Friday, July 30, 2010

Date Night w/ N'East Style: Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

We have a great Date Night movie for you this week, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Head on over to N'East Style to check out our selections. 

Mrs. Smith: Part 1
Mr. Smith: Part 2

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Partners & Spade: Test Shot

Although Partners & Spade was closed last week when I visited New York, thanks to Jake Davis, I can now grab some inspiration from my style icon whenever I want.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

First Look: Fall 2010 LL Bean Signature Catalog

The collection will not be available until Aug 2 but here's a look at LL Bean Signature's Fall 2010 catalog to hold you over until next week.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Date Night w/ N'East Style: Say Anything

Since I was very busy this past week, Christine had to do double duty with Date Night and I think she did a great job. Head on over to N'East Style to check out Cameron Crowe's masterpiece "Say Anything."

Friday, July 23, 2010

LL Bean Flagship

I finally made it out to LL Bean's Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine and it was like being in heaven. The only things missing were golden harps and the Signature line.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

LL Bean Signature Fall 2010 Trunk Show

Last night, I attended LL Bean Signature's Trunk Show for Fall 2010 in Portland, Maine and I was highly impressed with the assorted mixture of colors and materials that will be rolling out in the next month. As the crowd gathered in Bang Cut & Color on Congress Street to get an exclusive look at the new selections, I basked in the glow of meeting a handful of great people behind the brand such as, Laurie Brooks and Michele Parzianello to name a few. Fall is what LL Bean does best and Alex Carleton definitely delivered with this season's collection.

Capsule: Ally Capellino

As a person who blogs about style and fatherhood, Ally Capellino was the only brand that seemed to cater to both my passions.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Capsule: Johnny Love

Johnny Love: I really like where this line is heading. 

Capsule: Ernest Alexander

Another brand that really impressed me at Capsule was Ernest Alexander. All of their items are made in New York City.

Capsule: Perfecto Brand by Schott NYC

Perfecto Brand by Schott NYC

Schott NYC, my favorite pea coat company in the world, just got way cooler with the addition of Greg Chapman as the creative director for their Perfecto Brand.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Capsule: Billy Reid

Billy Reid has been getting a lot of press lately and it is justly deserved after taking a peak at his new collection.

More McNairy

Here are a few more shots of Mark McNairy's boot at Capsule.

Mark McNairy For Bass Weejuns

Mark McNairy For Bass Weejuns

Jeremy from Start With Typewriters already posted on his favorite McNairy For Bass Weejuns but here are a few that caught my eye yesterday. 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jack Spade Store

photo credit: Dave Mongan

Finally after years of wishing and hoping (re: my first post), I made it to the Jack Spade store and it was everything that I thought it would be.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Closer Look and Price Points: Gant by Michael Bastian

Thanks to the August issue of GQ, we finally get a closer look at Gant by Michale Bastian and its price points.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Save Khaki

When I first put the word out that I would be in New York this week, James Jean immediately responded,  "Contact Dave Mongan at Save Khaki and he will take care of you." And that's exactly what he did and much much more. We met up at the Save Khaki store at 327 Lafayette St and after a quick introduction, I was quickly overwhelmed by the array of products in the shop.

Saturday Morning Comics: Jim Davis

James Robert Davis (born July 28, 1945) is a U.S. cartoonist who created the comic strip Garfield.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Date Night with N'East Style: The Great Gatsby

We have a very special Date Night for you this week.  Eli Getson from The Selvedge Yard suggested The Great Gatsby a little while ago but we wanted to give this movie the proper attention that it deserved. So we enlisted the help of fellow blogger Gabe Alonso from The History of My World, to select a few songs to accompany our style choices. Enjoy!

Jay Gatsby: Part 1
Daisy Buchanan: Part 2

Axes: Tool or Art?

Peter Buchanan-Smith of Best Made Co.

By now, everyone should be familiar with the crescendo for authenticity within the style blogsphere and the fever pitch moment that occurred when Gilt pushed axes as great father's day gifts, but you may not know the story behind the ax or the man who became uneasy when his product went viral.  Well, thanks to The New Times, the story is now revealed. Meet designer Peter Buchanan-Smith and learn that along with his talent for making axes, he advised Isaac Mizrahi and Philip Glass on graphic design, redesigned Paper magazine and won a Grammy for an album cover he made for his favorite band, Wilco.

