The Friday Read: Frank & Oak’s Latest Launch, Craft Beer Gift Ideas and The National

My friends and Style Guide readers — greetings from the North! Today’s post is coming to you live from the chilly city of Toronto, if you can believe it. That’s where I’m spending the weekend exploring, checking out excellent #menswear & craft beer, and most importantly … seeing another lifechanging live show by my very favorite band, The National! I recently traveled to Boston to see this stellar band as part of their tour for “Sleep Well Beast,” one of the year’s best albums (and a personal favorite). In addition to catching their October show in NYC, I also had the chance to see them play two stellar shows at the rustic, unique Basilica Hudson in July — it’s an old glue factory that the band turned into a “concert-in-the-round” setting for two fabulous nights. And the tour rolls on here this weekend at the Sony Centre!

Holiday 2017

I couldn’t be more excited to be here, and I’ve got lots planned. From visiting the famed Graffiti Alley and Kensington Market to checking out Otto’s Bierhalle and hitting up the famed Bellwoods Brewery, there’s plenty that I want to see. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to send me a note on Twitter! Of course, it goes without saying that’ll be imbibing at The Lockhart, a seriously cool cocktail bar that pays homage to my favorite book series, Harry Potter — how cool! And I’ll be doing it all from an AirBNB that doubles as a cool barbershop studio — I’d suggest you hop over to my Instagram to follow along with my IG Stories! In the meantime, we’ve got a full slate of holiday style tips on lock for you here, from what to wear to a holiday party to our annual holiday gift guide for men and of course, a handy holiday gift guide for women. I hope it’s helpful this season. So, shall we get to this week’s men’s style news? I think we should. Check back here on Monday for another travel style recap, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Cheers!

Holiday 2017

  • Can’t get enough Frank and Oak? Neither can I. The brand has been a consistent favorite over the years for its monthly collection launches, which make shopping simple, easy and affordable. They’re also quite the socially aware brand, as evidenced by the release of its new And Collection, a unisex capsule that recognizes “the distinctions and differences between human beings while supporting Canada’s longstanding commitment to inclusion, equality and diversity on a global level.” Good stuff, yes? In addition to collaborating with Montreal-based organization Petites-Mains to directly support immigrant women’s integration into the job market, Frank and Oak also partnered with Equitas, recognized for supporting equality and human rights, by donating $5 to the foundation for each sale from the collection. The full collection includes an And-printed white t-shirt (available for under $30), as well as And-embroidered fleece sweaters in black and grey. Easy to wear for casual weekend style, yes?
  • Alright, we’re well into prime holiday shopping season. I know you’re working your way through your own holiday wish list, but just in case you’re buying for the beer lover in your life, I’d suggest you check out this great GearMoose guide on what to buy for the beer drinker. Bingo!
  • We talked about this last week, but it’s worth repeating for all you shoppers out there. Nisolo, makers of stellar styles like the Nisolo Andres Boots, has teamed up with four other stellar brands on both a men’s holiday gift bundle and a women’s holiday gift bundle. Now through December 24th, once again, you can spend $35 to  get $250 in the way of shopping credit at “bundle” brands. As I mentioned last week, that’d be five brands and five gift cards good for $50 at each brand, including the rugged purveyors at United By Blue, the tailoring masters at Ledbury and stylish men’s boots from Nisolo. Seriously, how can you not love the men’s gift bundle? Right? Right?? Through December 24th, the men’s holiday gift bundle and the women’s holiday gift bundle are up for grabs.

So, that brings us to the end of this week’s Friday Read. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

-Beau

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