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Today in Gear: January 20, 2014

Today in Gear, we find the story of a great coach’s life, hypertight recovery gear, J.Crew Ludlows for your feet and much more.

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See My Vest...

Patchwork Season: Stylish Quilted Vests to Layer (or Not)

It seems some folks jump straight from shirtsleeves to parkas when the autumn leaves begin to fall. No, vests are for those in-between days, the time when one extra layer over a thick sweater, a mug of hot cider and the company of a loved one is all we need to keep warm during a stroll through the park. But even when the atmosphere turns up the a/c, a vest beneath your overcoat does wonders; after all, ’tis the season to layer and layer some more. We’ve rounded up the best quilted vests — each fashionable and cozy in its own right.

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Today in Gear: November 20, 2013

Kapok Bastong Jacket It may seem counterintuitive to purchase a South-Korean-made Hunting Jacket from a Hong-Kong-based company, but rest assured, this is the real deal. Sourcing waxed cotton from British Millerain, lined with Bamberg cotton and detailed with goatskin, it’s available in mustard and navy and damn handsome in either. $581 MÜHLE x Jack Black…

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36 gifts for the well-dressed gent

12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

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.

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Today in Gear: October 14, 2013

Leica M by Jony Ive and Marc Newsom for (RED) For anyone who’s wanted Jony Ive (of Apple design fame) to pair up with industrial designer Marc Newson and craft a special edition Leica M camera to be sold at auction to benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, your rig has arrived. The pair of…

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Essentials for the daily grind

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Dali said intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Clearly, you’ve got both in spades — all that’s lacking is better preparation. Small upgrades can make big differences in organization, confidence and execution, and luckily for you, we’ve dug up the must-have office essentials to help you stay focused on conquering the office, one job done well at a time. Heed our advice and maybe you’ll be patting backs soon.

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Head of Men's Design at J.Crew

30 Minutes With: Frank Muytjens

Sometimes an outsider’s perspective is just what’s needed to achieve unique excellence. Frank Muytjens is the Holland-born head of men’s design at J.Crew, a proudly American company. Muytjens, who’s been perhaps the driving factor at the brand since he joined in 2008, finds his ideas nearly everywhere. We recently had the chance to chat with him and learned about what he brings to the staple brand, how he refreshes beloved classics, and his penchant for odd numbers.

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Today in Gear: August 21, 2013

J. Crew Discovered J.Crew has made huge strides in recent years in the collaboration arena, and their curatorial abilities are top notch. Now there’s a separate online shop focused on both. A monthly revue of items promised to be unique and desirable as only the most discerning of shoppers can appreciate — each with its…

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Today in Gear: August 6, 2013

Eddie Bauer Power Katabatic Tent Modern camping isn’t so much about getting away from it all as it is getting away from a lot (if not some) of it all: if you can’t see or easily reach concrete, you’re technically camping. Eddie Bauer has answered the call of the semi-wild with this Goal Zero collaboration…

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J. Crew on Film – “Holy Jackets”

In Biella, Italy, is situated a textile mill that first opened in 1663, where 3 generations of workers still strive to make the best fabrics in the world. It’s fitting (tailoring pun!) then that J. Crew sources material for its Ludlow suits from Vitale Barberis Cononico, where 7 million meters of hand-inspected fabric are produced each year.

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Today in Gear: March 26, 2013

Topo Athletic Running Shoes Topo Athletics thinks your body is a temple. Their shoe appropriately looks to “amplify” biomechanics through split-toe design (a Vulcan Salute creates a “unique anchor point”), open-toe box for comfort and stability, a zero-drop heel and lightweight welded seams. topoathletic.com Rollnband Last-minute packers, take heed: these elastic bands save space and…

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Style Pick: Wallace & Barnes Camp Shirt

Wallace & Barnes is a vintage-inspired capsule collection from the minds at J. Crew. The newly released Camp Shirt ($168) is made from a marled Japanese Jaspé cotton blend that provides a rustic tweed look without the itch. Firmly grounded in the work wear aesthetic, the Camp shirt sports adjustable cuffs, fade-resistant Corozo buttons, and…

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Style Pick: Wallace & Barnes Fishtail Short

Workwear durability? Good. Summer heat? Bad. Enter the Wallace & Barnes collection for J.Crew, and particularly, the fishtail short. With its heavy cotton-linen blend and sawmill-meets-modern looks, the short dresses up handsomely without looking like you’ve walked right off the pages of Cliché Weekly. The fishtail detailing, originally designed for added comfort when wearing suspenders…

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Surfin’ Safari

Quiksilver for J.Crew Board Shorts

Bringing back memories of surfing’s explosion from fringe extreme sport to mainline hobby: Quiksilver for J. Crew has come ashore just in time for summer. Hit the surf in a dash of retro style harkening memories of time when long boards gave way to short fish and single fins evolved into twins, triples and quads….

