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Stòffa | Rollable Hats

October 23, 2014

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Stòffa is the latest gift to the world of menswear from sartorial mastermind, Agyesh Madan. And while we’re talking hats here, Stòffa’s offerings also include some stunning scarves and ties worth their own look as well. While I enjoy breaking out my hats as much as the next man, my fear of misshaping them can often be a bother. These rollable versions offer a robust hat that maintains form without sacrificing any eye-appeal. Certainly few of us are able to pull off looking as at home in a hat as Stòffa’s Agyesh, but these sure do make me want to give it a try.

From Stoffa, “We strongly believe that hats are a great functional accessory made inconvenient because of their inability to travel well. To remedy that we created these lush felt hats that are the perfect travel companion. Our special steaming and blocking process allows them to readily return to shape after being rolled. And like most good things in life, they get better with age – wear them, fold them, travel, beat them up and they will only get softer and more comfortable. 100% rabbit or beaver fur felt. Made in Borgosesia, Italy and delivered in a custom travel tube.”

More details and purchase info at Stòffa.

- DJS

Ikiré Jones | FW ’14

October 22, 2014

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If you aren’t familiar with Ikiré Jones, then you should huddle up and scout their FW ’14 set. Nobody in the menswear scene connects striking African aesthetics with meticulous Neapolitan tailoring, all while being made in the U.S.

In their own words, “Our suiting is fully canvassed, and made to order upon request. Our accessories are thoroughly labored-over, both in their design conception and hand-rolled creation. Flying in the face of a prevailing custom where accessories are a meaningless after-thought, each of our squares/scarves tells a story which carries the wearer, and all who bear witness, to another place and time. All of our garments are proudly hand-made in Philadelphia, USA.”

Get over to Ikiré Jones to see the rest of the collection.

- DJS

Oak Street Bootmakers | Bit Loafers

October 21, 2014

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I’m a loafer lover but have always had an inauspicious relationship with bit loafers. Mostly because they’re usually referred to as horsebit loafers, which is a loathsome designation. I’m not some equestrian activist who detests the idea of using a restrictive metal instrument to forcibly covert a horse to a means of conveyance or anything, I just really think it sounds terrible. A shitty name can ruin pretty much anything. Sophomore year of undergrad I went on a date with this girl named Bernice and while she was both attractive and engaging, it was over before it started. What was I suppose to do you guys, her friends called her Bernie! I just couldn’t move forward thinking about all the Weekend at Bernie’s jokes I’d have to hear. That’s why I’m all for OSB deciding to dub these as bit loafers.

From OSB, “With a nod to tradition, the Oak Street Bootmakers Bit Loafer is a shoe that is instantly familiar, yet boldly unique. The upper is hand-sewn in Maine with Horween® calfskin leathers, calfskin lining, leather sole, stacked leather heel with dovetail toplift, and brass and nickel horsebit hardware. Handcrafted in the USA.”

Jump on ‘em at Oak Street.

- DJS

Billykirk | Mechanics Belt

October 20, 2014

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Buckles are straight lame you guys. Oh, you want all of us to witness the glory of your immaculate belt buckle? Who are you, the reigning WWF Intercontinental Champion? Speaking of the Intercontinental Championship, how the hell is that different from just the regular World Championship? Which particular continents can’t the Intercontinental Champ claim wrestling supremacy?

And did you know Macho Man’s actual name is Randy Mario Poffo? That name might very well be a better ring name than Randy Savage. Also, Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat’s real name is Richard Henry Blood. That’s right, my man could’ve gone with the wrestling moniker DRAGON DICK BLOOD! His match finishing move could’ve been a headbutt to the groin off the top turnbuckle, appropriately dubbed, Beowulf’s Bane, aka the Ball Buster. So many missed opportunities.

Anyway, this Billykirk belt is over at Need Supply.

- DJS

Alden | Green Suede Flex Chukka

October 19, 2014

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All shoe images should have a copious grouping of bourbon showcased in the background. I’m fairly certain that a stockpile of whiskey makes every photo a better photo. I mean, maybe not the pictures of you holding an infant or anything newborn related but definitely product photos.

I’m wondering if these green chukkas are as amazing as I think they are or if I’m being entranced by the bourbon backdrop. I’m not an alcoholic or anything but I’m going to pour myself a drink and order these shoes now. Ok, ok, I’m going to pour myself another drink and order these shoes now. Shut up.

More info on these at Leather Soul.

- DJS

RRL | Rigid Officers Chino

October 16, 2014


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If you weren’t privy to the controversial post on the rigid J.Crew chinos over at ACL yesterday, give it a go for some humorous reading in the comments section from dudes who take trousers way too seriously. For what it’s worth, here are the RRL Officers Chino angrily referenced by every other commentator. Actually, it was kind of nice to see the comments section being blown up again by assholes and aficionados. Reminds me of old times from back in the day in the blogosphere.

- DJS

 

Beams Plus | Suede Type I Trucker Jacket

October 15, 2014

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This Beams Plus Suede Trucker Jacket is loaded with high specialization like chrome tanned goat leather. Pretty much any chrome tanned small livestock animal ranks just right below whiskey shell cordovan in hides, which is pretty stinking high on the animal epidermis list. And having a type I trucker is like having type I diabetes, in that people will know you’ve been on the trucker jacket game since childhood and not some type II adult-onset trucker fucker.

From End, “An updated version of a classic silhouette, Beams Plus have reworked the classic trucker jacket as part of their AW14 collection. Constructed from chrome tanned goat leather with a suede exterior and nappa lining designed to age and patina perfectly with wear, it is cut in a classic cropped silhouette and features a variety of authentic detailing. Keeping to the instantly recognisable detailing of this traditional design, it has two chest pockets, a panelled chest and an adjustable hem.”

- DJS

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