Clint WIlkinson founded Bell & Oak’s line of leather goods by following in his grandfather’s footsteps, revitalizing his leatherwork business and capturing the spirit of Denton, Texas.
More than a maker
Gear for an Open-Wheel Beating
Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything — because anything can, and will, happen.
Offshore for sure
A Brief, of sorts
TravelTeq’s humbly named Trash meets an extremely wide range of needs and wants, and also includes features that you may not need or want — but you can’t argue that they’re pretty cool.
The dopp kit, or toiletry bag, is vital for traveling, but it’s also a big question mark. How much style does the bag that holds your toothpaste need to have? Features? Materials? For our latest survey, we’ve gathered nearly 20 dopp kits together across a range of prices, styles and functionalities — all priced well in their respective echelons. Once you’ve made your pick, all we ask is that you pack it right.
Keep the revs high
One of the best ways to enjoy a summer weekend is a top-down road trip out of town. Pick up a fun roadster like an Alfa Romeo Spider (preferably in rosso corsa) for just these occasions.
Superlative Goods Just South of the Arctic
Although Böle, a small Swedish tannery on the northern banks of the Baltic Sea, is producing what may be the best leather goods on the planet, you still haven’t heard of them. That might a bit intentional on their part, though.
The Best Running Pack of 2014
Rarely does one pack meet the demands of all its intended uses. The Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 ($150), which launches on August 15, exceeds them.
classic, affordable, uber-customizable
Three great reasons — one classic, one affordable, and one uber-customizable — to not settle for the doppelgänger shades everyone else is wearing.
Fitness to Go
Whatever your style, these are the best bags for being shoved into a locker while you and fitness meet up for a hot, sweaty tryst.
Simple, clean, and unconstrained
There’s nirvana in a product made with a singular purpose, done so well that it needs neither embellishment nor hype. Doing away with lining (a feature we’ve kept ambiguous in these selections, as you’ll see) is one such way to pare down a product to its base usefulness.
Sun's Out, Guns Out
There’s nothing like the old, faded out, ripped-at-the-collar t-shirt. It carries years of stories in stitches and stains. Unfortunately, you’re the only one who knows and respects that history; it just looks like a dirty t-shirt to everyone else. Save it for wing night and keep your wardrobe loaded with fresh, handsome Ts for all other occasions.
Like all basic garments, the sock performs as essential function and also provides an opportunity to flash a little style. Here are five great options for a variety of occasions.
Be Short, Not Brief
The loosest fitting of male undershorts, boxers allow free range of movement for you legs and other parts, and enough soft protection that wearing them is like getting away with loungewear 24/7. From inexpensive to splurge, classic to technical, we’ve got you and yours covered with these five pairs of boxers.
Modestly (and not so modestly) priced receptacles
Valet trays are not just a place to put your things. They’re a statement about how important your things are.
Your normal couch-bound weekend attire won’t cut it during a weekend at the track; tarmac-amplified heat and humidity plus the occasional run-in with a troupe of Umbrella Girls nixes that plan. Instead, race weekend is primetime for packing light, multifunctional duds and accoutrements that don’t skimp on style.
Plaid has a rich history, but it’s also just a handsome pattern. Wear it right — in moderation — and you’ll look dapper.
To and From, safely and in style
If you’re thinking about joining the bike commuter set, you’ll need the essentials: bike, helmet, lights, lock and a handsome leather wine bottle carrier. We’ve got it all in this Kit, plus much more.
F-Stop is a relative newcomer to the camera bag scene, and its St. Louis headquarters is incongruous with its focus on packs for mountain sports photography. But don’t let that fool you. Their packs show a design maturity that could only stem from experience and a smart use of user feedback. We tested both the light-and-fast Kenti ($249) and the sturdier, larger Satori EXP ($379) in conditions as varied as multi-day hikes in New Zealand and peak bagging in New Hampshire.
Taking the Alpha Out of Beta
Can a piece of luggage have a successor? Tumi, the venerable brand practically synonymous with domestic airports, believes it can with the release of the Alpha 2. The carry-on/check-in sequel incorporates a slew of improvements — ranging from overdue to practically invisible — in the gangbusters popular flagship line. Across its 30 improvements, the Alpha 2 boasts an impressive 14 patents. To test its mettle, we made our way to the Alpha 2’s arena: airports.
The perfectly sized and properly priced duffel can be elusive (hell, brands can’t even decide one way to spell it). When the occasion calls for light packing in something that’ll easily fit in the back seat or sling comfortably over your shoulder there are myriad options, but how many of them can be considered worth a buy? What follows are 40 of the best duffel bags to fit every budget. We’ve stripped out old options and introduced 25 new bags across a wide range of prices. Get packin’.
