Style Pick of the Week: Billy Reid x Huckberry Denim Shirt

There’s no doubt about it — you might have just found your new favorite denim shirt … or your favorite shirt, period!

OK, folks: One of the top menswear brands in the country, one you know and love, is back in a big, big way. We’re talking, of course, about lauded American menswear designer Billy Reid, the man himself and a namesake brand that just gets it when it comes to producing some of the best men’s gear — year in and year out. Take, for instance, the Billy Reid Denim Shirt (or the Billy Reid x Huckberry Denim Shirt, if you want to get technical). It’s one of the best men’s shirts for winter and beyond, made from a seriously cool black washed denim that just so happens to be exclusive to Huckberry. And in a manner of speaking, it could be your new favorite shirt beyond just this season. And that’s not all that hard to believe when you consider the past work done by Billy Reid (as seen on this very site, in fact). We’re talking about stunning, investment-level pieces like the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat just as readily as we’re talking about more accessible basics like the Billy Reid Mini Waffle Henley — from A-to-Z, the quality and classic style is evident through Reid’s namesake line. But back to the remarkable Billy Reid Denim Shirt, alright?

SHOP: The Billy Reid Denim Shirt

Details make all the difference with Billy Reid’s gear, as we well know.

There’s quite a bit that makes this rugged denim shirt so special, from the rich, washed black fabric to smaller details, too. But first, that fabric: The black colorway is a pretty big sticking point, as black isn’t normally a color most guys feel they can pull off (correct? I know I’ve felt that way at times). Especially in a denim shirt, though, it just … works. It’s the right combination of edgy and classic, for starters — and in this case, the Billy Reid Denim Shirt perfectly toes the line between rock concert-ready and office-friendly. Don’t believe me? I’d say you should give the Billy Reid Denim Shirt  a spin with a tan herringbone blazer and faded dark blue denim for some high-low office style. You should also feel free to rock it under a shawl-collar cardigan with olive chinos for yet another office-ready look — and on the weekends, the Billy Reid Denim Shirt is even more ready to go. Case in point: Those same blue jeans you wore to the office will pair up quite nicely with this classic denim shirt — add tan leather chukka boots for some seriously cool contrast. Then, throw on your favorite moto jacket and belly up to the bar. You’ve found your new favorite shirt, yes indeed.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Denim Shirt

 

The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Leather Jackets, Stylish Men’s Gifts & Your New Favorite Shirt

A rugged winter shirt fit for all your winter weekend adventures.

Looking toward the weekend? Looking toward shopping some new winter style essentials? I know that’s a YES from me on both accounts. In fact, perhaps the rugged Topo Designs Wool Shirt is on your holiday wish list as seen above? It’s one of the best shirts for winter, apt for layering atop a rugged thermal shirt or heck, a cool concert tee. In fact, speaking of concert tees, I’m looking forward to perhaps picking up a new addition to my collection tonight — I’m heading out to Brooklyn Steel to see indie rockers San Fermin play my favorite venue in the city, with an opening-band assist from equally excellent Brooklyn indie rockers Wild Pink (the makers of one of my favorite albums last year!). When you add in the fact that newly opened brewery 18th Ward Brewing sits mere steps across the street from my favorite venue, well, I’d say that’s a recipe for a great start to the weekend, yes? Yes indeed! The rest of the weekend, I’ll be enjoying Prospect Park and a tasty Old Fashioned or two around the borough. I’ll also be sipping on some rich, delicious Driftaway Coffee — you might recall the brand from my Black Friday sales post, and if you want sustainable and ethical coffee delivered right to your door, there’s hardly a better brand to shop. Of course, it’s also prime holiday gifting season — with that in mind, I give you the best way to start your weekend: Another edition of The Friday Read. Enjoy, and cheers to December!

  • Speaking of gift-giving right off the bat, I coverd 15 stylish gift ideas for men over at GearMoose, ensuring that you’ve got plenty of options — from outerwear to accessories — for the style-minded fella in your life (or yourself!).
  • Let’s stick with GearMoose for a second, shall we? On that note, I wrote all about the best leather jackets for men, from brands like Filson and Taylor Stitch — if you haven’t experienced that first snowfall yet, then there’s hardly a more reliable layer than a tough leather jacket for pairing with your favorite henley and slim blue denim.
  • Lastly, have we talked about a unique way to switch up your men’s shirting rotation? Well, I’m sure we have lately … but we haven’t talked about how an elbow patch shirt can upgrade your winter style — these shirts are fit to be worn on their own or atop a classic white T-shirt or a rugged henley in equal measure.

