The Friday Read: Blundstone’s 150th Anniversary, A Levi’s Livestream & Oliver Peoples Sunglasses

My dear friends, here’s the deal: We’ve reached yet another Friday, and yet, perhaps to you  …  the days are starting to blend together as we all do our part and stay home to save lives during this trying time. One thing that can help shake things up? Changing what you wear from day to day, like stepping into some of the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants as seen above — even if you’re just hanging in your backyard, you can’t go wrong with the best men’s pants for spring. As for me, I’m doing the best I can here in Brooklyn, continuing to enjoy my favorite coffee and vinyl records on the weekends, catching up with a bit of TV and the occasional movie (the “High Fidelity” series remake is a hit), and of course, keeping busy working on the blog and freelance writing pursuits. You’ll get the scoop on some of those freelance writing pursuits below, in addition to a fun Levi’s livestream to keep you busy and engaged with your favorite artists during these trying times. On that note, there are also ways you can give back from home — one that I’ve recently come across is The Mask Fund, started by a few excellent content creators (including the ever-stylish Anthony Urbano). The Mask Fund provides tangible donations to front-line first responders and workers, so it’s certainly worth checking out. Of course, if you’re still able to work from home, I hope you’re doing so in style (or at least continuing to keep the best new men’s gear in mind as you shop digitally). On that note, let’s dive into a few reads worthy of your time this weekend. Thanks for stopping by the  blog, be sure to join us for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and stay safe in the meantime.

  • Folks, if you follow me on Instagram or read this blog, you’re perhaps well-aware that I love a rugged pair of Blundstone leather boots. That being said, if you’re not acquainted with the brand, it’s high time you got up to speed — and on that note, I was proud and excited to be able to cover Blundstone’s 150th anniversary for The Manual earlier this season. Read up on the brand, then step out there in your new favorite boots.
  • ‘Tis the right time to buy some of the best men’s sunglasses, is it not? The arrival of sunny weather means you’d better have your rotation in order, so why not have a little fun when shopping for some new spring shades? That is to say, why not check out the simply stunning, retro-inspired Oliver Peoples x Gregory Peck Sunglasses, as covered by your favorite menswear writer (me!) over at GearMoose? The lauded sunglasses brand worked with the famed actor’s estate to create sunglasses that pay homage to his role in “To Kill A Mockingbird” … so you know they’re stylish and sharp as can be.
  • Alright, my friends. If you’re anything like me, you know and love and appreciate the fact that Levi’s makes some of the best men’s jeans (and maybe the best jean jacket?) on the market. That approach to cool, classic style aligns perfectly with some seriously cool music, as it were. In fact, Levi’s are my jeans to wear to a concert, but since we’re all staying safe at home, the brand is bringing some music to you with its 5:01® Live series (at 5:01 p.m. PST/8:01 p.m. EST — a play off its iconic 501 Jeans), supporting musicians and charities during livestream concerts. Tonight’s guest (for those of us on the East Coast?) — the terrific & energetic Sylvan Esso, with So Cal indie rockers Local Natives — one of my favorite bands! — set to appear on the 21st. Head here to read more, and rock on. 
  • Last but not least, staying safe and in good health is top of mind, is it not? So why not do so in a sustainable way? Pick up some newly launched, moisturizing hand sanitizer from by humankind at the brand’s Web site, and crucially, know that $1 of each hand sanitizer sold goes to The Robin Hood Relief Fund — providing emergency support to those in the NYC area. Hats off to that!

So, before we head on into the weekend (a modified one, to be sure), I’ll direct you toward one more spring style essential you should consider adding to your wardrobe. For yard work at home, socially distanced hikes, a quick jaunt to pick up some to-go beer, throw on some of the best men’s leather boots … for spring. Yes, for spring. If you click through, you’ll read all about what makes a pair of Truman Boot Co. boots so essential. Alright, my friends. That’s all for today. Enjoy yourself and stay safe out there.

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