Out of season & in my price range.

Shopping out of season has it perks. Sure, you can’t buy it now and wear it now. But good things come to those who wait and such, or at least that’s what I chose to follow when I was in Los Angeles last year. I made my annual stop at Opening Ceremony to snatch up all the discarded and left for the dead items that denizens of Los Angeles decided weren’t good for them that winter. I mean, you live in L.A. why would you own anything but bikinis, crop-tops and jellies, right?

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Beautiful leather, great color and rather comfortable. It was a style that I wasn’t sure how to wear, but managed to pull them off by placing my pants completely over them and at times, yes at times, I’ll do a slight back tuck so the front part just shows. It’s a look, but hey I’ll give it a try until Seth disapproves. More importantly, I scored these leather jodhpur boots for 75% off, which made cheaper than a pair of selvedge denim. Worth it, man.

INTRODUCING: THE COLLECTIVE QUARTERLY

Collective Quarterly — Issue Ø: Marfa from Collective Quarterly on Vimeo.

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I’d like to introduce you to what I’ve been working on for the past year of my life: The Collective Quarterly. Simply put, it’s a lifestyle print magazine that journeys to one city per issue and reveals how art and goods are made there. We meet characters on the ground and tell their stories, but we also take our own team and watch them create unique products. In our first issue, we went to Marfa, Texas, where we slept in teepees in the desert, met a saloon keeper with an eyepatch, and almost got stuck overnight in Mexico. Every page is also fully scannable with your smartphone. So, if you see something you like, we’ve made it very easy to obtain. But it’s more than a magazine; it’s an attempt to connect with cities and people who are living well. One thing I carry with me throughout my projects is the worry that the real message will be missed—that people will be distracted by the clothes, or the booze, or the food—and miss the larger point: that all of these things, while delightful, are mediums for human connection. In Marfa, we found the inspiration to make some products you may be interested in. Pre-orders are now available, so if you like what you see, be the first to snag these while they last.

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Faribault Woolen Mill x Collective Quarterly “Marfa” Blanket

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Faribault Woolen Mill x Duluth Pack “Scoutmaster” Laptop Bag

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Collective Quarterly “Marfa” Turquoise BraceletvestFaribault Woolen Mill x Fischer Clothing Vest

One last thing I should say: I wouldn’t have found myself involved in this project if it weren’t for the Midwestyle. Through some stroke of good luck, my partners Jesse Lenz and Jay Gullion came across this site and liked it. Eventually we began talking via Instagram, they decided that I’d be a bearable fit for the magazine. And for that, I’m forever grateful.

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ORLEBAR BROWN: FOR HIM, FOR HER, FOR YOU

A few weeks ago, we got a call from London. The remarkable folks at Orlebar Brown wanted to know if we’d be interested in combining our powers. They’re traversing the world, showcasing 24 takes on their clothing in as many days. We’ll include a preview of our picks here, but you’ll have to check out their site for the full scoop.

Here’s to sunnier days.

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For Him:  The Dudley in Ecru Melange.

I’d pick this for my twin brother, John. He and his wife just had their first baby, and their lives are hectic. Besides being a dad, John is also a student on the go. The Dudley would be great whether he needs to dress quickly to get to school on time or, if he wants to layer it over a button down for a date night. Either way, he’ll look sharp.

For Her: The Sanremo Toweling Dress in Navy.

This pick was easy. I saw this and thought of my sister, Amanda. She lives on the East Coast and gets to the beach not only there but also in Florida during some of her husband’s assignments. This happens to be a perfect piece for layering, but—if you want to know the rest of the story, head over to Orlebar Brown.

 

And in the meantime, catch up with Orlebar Brown on Instagram + Facebook Twitter.

-LJW

In Favor Of: The Quilted Sweater

I’m a big fan of the quilted sweater, whether it’s a crew-neck pullover or a shawl collar cardigan. If you’re looking for something that’s a little different than your traditional staples, head this way. It’s accessible and shows you’re open to a little detail. Props to Club Monaco for making a quality, comfortable and affordable on-trend piece that’s not so over the top.

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Cardigan ($130) and sweatshirt ($100) by Club Monaco

HUES FOR YOU: BLACK

If this all counts as coal, then I’m game for being bad.

In honor of the Christmas season, I present to you an insanely expensive wish list.

 

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Left to right:

  • I mean, why not introduce a pair of polka dot Alexander McQueen trousers into your wardrobe?
  • This Ami slim-fit wool tuxedo blazer is incredible. I mean I can’t afford it, but hey, a guy can dream.
  • This striped wool sweater from Todd Snyder is probably the best sweater I’ve seen all season. I really love the graphic elements—not to mention how timeless it is.
  • I’ve never heard of Lot 78 before but I was scouring MR. PORTER and fell in love with this bomber jacket. It’s a blended tweed, which creates a great texture. I would definitely wear it over a black trouser and tie combo or over a pair of these slim sweats to run to the store.
  • Who doesn’t want a Lanvin silk/velvet bow tie?
  • Again, I’m all about this Timex watch. I would love it even more if it were all black, but this is pretty sexy.
  • Finally, I’ve been trolling Zara for these shoes in my size. I knew I needed them the moment I saw them, but of course they sold out of my size 13. I even measured my foot to see if I could stick it in a 12. No luck.

How are you going to wear your favorite black item?

-LJW

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