The Friday Read: Eco-Friendly Menswear, New Luxury Watches & Swim Trunks for Summer

First off: Thanks for being here for another edition of The Friday Read, my ultimate guide to help you step into the weekend in style, preferably with some shopping picks in mind and a delicious craft beer or coffee close at hand. We’re going to start today with a theme that’s close to my heart, especially given that it’s Earth Month. Sustainability in fashion should be as important as the right fabric, the right fit or the right style essentials, and that’s where Pact Clothing (as seen above!) comes into play.

I’ve had the chance to test out the brand’s organic cotton menswear, including the Pact Vintage Snap Down, in recent weeks. These pieces are classic, well-made and affordable, and that goes for the brand’s stylish T-shirts as well as its outerwear and basics. And with Earth Day itself coming up, you should certainly start shopping for some eco-friendly menswear in a nod to the day. Some good food for thought for the weekend, yes? As if that wasn’t enough, the Pact Vintage Snap Down is on sale (as of this writing) for $50. Talk about a great deal on the most sustainable menswear out there.

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Hopefully, that recommendation leads you on the right path to start the weekend. As for me, this will be another prime weekend for testing out more menswear from Pact, as I plan on strolling around the borough, venturing out to Prospect Park and perhaps enjoying some beers at the recently revamped and reopened Threes Brewing (always a favorite). In the meantime, I’ve also got some more writing to take care, naturally — in fact, you should head over to my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, and hit subscribe before tomorrow’s edition. Twice a week, I talk about music, menswear, craft beer and more. As I always say, it’s free and it’s fun! So, that’s what’s on tap for me this weekend. How about you? Before you answer that question, check out my other top shopping picks and reads for your spring days ahead. Cheers!

  • Saturdays NYC, the fashion-forward (yet still easily wearable) Manhattan-based brand, has long been a favorite of mine (since I moved to the city, in fact!). They blend the classics with fresh, modern updates, and while they started out making surfing gear, they’ve long since moved into other menswear essentials for the modern shopper. Take this classic denim jacket, for starters. The Saturdays NYC Emil Denim Jacket is as good as it gets for casual spring layering, ideally alongside the Beckett Simonon Reid Sneakers. It’s got some vintage flair and plenty of seasonal versatility. Another shopping pick down.
  • Straight from the headline of this post, there’s plenty of time to stock up on summer essentials. By that, I mean you’ve got more than enough time to find your new favorite pair of swim trunks, and it’s your lucky day. I updated my guide to the best swim trunks for GearMoose, and you’d do well to check it out and start shopping accordingly.
  • The headline aptly mentions the best luxury watches on the market, and that’s something I’ve been covering quite a bit lately. That’s because this month has brought with it the virtual return of the excellent Watches and Wonders virtual luxury watch conference, and it’s been a pleasure checking out the latest and greatest from so many of the world’s top brands (including Panerai and Breitling). In fact, I loved checking out the new Panerai eLAB-ID, a newly launched and highly sustainable watch made from nearly 100 percent recycled materials. How’s that for sustainability and style, ehh? Read more at Maxim.

That’ll wrap up today’s weekend guide in fine form, I reckon. How about that? Before we sail off into the weekend, here’s one more reading and shopping pick for you. The Taylor Stitch California Shirt has been a standard in my own wardrobe for years, and there’s at least one chance for you to score your own Taylor Stitch shirt for under $100. Yes, you read that right. Head to this post to read all about how to get the newest Taylor Stitch California Shirt for under $100. Go forth and prosper, friends! Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you back here for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week.

The Thursday Buy: This Grayers Poplin Shirt is the Must-Buy Shirt of Spring and Summer

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A breezy spring and summer shirt, available in bright seasonal colors like this one. A job well-done, Grayers.

