Jul 16

SUMMER STOCK-UP #3: WEEKEND BAGS
Grabbed your “summer clothes” bin out of the back of your closet only to find a bunch of neatly-folded letdowns? You’re in luck: we’re introducing a new feature for the warm-weather months, aptly named “Summer Stock-Up”. In each post you’ll find five variations on a summer essential—perfect for refreshing your closet (and avoiding future disappointments). [[MORE]]
Billykirk’s 20” Carryall
Though we love them best for their exquisite leather goods, this distinctive Billykirk carryall is primarily canvas (but still packs a hard-wearing leather punch where it counts, namely the rich brown reinforced bottom). The crisp navy and white stripe reminds us of old-timey swimming costumes, which makes it a perfect beach weekend carry that’s still elevated and grown-up (seriously, dude, the mesh tote bag isn’t doing you any favors). Get it here.
Topo Designs’ Classic Daypack
If a backpack is more your speed, Topo Designs’ classic daypack strikes the ideal balance of size, utility and aesthetics—it’s not your old Jansport, but it’s also not one of those “fashion backpacks” that looks rugged but can’t get wet or hot or too cold or or or. Small, clever features distinguish its streamlined design and give it the look of a remarkably well-considered bag. And if your weekends tend to be a bit more adventurous than the next guy’s, you’ll be prepared. Get it here.
Ben Minkoff’s Birdseye Wythe Weekender
Remember that time you knew semaphore? No, neither do we. So skip the heavily nautical-themed gear (embroidered whales? Really?) in favor of this vibrant double-stripe that ever-so-subtly evokes those colorfully numbered sail motifs. The stripes alone would’ve done it for us, but there’s something about the birdseye weave that’s equal parts athletic-gear and suiting-inspired. In other words: a beach-friendly bag you won’t feel weird carrying in November. Get it here.
Mismo’s M/S Adventurer Duffle
The guy who shows up at your annual camping trip in a pith helmet? Not good. This sophisticated nod to the spirit of adventure, in safari green? Good. Pack it full of brown liquor and performative masculinity for that true Hemingway vibe (but really, you’re gonna need some booze to deal with Mr. Pith Helmet). Get it here.
Ernest Alexander’s Bedford Overnight Bag

Can’t beat the classics. Ernest Alexander’s rugged waxed canvas overnight bag is a good all-around category winner—it’s not so large that you feel like Quasimodo schlepping through security checkpoints, but the deceptively simple side buckles can be loosened (or even undone completely) to add significant space for you over-packers out there. And not only is the waxed finish water-resistant and durable, it also allows you to garner envious stares at the airport as you put on a fresh coat of Otter Wax with the satisfied smirk of a true artisan. Get it here.

SUMMER STOCK-UP #3: WEEKEND BAGS

Grabbed your “summer clothes” bin out of the back of your closet only to find a bunch of neatly-folded letdowns? You’re in luck: we’re introducing a new feature for the warm-weather months, aptly named “Summer Stock-Up”. In each post you’ll find five variations on a summer essential—perfect for refreshing your closet (and avoiding future disappointments).

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Jul 04

4TH OF JULY SALE ROUNDUP
While you could (and probably will) celebrate the 4th with fireworks, booze and flag-laden clothing (all imported), it probably wouldn’t hurt to take advantage of some of the awesome (domestic) sales that will be happening this weekend in honor of America’s b-day. We’ve gone through our ever-overflowing inbox to bring you the creme de la creme—er, we mean, however you say that in “American”. 
Ball and Buck: Save 17.76% (nope, not a typo— that’s seventeen point seventy six percent, get it?) sitewide all weekend with code “JULY4TH”.
Baxter of California: Free moisturizer with all orders over $75 with code “JULYFOURTH”.
Flashxhype: 25% off all orders with code “SUMMER25”, plus exclusive 4th of July Mystery Boxes available this weekend only.
Freemans Sporting Club: 25% off with code “FIREWORKS25”.
Hypebeast: 30% off on orders over $200 with code “HBUSA30”.
Indigo + Cotton: Extra 10% off sale items with code “PLUS10”, through Sunday.
J. Peterman Company: Up to 68% off all weekend, plus 30% off all one-of-a-kinds (no code required).
Mohawk General Store: End-of-season sale currently running, no code required.
Need Supply Co.: Extra 20% off sale and swim items with code “ALLTHAT20”, through Saturday.
OAK: 30% off accessories and footwear, Friday only.
Will Leather Goods: Spend-to-save up to $150, through Sunday (no code necessary).
Wittmore: Extra 20% off sale items with code “JULY4”, now through Thursday.
Check back throughout the day as we update with more sales. To have your brand’s coupon code or sale listed here, please send us an email.

