, UK has more brands represented at Babalu Miami than any other country. This trip connected us with our designers/suppliers and got us closer to our DNA. Paolo got closer to his Boy George ’80s, when he discoed the night away at Taboo and Daisy Chain and worked days as a costume & set designer for the renowned King’s Head Theatre.

Adam Brown in front of Orlebar Brown flagship store, Notting Hill. Right: Orlebar Brown Spring/Summer 12 styles in store.

First up, a visit to Orlebar Brown’s flagship store in Notting Hill Gate with founder/former photographer Adam Brown. At the shop next door to our fave gourmanderie, Ottolenghi, Adam told us how he fell into the beachwear biz at an arty friend’s 40th in Rajasthan: “The women looked great; the men ghastly in horrid, brightly patterned boxer shorts with elastic waistbands, and worse, baggy board shorts with their bums hanging out.” (Not a good look for a man over 30. BTW, tennis ace Greg looks swimmingly fit in his red Orlebars.) After Adam did his research, he made a batch of 1,000 swim-to-shore shorts and sold them right out of his flat. The rest is history. OB key colors for Spring Summer 2012 pays tribute to fashionista Slim Aarons ’60s photography of the Riviera and Palm Springs and Pierre Koenig’s Californian architecture.

Ottolenghi, Notting Hill. Right: the Ottolenghi cookbook series available at Babalu.

Next day we had breakfast downstairs at Bistro 190 with FB Collection founders Harry Brantly and Max Leese. Once college roommates who dreamt of beach-ier days while toiling in London finance, they cleverly created their own niche with a high-end beach-bat business, their ode to happy frescobol-ers on the sands of Rio in Harry’s native Brazil. The pair have since expanded FB Collection to include a line of beach shorts and quick-dry linen beach towels big enough for two that knots into a sarong. Genius!

FB Collection Fine Linen Beach Towels. Right: Frescobol Paddle Sets. Handmade in Brazil from recycled rainforest wood.

Off to Comme des Garçons wiz Rei Kawakubo‘s multi-level retail store, Dover Street Market, a must-stop-shop destination for any stylista. Floors of avant-garde designer collaborations from Marimekko tees to Paco Rabanne industrial slingbags tease the eye. Greg found the place to have similar touch points to the styling of 10 Corso Como in Milan. What did we bring back? Their new eau de toilette, Dover Street Market a classic woody fragrance for men and women with notes of bergamot, mandarin, black pepper, coriander, incense, juniper berry, cedar wood, labdanum cistus, patchouli, and pine. And, fun Jack Purcell sneaks. Across the road, we popped in to the American-style bistro Automat — best Truffle Oil Mac & Cheese in London.

Dover Street Market Perfume, Comme des Garcons. Right: CdG PLAY sneakers by Jack Purcell

Automat, American Style Bistro, Dover Street

Five o’clock shadow? Must see the barber. No Anglophile’s trip is complete without stopping at Geo F Trumper, the finest traditional gentlemen’s barber in London known worldwide for its matchless range of gentlemen’s colognes and grooming products — shaving creams and soaps, aftershave balms, skin foods and moisturizers, bath soaps and shower gels, razors, shaving brushes, mirrors, hair brushes. Formidable! Yes, we carry the complete selection of Geo F Trumper’s legendary shaving cream .

Greg & Paolo in front of Geo Trumper post-shave. Da Mario Restaurant

Ah, finally, time for a pizza at Paolo’s (and Lady Di‘s) favorite Napoletano ristorante in Knightsbridge — Da Mario. It’s common lore that when la princesa began feeling a bit peckish, she often stepped out of Kensington Palace and brought Prince William and Prince Harry in for a nosh. After all, they lived in the neighborhood.

Faberge egg designed by Brazilian artist Ciao Locke, currently collaborating with FB Collection for their Summer 2012 Trunks Collection.


This year, Psychic Santa’s stylistina, Erika, came up with this nifty holiday gift guide for friends and family. Because we love them, warts and all. This year, be unique. Don’t get stuck like lemmings in a mall. Be smart. We’ve hand-picked each item with you in mind. Shop on! Give the gift of Babalu!


What’s Wrong? blister kit – Those pesky shoes won’t cramp your style, Te Neues Planner – Never miss an important date, KOR water bottle – Hydrate, Supersmile sample kit – Brighten each morning with a flavor a day, Missoni towel – No sharing


Brera watch — If you can’t be on time, be fashionably late, Eskuche or Beats headphones, Dupont lighter, Paul Smith cufflinks, Paul Smith socks, Comme des Garcons Converse high-tops.


Knots cuff links, Lamy fountain pen, Jawbone Jambox, Swims shoes, Luxury Toys for Men – the book, Shiseido Men Urban Environment, Geo F. Trumper sandalwood shaving cream


Missoni bathrobe, Eric Javits Squeshee hat, Shiseido Extra-Smooth Sun Protection Lotion, Avenue candle, cherry blossom, Kenneth Jay Lane Octopus Cocktail ring , Jao Goe Oil


Playsam wooden toys, Comme des Garcons t-shirt, Trumpette socks, Ray-Bans Wayfarers , Trumpette rhinestone piggy bank

What’s in our toilette?

G  R  E  G

Paul Smith toiletry bag

Anthony Logistics Grab & Go travel essentials

Jao Serious Moisture Facial

Marvis ginger toothpaste

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus deodorant

Comme des Garcons Ouarzazate Incense eau de parfum


Sea Bags travel tote
Malin+Goetz essentials travel kit
Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood deodorant
Jao hand refresher
Marvis jasmine toothpaste
Etat Libre d’Orange Fat Electrician eau de parfum

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