Bags & Accessories

Stiff in any size

Swiss Collar Stays

Tie wearers know that material, pattern and the cut of neckwear goes a long way; indeed, perhaps more important is the knot. But what good is the perfectly done tie without a properly crisp collar to cinch it around? Dedicated to maintaining a gentleman's good form in over 20 common collar styles, Swiss Stays ($8-$125) has given the sometimes frustrating behind-the-scenes champion of men's formal fashion, collar stays, a shot of much needed one-size-fits-most juice.

A Real Guitar Hero

Mono Vertigo Top Loading Guitar Case

It may not house the firepower needed to take down a Mexican drug lord, but the Mono Vertigo Top Loading Guitar Case ($205) will keep any mariachi’s six-shooter string safe, sound and ready to rock. Unlike other soft-shells, which fold faster than a limp bizkit without an axe on board, the Vertigo was built to stand up (literally) to something all strummers do: grabbing that baby by the neck and getting onstage in a hurry.

A.P.C. Leather and Canvas Holdall

There's nothing novel about the A.P.C. Leather and Canvas Holdall ($370) in terms of shape or size. It's the versatile combination of black washed leather and brown canvas detailing that caught our eye. The 18" (W) x 10" (H) x 10" (D) bag features an internal pocket, detachable shoulder strap and has more than enough room for gym clothes or even an overnight stay, granted you don't pack like Kanye. An included luggage tag should keep confused (envious) travelers from "mistakenly" grabbing it.

Precipitation protection

Chrome Niko Camera Pack

Toting around an über-expensive camera and loads requisite gear can be stressful -- rain cares about your $7,000 DSLR about as much as it cares that you didn't pack an umbrella. Hope is not lost. Chrome's Niko Camera Pack ($180) is made of weatherproof nylon and is a multi-tasking, multi-pocketed beast.

Peddlin' style

Detroit Cargo Handlebar Bag

Riding your vintage hipster fixie might be cool. The tattered velcro handlebar bag that looks like you stole it from your sister when you were eight? Not cool. Detroit Cargo bails out ill-fitted cyclists with their Jefferson Handlebar Bag ($84). More English saddlebag than beats by Dre, the bag can hold tools, phones or even...

Tire, shoulder, what's the difference?

Property Of Tommy Pannier Bag

The daily commute biker in you wants a pannier, but your stylish professional side yearns for a good-looking courier bag. Property Of… (yes, the ellipsis is included in their name) says you can have your bag and ride with it, too. Their wax-treated canvas Tommy Pannier bag ($339) looks perfectly comfortable carried by its heavy...

Etro Striped Knitted Cotton Tie

Ties disappeared from the office faster than fax machines once the silicon valley teens-turned-CEOs labeled them as "fun workplace" enemy number one. But if Etro's combination of classic American colors and Italian knit work doesn't add pop to your typical uniform of oxfords and jeans, nothing will. Combine the strong stripes with a solid shirt in lighter colors and be the one uomo in a room full of boys.

Apogee Folded iPhone Case

"Smooth and supple" may not make you think of an iPhone case. Snap out of your depraved daydream, sicko, and feast your eyes on the Apogee Folded iPhone Case ($45). That's one sweet, sweet piece of stone-oiled leather; no stitches here, just folds and tucks. Beating it up just creates a personalized patina. The case is handmade in Vancouver and fits both the iPhone 4S and 5. For this price, you should probably get it in both black and umber.

Smarten up

The MR. PORTER Manual For a Stylish Life Volume 1

The folks at MR. PORTER know a fair thing or two about living the good life. Subsequently, adding The MR. PORTER Manual For a Stylish Life Volume 1 ($35) to your ever-evolving style library is an easy recommendation. The new paperback is compiled by the site’s editor-in-chief, Jeremy Langmead, and provides detailed analysis of timeless...

Fair Ends Caps Winter 2013

While we love a good baseball cap, we don't always want to be advertising our favorite sports teams. Maybe it's that we're getting a little older and a little more refined, or maybe our team is just bottom of the barrel this year (if you ask us which one it is, you're as likely to get a straight answer from Manti Te'o). That said, one of our favorite places for minimally branded ball caps, Fair Ends, just launched some additions to their already stellar range. The new set is offered in both camp (5-panel) and ball cap configurations, in either waxed cotton or flannel. Waxed cotton will shed the worst winter can throw at it, just like your favorite Barbour; flannel will help keep that dome a little warmer. The choice is up to you. We know which one is our favorite...

