As the founder of Bespoke Post (one of our favorite subscription services), Rishi Prabhu parses the world to find what’s new and cool in grooming, food, booze and gear. Bespoke’s themed boxes, delivered to subscribers monthly, might include a Mongolian scarf, gold moss soap or artisanal pickles; the site also offers items a la carte, from killer blankets by Faribault Woolen Mills, small-batch bourbon maple syrup, and a hammer that prevents you from striking anything but a nail. We were therefore eager to pick the 32-year-old’s brain about his favorite grooming products and personal style.
Current residence: New York City
Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ.
Describe your style in three words.
Casual, classic, understated.
What style combinations do you hate?
Square-toed shoes with anything.
Who had the biggest influence on your style?
My wife. She’s got the best style of anyone I’ve ever met, and she’ll put me in my place if I am trying something I can’t pull off.
Name a celebrity whose style and grooming you admire.
I’ve gotta admit that Justin Timberlake takes the cake. I do like the guy on The Mentalist‘s hair. Does that count?
What are three pieces that every man should have in his closet?
Oxford shirt; dark, fitted jeans; broken-in brown leather wingtips
What’s the one grooming product every man should own?
A badger hair brush. Shaving used to be my worst nightmare until I started using one of these beauties. Splurge for the Silvertip version if you can, but any will do.
What is the one thing guys can do to improve their style?
Sounds silly, but go to the tailor. Most items you buy in a store won’t ever ideally fit to your body. Something will always be a bit off. Taking your clothes to the tailor will help take your wardrobe to another level.
And one thing to improve their grooming?
Moisturize everyday with product that has SPF. It will help your skin in the short term and the SPF keeps your skin from wrinkling in the long term.
What store do you most frequent?
J. Crew. They’ve done a great job of revamping their brand to stand for both quality and good style.
What’s one thing that’s always worth splurging on?
Vacations. I splurged on a recent trip to Istanbul and will never forget watching the sun set over the city while we were sitting on the rooftop of a beautiful 5-star restaurant sipping wine. Of course, we also got accidentally tear gassed while sitting there, but that’s a story for another day.
What trend would you like to see disappear?
Tank tops as a main form of outerwear.
When you want to make a good impression, what do you wear?
I’ll take those essentials (oxford shirt, dark jeans, leather wingtips) and throw on a blazer. Easy peasy.