If you know, you just know. That is, if you read the blog, and if you’ve kept an eye out for the best new arrivals at Grayers, you just know that this is a brand that’s a force to be reckoned with, and that’s an understatement. From the coolest winter sweater to the best shorts for summer, it seems Texas-based Grayers delivers on cool updates to classic styles, time and again. Take today’s Thursday Buy, the Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt. It’s, quite simply, one of the best shirts for spring and summer, made with a ridiculously lightweight construction to withstand even the most stifling summer days (more on that in just a moment).

It’s the kind of shirt to wear when you don’t necessarily want to wear a button-down shirt, but you’ve simply got to wear a button-down shirt (Examples include a backyard BBQ with your in-laws, a work Zoom call, a first date… you name it). This lightweight poplin shirt channels the energy of a classic button-down and yet does so in a way that’s, well, breezy and cool versus stuffy, and that’s what makes Grayers such an essential menswear brand.

SHOP: The Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt

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A just-right spring and summer color in a perfect lightweight shirt.

The Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt comes in a range of seasonal colors to suit every palette, something that’s also critical in the warmer months. You don’t want to go too eye-watering as far as the brightness of your shirt, but a black shirt can feel a little stiff. So, a color like Dusty Cedar in the Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt is a nice way to toe that line. And let’s get back to the biggest selling point on this stylish men’s shirt: That lightweight and ever-so-versatile fabric. It’s a garment-dyed cotton in a fine yarn (as the brand says, the same quality often found in dress shirts), and it’s woven to be breathable, lightweight and soft.

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In short, it’s that button-down shirt to throw in the summer’s heat, right before you grab a cold Miller High Life. It’s one of the best men’s shirts for just about anything and everything, seasonal getaways and (safe) casual days at the office included. Plus, because the Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt is priced so nicely (at $98), it’s not a stretch to say you could buy more than one depending on the colors you fancy. Does that check all the boxes when it comes to your new favorite spring and summer shirt? I’d say it certainly does, my friends.

SHOP: The Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt

See Now, Buy Now: The Spinnaker Watches Bradner Watch is The Coolest Watch to Buy For Spring

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A rugged-yet-dressy, durable leather watch you’ll find yourself wearing daily.

The time is upon us, quite literally, for you to find your new favorite watch for spring and summer. The kind of watch you can wear nearly anywhere, the kind of timepiece you can pick up and throw on at a moment’s notice with just about anything. Ladies and gentlemen, that watch is the Spinnaker Watches Bradner Watch, one of the best new men’s watches I’ve seen in some time (and that you’ve seen, I’d wager). Trust me when I say you’re going to want to pre-order this one. Spinnaker Watches, if you’re unfamiliar, is assuredly a watch brand worth having on your radar, and that’s an understatement. They’re based in Hong Kong and specialize in affordable dive watches, along wit making some of the best watches for men in general, all with durability, adventure, functionality and style in mind.

It’s a lofty goal to achieve, and to do so at a relatively affordable price point, but achieve it they do. Through stainless steel dive watches to dressy and bold leather and stainless steel watches like the Spinnaker Fleuss Collection, it’s a rare blend of accessibility, performance and great looks that you’re getting. These are all very good things, and that brings me back to the Spinnaker Bradner Watch. It features a Japanese automatic movement (this means the watch winds itself as the wearer moves their wrist) and is nicely sized at 42mm, a good fit for most wrists. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, folks.

SHOP: The Spinnaker Bradner Watch

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A rough-and-tumble watch you can wear with outdoor gear or casual spring and summer style staples in equal measure.

The Spinnaker Bradner Watch has plenty going for it when it comes to stylish design, too. That makes it one of Spinnaker’s best-selling watches — note how nicely the tidal blue dial stands out with those gold accents. And helpfully, the Spinnaker Bradner Watch is set on a waterproof leather strap for functionality and handsome contrast alongside the blue dial. It’s also worth noting that this rugged leather dive watch is water-resistant to 180 meters. Go ahead and pick up a Spinnaker watch strap to give yourself even more versatility.