4TH OF JULY SALE ROUNDUP

While you could (and probably will) celebrate the 4th with fireworks, booze and flag-laden clothing (all imported), it probably wouldn’t hurt to take advantage of some of the awesome (domestic) sales that will be happening this weekend in honor of America’s b-day. We’ve gone through our ever-overflowing inbox to bring you the creme de la creme—er, we mean, however you say that in “American”.

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Jul 02

THE BLUES AND NOTHING BUT THE BLUES
As word-association goes, “the blues” and “authenticity” tend to come up a lot in the same conversations. Maybe that’s got something to do with why we take another “blue” thing, denim, so freakin’ seriously.[[MORE]]And no one takes denim more seriously than New York’s 3x1— the near-obsessive all-inclusive denim shop has recently partnered with Cool Hunting to create what is, without a doubt, the perfect summer popover. It comes in a wide array of colorways, but we prefer this super-saturated, rare Japanese blue selvedge for a kind of Miles-Davis-Off-Duty type look. Roll up the sleeves, stick your cigarettes in the selvedge-lined chest pocket, and you’re bound to feel pretty good. But, y’know, not too too good. Gotta keep your authentic blues. Get it here.

THE BLUES AND NOTHING BUT THE BLUES

As word-association goes, “the blues” and “authenticity” tend to come up a lot in the same conversations. Maybe that’s got something to do with why we take another “blue” thing, denim, so freakin’ seriously.

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Jun 30

IDIOM-HEAVY CONVERSATIONS
"Break a sweat." "Sweating bullets." "Sweating like a pig." As many phrases as we have based around sweat, nobody wants to be based around you if you’re the guy who’s dripping wet. [[MORE]] Luckily, Outerboro has engineered a shirt with this in mind. The substantial-yet-lightweight, moisture-resistant material is juxtaposed with contrast-paneled sides composed of (wait for it) quick-dry, anti-bacterial, anti-odor treated fabric. And the colorblocking lends such a refreshingly in-the-know air to this classic silhouette that nobody will ever suspect it’s utility, not trend, that put it there. Bust this button-down out at your next barbecue, brunch or ballgame and keep the sweat off your body and in your idiom-heavy conversation (if you so choose). What’s that?— we saved your skin yet again? No sweat. Get it here.

IDIOM-HEAVY CONVERSATIONS

"Break a sweat." "Sweating bullets." "Sweating like a pig." As many phrases as we have based around sweat, nobody wants to be based around you if you’re the guy who’s dripping wet.

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Jun 27

DON’T WEAR IT OUT
We’ll be the first to admit, the term “classic” gets tossed around a lot in the menswear community. A great hat? Classic. Dark denim? Classic. Brogue? Classic. So many things are “classic”, in fact, that you might find your closet stuffed wall-to-wall and be left wondering—with such a diverse wardrobe of “classics”, what’s not classic? [[MORE]]But then there are those rare items that make you stop in your tracks, spend a few moments looking on in admiration, and then—only then—does the original meaning of the word come back to you. And when it’s something you’ve never seen before? That’s what we like to call a New Classic. Introducing the 103 Oak Lounge Chair from  Wintercheck Factory. At home among Danish Modern pieces or even the carefully-disheveled, neo-rustic atmosphere seemingly pioneered by Wintercheck’s home base of Brooklyn, it’s never out of place. It’s never flashy. It’s never trendy. It’s never stuck in time. It’s just…well, you know. Classic. Get it here.

DON’T WEAR IT OUT

We’ll be the first to admit, the term “classic” gets tossed around a lot in the menswear community. A great hat? Classic. Dark denim? Classic. Brogue? Classic. So many things are “classic”, in fact, that you might find your closet stuffed wall-to-wall and be left wondering—with such a diverse wardrobe of “classics”, what’s not classic?

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OYSTERS, LIKE POP-UPS, DON’T LAST
A little while ago, while enjoying a weekend in Baltimore, we wrote up a guide to one of our favorite cities for Cool Hunting. Among the featured locales was Dylan’s Oyster Cellar— in the spirit of Summer Fridays, we encourage you to check out this pop-up before they pop-down in August. Click through to read the entire city guide here.

