Author Archives: Seth Putnam

MIDWESTYLE PRESENTS: Jack Spade + Barbour

We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting a little shindig for Jack Spade’s Barbour capsule collection  at the Oak Street store in Chicago this Thursday.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of both companies. We’ve featured them on The Midwestyle before (below, you’ll see the Barbour Jeff was lucky enough to score at a shop in London, and we posted a roundup of Jack Spade totes we were hungry for last year.)

 On Jeff: Waxed “Bedale” jacket by Barbour, bought in London. Photo by Grant Heinlein.

The Jack Spade + Barbour collection.

The Jack Spade team visited Barbour’s headquarters on the English coast of the North Sea and thumbed through the archives to inspire this new collaboration, which includes two incredible jackets, a tote, a duffle, a briefcase, and a pocket messenger. Word has it that the Hopper design is inspired by a British Marine Captain who sent in his beat-up Bedale jacket to have it reinforced with cordura nylon to put up with his hardy wearing. And being the anglophile that I am, I’m geeking out over these updated designs from the one of the select companies that outfits the Royal Family.

Jack Spade shares my obsession with goods that are just as sharp as they are usable. If a jacket is tricked out but doesn’t keep you warm and dry, what’s the point? On the other side of the coin, there’s no reason that function shouldn’t have beautiful form. This collection took forethought and creative thinking, and now that it’s finally here, it makes all the sense in the world. (In this gear, I can imagine   hunting pheasants in dewy Missouri fields just as well as trudging across soggy British moors.)

So! Come by and have a drink with us. It’ll be an informal affair—and opportunity to connect over  damn fine products from two damn fine companies.
The vitals:

6–8 p.m. // Thursday, Sept. 13
See you there!

GIVEAWAY: Win A Custom Suit From Indochino

Hey, you. Yeah, you.
We’ve got some news. Indochino is coming to Chicago to throw its Traveling Tailor pop-up. And they want you there.
We’re betting you’ve heard the name by now. But if you haven’t, Indochino is an online company that makes custom suits based on your personal measurements. The result is a garment that fits like a glove. The process works pretty smoothly, but purists have scoffed about the fact that you don’t go in for measurements or fittings. We get that—if you measure incorrectly, alterations (or worse) can be a pain in the ass.
It turns out that Indochino gets this, too. So, they’re coming to town to take all the guesswork out of the equation. If you’ve held off because of unfamiliarity with how to measure, or just plain apprehension, this is your chance to get a closer look.
Here’s how this will work: The Indochino team is setting up shop in Union Station’s Great Hall from August 14 to 20. There, they’ll take your measurements and walk you through a suite of customizations from lapels to lining to monograms.
The Vital Info:
When: Tuesday, August 14 to Monday, August 20. (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Where: The Great Hall at Chicago’s Union Station (210 S Canal St)
How: Walk-ins are welcome, but they’re also offering a free suit utility kit when you purchase a suit after an appointment.
So: Book an appointment here.
We’ve been fascinated by the world of online custom suits for a while now, and we’re just getting our feet wet. We tried a similar company ourselves, and we were blown away by the results. It certainly sold us on the gospel of custom clothing. Our friend Zach went the Indochino route for his wedding. And we gotta say: He looked like a million bucks.
But now, we’d like to hear what your experience is like—and you’ve got the chance to show us.
Here’s the perk for you: We’re hooking up one of you lucky dogs with a free suit from Indochino’s “Essentials” collection. That’s a $379 value. There are just a couple of rules.
  • You’ve obviously gotta be able to get yourself to Chicago sometime between August 14 and 20.
  • Tell us why you need this suit and how you’re going to put it to good use. Do this by tweeting your answer to us @themidwestyle with the hashtags #SuitUpCHI and #MWSgiveaway (so we can get a bird’s-eye  view of the entries.) It’s important that we can get a hold of you so we can set you up with an appointment.
  • One entry per person. We’ll pick a random winner and get you outfitted.
  • Contest ends on Sunday (August 12) at 11:59 p.m.
It also can’t hurt to do some liking on Facebook (MidwestyleIndochino) and some following on Twitter (@themidwestyle; @indochino). Good luck!

SUNDAY LINEUP: Dose Market

Just checking in quickly to say: Come hang out with us at Dose Market on Sunday. Seth will be working alongside Max Wastler (All Plaidout) at the booth he’s running for Buckshot Sonny’s limited edition “Kamp Kit.”
Here’s an exclusive first look at the patch design for Buckshot Sonny’s forthcoming dopp kit with Winter Session. It’s based on the model Max took to summer camp as a kid. Says Max: “At mine, they spelled it ‘Kamp.’ We nod to that with our Kamp Kit, debuting at Dose this Sunday, June 24th.”

REVIEW: The Proper Suit

From what GQ would have you believe, “suits are to women what lingerie is to men.” Though our female readers might be the most authoritative voices to confirm or deny, we can’t find any evidence to dispel the notion.

That’s one reason we were so excited to connect with Richard Hall and McGregor Madden, the magicians behind Proper Suit, an online custom-suit maker. We met the guys just over a year ago at one of their fittings in Chicago and instantly connected because of our common belief that the modern world has eliminated all excuses for men not to look sharp.

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UNIFORM: Work From Home

When you work from home, you sometimes have to come up with elaborate ways to actually trick yourself into, you know, working. (Yo freelancers, you feel me?) One of mine is actually getting dressed. In the words of the wise scribe Blake Royer, “If you don’t have pants on by 9 a.m., you’re finished.”
I can drink to that, Blake. It might be a throwback to the days of my high school dress code, but I do better work when I’m dressed for it. (Mention that you’re a freelancer, and be prepared to hear how jealous people are that you get to work in bed wearing your underwear. That can work for some folks. But not me; I’ll just end up power-eating dry pasta [think I'm kidding?] and marathoning FIFA’s career mode all morning.)
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