Steal that storm's thunder
An umbrella paired with classic, temperature-appropriate outerwear is and always will be the best way to stay dry and fly. With that in mind, we picked five excellent umbrellas that run the gamut from compact to full-sized.
Empty Canvases, Waiting to be Filled
We know you love leather bags, and so do we. But there are times, say, when you’re toting your photography gear, that you need a more all-weather, utilitarian alternative. In fact, we’ll say it now — leave the leather for trips and commutes. We’ve rounded up our favorites and put them through their paces to come up with our list of the five best canvas camera bags for the discerning photographer.
Hungry Like the Wolf
Immorality? Regulation? Terrible ties? Ah, the early 90s. Whether you recall that fateful turn of the decade where the 80s blindly roared into the 90s as a style doldrum (gaping pinstripes and questionable patterns) or a blind, no-holds-barred epoch (let’s do lunch!), there’s no questioning that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will smash into theaters this Christmas with boom-time style.
In anticipation, we’ve put together a big-money style guide inspired by a few memorable scenes to commemorate Scorsese’s nearly three-hour celluloid tribute to the infamous “Wolfpack”. The 90s may have lacked style, but it’s hard to say we don’t miss it, just a bit. Fuckin’ a.
Be a stylish song reader
Music is a language everyone can appreciate, a language many of us can understand aurally — and a language only some of us can read. Because it’s most accessible to the population in its aural form — that’d be the CDs or MP3s you purchase (okay, vinyl too, hipsters) — artists generally (always) release their music in a format that can be heard. Beck isn’t a typical artist. Case in point, his latest 20-song album, Song Reader, was, in a clever/strange/excellent twist, released unrecorded, in sheet music form.
And so a unique musical release begets another unique release. Warby Parker (they of remarkably affordable and stylish eyeglass/prescription lens combinations) has collaborated with the man himself (he of personal style that is as notable as the music he writes) to offer a line of eyewear — dubbed the Carmichael — to ensure those music types among us who suffer from unfortunate vision can read the songs from Song Reader‘s sheet music release, and to make sure music fans (well, anyone, really) can enjoy strutting around with limited-edition specs perched atop their noses.
Always Be Closing
The present state of business prizes efficiency above all else: large outputs from small teams, multitasking, checking email while jogging, jogging while conference calling, working vacations. In this paradigm a leisurely lunch gums up the works. But the reality is that a face-to-face over charred ribeyes and bone-dry martinis can replace a week’s worth of email exchanges. One good single-pump handshake and a knowing smile is good for a billion retweets. The power lunch, like the double-breasted suit, is not back: it never went away. To do it right you’ll need a few accoutrements, which you’ll find right here. We’ll see you at Dorsia.
Slim Is In
Reducing your wallet’s contents reaps many benefits: it’s cathartic, helps with prioritization, and, most of all, gives you the chance to get a new, minimalist version. But finding the right minimalist cash caddy can be overwhelming. There are all sorts of types to sort through: card wallets, slim wallets, very simple money clips, front pocket wallets and so on. Instead of categorizing and complicating things more, we’ve decided to round up the best picks that run the entire gamut. Read on and find the perfect Simoleon sleeve for your new, minimalist life.
If you're between a soft and a hard case...
In the good old days of train travel a gentleman would have a cavalcade of steamer trunks in tow, housing all manner of wardrobe, knick knacks, accoutrement and what-have-yous. These days, a guy’s lucky if his rolling carry-on isn’t checked at the gate. Thankfully, weary traveler, technology is on your side. We’re pleased to introduce to you the best hard shell suitcases we would find, each a convergence of all the necessary requirements for travel, each unique in its own way.
Not far behind the invention of the wheel, in terms of ingenuity, is the wheeled duffel. The problem is, most wheeled duffels are either good at wheeling or good at holding gear, but seldom both; that’s not to mention most have a hybrid appearance that neither looks stylish on the concourse nor rugged in the outback. But that’s not true of the Victorinox Swiss Army Alpineer Wheeled Duffel ($250), a bag we’ve dragged around three countries and four mountain ranges since June.
36 gifts for the well-dressed gent
If you’re a stylish gent, you’re acutely aware of each seasonal shift. Spring affords chances to wear lighter, refreshed colors; summer is time for light material and sunglasses; autumn means breaking out a chunky cardigan. But it’s winter when a man can truly shine. He can layer. He can sport rich fabrics and hulking boots, overcoats and purposeful accessories. When there is such a wide, deep array of options in the winter wardrobe world, what exactly do you give the man who lives stylishly? We’re here to turn that dilemma into fruitful present curation. So brew up some nog, get out the wrapping paper (even if you’re giving to yourself) and check out our top picks in these important categories of winter style for the well dressed man.