The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Duffle Bag, A New Way to Wear Sneakers and Brooklyn Steel

Best men's winter jackets

The right way to dress for winter — the Proof Storm Shield Parka.

Alright, I’m ready for a stylish winter weekend — how about you? More importantly, how are you dressing for the nasty weather that seems to be blanketing the country right now? If I were you, I’d layer up with the Proof Storm Shield Jacket — the team at Proof makes gear with versatiliy, mobility & performance in mind, so that’s a great way to take on the season. From the Primaloft Gold insulation to the ease of packing it up, the¬†Proof Storm Shield Jacket¬†just works. OK, we’ve got that out of the way. It’s now time to look back at the latest and greatest men’s style news of the week — agreed? We’re about halfway through January, so I’d love to hear how your men’s style resolutions are holding up. It’s all about refreshing and upgrading the basics you know and love — pieces like the classic flannel shirt or a timeless henley — in a new way for the new year.

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RAnd we’re already off and running in matters aside from menswear, too. Tonight, I’m heading to my favorite venue in the city (that’d be Brooklyn Steel) to see Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter play what promises to be a soulful, moving show in East Williamsburg. Have any more suggestions for weekend listening? Feel free to let me know on Twitter — and in the meantime, let’s get on with the Friday Read! Cheers.

  • Now, this post ran a few weeks ago, but it’s worth revisting — Esquire.com is giving you the full scoop on the best men’s duffle bag to take with you anywhere and everywhere. In short, it’s a convertible duffle that goes from the gym to the office to the road. Of course, you can also view more essential men’s travel gear elsewhere on the site — happy hunting!
  • Let’s take a quick step back for a second — a proper #FlashbackFriday, if you will. While the rest of us deal with sleet and snow, perhaps you find yourself in a more temperate climate. If that’s the case, I’d imagine you’re sick of reading about the best men’s winter coats and want something a little more suited to warm weather? In that case, check out this #OOTD on the best way to wear sneakers now. Bingo.Shop Faherty Brand
  • There are regular pairs of boots, and then there are the sort of rugged men’s boots you invest in — ones that get better over time. A few weeks back, I wrote all about how Nick’s Boots are the boots you should buy now. You can find out why at The Manual.

Once again, thanks for tuning into this edition of the Friday Read. If you still find yourself on the hunt for something to read or something to wear (or both), I’d point you toward learning more about this rugged winter cardigan from Faherty Brand.¬† Looking for something a bit more refined? Well, then — the Bond Peacoat from Billy Reid (as seen in our Style Pick of the Week series) is the way to go. OK, that’s all I’ve got today. Stay stylish!

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See Now, Buy Now: The Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc Boots Are the Perfect Winter Boots to Buy Now

Red Wing Heritage

Rugged boots that’ll last all winter.

On the hunt for the perfect winter boots? Yes, that’s right — we said “perfect.”‘ Perfection is a very high bar to clear, admittedly, and yet there are certain brands, like Red Wing Heritage, that continue to strive toward that aim by sticking to what they know best. Now, we previously talked about the¬†Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc Toe Boots¬†as seen at the top of the page (in this post), but we’re back again to dive deeper today — they’re just that good.¬†That’s surely lofty praise, but a classic brand like Red Wing Heritage can back it up — and it’s all the better that the Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc Toe Boots are but the latest release from the lauded company to land on your wish list of men’s style essentials. That’s what your humble author thinks, at least. Why’s that now?

SHOP: The Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc Toe Boots
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Well, my friends … the Classic Moc Toe Boots from Red Wing fit right in with the brand’s lineup of stellar boots … yet they stand out quitely in their own, very pleasing way. Much like the equally rugged and winter-ready Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots, the¬†Classic Moc Toe Boots¬†are made to lace up and get to work, starting with the Traction Tred wedge outsole for durability and grip on icy winter surfaces. The use of Goodyear welt construction also adds another dimension of toughness — yes indeed, these could be the¬† perfect winter boots.

