Wednesday, March 16, 2011
OK... how do you guys feel about short sleeve shirting? I myself have been a little worried about trying it out in the past but definitely want to see if I can pull it off this spring... just need to find the right one. I feel like they often can look way too Dwight Schrute-ish instead of GQ-ish like when Channing Tatum rocked one a few years back on the cover of GQ. Dude looks fresh:
I saw one at J. Crew the other day but can't seem to find it online. This one from Gitman Brothers Vintage at Context Clothing has steez written all over it, there's just one problem: the price tag. There is NO WAY that I plan on spending almost $200 on something that I probably won't be wearing too often. My thought with splurges is that if it's something you will have for a while and you will wear a lot, do it. Something like a trend, that goes in and out of being cool is a definite no. So, keep me in mind if you see a great, well-priced one somewhere (preferably plaid, less dressy) let me know... I'm even considering trying something like H&M (not a fan... most of their stuff is so euro-trash) to get something cheap.
Corter Leather is a great shop run by a great guy if you're looking for something different. I actually got my brother (hey bro!) a Brewster braided belt loop key fob for a high school graduation gift as well as getting one for myself once I got sick of walking around campus with my school logo lanyard... so not my steez. I didn't want him falling into that same trap. Not only are these great, unique products that age really cool (I've had mine for less than a month and it's already showing some cool wear) but the guy who runs the shop and makes everything by hand, Eric, is a really cool guy too. I had a customer service problem, AKA I was an idiot and PayPal didn't go through, but Eric was there to sort out the confusion and help me get my order actually placed. Not only does he care about his business, but he is now supporting Japan aid through selling these bracelets. And the reason he's doing it is even cooler:
"Japan is special to a lot of us for one reason or another. Their quirky culture, technological innovation, and uncanny ability to perfect anything they get their hands on have always been inspiring to many people. For me, it was their leather workers- Japan took western, Americana-styled leather work, with its frills and studs and carved roses, and stripped it down to a sleek, relatable, modern design while keeping it's roots firmly in tact. Japan is the reason I do what I do today. I started Corter after lusting for a Redmoon wallet in college, studying the KC's website for hours to try and reverse engineer their designs. I scoured Japanese forums, crudely translated through Google, teaching myself how to sew and cut through these folks in Japan."
So, donate! Do something good and up your swag. I'm usually against man jewelry (see below...), but for a good cause and something that actually looks masculine, why not try it out?
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Let's talk raw denim. Gah, when I first started getting into this whole men's style craze, one of the first things I splurged on was a pair of APC New Standards. After reading all the denim fiends' chat rooms and stuff, I decided that APCs were the best of the best and at the most reasonable rice point.. They came, via Context Clothing, and I was in shock. Why the face was I wearing these heavy, thick, uncomfortable jeans? I mean seriously, putting them on was strangely reminiscent of that Chingy song that only a few seconds of gives me bad flashbacks to slutty suburban high school dances. But then I started wearing them. Cuffing them. Doing squats in them to make the butt less tight (we all do it... admit it). Then you start to see the fade. A wallet line right there, a little bit of whiskering somewhere else, and soon enough they look like YOUR JEANS. That's right, you have complete ownership over them- all those Abercrombie bros can buy their ripped and whiskered jeans, but these, man, THESE you EARNED. I started wearing my APCs all the time. They were my class jeans. They were my fun jeans.
Unbranded denim from Urban Outfitters, and can't wait to see how these bad boys turn out. Tried them on for the first time today (plan on sleeping in them tonight... don't judge) and they felt pretty good. I mean seeing someone else can be tough after a long relationship. Crotch was strangely a little weird but I hope it's just the raw denim being weird. And for $80, half the price of APCs, who can be mean? Denim for the masses, gotta love it. Will definitely let you all know how they turn out in days to come.
this jacket from J. Crew called the Cadet jacket. If you didn't know by now, we both really love J. Crew. Some of the more serious men's style junkies may diss the brand and would probably say we ride the J.Crew train too hard, but you can't deny that it's great quality, nicely priced (especially with the 15 percent student discount- remember your ID's) and has something a little unique about it that places like Gap don't have. I'm loving this jacket for spring and thinking it's gonna have to go on my must-haves list. It's got a cool military vibe but at the same time isn't trying too hard, plus at $128 it's super cheap for a jacket with this much detailing. Pair it with some khakis or even white jeans (yes.. I'm considering a pair... never thought I'd see the day) and some dirty bucks and you've got yourself a great spring kit. J. Crew spring collection has a lot of promise, anything you guys are looking forward to? Also... any personal favorite Disney Channel movies? I'm partial to Smart House myself. Sound off in the comments bros.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Quote above is from James Beard, and he would be someone that would know, right? But really, I'm writing this post to let you know my admittingly new favorite website: Scanwiches. All the guy does is scan sandwiches, but seriously, they look SO good, especially compared to the plain ol' turkey and cheddar I usually have for lunch... blerghh. Has Scanwiches inspired me to switch up my sandwich game? Is this a sandwich revolution? Am I gonna get style inspiration from a PB&J? I don't think I want to know the last answer.
Just got our first snow day of the year here in snowy Minneapolis, class cancelled if it's before noon (last class is at 11:50, holler?). But that of course got me thinking of things like spring break and summer and beaches and surfing. Now, don't get me wrong, I have about as much knowledge on surfing and surf culture as any kid growing up on Rocket Power and Lilo and Stitch... so, none. This is me admitting that I'm a shoobie. While I do wish I knew how to surf, one thing that I can at least attempt to imitate is surfer style... they have a whole kind of careless vibe that every guy wants to look like. This means things like Vans or any low top sneaker, board shorts (cut above the knee, please, unless you are a guido), simple tees, etc. in cool colors and of course nothing too matchy-matchy. There's lots of great brands out there with accessible surfer swag. One of my favorites, that's much talked about on the blogosphere, is Saturdays. Based out of NYC, these are the kind of guys that everyone wants to be, and they have great products made by both themselves and outside suppliers that speak to that inner Kelly Slater in all of us.
Quick word on the tank tops- don't wear these if you're not jacked. I myself prefer t-shirts, and really hate seeing emo skinny boys wearing their little tank tops with arms smaller than their girlfriends. Another very cool (a little more pricey) store to get "beachwear" is Olasul. Their board shorts and tees come in very bright colors that just scream summer (which, if you couldn't tell, I NEED right now). They're a little on the pricey side, but as our mom always says, you have to remember that with price come quality- do you think you would keep this for a couple of years? I especially like the "Ceviche":
Another very cool (and super authentic) shop is Mollusk, which carries great board shorts, tees, hoodies, etc. that you know you can trust- real surfers uses these. I like the simple Birdwell shorts they have, as well as some of the cool posters from local artists in their area. I also like these simple Katin (another heritage surf brand, similar to Birdwell I think) and Apolis Activism from Context Clothing. Especially the chambray. Chambray FTW:
Be sure to check out Warriors of Radness too- nominated for GQ's Menswear Designer of America this year, they get that surfer cool vibe of the 80s and 90s just right and fun without being too kitschy. I got a swimsuit from them last year for spring break and really like it- warning though, it is pretty short so make sure you have confidence to show your man thighs.
You can get cool surfer style with out going to the beach too which is something I want to "work on" this summer. Here are some random things you might want to deck yourself out in to look less shoobie-ish come summer. Casio G-Shock watch (no clue where to get this color way, if you happen to find out, let me know!), Vans Authentics (must-haves for anyone), colored laces (2 pairs for $4 at J. Crew), and Serengeti glasses that our dad used to have in the 80s, also available at Key Vintage.