The Friday Read: The Best Hair Pomades, The Coolest Jackets for Spring & Duke Cannon Grooming

Duke Cannon grooming review

Five of the best men’s grooming essentials to start this weekend the right way.

Alright, folks. You’ve got a lot on your to-do list, as do I, so let’s make hay while the sun shines and get into today’s Friday Read with a recommended weekend kickstart from one of my favorite grooming brands. If you read the blog, you’re familiar with Minnesota-based Duke Cannon, which makes cool grooming goods at affordable prices and supports veterans in the process. If not, you should know that (for starters), Duke Cannon gift sets deliver everything you need when it comes to men’s grooming essentials from A-to-Z, and that’s very good news for you (and anyone you know who needs a grooming upgrade this season). Case in point: The Duke Cannon Starting Five Bundle (as seen above), an easy and effective introduction to the Minneapolis-based brand, featuring the brand’s famed hair wash, plus body wash, face wash and Duke Cannon Proper Cologne to really round things out. I’m not saying it could be the best decision you make all weekend, but it could be one of the better ones.

Along with testing out my fair share of grooming products from Duke Cannon, I’ve got plenty more on my spring to-do list this weekend. I’ve started covering all things menswear at Jacob Graye, so be sure to check out my byline there. Oh, and there’s also the business of my (free) music-menswear-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief — give it a read! Once I knock out my to-do list, I’m hoping to swing by Gold Star Beer Counter for an outdoor spring brew — it’s a perennial Brooklyn favorite, and all the better to enjoy a beer there now that temperatures are warming up. To get your own weekend rolling the right way, give these essential Friday reads and shopping picks a look below. Cheers, my friends!

Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers

A new favorite pair of laidback spring pants for all your adventures (and at-home lounging) this season.

  • Let’s get into the spirit of spring the right way — by talking about some of the best men’s pants for spring. Those pants, in fact, are shown above, and they’re coming at you courtesy of Vuori Clothing, a brand I’ve had the pleasure of testing out these past few weeks. To get even more specific, I’ve been testing out the Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers, and they’re even more essential for the season — for days at home and running errands around Brooklyn — then I had previously thought. The technical knit, moisture-wicking fabric and handy details like a side zip pocket make them your new favorite pair of pants (and mine!) this season.
Best men's pocket tees

Another weekend shopping recommendation for you, this time from a brand making one of your favorite T-shirts.

  • I’ve been talking pretty consistently about Alex Mill shirts and more from the NYC-based brand here on the blog, and with good reason. Allow me to offer up another spring shopping pick when it comes to essential Alex Mill menswear, the kind that’s classic and modern all at once. Case in point: One of the best men’s T-shirts just so happens to be this Alex Mill Vintage Wash Pocket Tee, made to fit perfectly and feel incredibly comfortable right out of the box. Start shopping for it, folks.
  • As mentioned above, well, here we go: My guide to the best hair pomades for GearMoose, all the better to get your hair and your grooming routine in the best shape possible this season. After all, you’re going to have to do up your hair eventually, right? Yes sir, yes sir.
  • Elsewhere on the writing front, I had a heck of a lot of fun covering the coolest spring jackets from some of your favorite brands, the kind that you know and love — I won’t spoil the surprise, but there are seven great picks for the best men’s spring jackets at Maxim this week. Cheers to the season, folks.

Speaking of toasting to the season, let me recommend one more pick for you — not a spirits selection, per se, but the kind of hard-wearing and yet laidback shirt you should wear for your spring imbibing sessions. Of course, that would be the Flint and Tinder Architect Shirt, as I covered here on the blog last week. It’s going to set you up for success in style, no doubt. Again, cheers to the weekend and stay safe out there!

 

The Thursday Buy: The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket is the Toughest Spring Jacket on the Market

Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket

An unstoppable spring workwear jacket, no matter where the season takes you.

What if I told you there was a simple way to ensure you always had one of the best men’s jackets for spring at your disposal? A way to keep that jacket close at hand in your rotation constantly? It all starts with buying one of the best men’s jackets for spring, and to do that, you need to heed my advice first: The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket is the answer to the above queries, and one of the toughest men’s jackets for spring, at that. You’ll find it in the Filson New Arrivals section, always a harbinger of quality seasonal gear offerings.

