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Restoration Hardware | Destroyed Leather Sofa

November 11, 2014





Our Restoration Hardware sofa is one of my favorite things in our home. I’ve never second guessed buying it until they recently came out with this Destroyed Leather, which I’m in love with. Say what you will regarding manufactured patina but it would take you living with a pack of wolves to earn such abrasion and scraping details. I was able to get up close and personal with this one in the store last weekend and suffice to say that if you’re in the market for a sofa, this one’s a world-beater.

Better still, RH’s Friends and Family 20% off everything sale is happening. Move quick to Restoration Hardware though, as it ends today. I’m gonna go strap some Brillo pads to my kids and pugs to destroy our couch.


Oak Street Bootmakers | Suede Trapper Boot

November 10, 2014



Oak Street Bootmakers are back at it with, you guessed it, more boots. What else did you expect, they’ve got bootmakers in their freaking name. Anyway, these are made with Khaki Horween® Calico® waterproof suede. That’s a lot of ® so you know it’s gotta be damn good, right? ®ight.

I also like that their called Trapper Boots, as buying footwear with an outdoors designation lets me feel better about pretty much just walking to and from my vehicle.

From OSB, “The Horween® Calico® leather that was selected for this boot is a waterproof suede – developed for year-round durability. The Trapper Boot is the first time Oak Street Bootmakers has made use of the Vibram® 2060 sole. Originally developed for sportsmen, it provides a unique silhouette and is incredibly lightweight – allowing for all day comfort. As with all Oak Street Bootmakers footwear, the Trapper Boot is crafted by hand, one pair at a time – on a bench, in Maine, the old fashioned way.”

Head over to Oak St. for price and purchase info.


Rogue Territory | Officer Trousers

November 9, 2014






Here of late, anytime I’m in the market for a new pair of pants, I immediately gravitate back to Rogue Territory. This has been somewhat of a change, as I used to enjoy working in new brands with most pant purchases. But as I peruse the trouser section of my closet, I’ve noticed that more often than not they are the handiwork of Karl Thoennessen.

It’s not that other brands have let me down but simply put, I’m never as happy with a pair of pants as when I go with Rogue Territory. And when I was looking for a new pair of chinos for fall, I already knew where to look. I’ve been living in them for a week now and couldn’t be happier. The cut is slim without being too much so, the thickness is spot on with the 9 oz. twill and the craftsmanship is second to none. While I went with sand (seen above) they’re available in a myriad of colorations.

Make your way over to Rogue Territory for more details.


Adidas x Barbour Collection

November 6, 2014

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Adidas and Barbour have hooked up to make shoes and jackets. What the fuck else did you think they’d team up and make, scented candles? It’s Adidas and Barbour. Honestly, I’m only kind of into it. The shoes look nothing too special, although that olive waxed Adiwick jacket looks all kinds of good.

And the red Roubarb jacket reminds me too much of the one Michael Jackson had on in the Thriller video. Nothing against MJ and all, if that is your deal. I mean, I’m all for purchasing shit I wanted to wear as a kid and re-living childhood dreams as an adult through attire but in this case it’s the wrong MJ.

Price and purchase info at End.


Penfield | F/W ’14

November 4, 2014

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I’ve been a Penfield devotee for years and their latest F/W offering continue to kill it. And by “kill it,” I mean a provide a selection of cleverly crafted clothes with components that remain useful and strike that perfect balance between ornate and understated. Design details like snap breast pockets w/ multicolored trim, vertical zip closure chest pockets, elastic cuffs, and colorblock corduroy continue to put Penfield in rarefied air with price points that keep their gear procurable for the proletariat.

Check out the F/W ’14 collection for affordable greatness.


Shockoe Denim

November 3, 2014







You might be weary of denim these days but new brands keep cropping up and pumping out impressive jeans to meet market demand. The latest on my mind here of late has been Shockoe. Some of the particulars that set them apart include lock-stitch seams, serging inseams, double-pronged rivets, two-piece waistbands and free repair for the life of the jeans. That’s right, free repairs. Now you’ll never have to fear the crotch blowout again.

From Context, “Shockoe Denim was founded in October 2012 by Anthony and Pierre Lupesco, with the vision of bringing old-world luxury tailoring and craft to the men’s denim market. A small atelier was established in Richmond, VA, and has quickly grown to a full production workshop and retail store in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond. All of Shockoe Denim’s jeans are made by hand in a Richmond based workshop by a team of artisan craftsmen and skilled laborers.”

Find them at Context.



Woodlands | Standard Knit Hat

November 2, 2014







In the midst of all the Goodyear Welts, selvedge everything and all the hand sewn high specialization, sometimes I just want a well made yet understated product, not up its own ass, that will do its job and do it without costing me an arm and a leg. A knit hat is a perfect product example of such an item. I don’t need a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to a winter hat, just one that will hold up against the elements and look minimal enough that it remains relatively in the background while doing it. And Woodlands’ aptly named “The Standard,” is a knit hat par excellence.

From Woodlands, “We’ve always been fans of the saying “If you want something done right, do it yourself” but recently it’s taken on even greater significance. This year, we’ve focused more and more on sourcing and creating our own versions of items we love and return to. Case in point: the trusty knit cap. We searched hard to find a company that could help us bring a simple but crucial staple to life, in the way we wanted. Knit from 100% wool, the Standard comes in a medium length that can be worn rolled or flat. They are soft to the touch, have a bit of natural stretch and come in a range of rich, textured colors.”

Get it at Woodlands.



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