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Persol | Folding 714

August 31, 2014

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Certainly choosing a pair of sunglasses is about about face/frame/fit (your face + right frame = good fit) and for me, the Persol 714 are the preeminent pair. Sadly, many men take a pass on investing in a quality pair of sun spectacles. The reasons may vary but I often hear the “not wanting to spend the money on something they might sit on or leave somewhere” argument. That logic makes little to no sense as you wouldn’t wear a cheap, low quality shirt because you’d be afraid of spilling something on it.

I would argue that owning a superior pair of sunglasses is more important than most other items a man owns. Most folks will wear their shades everyday so the cost per wear ratio makes it worth spending your hard earned dinero on a great pair that complement your features and that you are proud to sport on any occasion.

More on the 714 from Persol, “Introduced in the 1960s, the Persol 714 was a folding adaptation of the famous 649 and was perhaps the first-ever collapsable pair of glasses. Designed for comfort and convenience, the 714 requires ten additional working steps compared to the production of other Persol models including. The 714 was made famous by Steve McQueen who wore them in The Thomas Crown Affair and are still today among the most popular and fashionable of sunglasses.” Here are some up close and personal shots of my own pair, in Light Havana.

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Procured these from Smart Buy Glasses, who are plentiful on the Persol. Couple that with free shipping anywhere and over 180 brands makes it a good place for your sunglasses search.

- DJS

Black Denim | Assemblage

August 21, 2014

It’s currently hot as the devil’s grundle outside but no time like the present to pants plan for the fall. As you get ready to squeeze your ass back into denim this autumn, you should seriously consider going black. Take a look at the Assemblage below to find one’s you can call your own. Click out on the titles for further details and purchase info.

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- DJS 

Common Projects | Achilles Low

August 12, 2014

All white sneakers are pretty much ubiquitous not only in menswear but pretty much just in peoplewear. And while you can be a loyalist about your white kicks, I might recommend a polyamorous approach. Personally, I keep a range of white’s on deck, including, but not limited to, TretornJack Purcell and these CP Achilles. 

Concerning Common Projects, the quality and construction are great and all but paying over 350$ for sneakers, you’d sure as shit hope that’d be the case. Hard to find a more pleasing low profile white sneaker in all leather, though the Kent Wang’s offer a pretty damn close second for 1/3 of the price point.

If you do decide on the CP’s, keep in mind they run a bit narrow, so if you’ve got thick feet it might be best to go another way. It’s not been much of an issue for me, as I’m not running marathons in these but tackling daily tasks around town or chasing down toddlers. Here’s some up close and personal photos of the aforementioned CP Achilles for your viewing pleasure. 

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I picked these up from End awhile back but you can snag them from any #menswear related establishment of your choice.

- DJS

Gitman Vintage + End | Patchwork Oxford

July 14, 2014

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Expensive ass patchwork shirts from Gitman Vintage give you that kamikaze Goodwill look without all the aroma of a literal vintage shirt. Say what you will about GitVit shirts, I enjoy them as much as a grown man can enjoy a shirt. How much would be too much? We are entering a hazardous sartorial discussion my dudes. Let’s exit stage left to the product details.

Obvious info from End include, “Inspired by their timeless craft and some of our favourite designs from around the world, the Gitman Vintage x END. Patchwork Detail Oxford Shirt is cut in their trademark silhouette from a classic Oxford fabric. Retaining all of the detailing that has made Gitman’s shirting such a design classic, it is finished with a patchwork print fabric utilised at the chest pocket and for contrasting elbow patches.”

Both over at End.

- DJS

Things You Shouldn’t Buy | Mr. Porter Part II

July 8, 2014

Been awhile since I put together a Things You Shouldn’t Buy piece, so let’s go back to one of the preeminent places for any and all menswear, Mr. Porter. As I’ve said before in my previous Things You Shouldn’t Buy, I fucking love the Porter. Very few places offer such depth and breadth of high-end goods and match it with top-notch customer service like Mr. Porter. But like any online menswear mecca, they also stock some attire that make little sartorial sense, so here’s a look at a few items to stay the hell away from.

Balmain Biker Jeans

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Let’s go ahead and get these hot pieces of shit out of the way first, shall we? Our friends at Mr. Porter tell us, “Balmain’s iconic biker jeans are cleverly constructed but the effect looks cool and effortless.” Too bad they hired a blind dude to write the copy on this one, as the only thing effortless about these monstrosities is the way I cringe when I think about being seen by anyone I know whilst wearing them. And if a real biker saw you in these “biker” jeans, he would lose his boot up your ass. At least they will sell one pair to the lead singer of Cold Play, as these totally look like some shit he would wear on tour.

Givenchy Speaker Print Jacket

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If Givenchy was trying to encapsulate a jacket that possessed the essence of 50% halloween costume, 24% Elton John, 15% Nick Wooster and 10% Beats by Dre and 1% Han Solo, I totally think they nailed it.

Saint Laurent Zebra Sweater

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Close your eyes for a second and imagine the coolest guy you’ve ever met in person. Now, imagine him wearing this fucking sweater. It literally took all his cool points away, didn’t it? This fucker doesn’t even resemble actual zebra stripes. Big Bill Cosby wouldn’t even wear this laughable wreak of a sweater.

Jimmy Choo Patent Leather Sneakers

Jimmy ChooMr. Porter lets us know that these shitty moon boots, “reflects different colours in the light.” They forgot to add that they also reflect how disappointed your parents are in you when wearing them. Here’s a question, is Jimmy Choo a diffusion brand of British Knights? If these shoes are the future, fingers crossed our species goes extinct before it happens.

Valentino Leather Pocket Sweatshirt

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Why duct tape a black leather pocket on a grey sweatshirt? If you buy this, it comes with a MP3 of the dudes at Valentino laughing at you.

AMI Hat

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Want a shit bag hat to ruin any outfit you might put together? Look no further. Even if you’re bald as hell, better than wearing this candy-striped ass hat. The fucking stripes aren’t even lined up on the brim! Apparently this hat is designed exclusively for Mr. Porter. I think they got royally screwed on that deal.

Alexander McQueen Print T-Shirt

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Tough guy print t-shirts? Man, I reeeeeaaaaallllllyyyyy thought that shit was donezo. If you’re really into it, save your 150$ and just go to TJ Maxx and buy an Affliction one for $11.99.

Nike X Undercover

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Big props to Mr. P for carrying the SS14 Gyakusou collection from Nike, but these running tights are the retarded child of the collection. Just don’t do it.

- DJS

Roger Federer | Paragon

July 3, 2014

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Say what you will about Mr. Federer’s style, you’d be hard pressed to find an athlete that looks better on and off the court than RF. Certainly tennis gear no longer resembles the formal attire of yesteryear but Roger’s on the court accoutrements strike a balance of current cool without dishonoring the classic aesthetic of tennis past. And I can’t think of a guy who has used his celebrity to market a superior group of products including Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Moet & Chandon, and Rolex just to name a few.

So what can we learn from Roger? A man’s hair doesn’t have to be perfect to look perfect, you are who you associate with, a blazer is always the right choice, and winning begins in the locker-room. And the greatest lesson of all, you might not always outplay the competition but you can always outclass them.

- DJS

Filson | Black Collection

June 27, 2014

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Filson keeps on killing it, introducing their long awaited Black Collection. If I didn’t already have a Filson luggage set in the classic tan, I’d be all in as you should be if you’re looking to upgrade your travel wear. My only beef is the key Filson must have that seems to currently be missing in the black pack is the Pullman, which is my go to on any and every excursion.

Check out some key pieces below and head over to Filson to scout the collection in its entirety.

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- DJS

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