OYSTERS, LIKE POP-UPS, DON’T LAST

A little while ago, while enjoying a weekend in Baltimore, we wrote up a guide to one of our favorite cities for Cool Hunting. Among the featured locales was Dylan’s Oyster Cellar— in the spirit of Summer Fridays, we encourage you to check out this pop-up before they pop-down in August. Click through to read the entire city guide here.

Jun 24

SUMMER STOCK-UP #2: SUNGLASSES
Grabbed your “summer clothes” bin out of the back of your closet only to find a bunch of neatly-folded letdowns? You’re in luck: we’re introducing a new feature for the warm-weather months, aptly named “Summer Stock-Up”. In each post you’ll find five variations on a summer essential—perfect for refreshing your closet (and avoiding future disappointments). [[MORE]]
Steven Allen’s Dayer Sunglasses
The retro pick—perfect for lazing around Italy, perfecting your “bicoastal” lifestyle, or just garnering street cred at flea markets. This is the pair to make you look like a guy with something to say (pro-tip: just make sure you actually do, y’know, have something to say). Get them here. (…and don’t forget to enter 25MORE at checkout for an extra 25% off your sale purchases!)
Paul Smith’s Tortoise Shell Polarized Sunglasses
Like the fashion choices in one of those future-as-past sci-fi movies, these are the perfect marriage of vintage charm and modern flourishes. These appear at first glance to be the most “traditional” pick on our list. But closer inspection reveals the fresh, contemporary metal contrast arms and polarized lenses—and trust us, people are going to want closer inspection. Get them here.
Illesteva’s Lou Reed Aviators
Ape the king of Aviator-clad cool with these collabs. One of his final projects before his passing, these shades were designed by Reed to capture an aesthetic so inseparable from the man himself. We’d say he’s been immortalized in these Italian-made beauties, but all his fans know he was never mere mortal to begin with. Get themhere.
Han Kjobenhavn’s Wolfgang Sunglasses
This one will come as no surprise— where better then Copenhagen to find obscenely stylish shades? The wild arms (a tongue-in-cheek take on classic tortoise motifs) are what really separate these from the pack—but the straight-on view is subtle enough for everyday wear. Get them here.
SUPER’s Primo Aviators
Not afraid of a little color? Good for you. Balance out these irreverent green lenses with a classic, streamlined aviator shape for a “you’ve-seen-it-but-not-like-this” feel. Italian construction and German lenses lend an upscale air. Not unlike yourself. Get them here.

SUMMER STOCK-UP #2: SUNGLASSES

Grabbed your “summer clothes” bin out of the back of your closet only to find a bunch of neatly-folded letdowns? You’re in luck: we’re introducing a new feature for the warm-weather months, aptly named “Summer Stock-Up”. In each post you’ll find five variations on a summer essential—perfect for refreshing your closet (and avoiding future disappointments).

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EMBRACE NOT PLANNING AHEAD
We’re big proponents of dressing for the occasion. About to hop on a plane? Don’t head to the airport without at least putting on a blazer. Casual date? Don’t go any more casual than some premium dark denim. But what about the times when you don’t know where the day will take you? [[MORE]]That’s when we’re most grateful for Outerboro. The new clothing company aims to combine classic, tailored silhouettes with high-performance fabrics that are ready for anything. We tested out their Motile Breeze shorts—a perfect all-around summer short that looks innocuous enough, but performs with four-way stretch, a water-repellant treatment, and an ultra-lightweight, breathable feel that’s as comfortable on the beach as it is on a bike ride through the city (and, yes, on a rock-climbing wall). Translation: you’re ready for anything, in the blink of an eye. Just think of them as your spontaneity secret weapon. Get them here.

EMBRACE NOT PLANNING AHEAD

We’re big proponents of dressing for the occasion. About to hop on a plane? Don’t head to the airport without at least putting on a blazer. Casual date? Don’t go any more casual than some premium dark denim. But what about the times when you don’t know where the day will take you?