And lest you expect anything but the best from¬†Red Wing Heritage, these rugged moc toe boots are made with … yes, you guessed it — the brand’s iconic full-grain, oil-tanned leather, fashioned here into an incredible pair of everyday boots that you should wear as much as you can. What are my recommended pairings for the excellent¬†Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc Toe Boots? That’s pretty easy, I think. Start with expertly faded slim blue denim, add a classic henley and throw on a rugged shawl cardigan.

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Or wear these boots with classic everyday chinos, a timeless chambray shirt and of course, an heirloom-quality peacoat. The details and construction are simply applause-worthy, meaning you should wear them all that much more. Heck, you can even try the¬†Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc Toe Boots¬†with a tailored charcoal flannel suit and a chambray dress shirt. Yes, yes you can — no doubt about.

Thanks for reading! Are these stylish leather boots making their way onto your feet this season?

SHOP: The Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc Toe Boots

 

#OOTD: Here’s How You Should Dress for the Polar Vortex This Year

You’ll know it when you see it — the arrival of this year’s polar vortex. Inevitably, and especially if you live in a place like NYC, it’ll catch you at the worst possible time. So, how to dress for the polar vortex this year? Stylishly and with functionality in mind, of course. That’s where today’s #OOTD takes us, so put on your rugged Danner boots and get ready. We’re kicking things off with a tough winter parka, and it only gets better from there (good news, the parka comes from Flint and Tinder). From there, it’s pretty critical that you throw on a rugged sweater for warmth, along with an office-ready flannel shirt from the good folks at Faherty Brand. But, today’s #OOTD is wearable for the office, you say? Of course — there’s work to be done, even during the polar vortex. That’s why we’re also recommending a rugged, casual watch and some surprisingly tailored chore pants. The point is, again, you need to dress for anything and everything, and I think this rugged-yet-reliable #OOTD is the way to go. What say you? Find out the rest of today’s gear picks for yourself below — stay warm!

Winter really doesn’t stand a chance — bundle up accordingly.

  • The Jacket: Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka, $398¬†— The good folks at Flint and Tinder never fail to come through with amazing men’s style essentials, like this tough winter parka. Your new favorite winter jacket? Possibly.
  • The Rugged Sweater: Peregrine Waffle Crew Neck Jumper, $140¬†— You know those mornings when it’s too cold to go outside or do much of anything? This insanely warm winter sweater changes all that.
  • The Classic Shirt: Faherty Brand Brushed Apline Flannel Shirt, $148¬†— And the proper shirt to pair with that winter sweater? A classic flannel shirt from Faherty Brand, of course.
  • The Boots: Danner Raptor Boots, $240¬†— I really do love the boots churned out by Danner season after season — personally, the Raptor Boots have proven exceedinly comfortable, and pretty darn tough on top of that. Perfect for the polar vortex.
  • The Pants: Flint and Tinder Mill Pants, $98¬†— The polar vortex demands that you dress accordingly — hence, these tough chore pants to stomp through snow.
  • The Must-Have Weekender: Buffalo Jackson Dakota Weekender, $294.98¬†— Heading somewhere in spite of the snow? Just trying to haul your gear to your cabin or to your next job? This rugged weekender bag is perhaps the best new bag to buy now.
  • The Socks: Anonymousism MOC Pile Crew Socks, $22.50¬†— We talked about the boots to buy for this #OOTD, now let’s talk about the stylish socks¬†you need on your feet. Anonymousism makes each pair with form and function in mind.
  • The Watch: Huckberry x Lum-Tec Combat B-42 Watch, $499¬†— Although you’re dealing with a blizzard, that’s no time to let your accessories slip. This rugged, casual watch is an excellent option for winter.
  • The Tough Leather Gloves: Give’r 4-Season Waxed Gloves, $114 — Again, your accessories need to stay on point and carry you through the storm in style — these are an essential pair of winter gloves, no questions asked.
  • The Everyday Carry Essential: Taylor Stitch Drop Point Knife, $68¬†— In the spirit of getting the job done, you might find this Taylor Stitch Drop Point Knife handy if you’re tackling chores or projects outside.

