The Friday Read: New Buck Mason Spring Gear, Sustainable Shirting & The Best GMT Watches

Best new spring shirt for men.

As we launch into Friday, I’ve got my sights set on rugged new spring gear — even if the temperature in NYC leaves a little something to be desired. I’m specifically loving the standout new Buck Mason Western Denim Shirt, made from handsome yarn-dyed indigo cotton in a slim fit, and made to break in over time the more you wear it this season. If you’ve read the blog, you know I love Buck Mason menswear, especially its go-anywhere versatility heading into a very early spring weekend — a new season marks a time for new wardrobe upgrades, wouldn’t you agree? And you can’t go wrong at all with Buck Mason.

As luck would have it, I’ll be wearing some of my favorite Buck Mason essentials this weekend, seeing as I’m back in Brooklyn from a Florida trip (as you saw on my Instagram) and I need to layer up accordingly. In fact, I’m heading out this evening to indulge one of my other passions — music, of course (perhaps you saw my latest story for SPIN?). I’m seeing the legendary, long-running indie rock band Guided By Voices at NYC’s iconic Irving Plaza — a show that’s been pushed back twice for me since last September! I’m going to outfit myself accordingly, and for your own weekend pursuits, I suggest you do the same — here are a few of my top selections to keep your Friday rolling.

Billy Reid menswear review.
  • I talked in my last Friday Read about needing to shop the new Billy Reid Spring Menswear Collection, and I’m back in full force recommending you check out the famed Alabama designer’s wares. The offering includes breezy cotton tees, a rugged trucker jacket, lightweight sweaters, durable jackets and overall, well, some of the best new spring menswear to amp up your wardrobe. Go to it, folks.
Taylor Stitch x Ron Finley
  • How’s this for making an impact beyond menswear? Known as the “Gangsta Gardener,” Los Angeles legend Ron Finley debuted the Ron Finley Project to bring vibrant nature and healthy, locally grown food to the people of South Central Los Angeles back in 2010. Now, he’s partnering up with San Fran’s Taylor Stitch on the Taylor Stitch x Ron Finley Capsule Collection, updating some of the brand’s most iconic and rugged staples with his own vibrant, nature-filled spin — the collection is up for pre-order right now, folks.
  • Functional style is the name of the game with a GMT watch — known as Greenwich Mean Time. These watches, seemingly complicated on the surface, offer both bang for your buck and go-anywhere dependability, and they can do an awful lot to upgrade your watch collection. On that note, I wrote for on the best GMT watches, so consider adding one to your collection ASAP.

Here’s one final style move to get your weekend started off the right way. Just yesterday, I wrote about one of the most sustainable shirts on the market from Outerknown — it’s your new go-to spring layer, so read all about it here on the blog. Have a great weekend and as ever, thanks for reading!


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