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Jun 17

SUMMER STOCK-UP #1: SWIM SHORTS
Grabbed your “summer clothes” bin out of the back of your closet only to find a bunch of neatly-folded letdowns? You’re in luck: we’re introducing a new feature for the warm-weather months, aptly named “Summer Stock-Up”. In each post you’ll find five variations on a summer essential—perfect for refreshing your closet (and avoiding future disappointments).  [[MORE]]
Gant Rugger’s Polka Dot Swim Trunks
If you’re going to bite the bullet and don some shorter-than-absolutely-necessary trunks, it’s best to balance it out with a classic, unassuming pattern. Timeless navy with white polka dots not only has a subtly vintage vibe, it also kinda reminds us of a nice pair of pajamas. Which reminds us: put on some sunscreen before you fall asleep in the sand. Get them here.
Baldwin Denim’s B Board Shorts
Who better to trust when it comes to fit than a stellar denim brand? Baldwin’s no-fuss shorts have the perfect length to keep a low profile, for those of you who want to move quietly from beach to boardwalk (for instance: spies). Get them here.
Richard James’ Classic Swim Shorts In Multi-Spots
On the opposite end of the spectrum: shorts louder than that overly-authoritative lifeguard you hate (What, no alcohol on the beach? Since when?). Would we suggest this pattern for day-to-day wear? No. But every beachgoer needs one crazy pair of shorts in his arsenal. Just don’t set your Dippin’ Dots down on your lap—you’ll never find them again. Get them here.
Apolis’ Striped Chambray Swim Trunks
Something you’ve never seen before? Coated chambray. These clever Apolis trunks make use of our favorite lightweight summer fabric with a waterproofing twist. Plus, the concealed bungee is an idiot-proof way to not lose your keys, whether you’re surfing or getting buried in the sand up to your neck. (Hey, we said the shorts were smart, not the guy wearing ‘em). Get them here.
Hartford’s Seersucker Stripe Swim Trunks
Seersucker is usually semi-tricky territory (“How do I wear this vest without looking like Colonel Sanders?”), but this swim trunk incarnation makes it easy. Lucky for all of us, The Colonel wouldn’t be caught dead in these (aaargh, can’t un-see). Get them here.

SUMMER STOCK-UP #1: SWIM SHORTS

Grabbed your “summer clothes” bin out of the back of your closet only to find a bunch of neatly-folded letdowns? You’re in luck: we’re introducing a new feature for the warm-weather months, aptly named “Summer Stock-Up”. In each post you’ll find five variations on a summer essential—perfect for refreshing your closet (and avoiding future disappointments). 

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Jun 12

THE TWIN PEAKS OF SOCKS
It goes without saying that some people take camping very seriously. They’ve got the gear—a top-of-the-line tent, an off-road-ready vehicle, and an arsenal of tools that all multitask to the point of absurdity. [[MORE]] Then, there’s you—more likely to order a pizza to the camp site than to forage for berries, more likely to wake up in the middle of the night with the tent collapsed on your face. Which is fine—camping is all about having a good time, right? If so, you’re also probably the kind of guy who can’t wait to replace his uninspired camp socks with these playful upgrades by Anonymous Ism. The perfect blend of recognizable outdoorsy motifs and an unusual sense of humor, these are the Twin Peaks of socks. Speaking of which: don’t forget to bring a percolator. Camping without coffee is decidedly un-fun. Get them here. 

THE TWIN PEAKS OF SOCKS

It goes without saying that some people take camping very seriously. They’ve got the gear—a top-of-the-line tent, an off-road-ready vehicle, and an arsenal of tools that all multitask to the point of absurdity.

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Jun 05

TWO STEPS AND YOU STILL MESS IT UP
We get it, we get it—when it comes to drinks, you’re a know-it-all. You know which now-standard cocktails were invented at Harry’s New York Bar, you know the perfect complementary bottle of bitters for each flavor profile, you even know why James Bond’s go-to is sort of weak. [[MORE]]But when it comes to the classic gin and tonic, you’re still throwing whatever’s on your bar cart together with whatever’s in your fridge. Shame on you. That’s where Gin & Tonic: The Complete Guide For The Perfect Mix comes in: just because your drink has two ingredients, doesn’t mean there’s no way to screw it up. While most cocktail books fall into one of two categories—books you read cover to cover, and books that are used more as a reference to thumb through in search of knowledge—Gin & Tonic cleverly combines elements of both. The exhaustive Gin history that starts off the book is an engaging must-read for gin drinkers everywhere, while the so-called “gincyclopedia” sections provide the details you’ll need to master flavor profiles, spot defining ingredients, and, yes, concoct “the perfect mix”. Use these sections for tasting notes when sampling a new gin, deciding which tonics are the best standbys and which pair best with a more unusual mate, and, yes, winning arguments against your friends. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned from this book, it’s that there’s sure a lot of room for opinion in a drink with two components. Get it here.