East Coast, meet West Coast

Gorjana & Griffin

East meets West -- Coast, that is -- with Gorjana & Griffin. Offering wares for men on the move (women too) that speak to a bi-coastal lifestyle, Griffin & Gorjana strikes a balance between city and beach, polished and casual, offering up iPad cases, handsome weekenders and everything in between. Spearheaded by husband and wife pair Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel, Gorjana & Griffin designs and hand produces offerings entirely in their 6,000-square foot studio based in Laguna Beach, California. Further evidence of good intentions? Gorjana & Griffin backs its social commitment with a charitable foundation to aid a variety of causes, including Southern California's first Food Truck Festival, which benefits children with cancer. Now that's something we can get behind -- and wear. Our picks: Marshall Dopp Kit ($115) | West iPad Case ($75) | Stillwell Triple Wrap Bracelet ($65) | West Leather Carabiner Traveler ($94) | Marshall Weekender ($395)

Warby Parker x The Standard Sunglasses

The charitable and on-trend team at Warby Parker have partnered with The Standard hotel to create a limited edition pair of their Winston shades in a classic striped ale colorway. Blending 60s styling with a dose of modern confidence, they're a steal for $95, even if your days by the pool are still months away. Plus, they ship with a special orange lens cloth designed by artist Jeff Canham that we know you'll lose in a week. Like all Warby specs, purchasing this pair will also send a pair of optical glasses to someone in need. Look for them at The Standard hotels in the company’s new “Readery” kiosks (also developed in collaboration with Warby Parker) or purchase them directly online via the link below.

Give the grocery bag a rest

Kaufmann Mercantile Nickel-Plated Aluminum Lunch Box

Even if your daily commute doesn't vary with job sites, the Kaufmann Mercantile Nickel-Plated Aluminum Lunch Box ($79) should make you envious as a hungry kid in a cafeteria. The box is built to protect your kelp chips bag of cool ranch Doritos and alfalfa sprouts beef & cheese sandwich in a large bottom compartment, while your beverage of choice (Highlife?) stays secure in an upper mesh wire.

Baggage for a lifetime

Canvas & Leather: A Visit to J.W. Hulme

It’s no secret that it’s boom time for American-made heritage products, and companies as diverse as Stormy Kromer, LL Bean and Randolph Engineering are making the most of it. Even within this resurgence of handmade Americana, there is a further niche: Minnesota-made. Maybe it’s the popularity of the urban lumberjack aesthetic or a just a fondness for Midwestern honesty, but there’s no denying that brands from America’s icebox are hotter than ever. We’ve highlighted some Minnesota companies before — Red Wing Shoes, Duluth Pack and Faribault Woolen Mills — but we recently got a chance to visit another venerable company nestled right in the gritty urban heart of Minnesota’s capital, St. Paul: J.W. Hulme. We stopped in, hoping to see what this bespoke baggage maker is all about.

Style Pick: Etiquette Clothiers Mid-Calf Socks

Drop subtle, or not so subtle hints of your inner taste and personality with Mid-Calf Socks ($60). Made in Italy from 30/1 Italian combed cotton with a perfect toe seaming — they’re a luxury your feet and style commentators are bound to appreciate. At $20 a pop, though, we’d suggest letting them loose only on special occasions. You’re upcoming Tough Mudder run doesn’t count.

Duffle Trouble

Filson Medium Duffle

C.C. Filson outfitted the Klondike Gold Rush fortune seekers in 1897; though holiday travel nowadays sends us to much tamer locations, using the sloppy disheveled gym bag in the closet to avoid extra fees is the kind of boorish move that would elicit a slap in the face from Filson himself. Filson’s updated medium duffle...

12 gifts for the traveler

12 Guys of Christmas: The Globetrotter

These guys seem to have racked up a bigger airline status than Clooney and more time on the road than Kerouac. They call ports of call home and know how to navigate the TSA, border checkpoints and a nasty comped bar hangover with ease. Whether a job takes them to exotic first-world destinations or their...

Style Pick: Drakes For Hodinkee Knit Ties

The watch experts at Hodinkee have teamed up with the esteemed English clothier Drakes to create a pair of limited edition Drakes for Hodinkee knit ties inspired by two unique vintage Rolexes. Like all Drake ties, both are hand made and feature hand-sewn silk spots. Only 50 of each will be sold, and all are...