That’s going to wrap up today’s winter-centric, gift-centric start to the weekend — but wait, there’s more! If you’re still on the hunt for the best gifts for men to take care of the style-minded gentlemen on your list, you might want to check out my roundup of the best winter gear. Parkas, leather boots, tough shirting — it’s all taken care of when it comes to the top new winter style essentials, trust me. OK, that’s all for this weekend!

See Now, Buy Now: Get the Perfect Jeans for Winter with Mott and Bow’s New Denim

Highly stylish men’s jeans from Mott and Bow to kick up your holiday style.

Is there ever a bad time to shop for some of the best new men’s jeans? To be quite frank … well, no, no there’s not. Especially when the jeans in question come from NYC’s Mott and Bow, the direct-to-consumer denim brand that’s jumpstarted the men’s denim scene in the past five years (as you know from reading this blog, perhaps!). They’re making some of the best men’s jeans by focusing on affordability, quality and designer touches, all the while offering helpful touches like a Free Home Try-On program for select pairs. And to help shake up the doldrums of winter and improve your holiday dressing, take it from: You need to buy a pair of the Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans to wear to the office, then to a casual happy hour … and out again on the weekends. Now, we’ve talked plenty in the past about how Mott & Bow consistently churns out some of the best men’s denim, and that’s no more true than right now.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans

The other excellent thing about Mott and Bow jeans? The range of styles and fits — including the handsome-yet-edgy Slim Stone Jeans in a perfectly faded grey — means there’s something for everyone. That is to say, whether you know a guy who’s into a pair of Skinny fit jeans or more inclined toward the brand’s Straight-Fit jeans, it’s worth considering gifting some stylish men’s denim this Christmas — if you know a guy who’s been wanting to upgrade his jeans, go for Mott and Bow. The 9-month wash and use of substantial-but-not-too-heavy 11.5oz. cotton also make these jeans agreeable enough to wear with everything from a classic Oxford shirt and a navy blazer to a thermal henley and your favorite leather boots. With that being said … the first step is buying a pair of Mott and Bow jeans for yourself … or someone else. Happy shopping!

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans

The List: This Is the New Gear You Need to Buy Right Now for Winter

Good enough for the great outdoors, more than good enough for you.

Alright, my friends. Saddle up for rugged winter style with the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket shown above, and let’s get ready for December (and beyond, of course). Perhaps you’re already well-versed in the wonder that is the Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket, crafted in a highly versatile silhouette from tough Martexin sailcloth … and if you haven’t yet checked out this jacket, now is the perfect time. Gift it to yourself, gift it to your friends … just start getting ready for the holidays now. You’ll find plenty more winter style essentials in today’s edition of The List, and know that we’re just getting started. (Oh, and this won’t be the last you hear about that stylish waxed trucker jacket this month, either).

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket — $220

But one of the incredible colors in which you’ll find this jacket available via Huckberry.

We told you it wouldn’t be the last time you’d heard about the Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket this season … and that’s a very good thing, indeed. This premium waxed trucker jacket is available in a whole slew of richly crafted, seasonally friendly colors like the one shown here and at the top of the page, and it could be your new favorite winter jacket. Layer it up underneath a rugged parka for even more added warmth, or rock this tough waxed trucker jacket all on its own atop a warm flannel shirt — that’s prime winter style activated, folks.

HELM Boots Hollis Boots — $350

Beautifully rugged boots made to last for years to come.

Maybe you thought you had your boot collection for fall and winter all sorted out? Well, hold the phone — if you don’t have a pair of the Hollis Boots from Austin-based Helm, your collection of rugged leather boots isn’t quite settled for the season yet. Rugged and versatile, these stylish leather boots are at home with your favorite pair of broken-in denim or with a pair of slim wool trousers in equal measure. And if you’ve been searching for a pair of boots to wear to your next holiday party, simply put … these are the ones.

Bertucci A-2T Super Classic Watch — $170

As dependable a casual watch as it gets.

Looking for the toughest casual watch on the market? The kind of rugged watch you can wear with everything from a denim shirt and a shawl-collar cardigan to a tough waxed trucker jacket and your favorite leather boots? My friends, the Bertucci A-2T is precisely that watch.

Nobis Alpha Men’s Flight Bomber Jacket — $695

A crisp, rugged, classic bomber jacket to wear all season.

With a handsome blend of technical functionality and rugged style, this Nobis bomber jacket is at once old-school and modern, especially in the seasonally appropriate shade of Navy shown here. Wear it with a classic grey henley and faded blue denim for everyday style, or team it with a crisp white Oxford shirt and tan chinos for a mix of high and low. Oh, and it’ll keep you warm as heck all winter long, to boot.

