When attending a British motoring event that’s held on the estate owned by someone named Lord March, you can’t just fly over the Atlantic with a day pack full of casual duds and a twin blade razor. We’ve put together a comprehensive kit that takes you from airport to hotel to track and back.
Today in gear: Levi’s Vintage shirting from the 1920s, Zoom’s new handy recorder, Filson’s camp chair, a notebook for your Cigar exploration, 3sixteen’s summer selvedge and lightning cables made for a lifetime.
Car With Attitude, Gear to Match
Any serious car collector will have home-grown American steel in his garage, and the 1972 Chevelle would be an excellent place to start. But don’t you dare take it for a drive without going whole hog — your gear needs to complement the Chevelle’s bad self without sacrificing a strong sense of red, white and blue style.
A Far-East Beauty
For those dreaming of a vintage car collection, the Datsun 240Z is a great place to start. But you shouldn’t drive it in a dirty tee and sweatpants. We hunt down some great gear and garb from the era and the area from which the 1970 240Z hails.
Keep Austin Geared
You’ve done it: flight, rental car and hotel booked, $1,700 Gold Badge purchased. You are about to attend the most diversified festival in the country — SXSW. Now it’s time to pack. What does one take to this event featuring A-list celebs, billion dollar corporations and the CEOs of the next big thing? Here’s what we brought to stay connected, light on our feet and ready to make a strong first impression for all those meet-and-greet networking sessions (not to mention the VIP parties).
Stop style stigma
Let him buy his own suit, shirts, shoes, coats, etc. (Or be super nice and put some under the tree.) The stocking is for things he won’t think about, but needs all the same. Things to fill pockets, adorn wrists, inspire great looks, and look terrific all the while. Here’s our list of the best…
The month of September saw Levi’s Station to Station train project rolling from Brooklyn, NY to Oakland, CA in a journey meant to promote art, music, food and fashion. But this wasn’t your ordinary sleeper car/food car locomotive. The guest list was packed with artists and musicians, and videos, performances, on-hand crafts, sculptures, art installations and even a recording studio were on hand or close by, making the journey more of a collective convoy of talent and creativity than a simple cross-country jaunt.
We would be ashamed if you were to sit inside and read the web all afternoon while your friends and family barbecue, drink all sorts of delicious beverages, enjoy a good movie or two, hit the surf, rock out, get a beautiful char tan, settle in for a good read or go on an adventure…
How the Legendary Denim Came to Be
Fashion trends are as capricious and dispensable as the blasé hipsters who sport them. Enduring appeal, on the other hand, is hard to come by. That’s what makes the both Levi’s and its 501 Jean such icons; it’s why we keep a framed poster of the 501’s history on the wall here at the GP offices. In a masterstroke of marketing, Levi’s put together this energetic film, which reminds us just how rich the 501’s history is.
It’s pretty clear that our staff is passionate about gear, and as we strive to bring you the best of the best, we also want to take the time to share our own personal favorites. These are the goods we personally own: our essentials. Over the next few months, we’ll bring you each of our writers’ 10 personal favorites. By the look of things, the selection will run a wide gamut, from heirloom pieces to the most practical of gear that can be easily procured — a gear fingerprint, of sorts. Last but not least, each will share one “holy grail” item that still remains the stuff of dreams, out of reach, but hopefully only temporarily so. This week, we check out the goods of Bradley Hasemeyer, GP’s Auto Correspondent and Behind The Wheel host.
Souped up threads and a mean music machine
In 1957 the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar was a spry three years young; that same year, Levi’s original 1873 patent for riveted denim work pants — the first jeans — was already an octogenarian. But that doesn’t mean those jeans didn’t love to rock ‘n’ roll. As part of a series paying tribute to America’s vintage Hot Rod culture, this spring Levi’s is rolling out one-off garments and items that would love to take your pink slip at the drag strip.
Though Daniel Craig pulls off a solid fashionable Bond, let’s be honest: what we’re buying tickets to see is the grizzly aftermath (and pre-math, and during-math) of his nasty violent streak. He’s got to look like a killer while he does it, and the Levi’s Vintage Clothing Jacket that he sports in Skyfall does the…
Well Crafted Commuting
GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST The classic style of Levi’s products is undeniable. We’re even wearing a pair of 501′s as we type this. Since patenting the first jean for the Gold Rush miners over a hundred years ago, Levi’s denim has continued its reign as an American style icon with unmatched craftsmanship. Originally made for…
West Coast Americana
Combining two of America’s best and oldest names in classic rugged clothing, Levi’s (1853) and C.C. Filson (1897) have teamed up to produce a small line of very cool new products based on their respective heritages. Many are classic Filson patterns done up in Levi’s denim, but some are just the opposite. The real standout…
Thanks to capitalism, competing entities rarely team up. Coke and Pepsi won’t be making Copsi anytime soon, and Honda and Toyota will not be bringing us an Camcord. Luckily for our benefit though, two titans of American clothing have bucked the rule and teamed together (2010 Miami Heat style) to bring us something truly spectacular….
Heritage Inspired Denim
J.Crew continues their march to bring men well-curated, distinctively heritage inspired American attire. This time, it’s Levi’s Vintage Clothing – a collection of denim wear recreated (by hand) with the original spit and polish used in 1873. An era when clothing was a not a temporary affair. Gear Patrol was invited to check out the…
True American Heritage
By Gear Patrol Reader Matthew Swaggart: The other day, my buddy called a local Saks Fifth Avenue store and asked if they carried Levi’s Capital E brand jeans. The salesman quipped, “Levi’s! No, we don’t carry Levi’s.” His tone was overtly snarky, to which my buddy replied with a few choice words and hung up…