Noteworthy

Word Notebooks

What sets a notebook apart? Most of the time, what’s in it. But even filled with bad doodles, Word Notebooks ($10 per three-pack) are excellent receptacles for ink. From the minds behind Cool Material comes this deceptively clever spin on an everyday tool. The notebooks are perfectly sized for a pocket tote, but they’re also...

36 gift ideas for the stylish man

12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

Nothing sets the teeth to rattling like the task of gift buying for a style zealot (except maybe an in-law’s icy glare). Rolled or cuffed? four-in-hand or windsor? Double breasted or single? Brown or black? Personal style is, well, personal; a faux pas can have lasting consequences. That’s why we’re throwing you a life line:...

Herb Lester Luggage Tags

It seems like everyone traveling has the same black roller bag. Herb Lester Luggage Tags (~$7) stand out and dress up that carry-on with more panache than the “Big Tag” or a random scrap of fabric, saving you from opening your luggage only to find the outsized garments of the lady who filled Row 32....

Big bucket bag

Marmot Urban Hauler

Backpacks are ubiquitous, and sometimes too many pockets just means… too many pockets. In the case of the Marmot Urban Hauler ($50), less is more. Based on a centuries-old Japanese fishing bag, the Urban Hauler is as simple as a pack can get, short of a brown grocery bag and duct tape. Made of UpCycled...

A silk tie this is not

GORUCK The Man Tie

From the men that brought you the hardcore rucksack comes the first, yup, military-grade tie. Shrugging off the worst any properly bedecked man is likely to encounter, The Man Tie ($65) is made from the same 1000d Cordura material as their rucks — and built with durability in its details. Two variants (narrow or classic)...

Travel rightly

Lexdray London Garment Bag

If you spend more time flying the friendly skies than an Angelino behind the wheel, then you already know that the right bag can make you a model of airport efficiency. The Lexdray London Garment Bag ($540) goes one step further — maintaining your travel savvy even after you land, by eliminating the hassle of...

Hop Scotch

FSC x Dewars Travel Bag

The FSC x Dewars travel bag ($150) is designed to transport a bottle of Dewars 18 year old blended Scotch Whisky and a custom flask in high style, thanks to an 18-ounce waxed cotton exterior, J&E Sedgewick & Co bridle leather handles and Dewar’s own tartan plaid lining. The idea was conceived by FSC founder...

Style Pick: Michael Bastian for Randolph Engineering Norwich

For the last two seasons, Michael Bastian has teamed up with Randolph Engineering, bringing to life his vision for sun- and eyeglasses, many of which were inspired by vintage Randolph frames that had long been shelved. While plenty of new classics have emerged from this partnership, the Norwich frame ($295) is a recent standout. The...

Keep it together, man

Filson Oil Finish Travel Tray

Your thoughts are organized. It’s the contents of your pockets that you can’t seem to track down. You don’t necessarily need a system, as your wife suggests; you just need a one-stop-shop where you can dump all your contents at the end of the day. And, no, a cereal bowl does not a stylish man...

Be sensitive

Outdoor Research Stormsensor Gloves

There aren’t many situations or locations that preclude pulling out your smartphone. Your anniversary dinner with your wife should probably be at the top of that list. Out on the ski slopes the phone also doesn’t see much daylight, but because of the chore it requires versus the acrimonious stink eye. Outdoor Research Stormsensor Gloves...

Lethally handsome

Globe-Trotter James Bond Stabilist Rifle Case

Even when running rogue, it behooves any MI-6 agent to use nothing but the bespoke, from suits to shoes to, naturally, gun cases. The Globe-trotter James Bond Stabilist Rifle Case (~$8,040) looks so good, you’ll do your best to keep the blood off it. Inspired by the very case used in the upcoming Skyfall, the...

Go-Go-Gadget globetrotter

Incase EO Travel Collection

After years of making stylish and functional cases and bags for our coveted gadgets, Incase enters the carry-on luggage fray with their new EO Travel Collection ($150+). The five bags of the series range in size from a weekender duffle to an extended trip roller, but all include padded pockets for a MacBook Pro and...