Now, the polar vortex might seem tricky in matters of both style and survival — but it’s all about outfitting yourself accordingly. In my mind, that starts with new favorite winter jacket from Flint and Tinder. I’d say it’s one of the best men’s winter jackets out there, and it only gets better when you layer it over a classic flannel shirt from Faherty Brand, along with that insanely warm winter sweater we discussed earlier. The rest of your gear is truly on-point, too. Take those tough chore pants and the Danner Raptor Boots — there’s nearly no stopping you now. But wait, there’s more! Throw in a rugged, casual watch, grab an essential pair of winter gloves, then top it off by packing up a rugged weekender bag for whatever the day throws your way. Lest we forget, the Taylor Stitch Drop Point Knife is a handy everyday carry essential, and stylish socks are always a must-have. Now all you need is a roaring fire and a glass of whiskey — right? Right. Good luck out there, stay warm & stay stylish!

The List: 12 New Men’s Style Picks to Start 2019 Off Right

Buck Mason

Kicking off today with a beautifully made shawl cardigan from a classic American brand.

There are times when the weather, the season itself and even the day of the week merit nothing but the best men’s style gear you can get your hands on. Especially given that January’s chilly weather is bearing down on us (or most of us, that is). With that being said, today’s featured pick is the excellent Buck Mason Ash Vintage Cashmere Shawl Cardigan. It’s a beautiful piece of work, and it’s made particularly well for winter layering with a slim henley shirt. So, that’s how we’re starting today’s edition of The List. Let’s get upgraded for the new year.

Buck Mason Ash Vintage Cashmere Shawl Cardigan — $225

Buck Mason

The type of classic cardigan you need this winter.

To stay warm, cozy & uniquely stylish this winter, reach for a throwback-inspired shawl cardigan from the terrific menswear purveyors at Buck Mason. This all-American brand (and this particular sweater) top my list when it comes to winter style essentials, and that’s all there is to it. Check out how to style it on my Instagram.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Shawl Cardigan 

Faherty Brand Luxe Heather Henley — $98

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A casual winter henley that stands out stylishly.

When you look at brands that offer uncompromising quality and excellent fabric, well, Faherty Brand has gotta end up near the top of the list. This rugged henley is perfect to layer under that Buck Mason cardigan.

Hardcore Hammers Hardcore Survivalist Hatchet — $135

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An unexpectedly functional way to take on winter chores.

There are certain places that stock and sell so many men’s style classics, it’s tough to know where to start. Within the¬†Huckberry General Store, the Hardcore Hammers Hardcore Survivalist Hatchet is both unique & yet necessary for winter yard work.

Astorflex Coastflex — $114.98

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Classic dress shoes that wear more like suede chukka boots.

So, we go from what to use for a day of yard work to what to wear for a day at the office — the Astorflex Coastflex delivers low-key style and comfort in the new year.

Duke Cannon Solid Cologne Kit — $75

Three cologne options for every type of preference.

There’s no time like the new year to upgrade your men’s grooming essentialsDuke Cannon‘s essential, excellent-smelling Solid Cologne Kit offers a scent for every guy.

Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans — $128

Classic jeans in a slim fit, with just enough stretch. Ideal to get around this winter.

We’ve talked plenty about slim men’s denim — and this pair in particular — from the great folks at Flint and Tinder. Yet, we’re calling out the Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans again here because they’re comfortable, made with stretch & feature a slim fit for perfect winter style.

Zodiac Chrono Quartz Watch — $495

Dependably rugged and stylish for winter.

Let’s take stock of your watch collection — do you have a go-to casual watch? Perhaps one that even looks a bit dressier than its functionality implies? The Zodiac Chrono Quartz Watch gets it done on both accounts.

Howler Brothers Roadrunner Shell — $86.98

An easily wearable, rugged shirt jacket.

Cut from a versatile cotton chambray and treated with a durable water-repellent coating, this classic shirt jacket would wear nicely with a tough henley for a winter weekend hike.

Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1936 Type 1 Jacket — $365¬†

A one-of-a-kind jacket from an iconic brand.

