One of the requests I occasionally get here is to write a piece on my “essentials.” These sorts of articles are always fun to read, but I didn’t really feel that I had anything new to add to the mix. Navy or gray suit, raw denim, OCBD, etc – what more is there to write about? […]
When I started getting into clothes I became obsessed with Glenn O’Brien. He seemed to epitomize the sort of coolness that I wanted to have – this metropolitan, confident vibe, always at ease, running around with fascinating people, and always surrounded by great art and great music. For an awkward kid growing up in a small town in Oregon, this urban, intellectual, rock n’roll aura was hard to conceptualize but I knew it was something I wanted. O’Brien’s column in GQ was like a window into this world, and so I read it religiously in the hopes that it would help me become more like him. […]
Leather jackets are intriguing to me, but I’ve never come close to taking the plunge of getting one. I’ve always been unsure if I could “pull it off” – I often see them looking great on others, but haven’t felt ready myself. After all, I’ve heard leather jackets compared to tattoos – either go all in and get something nice and totally own it, or don’t do it at all. With that said, my thoughts on leather jackets (and my interest in owning one) has begun to evolve when Stoffa launched their outerwear collection last year. […]
If I had to limit myself to footwear from only one region in the world, it would be Northampton in the UK without question. The British style of footwear appeals to me much more than their continental counterparts, and I find that they have a better breadth of styles – from formal to informal – than their American cousins. And if I had to limit myself to one brand from this region (what a horrible fate that would be), I would pick Crockett & Jones. […]
I have a unique relationship with this pair of boots – either I’ve completely forgotten that I own them or I wear them every day and can’t imagine not having them. They generally get used as my bad-weather footwear, and occasionally see time as hiking boots as well. They’re old, tough, and were in some […]
If you’re anything like me, the past couple of months have been pretty rough and holiday shopping hasn’t been the first priority. As difficult as 2016 has been, it doesn’t pardon us from our gift-giving duties. For that reason, I’ve focused here on products that I think would make great gifts and ALSO ship quickly (with a focus on Amazon, because let’s be real here – I know y’all have Prime, and every day counts). […]
Work boots are not a new thing. Heck, even their resurgence in popularity is not a new thing. The market is pretty saturated, and there are many solid options at all pricepoints, from $200 to over $1000 and everywhere in between. Even so, Truman Boot Co. has exploded in popularity in this crowded space – how?
Even though I consider myself fairly involved in the men’s clothing scene, I sometimes feel as if all the action is happening far away. Whether it’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 – 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. […]
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. […]
Well, they kept to their word.
After years of delays, the San Francisco Suitsupply store is up and running, and it feels great. Now that the hangover from the opening party has faded and we’re past the phase of speculation, I thought I’d provide an update on the store and what it offers. […]