A spacious convertible

Briggs & Riley Excursion Convertible Brief

Briggs & Riley is a brand known for their intelligently designed, immensely practical luggage that’ll stand up anywhere from the sub-Saharan to the subway. Using lightweight, rugged materials that are easy to clean and able to withstand all the (ahem) care an airport staff is happy to provide, the luggage gurus at B & R...

Beware the full moonphase

Dunhill Classic PVD Moonphase Watch

If bespoke is your middle name, then Dunhill is a brand you already know. From fine tobacco accessories to pens, high-end clothing and timepieces, Dunhill builds quality. Typically erring on the classic side of style, they’ve gone a bit risky with their new and very black Dunhill Classic PVD Moonphase Watch ($7,300); it’s both beautifully...

Military grade, civilian smart

GoRuck Kit Bag

We’ve taken a GORUCK GR1 through a a year-long gauntlet and considering its shining results, we’ve had not choice but to assume their newest product, the GORUCK Kit Bag, will be similarly excellent. Inspired by the military-issued bags that accompany all paratroopers on airborne operations, the Kit Bag comes in two sizes, both of which...

Time to change your look

JackThreads Goodale Collection Fall 2012

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST After a successful start as a trusted curator of other brands, JackThreads ventured into the design business with their own private label, dubbed the goodale collection, and hasn’t looked back. Now in its third line, the Fall 2012 collection is built around staples from previous seasons that customer’s loved, encapsulating a...

Gentle-manly

Spyderco Air by Gayle Bradley

While some of us like to keep a folding knife with us in our EDC, a clip sticking out of the pocket to be seen and/or damage a really nice pair of trousers isn’t always apropos. And sometimes, you don’t just want to carry any old folder — you care about high style. The Spyderco...

Style Pick: Feit Handmade Vegetable Leather Belt

Boutique custom shoemaker Feit is expanding their small leather goods line with a new handmade vegetable leather belt. Each belt is made in Lucca, Italy, from a single piece of leather and features only four stitches, each applied by hand. Only 80 will be made, so strike now if you’re waistline needs a makeover. $130...

High Roller

Smythson Watch Roll

We love our timepieces, but traveling with all our favorites tends to be a problem. Ziploc bags won’t cut it, nor will an empty cigar box — but the Smythson Watch Roll ($465) transports wrist candy safely and in high style. Finished in black full-grain leather and lined with suede, the watch roll’s soft cylindrical...

Rip Van Wrinkle

Moore & Giles Sullivan Shirt Pack

We assume you know how to properly iron a dress shirt — we don’t assume you enjoy doing it. Maker of fine bags Moore & Giles knows that even proper folding is easily thwarted in a stuffed bag. Their Sullivan Shirt Pack ($155) avoids this wrinkly dilemma entirely by keeping up to five shirts crisply...

Style Pick: Ghurka for Park & Bond

Old meets new with the newly announced Ghurka for Park & Bond collection. The esteemed bag maker has teamed with the online menswear retailer to create exclusive editions of their Cavalier II Weekender and Dopp Kit in rugged twill canvas with supple leather trim. Surprisingly, the use of monochromatic navy is a first for Ghurka’s...

Good Things

Vinted Goods

Starting a line of quality goods is no small feat. The design, the materials, the manufacturing — not to mention the seemingly prohibitive costs. It can get overwhelming in a hurry. Thanks to Kickstarter though, not only are we seeing an influx of products (hits and the occasional masses) with zealous founders behind them, but...

Style Pick: Barbour + Jack Spade

Two prominent names in mens style come together to bring you a line of smart-looking waxed cotton bags and coats. Barbour, the British company that forged a tradition over almost 120 years, joins with Jack Spade, the Manhattan upstart 100 years junior. The younger clothier has been making inroads with the British Empire — a...

Style Pick: Basil Racuk Soft Brief

Basil Racuk been quietly producing a line of impeccable hand-made to order leather goods out of his Emeryville, CA studio. Something we covered previously. His newest collection is no exception, free of distractions and full of quality. Our favorite: the Soft Brief — in oil tanned, waxed cow or buffalo — which features a 2-way...

School bag, adult look

Everlane Backpack

Remember your first day of school? Wet-your-pants excitement in elementary, doldrums in middle and utter jadedness in high school — but always accompanied by that trustworthy backpack. Those tattered Eastpaks and monogrammed LL Beans may not have exactly exuded street style, but there’s still time to make up for it with Everlane’s latest consideration, an...