It was designed with the open road and with spring adventure in mind (it’s the best jacket to wear while riding a motorcycle, if that’s your thing), but it also functions handily day-to-day. That’s because it’s got all the same remarkable qualities in a Filson work jacket from the brand’s main line, with the  added flair of the fact that it comes from the new Filson Alcan workwear line. Why fix what’s not broken? Well, think of it as Filson taking what was already next-level and making it even better. The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket will run you $450 at Filson, but as with any gear picks from the lauded Pacific Northwest heritage retailer, it’s worth the investment.

SHOP: The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket

Filson Alcan Workwear

A seemingly simple silhouette blended with tough materials and top-notch construction.

The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket, although subtly designed and not too flashy on the surface, makes up for that with tough-as-nails materials and design. It starts with a waxed cotton exterior build using waxed cotton from British Millerain, the sort of material found in jackets by the likes of Taylor Stitch and more.  The reinforced exterior is further bolstered with a quilted design and Cordura ballistic nylon reinforcements at key stress points (in this case, the shoulders and arms). The rib knit collar and cuffs also provide some added protection from the elements in a classic bomber-style cut. And the drop-tail hem, with a longer back cut, is also ideal for the open road. How does that sound for your new favorite jacket for spring, ehh?

These design touches come together seamlessly to make one of the most rugged men’s jackets you’re apt to find these days, and the PrimaLoft insulation provides warmth on chilly, blustery spring hikes or early morning strolls alike. And if you just want a cool, rugged men’s jacket to wear as you grab an outdoor beer? The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket is your go-to menswear move, folks.

SHOP: The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket

See Now, Buy Now: The Billy Reid Denim Shirt Is a Modern Menswear Classic

Billy Reid men's shirts

An unstoppably cool denim shirt with the right specs to stand up to years of wear.

Do you have a shirt you can’t stop wearing, the sort of shirt  you positively love to wear as often as possible? For me, the Billy Reid Denim Shirt is precisely that shirt in my own wardrobe. I’m calling it a classic men’s shirt for a a good reason, seeing as it’s wearable in each and every season and as often as you want. That’s the case whether teamed with a lightweight T-shirt on a breezy spring day or layered underneath a timeless shawl cardigan in the winter months. As for me, I’ve worn my own Billy Reid Denim Shirt to menswear events around New York City, rock concerts in Brooklyn and the famed Austin City Limits music festival (I hope to wear it back there some day!). But back to your new favorite shirt in the meantime, ehh? Naturally, it’s part of a well-stocked and highly stylish collection of Billy Reid best sellers, the kind of heirloom-quality menswear that’s seemingly simple on the surface… but so much more than that. It’s in the DNA of this Florence, Alabama company, and Billy himself has decades in the industry.

Right off the bat, it’s worth noting that you can get this denim shirt in multiple washes, including a lightwash denim shirt option, but the quality never falters (I also have a Billy Reid black denim shirt — can you tell I’m a huge fan??). Lest you worry about spending too much hard-earned cash on this shirt (it retails for $198 at Billy Reid, after all), know that mine has more than held up through years of wear.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Denim Shirt

Billy Reid Denim Shirt

Handsome details and rugged construction make this shirt a big-time style winner.

The Billy Reid Denim Shirt is quite possibly everything you could ever need in a casual men’s shirt, from the subtle yet noticeable detailing — note the contrast stitching and antique brass snaps — to the timeless fit. It’s neither too slim nor too baggy, meaning you can layer it atop a T-shirt or a henley as an overshirt just as readily as you can wear it all on its own to grab an ice-cold beer (I’m told Billy himself likes Miller High Life).

Part tailored jacket, part sweater, all versatility.

This classic denim shirt is as at home on a spring weekend stroll as it is grabbing outdoor brunch, manning the grill or packing up for a road trip (trust me — it’s breathable enough to be worn all day). Like all things denim, the Billy Reid Denim Shirt will also get better with age the more you wear it. If it’s an iconic everyday shirt you want, you’re in luck today, folks. Thanks to Billy Reid himself for knocking this one out of the park.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Denim Shirt

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear a Sweater This Spring

Is it just me, or is it drafty in here? Spring brings with it climbing temperatures, but also its fair share of chilly, breezy days, which is why we’re going to get into how to wear one of the best sweaters for men this spring, and from a revered designer at that. This certainly won’t be the last time you read about Billy Reid this week (seriously, check back on the blog tomorrow), and that’s all with very good reason. The Alabama-based designer makes some of the best style essentials for men, the kind of classic pieces that are subtly done but perfect beyond the surface level, and that includes one of the best men’s sweaters for spring, as you’re about to find out. This look also includes, naturally, some of the best casual style staples you’re going to find this season, including some of the best jeans for men (keep reading, trust me!).

