Today in Gear: Band & Olufsen headphones, velvet slippers, old-school football jerseys and more.
Gifts for the Spartan Renaissance Man
Today’s athlete is a spartan renaissance man, a conglomeration of multi-faceted fitness that culminates in one fine-tuned machine ready for whatever the world will bring. And the modern fitness man requires diversity in gear — something to guide him in excellence in all of his athletic follies. This gear will aid him in crossing the finish first, whatever that finish line may be.
What's New, Now
Guinness The 1759 That holiday excitement of childhood Christmases isn’t gone. Adults just get excited over something other than presents under the tree — i.e., seasonal alcohol. Why wouldn’t you get excited about Guinness The 1759, the popular brewer’s new amber ale brewed with peated whiskey malt, the first of the Guinness Signature Series? With…
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: One-day-only J. Crew sneaks, pin-ups on your coffee table, weed-infused chocolate and more.
The smell of leaves and exhaust
When the temperatures drop from their sweaty heights and the warm hues of fall foliage emerge, the driving experience changes — it’s time for windows-down scenic cruising. Bring along the appropriate warm garb (plus a few other essentials) and you’ll have mastered the fall drive.
Coming up Short(s)
It’s important to keep your closet stocked with a few pairs of stylish, proper-length shorts that show off a little leg, look respectable and keep you comfortable when it’s hot. These twelve pairs will look as great with a t-shirt as they will with a button-up Oxford.
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Get just the right amount of attention
The Triumph TR6 is the affordable substitute for more rarified fare like the Austin Healey MkIII or the Jaguar XKE, and it’s no paltry replacement, with sophistication and masculine bravado to spare. Plus, its lighter price tag means you’ll have plenty of dough left over for a full kit of driving gear. Here’s what we recommend for comfort, style, and a touch of brashness — you’ve got to keep up with the pace the Triumph’s setting, after all.
Heighten your inseam and your confidence
That time of year when you can finally get some sun on your pale thighs is nigh. PSA: the ’90s are over, and beach style has gone full circle. Think Wilt the Stilt on the boards and Connery on the screen. Our favorite swim trunks have higher inseams and louder colors, because the beach is no place to be modest.
Today in gear we examine copper espresso machines and tumblers, J. Crew’s foray into color blocked shirts, Square’s take on Seamless, desk accessories for this disorganized and D-Link’s new smart plug.
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.
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.
See My Vest...
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.
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…
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.
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…
Essentials for the daily grind
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.
Head of Men's Design at J.Crew
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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….
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…
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…
Spruce Up for Spring
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…
Black in time
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…
In case the campfire is devoid
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…