midweSTYLE: St. Louis (Part Two)

June 27, 2011
The Midwestyle traveled to wretched great St. Louis for a grand wedding weekend. College friends getting married brought us back to the city for a weekend of thrifting, dancing and getting into trouble—oh, and that wedding we were in. Ain’t wedding season just…great…?

(See “Part One” for the rest of the story.)

Cam, Seth, Jeff.
We strolled along Busch Stadium and gave our two cents on what we think of the Cardinals. We walked down the street to another iconic St. Louis monument, The Arch. While Seth and I were doing groomsmen things, Cam visited the gold mine of designer clearance, Nordstrom Rack.

To see some close-ups of our wardrobe, check out our Tumblr for a few details.

STREET midweSTYLE: Brad on Chicago & LaSalle

June 23, 2011
Meet Brad.
He’s a Brooklyn transplant in Chicago who runs Well-Spent. He’s an intelligent guy who has a passion for discovering and bringing the focus on “honest, obtainable goods.”

After an evening with Ryan, Max and Brad at Haberdash for a meetup, a few of us hopped next door to Pops on Champagne. Pops was not on the agenda, rather Watershed, the underbell beneath Pops. A rosy-cheeked blonde greeted and ushered us to some available seats where the exposed stone walls met the black leather cushions. Drinks and stories ensued.
Stories of cities we’ve been to and mistakes we’ve made, this whole “Internet” thing, our shared academic focus backgrounds, girlfriends, booze. Life.

And all the things and objects that accompany us on the journey that make it a little more beautiful. Those objects, apparel and goods we often forget have stories—stories that are worth telling.

Brad seeks out those goods and wants you to know and care about them. He’s influenced some of the ways we spend our money and we’d like to get you in the know, too.

Honestly crafted can mean many things. It can mean manufactured in first world conditions. It can mean made using sustainable materials. Or, it can simply mean built to last a lifetime (or longer). The items featured here run the gamut. Some are organic, some are made in the US, some are so high-quality that they’ll never need replacing (there are even a few to which all three traits apply). – Well-Spent‘s “About” page.

We like Brad. He’s got a plan and is pursuing that plan passionately. As for you? You do the same. Get a plan and do it. And do it well.

He’s also a man of style that we dig. Also, how about that beautiful Stanley & Sons bag.

Denim on denim on leather on chambray on canvas? Yes.

On Brad: USA-made sunglasses by American Optical; USA-made denim jacket (eBay) by Levis; USA-made oxford button down by Gitman Vintage; USA-made leather bracelet by Corter for Japan; vintage watch by Tag Hauer; custom USA-made bag by Stanley & Sons; USA-made slim denim jeans by Left Field; suede “McAlister” desert boots by J.Crew.
Photos by Jeff Kieslich.

midweSTYLE: Proportions at play

June 20, 2011
We’ve been mixing it up a bit. And loving it. You know; playing with proportions, colors and fabrics.
Give some of these stylings a shot:
  • Bright and LOUD. Try a subtle dark layer when your outfit is on the neutral or lighter side.
  • Bold prints. Tame it or tone it with a less busy fabric or wash.
  • Highs and lows. Roll your sleeve or throw cuff your chinos. A little detail never hurt.
  • Bring an extra layer. You’d be surprised how a jacket/cardigan can pull your appearance together, especially when you’re going from day to night.

On Cameron: Four-pocket “Trucker” denim jacket (eBay, $15) by Levi’s; charcoal cardigan (thrifted, $20) by American Apparel; madras short-sleeve shirt (thrifted, $2) by Royal Knight; slim-fit chinos (Urban Outfitters, $10) by Dockers; black plimsolls (thrifted, $4); leather snap bracelet ($20) by Corter for Japan.

Thrifty Thursday: Levi’s lately

June 16, 2011
Chicago is a land of wondrous things. Two of them happen to be the Levi’s Stores on Michigan Avenue and Wicker Park. Earlier this week in stores they were taking taking an additional 50 percent already reduced prices on sale items. They might as well have said, “Please come in and find these clothes a good home for a fraction of the cost.”
I’ve got my go-to people at each location that I work with each time I come in. Love the service and the prices. Also, it’s Levi’s. It just works.
Oh, you don’t live near a Levi’s store? That’s okay. Their customer service is great and will happily track down your items, even the sale items, because Lord knows that’s where and what I shop when I walk into Levi’s.
Oh, Timex Camper watch for a mere $18, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways that you look sharp and timeless everywhere I take you.
Straight-leg cargo pants that I’m not swimming in? Please. I’ve gotten more compliments on these lately than I have the bow ties I’ve been rocking. I saw these on a gentlemen who worked for the styling department of Oprah and asked him where he got these, thinking they were Shipley and Halmos or Engineered Garments. But they were Levi’s! He told me he didn’t remember the style number but got them from a store in California for like 20 bucks. Eager to find these, I went to the Levi’s store with a mission and that mission was completed.
On Jeff: Cotton hunting jacket ($30) by Levi’s; cotton front-pocket cargo pants ($20) by Levi’s; grey button down ($20) by J.Crew; “The Lexington” leather wingtips (Nordstrom Rack, $50) by Florsheim; “Camper” watch ($18) by Timex; leather belt with brass hardware ($5) by J.Crew.

Photos of Jeff by Jeff for Jeff by Seth.
Seth slipped the Levi’s hunting jacket and never looked back.
That’s Seth’s beloved Saddleback Leather briefcase—which, as he points out for the budget-minded among you, was result of a giveaway from the generous folks over at the Art of Manliness.
The jacket won him over, so we ordered it for him a couple of days later and he took it down to ol’ farm in southwest Missouri to bust out the over-under 20-gauge shotty and break in the reinforced shoulder patch.

Of Seth: Field photos by Jeff Kieslich. Farm photos by Oliver Drambour.

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