Hey gents,

I received the Summer Essentials Kit from our friends at The Motley last week, and it’s definitely something you should pick up.

Summer Essentials from The Motley

L-R: Beyond Coastal SPF30+ sunscreen (1 oz); Raw Materials Skin Grit facial scrub (6.5 oz); Urth Face Balm (2 oz); Raw Materials Extreme Shave Cream (6 oz); Urth Face Wash (8 oz); Townsend Bay Sandalwood-Scented Bar Soap (4 oz)

This ain’t your typical cheapo product you pick up from Target; this stuff is first class, and you really shouldn’t use anything less on your skin. The products are all-natural and fragrance-free. I’m pretty excited about the face balm, as I can’t seem to find a facial moisturizer I’m completely happy with. So far, this stuff is great.

Pick up your own Summer Essentials Kit at The Motley.

Coming Up

I’m working on another installment of Back to Basics that will be coming later this week, so stay tuned.

You also may have noticed some navigation changes here at EG. I broke out some of our more popular features into tabs up top, so hopefully that will give you guys easier access to that information. If you have other suggestions about which content should be featured (or anything else, really), feel free to contact me.

EG + 5&B elsewhere on the web

Antonio (from RealMenRealStyle.com and ATailoredSuit.com) talked with me the other day about EG, how it all started, my involvement with 5&B and the formation of our company, and even a little bit about how K and I met (which I personally think is a pretty awesome story, but maybe that’s only because I was there).

We did it up podcast style, and you can check that out along with the EG review over at Real Men Real Style.

Also, in case you missed it, Caleb Bushner wrote a great piece on Fifth&Brannan for Well Spent last week. Caleb tells our story quite eloquently and hopefully the article gives you more insight into 5&B and what we’re trying to do with the brand and company. Check it out at Well Spent.

Fifth&Brannan updates

Visit to the factory

Quality inspection, by yours truly

K and I visited the factory the other day, and things are moving along quite nicely. It feels great seeing something you’ve been working on for so long finally materialize. Hopefully you guys are as excited as we are about our premiere shirting.

If you’re in San Francisco (or are willing to come up for a weekend), make sure you attend our launch event on June 18. We’ll be at Cellar360 in Ghirardelli Square, featuring tastings from Sledgehammer Wine and other great brands.

We’ll also have wine available by the glass, a raffle giveaway, a snazzy photo setup by Smilebooth and a chance to purchase some shirting directly from the designer, Kate! Pretty cool, right?

More RSVP info here: http://fifthandbrannan.com/launch

Tell everyone you know! It’s gonna be a great party and we’d love for you to join us.

Till next time.