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All things considered, it’s easily your new favorite watch for spring and summer, and it seems to me like it’s calling out to be worn with subtly stylish looks, like your favorite T-shirt and light wash jeans. The crisp blue dial and contrasting leather strap on the Spinnaker Bradner Watch also make it more than wearable with your favorite Oxford shirt and dark blue jeans for high-low, casual office style (or Work-From-Home style, if you will). When you want a watch that can do it all and look more than great in the process, you want the Spinnaker Bradner Watch, easy as that.

SHOP: The Spinnaker Bradner Watch

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear Your New Favorite Boots for Spring

My friends, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to be mighty hesitant to stow away your favorite boots, even as spring weather starts to roll through town in earnest. But that’s where today’s #OOTD comes into play, because we’re going to talk all about how you can keep wearing your new favorite boots, even through the balmy days of spring. It all starts, naturally, with finding the right pair of boots.

They’ve got to be lightweight yet durable, they’ve got to be able to handle the demands of spring weather and spring pursuits — from casual days at that reopened office to afternoons hanging out at your favorite brewery — and they’ve got to pack in a lot of bang for your buck. As you’ll see below, the best boots for men are coming at you courtesy of Huckberry and the brand’s recently launched line of workwear-inspired boots. They’re supported, of course, by plenty of other new Huckberry essentials, and that’s a great thing for you indeed. We’re talking the best henley for men, plus some classic selvage jeans and an investment-level watch. I don’t want to spoil the rest of it, but believe me when I say it’s going to look great and perform quite well for you this season (to say the very least). Lace ’em up and let’s get to work.

  • The Boots: Rhodes Footwear Bozeman Boots, $265 — Let’s build this #OOTD from the ground up with the best boots for men this season. These workwear-inspired boots are rugged, durable and yet built on a lightweight wedge outsole.
  • The Henley: Marine Layer Lightweight Henley, $68 –The key with this rugged and functional ensemble is the right supporting pieces, like the best henley for men, done up in a lightweight fabric.
  • The Jacket: Flint and Tinder Unlined Waxed Jacket, $178 — This Flint and Tinder trucker jacket is a stone-cold classic, and now it’s done up with unlined construction. Call it one of the best spring jackets for men.
  • The Spring Denim: Flint and Tinder Stretch Selvage Denim, $168 — Back at it with more gear from Flint and Tinder, this time featuring some of the best jeans for men this spring. The stretch selvage is comfortable and versatile.
  • The Watch: Alsta Superautomatic 50th Anniversary Limited-Edition Watch, $2,090 — Bear with me here, because this investment-level watch is durable, incredibly well-made, and highly precise. It’s the best men’s watch for this ensemble, guaranteed.
  • The Belt: Flint and Tinder 365 Belt, $85 –Every great ensemble requires the best accessories, like one of the most dependable leather belts for men out there. And yes, it’s from Flint and Tinder.
  • The Grooming Essential: ASYSTEM Performance Skincare , $55 — Stock up on a handy trio of the best men’s grooming essentials, and reap the rewards with refreshed skin for spring.
  • The Everyday Carry: Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid, $240 — Mystery Ranch makes some of the best everyday carry gear for guys, and this durable hybrid bag is made to go anywhere you go this season.

That’s going to wrap up todays #OOTDD, and quite nicely at that, right? Right. Fear not boots lovers, because you can assuredly keep wearing some of the best boots for men this spring, as long as you’ve found the right pair. And in my humble opinion, those workwear-inspired boots as shown above are going to be the right way to go, to say the very least. The ensemble gets all the better, though — it’s accented with a lightweight henley for spring layering, and not just any old henley. Again, in my opinion, the best henley for men only gets better when you pair it with one of the best spring jackets for men, a rugged trucker jacket that just improves with age. Naturally, some of the best jeans for men complement this look quite nicely and in casual-yet-rugged fashion, while an investment-level watch is the natural next step as far as your accessories are concerned. Finish it off with a leather belt from Flint and Tinder, grab some of the best everyday carry gear for guys and get ready to hit the road in style. Or rather, get to ready to get done whatever it is you need to get done. Cheers to spring!

