MATERIALISM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Seth’s Picks

Materialism jokes aside, happy Christmas. Over the next few days, we’ll each be plugging five things any guy would be happy to have. (But really that we want to see under our own trees.) Can’t vouch for the other guys, but I tried to keep mine on a spectrum that doesn’t get too expensive.

1. These brogue boots (on sale for $276.50) by Grenson, because I’ve had my eye on ‘em for a while and it’s high time I did something about it before the obsession passes me by completely. (Edit: Literally overnight, I discovered that the boots are on hold from Mr. Porter—so rather than pick something else, let’s use it as a lesson. Strike fast.)

2. This bar roll-up ($135) from Cocktail Kingdom, because the skinny tools of the traveling bartender just get jumbled together without the proper carrying case. Waxed cotton, rugged leather, and designed with Jim Meehan, the mad genius behind New York’s worst-kept-secret speakeasy.

3. This wallet ($50) by Chester Mox, because they use Horween leather which is guaranteed to pique my interest, since the leather factor is just down the street from my house in Chicago. And obviously I’m very into broguing…to the point of going overboard.

4. This chunky knit cap ($20) by The Woodlands—even though yes it’s blue and I have too much blue stuff in my closet already for God’s sake will I stop buying blue—but something about it begs to me to yank it down over my ears and take a Christmas-morning walk to the back 40 acres while I’m home in Missouri.

5. This British-stripe bow tie ($15) by the Tie Bar, because I don’t own one and I’m embarrassed.

But enough about what I want. What have you guys got your greedy little eyes on this year? Let us know in the comments.

WANT: Instead of Student Loans, Dec. ’12

We’ve all got our lists and oh-so-perfectly-curated Tumblr pages and Pinboards dedicated to things we like, lust and pine for with every little click. Well, this post is just showing that I put a little more effort forth in copying, dragging and pasting them into sexier packaging using a bootleg copy of Photoshop. You’re welcome, Internet.
Here’s what I’d drop my wad of student loan money on instead of paying back Every True Son. Yeah, they’re pricy. BUT SO ARE STUDENT LOANS.
Clockwise: mustard cotton sweater by NN.07; berry-colored motorcycle jacket with detachable sleeves by 3.1 Phillip Lim; rucksack by Archival; cotton blend T-shirt by Alexander Wang; suede and leather trainers by Maison Martin Margiela; fragrance by Odin; slim black denim by Acne; braided lash hook by Giles & Brother.

WINNA: Scrawl On That Stationery

And the lucky dogs who’ll be scribbling their chicken-scratch on Christine Cover’s tremendous stationery are:

  • From Twitter: @ChrisFidz. Get at us, brother!
  • From Facebook: Daniel Garber, check yo’ messages.
  • From the comments: Dillon, we hope your cousin enjoys the card. Whiskey and sea turtles are really the only things worth talking about anyway. Email us your address, and we’ll have it sent out post haste!
For those of you who didn’t win, check out Christine’s Etsy store. Easy gift idea, y’know? Don’t say we never did nothin’ for ya!
Until next time, friends.

GIVEAWAY: “Another Half Eaten Sandwich”

You’re doing well, right? Great. Things are getting about to get a little better.

We love you and we want you to have rad things.
More importantly, we want you to be able to giverad things.

You know, to your friends, family, lovers and lovers that your friends, family and lovers don’t know about yet.

We partnered up with our friend Christine Cover to do just that.
A bit about herChristine is a friend of ours from way back in undergrad who doodles and draws the quirky things that pop up in her brain. We spent many nights on her porch, bugging her and her roommates for home cooked meals. We picked up the booze; they cooked the meals. Most nights began with the preface of “I swear, we’ll do homework! I have a test tomorrow.” Yet, homework usually took the backseat. Long talks and banter took precedence as we presided over the the shenanigans on Wilson Street. Glory days, guys. #COLLEGE.

She’s a talented singer and songwriter, lovable friend, crafty artist and painter and the list goes on. When’s she’s not doodling, she’s traveling and singing. (See also: gypsy.) Currently, Christine is making cards under the moniker “Another Half-Eaten Sandwich” and pursuing an MFA in Art Education at the University of Missouri in her hometown.
Clockwise: “Ties of the Week,” “Penny Loafers,” “Fancy shirt,” “Moped,” “Bow Tie” and “Flask Me Anything!” postcards.

g.r. montero - …and i’d send it to my eldest with directions to resend it to his sister who in turn would send it to her sister…

g.r. montero - …flask me anything…just don’t ask me why!!!

Astille - W is for Whisky. And I’d send it to a long distance friend, who enjoys both typography and good whisky.

Stacy - I’d send the bowtie one to my editor at BowTie Publishing.

7283e246-34d7-11e2-bee2-000f20980440 - Whiskey is my favorite. I drink with my brother every holiday.

heblevi - Girl & Boy. I’m in college right now and freshman year my life was filled with little moments like that (minus the booze) that were made even more special by a girl I liked. Time has moved on and while I somehow managed to trick her into being my girlfriend all of those moments are slowly being taken away away.

I’m a physics major at a very competitive school and I no longer have the ability to give homework the backseat because if I do I won’t cut it. She is so wonderful though and understands when I have to say I am too busy 90% of the time, so I always look out for when I can do the little things that make her smile.

Dillon - “W” as in whiskey for sure. I’d send it to my cousin, who at one point said that she could only hold a conversation in sign language if it was about sea turtles or whiskey.

Chris - “W” as in whiskey… HA!!!

Beefcake - Im with Twice up here I like Moped a lot.

Think Twice Style - I love the moped! I would send it to my 12-year old niece because it would look great next to her Andy Griffith poster. I would have chosen Dawson’s Creek for her, but she’d rather watch The Waltons.

Friday Wrap-Up: What’s On Our Radar

UPDATE: The watch below, worn by Cam, is a WWII-era Russian piece by Vostok. He found it for $30 on Etsy. Sadly, it has been lost…though he notes it didn’t keep very good time. YOLO.

Around the interwebs:
  • A peep at the new  Ralph Lauren Vintage online shop. (Get Kempt)
  • If you needed another reason to be “that guy” at a party, grab a Das Horn drinking chalace. (KickStarter)
  • The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly: Ashlyn Blocker, 13, feels no pain. (NYTimes)
  • Susie and Carrie from Imogene + Willie on friendship and their new favorite women’s fit. (Imogene + Willie)
  • We can’t stop thinking about the new Scrabble Typography Edition. (GQ)
Around Chicago this weekend:
  • If you’re up for it, trek to the burbs for the Red Wing Heritage Trunk Show at Nordstrom this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Apartment Number 9 brings its Bucktown digs to the Gold Coast. (Thrillist)

6 Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys - [...] A Thrifted Historical Watch — This time around, consider a watch that speaks of both past and present time. Cam discovered a Vostok watch from WWII for $30 on Etsy, but you can best find these old-timers on eBay, Craigslist, or even your local thrift shop. Just be wary of the watch’s age compared to its ability to keep time. [...]

Alan does... - really want to know where that watch is from ?

Leah - I feel like these bow ties should also be on your guys’ radar… I just read about them on another blog; they look so cool and I know you would totally rock them.

http://www.woodenbowties.com

Owen - I’d love to know more about that watch

Godlesscook - Also requesting info on that watch, looks great!

Fabric Snob - hey duderinos, just found your site via a link from fashion goggled… totally in love with your site and concept!! keep up the awesome work <3<3<3

http://fabricsnob.com

Melanie - love that watch! where is it from?

Margo - Where are the watch and the bracelet from? They are gorgeous!