The Friday Read: The Strokes, Lollapalooza & the Best Everyday Carry Gear

An undeniable pair of rugged leather Chelsea boots for a summer weekend — and a music festival?

For me, there are certain men’s style essentials that are actually, well, festival style essentials — like a rugged pair of leather boots. In fact, the Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chelsea Boots are as ready for a weekend in a favorite city as they are for the festival itself. And with all this talk of music festivals, it’s only fitting that I’ll be in Chicago this weekend for the one and only Lollapalooza, one of my favorite festivals on the planet. I previously visited Lollapalooza 2017 to see luminous rock bands like The Killers, and last night’s kickoff headlining set by NYC rock legends The Strokes at Lollapalooza 2019 was also as good as it gets — truly legendary. It’s the second time I’ve seen them play this summer in fact, seeing as I headed to London in May for the excellent All Points East Festival and another legendary weekend abroad. What does the rest of this weekend hold?

Well, another trip today to Lollapalooza to see Tame Impala, plus the extraordinary Maggie Rogers and iconic acts like Death Cab for Cutie — to say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement! I also hope to check out the quickly growing Chicago craft beer scene, including a personal favorite, Half Acre Beer Company. To keep up with all the fun, check out my page on Instagram. As you start your own weekend, I’d also point you toward today’s Friday Read below, and tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Happy style shopping!

  • I often say that the small details are the most underrated and oft-overlooked — correct? Correct. And when it comes to the best everyday carry gear, there are certain brands you can absolutely count on — like The James Brand, and specifically, The James Brand Holcombe Carabiner as I covered for GearMoose. Particularly if you’re heading to a music festival, you’ll never misplace your keys again.
  • Speaking of dressing for a music festival, well, I’m going to point your toward my guide on how to wear a short-sleeve shirt for summer. Especially as the thermostat climbs and the music ramps up, this #OOTD is going to be the way to go.
  • Because this weekend is all about music, and because The Strokes were one heck of a way to kick off Lollapalooza, well, you’d do well to explore “Is This It” by The Strokes in just five minutes via Pitchfork. Turn it up while you’re at it, will you?

OK, we’ve got one last item to wrap up the week and head into the weekend. Namely, I’m going to point you in the right direction when it comes to the best new men’s style essentials — check out this recent edition of The List to get outfitted for the days to come.

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