Keep an eye out for a Fahlgren tie sale on Gilt Groupe today, Thursday, August 15th at 12pm. The sale will feature a variety of styles, from classic tartans and pin dots, to bolder stripes. You can shop the sale here.
The Wabasha boot by Red Wing is about as good as you can get when it comes to rugged fall footwear. Entirely hand crafted in Maine, it’s made with a sturdy Vibram sole and distressed leather that gets better with age. It will look right at home on a trail head, but has enough restraint to pair up nicely with corduroy trousers and a tweed sport jacket – for treks to the office. $320, available at J.Crew.
Director Ben Newman of Pulse Films UK goes refreshingly old school with this simply executed, brilliant video.
The ideal backpack for upcoming fall weekends: the 60th Anniversary Wing Pack by Kelty. In 1952, founder and visionary Dick Kelty began making backpacks out of his garage, selling 29 in his first year. Today you can find this Boulder, Colorado-based brand in top outdoor apparel retailers across the country, including Eastern Mountain Sports & REI. $154, available at Kelty.
About as chill a song as you can get. A cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” by LA-based electronic duo Jeffrey Paradise and Filip Nikolic of Poolside.
Great video shot by the boys at Iron & Resin, an outdoor-inspired clothing brand influenced by surfing, skating and motorcycle riding. Coming up with interesting and unique ways to display a new collection is often as challenging as designing the clothing itself. In this case they sped off to Baja, Mexico, a rustic locale with just the right amount of rugged shoreline and dusty back roads to give their collection further meaning. Song is “Taste It” by Jake Bugg.
Spotted at last week’s stellar Capsule show in New York City, Geneva Sound Systems. They’ve done a bang up job combining a parred down, super clean aesthetic with retro numbers and simple color combinations. The Model XS shown above is inspired by the classic travel clock – it folds up neatly, is wrapped in rich leather and links via Bluetooth to your iPhone. Also available in red and white. $199, available at GenevaLab.
“I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li. This Magician Remix add a nice pace.
The twice annual (Capsule) menswear trade show kicks off tomorrow, Monday, July 22nd at Basketball City on the lower east side. It’s a cool, vast space, packed with 200+ brands, from new-comers to established old timers. The team at (Capsule) does a great job editing the mix of labels, so it feels less like a pushy trade show and more like a collective of talented designers trying to find their niche. Buyers, editors and top retailers from across the country will descend on New York this week to walk (Capsule), the competing Project Show and several others. I’m excited to be showing my new Spring 2014 tie collection, along with a few winter items available for the upcoming season. Keep an eye on their smartly curated blog to get a vibe on the show, you might just spot a few things coming soon to a store near you.
By Leo Parker. A luxury watch is not only an investment, it’s part of one’s lifestyle. Perhaps that is why men will invest thousands of dollars in finding the perfect timepiece without blinking an eye – whether this be an Audemars Piguet or Patek Philippe. High-end timepieces are items to cherish, enjoy and pass on to the next generation. With this in mind, it’s important to find a specialist in watch repair to lean on when the inevitable happens and damage ensues. And, for New Yorkers rocking a Breitling, Omega or any other top range timepiece, one of the best resources out there is Manhattan Time Services. (more…)
Perhaps the best flip-flop out there, Island Slipper, made in Hawaii. So good they’re referred to as “slippers,” and deservedly so. Gray Blue Island Slipper, $65, available at Steven Alan.
Being a good DJ is all about reading the room properly. If a song is flailing, be ready to fade to a trusted winner. And even the best songs can start to lag, so be prepared to cut to something new. I helped out at a 40th birthday party recently and put together two summer-friendly playlists, one for cocktails, one for dancing. I use an incredibly simple app, called DJAY by Algoriddim. It automatically syncs up with your iTunes library, allowing you to easily fade between songs, or can be set to Automix so you can actually enjoy the party. You can download it for both your laptop and iPhone. Try to avoid playing similar songs back to back to keep things fresh. For instance, don’t go from “Get Down Tonight” to “The Hustle,” instead mix in a new song like “I Love It” by Icona Pop to break it up. And mix in your absolute winners every 5 or so songs, like Naughty by Nature’s “OPP,” MJ’s “Thriller,” and yes, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. Here are the full playlists, keeping in mind the age group. Enjoy the summer: (more…)
When it comes to music and partying in the summer, louder is better. And you never want to be at that point where someone yells “Turn it up!” and you can’t. That’s where the Tailgater from Ion comes in. Discovered this past weekend at a house party in Montauk, this little bad boy looks like an amp you’re childhood buddy used to plug his electric guitar into. It’s built for summer parties, where music played outdoors could always use an extra kick. Simply plug in your Macbook, iPod, iPad, favorite playlist, etc. and turn it up to 5. Anything above that will easily handle a dance party for 50. Come fall, throw it into the back of the pick-up, hit the big football game and listen to sports radio on the built in AM/FM radio. The Ion Tailgater, $159, available at ionaudio.com
By Leo Parker. It goes without saying that London is one of the top fashion capitals of the world and the lucky chaps of the UK’s most fashionable city have plenty of choice when it comes to dressing in a dapper way. Here’s a quick look at three of the best London-based stores, for those who want to showcase their sartorial style.
GIEVES & HAWKES, SAVILE ROW:
Somewhat of an institution on the London fashion scene, Gieves & Hawkes is one of the City’s most reputable and revered tailors, and the quality of their wares is unparalleled. Based on the world-famous Savile Row, this purveyor of fine gentleman’s wear is certainly a must-see starting point for visitors to London who want to ramp up their sophistication with a dress shirt or some fine accessories. gievesandhawkes.com (more…)