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Monsieur Lacenaire | Teddy Knit Varsity Jacket

September 22, 2014

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I’m damn near sixteen years from being varsity anything but this teddy knit varsity jacket from Monsieur Lacenaire has me missing my school-days.  Full disclosure, I don’t own any varsity jackets.  Sadly they’ve always reminded me of my boy Lance from high-school, who got his letterman jacket earlier than everyone else and then wore that shit pretty much year round.  I mean, good for him for pitching for the baseball team as a sophomore and all, but that shit was straight up leather and wool and he would never take it off.

I keep telling myself, “this one is made from 100% alpaca.  And everyone knows alpaca’s got the highest luster and sheen of all beasts of burden.”  And to top it off, this jacket (that is technically a sweater) was designed by a French lady whose name I can’t pronounce correctly.  I straight up love French ladies whose names I can’t pronounce!  Fuck you for ruining varsity jackets, Lance!

From Carson Street Clothiers, “Named after the 18th century criminal poet and hero of modern society, Pierre-François Lacenaire, designer Garance Broca draws inspiration from Mr. Lacenaire’s taste for freedom to create her ready to wear menswear label, Monsieur Lacenaire (get it?).  Having started out at Balmain and Hermès, Broca is truly an expert in men’s knitwear and exemplifies a knack for producing iconic pieces, such as her Teddy Varsity Knit, which has become the heart and soul of each collection she produces.”

- DJS

Gray Sweatshirt | Assemblage

September 21, 2014

As the warmth of summer continues to wane most of us are already thinking ahead to what gear we are excited bring back into our weekly fall rotation.  While it is important not to be overly decked out in heavy tweeds and cords before the weather has yet to turn, there’s no harm in adding a few fall garments to your attire as the forecast calls for it.  When the temperature drops it’s time to make the call to the bullpen to bring the most comfortable item you own out onto the mound, the sweatshirt.

Every man should have a favorite sweatshirt.  If you are still on the lookout for your own, let gray lead the way.  Take a look at the Assemblage below and click out on the titles for further details and purchase info.

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Sunspel

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Bedwin & the Heartbreakers

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Public School

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Obey

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Orlebar Brown

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Our Legacy

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Soulland

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Han Kjobenhavn

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Lanvin

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La Panoplie

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Wallace & Barnes

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Todd Snyder x Champion

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Epaulet

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Nanamica

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- DJS

Gitman Vintage | Windbreaker Shirt

September 18, 2014

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Guys, this Git Vit Windbreaker Shirt might be the grailest grail shirt I can imagine.  How many times in the fall are you like, “I forgot my jacket again and it’s so damn windy my nips are poking out and gonna get rubbed raw.”  All the time, I know.  Well, BAM!  The Gitman gents just hooked you up with the preeminent shacket (shirt + jacket, also spelled “shaqit”) known to man.

If you’re not all in on shackets this autumn, get the hell off my weblawn (website + lawn, pronounced “wee-blown”).  I’m gonna go burn my Liddesdale and buy both of these.

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- DJS

Alden | Allen Milkshake Monk Strap

September 8, 2014

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These single monk milkshakes are worth buying just so you can use the phrase, “single monk milkshake” over and over again. I suppose you can use the phrase “single monk milkshake” on repeat even if you aren’t planning on wearing the shoes, but that might be too far out of context for most to follow. But who am I to say? Give it a shot for a few days and if it doesn’t work, you can go get the shoes to prove to everyone you’re not clinically insane.

But in all seriousness, if this mighty milkshake coloration on monks doesn’t make you want to open both your heart and wallet, congratulations; footwear is not your Kryptonite.

Over at Unionmade

- DJS

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.

Rogue Territory

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Iron Heart

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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

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