The List: Stock Up on the Best New Menswear from Buck Mason Right Now

My friends, another edition of The List is upon us, and you’re going to dig this one if you’re a fan of the style-minded purveyors at Buck Mason. After all, a new week and a new season means more new chances to buy some covetable and seasonally friendly gear from the all-American brand (I’ve previously covered the brand in this series here last fall). And while I love cold-weather pieces like a rugged Buck Mason chore coat, I’m just as excited to check out Buck Mason’s new arrivals for spring and summer. That’s why we’re here today, and I can nearly guarantee you’re going to like what you find below. Without further ado: Happy shopping and cheers to spring!

The Best New Gear to Buy From Buck Mason This Week

Buck Mason Sueded Cotton Polo — $55

Buck Mason is known for delivering the best of the best in plenty of product categories, and that now includes your new favorite polo for spring and summer. Pick up more than one at that excellent price.

Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee — $35

It wouldn’t be a roundup of the best gear to buy from Buck Mason without including one of the best T-shirts for men now, would it? The Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee is the stuff of legend.

Buck Mason Bunker Twill Field Jacket — $145

When the weather’s a bit too breezy to wear your Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee on its own, get this durable, modern take on the classic field jacket.

Buck Mason Ford Standard Jeans — $145

The great thing about Buck Mason is, you can get just about anything you need from the much-loved retailer, including a pair of the best men’s jeans in a spring and summer-friendly wash.

Buck Mason 6-Inch Deck Shorts — $85

These essential men’s shorts have been featured on the blog before, but it’s always worth revisiting some of the best men’s shorts for summer these days, is it not? That’s precisely what these are.

Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve One Pocket Shirt — $85

Versatility is the name of the game with a classic spring and summer wardrobe, and this short-sleeve shirt gets all the details right.

Buck Mason Vintage Dyed Cotton Traveler Sweater — $125

For all those days when it’s not quite warm enough to ditch your sweater, wear this lightweight cotton sweater with a vintage finish. Another stone-cold classic.

Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch — $895

Now, this watch has been featured here on the blog in the past, but as with other Buck Mason accessories, it’s definitely, worth your time and hard-earned cash if you want one of the best watches for men to wear this season.

Buck Mason Slub Twill Officer Pants — $105

Are these the perfect pair of men’s pants for spring and summer? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Buck Mason Denim Drafter’s Shirt — $125

Once again, Buck Mason has come through with one of the most rugged workshirts out there. This one is a durable overshirt made to be worn on breezy spring days and through cool summer nights.

That’s going to wrap up today’s look at the best new menswear for spring from Buck Mason. What’s on your style wish list these days? Do you have your eye on one of the most rugged workshirts for the season, or perhaps some of the best men’s shorts for summer, or something else? If I know one thing about spring gear and menswear, it’s that you can’t go wrong with Buck Mason. Let me know your take in the comments below. And again, happy shopping!

The Sunday Sale: Get This Stylish Taylor Stitch Shirt for Less Than $100 Right Now

Folks, believe me when I say you’re going to love today’s Sunday Sale. That’s saying quite a lot, but it’s a prime chance to get one of the best new shirts for men, and it’s a prime chance to do so from one of your favorite brands: That’d be Taylor Stitch, a longtime favorite of the blog (and perhaps of yourself!). Here’s the scoop, in a word: You can pre-fund the Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Washed Indigo Crepe — a new fabric and dye — for less than $100, and that’s quite the steal. After all, Taylor Stitch makes some of my favorite menswear and gear for any season, much less the crucial transition from winter into spring — and eventually, into summer.

