Fine Leather Goods

Treat yo’self! Leather goods via Union Made. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind! That famous quote can actually apply to accessories. It is truly amazing how a nice piece of leather continues to elevate boy to man. Remember that gentlemen. *Also note the colors of the leather, timeless and sure to wear well.

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Tanner Goods- Sunglasses Case- Oxblood

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Il Bisonte- iPhone Case in Cognac

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Tanner Goods-Card Holder in Saddle Tan

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Il Bisonte-Passport Holder in Natural

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Get In My Van

Upgrade! The Van OTW Collection

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Lasdun

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Alcon

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He’s All Grown Up Now…

That’s what women are thinking when they see a man carrying something like that through the airport. Okay its what I am thinking when I see a guy walk through an airport.  I love leather and twill bags, a little too much. Let your baggage say something about you. If you carry one of these pieces, it will say you’re legit. Truth.

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Rolltop in Olive

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20 In CarryAll In Leather

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North & South

I just can’t get enough of the outerwear on Penfield. Here are my selections for you boys living in the North or the South. Oh and while we’re at it, just embrace color.

Since it is just freezing in the Northeast.

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Hartland Orange  (It has a storm flap!)

Meanwhile in Texas we’re having 50 degree weather.

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Lakeville Cobalt

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This Is A Man’s World

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Man of the World

 

Man of the World is a men’s lifestyle handbook featuring the finer things like vintage cars, stationary and art. $16/Need Supply

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Mount Layer Part II

**Editors Note: Part I of this post was quite the hit. Follow up with Part II of Mount Layer from guest blogger, JT Hill.

Alpine: The Alpine plane is defined by deciding now or later with outerwear. If you decide to stave off outerwear and stick with sweaters keep in mind your cardigans and crew-necks aren’t limited to solids. A plethora of fair isled and striped styles are out there just begging to be paired with other layers. With stylish twists from buttons to elbow patches to cable knit patterns, there’s plenty keeping solid sweaters interesting as well. V-necks and half-zips also want some at-bats, but be forewarned these options up your chances of eliciting yawns and shrugs with your layered look. If you’re wanting to roll out some thicker layers in this zone, remember that Alpine is the natural habitat of vests. Waistcoats are always a solid selection, but the heady sartorialists are steering towards puffers this autumn. These cozy sleeveless wonders bring a refined ruggedness to your layers. Tweed blazers and strong-collared wool coats are other options that thrive in the Alpine as they can be subtle or make statements as needed.

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Patagonia Slingshot Vest | Penfield Jacket| The Shetlander | Topcoat in English Wool

Nival: You’ll need all the layers you can throw on if you trek up to the snow-draped peaks of the Nival. Keep in mind that this level is optional and that even with layers less can be more. However, those brave enough to venture to this altitude will be rewarded with some of the flyest new layering innovations. The length of layering being such an in-look has forced this trend to push its creativity. Thus cardigan on cardigan and jacket on jacket looks are not redundant faux-pas, but encouraged fair game. Denim is a usual suspect in these fresh takes whether it’s over a bow-tied, sweatered ensemble, caged under a strong vest or peeking out from beneath a Barbour jacket. Other outerwear options that are leading the pack this fall are barn jackets and 2/3rds hooded parkas. Even if you choose to not put on an additional coating of clothing here in the Nival zone, it’s still a prime time to inspect your tiered-look’s compliance with these layering guidelines: thinner layers first (lighter stratums get manhandled by thicker articles if planted above them), each article of clothing has to work by itself (a piece shouldn’t take away from the whole, but should also be able to hold its own if worn independently of other layers), and finally don’t suffer for fashion with layers (if it’s not comfortable or functional, you won’t look comfortable or functional yourself, i.e. if you can’t easily tie your shoe or catch a football, peel off a layer or reshuffle your mix).

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Autumn is when the truly stylish gentlemen are revealed. In the fall, you can’t just cover up with an overcoat and call it good like the wintry months, and neither can you casually toss on a v-neck and shorts like you do in the sunny seasons. Fall requires not just wearing clothes, but dressing in outfits. Hopefully you now have a grip on the architecture of layering; everything from the palette of textures to the structural integrity of all those folds, fabrics, buttons and seams piled on each other. So dive in and climb up to reach the peak of autumnal style as you build yourself a stories-high getup.

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Mount Layer: Part I

Every year when fall fashion is brought up a certain word gets highlighted, underlined, bolded, and italicized ad nauseam: layers. Most style-guides treat the term like it’s some magic cure-all for the entirety of your autumn clothing needs. One gets the impression that all you have to do is go to your closet, pick out any four tops at random, throw one on top of the other, then head out your door and straight onto the pages of GQ. The reality is that layering requires some stylish strategy to ensure you don’t go out looking like your overbearing mother bundled you up to keep you from catching a cold. Layering is architecture. Equal parts engineering and artistry. With layers you can’t sacrifice the practical for pretty or vice versa.

To better navigate this oft-traversed subject, let’s explore the topic by imagining hiking up a mountain. During the climb we’ll pass through altitude zones that will lend insight to layering. We will start at a Base Camp then work our way up to the Montane, go past Timberline as we head upwards to Alpine until we finally arrive at the snowy reaches of the Nival, bundling up accordingly along the way.

Base camp: While the options of your base layer are generally limited (v-neck t, crewneck t, henley, tank top), its impact on the look is not. In layering v-necks are mostly relegated to behind-the-scenes roles like warmth booster or sweat net, but if not totally buried they can provide a useful wink of fabric. Crewneck t’s, unless featuring texture, stripes or color, usually tilt most outfits too much towards the “Dad’ end of the aesthetic spectrum. Your best and most versatile bet for the foundation of your layers is a henley. Waffle or no waffle henleys subtly add another dimension to your clothing tiers. They increase your look’s marks in the functional, seasonal and stylish categories; the three biggest aims of layers.

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Stripe Henly by Farm Tactics via Need Supply

Montane: On this forested level, you have to first choose your own adventure by deciding whether to go with a shirt or sweater. If you go shirt first, think plaid, chambray, flannel, gingham and checks; in that order too. In particular keep your eyes peeled for shirts that look inspired by the wallpaper of pre-1960 Midwestern hunting lodges. Opting for a sweater here in the Montane instead of an upper plane of the peak, offers a rather scenic route as well. Wool crewnecks and shawl collar cardigans are the choicest options this early in the layering game as both drip with dapperness when staged over a henley.

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Thomas Mason for J.Crew | Donegal Wool Cable Cardigan

Timberline: Timberline is less a level and more a threshold. This is the border at which you can put on outwear and accessories. It’s important with outwear and add-ons to keep up the team player creed of layering with no one piece dominating the entire look. Don’t go with any coat, vest or jacket that single-handedly hogs the spotlight or hides its cast mates backstage. Additionally, be wary of arrestingly unique scarves and ties. Scarfing your look is a great autumn move, but keep scarves reined in with an understated solid, fair isle or tartan that will bleed easily into the background of your outfit. Neckties are particularly effective at adding charming nooks and crannies to a layered look. This fall strap a wool or knit tie around your neck as those are the most fabric and zeitgeist compatible options in 2012. Also, remember that you don’t have to be a bowtie guy to rock a bowtie these days. They make both grandmas and girlfriends happy and can level-up your layers.

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Grey Neppy Cable Snood via Topman | Navy Wool Duffle Coat via Topman|Navy Tweed Tie

Guest post by J.T. Hill

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