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Friday Wrap-Up: Prisencolinensinainciusol

Cameron lost his Timex and Corter for Japan bracelet in North Carolina earlier this summer. What should he replace them with? Suggestions welcome.

Quickly, to what you may have missed this week:
  • If you read nothing else, read this: GQ‘s article on Jesse Thorn of Put This On. It’s one of the most interesting style reads I’ve seen lately, and there’s just too much good philosophy on the importance of dressing well to list here. Here’s some: “What Thorn offers is a measure of practicality and instruction, and allows the average man, without stylist or sponsor, to develop a responsibility for his appearance. He doesn’t consider himself an authority—more like an advocate.” Just read it. (via GQ)
  • Earlier, we posted about hand-written notes and why you should be sending more of them. Last night, I had a dream that my favorite pen (the Pilot G2 .38, of course) went off the market. So, a nightmare, actually. Is this the best pen in the world? Yes. But feel free to discuss. (via my overactive dream mind)
  • Finally, something useful: Shani Silver, the editor of Refinery 29 Chicago, has some sure-fire ways to win that eBay bidding war you’ve been engaging in over that Gant Rugger shirt you found for cheap. (via Refinery 29)

Okay, that’s all. We’ll be hanging out here this weekend. We’ve heard it’s off the hook.

Friday Wrap-Up: Day’s Almost Over

You’re short on time. It’s noon. I mean, in half an hour, you’ll be going for a long lunch. Then after a leisurely trip to the bathroom, it’ll be 2 p.m. And we all know that that’s practically the end of productivity during the week—not to mention Friday.
So, yeah…the day’s pretty much over already.

Here’s how you should spend the rest of it:
From our archives:

From around the Internets:
  • We found out about Handlebar Magazine this week, and after being beyond amused by their about-us section, we were pleased to see some informed and honest writing on denim. Are you really “saving money” by buying raw or selvedge? Maybe not. But here’s why some guys drop the cash anyway. (via Handlebar Magazine)
  • Gilt says a quick rule of thrift is to measure shoes against your forearm. I was skeptical. (via Gilt MANual)
  • An intriguing analysis on presidential style, featuring the hilarious quotes of Max Wastler. (via the Wall Street Journal)
  • College boys, pay attention: It’s time to stop looking like slobs. (via the Art of Manliness)
  • Need hair advice from an actual barber? The women at Refinery 29 thought you might. (via Refinery 29)
And a story related to the Midwest but unrelated to style:
  • A.G. Sulzberger, the NYT‘s Kansas City Bureau chief, is a capable journalist and an all around good guy, especially over Budweisers in downtown KC. Here’s a look at a small Missouri town where gossip has been taken to the next level. (via the New York Times)
Finally, this is where we’ll be this weekend. There ain’t no party like a Pyongyang party, because a Pyongyang party IS ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY (via Kourtney Geers). Alright. Now, get outta here.

Friday Wrap-Up: Baby Pictures

Welcome to Friday. We’ll be spending the weekend at this place, because we heard there’s a big party there. You should probably come, too.
You may recall that I posted a personal style history a couple of weeks ago that referenced a lost red baseball cap. I found it. Well, pictures of it. Look at those steezed-out suspenders.
Now that’s over, here’s some salmagundi we found around the ‘Net:
  • Ryan Plett launches a new blog, Travel Well. (via GQ Style)
  • Would you wear this underwear? It says something about “keyhole technology,” which scares me. Also, I’m not sure I can trust someone who says it’s “comfotable.” (via MyPakage)
  • How to pose for pictures. (via Park & Bond)
  • A look at the Quoddy workshop (via A Continuous Lean)
  • Secret Forts gets a new website. (via Secret Forts)
  • “This is the one thing we do that we feel can really change the world we live in. You can’t buy everything made in America, but if you try, you can come close. If history has taught us anything, it’s that this great country of ours will be in even more trouble than it already is if we don’t support the work of our fellow Americans.” A short but thoughtful interview with Imogene+Willie about the beauty of American-made denim. (via Refueled Magazine)
Okay, that’s all. Now get outta here!

Friday Wrap-Up: Topman

Okay, party people. It’s the end of the week. And what a week it was. Quick rundown, then you can get outta here!
Tuesday: Sneak preview of Buckshot Sonny’s, which will launch at a certain men’s market in the Midwest this weekend. Wastler looked like a kid at Christmas as he opened the bats, baseballs and caps that arrived in the mail.

Wednesday: An unexpected invitation to an exclusive party hosted by Sir Philip Green to celebrate the launch of Topshop’s new Chicago location on Michigan Avenue. Full write-up coming on that place, but for now, suffice it to say the night was insane. A few highlights:
  • Cocktails, dinner and an after-party at the Paris Club
  • Gerard Butler
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Miley Cyrus dancing
  • Miley Cyrus dancing in Jeff’s suspenders
  • You’ll have to ask him about that
  • Did I mention my quick chat with Rahm Emanuel?*
  • So, one of the most memorable birthdays ever
For more on the celebrity element, check out Ernest Wilkins’ read on the night for RedEye.

Thursday:
Friday: I’m hastily tossing some clothes in the Saddleback and hop in the truck for a casual road trip with Max Wastler and Joe Gannon to Minnesota. Why Minnesota? Oh, no reason…except that NorthernGRADE is this weekend. Next week, there will be a full recap of shenanigans, characters and adventures encountered there.
If you’re in Minneapolis, say hi—and come check out Wastler and Gannon’s new project, Buckshot Sonny’s.
Now go take on the weekend.

*And by “quick chat,” I mean: We made eye contact, and I said, “Hey!” He said “Hi.” Then he walked on.

Friday Wrap-Up: Hello Topman

Lollapalozza is here this weekend in Chicago. Bands, booze and babes. Need we say more?

Also, if you’ve been inside any retail stores lately, you know that Fall stuff is rolling in, right? Well, now is the time to grab all that summer swag you’ve been dying to get your hands on:

  • J.Crew just added more items to their sale, along with the take additional +% off. Also, show ‘em your student ID. You’ll get an additional discount.
  • Speaking of student discount, Club Monaco also gives you an additional discount on swag, too. I nabbed a pair of shorts last week for $25 when it was all said and done.
  • For the designer savvy, Opening Ceremony is having a ridiculous sale. Most of it is at 70% off. Just make sure you know your size in that brand and you should be golden. It’s absurd.
  • Lastly, Unis’ entire webstore is marked down like crazy. Up to 75% on certain items.
Ok, just one more thing we’re excited about that’s coming to Chicago: Topman.
In preparation of the opening of the Topshop/Topman store, they’re doing a pop-up truck for Lollapalozza. Rad, no?
Shirting, shorts and shades by Topman. (White legs by a lack of sun.)
Like the rest of Chicago, we’re excited for this brand to be coming to the city. The Topman/TopShop truck is going be driving around for Lollapalozza with a truck full of goods…and probably babes.

Who: Topman. And don’t worry ladies, Topshop will be there, too.
What: Crop tops? Yes. Tank tops? Yes. 5 drop tops in the parking lot? And I wanna take you back to the spot.

When: Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Grant Park and around town!

How: Follow them on Twitter to find out where the truck is located. (@TopmanUK) (@Topshop)
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