A second review of products from The Tie Bar, a review of Pete & Pedro Hair Cream, and my new Invicta Dive Watch (the one from my reasonably priced essentials list).
The Tie Bar
My major concern with my last batch of ties from The Tie Bar was that it was a bit flimsy and lacked weight; this time, I purposefully chose a tie with a thicker weave, and all my complaints have vanished. The thicker weave adds weight and body to the tie, making it feel more substantial; it also doesn’t have the same scratchy coating that my last tie had (which was either from a stain-resistant coating, or from some form of screen printing). Overall, this tie is an incredible improvement over the last one (which was already good value for the money).
There is nothing that I can say about this tie that I haven’t already said about the one above. It is a great solid red tie, and one that should be in every wardrobe.
Diamond tipped bow ties are my favorite type of bow ties (they compliment my face shape the best), and this one was kind of an impulse buy. Still, I’m happy with this tie; it’s very thin, and the silk is a bit stiff, but it ties well, and looks great. The silk feels similar to the first tie I bought, in that it feels like it may be coated in something. Overall, I still definitely recommend the bow ties from The Tie Bar.
I probably said this in my last review, but The Tie Bar has an incredibly range of colours and patterns, and stocks neckties, bow ties, pocket squares, and a large range of accessories. All of it’s products are extremely reasonably priced for the quality, and it is an incredible resource for the gentleman looking to save money and still look great.
Pete & Pedro
A while ago I did a review of Pete & Pedro Pomade, favourably comparing it to American Crew Pomade; this time, I’m covering something that I bought by mistake: the P&P Cream.
The Hold: It says light hold on the tub, which was the reason I initially decided not to get it; I thought that it would be too light for my thick hair, but it turns out that it works well. It’s definitely lighter than the high hold pomade, but it still does a great job for day to day wear.
The Shine: It’s marketed as medium shine, and it does a decent job of it when applied to damp hair. If your hair is too dry then the shine is very minimal.
The Smell: Incredible doesn’t even begin to describe the way this smells. Pete & Pedro themselves came the closest to describing the scent:
Have you ever smelled a unicorn? Well, we have and the experience has inspired the creation of a scent that can only be described as the mystical marriage of essence of unicorn, the mild cleanness of your favorite body wash, and splash of “lem-o-nut” (If a lemon went out to a bar and picked up a coconut and the two made sweet, sexy love… the resulting aroma is known as “lem-o-nut”.)
Honestly, the scent alone is enough for me to use this cream on a daily basis.
Overall: The Pete & Pedro Cream is an excellent product, it works best on less structured hairstyles, but still does a decent job on more structures styles and thicker hair. Overall, it’s a great everyday product, and another fine example of the excellent work done by Pete & Pedro.
The watch is definitely inspired by the Rolex Submariner; the face and body are practically the same, with the only major difference being in the scalloped bezel, which was definitely inspired by the Omega Seamaster. The body is made from stainless steel, the crystal is mineral, it has a Japanese quartz movement, and it water resistant to 200 metres. The materials and mechanics are nothing special, but still come together to make a mid-range watch that is well worth the price.
From front on the watch looks incredible, the blue face and bezel are darker than they look in the picture, and are almost black in low light. The hands, hour indicators, and the dot on the bezel all glow in the dark, but don’t really last a significant amount of time. The crystal also has a date magnifier, and the date actually fills most of the window, unlike on lesser quality watches. The back side of the watch has “INVICTA” engraved on it, which is a bit ostentatious, bit it isn’t too bothersome.
Ultimately, it’s a stylish and functional piece that can be worn anywhere from the office to the ocean. Is it a top-of-the-line watch? No. It is, however, a great watch for the price, and one that I can definitely recommend.