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Dopp Kit: Hudson Jeans' Ben Taverniti talks grooming products

June 29, 2011 |  9:40 am

Ben Ben Taverniti, the tattoo-riddled creative director for Hudson Jeans, comes off as more lumberjack than lounge lizard — but is as choosy about his grooming products as he is about pocket detailing and ankle zippers.

We asked the denim designer to reveal the five grooming products he simply couldn't go on without — and he kindly obliged.

 Kaplan Kaplan MD products. "I'm obsessed with the Cell Renewing Microfoliant [$55] and the Day Cream SPF 15 [$125]," said Taverniti. "Dr. Kaplan makes incredible products. I met him a couple of years ago, and hands down, he is the best dermatologist in Beverly Hills. The Intensive Eye Cream [$95] is a must have for all my late nights designing and traveling.”

Comme des Garcons colognes. Taverniti's favorite colognes are all from Commes de Garcons: Odeur 53, Commes de Garcons 2 and 2 Man. "Not a day has gone by in the past 14 years where I have not worn one of those three colognes," he added. "Depending on where I'm going or what mood I'm in, I switch it up."

Comme Comme des Garcons 2 Man deodorant, about $25. "Another must-have," he said. "The smell is second nature to me by now — just not the same without it."

Shu Shu Uemera Art of Hair Shape Paste, $33. "It's lightweight," said Taverniti about the versatile hair paste, "and it really helps to manage the volume in my hair — which I hate!"

 Aquaphor Healing ointment, $5.99.  The designer likes this drugstore find because “it's the best to put on a fresh tattoo to help moisturize the skin. I never know when I may get the urge to get another tatt."

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo (top left): Kaplan MD Cell Renewing Microfoliant. Credit: Kaplan MD

Photo (top right): Hudson creative director Ben Taverniti. Credit: Hudson

Photo (above left): Comme des Garcons 2 Man deodorant. Credit: Comme des Garcons

Photo (above right): Shu Uemura Art of Hair Shape Paste. Credit: Shu Uemera


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