Aymara Eddy Cardigan — $270

A beautiful cardigan to wear in situations both dressy and laidback.

Make no mistake: The Aymara Eddy Cardigan is the sort of beautiful sweater that’s utterly iconic, totally classic and perfectly ready for holiday parties and relaxing winter weekends aplenty. It’s a uniquely vintage-inspired sweater that’ll wear handsomely with slim corduroy pants and rugged leather boots.

Moral Code Jacques Leather Boots — $248

Both refined and yet rugged, these are the perfect boots to take you into the holidays.

Winter is nothing if not the perfect time to break out your favorite pair of leather boots (or rather, your new favorite pair). From holiday parties to days on the road and at the office, the super-sharp, seriously refined Moral Code Jacques Leather Boots are dressy and yet versatile. They feature a rubber outsole for grip on slippery winter streets, and this profile will look at home with dark blue denim and classic wool trousers in equal measure. A fun fact: You might recognize these from my Instagram, where I’ve had the chance to test ’em out as of late.

AIAIAI All-Round Preset Modular Headphones — $145

Sharp, crystal-clear headphones to upgrade your travel listening experience.

For long hours on the road during the holidays, the right tunes (the music of The National, anyone??) or a cool podcast are the way to go — and these stylish over-ear headphones are sleek, essential and seriously well-made.

Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash Whiskey — Price Varies 

A wonderfully crafted whiskey to warm your soul on a winter night.

There’s perhaps no more fitting spirit to sip on a cold winter night than a richly crafted whiskey, especially one you can experience on the rocks and get all the flavor and character you expect. That’s what Michter’s Whiskey has done with the remarkable Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash, which improves upon the distillery’s award-winning sour mash whiskey by aging it custom-made barrels (toasted, not charred, critically). The result is complex and multi-layered — a fitting whiskey to add to your bar cart or bring as a gift to your holiday host. Cheers!

Stetson Cromwell Outdoor Hat — $71

A rugged, outdoor-ready hat for plenty of winter adventures.

Let’s keep things rolling on the “rugged winter gear” front here, shall we? And if you want a classic hat to pair up with your Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket, well, the Stetson Cromwell Outdoor Hat is the right way to go. Perfectly cool and classic.

United By Blue Responsible Flannel — $78

The right mix of rugged style and responsibly sourced fabric and construction.

It’s true — if you don’t have a rugged flannel shirt in your wardobe yet (especially as we roll through the holiday season), this is the one to buy. The United By Blue Responsible Flannel has a ton of upside, seeing as it’s made with organic cotton and recycled polyester — both of which are responsibly sourced. Plus, the resulting shirt is super-soft and stylish, with a modern fit that wears well with everything from grey chinos to tan corduroys to your favorite pair of laidback denim. Buy one for yourself, gift one for someone else … there’s no wrong way to go.

Free Fly Flex Henley — $65

A perfectly comfortable-yet-rugged henley for a winter weekend.

There’s no doubt in my mind, winter is perhaps the perfect time to layer up with a rugged henley — like the Free Fly Flex Henley, for example. The Heather Denim color also wears nicely with … the aforementioned United By Blue flannel shirt!

Flint and Tinder 365 Pants — $98

Slim five-pocket pants in a perfect holiday color.

If you’re still searching for the perfect pair of pants for the holidays, the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants are the right way to go, featuring a classic slim cut and a rich, holiday-friendly Oxblood color. Wear them with a classic denim shirt and sleek leather Chelsea boots to a refined holiday gathering.

Deschutes Brewery Da Shootz! Pilsner — Price Varies

A clean, light, refreshing pils to stock in your fridge this season.

For all this talk about rich winter cocktails and whiskey, and equally rich food, what about for all those times when you want to lighten things up and refresh your palette? This holiday season, that’s when you’re going to want to reach for the Da Shootz! Pils from Deschutes Brewery, a cleverly named, light, refreshing (and low-cal!) beer to sip on at many a holiday party. Again, cheers!

XD Design Bobby Duffel Anti-Theft Travel Bag — $150

A sleek travel backpack made to prevent theft of your valuables — not bad at all.

The best bag for holiday travel is one that’s sleek, minimal, easy to lug through a crowded airport, and yet highly functional at the same time. That’s a lot to live up to, but the XD Design Bobby Duffel is actually an ideal anti-theft travel bag, made with hidden zip closure and no front access. The only thing stopping you are holiday crowds, really.

