My friend Jake owns what he calls, “cooking shirts” which are pretty much just tarnished
white yellowish Hanes T’s that should have hit the garbage pale years ago. My man will straight up smear anything directly on these tarnished t-shirts, which after years of service are paper thin and abounding with holes. At least 45% of whatever he is wiping at any given time goes right to the skin. Jake, if you’re out there, this 10.6 oz hemp canvas apron is for you.
More details at Apolis.
You and me both want to differentiate from every other single guy out there now wearing raw selvedge (yes, even in the summer). Solution: Denim Trousers like these from Orguell, made in Japan from 100% Zimbabwe cotton, which I can only assume is a truly awesome cotton. These trousers would be like if your 501’s had the pants equivalent of a cooler older brother who taught English Lit at Vassar but was also working on his first collection of poetry for Copper Canyon Press that extrapolated upon the rural upbringing of his father in relation to the Sung Period and the Selected Poems of Su Tung-Po.
Price and purchase info on the trousers at Context.
For most of my adult life I’ve been in the “backpacks are for kids” camp but I’ve recently softened on my backpack ban. My thinking shifted experientially, as I did some traveling in which I needed both hands unencumbered (traveling with my 3 year old) which thankfully forced me back into a backpack. During our trip, I was pleasantly reminded how freeing wearing a backpack can be and further realized there are plenty of times when I should leave my single shoulder strapped bags behind and break out the backpack. If you’re looking to join in on the backpack comeback, my only advice would be to keep your adult pack somewhat minimal and understated, so as to stay differentiated from any backpack you might have worn from childhood. If you’ve not put one on recently and/or are looking to add to your own carryall arsenal, take a look at the Assemblage below and click out on the titles for price and purchase info.
Need Supply‘s having a summer sale with an extra 20% off sale items but if you’re like me, you are mostly focused on the footwear. As I’ve said before, shoes will always be my first love. My obesssion began at a basketball camp. It was the kid that had the Air Jordan 5’s who won the camp MVP and I actually believed that if I had Jordan’s, I’d be taking home that gold (*plastic) MVP trophy. Of course the real issue wasn’t my shoes but was that I was a slow, chubby kid that played too many video games instead of practicing and had the vertical of an arthritic octogenarian. But in my naive and cholesterol-ridden heart, all I needed was Jordan’s.
Soon after I begged my mom for months and when she begrudgingly agreed to help me acquire some high-end kicks, they were sold out of the J’s and I landed the infamous Reebok Pumps.
Honestly Sadly, I thought I would be able to dunk the first time I stepped on the court but the truth of the matter was that they were heavy as astronaut boots and all the pump action did was make them tighten around my fat little foot. I didn’t even make the team that year and I kicked myself for not waiting longer for the Jordan’s. Thankfully, they were faulty after a couple months the pump mechanism malfunctioned, I took them back and exchanged them for the Jordan 6’s. Thus concludes embarrassing shoe story time with uncle Jeremiah.
I’m certainly guilty over the years of proclaiming many pairs of shoes as “must haves,” so you can curse me all you want for overusing such a designation but take a good look at these Unfinished Horsehide Trainers and tell me they are not gloriously in the “must have” category. Epaulet will produce 500 total pairs (leather from Italy and production in Portugal) and the preorder is up and running until July 3rd. But maybe the greatest news is the price point; the Tennis Low at $245, the Sport Trainer at $255, the Tennis High at $265, and the Full Court High at $275, which is far from absurd for what you’ll be getting. And while roughly $300 is no small amount of money, you certainly won’t be able to find anything anywhere near their quality and one-of-a-kind splendor anytime soon.
More info and images at Epaulet.
Post O’Alls are all about making your life easier and breezier with these Cruzer Shorts. How, you ask? Well, my friend, Context (the store, not the actual context) tells us that they have an slimming but easy fit, which means they’ll not drape like baggy gym shorts but also won’t be so tight to cut off precious circulation to all important areas. In addition, they’re made from 64% cotton and 36% nylon and made with 100% love, which means they’re water resistant for when you get caught in a summer shower and don’t want to look like you urinated on yourself.
Get on it at Context.
I’ve never really met anyone by the name of Bedwin but I did know of this one dude in college named Edwin who was so insanely obsessed with the Green Bay Packers he would wear a giant plastic cheese head thing everywhere (keep in mind this was at the University of Tennessee and not U of Wisconsin). Dude would wear this giant cheese head to class, to bars, and even to college football games that had nothing whatsoever to do with the Packers. Dude became somewhat infamous around campus and had stories in the Daily Beacon (the campus newspaper) written about his cheese wearing pathology. It all came to a bitter end when it became a relatively popular pastime to aggressively yell at him when you spotted him around campus. I’m not really sure if his name was Edwin. Anyway, this Bedwin and the Heartbreakers collection is rad. If you are on any level considering procuring oversized, novelty sports memorabilia headgear, buy some of B and the H instead.
From ED, Since 2004, Bedwin has fused traditional American style with a collection of cultural influences. With a solid musical foundation, the Japanese label has produced reconstructed streetwear and formal pieces, adding casual, individual twists to refined, classic silhouettes. In 2007, “the Heartbreakers” was added to the name, reflecting the artists and albums that inspire each season’s designs and bring Bedwin and the Heartbreakers clothing to life.”
See more of the collection at East Dane.