February 21, 2014

From last weekend: a casual menswear meetup, made better with donuts, beers, guitars, and roof decks.

(cc: omgerald, jacobbockelmann, urbancomposition, edwinzee, looklikeme)

September 23, 2013

Dinner (and beers) for 25

San Francisco Styleforum Meetup, September 12th 2013

September 13, 2013

The San Francisco Styleforumers had another meetup last night, this time hosted by the great folks at Proper Suit. Needless to say, it was an evening full of laughing, drinking, and feeling hundreds of fabric swatches. Big thanks to McGregor Madden and Max Andreae for hosting a wonderful event. Their company is putting out some great products, and any Bay Area gentleman can get measured for a suit by making an appointment (Max is in San Francisco 1-2 times per month, but appointments fill up quickly). 

Thanks again to all who attended. I’m looking forward to the next one already.

August 13, 2013

Out & About: A-B Fits

I’ve never claimed to be much of a denim head, but the events at Denim Bruin earlier this month reminded me that San Francisco is one of the cornerstones of the denim industry, and that the products found here are some of the best on the globe. Jeans have been part of this city’s culture ever since Levi’s started selling 501s to gold miners (or so the story goes), and have been an integral part of West Coast style ever since.

One of the most famous purveyors of high-quality jeans is A-B Fits, a well-established and well-respected denim shop in San Francisco. The small storefront is nestled away in the North Beach neighborhood and has been supplying San Francisco with top-notch denim for over two decades. 

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May 28, 2013

Urban Exploration - the Presidio

I find it very convenient (and surprising) that one of my favorite spots in the city still remains relatively unknown and very empty. San Francisco is a crowded place and it can be challenging to find a location that is both beautiful and tranquil within the city limits.

The Presidio is a strange place - for over 200 years it was an active military base until control of the area was transferred to the National Park Service in 1994. The area remains a surreal mixture of quaint neighborhoods, military compounds, wooded hilltops and scenic city vistas. It still boggles my mind that such a quiet piece of outdoor solitude can exist within a loud and active city. The smell of eucalyptus groves mixed with the views of the San Francisco skyline is a juxtaposition that I can’t get enough of. 

OCBD - Gant Rugger | Jacket - Gant Rugger | Sweater - J. Crew | Belt - Equus Leather | Shades - Warby Parker | Sneakers - Tretorn Nylites | Messenger Bag - Ernest Alexander | Denim - Gustin (review coming soon)

April 5, 2013

I’d like to thank all the well-dressed men and women that stopped by the styeforum meetup last night, as well as Beckett & Robb for hosting the event and letting us raid their liquor cabinet and rummage through their fabric swatches. There were a lot of new faces in the crowd and it was a pleasure chatting with a diverse group of people sharing a common passion for clothing. I wish I had taken more photos but I suppose the conversation had me occupied all night - this is about all I left with! If you’re in the Bay Area and weren’t able to make it I highly suggest that you stop by Beckett & Robb’s showroom at One Embarcadero Center. 

January 29, 2013

Out & About: Wingtip

The Financial District of San Francisco is an interesting place. I’m there all week but I rarely venture over during the weekend as it generally becomes quite desolate and empty without the bustle of business. However, I decided to change that and went on a weekend visit to the infamous Wingtip (formerly On the Fly), now located in the shadow of the Transamerica tower in the historic Bank of Italy building.

Now, before I even get in to talking about the store I think it’s worth giving a bit of background on the Bank of Italy building. As someone who designs buildings for a living I think it adds a nice bit of context to the whole experience. 

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January 22, 2013
The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the Marin Headlands.

The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the Marin Headlands.

January 22, 2013
WIWY
After a long day of oyster shucking in Tomales Bay I did some hiking up in the Marin Headlands. The views up there never cease to impress me.
Flannel ‘shacket’ - Bonobos | Gingham shirt - J. Crew | 5-pocket trousers - Bonobos | Sneakers - Tretorn Nylites | Shades - Warby Parker

WIWY

After a long day of oyster shucking in Tomales Bay I did some hiking up in the Marin Headlands. The views up there never cease to impress me.

Flannel ‘shacket’ - Bonobos | Gingham shirt - J. Crew | 5-pocket trousers - Bonobos | Sneakers - Tretorn Nylites | Shades - Warby Parker

January 7, 2013

Out & About: A Trip to Britex Fabrics


In my experience, one of the best ways to make a mass-produced piece of clothing a bit more luxurious and enjoyable is to replace plastic machine-sewed buttons with high-quality, hand sewn ones. There are many places to find great horn, mother-of-pearl, leather and metal buttons: thrifting and ebay are always good options and there many online stores with wide selections. If you’re in the San Francisco area, though, I highly recommend stopping by Britex Fabrics. 

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