 

Which of the above gear picks are you scoping out this holiday season? Maybe you’re in the mood for a tough waxed trucker jacket to step in snowy weather? Or maybe you’re looking forward to sipping on some rich Michter’s whiskey or a light Deschutes Brewery lager? Can’t forget about a vintage-inspired sweater  for all those holiday festivities, either. However you dress for the season, feel free to let me know on Twitter.

#OOTD: How to Bundle Up for Chilly Winter Weather Right Now

It’s here, and we all know it: Winter’s onset calls for the right gear for blustery, snowy, cold weather — and if you’re not quite as prepared as you had hoped, or if you need one last critical piece of gear to complete your winter style essentials, today’s #OOTD can assuredly help. We’re starting things off with one of the best men’s parkas, then we’re only going forward from there with the best gear to help you fight off winter storms aplenty. If you happen to live in a warm climate, well, consider yourself lucky. If, on the other hand, you happen to live somewhere like me (a la the chilly confines of Brooklyn!), then you’re going to get a lot of mileage out of picks like the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt and mobile, versatile gear picks like the positively outstanding Proof Rover Pants. The really critical thing here is the fact that impending or ongoing winter weather doesn’t mean style goes by the wayside — far from it, in fact. Add in the right winter parka and rugged leather boots for extra functionality, and then the rest of your style picks will follow from there — this ensemble is about as far from a technical pair of snow pants and an overly bulky parka as you can get, and that’s a very good thing indeed. The point is, when you need to shed the rugged parka shown below, you’re going to look just as great as with the parka on. For exploring on the weekends, traveling upstate or heading to a casual holiday party (don’t forget the craft beer!), these rugged men’s gear picks can do it all — truly. If you’ve got questions on how to dress up when it’s just too darn cold, turn toward this ensemble, and be sure to give me a follow on Twitter.

The right gear picks to warm up your winter with ease.

  • The Parka: Faherty Brand Polar Fjord Puffer, $498 — It’s not getting any warmer out there, so if you’re searching for one of the best men’s parkas, the key here lies in investing in the unexpected. Take this rugged puffer parka, done up in a functional-yet-stylish silhouette and a rich olive color — it’s also filled with thick insulation for extra warmth.
  • The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt, $135 — For the holiday season and winter weather in equal measure, there’s nothing quite like a rugged flannel shirt, especially if said flannel shirt happens to be the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt in a covetable Burgundy colorway. As stylish a flannel shirt as can be.
  • The Base Layer: Topo Designs Waffle Tee, $79 — If you’re heading out to run errands or simply grab coffee (or refresh your beer selection), you’re going to need to bundle up. This classic waffle tee from Topo Designs features a flattering, easy-to-layer fit that’s so sharp, you can even wear it all on its own, sans Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt.
  • The Pants: Proof Rover Pants, $98 — The snow and wind are no joke, so you need stylish pants that can take a beating accordingly — and come out the other side looking great. The Proof Rover Pants, what with their durable fabric and hybrid work pant design, are those pants.
  • The Boots: Wolverine Journeyman Boots, $170 — When the going gets tough, you need to reach for equally tough, do-it-all boots — like this pair from Wolverine. Even better? Five percent of proceeds from sales through the end of the year go toward the American College of Building Arts — and these are true working boots, with triple-stitching at the seams for extra durability.
  • The Rugged Watch: Luminox ICE-SAR 1000, $445 — The challenging winter weather calls for one of the best casual watches assuredly, one that can stand up to beastly conditions — Luminox comes through in the clutch.
  • The Hat: Upstate Stock American Mohair Beanie, $32 — For extreme warmth and a dash of style, nothing but the best men’s beanie cap will do — my friends at Upstate Stock make this version in New York State, to boot.
  • The Grooming Essential: Taconic Shave Solid Cologne, $15.99 — Wild winter weather is no excuse to let your  grooming game slide — this handy, easy-to-use solid cologne from Taconic Shave offers a fitting winter scent.

Winter weather calls for taking care of the essential details (such as scoping out the best men’s beanie cap) just as much as it calls for ensuring the larger must-haves are also accounted for accordingly (take, for instance, one of the best men’s parkas). And in the case of this #OOTD, every little thing is as it should be, blending style and functionality for snowy, blustery days and nights. The remarkable Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt takes care of both off-duty winter style and warm layering, and it’s a stylish-yet-rugged complement to a waffle tee from Topo Designs for when it’s exceptionally cold outside. And for matters of fashion and function in and out of the snow, you might not find a better pair of pants than the Proof Rover Pants — made to look as great as they perform. Lacing up rugged leather boots from Wolverine never fails, especially tough, triple-stitched work boots for classic style and dependability. On the grooming front, sharp solid cologne allows you to step up your grooming game in spite of the winter weather (hey, you might cozy up under the mistletoe with someone, am I right?). Even the watch shown here is about as good as it gets — this Luminox timepiece is ready for rough-and-tumble weather, yet also acts as one of the best casual watches when it comes to its design. Yes indeed, the details (big and small) are considered here. The next time snow starts to roll in, you know exactly what to wear — guaranteed.

