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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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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A Trip to Horween

Horween Chicago tour

I just returned from a brief work trip to Chicago and while there I had the great fortune of touring the famed Horween tannery. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working with Phil Kalas through Massdrop for a while now, and Phil also heads up operations at Horween. He was kind enough to give me a tour of the place, and I must say that I learned quite a bit. […]

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A Large Herring

suitsupply hudson herringbone

I’ve been interested in getting a brown herringbone sportcoat for a while. I’ve had a rather specific mental image of what I’ve wanted for this jacket – a classic brown/tan color with a wide herringbone pattern, three patch pockets, and wide lapels. This idea in my head was definitely influenced by Gus’ amazing “truffle hunting” sportcoat, as […]

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The Maratac Mid Pilot: A Watch for the Weekend

Maratac Mid Pilot review

Watches are still fairly new territory to me, which is dangerous. Once you have a good grip on a hobby you can make educated purchases based on what you want, what you can afford, and what provides the best value; when you’re just getting started, you think you know these things but in fact you do not. With that reasoning, I’ve been approaching my newfound interest in watches very carefully. […]

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Pleats and Thank You

trouser single pleats

I can’t think of any aspect of men’s clothing more widely criticized than pleats. There are many “influencers” out there that vehemently oppose pleats in every situation, acting as if they are some remnant of an era where no good style decisions were made. Heck, hating pleats has become a defacto stance for when a numbered list of points on “how to buy a suit” needs one more entry, it seems. […]

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Sew Many Buttons

horn buttons britex eidos

My recent upgrade to a new and improved blogging platform has been great in many ways, but one of them was rather unexpected. In flipping all my articles over to a new site, I was forced to revisit all of my old content – this trip down memory lane was quite fun, and reminded me of how […]

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