Glenn O’Brien’s Jacket

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. […]

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A Closer Look at Stoffa’s Outerwear

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. […]

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A Visit to Crockett & Jones on Jermyn St, London

crockett and jones jermyn st london

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. […]

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Old Boots and Obenauf’s

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 […]

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A Last-Minute Gift Guide for the Menswear-Inclined: 2016

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). […]

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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 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. […]

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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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