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Today in Gear: September 12, 2013

VASTRM Custom Polo Shirts As a modern shirt archetype the Polo has served us men well, but in terms of fit it can often be too tight, too loose, or too short. VASTRM’s got it all figured out: they send you a generic fit shirt, and then, based on your feedback (take the waist in,…

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Weekend-Ready: Great Duffels For All Budgets

Call it the “Goldilocks of Bags” if you like, though sometimes it seems like more of a “Unicorn of Bags”: 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 30 of the best duffel bags to fit every budget. These represent a vast array of materials, styles, colors and purposes, but suffice it to say each of these duffels is just right.

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Style Pick: Billykirk Hand-Stitched Leather Laptop Sleeves

Over the years, we’ve raved about Billykirk’s products and founders, and their latest laptop sleeves ($219+) reaffirms our love. It’s a classic Billykirk piece – blending chic with toughness, and elegance with durability. Featuring hand-stitched Horween leather, a Chicago asset since 1905, this sleeve exudes rugged class. In any boardroom or meeting it sends a…

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Vintage goods in full regale

Shopped: 12 Picks from the Pop Up Flea

Below you’ll find a dozen-ish picks from the Pop Up Flea. Given our druthers we would have snagged the whole lot, but alas we left with only a few… at least for today. If you’re in New York, be sure to make it down to 159 Bleecker street — wallet in tow — because there…

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Schoolyard Carries

Billykirk Schoolboy Satchel

The Billykirk Schoolboy Satchel ($355) wins our vote for its timeless looks and size. Made from 100% vegetable tanned leather and measuring a shoulder-friendly 14″ L x 10″ H x 4″ width, it’s the perfect bag for hauling your tablet or ultralight laptop around town without being mistaken for a bike messenger. Removing the shoulder…

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Photo Essay: Pop-Up Flea

This past weekend, NYC saw the annual Pop Up Flea, a collective display of over 25 menswear brands and their goods. The flea, organized by Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg was an orgy tableau of leather and heritage. Between our weekend with motorcycles and the shooting range (stories you’ll hear about soon), we made sure…

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A Positive Spin on Excess Baggage

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We had the opportunity to interview the founders of Billykirk back in 2009 and ever since we’ve been in love with their products. All of their leather inspired wares are made with a sense of craftsmanship that’s sadly all too rare in most men’s products today and that’s why we’ve never felt any remorse paying…

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And Ready For Your Handwriting

Billykirk No. 231 Hand-Stitched Journal

If you love your Moleskine’s and have a office-supply obsession like we do, the new Billykirk No. 231 Hand-stitched Journal will be right up your alley. With all the quality and high-level craftsmanship you’ve come to expect from Chris and Kirk Bray, it’s the perfect way to upgrade and differentiate your pocket notebook. Offered in…