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April 2, 2013

You’ve made it through the winter. And you’re about to tackle a bit of closet cleaning: the spring things you’re deciding to pitch or keep.

I ditched more than I anticipated in hopes of swapping in a new batch of spring digs. I mean, why bother buying all of those shirts that are a hair too tight from the sale section so that when you sit down you’re embarrassed. You’re embarrassed because sitting shirts are now standing only shirts and your standing shirts are those ones you tried to tie around your waist for a catch of cool.

So, I’m skipping the floral shirt train for the moment and focusing on the footwear category for a kick.

My shoe collection has always been pretty weak, particular with the warmer months. I have far too many pairs of Birkenstocks and Chacos from undergrad that have carried themselves into my mid-20s. It’s unclear if this pair of kimono print Soludos ($42) establishes an accurate level of maturity, but they seemed to make me happy enough today. Welcome to the family, Soludos. You’ll set nicely next to the Birks, Chacs and appropriately ignored flip-flops.

Oh! And yeah, I already dragged out my spring clothes from the boxes and closets and bottom drawers that I never open. Cleaned ‘em all out and sent the tributes off to Beacon’s Closet. A great feeling of productivity and a little cleanse.

Do you have a ritual of sorts when it comes to the seasons changing and closets rotating?

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.

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.

GIVEAWAY: “Another Half Eaten Sandwich”

November 21, 2012
You’re doing well, right? Great. Things are getting about to get a little better.

We love you and we want you to have rad things.
More importantly, we want you to be able to giverad things.

You know, to your friends, family, lovers and lovers that your friends, family and lovers don’t know about yet.

We partnered up with our friend Christine Cover to do just that.
A bit about herChristine is a friend of ours from way back in undergrad who doodles and draws the quirky things that pop up in her brain. We spent many nights on her porch, bugging her and her roommates for home cooked meals. We picked up the booze; they cooked the meals. Most nights began with the preface of “I swear, we’ll do homework! I have a test tomorrow.” Yet, homework usually took the backseat. Long talks and banter took precedence as we presided over the the shenanigans on Wilson Street. Glory days, guys. #COLLEGE.

She’s a talented singer and songwriter, lovable friend, crafty artist and painter and the list goes on. When’s she’s not doodling, she’s traveling and singing. (See also: gypsy.) Currently, Christine is making cards under the moniker “Another Half-Eaten Sandwich” and pursuing an MFA in Art Education at the University of Missouri in her hometown.
Clockwise: “Ties of the Week,” “Penny Loafers,” “Fancy shirt,” “Moped,” “Bow Tie” and “Flask Me Anything!” postcards.

Friday Wrap-Up: What’s On Our Radar

November 16, 2012
UPDATE: The watch below, worn by Cam, is a WWII-era Russian piece by Vostok. He found it for $30 on Etsy. Sadly, it has been lost…though he notes it didn’t keep very good time. YOLO.

Around the interwebs:
  • A peep at the new  Ralph Lauren Vintage online shop. (Get Kempt)
  • If you needed another reason to be “that guy” at a party, grab a Das Horn drinking chalace. (KickStarter)
  • The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly: Ashlyn Blocker, 13, feels no pain. (NYTimes)
  • Susie and Carrie from Imogene + Willie on friendship and their new favorite women’s fit. (Imogene + Willie)
  • We can’t stop thinking about the new Scrabble Typography Edition. (GQ)
Around Chicago this weekend:
  • If you’re up for it, trek to the burbs for the Red Wing Heritage Trunk Show at Nordstrom this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Apartment Number 9 brings its Bucktown digs to the Gold Coast. (Thrillist)

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