There’s the classic Levi’s jean jacket, and then there’s the otherworldy Levi’s Type 1 Jacket. It’s an extraordinary, throwback-inspired piece of work that you can layer over a thermal henley or under a tailored topcoat.

Faherty Brand¬†Peak Cap — $98

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A warm, well-made knit cap for winter adventures.

We’re recommending yet more gear from Faherty Brand because this brand simply delivers on all fronts. Yes, even when it comes to a stylish winter cap … made from a soft cotton-wool blend, to boot.

Huckberry Vintage Trainers in White — $185

Wear these now if there’s no snow, or keep ’em handy for spring.

These chilly months ahead surely mark a banner time to buy some of the best men’s winter boots … but you can also find great deals on vintage-inspired sneakers, like these classic runners from our good friends at Huckberry. Wear ’em with a¬†rugged henley¬†from Faherty Brand, plus a classic navy peacoat.

Filson 48-Hour Tin Cloth Duffle Bag — $475

A durable weekender bag for your next winter trip.

Is there any way to go wrong when shopping for rugged gear from Filson? Especially a tough weekender bag like the 48-Hour Tin Cloth Duffle Bag? Nope. That’s it.

Now, from the above list, what’s your favorite pick when it comes to winter style essentials? I always ask that, because I have a tough time deciding myself. In this instance, I can’t recommend the¬†Zodiac Chrono Quartz Watch¬†enough. It’s one heck of a watch. Of course, the¬†Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans¬†also provide plenty in terms of comfort and mobility this winter. What’s your take? Happy shopping!

Style Pick of the Week: Proof Field Jacket

A reliable jacket to wear with your favorite winter sweaters — the modern man’s coat.

When the going gets tough, when the weather starts getting really nasty this winter, what are you going to wear? Easy — the Proof Field Jacket. This modern take on the classic field coat has to be one of the best men’s winter jackets, easily. That being said, if you read the blog regularly, you know we’re all about gear from brands like Proof, which emphasizes mobility and versatility. From the remarkable Proof Strong Shirt (a unique, performance-ready take on the classic chambray shirt) to the exceptional Proof Performance Oxford — a serious upgrade from the typical Oxford shirt — these pieces pack in functionality, versatility and yes, performance.

That same approach is what makes the Proof Field Jacket (available in both Olive and Navy) so exceptional and so useful … yet stylish at the same time. A tough combo to nail, right? But you don’t craft one of the best winter jackets for men without putting some serious work into the little details.Now, this isn’t a bulky, overly puffy winter coat — and that’s great news for you. In the case of the world-beating¬†Proof Field Jacket, a better design approach means you start with a sleeker take on the classic M-65 field jacket — first used in the military and packed with pockets and heavy fabric. Here though, the streamlined¬†Proof Field Jacket¬†transforms that bulky cotton into a reasonable mid-layer with a water-resistant nylon-poly exterior and two front field pockets for all of your everyday carry essentials.

This sleek field jacket is also available in navy for the sleek city dweller in you.

SHOP: The Proof Field Jacket via Huckberry

In addition to the tough technical fabric and storage space, the¬†¬†Proof Field Jacket¬†is surprisingly easy to wear — again, the option of either¬†Olive¬†or¬†Navy¬†seems to help in that regard. Complete with the tailored fit and helpful functionality, it’s the type of jacket to layer over a classic crewneck sweater¬†for a chilly winter weekend — add the¬†¬†Proof Strong Shirt, your favorite chore pants and tough leather boots, then you’re good to go. The¬†Proof Field Jacket¬†can even be paired with something as sleek as slim tan chinos and a classic white Oxford to get you through a breezy morning commute. In short, the¬†¬†Proof Field Jacket¬†is the type of coat you can wear in multiple seasons, it’s perfect for layering, and in either¬†Olive¬†or¬†Navy, it simply looks like … well, the type of¬†classic field coat¬† you’re going to want to wear all the time. Like what you see? Feel free to let me know on Twitter.

SHOP: The Proof Field Jacket via Huckberry

The Friday Read: New Style for a New Year, the Best Cup of Coffee for 2019 and Outerknown

No matter how you take your coffee, the Bespoke Post Coffee Starter Kit can help you brew a better cup. Image courtesy of Bespoke Post.

So, my friends — welcome to the first Friday Read of 2019! Pour yourself a cup of coffee using the Bespoke Post Coffee Starter Kit, kick back & enjoy the start of the weekend. Enjoying a rich cup of craft coffee is a favorite weekend starter for me, and if that’s the case for you, the Bespoke Post Coffee Starter Kit might brew the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. But, you’ll need to try it out for yourself.¬†
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Believe you me, that Bespoke Post Coffee Starter Kit¬†is going to come in handy. After all, we’ve got some men’s style essentials to discuss. It’s truly wild to be starting 2019, and with that comes reflection in terms of how you’re dressing and how you’re approaching your wardrobe. We’re in the depths of winter (well, some of us are), and that calls for throwing on warm-yet-stylish layers — take a classic navy peacoat or an elbow patch sweater, then add rugged leather boots to fight snow and slush. Don’t forget stylish leather gloves, either. So, as you can see, there are opportunities aplenty to step your game up in ways big and small. Hopefully, you’ll learn about a few below. Aside from reading about the best men’s style picks, what’s on your weekend to-do list? For me, I’m looking forward to exploring Brooklyn (and the Interboro NYC brewery), plus … yes, enjoying a delicious cup of coffee (or two). Let’s get to the rest of today’s featured style picks in the meantime — thanks for reading!

  • There are certain times where you just need a grab-and-go jacket — maybe you’re late for work, maybe you’ve got to dash out the door with the kids, maybe you’ve got to catch the second half at the bar. Whatever the case might be, the Outerknown Puffer Jacket — a recent GearMoose feature by yours truly — is the jacket for you.
  • Looking for a cozy and minimal winter layer? That’s where the new line of Mott & Bow Cashmere Sweaters comes into play. Wear any of one of them atop a classic T-shirt for a cozy, stylish winter weekend — but first, read all about ’em at The Manual.Shop Faherty Brand
  • OK, so if you read the site or you follow me on Instagram, you assuredly¬† know I’m a huge fan of great craft beer. In the spirit of looking back to move forward, the excellent craft beer and lifestyle site October published a recap of the best hazy IPAs of 2018. Perhaps there’s a beer on the list you enjoy? You can never go wrong with a standout IPA.

Still in need of something else to read? Check out more of the best rugged winter gear picks to kick off your year the right way. Or, read more about the best shirt jacket to buy now, this one from Faherty Brand. Last but certainly not least … it’s chilly out there. Make sure you know how to dress for a winter weekend with comfort and style in mind. Cheers!¬†
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The List: Here are the Best Men’s Style Upgrades to Start the New Year

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Roll up your sleeves and get to work with this timeless Faherty Brand shirt.

Can you believe we’re already diving right into the first edition of The List for 2019? If you’re not familiar, we cover off on the best menswear essentials¬†for every occasion you can think of. Whether you need menswear to wear to the office or a casual ensemble to wear to your favorite brewery, you’re going to find gear to help you do it in style. And as we look toward a new year, it’s worth reconsidering your style staples and upgrading them accordingly — starting with your new favorite flannel shirt from Faherty Brand. OK, let’s start the year right.

Faherty Brand¬†Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt —¬†$148
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No frills and no added bells & whistles — just a mighty fine shirt.

Simply put, it’s easy to look great when wearing gear from the likes of Faherty Brand. These West Coast-based menswear purveyors can seemingly do no wrong The Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt is a no-nonsense addition to your wardrobe, as easily wearable with slim denim and chukka boots as it is with classic chinos and brown leather dress shoes to start 2019.
SHOP: The Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt from Faherty Brand
Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka — $398

An exceptional parka to keep you warm all winter.

Searching for a truly badass, tough winter parka to pair with your new favorite shirt (that shirt being the Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt from Faherty Brand)? Well, here you go. An incredible effort from Flint and Tinder.
Peregrine Waffle Crew Neck Jumper — $144

A beautifully crafted sweater for cold winter mornings.

