Jeff has declared that this is his new summer blazer. Would you wear it?
Look, we’re feeling guilty that we haven’t posted in two full weeks. It’s one part being busy with real life, but it’s two parts working on awesome stuff to come in the next fortnight or so. Stuff like an online shopping hitlist, shirt reviews, a giveaway, and more.
Don’t miss it.
But in the meantime, here’s a quick scan of relevant news and sales across the Interwebs. Knock yourselves out!
One of our favorite editors, Shani Silver, asked us to put together a spring do/don’t guide for Chicago dudes. It’s up today. (Refinery 29)
A week too late to be of any help for my suit-buying excursion, GQ came out with the most comprehensive guide to buying a suit we’ve seen in a while. During an informal poll, 100 percent of our lady friends agreed that this is the most important thing men need to know about dressing these days. Repeat: No more baggy suits! (GQ.com)
Up to 50% off at the J.Crew Factory. (J.Crew) UPDATE: Extra 30% off with code SHOPNOW. (Thanks, Tyler.)
A bevy of awesome gear at Huckberry, including bullet-shaped headphones (take 30%), swim trunks (take 40%), running sandals (?!) (take 20%) and stainless steel combs from Chicago (take 20%). Go get ‘em! (Huckberry)
Lands’ End Canvas is having a spring sale. Take an extra 20% off items already on sale. (Lands’ End Canvas)
Speaking of Lands’ End, they’re hosting an event in Chicago this coming Thursday. We’ll be there talking shop with J Henley (the men’s design director), and we’d love to see you. Here are the details:
We’ve got links galore. Seeing as the work week is pretty much over, make it look like you’re being productive with this “research.” Oh, and there’s even some sale intel at the end. Ch-ch-check it.
An Aussie’s read on the dilemma of American pants: The nation needs to tighten up the crotch a bit. [Park & Bond]
Turns out, David Beckham is a pretty down to earth guy. Talented athlete, stand-up husband, caring father and…underwear designer. Mr. Blasberg sheds some light on these skivvies. [Mr. Blasberg]
“I look like an apple left in the back of the van for all of July.” Also, does the fist-to-elbow really work for people? Some relatively insightful thoughts on age, personal style and what goes with that. (Raises glass) To Peacocking! [via Selectism]
Do you know the key to recovery after bawling your eyes out so it looks like you never did? Let someone your younger sister’s age tell you the facts, friends. I mean, not that you’re crying or anything. [RookieMag]
Savannah Kvist asked Swedish college students to cram everything they own in a pile. The sculptures were fascinating and brings a question to mind, “Could I do that?” Yes, I do actually. Just look in my room right now. [Inhabit]
Psst: Sale! The dudes at Huckberry are at it again (as they are every week). Here’s what’s up now:
KNIVES. These are dope. The designer at Big Rock Forge designs and smelts these babies himself. Get ‘em.
TOMAHAWKS. From Base Camp X. For 10% off. I mean, come on.
CAMPING GEAR. Are you sensing a theme yet? This time 24–40% off from Alite Designs. Get some.
When I walked into the London store, I saw one of the sales associates wearing this shirt and asked if they had my size is stock. Bummed that they didn’t have my size to try, the guy took the shirt off his back and let me give it a go.
Talk about customer service, people.
The shirt has an interesting story behind it as well:
The Jackdaw print was created by Edwyn Collins, best known for his hit ‘A Girl Like You.’ A former member of the band Orange Juice, Collins suffered from a double brain hemorrhage in 2005. As part of his rehabilitation, Collins created these individual illustrations. Having heard his story, Liberty immortalized his illustrations for SS12.
It’s rad when brands develop product with a story behind it.
Here’s an all-points bulletin. You don’t have to be among the freshly admitted undergrad masses roaming college campuses with North Face backpacks. (Can I get a witness on them Jansport ‘packs, too?) It may also be time to retire the ratty patches and band pins from your more angst-filled youth.
We sent help. If a tote or a messenger bag isn’t your jam and you like to be hands free, throw one of these backpacks over your shoulders for your daily commute.
But before you scroll, can we talk about one-shoulder backpacks?
They just don’t make sense. It’s like wearing a jacket with one sleeve.
I already have a minor case of scoliosis; do I really need to further that curvature? Hell no.
Here are our picks for this spring. They’re across a variety of price points, and they’re organized in no particular hierarchy. I should add the disclaimer that some of these should be filed under “pure fantasy” (cc: the Billykirk rucksack at the smooth total of $440)—at least until we all get jobs managing hedge funds.
Convertible backpack ($240) by Beams Plus x Kelty, available at Mr. Porter
“Kanken” 15-inch laptop bag ($110) by Fjall Raven, available at Need Svpply
“Little America” 20-oz backpack ($140) by Herschel Supply Co., available at Need Svpply
“Pathfinder Wanderer” ($175) by Duluth Pack , available at Duluth Pack
Digital camo backpack ($60) by Herschel Supply Co., available at Urban Outfitters
“Scoutmaster” laptop pack ($175) by Duluth Pack, available at Duluth Pack
Canvas rucksack ($260) by Filson, available at Park & Bond
I’ve toyed with each of these and haven’t made my decision on what I’m gonna sling over my shoulders once warmer weather makes afternoon sessions at the beach regular occurrences. I’m sporting this rucksack right now and it’s on its last leg.
With the rising popularity of men’s bracelets—love ‘em or hate ‘em—there have been a slew of brands who are doing their part to push polished men’s accessories. Miansai, for example, has put out some really great stuff for dudes.
If you’re like me, though, you don’t exactly have a bunch of extra skrilla lying around to spend on bracelets. The next option is to take the do-it-yourself route. In this case, that route is easily traveled. Here’s what you need:
Cord rope – you’ll inevitably have to buy more than you want. Grab some buddies, make friendship bracelets or something?
This process is incredibly simple, and if you’ve ever been to summer camp and know what’s up, you can go ahead and tune out. For those of you haven’t, start by cutting the rope to fit your wrist – allow yourself an extra centimeter or so, it’ll get removed in the process. Do note, the rest of this procedure is easiest with the help of a partner, but feel free to try it on your own. After I’ve cut my rope to size, I like to slide a small piece of hardware on the rope to cover the knot that will soon close the bracelet, but it’s not essential.
Next, burn the ends of the two ends of the rope with the lighter. The artificial fibers will catch flame and melt (this is where you lose that extra centimeter you accounted for).
After they’ve burned for a few seconds, blow them out and carefully place the rope around your wrist. Using wet fingers (the ends will still be hot), put the two burnt ends together. The waxy nylon will meld together with pressure.
If the ‘knot’ isn’t ideal, alternate burning and molding it with wet fingers until it’s to your liking.
At this point, I slide the bolt or spacer over the knot. Make sure that the opening in the hardware isn’t too big, just big enough where you’ll have to use some pressure to get the burnt knot inside. From there it will catch and be difficult to slide.
Voila! A brand new rope bracelet. Really, not all that difficult. Granted, it can’t be taken off, but the fact that you have to wear it all the time means it will show its wear and tatter with time, not unlike your selvedge or Authentics.
Get creative with this stuff, people!
On Cameron: navy gingham winter-weight button down courtesy of Wharf; Submariner watch (eBayed new for $145) by Military Watch Company; handmade rope bracelets