The end result is an #OOTD that looks great any day of the week in these casual times, but it’s especially fitting for a weekend outdoor brunch or time spent hanging out with the family. Don’t overthink it and don’t overdo it, just use elevated casual pieces — like the Billy Reid Dover Crew — to turn your everyday dressing into something cool and classic. While it’s an investment, as you’ll find out, it’s one that’s going to pay off. And it all comes together in one of the best ways to wear a sweater for spring, if I do say so myself.

  • The Sweater: Billy Reid Terry Dover Crew, $198 — You’re certainly investing in this Terry cotton sweater, but on breezy spring days, it’s one of the best men’s sweaters you’ll ever find. The distressed leather elbow patches are among the many standout touches.
  • The Shirt: Faherty Brand Movement Shirt, $148 — Faherty has a knack for making the best men’s casual shirts out there, like this easy-to-layer stretch Oxford shirt that teams nicely with your Billy Reid sweater.
  • The Denim: Filson Rail-Splitter Jeans in Medium Indigo, $165 –You’ve previously read about the Filson Rail-Splitter Jeans on the blog, and they’re back today with good reason. Exceptionally durable, incredibly well-made and utterly classic, they’re some of the best jeans for men this spring.
  • The Boots: Huckberry x Coors Banquet Boots, $498 — How cool is this? Huckberry and Coors Banquet teamed up on some of the most rugged leather boots to wear all spring and into summer. A true winner in my book.
  • The Socks: Mack Weldon Cashmere Extended Crew Socks, $68 — Hey, some of the best men’s boots call for some of the best socks for men, and this cashmere pair is as refined and stylish as it gets.
  • The Watch: Timex Standard Leather Strap Watch, $79 — A cool elbow-patch sweater and rugged leather boots call for a classic leather watch to match, right? Right. This Timex leather strap watch is highly affordable, too.
  • The Ballcap: Western Rise Versa Hat, $59 — Looking for a subtle, functional, stylish ballcap to wear on the daily? The Western Rise Versa Hat is the way to go, seeing as it’s made with four-way stretch fabric and is also waterproof and stain-resistant.
  • The Everyday Carry: Hard Graft Cash & Coin Wallet, $175 — Want to minimize your daily carry as you hop around town on the weekends? Get this investment-level leather wallet, one of the coolest wallets for men I’ve laid eyes on in some time.

OK, folks. That’s all I’ve got for you today. Well, not quite. Let’s run it back one more time and explore what makes this #OOTD so essential for spring. It all starts off with the expertly crafted, investment-level Billy Reid Dover Crew, which is somewhat similar to your favorite casual crewneck sweatshirt, but with a ton more style points. It’s an ideal choice for casual weekend layering, especially alongside one of the best men’s casual shirts, a stretch Oxford you can wear to work (on Zoom) or out and about in town. And when the time does come to put on some jeans, make sure you’re doing it the right way: With a pair of the best jeans for men in a mid-wash finish that’s perfectly done.

Of course, it gets even better with a pair of rugged leather boots for durable performance no matter where your day takes you. The accessories are casual and crisp all at once, including a durable and highly affordable Timex leather strap watch, and you’re going to want to top things off with a stylish ballcap from Western Rise. I’d be remiss not to remind you again that you need a pair of the best socks for men to keep your feet comfortable and in proper form. Last but not least, you certainly won’t want to leave the house without a stylish leather wallet in tow. OK, now that’s really all there is. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the season!

The List: Shop the Best Men’s Style Essentials for Spring From Billy Reid

Billy Reid menswear

The man himself, Mr. Billy Reid — stay tuned for the best menswear of the season from this iconic brand.

My friends, here we are again with another rundown of the best men’s spring style essentials to start a  new week. We’ve covered all manner of brands in recent weeks, from the best gear at Aether Apparel to more rugged offerings like Filson spring menswear. It’s now time to step up to the plate and truly get acquainted with one of the best menswear brands out there as far as the refined side of things is concerned. That’s right: It’s time to shop Billy Reid menswear, and your closet is going to thank you. The Alabama-based designer has been making classic style picks for more than two decades out of Florence, Alabama, with a focus on gear that’s at once rugged and yet refined, and seriously covetable (witness the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, for starters). While these pieces are investment-level, they’re going to pay off in spades. Start your shopping here.

