The Friday Read: Vancouver, Arkells & Hawthorne Grooming

The perfect gear essentials for any situation — all from Bradley Mountain and Bespoke Post.

It’s the first winter weekend of February — to me, that means it’s time for you to enjoy another Friday Read and also, perhaps, time for you to shop some new men’s style essentials from the good folks at Bradley Mountain. As seen above (and as sold by Bespoke Post), Bradley Mountain stocks exceedingly stylish and well-crafted leather goods, particularly fitting for winter travel. Speaking of winter travel, well, that’s the theme for yours truly this weekend — I’ll be heading to the great Western city of Vancouver for quite the exciting trip tonight. It’s a particularly special adventure, as I’m hitting the road to see Canadian mega-stars Arkells play a sold-out Pacific Coliseum on the “Rally Cry” Tour! They’ve become one of my favorite bands over the years (including three packed NYC shows at small clubs) — what’s more, they’ve got quite the support act in Lord Huron! But mainly, Arkells epitomize passion and work ethic with their uplifting blend of rock and power pop.

In fact, last year’s “Rally Cry” album was a huge favorite. To see a band play to about 300 people in Brooklyn — and then to be able to watch that same band sell out a 17,000-seat arena in its home country — is pretty special, to say the least! Aside from the show, what should I do in Vancouver? Let me know of any must-visit spots on TwitterAnd to follow along with my trip, head to my Instagram. For now, I’ve got some writing to wrap up before I hit the road — start your weekend with the right way with a new edition of the Friday Read, and be sure to enjoy tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Cheers!

  • Recently, I had the chance to get acquainted with a new brand that stocks custom men’s grooming essentials aplenty — that brand would be Hawthorne, based right here in NYC. They make customized cologne, body wash & soap using a grooming algorithm and quiz that’s pretty neat — and the process yields some quality results. You can read the full men’s grooming review over at The Manual!

Alright, before we go … I’ll leave you with a few more crucial menswear reads and shopping suggestions. Namely, upgrade your crewneck sweatshirt with this classic crewneck from Todd Snyder x Champion. You really won’t regret it. Or, you can scratch that itch when it comes to the best new menswear for winter, via a recent entry in our shopping series The List. OK, ready for the weekend? Same here! Thanks so much for reading.


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