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

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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.
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
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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!

#OOTD: How to Dress in Style for the New Year

First off: Happy New Year! It’s wild to be entering 2019, but I’m excited you’re joinining us (for the first time as a Style Guide reader or as a seasoned vet!), and I’m ready to get to work when it comes to the best men’s style essentials to start the new year. Flipping the calendar to 2019 is an excellent time for reflection and reevaluation, and that’s certainly true in terms of the way you dress, whether you’re looking for tips on how to dress for the office, how to prepare for a cozy winter weekend or what to wear to your favorite brewery. Seriously, it’s all on the table, and each situation calls for the proper approach — and the proper gear, of course. And if you want to make some quick, easy and relatively affordable men’s style upgrades to start the new year, you’re in luck. We’re coming at you today with a rugged men’s field coat around which to build your entire outfit, and we’ve also got investment-level leather boots in the mix, not to mention a  stylish henley and slim canvas trousers from my friends at Faherty Brand. Those are just the main building blocks — I’d encourage you to mix and match these pieces for the office, the weekend or a winter getaway, or break them all out at once. It can be done — fear not, my friends. The overall point is that the new year calls for, well, a new you. At least in a small sense. If that sounds like a plan, and if you want to learn more about some of the best new men’s gear to wear anywhere, then let’s get to work.

The right gear to wear to start the new year — perfectly rugged and essential.

  • The Classic Field Coat: Peregrine Waxed Bexley Jacket, $299 — One of the easiest ways to up your style in the new year? Throwing on a rugged field coat.
  • The Shirt: Bridge and Burn Bedford Heather Shirt, $128 — Touted by the brand as the “perfect camping shirt,” this classic shirt is a timeless style that’s easy to layer and cut from soft, comfortable fabric, whether you’re doing some winter exploration or merely sidling up to the bar.
  • The Classic Henley: Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley, $62 — The ideal base layer beneath that rugged winter shirt? A stylish henley from Flint and Tinder.
  • The Pants: Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers, $148  — Another easy way to upgrade your style? Reaching for durable, slim-fit pants featuring tough fabric and the same cut as your favorite jeans. Faherty Brand does it again.
  • The Rugged Leather Boots: Original Chippewa Service Boots, $279 — Never underestimate the power of a stylish pair of leather boots to start off the  new year, like these.
  • The Belt: Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt in Whiskey, $88 — We told you not to underestimate the utility of stylish leather boots — the same can be said for this classic leather belt. A perfect style upgrade for 2019 and beyond.
  • The Socks: CHUP Joiku Socks, $35 — Need new socks for the new year? Of course you do. CHUP makes some of the best men’s socks you can buy, hands down.
  • The Gloves: Give’r 4-Season Leather Gloves, $114 — We’re all about rugged, durable accessories — these leather gloves from Give’r also happen to be highly stylish.
  • The Everyday Carry Essential: Bespoke Post Point Box, $45 — You’ll truly never know when you’ll need to break out your everyday carry essentials — this Bespoke Post box helpfully has ’em all.
  • The Hat: United By Blue Mariner Beanie, $19.60 — A stylish beanie for under $20 is the ideal way to keep warm and add some colorful flair to this 2019-ready outfit.

Hopefully by now, you see that upgrading your style for the new year reolves around taking certain style staples and stepping up your game ever so slightly — hence, the new rugged field coat to wear anywhere and everywhere, especially when paired with a classic winter shirt and a stylish henley from Flint and Tinder. The other basic pieces of this outfit, from the colorful United By Blue beanie cap to the classic leather belt from Taylor Stitch, happen to get the job done and offer up timeless, everyday appeal — exactly the right look you should be going for to start the new year. I also can’t recommend Faherty Brand enough — these purveyors of West Coast cool make a heck of a pair of slim-fit trousers for the office and the weekend. On the footwear front, you’re never going to go wrong with some of the best men’s leather boots out there, this time from Original Chippewa — wear ’em as much as you can this winter. Other accessories also do their part, including stylish leather gloves and the excellent Bespoke Post Point Box — several items you should never leave the house without. Again, the small details are also important to start the new year — that’s why you need a pair of the best men’s socks to round out this outfit.  And with all that being said, I think this #OOTD is one heck of a way to look put-together and stylish to start 2019. If you agree, feel free to let me know your thoughts over on Twitter. Thanks for reading and here’s to a great year!

