Friday Wrap-Up: End of the Year

It was Alan Flusser who pointed out, a whole generation of men in the ’70s stopped getting dressed, so they didn’t teach their children how to get dressed. More and more people have found, “Oh, I can go read about this stuff.”

Read More

Thrifty Thursday: Stolen motorcycle jacket

So, I bought a leather jacket a couple of weeks ago on my day off up in Andersonville…
Alarmingly broken-in and well-loved, this motorcycle jacket ended up in my hands right once I walked in. I mean, if this jacket could talk, I can imagine raucous stories of women holding on to it for dear life as the owner careened around the curves of mountain roads somewhere.
Alongside my brown leather “Member’s Only” jacket and a padded grey leather one, black completes the series. So I strolled up to my favorite nook in Andersonville…
Rad Vintage is the place to go, people. It’s stocked full of reasonably priced and well-curated options. You’ll spend a handful of minutes sifting through their selection from the bossman, RJ. He’s got a great eye and know’s what he’s doing. Check them out on the interwebz or head up their to the store one of these days.
While doing some vintage shopping on the Sabbath in Wicker Park, I bumped into the lovely Ms. Trés Awesome. She kindly asked to take my photograph for her street style website and I was flattered. She kindly sent over some extra photos to make this post happen. Tada. You’re the boss, Emma.

Unfortunately, the jacket has already been snatched by Katie. I’ll get it back tomorrow, hopefully…if she doesn’t pass it off to Shani.

Black leather motorcycle jacket from Rad Vintage ($60); Fair Isle reindeer sweater courtesy of Topman; blue chambray button down by Gant Rugger; slim white denim from spring 2011 by A.P.C.; classic white sneakers courtesy of Vans; purple laces from the ‘Crewcuts’ section of J.Crew; black frame eyeglasses by Gant Rugger; slouchy dirty grey beanie from my floor; vintage 1950s monogram shopper by Louis Vuitton from eDrop-Off.

Photos courtesy of Trés Awesome.

The Midwestern Gentleman - Love the look- The LV bag is the Sac Plat from the “French Co.” during a time when LV became popular in the US in the 70′s- the bag probably isn’t any older than 1976 though.

poormansrich - The motorcycle jacket with the white jeans really works – even (especially) in winter.

Think Twice Style - That jacket looks like it feels like butter! Love.

Zeke - What iPhone case is that?

Smashwindow - PLEASE LOSE THE BAG! Reminds me of the Kanye impersonator in my audio recording class at the art institute. (theres a reason she left it out of the post on tresawesome….)

Emma - Lookin good Mr! xoxoxo

Très Awesome

Seth J. Putnam - @Kārlis/Carl:

I’m all for disagreement, but surely you can come up with a more creative way to say it than that.

girl in the poodle shoes - great find, what a gem!
Happy new year,
Girl in the Poodle Shoes

Jayvee Doroteo - awesome jacket man! Lucky you for finding one, I had to resort to a not-leather one from zara, as my go-to biker jacket. Yours is jsut rockin’ dude, I kinda feel bad about my recent purchase now. lol

Kārlis/Carl - The look is somewhat OK, but the Louis bag is corny as fuck. And those used black and brown leathers together looks horrible

midweSTYLE: Easy Rider

Merry Christmas, y’all.
I’m sure you’re all coming down from your food comas and/or worn out from exploring the full utilities of your copious amounts of swag, so I’ll keep it short.
We got back to the farm from our yearly Christmas visit to my dad’s childhood Episcopal church and decided to go for a Sunday afternoon ride. We were losing light, so rather than waste time changing out of church clothes, I threw on some jeans and called it good.
Meet Fuerte, our Peruvian Paso Fino gelding.