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In, Case

DODOcase for J.Crew for iPad 2

Give your iPad 2 a touch of preppy protection with this collab between J.Crew and DODOcase. Taking the already popular DODOcase, J.Crew has added a touch of their signature style with two combinations of contrasting sailcloth lining and contrasting spine (navy and orange, or grey and blue). And of course the wood and linen case…

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Southern sensibility

Billy Reid at J.Crew

When we first got wind that two GP fashion staples, J.Crew and Billy Reid were teaming up for a small collection, we couldn’t wait to lay eyes on the results. With the collection landing just this week, we’re pleased to see Reid’s signature Southern workwear look further galvanized. It’s spot on. The small collection delivers…

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Spruce Up for Spring

J. Crew Spring 2011 Collection Pocket Squares

Treat your inner dandy to some new flair in the form of these J. Crew Spring 2011 Collection Pocket Squares ($40). Each option in the set is distinctively masculine (re: no paisley) while still adding a bit more pop than your classic Don Draper white. There’s even a couple produced by Hill-Side. Add one to…

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Black in time

Heller’s Cafe by Warehouse Sturdy Oak Workshirt at J.Crew

When you think of the term “workshirt,” your mind conjures up images of greasy, less-than-savory, unkempt garments used for tasks in the garage or under the engine compartment of your IROC-Z Camaro with Def Leppard playing in the background. Just don’t try that with the new Heller’s Cafe by Warehouse Sturdy Oak Workshirt ($335) sold…

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In case the campfire is devoid

J.Crew Camp Socks

Wintertime embraces the inevitability of frozen extremities accompanied by the drop in temperature. With this notion in mind, and the significant outburst of rugged boots, your cotton tube socks simply won’t suffice in this regard. J.Crew’s Camp Socks ($16) provide a better option to keep your feeble appendages warm throughout the bitter months. Manufactured in…

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25 menswear brands walk into a bar...

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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Back in Black Navy & Pine

New Balance 1400 for J.Crew

If you know your New Balance history you’ll recall that the 1400′s, originally released in 1994, have previously only been available in Japan – making them a covet for enthusiasts (this guy). J.Crew has collaborated with New Balance to bring back an exclusive run of the New Balance 1400 ($130) in two exclusive Fall-ready colors:…

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The Cat's Meow

J.Crew Belstaff Panther Jacket

Riding on the open road with a half-ton piece of metal between your legs demands the proper attire. Problem is, it’s hard to look sharp stepping off a bike and into the bar wearing a ballooning protection jacket. Take a cue from the style icons of yesteryear and lay your eyes on the Belstaff Panther…

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Laid Back

J.Crew Lightweight Beach Short

Mixing elements from a typical pair of flat front khakis shorts and a bathing suit, the Lightweight Beach Short by J. Crew ($60) works just as well on the sand as it does driving around in your TLC Icon CJ3b. Made from lightweight cotton, these shorts feature a Zip Fly, 10 1/2″ inseam, and convenient…

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Beach Tote of a Manly Variety

J.Crew Rubberized Montauk Tote

No, it’s not too early to get your summer gear on, and what better way to take it with you than a new bag. Totes are in, and this version of J.Crew’s popular tote has just the right touches to give it a masculine feel. Made of Italian rubberized canvas to create a more durable,…

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Rethink The Definition of "Denim Shirt"

J.Crew Denim Workshirt

Stylish lumberjack may not be the look you’re going for (or maybe it is), but the J.Crew Denim Workshirt is one of the better choices for laid-back work garb I’ve seen in a while. Dare I say, it’s the perfect shirt to wear when you’re chopping down a tree. With a turn of the century…

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Versatile Enough For Your Workweek To Weekend

J.Crew Utility Jacket

A coat that will take you from workweek to weekend is essential for any guy to own, especially when you’re looking to stretch a dollar. J.Crew’s newest outerwear addition is as versatile as it is well-priced. The laid-back look is structured enough to go over a shirt and tie but pairs with a t-shirt or…

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J.Crew Satin Bow Tie

Wherever your political credences reside, it’s undeniable that our new Commander In Chief can also command a suit. At the Inaugural Ball on January 20th, Mr. Obama paired a bowtie along with his tuxedo and, though little is special about a bow tie+tuxedo, this wasn’t just any old bow tie.

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J.Crew Tie Of The Month Club

12 Months Of Prep This past weekend Anthony made an appearance at a prep themed MBA party in Chicago. Ironically, he’s not pursuing an MBA but that’s neither here nor there. Regardless, while packing he seeked out prepster sartorial advice in me. Long story short, Anthony went dressed as Eric Yang, or what he claimed…

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J.Crew Tribeca Men’s Shop At The Liquor Store

A New Sartorial Destination For Men A view of the Tribeca Men’s Shop circa 1968    [click on image to enlarge] Today, J.Crew opened their first store for men, and men only – The Tribeca Men’s Shop. The outfitting destination is a collection of unique men’s items, foregoing the massive retail chain look for a…

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J.Crew Long Sleeve Jersey Polo

I’m nearly certain this J.Crew Jersey polo will take you into your summer evenings in style and comfort. It has for me. The extraordinarily soft cotton jersey shirt is garment-dyed for a vintage look and tailored with a slimmer tennis cut (longer in the back) with side vents. Buttons are also real South American Corozo….