Those New England Summers.
Featuring the untucked, rumpled, and sockless look.
Chambray shirt - Proper Cloth | Loafers - Brooks Brothers (ebay) | Shades - Warby Parker | Chinos - Bonobos
August in New York.
The struggle is real - featuring a cotton-linen shirt, an unlined and open weave wool blazer, and a not-too-skinny fit.
Blazer - Beckett & Robb x Loro Piana | Trousers - J. Crew ” Bowery” | Cotton-linen shirt - Proper Cloth | Loafers - Brooks Brothers (ebay) | Pocket Square - Kent Wang | Shades - Warby Parker | Socks - Pantherella
Anonymous said: May I assume that you escaped the SF earthquake today? Will you return to an undamaged apartment? Safe travels.
Fear not; I am safe and so is my wardrobe! Thanks to all of the people that checked to make sure I was ok. I’m back in San Francisco and posts should resume tomorrow.
(oh, and if you live in California you should use this as an opportunity to get an earthquake kit.)
New England Summer Nights.
Featuring the “Security Guard” uniform - navy blazer, grey trousers, and brown suede shoes. A summery repp stripe tie doesn’t hurt either.
Blazer - Beckett & Robb x Loro Piana | Tie - Breuer c/o Khaki’s of Carmel | Trousers - Khaki’s of Carmel | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Pocket Square - Kent Wang | Shoes - Sid Mashburn
SuitSupply San Francisco: Coming Soon…?
At this point, most of you are probably familiar with Suitsupply, the Dutch menswear darling that has been crushing the $400-$700 suit market (you can see my reviews here and here). In the last few years, the company has made serious progress in their plans for world domination; however, their presence in California has been surprisingly nonexistent. A San Francisco store was supposed to open in January of this year, but the opening was continually pushed back before going completely quiet. In the meantime, stores have popped up in Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, and even Scottsdale, Arizona - what gives?
One of the most challenging aspects of packing for me is dealing with tailored clothing - it takes up a lot of space, doesn’t respond that well to folding, and, as much as I love wearing it, can be a hassle during a trip. For that reason, I’m trying something new for this trip and only bringing a navy blazer. I will be attending events with a variety of formality - dinner with my girlfriend’s family, drinks with friends in NYC, an outdoor wedding - so I’m hoping that I can rely on this one piece to carry me through all of them. We’ll see if I can practice what I preach.
If you want to see more updates on the trip, follow along on instagram and twitter.
Not pictured: A field jacket I wore on the plane and some grey trousers I threw in at the last minute.
See the rest of my packing posts here.
A Better Blue Blazer
If you read about classic men’s clothing as often as I do, you’ve probably heard the navy blazer described as “the best piece a man can own,” “the most versatile item in a man’s closet,” “worth investing in,” and with other overly simplistic catchphrases. Although I think that the traditional navy blazer configuration (with its with brass crest buttons and old-money-yacht-club connotations) can feel a bit dated today, I feel that a slightly updated jacket can be a fantastic garment to have in the rotation. It is indeed a versatile tool to have on hand, and since I love to focus on honing my wardrobe down to the bare essentials I decided to go custom and design the perfect navy blazer for my wardrobe.