And when you pre-fund the Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Washed Indigo Crepe, you’re getting a shirt that checks all the right bells and whistles as far as a versatile, classic-yet-modern men’s shirt is concerned. These days, when the demands of your week range from Zoom calls to coffee outings to outdoor brewery beers and beyond, that versatility is critical. And as a reminder, if you’re new to Taylor Stitch, you can get 20 percent off your first purchase from the San Francisco-based menswear brand — how’s that for an even better deal, ehh? But back to what makes this shirt so essential for spring, summer and beyond.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Washed Indigo Crepe

The California Shirt is one of Taylor Stitch’s most popular shirting silhouettes for a reason: It’s got a nicely sized collar that can be worn open or buttoned up (perhaps with a grey knit tie at a summer wedding). The fit of the Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Washed Indigo Crepe is tailored and made to be worn either tucked in or untucked, and the details are on-point, to say the very least. The organic cotton fabric is garment-washed, an added step that really brings out that indigo crepe texture and color.

Throw in natural buttons, the kind that won’t break (in my experience) and then add a chest pocket for an added bit of casual flair, and you’ve got yourself one of the best men’s shirts on the market. Of course, it’s a huge positive that you can snag this shirt for such a great deal via the famed Taylor Stitch Workshop, which offers up new menswear essentials for pre-funding seemingly on the daily. All in all, the benefits are plentiful when you consider this classic and highly affordable shirt. And one last time: If you’ve not yet picked up anything from Taylor Stitch, be sure to remember you can get 20 percent off your first purchase. Without further ado, let’s start shopping.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Washed Indigo Crepe

Style Pick of the Week: Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket

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Simple on the surface, but highly functional and ready for spring elsewhere.

If you’re not familiar with the pleasingly rugged, classic outerwear, shirting and gear from Line of Trade at Bespoke Post, it’s high time indeed that you got very, very familiar. They consistently make, among other categories, some of the best jackets for men in any season, and that holds true with the Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket. As ever, Bespoke Post assuredly knows what it’s doing with this in-house brand, and the result is one of the best spring rain jackets you’re going to layer up with for the weeks ahead — in short, don’t delay! But let’s get into what makes it so special, shall we? Allow me to tell you why this is one heck of a must-buy rain jacket for men. First off, you can get this jacket as a standalone style favorite, or you can pick up the Bespoke Post Downpour Box, one of the latest and greatest monthly subscription boxes from the NYC-based retailer (one of my favorite online retailers, I should add). So it’s got both affordability and ease of access going for it, and that’s not to be overlooked these days. Naturally, the Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket also checks all the right boxes in terms of style and utility (more on both in a moment).

SHOP: The Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket

 

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Classic, crisp and functional — everything you could ask for in the best men’s spring rain jacket, right?

It’s got all the specs you could ever ask for in your new favorite rain jacket, including the fact that it’s lightweight and yet durable, so it’ll protect you from rain on the go without weighing you down. The Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket features a cotton shell with a DWR, or durable water repellent, coating for maximum water resistance. The fact that it’s built with three layers of fabric and a 5K waterproof rating is also critical. In short, it packs in a lot of functionality (including taped seams to keep water out) into a subtle and stylish package. The storm flap front closure also manages to keep water out, and the duckbill hood is a very nice touch in the midst of the worst spring rains possible. When you want a jacket for a downright steal ($45 via the Bespoke Post Downpour Box or just $100 on its own), it’s very clear that you want the Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket.

The Friday Read: Sustainable Sweatpants, The Best Spring Chukka Boots & A New Spring Jacket

It’s certainly no secret that we’ve all been living a lot more in sweatpants and comfortable athleisure-focused gear across this past, what, year? That’s not likely to change right away this weekend, which is why I’ve got a pick I think you’ll certainly enjoy heading into two casual, laidback days coming up (and beyond that). I recently had the chance to catch up with PAPER PROJECT, an innovative line of essentials made with incredibly cool Japanese paper yarn. PAPER PROJECT just launched its All Day Clean Sweats Collection, a set of the best sweatpants for men (and sweatshirts, and sweatshorts) that’s going to upgrade your laidback, casual style quite quickly. The key with the All Day Clean Sweats Collection is the fact that the brand uses Bac-Pur antimicrobial finish technology to deliver odor-fighting protection, plus the sort of cool, neutral style you’ve come to expect from your sweatpants. If you ask me, they’re some of the best men’s sweatpants on the market (and they also offer basics like socks, plus women’s options, too!). I’d snag a pair heading into the weekend, but that’s not my only pick for you today.