See Now, Buy Now: The Duke Cannon Supply Drop Is The Perfect Holiday Grooming Gift

Just one of many standout Duke Cannon grooming products to gift this season.

There are what you might call the expected holiday gifts for men (especially on Cyber Monday, not all of which are, honestly that *great*. Then, there are what you might call some of the best holiday gifts for men, like the essential and jam-packed Duke Cannon Supply Drop (featuring yuletide-themed holiday soaps and more men’s grooming essentials). Today, as you can tell, we’ll be focusing one of the best grooming gifts for men, a well-made collection of downright indispensable grooming goods — available for a Cyber Monday sale deal & made with care right in the U.S.A. If you read the blog regularly or check out my Instagram, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of Duke Cannon — these products, from beard oil to richly crafted soaps and colognes, feature bold scents and hardworking design. Seriously, where else can you get a Big Ass Bar of Soap in a variety of scents? Well, you can start with the Duke Cannon Supply Drop as a great men’s gift or as an early treat to yourself, and no one’s going to be disappointed with the results (again, especially on Cyber Monday!).

SHOP: The Duke Cannon Supply Drop 

Yes, these soaps have a distinct holiday theme — that’s for the best, as they smell great and perform very well.

So, what’s inside this action-packed men’s grooming subscription box? In short, a bit of everything — it’s going to make whoever gets it a very happy and well-groomed guy. The centerpiece of the Duke Cannon Supply Drop might just be the Big Ass Brick of Soap done up in holiday-themed, limited-edition scents — these soaps smell downright pleasant for the holidays (yes, even the “Lump  of Coal,” made with activated charcoal). They also do a great job at getting you cleaned up. The Supply Drop also features the brand’s famed Solid Cologne, to go along with its Shower Soap and the excellent Emergency Heat + Light Candle (as discussed in this post). Heck, you even get a steel flask in this lineup of the best men’s grooming goods — again, someone’s going to love this. The best part? The Duke Cannon Supply Drop delivers quarterly, ensuring whoever receives it never runs out of crucial men’s grooming gear. This box set is jam-packed, affordable & seriously essential — add it to your shopping list for the holidays.

SHOP: The Duke Cannon Supply Drop 

Style Pick of the Week: Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan

The cozy, refined sweater you’ll wear all winter.

For mornings when it’s too cold to do anything but put on a pot of coffee and stoke the fire, for days when you need to look sharp yet stay warm, and for nearly every day in between (holiday weekends and parties included!), you need one of the best men’s cardigans. That’s a high bar to clear, to be sure, but the Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan admirably ticks all the right boxes when it comes to your search for one of the best men’s sweaters. And again, that’s what makes it an admirable Style Pick of the Week for Thanksgiving weekend and well beyond. The Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan is both rugged and yet refined, the kind of shawl cardigan James Bond himself might have worn in “Quantum of Solace” — and yet at a much more agreeable price than the cardigan worn by Daniel Craig. That being said, this classic shawl cardigan is quite the investment ($245 as sold by Huckberry), and yet I’m confident it’ll pay plenty of dividends in matters of style and comfort — to say the very least. How can just one sweater bring so much to the table (and your closet)? I’m glad you asked.

SHOP: The Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan

Rugged, versatile, wildly easy to layer … a true keeper in every sense of the word!

Cashmere itself is an extremely luxurious and soft fabric, in this case taken from goats in Mongolia — talk about exotic origins for such a classically rugged silhouette, right? And the finished product here is one-of-a-kind, as at home layered over a crisp white Oxford shirt as with your favorite thermal henley — yes, the Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan really can do it all. It’ll also wear readily with fall and winter style favorites (think burgundy cords or tan moleskin pants), and it can pair up with other tried-and-true style staples (enter your favorite pair of faded blue denim). Heck, wear it to your holiday party with slim charcoal chinos and a light blue dress shirt in place of your traditional blazer (just add stylish leather chukka boots). Think of this as a luxurious sweater that can really be lived in, from weekends at home to trips to your cabin to days at the office — and the Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan is practically a natural fit when searching for a sweater to throw on during an icy winter morning, too. Are those considerations important? Well, when you’re dropping nearly $250 on a cardigan, every detail should be thought out — luckily, the Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan does the thinking for you here. No stress, all  style. Well-done, Wills. Happy shopping!

SHOP: The Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan