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.

Thrifty Thursday: pencil tie bar

February 3, 2011
Tie bars and tie clasps. That’s what I’ve been on the prowl for lately when thrifting, antiquing, and garage sailing. The wells are dry in the quirky committee and winter is in full force. I’ll have to wait till spring for people to really clean out their garages and grandparent’s drawers. Then, more treasures will surface. Until then, I’ve been browsing around on the internets and Etsy.com is usually an untapped resource when it comes to finding mens goods.
no. 2 Lead Pencil tie bar from gallogrotte

Writing utensil + Utiliatarian menswear accessory = Pencil tie bar. Snag it before I do.

(SORT OF) WANT: Nightshirt

February 3, 2011

How much do I want a night shirt? Not a lot. But this still looks comfortable.

revseam  night shirt $70, was $170.
 save 100 bones! (photo credit steven alan) 

Ebenezer Scrooge, anyone? Nothing would bring me more joy than to lounge in this with a glass of scotch, a pipe and a pair of slippers as I ease into a book that I’ve been putting off on a miserable winter day.


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