No sir, we’ve got plenty to discuss elsewhere, including an excellent new collaboration between New Balance and famed indie record store Amoeba — I covered the New Balance x Amoeba Music x Shop Nice Kicks partnership, and you’d do well to give it a read (and to add a pair or two to your shopping cart, of course). I also covered some of the best new spring shorts for GearMoose (those would be the Relwen Hemp Supply Shorts from Huckberry), and you can read that feature here.

Part tailored jacket, part sweater, all versatility.

I’m also working on a feature on the best beers for spring for GearMoose, and that’s a passion that’s near and dear to my heart (if you subscribe to my music-menswear-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, you assuredly know this!) So, that’s all going to keep me busy (within reason!), this weekend. How about you? To follow along with my explorations throughout Brooklyn — which will likely include a stop by the upstate New York-inspired bar The Adirondack — you should follow me on Instagram. Alright — let’s get into the rest of the Friday Read, shall we? More shopping and reading picks await.

  • How’s this for the right way to start Friday, ehh? Step into the confines of a spring weekend with one of my top style picks of the moment, a pair of classic chukka boots to wear when you’re ready to step out of the All Day Clean Sweats, ehh? Of course, the brand on display here is FRYE, makers of some of the best chukka boots for men. ‘Tis the season to look great and choose the proper footwear, no doubt about it.
  • Allow me to provide you with another spring shopping picks, this time as promised in the headline. I’m giving you a quick deep dive into one of the best jackets for men of the moment, a style that’s a worth complement to your FRYE chukka boots. Of course, that would be the Alex Mill Work Jacket in Natural Indigo, a visually striking piece that’s made to be worn on the daily, with anything you feel like. How’s that for expert spring style, yes? Yes, indeed.
  • Alright, so there’s two shopping picks to get your weekend started nicely. How about a bit o’ reading to while away the day? Coming right up. I had the pleasure to dive into a very apt new spring beer, the Alvarado Street Brewing Wind Jammer IPA, over at GearMoose. Based on what I’ve heard about this beer, I’d be inclined to pick some up myself if given the chance. I’ll drink to fresh beer for a new season, and I think you should do the same.

That’ll wrap up today’s Friday Read. Are you feeling a little more ready for the weekend now? Be it the chance to pick up your new favorite sweatpants or the chance to sip on the Alvarado Street Brewing Wind Jammer IPA, I’d say you’re in fine shape heading into the weekend. But I’ve got one more read for you today, and that comes courtesy of this very blog. Go on and do yourself a favor by buying one of the most rugged spring jackets, courtesy of Filson. To be more specific :I covered the Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket just last week, and it’s quite the addition to your spring outerwear rotation, to say the least. Read all about it here and let me know what you think. In the meantime, have a great weekend, stay safe out there and let’s make it count!

The Thursday Buy: These Classic Leather Chukka Boots from Veldskoen Are a Spring Must-Have

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Some of the coolest chukka boots for men you can step into right now.

You don’t need me to tell you that having the best shoes for spring on your feet is a necessity, right? Long gone are the days of lacing up your winter snow boots or clunky work boots — opt for some of the best chukka boots instead, as you welcome the slow-but-sure return of sunshine, breezy days, outdoor patio beers and more. Are we on the same page today? Good, great, grand. And in today’s Thursday Buy, do I have just the pick for you: The Veldskoen Chukka Boots are well-made, affordably priced, expertly crafted and ideal for spring days and nights. Just as you need a pair of casual retro sneakers for spring and summer days aplenty, the right pair of classic leather chukka boots for men can indeed go a very long way.