The Best New Menswear for Spring from Billy Reid

Billy Reid Barracuda Jacket — $350

Billy Reid men's outerwear

A classic men’s jacket for spring, made the way only Billy Reid can make it.

If there’s one thing Billy Reid knows how to do well — and there are actually several — it’s making some of the best men’s outerwear in classic silhouettes with modern fabrics. This is one of the best jackets for spring in that regard.

Billy Reid Pensacola Polo — $88

Billy Reid Pensacola Polo

This timeless polo is going to be a new spring and summer style essential.

The great thing about Billy Reid, again, is how the designer takes longstanding style staples and makes them entirely his own. This classic men’s polo is a great example of that.

Billy Reid Pima Cotton Chino Shorts — $145

Billy Reid Chino Shorts

Some of the coolest men’s shorts for spring, no doubt about it.

You want to invest in the best in all areas of your wardrobe, right? Well, these stylish chino shorts from a famed designer, and in a neat shade of blue, are the way to go.

Billy Reid Slim Jeans in Stone Wash — $115

Billy Reid men's denim

A pair of on-sale men’s denim from Billy Reid? Not bad at all, folks.

Pick up a pair of the best men’s jeans on sale for a nice price from this lauded designer, and then proceed to wear ’em all spring and summer. You really can’t go wrong here.

Billy Reid Bond Peacoat — $695

Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

The iconic peacoat as worn in James Bond, named for Reid’s NYC store on Bond Street, in fact.

Now, it wouldn’t be a guide to the best menswear at Billy Reid without including this famed number, James Bond’s peacoat from Skyfall. It’s sadly out of stock at the moment, but keep an eye out for the next drop, because it pays off to be prepared in advance.

Billy Reid Denim Shirt — $198

Billy Reid Denim Shirt

Quite possibly your new favorite denim shirt (or your new favorite spring shirt, period), easily.

This certainly won’t be the last time you read about Billy Reid’s denim shirt here on the blog. This rugged denim shirt is one of my favorites, and an everyday spring and summer must-have.

Billy Reid Mini-Waffle Henley — $125

Billy Reid henley

A rugged henley for transitional spring layering.

In these transitional times, every guy needs one of the best men’s henleys. It helps if it’s a rugged men’s henley from your new favorite menswear designer, right?

Billy Reid 5-Pocket Pants — $178

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Durable, classic and cool pants for the spring season.

Searching for some of the best men’s pants for spring? You’ve found ’em — these five-pocket pants blend the cool of jeans with the styling potential of chinos, at the office or on the road.

Billy Reid Stripe Terry Crew — $150

Billy Reid Striped Cotton Crewneck

A classic striped crewneck you’ll find yourself wearing all the time.

Billy Reid uses some of the finest cotton around to craft this essential, casual, versatile spring sweater, the kind to wear out for weekend coffee or your next Zoom meeting.

Billy Reid Garment-Dyed Archie Jacket — $598

Billy Reid men's suiting

Your new favorite blazer for spring and summer.

You’re going to have to look sharp for that summer wedding, and what better way to do it than with one of the best blazers for men, ehh? Well-done by Billy Reid on this investment-level blazer.

Billy Reid Tech Sleeve — $375

Billy Reid Leather Tech Sleeve

The coolest way to carry your tech gear? Quite possibly.

See, the Billy Reid way doesn’t just apply to menswear. It also applies to handsome and well-crafted everyday accessories, like this cool-as-can-be leather tech sleeve.

Billy Reid Silk Herringbone Pocket Square — $68

Billy Reid pocket square

The coolest pocket square to accent your summer suit? Very nearly, folks.

Remember that classic men’s blazer we talked about earlier? When the time does come to start dressing up again, this refined pocket square is an ideal accessory.

Taft Boots

Trust me, folks. I know how hard it can be to shop a brand as well-made and well-stocked as Billy Reid, because the possibilities are endless and the menswear is iconic all the way throughout. What’s your favorite pick from Billy Reid these days? Is it the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, or something more unexpected like a pair of the best men’s pants for spring? If you ask me, I can’t get enough of Billy Reid’s denim shirt, although it’s always a tough call. Be sure to let me know your favorites on Twitter. Happy shopping!

