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December 2012

MATERIALISM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: JEFF’S PICKS

December 20, 2012

 

1. The Great Coat: I’ve never seen a coat this color, let alone in my size. It’s gone now and will be on the list of things I regret not buying. Just like that Goyard wallet in Paris, that Folk raincoat in London and that pair of Rachel Comey loafers I saw a kid wearing in Kansas. Coat by rag & bone.

2. Wool hat: I got to handle this beaut at the Pop Up Flea at the Wittmore booth. I fell in love and walked away. Commitment issues, man. Hat by Ian Velardi.

3.  Grey sweater: It’s the first thing I reach for when I’m packing my weekend bag. It’s the one thing I forget to dry clean, too. Sweater by S.N.S. Herning.

4. Scarf shnarf: The thing I like about scarves and accessories is that, done right, they can be the oomph that ties an outfit together. Striped woven scarf by Etro.

5. Light-to-medium-wash denim: I’ve been wearing a light-medium wash because I’m not ready to cave to winter’s dark shades and cool temps. 484 straight-leg denim by J.Crew.

6. Wallabees: One of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own. I’ve recently converted a few others to wearing them, and these are guys who wouldn’t normally grab a pair. Not bros either—just normal dudes with normal jobs looking to not wear sneakers. Wallabee boots by Clarks.

7. Zipper wallet: Consider the zipper wallet like a pair of briefs, sometimes you just need a little more support. Wallet by Comme des Garçons.

MATERIALISM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: CAM’S PICKS

December 12, 2012

These murdered-out Roshe Run Trails ($85) by Nike. I only really want these because I run a ton of trails, guys. Actually, it’s because they’re affordable steez for when I don’t feel like lacing up some heavy-ass, 8-inch Red Wings this winter. Sometimes leather just isn’t what I want, ya feel?

This Swiss chronograph ($220) by MWC. The best watches are Swiss watches. And chronographs always look awesome (read: confusing). Don’t ever say something like, “If they wanted a watch to have a ton of functions why didn’t they just make it digital?” Hodinkee will put a hit on you, dog.

These fingerless gloves ($25) by Palmer Trading Co. Hey, that crop of people who’s always jawin’ at those of us who like fingerless gloves, complaining about how they don’t keep your hands warm – shut up. We didn’t ask you (but seriously, thanks for looking out for us—I don’t need to catch a cold during finals week, you’re right, mom).

This fisherman’s sweater ($109) by Orvis. Aside from being the title of one hilarious movie and one really, really awful movie, black sheep are on their hustle just growing out their hair for wool production out in the British Isles, straight grinding away for the greater good. Throw the black sheep some love this Christmas and support their work, ’tis the season.

This bottle of Templeton Rye ($37). Because something’s got to keep you warm this winter.

MATERIALISM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Seth’s Picks

December 11, 2012

Materialism jokes aside, happy Christmas. Over the next few days, we’ll each be plugging five things any guy would be happy to have. (But really that we want to see under our own trees.) Can’t vouch for the other guys, but I tried to keep mine on a spectrum that doesn’t get too expensive.

1. These brogue boots (on sale for $276.50) by Grenson, because I’ve had my eye on ‘em for a while and it’s high time I did something about it before the obsession passes me by completely. (Edit: Literally overnight, I discovered that the boots are on hold from Mr. Porter—so rather than pick something else, let’s use it as a lesson. Strike fast.)

2. This bar roll-up ($135) from Cocktail Kingdom, because the skinny tools of the traveling bartender just get jumbled together without the proper carrying case. Waxed cotton, rugged leather, and designed with Jim Meehan, the mad genius behind New York’s worst-kept-secret speakeasy.

3. This wallet ($50) by Chester Mox, because they use Horween leather which is guaranteed to pique my interest, since the leather factor is just down the street from my house in Chicago. And obviously I’m very into broguing…to the point of going overboard.

4. This chunky knit cap ($20) by The Woodlands—even though yes it’s blue and I have too much blue stuff in my closet already for God’s sake will I stop buying blue—but something about it begs to me to yank it down over my ears and take a Christmas-morning walk to the back 40 acres while I’m home in Missouri.

5. This British-stripe bow tie ($15) by the Tie Bar, because I don’t own one and I’m embarrassed.

But enough about what I want. What have you guys got your greedy little eyes on this year? Let us know in the comments.

WANT: Instead of Student Loans, Dec. ’12

December 6, 2012
We’ve all got our lists and oh-so-perfectly-curated Tumblr pages and Pinboards dedicated to things we like, lust and pine for with every little click. Well, this post is just showing that I put a little more effort forth in copying, dragging and pasting them into sexier packaging using a bootleg copy of Photoshop. You’re welcome, Internet.
Here’s what I’d drop my wad of student loan money on instead of paying back Every True Son. Yeah, they’re pricy. BUT SO ARE STUDENT LOANS.
Clockwise: mustard cotton sweater by NN.07; berry-colored motorcycle jacket with detachable sleeves by 3.1 Phillip Lim; rucksack by Archival; cotton blend T-shirt by Alexander Wang; suede and leather trainers by Maison Martin Margiela; fragrance by Odin; slim black denim by Acne; braided lash hook by Giles & Brother.


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