Carlos Santos Boot Preorders


I’ve been searching for a perfect pair of boots for a couple of seasons now. As with my past searches for the “Ideal Item,” this search has been quite long and has involved some expensive missteps and many boot-less months. With that said, I believe a solution has arrived, and it’s name is Carlos Santos. […]

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Leather, Thread & Pegs – A Chat with Bootmaker DW Frommer

dw frommer bootmaker interview

Even though I consider myself fairly involved in the menโ€™s clothing scene, I sometimes feel as if all the action is happening far away. Whether itโ€™s trade shows in Florence, fashion week in New York, or textile mills in Japan, it often feels like my apartment is far removed from all the cool stuff. That briefly changed a few weeks ago, when I learned that one of the most well-known bootmakers in the United States lived in the same small town as my parents โ€“ sometimes you just get lucky, you know? I took the opportunity to stop by, learn a bit about the history of bootmaking, and see what goes into making a shoe by hand. […]

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Labor Day and The Fight for White

white after labor day

I love rules. My brain seems to do well with the order and reason they provide, and as a result of such they often shape the activities in my life. The laws of mathematics led me to study physics, which in turn led me to engineering. In the same way, I became obsessed with the the rigidity of music theory and that interest led me to jazz music, where I learned how to apply and break those very rules. And, unsurprisingly, the rules of classic tailored clothing is exactly what got me interested in menswear in the first place. With that said, though, there is one thing that any good rule needs – a good reason for existing in the first place. […]

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Product Review: MUJI 33L Suitcase


A couple of years ago I was having an email conversation with a few other blogger friends about packing for air travel. One guy was about to begin traveling extensively for work, and wanted to get our thoughts on how to do so effectively. Lots of good advice was shared (I still find myself re-reading the conversation every now and again), but there was one looming, unanswered question -is there a roller suitcase that is both functional and affordable without being horrendously unattractive? […]

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A Short Summer

summer shorts proper cloth fsc

I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again just to be safe – I hate shorts. Whether it’s in reference to arms or legs, I just don’t feel like I have the muscle mass or melanin in my limbs to make this style feasible. With that said, I totally get the appeal – when it’s hot out, why would you want to wear anything else? […]

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Packing Light and Dressing Right

travel light and stylish

There are many great guides on ultralight packing while traveling, but I find that they generally sacrifice style in the process. Sure, you can travel Europe for two weeks with only a pair of crosstrainers, a tshirt, and zip-off hiking pants, but that’s not the type of vacation that people on this blog dream about. Traveling light is great, but how can we do it without looking terrible? […]

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May is for Madras

madras spring proper cloth

I’ll be honest, spring is probably my least favorite season. First, it means that we’re still half of a sun orbit from autumn, which is clearly the superior season. It also lacks the vacation-ness that summer provides, or the cozy, holiday vibes of winter. So yeah, not my favorite. There is one thing that spring does well, though – it’s a great time for wearing madras. […]

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