Manolo Padron has been the modern men's hair guru of Northern New Jersey for over 15 years. "Manny" is a Master Barber, Men's Stylist and hair aficionado who has studied under the industry's top stylists.

Travel

Travel

Travel is the Best Teacher

On my recent trip to London and Paris, I learned about the culture of these Metropolitan cities and how different life is in Europe as apposed to the United States. Travel definitely tends to open our eyes and expand our world in ways other forms of pleasure simply cannot.

Because of my travels, I learned that living a simple life and having less "stuff" is the ideal lifestyle of a Parisian with the minimal mentality as opposed to the American consumer. They even take that minimalist idea and apply it to fashion. All you need are luxury basics with the mentality of quality over quantity.

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Learning to slow down was an idea I took from their lifestyle. For instance, it was my first time in a cafe in Paris. I sat there and waited for what felt like ages, not only because I was hungry but also because the waiter had already acknowledged me. Noticing my attitude at the service, he looked at me as if I should relax myself, take a breather. 

And that's truly when I realized that's the essence of their culture, that's the attitude, and they're more laid back. I looked down at my watch, and would you believe that only five minutes had passed? Think of the Parisian lifestyle as the total opposite of the New York Minute.

The street art is one of the things that captivated me the most. Coming from NY, I thought we knew street art, but I didn't think that there would be a place that had more. Not only did Europe have more street art, they had more of a sense of creativity. They had the initiative, motive and thinking that is portrayed in the following photos:

Men's Fashion is one of my passions, and what better way to discover style in the country where fashion is celebrated and preserved. In addition, I was fortunate enough to visit London as well and ended up doing a fun photoshoot with my talented photographer friend, Sara Shamsavari. On the streets of Brick Lane, there is an abundance of creative street art. And I had to take a picture because of the graffiti pouring on the historical building walls.

Balcony in Paris  

Balcony in Paris  

The following are my recent pictures/videos from my travels to this beautiful and inspiring country:

We traveled from London to Paris on the Eurostar Train which was absolutely smooth, clean and fast. One of the best ways to get around Europe, especially in the Parisian airport/train station is to use a Race Case from SuitSupply.   Not only are they fashionable, but they are also functional and practical. The sturdy, flexible trolley allows me to cruise through the airport and especially commute with ease. The leather grips are designed for both comfort and style, while its slots and pockets allow space for all my belongings. When I'm done, I just fold it up and carry it on since it's lightweight.

My heart goes out to the victims in the recent Paris attacks and every country going through terrible times as well. The heartbreaking tragedies can hopefully remind us to be kind and understanding to everyone we meet. 

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Walking and exploring Paris in the charming neighborhood of Le Marais just thinking of how blessed I was to walk with no worries and visit this beautiful city. 

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I encourage everyone to travel so we can learn more about other cultures, and especially about ourselves

Staying in Paris

Staying in Paris