Here’s some general miscellany and packaged goods we thought you should know about:
On Gary Cooper:
- “Believe me, he was the best looking son of a bitch that ever lived.” If there’s one thing we love, it’s the impossible style of movies stars from the middle of the 20th century. And if those words (Bill Blass’s, by the way) doesn’t describe Gary Cooper, we don’t know what does. To see the rest of the quote, check out Cary Randolph Fuller’s feature on Cooper, which appeared on the cover of Ralph Lauren Magazine’s spring issue.
- If you don’t know about the True/False Film Festival, you should. I’m almost not sure how to even describe it, but it’s the best documentary film festival in the world, and it’s here in the Midwest. If you think sitting in a dark room with hundreds of other people for 72+ hours doesn’t sound like fun, you’re wrong. The entire town comes alive, and there are secret parties and mind-blowing new ways of looking at the world. Missouri? Who would have thought? We’ll have full coverage in a few weeks.
- It’s happening March 1–4 in Columbia, Mo. Unless you act, like, now, you may already be out of time.
- Heard of George Costanza? Remember his wallet problem? Our guys at Huckberry have a solution for fat billfolds, along with a bunch of other goodies—including a phone for your phone, sweaters handmade in California, and hand grenades for your house.
- THIS SATURDAY IN CHICAGO: Tax-free weekend at the 900 Shops. Here’s what you need to download and show to get 9.5% off your purchases. Starts tomorrow, runs through Monday!
- We know Brad’s got the word on some dope shoes over at Well Spent.
- CHICAGO: Haberdash is shutting down the Old Town shop. That means—you got it—moving sale. Started yesterday. Here’s what you need to know.
- Know of other sales around the Midwest? Tweet at us.
- Our thrifting find of the week: topical Chicago Cubs humor. Wrigleyville? Sounds about right.
I am not, by any means, an autophile. I don’t have subscriptions to Car and Driver or Motor Trend. I drive a Dodge Stratus (that’s not just a quote, it’s what I actually drive). As the youngest in my family, I grew up driving a ’97 Chrysler Plymouth minivan, relegated to me after my mother’s years of to-ing and fro-ing with her three kids had at last come to a close. When that finally (finally!) breathed its last breath, we went out and splurged on a… Ford Windstar. That’s also a minivan, for those who don’t know. I understand that I was incredibly blessed to even have a car, don’t get me wrong, I’m just saying that what I was driving was never really a high priority. So, when people always asked me what car I wanted to drive when I reached full-fledged adulthood and got a real job, I never had an answer. I did, rather. It was, “I don’t really care.” For the last 18-20 years of my life, I have lived in apathy toward the automobile industry, waiting for a make and model that would, you know, really spark my interest or something.
He’s got a sense of style with a classic look with workwear influences. You can still look sharp and put together without drawing excessive attention to yourself with clashing patterns, mixing prints or some obnoxious accessory that screams loudly for attention.
This is coming from me…I know, I know. I’m preaching to myself considering my outfits usually include one of the things listed above, but there are days that I just want to blend in the crowd and fly under the radar. But what’s under the radar is quality shit that’s a long time. You know, cry once. Save your pennies and consider investing in a tough Barbour jacket, sturdy leather boots and some nice pants you won’t regret for the sake of a trend. Give thought to the substantial.