Man up and give a good gift for Father’s Day

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From the Maclaren pushers in Park Slope to the little league dads in Dyker Heights, to the hipsters papas in Williamsburg — all dad’s deserve something manly this father’s day. Whether it’s a new suit or a scented candle that smells like freshly cut grass, here’s a few places for dad’s to go this father’s day.

Brooklyn Tailors

This Williamsburg suit maker blends class and modernity, with celebrity clients such as Beastie Boys’s Ad-Rock, who donned a Brooklyn Tailors shirt and suit at his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It’s fitting because the suits have a rock and roll ethos.

“A lot of men who like to wear suits are in a way rebelling against their fathers from a generation ago, who rebelled against suits,” said co-owner Brenna Lewis.

Brooklyn Tailors [358 Grand St., between Marcy Avenue and Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. (347) 799–1646).]. Tues.–Fri., 12–7 pm, Sat. 12–6 pm, Sun. 12–5 pm, closed Mon. Ready-to-wear: $795, special order: $895, fully customized begin at $995 for a two-piece and $1,250 for a three-piece.

North 11 Shoe Repair

They say you can tell a man’s character by his shoes. Clever Vercosa, a 52-year-old who runs 11th Street Shoe Repair in Williamsburg, says too many men miss out on a good first impression by allowing their footwear to fall into disrepair.

“A shoe that is clean looks much more classy,” says Vercosa, who was named New York City’s top shoe repairman in 2011 by The Village Voice. “You’re more respected. People, they look at your shoes.”

North 11 Shoe Repair [118 N. 11th St., between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg. (718) 599–7463]. Cost of a shoe repair depends on damage and materials required.

George’s Barbershop

Get a regular men’s haircut, add in straight razor details, hot soap, and friendly barber banter, and you’ll understand why George’s Barbershop — run by a tight-knit Russian family who pride themselves on a throwback atmosphere but provide a modern cut — is such an ideal place for the well-groomed man.

“When you come to the place you feel like it’s 1950,” said Edward Rugnov, who runs the shop. “And when you get your haircut you feel like it’s 2012.”

George’s Barbershop [475 11th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope. (718) 499–2021]. Mon.–Sat. 8 am–7:30 pm, Sun. 10 am–6:30 pm. Haircuts $12.

Milly & Earl

Men don’t like scented candles, normally, but thanks to the Man-Can, sold at Milly & Earl in Brooklyn, no more.

“The most popular ones are the closest to the real thing,” says store owner Bernadette Libonate, noting campfire and freshly cut grass are favorites.

Also for dad are whiskey stones ($30) and even “The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” ($30).

Milly & Earl [351 Graham Ave., between Conselyea Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Greenpoint. (718) 389–0901.]. Tues.–Sat. 12 pm – 8 pm, Sun. 12 pm–5 pm, closed Mon. Man-cans are $18.

Updated 10:14 am, June 17, 2012
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