Monday, May 9, 2011

For Your Hell's Angels Friends

I'm just kidding. I don't think there are Hell's Angels that are slim enough to fit into this. There's a weight minimum for that club, right? Maybe they're trimming up. But if you want to do a leather jacket, it's best to do it right. The message that a nice leather jacket sends is "I'm not only confident enough to wear a leather jacket, but I'm also badass. There's also a 50/50 shot I own a motorcycle." And the new Real McCoy Buco J-22 Horsehide Leather Jacket sends that exact message.

It's got zippers, and pockets, and more zippers. And layers of leather you don't know what to do with. And I think that one pocket on the bottom right is made for cigarettes. And we all know that cigarettes are badass. Also, it's made of horses. It's like wearing Secretariat--also badass. This leather body armor will cost you about $2700, over at Blue in Green. The original Bucos are bygones, but you can find pretty spot-on replicas that are of great quality, and they're half the price of this one. (via Selectism)

Cheap Shots:
Schott NYC for Barneys New York for $995
Shades of Grey for $182

Friday, May 6, 2011


I've lost count of the number of shoes I have: that I keep separate and clean, I know it's something like 12-14. I know this is a paltry sum for most women, and not very impressive among the more stylish men. I also have a closet floor full of shoes I don't take care of. Probably an equal amount. So a safe guess would be between 24 and 28. Who knows? The bottom line is you only need a few pairs of shoes: black leather, brown leather, and sneakers. That being said, the well-dressed man inside of you should already own or endeavor to own many other pairs (sandals, loafers, monk straps, et al.). Here are a few suggestions to get that collection growing.

Superga is an Italian brand started in 1913 (named after a hill east of Turin). The above shoes are a new color of the classic 2750, originally made in 1925. Baller. 40 British Dollars. Use these to add some (likely) needed color to the bottom of your wardrobe this summer. (via Selectism)

Typically, the less seams you see on a shoe, the more skill it took to make. These "sueded" Sergio Rossi will run you about $600 over at The Corner, so they are obviously not worth it. However, I wanted to make a point that a neat-looking shoe (less seams) often means a high quality shoe. But not always. And that by no means implies that a presence of seams means a lack of quality (think brogues). (via Selectism)

Nike Air Vortex Vintage. These are hyper 80s kicks. These are the shoes in which your older brother was cooler than you. You should have at least two pairs of very casual sneakers in your arsenal. They should not be the same color and one should be grey or another easily-pairable color. These are available around the web for between $75 and about $105. (via Hypebeast)

Also check out these gorgeous monk straps, coming soon from Thom Browne and Leffot. Perfect.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ménage à Trois

Here's three quick ones for you.

If you use this in Italy, you're just smart. If you use this in the US, you're an obnoxious hipster. And you're probably also an alcoholic. $25.00. Guess where it's available? Etsy. (via LikeCool)

California-based Wolfard Glassblowing missed the mark by about 130 years with their new oil lamp. If you're really stupid and are a fan of archaic luminescence, then you can buy it here for just under $360. (via Hypebeast).

Finally, something good. General Knot & Co.. Handmade in the USA out of high-quality fabrics (most of them older than you, some older than your parents). Limited run florals, chambray, solids, novelty prints. All classic, all stylish. Perfect summer ties. Starting at $70, direct from the website. Get them now, cherish them forever. (via Hypebeast)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

For That "Special" Someone

I think I've ranted about how there are times when the sites I look at seem to just post things without considering them. They post things that they get a lead on as if they are the greatest innovation in style since the button. CoolHunting, a normally amazing aggregator of awesome, has recently committed this egregious error. It's a rare miss, so I'm going to allow it, but I wanted to share it with all (seven) of you.

This headwear abomination is referred to as the Cap-Sac Kids (yes, there's an adult version). It is, as far as I can tell, for the same kids who need a tardguard (that's the railing that some kids need when they sleep on the top bunk). Imagine your mom annihilating your social life so early on that there's literally no chance that you can recover. That's what this does. They come in bright colors so they're sure not to be missed by bullies and kidnappers. The best part: at $13 per cap, it's one of the cheapest, easiest ways to sabotage your kids' friendships and ensure that they stay at the bottom of the social ladder. (via CoolHunting)