Oak Street’s back in action with the recent release of these Suede Campus Chukkas. They’re made with waterproof suede, which is really, really nice since I tend to dribble piss all over my shoes, all the time. Prostate problems aside, if you do get these I’m pretty sure it’s still a bad idea to just let loose pissing all over them though. Mainly because of the yellowing effect your urine would have on the suede coloration, unless you stay really hydrated and your urine runs clear. If that’s the case, then have at it.
From OSB, “As a fine chukka, Oak Street Bootmakers worked in collaboration with Chicago’s Horween Leather Co, to develop a suede that is supple to the touch, yet durable enough to withstand years of wear. This was achieved by using full grain hides, and buffing only the flesh side of the leather – maintaining the hide’s full grain integrity. Finally, through a proprietary tumbling and oiling process, Horween was able to yield an incredibly soft, durable and most remarkably, waterproof suede.”
Free to take a piss and miss at OSB.
I hate iPhone cases. I so very desperately want to skip the case and go nude with my phone. It feels better without a case, looks better without a case and fits in my damn pocket better without a case. But after recently breaking my 3rd iPhone (#butterfingeredbro) I had to come to terms with slapping a sleeve on my iPhone. Despising every available option, I badgered Shawn long enough to construct one that turns the tide on my phone case abhorrence. Having the privilege to procure a prototype a few weeks ago, I’m one grateful guy with a well-protected phone that hasn’t sacrificed on function or form.
From FFF, “A single piece of Horween leather is laser cut, burnished, and hand stitched, with a flap that folds behind the phone to hold it in place, while leaving full access to all buttons, cameras, speaker, and plugs. You might leave home without your wallet, or even your keys, but with this minimal phone case you’ll still have the necessities.”
Coming in at 98$, it’s easily the best iPhone cover you’ll find on the market. Jump on it at form•function•form.
If you’re into the deconstructed/reconstructed boro cloth thing (which, of course you are) then Kaptial’s Kountry Collection is just for you. Well, not just for you, in the sense that other people can’t purchase it but take heart, as shit’s real expensive so at least those other folks that might wanna cop your boro indigo will be deterred for fiscal reasons. You, on the other hand, aren’t gonna let a little thing like credit card debt keep you out of that Kountry Kool.
And when brands purposefully misspell words, you only want it all the more ever since your 5th grade teacher would give you extra time after class teaching you to spell phonetically and caught you with a boner helping you spell “aqueduct” and just warmly smiled and whispered that she wouldn’t tell anyone. Mrs. Kennedy smelled like chalk and lavender and sure was one hot piece of ass.
Kapital Kountry at Unionmade.
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.
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.
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.