TWO STEPS AND YOU STILL MESS IT UP

We get it, we get it—when it comes to drinks, you’re a know-it-all. You know which now-standard cocktails were invented at Harry’s New York Bar, you know the perfect complementary bottle of bitters for each flavor profile, you even know why James Bond’s go-to is sort of weak.

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May 28

THE DELICATE BALANCE OF AMERICANA
Summer get-togethers present a unique set of complicated considerations: whether to go all-out with homemade baked goods or phone it in with local grocery store fare; how many beers from the communal cooler one can get away with before seeming greedy and/or sloppy; whether participation in the eventual lawn game of horseshoes is voluntary or outright required. [[MORE]] The clever folks at Huxter have crossed one problem off your list, at least: what to wear. While “spirited Americana” is often the unofficial dress code for these functions, it’s a fine line between looking festive and utterly foolish. But Huxter’s cheerful oxfords strike the perfect balance with crisp, lightweight cotton accented by—wait for it—boldly striped elbow patches in an array of reds, whites and blues. Timeless and conservative, right up until you go in for a high-five. Which will come in handy when you’re kicking everyone’s ass at horseshoes. Get it here.

THE DELICATE BALANCE OF AMERICANA

Summer get-togethers present a unique set of complicated considerations: whether to go all-out with homemade baked goods or phone it in with local grocery store fare; how many beers from the communal cooler one can get away with before seeming greedy and/or sloppy; whether participation in the eventual lawn game of horseshoes is voluntary or outright required.

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May 22

PERFECT IS ATTAINABLE
We’ve all had less-than-perfect getaways: the time your brother spilled an entire bottle of sunscreen in your luggage, the time you got food poisoning at your girlfriend’s beach house, the time you got sunburned so badly that you spent the entire weekend indoors covered in gooey aloe. [[MORE]] But with Memorial Day upon us, we continue to aim high—not just for a “fine” weekend, or even a “great” weekend, but for a perfect weekend. The weekend when you finally roast the perfect marshmallow. The weekend when you finally learn to surf. The weekend when everything goes your way. To help you get started on the right foot, we suggest the aptly-named “perfect getaway duffle” from Owen & Fred. In rugged 18 oz. canvas, it’s durable enough to last you many trips while also protecting what’s inside (there’s no surer way to ruin your trip than to start with a bag full of soggy clothes). And priced at under a hundred dollars, it lets you save your cash for more important matters—like keeping an even buzz going all weekend long. Like we said, we aim high. Get it here.

PERFECT IS ATTAINABLE

We’ve all had less-than-perfect getaways: the time your brother spilled an entire bottle of sunscreen in your luggage, the time you got food poisoning at your girlfriend’s beach house, the time you got sunburned so badly that you spent the entire weekend indoors covered in gooey aloe.

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May 18

BETTER THAN STUDY ABROAD BLOGS
You’ve seen the wonders of the world: the volcanos of Iceland, the reefs of Australia, the pyramids of Egypt. Something remarkable you may have missed? The Sabahs of Turkey. [[MORE]] Painstakingly handcrafted by expert artisans through a process nearly a thousand years old, Sabahs are every bit as historic and awe-inspiring as any of those sights. The soft-yet-durable leather conforms to your foot for an unparalleled fit, while also allowing for ventilation to keep unpleasant smells at bay. Translation: the more you wear them, the better they’ll feel (and you’ll never have to retire a pair because of odor). A few clever tweaks on the original design—a streamlined silhouette and a bevvy of fresh colorways, including a leopard-print model—mean that these slippers are as at home in Manhattan as they are halfway around the world. The replaceable natural rubber sole keeps them hard-wearing and ready for pavement, sand, stone, or whatever else you’re planning to walk on… which means there’s no excuse for not checking a few more exotic locations off your list. That is, if you haven’t seen them all already. Get them here.

BETTER THAN STUDY ABROAD BLOGS

You’ve seen the wonders of the world: the volcanos of Iceland, the reefs of Australia, the pyramids of Egypt. Something remarkable you may have missed? The Sabahs of Turkey.

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May 10

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GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

The weather has finally warmed up (and, at least in our neck of the woods, gone directly from cold and rainy to warm and rainy), “summer Fridays” are soon to be upon us, and the world looks just a little bit brighter. What’s not looking brighter? Your wardrobe from last spring. Quick fix? We’ve paired up with the snazzy folks at East Dane to give away $50 gift cards to four lucky individuals.

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