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By TERESA CURRY
A EN have been splashing on their
S, favorite colognes and after
V U shaves for many years, but it
wasn't until recently that they've had a
wide selection of designer name brands to
choose from. . "
Yet, cologne and after shave are not the
only men's grooming. products available.
The market is swamped with an
assortment of cosmetic products, like
soap, shampoo, hair conditioners,
dedorant, talic, moisturizers, and even
make-up designed especially for men.
Many merchants and sales personnel
feel,as does Joni Borchert, a salesperson
at Belk Leggett of University Mall, that the
increase in designer products is because
men have become more fashion
conscious. "I think it is great they have opened up
the market on designer products for men,
because men have skin problems just like
women," Borchert says.
Mike Mims, manager of the Hub of
Chapel Hill, feels the increase in designer
products sales is due in part to their
exposure in men's magazines. -
The selection of designer products for
men seems endless. For example, at
University Mall in stores such as Ivey's
and Belk Leggett, one can choose from
among the following designer name
brands: Halston, Devin, Aramis, Pierre
Cardin, Chanel for Men, Yves Saint
Laurent, Matchabelli, Chaps, Polo, Paco
Rabanne, Braggi, Baron, and Cuerlain.
. Most merchants who market cosmetic
type products for men agree that Aramis,
Halston, and Polo are their best-sellers.
There are mixed opinions, however, on
who is buying the designer cosmetic
Hero era just a few samples
of men's new designer products
Janet Burnette, a salesperson at Ivey's
of University Mall, believes women
actually purchase the products more for
the men. She feels a woman will choose a
fragrance she likes and will give it as a
gift, with hopes to later smell it on the
man whom she is buying it for.
Borchert feels men are buying more for
themselves. "Men are not as turned off to
the idea as before due to women's lib."
Sales were thought to be about even by
John O'Neill, manager of Nowell's at
University Mall. "Men are more aware of
how they look and for the most part are
much better groomed today," he says. He
estimates that. a couple of years ago, 90
percent of the sales were made to women,
but today 50 percent of the sales are to
Kimi Julian Herifrod, a buyer for
Milton's Clothing Cupboard on Franklin
Street, agrees with O'Neill.
"We are in a transitional era," she says.
"Things are changing right now. Men are
getting more chances to pamper
themselves. In five years, I think it will all
be changed with men buying entirely for
There is also some question over
whether customers buy the products for
the name or for the quality.
"In this area I think it is determined by
the name, because everyone is on a Polo
kick at present," Herifrod says.
"People buy Polo primarily for the
name, but if it wasn't good people
wouldn't continue to buy it," O'Neill says.
Burnette believes people buy such
products with the scent quality in mind.
"A lot of people don't even know the
product is a designer fashion," she says.
Christmas, Father's Day. and
graduation are still viewed as peak
seasons for the sales of these products.
However, many merchants say their sales
of -designer name brands are steady year
round. Drug stores, department stores and
many men's clothing stores now carry
designer cosmetics for men. Varley's Mens
Shop, Town and Campus, and Milton's
Cupboard are the only men's clothing
stores on Franklin Street that do not carry
any type of men's cosmetics.
Robert Varley, owner of Varley's Mens
Shop, says, "Manufacturers were
constantly coming out with new products
and fragances, so it was hard to keep up
with inventory. We leave the sales up to
drug stores. The same is true for women.
They'll come out with a new product just
to get you to buy it."
Burnes Ray, assistant manager at
Milton's says men's stores usually carry
one or two varieties of men's cosmetics.
"They are very expensive, and we risk
being stuck with them," he says. "Its the
same with all accessories, so we choose
not to sell men's cosmetic products." 3
Teresa Curry is a staff writer for The Daily
ylan furthers lifestyle change
e on 'Saved'
Dy JOHN HAMILTON
Bob Dylan '
fT) OB Dylan's latest album, Saved, is perhaps
I , ) the most powerful of his long career. Saved,
Dylan's second release since his Christian
rebirth, was released this summer, and unlike his
first evangelical album, Slow Train Coming, Saved
leaves the listener convinced of Qylan's changed
His lyrics are solidly Christian, the Bible put to
music. For example, Dylan sings "I'm pressing on to
the higher calling of my Lord" a verse from Paul's
letter to the Philippians, in the song "Pressing On."
Every other song also draws from a scriptural .
background, a fact which makes Saved a
particularly attractive album for those interested in
contemporary Christian music.
Yet the heathen need not rage. Dylan's joyful
noise can be enjoyed by all. Saved combines
Dylan's unmistakable timbre with well-conceived
music quite successfully.
The order of the songs is pleasing. Slow and fast
songs are interspersed so that the album, unified by
its Christian theme, proceeds smoothly.
There are really no bad songs on the record. The
title cut, "Saved," is an impressive, foot-tapping
beginning. Following "Saved" are such standouts
as "What Can I Do for You?" which features a
climatic harmonica solo by Dylan, and "Covenant
Woman," a song in which Dylan describes the
powerful bonds between himself,- a woman and his
Saved is much different from previous Dylan
releases. His lyrics no longer display the poetical
cynicism which generated such a special following
for the singer 15 years ago. His more recent songs
do not seem to possess the subtlety found with
earlier works, such as the Blonde on Blonde album.
The lyrics may thus be disappointing to anyone
expecting the old Bob Dylan.
The lack of sublety, however, may be considered
a strength for Saved, since the album attempts to
proclaim a change in his life in a bold, open,
Although Dylan's music has lost the powerful
searching tone characteristic of his earlier work, it
has gained a real sense of conviction. Bob Dylan,
the restless seeker of the '60s, seems to have found
what he was looking for. K$
John Hamilton is a staff writer for The Daily Tar
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