The Friday Read: A New Messenger Bag, All About My Newsletter & The Best Beard Balms for Men

One of the coolest short-sleeve shirts your money can buy.

Alright, alright, alright — thanks, my friends, for joining us for another edition of The Friday Read. In my humble opinion, it’s the best way to start the weekend, is it not? That is, the best way to start the weekend besides kicking back in that classic men’s shirt from Taylor Stitch shown above (it’s the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve California Shirt, by the way). Now: If you’re new around these parts, or if you could use a refresher after the Fourth of July holiday, I’m covering new men’s style deals, suggested reads, fun tidbits like the best craft beer (on occasion), the best men’s gear and more each Friday. I’ll also highlight cool picks from this very blog that are worth a second look. How about it? Let’s keep it rolling today.

I’m back in Brooklyn after a relaxing, safe and restful Fourth of July weekend back in Michigan visiting family and hanging out (socially distanced!) with friends. Of course, as you might have seen on my Instagram, I made sure to bring along plenty of summer style essentials, naturally. It was so great to catch up with my brother and four (four!) nieces and nephews, plus my mom, dad and sister — our first time spent together since Christmas! Talk about a much-needed break. I’m back at it here in the borough though, with weekend plans including a much-needed spin of the rocking Japandroids album “Near to The Wild Heart of Life” (on vinyl, of course!) accompanied by some fresh craft beer from a new favorite, Brooklyn’s own Wild East Brewing — stop by and pick up some to-go in their new (semi-built) space, if you so choose. I’ll also be helped along by High Brew Coffee‘s excellent canned cold brew — ya can’t go wrong there, can you? For now though, I hope the below picks will help get (or keep!) your weekend rolling along. Thanks, as ever, for reading.

  • Let’s get things going the right way. Well, that’d be the right way if you consider yourself a super fan of the blog — I’m comin’ at ya with even more content these days, thanks to my twice-weekly newsletter that just debuted this week. Known as The Style Guide In Brief, think of it like a mini-version of, well, the Friday Read. Every Tuesday and Saturday, I’ll cover a couple shopping picks, a must-buy beverage (craft beer or coffee, anyone??) and a cool song to get you ready for the day ahead. How does that sound? And hey, it’s free! Sign up here.
  • We mentioned above we’d be tackling a rugged messenger bag for summer, and that’s what the Carhartt x CORDURA Messenger Bag ($64.99) sets out to provide. It’s remarkably tough and durable, but compact enough to sling across your shoulder without weighing you down. I’ve been testing out my own messenger bag (thanks to my friends at Linda Gaunt Communications for sending!) these past few weeks in the wilds of Marine Park and beyond, and for the blend of affordability and durability, I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Keeping your beard in fine form during quarantine — and every other time of year, for that matter — can be a tall task at times. Whether you’re a longtime member of the bearded brethren or a newbie to the whole game, you should certainly head over to The Manual to check out my guide to the best beard balms for men. They won’t let you down.
  • Hey, you know what your summer weekend needs? One of the best men’s short-sleeve shirts. Not just any short-sleeve shirt, though. Get this limited-edition Todd Snyder camp collar shirt via my latest GearMoose briefing. Happy shopping, folks.

Now then, before we take off for the weekend, I’ll leave you with one last essential pair of summer shoes from one of the best menswear designers on the planet. That’d be Todd Snyder, and you’d do very well indeed to check out my post on the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukkas. They’re some of the best chukka boots (or are they boat shoes??) for summer, make no mistake about it. If you pick up a pair, be sure to let me know on Twitter. OK, now … that’ll wrap up today’s post. We’ll see you over at my newsletter? I sure hope so. Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, too. Cheers, my friends.


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