The greatest lyricist of our time

February 4, 2011


Would Dylan have been considered to have good sartorial style at the time this photo (by Richard Avedon) was taken, or is this just another sign that we’re all into classic style now? On a related note, is “classic” ever out of style? Today, the answer’s no. But what was the answer in the ’80s?

WANT: canoe wood watch

February 4, 2011

I have an affinity for unusual wooden accessories, whether it be iPhone skins or eyeglasses. However with my birthday approaching today, a wooden watch would be a nice touch.

canoe: wood watch for $75. also available in black

Nothing like the great outdoors strapped to your wrist for a little Midwestern flair. It’s just enough to let other people know that you might care about the outdoors without tree hugging. Made in Canada too, eh.

The Perfect Sweatshirt

February 3, 2011

I love sweatshirts. You love sweatshirts. Why? Because they’re comfortable. Unfortunately, they also seem to be synonymous with a goofy, baggy, I-just-got-out-of-bed feel that no one really likes. However, a classic crewneck can be a staple, even the staple, in a well-rounded fall/winter wardrobe. The best include:

Reigning Champ Recycled Fleece Crewneck – considered by many to be the Cadillac of sweatshirts. And since I own one, I’ll go ahead and agree. Handcrafted in Canada (probably the best thing to come out of that country, save Steve Nash). There are a few left at Haven.
Universal Works Heskin Sweatshirt – UW is a British outfitter who focuses on producing clean lined, honest menswear. The Heskin is a testament to their mission. The olive version is pictured above, but it’s also available in red, royal, and a few other colors. The highlight of the Heskin is the contrast pigment-saturated elbow patches (not seen above). Oi Polloi still has some stock.
Alternative Apparel Eco Fleece Raglan – I love these guys because A) They’re environmentally responsible and B) They’re economically priced. You can get your own for 40 bones. Clean, classic, and understated – these things rule. Variety of colors available at Unionmade.

Emerson: “The Snow Storm”

February 3, 2011

Okay, I promise no more snow poems. For a while, at least. But indulge me with this last one, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The Snow Storm”:

    “Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
    Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
    Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
    Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
    And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
    The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
    Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
    Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
    In a tumultuous privacy of Storm.”

Thrifty Thursday: “Pen West” Spring Pendleton neck tie

February 3, 2011
Everyone is getting excited for Spring with all of the new deliveries in stores, cataloges and spring look books surfacing. This tie has that “Easter Sunday” feel, a little nostalgic when being dressed up in some unfortunate pastels for family events. I found it at River Market Antiques. Jack, one of the menswear booth owners, always brings in some legit stuff and for $8, I couldn’t say “No” to a Pendleton.

I’ve never even heard of Pen West: a division of Pendleton before and the internets had nothing to say either. Anybody find anything? This tie will look dope with a pair of rolled chinos, a button down and some saddle shoes.


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