Indian Summers and Fall Stock: A Visit to Khaki’s of Carmel
Last month I took a quick trip down to Khaki’s of Carmel with my good friend (and resurrected blogger) Gus. I’ve visited (and written about) Khakis on several occasions, but all of my previous trips were in the Spring; I took this opportunity to stop in at one of my favorite stores during the transition to the cooler months (in theory, that is - it was 75 degrees here yesterday).
The roster of impressive brands represented at Khakis seems to have grown substantially, even since my last visit. For instance, the selection of ties now includes Drake’s, Bigi Cravatte, Luciano Barbera, E. Marinella and more, which accounts for almost every celebrated tiemaker that I’ve ever heard of. The same goes for shoes, shirts, and suits; each category is completely loaded with incredible brands.
Anyway, since I’ve covered this store in detail before I won’t launch into the whole spiel again; instead, enjoy these photos of some new stock that caught my eye.
I just got back from a rather spontaneous week-long trip to Newfoundland with my girlfriend; for that reason, I’m a bit behind on blog emails and posts. I don’t have many photos of myself from the trip (most of my photos are of the amazing landscape) but here’s a quick shot of what I wore most of the time while I was there.
Field Jacket - Gap | Denim - A.P.C. | Chambray shirt - Proper Cloth | Shetland sweater - O’Connell’s | Sneakers - Superga
A Closer Look: Linjer Leather Goods
As many of you know, this blog rarely focuses on the most expensive or least expensive items out there. There are other sites that write about the polar ends of the menswear spectrum; instead, I try to find products that provide the best value, and that is rarely present on the extreme ends of what is available. So when my friends Roman and Jenn wanted to meet up and discuss their new leather goods company that provided items at very aggressive prices, I was excited to hear more.
Roman and Jenn have recently founded Linjer (pronounced “lin-yer,” Norwegian for “lines”), a company that strives to make high-quality leather goods without the luxury markup. I’ve grown a bit tired of the catchphrase “it’s like Warby Parker for [X],” but in this case, it applies well; Linjer has done a great job of finding a market saturated with expensive items and offers an extremely competitive alternative. Finding leather goods that are both well-made and reasonably priced is tough, so their concept seems like a good one.
Those of you that follow me on Instagram and twitter already know that I recently arrived in Eastern Canada. No, I’m farther east than Toronto. Yup, still past Nova Scotia. I’m talking waaaay east - like the farthest east you can possibly go on this continent. I’ll be here for the rest of the week and will be spending a good amount of my time outdoors, enjoying the cool air and beautiful landscape. For that reason, this isn’t much of a menswear-y trip; there’s no real reason for tailored clothing, nice shoes, or anything more sophisticated than denim and OCBDs.
Packing for this trip has made me realize two things: 1) I know nothing about Canada, and 2) I am not remotely prepared for even moderately cold weather. Of course, I rarely need to be, given San Francisco’s perpetual 65 degree climate, but it certainly would be nice to have better cold-weather clothing. This may not be an ideal list of what to bring on such a trip, but it’s what I have on hand.
Item Roundup: Chukka Boots
The leaves are starting to change colors (or so I’m told), everyone’s talking about pumpkin spice lattes, and the dollar is gaining ground on the euro. When put together, these signs can only mean one thing - it’s time to grab some autumnal footwear.
The chukka boot is an incredibly versatile shoe and is perfectly at home in the autumnal months. I have two pairs and find myself reaching for them more than any other style. They make a great in-between shoe and I highly suggest that you try out a pair if you haven’t already.
Out & About: A visit to The Armoury NYC
In the same way that our online personas are rarely identical to the way we live “IRL”, I have found that stores usually offer very different experiences between their online presence and physical locations. On the one hand, there are great stores that have existed for decades and are just now beginning to realize the power of e-commerce. On the other, you have stores that dominate the internet but have a physical presence that doesn’t do the product justice. There are many degrees of this, but one thing is consistent: a store may have a great web presence or a great physical presence, but it is very rare to have both.
The Armoury seems to be the exception to this rule, as their new store in New York is a flawless extension of the brand’s powerful presence abroad and online.
Out & About: the Frank Clegg Leatherworks Workshop
A few months ago I was having a chat with my friend Jacob about how the idea of “American made” items is often over-romanticized. I told him that I certainly have a tendency to do this; when I hear the phrase “Made in the USA” I like to picture a wood-floored workshop filled with well-worn tools and with ceiling-high windows that fill the dusty air with afternoon sun. In that room, a skilled craftsman with graying hair and a smudged pair of glasses holds his work up to the light, his calloused fingers wiping away sawdust and checking for imperfections (and, of course, finding none). He then nods contentedly, eyes twinkling, and places the item in a box with my address on it before moving on to his next project.
Of course, this image in my mind isn’t really what most American manufacturing looks like. Unless you’re at Frank Clegg’s workshop, in which case it’s exactly what it looks like.