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.
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.
- Navy Blazer
- Lots of casual collared shirts and a breton
- Swim trunks
- Two summery ties
- White linen pocket square
- Suede captoes
- A good belt
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.
Most of the questions my fellow bloggers and I seem to receive are inquiries for local information - the best stores, best tailors, and so on. These are reasonable questions, to be sure, but it can be difficult to answer them all. For that reason, I’ve compiled this super cool interactive map that should help everyone out, whether you’re just in town for the afternoon or you’re a seasoned local looking for a new place to get a haircut.
I will do my best to keep this map updated and accurate, but understand that stores open, close, and move all the time. And although I’ve tried to be as thorough as possible, I have undoubtedly missed places worth mentioning. For that reason, I encourage everyone to add their suggestions, additions, and corrections in the comments below.
Anyway, here it is (if you’re reading this on tumblr, you’ll have to click the little gray box to see the map; if you’re on tumblr mobile, you’re probably out of luck). There’s a lot of information crammed in this map, so hit the “full screen” icon on the top right to be taken to the original size.
The map is divided into three layers - clothing and accessories, barbers, and alteration tailors. I included websites, addresses and a brief description of the establishment in each pin. There’s a lot of information to digest, so I’ve copied it all below as well.
The Summer Staples, Revisited
Last year I posted a photo outlining my core pieces for the Spring and Summer months. As I anticipated, I did wear all those items extensively last year, and continue to do so now. However, my lifestyle has changed a bit in the past year and I find myself having less opportunities to wear sportcoats and ties; for that reason, I thought I would update with a version more congruent with what I’m wearing now. So here are my summer 2014 all-stars, piece by piece:
It’s On Sale: Swim Trunks at J. Crew
Still looking for a pair of swim trunks this summer? J. Crew is currently offering 50% off sale items with the code TODAYONLY, which brings a large selection of swim trunks down to as low as $15. My favorites are the 6” navy tonal seersucker ones pictured above, currently at $35 with the code (also available in a 9” length, if that’s more your thing). You can browse all the swimwear stock on sale here. Note that some of those models don’t have a mesh lining, so keep an eye out if that’s something you want.
There are other items included in the sale, of course, but these are what stood out to me. Although I like the idea of high-end swimwear, there’s no way I’m going to pay more than $50 for a pair of trunks. I currently use a pair of J. Crew’s trunks from last year and they have been great for the price.