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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Garrett Leight Opens in San Francisco

There have been a few exciting store openings in San Francisco recently (and one that we’re all waiting on…), one of which is the new Garret Leight shop in Hayes Valley. The LA-based eyewear brand launched only five years ago, but has attracted a strong following in that time. You can read my in-depth article […]

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Mixing Work and Play

As many of you know, last year I took a role at an e-commerce company called Massdrop as the buyer for their Men’s Style vertical. For the most part, I try to keep that work and this blog separate, but given that they both have to do with learning about great clothing and accessories and […]

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Product Review: Suitsupply Jort Blazer

I’ve been looking to add a light brown summer sportcoat to my wardrobe for a while now. Inspired by pictures from the Sartorialist, Articles of Style, Styleforum’s NOBD, and more, I felt that this addition would be a way to experiment with some seasonal tailored clothing that would still be versatile and play well with […]

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Up Close with Nomos

One of the greatest things about working with a bunch of passionate product enthusiasts is that I’m constantly exposed to amazing products and get to learn about what make them so special. The downside is that it can be rough on my wallet – after all, it’s hard to go back to the old ways […]

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The Importance of Menswear Mentors

The democratization of men’s clothing over the past 10 years has been a great thing in many ways. Knowledge about clothing brands, products, and history is more accessible than ever due to blogs and forums, and direct-to-consumer brands are making expensive clothing less so. Also, e-commerce as a whole is bringing amazing companies and products […]

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Packing For a Summer Wedding

Wedding season is here again – here’s what I’m planning on bringing this time around. First stop – off to Ann Arbor, Michigan! Gray wool fresco suit Linen blend sportcoat White spread collar shirt Cotton/linen spread collar shirt Chambray shirt Madras shirt Breton White and khaki chinos Some nice ties Black captoes Penny loafers Sneakers […]

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Save a Horse – Ride a Cow, Boy

Shell cordovan – the ever-popular material made from a horse’s rear – is exceptional stuff. It’s hard-wearing, has a wonderfully rich color, is naturally water-resistant and crease-resistant, and just looks damn good. It’s no wonder that the stuff is so popular among the shoe aficionados of the world. There are two major problems with shell, […]

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Military Issue

There’s something about this mild weather we’ve had in SF recently that makes me gravitate towards a few central pieces of my wardrobe; pieces that don’t have any strong seasonal connotations, and are easy to grab for when the weather isn’t too warm or too cold (i.e. most days in San Francisco). I also noticed […]

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Caring for you Purchases: Laundry Day

Researching and buying new pieces of clothing is lots of fun (for me, at least), but I’ve found that the true joy in owning something great is taking care of it over time and watching it become something unique to me. Breaking in a pair of raw jeans, building up patina on a pair of […]

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