Jobbing it in Chi-city

Jeff—dude on the left—came to visit Chicago (but probably more importantly to interview for some jobs this week.)
Clad obnoxiously in a bright-yellow windbreaker, he was waiting outside the El station, and I joked that I was glad I got to him before the ruffians did.
Jeff loves playing dress-up, so I made some photos of his job-hunting attire before he went to meet some folks in the local menswear world. I was especially intrigued (read: envious) with his jeans from Baldwin Denim. They’re damn comfortable, not to mention they’re near and dear to our hearts for being home-grown in Kansas City, Mo. Really, they deserve their own post—which they’ll get soon when we take a look at the finer elements of denim and the story a good pair of selvedge jeans tells about the wearer.
One of these days, I’ll also take a look at the price points in men’s style—and maybe get to the bottom of why in the hell Esquire, one of the best magazines ever, thinks you should pay a couple thousand bucks for a pea coat.
Jeff- You can thank me, your PR flak and life coach, later. I accept payment in booze, gold ingots, jewels, stories or Baldwin jeans.

Baldwin denim 6months, no wash “the Henley” dry stretch $198, Filson Canvas tote $40reg $80 (ebay), Nordstrom 1901 blue suede bucks $44reg $99, American Apparel White Oxford Button down $50, J.CREW leather belt $4.99reg $25, Timex Camper Watch $18reg $25 (amazon), Thrifted Van Heusen tie $1, Thrifted antique rifle tie bar $6, Billtornade Wool Small Blazer $210reg $680.

katie - heffay

jessie - love the different looks on jeff! i shot a few street style photos of him last week as he was walking out of hall’s with his new jacket and i’m posting them next week, so stay tuned!

Christine - Go Jeff go!

(to appease Glen…. and to cheer on Jeff jeff)

Seth J. Putnam - If you knew me, you’d know I was shuddering at even the thought of that, Miss Wiegers. Bloggers who take pigeon-toed pictures of themselves to post on their own blog…kinda gross me out. (Like this one.) I can’t promise it’ll never happen, but for the most part, you can forget it.

mallory wiegers - aww jeff! you’re looking quite handsome.

seth, where are you personal accounts of your wardrobe? jump on the bandwagon. cam did it. i’m thinking mirror pics.

Seth J. Putnam - Errrybody hands go UP—and they stay there.

Glen - Awesome. Glad to hear this.

By the way, am I the only person who comments on this great blog?
Where is the love?
Everybody get up!

Thrifty Thursdays: Sergio Valente brown neck tie

All winter, I searched for a grey wool tie, but alas, a brown tie will have to do. And for $1 and being skinny? Okay, twist my arm.

I don’t know who you are Sergio Valerie Valente, but your brown tie is beautiful. Go America.

jeff - Nice! Agreed on his logo, I haven’t worn it yet and it’s so damn soft.
I had done some googling and I found this article.
Some funny and some are true.

David - Nice find, Sergio Valente is a mid-to-high end designer sold in the likes of Nordstrom. His vintage stuff is the best because it was still all made in the USA. I also really dig his cow skull logo.

eBay: Steven Alan Vintage Hiking Parka

In the vein of Jeff’s post on Steven Alan’s spring looks, and considering I love outerwear for all seasons, I jumped on eBay to start looking for spring jackets and parkas in preparation for the rainy days on my college campus. I happened upon the Steven Alan Vintage Hiking Parka.

credit: shopedropoff

There’s a seller who’s got a decent stock of these things and they’re going for right around a hundred bucks (they retailed around $400). Granted, they are a season or two old, but a perfect jacket like this is timeless. If you’ve got the means, I highly suggest trying to pick one up.

cam - Blah, yes of course, Nicole. We apologize for the delay on the like there. The good news is that I just won one of your auctions? Haha, thanks for dropping by the blog.

Nicole Guarascio - That’s our eBay company that has those up right now. We also have great Steven Alan pieces for women. Please link us when you reference our products and photos so your readers can find us. Thank you,

happy valentines day

thrifted made in america pink plaid tie $1, rifle tie bar $5,
american apparel small white oxford $55, billtornade wool sportcoat $220 (reg: $680)
baldwin 14oz karabo “the henley” $198, skull-and-crossbone socks from target $2.50 and thrifted bass captoe shoes $5

Cheers, gentlemen.


My favorite looks from Steven Alan’s Spring 2011 Lookbook. I’ll just go ahead and assume that Cam would pick the same looks as his favorite, too. Steven Alan’s shirting is always spot on with a tailored fit. I haven’t tried his shorts, but I’m sure it’s spot on as well.

Mid-thigh shorts, bucks and sharp button-downs. Throw in a fedora and a bow-tie? Yes, please. You’re speaking my language, Mr. Alan. Short shorts and bright colors.