There are the type of rugged men’s sweaters you’re going to want to reach for on chilly winter mornings — the Peregrine Waffle Crew Neck might just take the cake, seeing as it’s that rugged and that stylish.
Buffalo Jackson Dakota Waxed Weekender — $294.98

A tough waxed canvas weekender bag for all your winter adventures.

You might know Buffalo Jackson for the brand’s stylish shirt jackets, but the Dakota Waxed Weekender has the potential to become your new favorite travel bag. The perfect bag to bring for any winter travel plans.
Taylor Stitch Primrose Jacket — $328
Taylor Stitch

Sleek, functional and ready for rainy days aplenty.

Blending the functionality of a trench coat and the sleek style akin to that of¬†a fishtail parka, the Primrose Jacket from Taylor Stitch is simply uncompromising — just the coat to buy for the new year.
Bellroy Classic Set Slim Leather Wallet$109

Slim, sleek and functional — the perfect leather wallet.

Let’s be honest, you’re going to want to upgrade your wallet to start this year off right. The Bellroy Classic Set is a combination stylish leather wallet and key cover with RFID protection — pretty sweet, if you ask me.
¬†Flint and Tinder 10-Year Sweatpants —¬†$88
Flint and Tinder

Perhaps the best men’s sweatpants — and certainly very comfortable.

Just because it’s now 2019 — with style resolutions abound — doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your sweatpants. Just upgrade your old pair with these¬†stylish sweatpants¬†from¬†Flint and Tinder, ya dig?
About Vintage 1969 Special Edition Watch — $269

A striking and sharp timepeice to upgrade your watch collection for the new year.

From talking about casual sweatpants to talking about a classic leather dress watch? That’s how we do it here on the blog — this handsome About Vintage timepiece is a looker.
¬†Buck Mason Port Pima Curved Hem Henley —¬†$48

A new classic — Buck Mason makes some of the best men’s henleys on the market.

From the rich color to the fine detailing to the neat curved hem, this Buck Mason henley is easily one of the best men’s henleys money can buy. Wear it with a rugged denim shirt from the same brand, or try it under a durable winter jacket with perfectly faded jeans.
Levi’s Trucker Jacket — $69.99 (When On-Sale from Levi’s)
Levi's

A rugged, timeless denim jacket from Levi’s.

Want to refresh your outerwear in a big way? There’s one way to do it, and that involves picking up a classic jean jacket from Levi’s, an iconic brand that makes the best men’s denim jacket around.
Billy Reid Denim Shirt — $195

A denim shirt that’s going to get better and better every time you wear it.

Speaking of denim … we’ve got a classic denim shirt from Billy Reid for the taking. We talked about how to wear the light wash iteration of this shirt in this #OOTD, and this indigo denim shirt is every bit as stylish and versatile.
Rhodes Dean Boots — $220
Huckberry

Equal parts sleek and sturdy, these are an excellent addition to the Huckberry brand.

A new entry into the Huckberry arsenal of men’s style essentials last fall,the stunning Rhodes Dean Boots are high-quality and expertly crafted without breaking the bank. Surely, these are some of the best men’s leather boots to wear to upgrade your office ensemble.

Flyte Buckminster Levitating Lamp — $349

A seriously cool way to upgrade your home office or desk.

You know something we haven’t talked about quite yet? Stylish home decor upgrades to start 2019. Well, this eyecatching Flyte Levitating Lamp is one place to kick off your search.
Flint and Tinder Jet Black Jeans — $118

Slim, sharp black jeans — simply perfect.

Every guy arguably needs a pair of slim black jeans in his wardrobe — the Flint and Tinder Jet Black Jeans fit the bill very nicely. Wear them to your next rock concert.

That’ll wrap up our first take on The List for 2019. What sort of shopping must-haves are you looking at this year? For me personally, I can’t get enough of the exceptional¬†Rhodes Dean Boots — and I’d wear them with the¬†Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt¬†from¬†Faherty Brand.
Alright, happy shopping!