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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Product Review: Linjer Soft Briefcase

linjer soft briefcase review

A while back I met some cool folks named Roman and Jenn that were working on launching a leather goods company called Linjer. I liked the angle their brand was going for and the designs of their products, so we stayed in touch. After I learned more about their products, I put together a post about their briefcase when their first campaign launched. […]

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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

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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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A Tale of Two Cities

carmina barcelona paris

On my recent trip to Europe I was able to stop by not one, but TWO Carmina storefronts – one in Barcelona, the other in Paris. The Spanish footwear brand has exploded in popularity over the past few years, so I’ve been curious to see more of their product line in person for a while. The company has […]

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Pre-Winter Wonderland

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It’s not often that I get to spend time in sub-zero climates, but a serious cold snap during my visit to Central Oregon allowed me to bust out some of my favorite winter weather gear. The star is this overcoat from Eidos – I bought it last February, the day before I left for a work trip to Chicago. I’m pretty sure it saved my life on that trip; I have no idea how I would have made it through that week without it […]

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A Holiday Gift Guide for the Menswear-Inclined: 2015


The upcoming sale season makes it too easy to start focusing on buying for yourself and forget about the impending holidays; I’m here to remind you that it’s time to put that shoe purchase on the backburner and start planning out what you’re getting your loved ones. This list is for the men that deserve your gratitude this […]

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Welcome to the New FStB.

When I started this blog over three years ago I chose to host it on Tumblr, because that’s where the action was. Tumblr’s #menswear tag was a beacon of light in the menswear world, and most of the best content was created there. Much of that still continues, albeit to a lesser degree – many of […]

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