 

The Sunday Sale: Take 25 Percent Off This Essential Bomber Jacket from Faherty Brand

Faherty Brand Men's Sale

A great deal on a stylish and functional bomber jacket, folks.

What is spring, ladies and gentlemen, if not the chance to get one of the best men’s bomber jackets on sale for a heck of a deal? So begins another edition of the Sunday Sale, with a very timely, very functional and very essential outerwear pick for your consideration. The Faherty Brand Reversible Surplus Bomber is two jackets for the price of one from this famed NYC brand, with the sort of utility that makes it mighty fitting to be worn the rest of spring. And I should mention that it’s more than 25 percent off, making it one of the best men’s on-sale jackets to buy at the moment. In fact, it’s the perfect jacket for both March and April (and breezy summer nights thereafter), featuring both a quilted nylon side and a washed cotton twill side.

Either edition of this stylish bomber jacket is simply ideal for laidback spring style that works and works. The entire Faherty Men’s Sale collection is worth your time this season, too — it features soft-washed shirts, cool hooded poncho sweaters and plenty more gear with which to load up your favorite weekender bag in advance of a spring getaway. On that note, you should also certainly shop the Faherty New Arrivals section, packed with some of the coolest men’s gear for the season ahead. But back to this durable bomber jacket for spring, ehh?

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Reversible Surplus Bomber

Faherty Brand Surplus Bomber Jacket

The quilted nylon side of this bomber jacket — durable and downright essential for spring.

As with anything from Faherty, the Faherty Brand Reversible Surplus Bomber checks all the right boxes if you’re in search of a classic bomber jacket (and one that’s on sale for a very nice deal, to boot). The textured heather rib collar and cuffs are ideal touches for a breezy spring day, because you don’t want any flimsy edges on your spring jacket (plus, the heathered fabric is a neat visual detail). The Dark Olive color is the definition of spring-ready versatility, what with the ability to be worn with staple items like light wash denim or classic tan chinos and your favorite henley with ease.

The bomber jacket silhouette is also classic enough to work with items as simple as a grey T-shirt or as office-ready as a washed Oxford shirt from Faherty Brand. And at this price, you’re going to want to get tons of wear out of the Faherty Brand Reversible Surplus Bomber — talk about plenty of bang for your buck. When the going gets tough, the tough get the affordable and stylish bomber jacket shown here today. Happy shopping, folks.

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Reversible Surplus Bomber

Style Pick of the Week: Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos

Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos

Pick a color, any color, when it comes to the best men’s chinos for spring and beyond.

What’s a new season if not the ideal time to check out new men’s style essentials from a favorite, tried-and-true brand? That’s the main reason we’re here with today’s Style Pick of the Week, as we look at what makes the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos (otherwise known as the Mott and Bow Everywhere Chinos) some of the best chinos for men this spring. But Mott and Bow, you say? Don’t they specialize in men’s denim?

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Well, they sure do, but since I first reviewed the brand in 2015 (throwback!), they’ve expanded into men’s T-shirts, stylish sweatshirts, durable men’s shirts and of course, the Mott and Bow Everywhere Chinos. The DNA of these stylish men’s chinos has a lot in common with Mott and Bow’s classic dark denim, from the agreeable fit and pricing to the top-notch materials used. A quick note about price: They retail for $99 at Mott and Bow, a downright steal given what they’re selling. After all, it’s not too big a leap from men’s denim to men’s chinos, is it? And my guess is, you could use your share of both as we head into spring in earnest. So, that’s where the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos enter the equation (and your wardrobe).

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos 

Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos

Slim chinos in an essential color, made with all the right detailing.

As you’ve come to expect from a brand that already makes your favorite pair of denim, the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos have plenty going for them as far as fabrication and construction are concerned. The midweight cotton-blend fabric (featuring a touch of elastane for stretch) should prove comfortable and easy to wear for hours at a time, ideal if you’re looking for the best pair of pants to wear at home (and on the road). The fact that these classic men’s chinos aren’t paper-thin also makes them an ideal pair of spring pants — wear them with rugged pull-on rain boots and your favorite rain jacket to combat breezy days as you run errands or dine outdoors this season.