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Think of the Veldskoen Chukka Boots as an alternative boot option to Clarks, a nice change of pace if you want something new (yet made with heritage quality in mind). And if you’re not familiar with South Africa’s Veldskoen, now is the perfect time to get acquainted.  Veldskoen makes its boots using old-school methods and ethical materials, to go along with sustainable sourcing and a close means of production with workers who are paid a fair wage. They’re hand-cut and handsewn, and the end result (especially when it comes to the understated, practical and stylish Veldskoen Chukka Boots) is nothing less than your new favorite pair of spring boots.

SHOP: The Veldskoen Chukka Boots

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Durable, classic, cool and sustainable — that’s Veldskoen for you.

You could make the case that every guy needs a pair of the best leather chukka boots, especially a pair that’s more comfortable to wear than your standard leather lace-up boots and somewhat dressier than your go-to canvas sneakers. The Veldskoen Chukka Boots toe that line quite nicely, literally, and the fact that they’re durable and won’t give out on you after a few wears is a major bonus (to say the least!).

The recyclable rubber compound sole gives you both cushioning and all-day comfort, and the memory foam insole is designed to mold to your foot over time (my own pair is certainly doing this after wearing ’em this season). They’re timeless and understated, ready to be worn with your favorite pair of tan chinos and a rugged henley — you can find both at the Shop By The Style Guide — or else with easygoing light wash jeans and a classic pocket T-shirt. With Veldskoen Chukka Boots, the styling potential is endless, and the timeless looks are nearly guaranteed. Happy spring, my friends.

SHOP: The Veldskoen Chukka Boots

See Now, Buy Now: The American Trench Coat is one of the Best Spring Rain Jackets

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A classic and extremely well-made trench coat from an American-made brand.

As I’ve said before, it seems as though the search for seasonal essentials, like one of the best spring rain jackets, never quite ends, does it? After all, you might have a spring rain jacket you know and love, but is it quite as good as the ever-stylish, ever-functional American Trench Coat? My thinking is, it could be close, but it’s not anything like the American Trench Coat, an aptly named piece that helped launch this Pennsylvania-based brand back in the late 2000s. I’ve been a fan of American Trench’s stylish socks for years (dating back to 2015, in fact!), and this durable, stylish trench coat is one piece that’s also won the brand its fair share of admirers.

These days, this USA-made menswear brand has a slightly larger product assortment and is sold by more retailers (like UNCRATE), but the message and mission remains the same: Carefully crafted goods made in family factories throughout the U.S. Of course, the American Trench Coat is still one of the best men’s jackets for spring, period, that you’re apt to wear this season. In fact, it’s American Trench Coat 3.0, the third iteration of this must-have spring rain jacket. First things first: You should know that American Trench gear doesn’t go on sale very often, but trust me: Stylish rain jackets like this one are worth investing in(it’ll run you $849 at American Trench). So, back to the business of the American Trench Coat, ehh?

SHOP: The American Trench Coat

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The brand’s signature lining sets this coat apart, among other touches.

The thing is, before investing in one of the best men’s trench coats, it pays off to know what exactly you’re getting. And this stylish men’s spring jacket all starts with the right fabric, naturally. In this case, that means we’re talking about a ventile cloth shell finished off with a DWR coating for crucial, weather-ready performance. The American Trench Coat is also lined in cotton glen plaid check fabric for a touch of tailored style and some added warmth against a chilly spring day. The coat is cut trim but should work to layer up with your favorite blazer and a classic Oxford shirt underneath, according to the brand.

Oh, and perhaps the most important part: This stylish trench coat is made in northern New Jersey by a luxury outerwear company, the right way. Last but not least: It also features a detachable hood, and you can pair it up with a quilted warm liner (sold separately) to finish things off in a way that’s as functional and cozy as can be. So, if you’ve taken stock of your spring outerwear rotation and decided an upgrade was in order, then the American Trench Coat is the right way to go.

SHOP: The American Trench Coat