midweSTYLE: Easy Rider

December 26, 2011

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 (Amazon.com, $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.

But first: iPhone cases that don’t suck

December 9, 2011
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.
Clockwise: Natural leather iPhone wallet by Kenton Sorenson; “Madison” iPhone wallet in cognac with green stripes by Landmarks & Lions; “Little Black Book” iPhone case by Pad & Quill; “Book Book” for iPhone by Twelve South.


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




From top left: Harry Potter “Marauder’s Map” iPhone case by Warner Bros; “Canal Street” iPhone case by Jack Spade; “Ping Pong” textured iPhone case by inCase (on Gilt!); rubber camouflage iPhone case from J.Crew; “Pantone” iPhone case by Pantone; silicone cassette tape from Amazon; basket weave iPhone case by Chilewich; cork iPhone case by Case Mate; old-school calculator iphone case from Perpetual Kid.

midweSTYLE: Renegade

December 7, 2011
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.


wrap-up

December 4, 2011

http://putthison.com/post/10127535876/twenty-five-pieces-of-basic-sartorial-knowledge-so-you

http://www.laundrymagazine.com/laundrymagazine/2011/12/the-gentlemen/

http://www.refinery29.com/what-guys-want-for-the-holidays

http://emmadimes.blogspot.com/2011/12/gentle-man-seth-putnam.html

http://www.tresawesome.com/2011/12/chicago-street-fashion-jeff-kies.html

http://threadcounts.tumblr.com/post/14214702571/all-i-want-for-christmas-part-3

Friday Wrap-Up: Another Dose

December 2, 2011
Yeesh. Already so late in the day. But never too late for an end-of-the-week wrap-up you can blow a whole Friday afternoon on. So, first thing’s first:
This Sunday. The last Dose Market of the year. We shot this back in July, but this time Seth will be behind one of the booths with Max Wastler (All Plaidout) dishing out the latest offerings from Buckshot Sonny’s.
Word is that Max will be debuting the Yosemite Shirt in collaboration with Taylor Stitch. Which looks a little something like this:

So, uh, come by and say hi. From the looks of this lineup, it looks like you can knock, oh I don’t know, ALL of your Christmas shopping. See you there, suckers.

Oh, and in case you’re looking for some quality reading to kill the rest of your Friday, check it:
  • Our guy Brad Bennet (Well Spent) has been killing it. He’s guest blogging for Details (1 and 2). And in case you missed it, he published a fantastic gift guide: “40 items, all socially responsible, and all under $40. Don’t miss it. (Start here.)
  • A couple of thoughtful takes on last week’s shopping madness and why—let’s be honest— you should avoid Black Friday and, oh, organize a family football game instead. (via Put This On and Real Men Real Style)
  • Haven’t been, but this looks promising: Caleb Gardner has started a get-together for guys in a bar in Chicago. It ain’t about sports, and it ain’t about picking up chicks. It’s about manning up. Check out the Q&A. (via Man Up Chicago)
  • A throwback, but some wise words about spending and thrift—but nary the twain shall meet. (via Effortless Gent)
  • And finally, the non-style component: Hampton Stevens’ take on the “sitcom that loves Middle America.” That’s right. Parks and Rec. (via The Atlantic)
Now go knock out the weekend. Aim for the face.

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