On Seth: Chambray work shirt (Michigan Avenue Bloomingdales, sale $50 reg. $115) by Gant Rugger; neck tie passed down from grandfather; Mad Men cardigan courtesy of Banana Republic; “Walker” raw denim courtesy of JBrand; brown herringbone socks courtesy of Falke; “Beeswax” desert boots (Nordstrom Rack, sale $50 reg. $110); “Weekender” watch (, $30) by Timex; fish-hook tie clip ($20) by Buckshot Sonny’s; deadstock copper latch bracelet with holes (gift from Jeff—what a friend).
Photos by Israel Putnam.

Abi - Great photos! And great horse…I know from experience!

girl in the poodle shoes - Love your shoes… I will definitely look for those next time I’m at the rack! Hope you had a very merry Christmas,

Girl in the Poodle Shoes

But first: iPhone cases that don’t suck

So, everyone has an iPhone, right?
Well, you need to protect it, so you might as well dress it with style.
I’m a guy who likes to have unnecessary multiples of practical things. You know, like multiple iPhone cases. One is just fine, but it’s fun to have another! This obsession or desire could also be the same condition that most women face regarding handbags, eye makeup, high heels and anything else that women buy…
(See also, my collection of totes of varying handle lengths, multi-colored watch straps, various shoe lace colors, different colors of Field Notes, the list goes on…) #hoarders.
Why own one, when you can own two? GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL. Here are our picks for the best cases of the season.
First batch: Wallet + iPhone case.
Pros: Everything all together, convenient, less to carry. You can watch it age and brag about how much it’s changed since you bought it. Cool, cool.
Cons: You get mugged or you lose it, you’re done-zo.

Second batch: Obviously, the fun ones.
Pros: Hello, everyone needs a Marauder’s Map.
Cons: Nothing. You win—you just win.

tory - … Jeff, sugar pie, I think we may need to have a conversation about the differences between ‘clockwise’ and ‘from left to right.’

Sharp Style Blog - I have the black version of the cassette tape case on my phone right now. It’s so awesome looking and always seems to confuse everyone.

Luis - I must get the Landmarks & Lions iPhone case!

-Luis (my blog!)

Kārlis/Carl - What fucked up clock are you organising that iPhone case link list by?

Miguel Ignacio - I have to add those to my Xmas wish list…. specially the tweed one… Cheers!

katieandemily - Hey, stop stealing our tagline!

midweSTYLE: Renegade

Remember when you that uncool guy in your high school was, well, uncool until he turned 16 and bought an Acura and pimped it out with lights and shit and then became “cool”?
Well, that’s not how I felt nor was I ever that guy. But I do want to just pimp out this jacket with hoods and zip-in vests. Ok, I’ve already said pimp twice in this paragraph. Let’s pretend like I didn’t and just watch another episode of “Pimp My Ride.”

Breaking in the Baldwins.

Also, the best part about the hood is the copper wire that is embedded around the edge of the hood, so you can pry that puppy around your sweet little face and it won’t fly back when the wind/haters are in your face.

Christmas came early with J.Crew’s Black Friday sale.
As well as this past weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair over in Wicker Park.
Loads of goodies to be found and bought.

Above: This summer, it was leather on the wrists. For now, it’s metal.

On Jeff: “Bedale” waxed jacket with snap-on hood by Barbour; obnoxious button-down by Gant Rugger; glasses by Gant Rugger; the slim-straight “Henley” selvedge by Baldwin Denim; “8878″ moc boot by Red Wing. Accessories: Canvas tote by Filson; Timex “Weekender” with bright yellow nylon strap; brass Giles & Brother railroad spike cuff; sterling silver arrow cuff; deadstock latch bracelet with holes.

PorcoRosso - did you stay true to size on your Bedale? it looks nice!

Raquel - Love what’s happening with the hair. Also, that bright button-up under the Barbour jacket looks perfect.

Kyle - I bought mine off ebay for cheap. There are a ton of vintage ones from the UK.

martawillcox - How the f-word did you get a Barbour jacket? I want one but we have to eat.

Daniel - What size is the Bedale? I’ve been thinking about getting a 36, but I’m afraid it’s gonna swamp me and I’ll be unable to alter it.

dani - “Wind/haters.” ‘Nuff said.