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Grooming for God: The Payos


With the passing of Simchat Torah, the last of the autumnal Jewish holidays, we thought we’d take a deeper dive into one of the more impressive faith-based grooming rituals: the Jewish payos (which is acceptably spelled about a dozen ways, including pe’ot, peyos, payot and so on).

Our fascination with the payos is similar to our intrigue with the burqa: we’re curious, but also wary of asking insensitive/dumb questions.

So, we did a little research.

As the story goes, in biblical times it was common practice among many idol worshipers to shave only the side of the head. The Jews, having absolutely zero interest in being confused with such heathens, decided it best (if not a little passive-aggressive) to specifically grow out the side of the head.

Thus, Leviticus 19:27: “You shall not round off the pe’ah [sides, corners] of your head.”

But how do they get those awesome curls?

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Siren, Anyone?: Paris Vogue seems to have a thing for Roxy Music covers. [Refinery29]

It’s a Gift: We know we just complained about gift guides, but this is one of the good ones. There’s flash animation and everything. [Valet]

Don’t Call it a Comeback: Jewish girls…so hot right now…you heard it here first. [Details]

Maybe One of the Beastie Boys: Ladies and gentlemen, the world’s first diamond-encrusted dreidel. If you buy it, please rap about how awesome it is. [Luxist]

Jeans, Preppies and Cheap Bourbon


Jean Genie: Rebounding from Ms. Mendes, Calvin Klein is up to his old tricks. [My Fashion Life]

Whitest of All Time: Ms. Lambert waxes rhapsodic on St. Elmo’s Fire, perennial candidate for preppiest movie of all time. The verdict? “It’s the French New Wave via Reagonomics.” [This Recording]

Old, Old Times:Old Jews Telling Jokes” is now an internet meme. Funny, we thought it was just Thanksgiving. [Boing Boing]

Wine-Oh: Esquire hits the bottle hard with a roundup of good booze under $15. [Esquire]

The Tech World


More goodies from CES, thanks to our friends at Energi-to-Go:

We’ve been sorting through the aftermath of CES for a few days, but as with any gathering, one of the most interesting parts was how the crowd was dressed. There were an awful lot of tucked-in dress shirts and khakis, and even more t-shirts and jeans…but we still managed to track down a few sartorial gems.

And of course, it wouldn’t be CES without a segway or two.

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Jews, Bottles and Large Knit Collars


Fast Times: In the wake of Yom Kippur, Complex counts down their 9 favorite Israelis, including Moran Gros (at left). Oddly enough, Ben-Gurion doesn’t make the list. [Complex]

Ever Since I Can Remember I’ve Been Poppin’ Them Bottles: Champagne sales plummet in the face of economic uncertainty. Where are the rappers when we need them? [Luxist]

Small Arms Fire: Mailing severed chocolate limbs may not be the best PR move. Although, given their client base, we’re not sure AXE could do much worse. [Gawker]

Button Up: Take heed, bankers! What the world needs now are shawl-collar cardigans. Plan your weekend accordingly. [Selectism]