Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Home Decor Courtesy of a Mad Man

Your dad may roll his eyes at thrifting, pillow matching, and antiquing – which is fine! Not everyone in your family has to share your love for fine home decor. But just because you think he doesn’t notice your carefully selected wallpaper, drapes, and tchotchkes, doesn’t mean he wouldn’t jump at the chance to furnish a room of his own with a real man’s taste – a Mad Man, to be exact.

Actor Bryan Batt (better known as Sal on Mad Men) owns his own home decor shop, Hazelnut, on New Orleans’ stylish Magazine Street, inspired by the inimitable soul of NOLA. Batt even designed a limited edition sofa inspired by the Playboy Club of the 1960s – the piece is called “The Hef” and can be yours for a mere $15,000.

If that’s a bit out of your Father’s Day price range, never fear. Hazelnut carries dozens of other hand-selected gifts from craftsmen all around the world. Try this Lion’s Head Gold Barware Set – sure to please the Don, Sal, or Roger in your home.

Spa Like it’s 1963

My relationship with the AMC hit Mad Men is a complicated one. The acting, writing, and art direction are mostly impeccable, but I often find myself wishing that something more exciting than excessive drinking, misogyny, and brooding would occur. Imagine my rapture when two very exciting things happened on Sunday’s episode: first, a visiting ad exec from Britain needed to have his foot amputated after a secretary ran over it with a John Deere, and second, Draper, Sterling, and the crew went to a proto-spa!

In preparation for a linchpin business meeting, the Sterling-Cooper execs retreated to a men’s grooming parlor to strategize. Roger got his trademark silver locks trimmed and shaped, all the while conferring with Don about their company’s future while the latter had his shoulders pummeled. Given Mad Men’s anal-retentive commitment to getting every period detail perfect, we can assume this was no anachronism, and it makes sense. In a world where slick outer appearances meant everything, why wouldn’t powerful ad execs make sure their exteriors provided no material for criticism?

Modern guys—you don’t have to emulate the bad behavior of these mad men in order to pick up a little of their charm. You can still enjoy a Draper-like experience today at John Allan’s for Men, with locations in New York and Chicago. Just like AMC’s 1963 New York, John Allan’s provides men’s grooming services including scalp massaging shampoos, haircuts, manicures, and shoeshines.