Grooming & Accessories
By Manjit Kashyap
Louis Vuitton launches Men’s Fragrance Range
LVMH-owned Louis Vuitton is set to launch a men’s fragrance range, according to a report published by the South China Morning Post. Following from its successful women’s line, which debuted in 2016, the new collection comprises five scents, all with a unisex slant in that they are not expressly targeted at a male audience. Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud has described the fragrances as ‘perfumes that a woman or a man would love to smell on a man’.
The collection has been five years in the making and is a departure from the norm with the juice shying away from stereotype, featuring bold notes such as cocoa, cardamom and sandalwood more commonly associated with women’s fragrances. Belletrud is hoping that the fragrances will capture the zeitgeist of a ‘new masculinity’ where boundaries between the traditionally ‘male’ and ‘female’ are broken down.
The new collection is predicted to double sales of the luxury brand’s fragrance division and will debut in store and online from May 31.
Garmin launches InReach Mini
Earlier this month, Garmin announced the launch ofInReach Mini ($350), a device with almost all the functionality of the original InReach SE in a 3.5-ounce, palm-sized package. The Mini looks like a shrunken version of its predecessor: square with a small digital screen, chunky antenna, and a large SOS button on the side.
Like the original InReach, it’ll have auto location tracking at designated intervals (ten or 30 minutes), so friends and family can track you as you go; two-way messaging; access to maps, NOAA charts, and weather updates; and the ability to send an emergency rescue signal to GEOS, an international rescue coordination organization. Once you’ve alerted GEOS, they’ll notify local search and rescue and provide them with your exact location, message you with updates, and notify your designated emergency contact that a rescue is underway. The device also has a manual compass (though it’s not digital, so you have to be moving in order to produce a reading).
How does the Mini do all this? By utilizing a cellphone. Pair the Mini with your cellphone via Bluetooth, and your phone will act as an extension of the Mini (no cell service required), allowing you to send messages to all your phone contacts, as well as view maps, charts, and weather reports in the Earthmate app.
You’ll also be able to pair the Mini with certain Garmin sport watches, so you can view incoming texts and send preset messages from your wearable without having to unclip the Mini from your pack.