Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Alex's Pick: Yellow Slicker

Given the amount of rain that we received over the past few days, I decided to make this Alex's pick a classic yellow slicker to keep your little one nice and dry. This one is currently on sale at Janie and Jack.

Ever x Jack Spade

Jack Spade and Ever have joined forces to produce a duffle, tote, and items case. These items are all crafted from deadstock WW2 raindrop print canvas with oiled canvas bottoms and each have an orange rip-stop interior lining.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Band of Bloggers: Interview at Free/Man

Darian at Free/Man has a great interview series going on with some of your favorite bloggers and I was fortunate enough to get in on the action. You can read my interview here and make sure that you check out the other interviews. Cheers!

Polo Season

Although winter is not going down without a fight; spring is already officially here. And for many of us, this means breaking out the polo shirts. Take a look at some of the top polo picks this season.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jack Spade Shirts

Great selection of Jack Spade shirts at Zappos. The Beckman and Gaines are currently on sale.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Making The Case: Monogrammed Belt Buckle

For the past week now, I've been wearing my LL Bean Signature Belt nonstop and it got me thinking that maybe it's about time to start wearing my own signature on a belt; in the form of a monogram.
While often neglected on many wardrobes and by many blogs, the belt for me can be the ultimate piece that pulls everything together. The wrong belt buckle can tragically send the message that you have no idea what you're doing but the right belt buckle can confidently portray the notion that you constantly swim in the deep end of the style pool.

In the September issues of GQ in 2004, under the heading, "The only thing my father ever game me," Andy Spade answered,
He didn't give me anything, including child support. But he figured it was his job to take me to the one men's store in town, in Scottsdale Arizona, and get me a monogrammed belt. I wear a belt every day.
The reason why the silver belt buckle is marked number one in the accessory section of The Official Preppy Handbook is because it properly and literally holds the outfit together. As the belt stretches across your waist, it can simultaneously stretch across generations and traditions if done correctly. However, don't be afraid to play with these traditions.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Army/Navy Find: Navy Jacket

Naval Jacket $12.50

Following a great lunch with Joe Gannon a few weeks ago, we walked a few blocks to the Army/Navy Store to see if we could score some bargains.  Right away, Joe spotted a pile of jackets by the door with the killer price of $15 each. And after a little convincing and a little bargaining, I walked away with this great jacket for $12.50

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alex's Pick: Patagonia Baby Retro Vest

Patagonia Baby Retro Vest

Great vest by Patagonia for your little prep and currently on sale for $35. Sizes from 3m to 3T.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

100 Years of Scouting

Feb 8 of this year marked the 100th anniversary of the Boys Scouts of America and to celebrate this amazing achievement, the BSA produced a video showcasing the history of the scouts. Enjoy!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

J.Crew's MacAlister w/ Orange Laces

While cleaning out our magazine bend, I stumbled across an old J.Crew catalog that had some items from Crewcuts in it. My wife is not a fan of J.Crew's little girl clothing but she does like their boys collection. Well, as I was flipping through the pages for some inspiration on how to pull some looks together for Alex, I stumbled across a page full of their MacAlister boots with colored laces. 

Since I already own a pair of MacAlisters and a pair of orange laces, I decided to give it a go.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sequel to The Official Preppy Handbook

Pre-order your copy of True Prep (the sequel to The Official Preppy Handbook) by Lisa Birnbach at Amazon. The release date is set for August 10, 2010. Click here to download the pdf sample of the book. True Prep along with the reissue of Take Ivy could possibly make this a very special August for all of us.

Toys Made In America

Alex received two major items for his birthday last month and both were made in America by Little Tikes. Little Tikes has been manufacturing kids toys in Hudson, Ohio since 1970.

SwingAlong Castle (w/o swing and with Thomas Tent)

Some of their toys are made outside of the U.S. so click here for a full list of their American made toys.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Vampire Weekend Acoustic

GANT Rugger City Bike

Gant Rugger City Bike

Thanks to Gant's Iphone application, I spotted this Bike that will be produced with the launch of the Spring/summer 2010 Rugger line.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Super Mario 2 External Hard Drive

NES External Hard Drives on Etsy. Comes in 320 GB, 500 GB or 640 GB and USB powered. Instant Classic!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kite Flying Society


As Spring quickly approaches, my mind not only turns to baseball but kites. I can't pin point when I fell in love with kites but I do have fond memories of flying a few with my father. I hope to take Alex out this spring and introduce him to kite flying.
I lost my lost my last kite on Martha's Vineyard so I have to purchase a new one. I'll give the Prism EO Atom Kite a go this Spring.

Or maybe I'll try and make one.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Avant Garde Preschool

by Partners & Spade 

As the father of two young ones, I can appreciate Andy Spade's commitment to exposing his daughter to the arts. However, in typical Andy fashion, he turned it up a notch by starting his own Avant Garde Preschool at Partners & Spade. Andy and his business partner, Anthony Sperduti, came up with the idea last winter while brainstorming about how to make high art accessible to kids. "We have a lot of artistic friends," explained Andy. "I wanted my daughter [4-year-old Bea] exposed to them." The first class was taught by contemporary artist Karen Kimmel and at a suggested donation of $30 per class that all goes to PS 126 on the Lower East Side, I am now truly inspired to bring out the artist that may reside in my children.

According to UO blog, the school meets every Sunday during the summer but check the website to sign up because the spots go fast.  Look for filmmaking classes in the future.