BeSpeak: Alan Flusser in the Palm of your Hands

This past Wednesday, I had the great fortune of attending a release party for Off The Cuff's iphone application BeSpeak, which is the equivalent of having Alan Flusser's expert opinion on style in your back pocket. If you don't know who Alan Flusser is, rent Wall Street, Scent of a Women, and American Psycho and take a look at Michael Douglas, Al Pacino, and Christian Bale's wardrobes. Yes, Flusser outfitted these iconic characters and now he can do the same for you through this free application.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Get to know your local cobbler

1990's Red Wing 875

Earlier this week, I decided to drive down to Dover, DE to visit the Red Wing Store and to my surprise, I spotted these boots on a shelf with other vintage Red Wings. The cobbler told me that he bought an array of Red Wings shoes from the previous owner but couldn't sell most of them because of the small sizes. The boots did seem a little small but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try them on. They were a size 8E and I'm typically a 9 or 9 1/2 but for some reason or another the shoes fit perfectly.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Marketing Campaigns: Imogene + Willie

I will be the first to admit that, until recently, I wasn't a big denim guy. Khakis were always my preference in college and grad school, so I knew little about washes and cuts for denim beyond my 501s. But with the start of this blog and my obsession with Americana wear, denim is slowly carving a special place in my wardrobe as well as in my heart.  And thanks to my buddy Joe Gannon and his Denim Debate entries, one brand that especially caught my eye some time ago is Nashville's imogene + willie, a small company making big waves in the denim department.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saddle Shoes

Recently endorsed by GQ, Saddle Shoes are enjoying a little wave on the style front and thanks to DAM, a good selection of them can be found at Southern Gent.

Saturday Morning Comics: Aaron McGruder

Aaron McGruder

Aaron McGruder (born May 29, 1974) is an American cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Date Night w/ N'East Style: The Life Aquatic

Our Date Night pick this week is another one of my favorites: Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou." Head on over to N'East Style to take a peek at our selection and remind me to order you a red cap and a speedo.

Ned Plimpton: Part 1

Fun with Colors: Orange

Today's post is brought to you by the color "Orange."

Red Wing Wabasha Boat Shoes

Red Wing Boat Shoes

A few months ago, I did a post on my favorite boat shoes (alternatives to Sperry Topsiders) that are currently available on the market and now I want to add one more to the list: Red Wing Wabashas. Hand sewn in Wabasha, Minnesota with durable rich leather, these boat shoes could easily add that extra American touch to your ever growing Americana style. Available here.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

First Look: Pointer X Baracuta Ramsey Jacket

Pointer X Baracuta Ramsey Jacket

This coming fall, British footwear company Pointer will be venturing into the world of clothing and I truly think they chose the perfect partner in Baracuta to assist them with their outerwear. Look for this jacket in Sept.

First Look: PF Flyers Fall/Winter 2010

PF Flyers takes a swing for the fences with these Canvas shoes with leather accents, that would make Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez proud.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Slept On: Make Sure They See My Face

Kenna's second album produced by Chad Hugo of The Neptunes was a brilliant masterpiece that fell way under the radar. Check it out and tell me what you think.

Standout tracks: All of Them

Cool. Collective. Calypso.

Harry Belafonte

What do you do when you have a house full of kids who are itching to burn off some steam but it's too hot to go outside? You guessed it: cool off with some Calypso music.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chambray For Sale

If you're still waiting to add some Chambray to your wardrobe, then wait no longer because Gap's Chambray Roll-up Popover is currently on sale for $29.99. All sizes are still available.

Timberland's Rugged Hand Sewn Shoes

Currently on sale at Urban Outfitters are Timberland's Rugged Hand Sewn Shoes and I think they look great. I had a pair of Timberland's boat shoes all through college and they held up pretty well.  I actually wore those shoes almost exclusively as a undergrad and only recently had to retire them from my spring lineup for various reasons. So with that in mind, the description is as follows:
A hand-sewn rugged leather shoe from Timberland's Abington collection - a tribute to the company's start as the Abington Shoe Company in the 1950s. Boat-shoe-inspired lacing at the front and around the collar with tonal canvas detail; cushioned collar; contoured foot bed; no-slip Vibram sole for superior traction.
Reaching back into your archives for inspiration: a good thing. Finding a shoe that comfortably takes you into the future: a great thing.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Live From My Backyard

Fireworks 2010

Best seat in the house.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saturday Morning Comics: Bill Watterson

 Bill Watterson

William Boyd "Bill" Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is an American cartoonist and the author of the influential and popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

First Strip: Nov 18, 1985

Friday, July 2, 2010

Date Night w/ N'East Style: Back to the Future

Due to popular demand and S.M. Shewan, this week's Date Night movie is Back to the Future. And being the BTTF connoisseur that I am, I decided to pull some looks from the trilogy. Whoa, this Heavy!

Marty McFly

Consensus Red Down Vest, Gap Denim Jacket, L.L. Bean Signature Tattersall Sport Shirt, L.L. Bean TJ.Crew Denim, Nike Air McFlys, Hover Board

Lorraine Baines: Part 2

The Windmill Club: Bow Ties

The Windmill Club just introduced some bow ties for the summer and both are quite nice.

4th of July on Martha's Vineyard

Whenever I think of the 4th of July, my mind quickly races back to our summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard a few years ago. We went a little earlier than usual that year and found ourselves celebrating America's independence near the gazebo in Oaks Bluff.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Jack Spade X Nautical Stripes

In addition to their Seersucker pieces, Jack Spade rolled out some nautical inspired goods that are also on sale. Happy Sailing!

Long Playing with Alex Grant III

"Long Playing" is a conceptual fit based on the artwork and moods of an album cover. Download Bears Repeating's free debut EP "First Thing's First" here. FYI, I went to prep school with the lead singer.