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The Slim fit mimics that of Mott and Bow denim, which means the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos are crisp enough to wear to the office (preferably with a casual men’s cotton shirt) when the time comes. And if you’d rather just wear these chinos with a Mott and Bow T-shirt for hanging out on the weekend, well, you’re in luck — they can do that without missing a beat. You should expect a lot from the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos because you’re absolutely getting a lot in return.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos 

 

The Friday Read: Your New Favorite Spring Shirt, The Best Filson Gear & The Best Men’s Sunglasses

Faherty Brand men's shirts

A new go-to spring shirt to start off your Friday the right way.

My friends, welcome to Friday and welcome to the Friday Read, your essential weekend rundown, packed with shopping and reading picks aplenty. In this case, allow me to turn your attention towards one of the best new spring shirts, this time from Faherty Brand. The Faherty Brand Knit Dobby Workshirt is one of the more durable, yet comfortable and stretch-filled, spring shirts I’ve worn yet this season, and it comes at you courtesy of the new Faherty Brand spring collection. The NYC brand makes the kind of gear I can get behind, using ultra-soft fabrics and quality knits to craft casual style staples that are perfect for breezy weekends, cool summer nights at the beach and days spent working from home. That’s my Friday endorsement, but we’re far from done here.

In addition to checking out gear from the likes of the Faherty Brand spring collection, I’ve been staying plenty busy on the writing front. Recently, I’ve written about a new Longines dress watch for Maxim, and I’m also plenty excited to be contributing to men’s lifestyle site Jacob Graye — the other week, I covered the best Converse sneakers to buy right now (you can look for posts there from me twice a week). I’ve got menswear writing to tackle yet this weekend, but I’m planning to get up to Bar Great Harry, a famed and much-loved beer bar, for some outdoor spring sidewalk beers. Of course, tomorrow also brings with it another edition of my twice-weekly music-menswear-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief — be sure to check it out and subscribe ASAP! Elsewhere, you can follow along with all the action via my Instagram, and as for now, here’s the rest of today’s Friday Read.

Be sure to enter to win one of five pairs of Brisk sneakers made by footwear artist Mache.

  • There’s your everyday refreshment (drink water, folks!), and then there’s refreshment that goes just a bit further, like the new Brisk Zero Sugar Iced Tea, which I’ve been checking out this week. It’s a new innovation from the brand (its first major national innovation in five years), but it gets even better than that — head to Brisk Zero Drop to enter a giveaway with prizes dropping every hour. The grand prize is something to behold, especially if you’re a sneakerhead: Brisk worked with footwear artist Mache on an extremely limited-edition run of Brisk-inspired sneakers, and only five winners are getting a pair. Start sipping your Brisk Zero Sugar and start entering ASAP, I’d say

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A cool new spring polo for breezy days ahead.

Filson men's shirts

A must-buy shirt for spring and summer adventures from Filson.

  • I talked earlier this week about the best new men’s gear to buy at Filson, and I’m recommending once more that you check out those picks accordingly. What’s more, I’m also doing the hard work for you and picking out one of the best men’s shirts at Filson for spring and beyond (Hint: It’s the shirt shown above). I didn’t quite have room for it in my guide to the best new shopping picks from the lauded heritage retailer, but the Filson Field Short-Sleeve Shirt is the durable shirt your spring adventures require.
  • You’ve probably noticed the climbing thermostat and the return of sunny weather, yes? I’ve got just the thing to help you (partially) take on spring and summer in style, and that’s because I updated my guide to the best men’s sunglasses for GearMoose. Prepare accordingly for this weekend and beyond, my friends.

That’s going to wrap it up for today’s Friday Read. Did you find what you were looking for, perhaps new spring sunglasses, one of the best men’s shirts at Filson or perhaps a indigo slub cotton polo from Alex Mill? Allow me to leave you with one final recommended reading pick, and that’d be a rundown of the best cashmere sweater to buy on sale right now (from Todd Snyder, of course). After all, you still need a crucial outer layer for breezy spring days, so who better to shop? Be sure to return tomorrow for our Style Pick of the Week, and let’s make it a great weekend, folks.

The Thursday Buy: This Flint and Tinder Selvage Shirt is Your Go-To Spring Shirt

Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect's Shirt

The kind of essential everyday shirt you can wear for just about anything.

