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Whims: TwinLuxe - The Ultimate in Men's Skincare

Developed by identical twins and former Wall Streeters Anthony and Hubert Tsai, the TwinLuxe shaving collection aims, as the pair says, to “bring the barbershop experience into the 21st century.” The sleek razors and brushes were created by Marek Djordjevic, the exterior designer of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, and the product line, made from ingredients like pearl powder, white tea leaf extract and hydrolyzed rice protein, includes all of the necessities: a shaving cream, an exfoliating scrub and a series of cleansers and soothers, all paraben free. Products from $25; shaving kits from $790; twinluxe.com.


Whims: Spring Cycling on a Giant Defy Advanced 0


Certain professional racing pursuits like, say, Formula 1 racing don’t transfer well to everyday life. It’s unfortunately rather difficult to buy a supercharged racer and drive it down Park Avenue or out to the Hamptons (that is, unless you pony up $2.1 million for the completely street-legal Bugatti Veyron. Cycling is one exception: It’s relatively easy to purchase and customize a Tour de France-ready bike and take it around the neighborhood, pretending to be Lance Armstrong for the afternoon. Giant’s top-of-the-line road bike, the Defy Advanced 0 comes with all the latest “supercycle” accouterments, including a 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace component group for the smoothest shifting imaginable. But most importantly, it has a wheelset made of lightweight carbon fiber. For avid cyclists, the quality of a bike is measured in grams: the lighter the bike, the faster and easier the ride. Especially on long-haul journeys—trips over 50 miles—those grams can make all the difference. $5,850; giant-bicycles.com

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