If you’re into Alden on any level, you probably already know that their black suede shoes are some of the hardest to get your feet into, as they are some of the rarest of the rare special editions made for specialty shops in the know. Unionmade just dropped this budget busting trio in black suede, featuring the tassel, long wing and the most comfortable loafer known to man, the leisure penny. More than a few of my Alden’s are from Unionmade, and I’ve always been pleased with owning some of the more unique editions Unionmade offers.
At this point, it’s do or die, as your might not see these offerings come available again for many, many moons. More info at Unionmade.
Some summer sales are nothing to write home about in terms of discount or brand selection but the one currently happening at Supply & Advise is out to take all your gold bricks. Not only are the brands represented top shelf (The Hill-Side, Gitman Vintage, Todd Snyder, Gant Rugger, and OSB to name a few) but the markdown is currently sitting at 60% off, which means you can walk away with a king’s ransom for a fraction of what you’d pay any other time of the year.
Get while the gettin’s good at Supply & Advise.
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.