If you recently started another day standing in front of your closet, wondering in vain about what shirt to wear for the day’s activities — be it (masked) grocery shopping, (masked) brewery to-go beers or another Zoom call, have I got the shirt for you. Meet the Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect Shirt, one of the best men’s shirts for spring, and the sort of shirt you can wear no matter how much or how little design work you do. It comes to you courtesy of Huckberry and the famed, much-loved line of Flint and Tinder style essentials, which includes everything from a waxed shirt jacket to the best everyday gear (across several categories). But back to the Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect Shirt, which is the kind of grab-and-go shirt your spring wardrobe could use.

When you feel like you’ve exhausted all your Zoom call-worthy shirts, this one is here to save the day. Huckberry says it’s built more like a workwear piece than a classic Oxford shirt, which is good news for more than just Zoom calls. Throw on this selvage buttondown shirt at a moment’s notice to shape up for your next meeting, and assuredly keep it handy for weekend yard work (yes, it can pull double-duty).

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect Shirt

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Selvage detailing showcases how well this shirt is made by the Huckberry team. Cheers to that.

Now, it wouldn’t be one of the best shirts for men if it didn’t provide a hearty dose of versatility, right? It’s the Japanese slub selvage denim fabric in a cool shade of Marled Charcoal that gives this shirt its neutral, crisp edge (literally and figuratively). It’s as easily wearable with dark denim as it is with tan chinos or olive canvas workwear pants. The rest is really up to you, because you can layer the Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect Shirt atop a white T-shirt for easygoing spring style, and you can throw it on over a thermal shirt for an unexpectedly chilly morning. Oh, and you can also wear it all on its own, fresh coffee in hand as you kick back this season.

Footwear options aplenty are going to shine through with this rugged workwear shirt, from classic chukka boots to canvas high-top sneakers. It’s truly a mix-and-match shirt that provides you with bountiful styling options, all the better to switch up your spring wardrobe when you feel like it needs some switching up. And because this is Huckberry we’re talking about here, this shirt is priced reasonably ($128 from Flint and Tinder) — if you ask me, it’s yours for the taking. Happy (early) spring, folks.

See Now, Buy Now: Duke Cannon’s Classic Man Grooming Kit Is Packed with Grooming Essentials

Here’s the thing with a new season, like the season we’re currently in. As far as spring essentials are concerned, you’ve got to keep your grooming on point with a rotation of the best men’s grooming picks, right? Yes, that’s right. Enter Duke Cannon, a finely crafted, useful-as-heck men’s grooming brand here to save the day with the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit. Now, you assuredly know Duke Cannon from the blog here, what with the rugged essentials packed in the Duke Cannon Supply Drop and the refined utility of the Duke Cannon Solid Cologne, ehh? If not, consider the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit the perfect introduction to the brand. It’s packed with men’s grooming essentials for pretty much anyone and everyone, and it clocks in at an agreeable price, too ($49 at Duke Cannon). When you consider the products you’re getting in this men’s grooming bundle, it might feel like a downright steal.

Duke Cannon does more than just offer competitive pricing, though. From the masculine and crisp scents to plentiful product variety (think classic colognes, hard-working face moisturizer and oversized soap bars), it’s all worth checking out. Perhaps most importantly, Minnesota-based Duke Cannon works with veterans support organizations, donating proceeds and products along the way. I’d say you really can’t go wrong when you shop the brand. But back to the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit.

SHOP: The Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit

Duke Cannon Solid Cologne

Just one favorite from the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit. Make it yours today, will ya?

It’s the kind of kit packed with nothing but the best grooming essentials for men, the sort of picks you’ll find yourself using on the daily. That’s the way the brand would want it, seeing as it runs the gamut of Duke Cannon best sellers. You’re getting four must-haves, from the Sandalwood and Amber Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant to the brand’s famed Bourbon Solid Cologne and two Big Ass Bricks of Soap: In Leaf & Leather and Bourbon scents. It’s enough to jumpstart your grooming routine in a big way. Seriously, I’m a huge fan of the Bourbon Solid Cologne on its own (and the brand’s soaps and deodorant!), but throw all four of these products together — and then knock $6 off the regular price — and you’ve got yourself a winning set of the best men’s grooming products for spring and well beyond. How about it, folks? If I wanted a grooming refresh in a hurry, a way to shake up my routine for an affordable price and with quality products, I’d add the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit to my shopping cart in a hurry.

SHOP: The Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit