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It was a little cooler yesterday, so I swapped out the unlined sport coat for something a little warmer. OCBD, jeans, and suede loafers remain.

Suede for Spring.

Suede for Spring.

I foresee much of my Spring/Summer uniform looking like some version of this: button down collar shirt sans tie, unlined sport coat, jeans, suede chukkas or loafers. Today it’s Brooks Brothers, LBM 1911, Drake’s, Red Cotton Denim, and Allen Edmonds.

Everlane Card Case now $40

Some of you may remember that I bought this card case from Everlane a few months ago, and was quite a fan (you can read the review here). I was just surfing their site the other day because I’d been contacted about their new shirt shop, and saw that the wallet has been reduced $5 from the original release price of $45, which is what I paid. At first I thought they’d perhaps moved production of the wallet from Spain to China, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

I was already quite impressed by the quality of the wallet (nice full grain leather, made in Spain, cool angled pockets, and a very slim profile) at $45, and was further impressed to see that they’d decided to drop the price a further $5, down to $40.

At that price, this is one of the best deals I’ve seen for a nice solid quality leather card case wallet. Though I carry my Chester Mox wallet on most days, whenever I wear a suit and need something that takes up very little space, this gets slipped into my interior chest pocket. It fits your license, a credit card or two, and a few folded bills perfectly. For a day/night out, there’s not much more you need than that (except maybe bills of a higher denomination than that shown here). 

Everlane has added a few more colors of this wallet since I bought mine (the one in the pictures above is the Burgundy), including a nice dark brown (Espresso) and a sky blue (Lake).

Everlane is a site which requires membership to make a purchase, so if you’re not already a member please feel free to use my invite link: here.

Sorry for both the late and menswear-unrelated post today. I toyed with not posting anything at all, but then felt bad about possibly having today be the first day since I started the blog without a post.

Since moving from a tiny one bedroom apartment to a house, my wife and I have been looking for a nice little bistro-style table and chair set to use for outdoor dining and general hanging out. We love the look of the wicker and rattan stuff but it seems to be both hard to find, and quite expensive when you do find it.

Today, we went to the Alameda Antiques Fair and picked these up. Though they’re not antiques, they are some high-quality pieces by San Francisco-based furniture company Palecek, and certainly fulfill the look we were going for.

My hope is that I can grade papers in the backyard now, and rather than having it feel like real work, I’ll just imagine I’m sitting in Aix taking notes on my own pleasure reading. 

Oxford Cloth and Cashmere.

Oxford Cloth and Cashmere.

Louis Walton Ties, Catch ‘em While You Still Can…
I was sad to receive an email from Gregory Walton—the craftsman behind the Louis Walton ties and leather goods label—a couple of weeks ago letting me know he was taking a break from producing his handmade ties and leather accessories. I first met Greg at the vendor’s showcase at StyleForvm’s 10th Anniversary festivities a couple of years ago, and it’s always a delight to run into him at the local menswear-related events (he’s based in San Francisco). 
Gregory makes all Louis Walton items himself by hand, and I can speak from experience to the fact that he’s a dedicated artisan, and that his ties and leather goods are very nice indeed. I don’t know the details behind Gregory’s decision, but I wish him well in whatever ventures lie ahead. For those of you who don’t already own one of Greg’s pieces, what’s still left on the site is all there’s gonna be…for the foreseeable future at least. I’m thinking about picking up a navy or forest green ‘garza piccola’ grenadine tie myself.  
To nab something up before it’s too late, check in here for what limited remaining stock Greg has on hand.

Louis Walton Ties, Catch ‘em While You Still Can…

I was sad to receive an email from Gregory Walton—the craftsman behind the Louis Walton ties and leather goods label—a couple of weeks ago letting me know he was taking a break from producing his handmade ties and leather accessories. I first met Greg at the vendor’s showcase at StyleForvm’s 10th Anniversary festivities a couple of years ago, and it’s always a delight to run into him at the local menswear-related events (he’s based in San Francisco). 

Gregory makes all Louis Walton items himself by hand, and I can speak from experience to the fact that he’s a dedicated artisan, and that his ties and leather goods are very nice indeed. I don’t know the details behind Gregory’s decision, but I wish him well in whatever ventures lie ahead. For those of you who don’t already own one of Greg’s pieces, what’s still left on the site is all there’s gonna be…for the foreseeable future at least. I’m thinking about picking up a navy or forest green ‘garza piccola’ grenadine tie myself.  

To nab something up before it’s too late, check in here for what limited remaining stock Greg has on hand.

Penfield’s ‘Gibson’ Hudson Wax Jacket

It’s been raining quite a bit here lately, which is good. Though we’re nowhere near out of the woods yet on the drought, every drop counts. The recent rains no doubt helped tip me over the edge recently when I decided to purchase the Penfield ‘Gibson’ jacket from J. Crew. I’ve received a number of messages over the last week or so about this jacket, and I figured I might as well snap some pictures and write a few words about it.

I normally don’t buy things at full retail, but a number of factors conspired to push me over the edge on this one. I didn’t really need another rain jacket, as I have several that serve the same purpose as this one here, including a North Face ‘Decagon 2.0’ jacket in a nice bright green that I recently thrifted. But, as fate would have it, I was in a nearby J. Crew recently with my wife and checking out the menswear section as she shopped around when I came across this jacket.

I generally find the third-party things that J. Crew sells to be quite overpriced, but I really liked the detailing on this jacket so I thought I’d try it on just for kicks. It felt comfortable, and when I looked in the mirror I was a little surprised by how much I liked how I looked in it. It was flattering. To be more precise, I felt like it made me look thinner than I actually am (people who have seen me wear it in person may debate this, but whether real or imagined, it’s how I felt it looked). The slimming effect of the jacket naturally made me want to buy it, and so I took a glance at the price tag assuming its revelation would make me walk away. Though by no means cheap at $150, it was about $100 less than what I was expecting it to cost. I guess that planted a bug in me.

I went home and looked up the jacket online to see if I might find it cheaper somewhere else, but $150 seemed to be about the going rate. So I went back to J. Crew the next day and bought it. I think it’s the first item of clothing I’ve ever bought at full retail from J. Crew, and it’s certainly more than I’ve spent on a tech-y rain jacket before, but I really like it and am quite happy I made the purchase. Though the cognoscenti would no doubt disagree, I feel like this jacket is like a more affordable version of a nanamica. And while I can’t justify spending $600+ on a rain coat, I can just about do $150.  

Outtake.

Outtake.

More rain…

More rain and cooler temps in the forecast…

More rain and cooler temps in the forecast…

Leather and Cork.

Leather and Cork.

Penfield ‘Gibson’ Jacket

Penfield ‘Gibson’ Jacket

If you’re a size 28 or 38, listen up…

Camillo Love, the one-man act behind Red Cotton Denim, is sitting on some extra stock of a couple of less frequently purchased sizes of his jeans. He has 5 pairs of 38s, and 8 pairs of 28s, of his standard slim straight cut jeans in the extraordinary 12.5 oz green cast Cone Mills selvedge denim you see in the pics above. And he’s selling them for $100.

For those of you who don’t know, Red Cotton Denim jeans are handmade in Oakland, CA by Camillo Love. I wrote a story about Camillo and the brand a while back which you can read here. In short, he’s a super nice guy making some great jeans as a labor of love in his workshop in Oakland. I currently wear a pair pretty much every day. 

I was just hanging out with Camillo yesterday after work and was blown away by the high contrast fades that this particular denim gets with just a little wear. In the bottom picture above, the jeans Camillo’s wearing have only been washed once, and that after only about a couple of months of fairly low-impact daily wear. 

If you’re interested in snagging a pair of these for $100, just drop Camillo an email and let him know you read about his overstock of 28s and 38s. He can be reached at: millolove76(at)gmail(dot)com 

For actual measurements of the 28s and 38s, click here.

Paisley and a Spring Tweed.