The Friday Read: The Best New Shirt Jacket, Taylor Stitch and New Year’s Eve

A versatile and stylish way to start the new year — and end this one.

We’re just days — mere days — away from saying goodbye to 2018 and stepping with full force into 2019. We’ll get to that in a moment, but if I were you, I might just make my last purchase of 2018 the Taylor Stitch Coit Jacket, shown at the top of the page. A unique and unconventional choice when it comes to one of the best men’s winter jackets, I’d wager. Yes indeed, Taylor Stitch does it again. Now, onto what’s ahead of us and what’s behind us. Behind us? Well, 2018 — quite the up-and-down year across the country and the globe. Hopefully, dressing well and improving (or refining) your personal style was largely helpful in navigating some of the, erm, chaos we faced? From weekly men’s style essentials to guides on situations as varied as how to dress for the office and how to dress for a rock concert — among many, many more — I hope you found some enjoyment in this corner of the Web. I’ve also had plenty of fun writing for The Manual and GearMoose, so if either of those sites brought you here, I’d like to say … thanks! We’re not done with 2018 yet, though. It’s time to dress for New Year’s Eve (check out our #OOTD series for more) and it’s time to close out the year in style, assuredly.

    • If you don’t yet have a rugged shirt jacket in your closet, you need one. Preferably, the best men’s shirt jacket. OK, there’s probably more than one worthy of your consideration, but for my money’s worth, the Faherty Brand Atmosphere Shirt Jacket (as discussed on the blog last week) is the perfect layer to throw on at the airport for winter travel (preferably atop a classic henley) or as an easygoing layer for a cozy, stylish winter weekend. Can’t go wrong.
    • Looking for a  warm, rugged leather jacket that just so happens to be heritage-quality and extremely cool? The Orvis World Traveler Leather Jacket — just one of my latest style features at GearMoose — could be the way to go.
    • With New Year’s Eve on the way (can you believe it!?), I’m going to once again recommend you wear a stylish, classic peacoat — like this one right here. They’re might not be a better way to stay tailored and look sharp than with the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, in my estimation. That’s all there is to it.
    • Speaking of style upgrades for New Year’s Eve and beyond, I rounded up the best shaving soaps for men, also for GearMoose. Look slick, look sharp … look your best to start 2019.

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Alright, folks. Can you believe it’s the last edition of the Friday Read for 2018? I truly can’t — it’s wild, it flies by and I’ve probably filled up my plate too much at times, but again, if you’ve taken the time to read The Style Guide this year, I thank you! Of course, we’ll have our last Style Pick of the Week of the year tomorrow, followed by some very timely content on Monday and Tuesday. Then, it’s a wrap! Again, thanks for reading — stay stylish out there!

The List: Buy These Last-Minute Gifts Right Now For The Stylish Guy in Your Life

Just one of the many stylish gifts you should be thinking about picking up this season. From Bespoke Post.

The clock continues to tick on what to buy for Christmas — especially if you’re still looking for what to buy for the stylish guy in your life. Fear not, though. You’ve got just enough time, and if you’ve play your cards right, you’ll have some dough left over to buy something for yourself. With that in mind, we’re kicking off this holiday-centric look at men’s style essentials with, well, an essential — the durable, exceptionally well-priced Bespoke Post Weekender Box, a perfect gift for the guy on the go. Shop away!

Bespoke Post Weekender Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

An affordable pick-up that’s going to be appreciated by most anyone.

Shopping on a budget? Like an extreme budget? And looking to gift a stylish weekender bag that’ll last a heck of a long time? The classic Bespoke Post Weekender Box, featuring a custom-made, durable bag, will certainly be welcome under the tree.

Proof Field Jacket — $248

A streamlined, modern take on the winter coat for the stylish man.

Function and form are the name of the game when it comes to Proof menswear — surely, the guy who needs a new winter coat gets this. He’ll  be glad you splurged on the Proof Field Jacket.

Nisnas Industries Kole Wooden Flask — $92

A crisply designed wooden flask for the fella who enjoys everything from espresso to whiskey.

Made from wood and stainless steel, the Nisnas Industries flask is both pocket-sized and quite perfect for transporting both your day-starter (espresso) and your weekend warmer (whiskey, am I right?).

Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt — $145

A rugged, old-school shirt that your dad or father-in-law just might love.

A tough, hard-wearing shirt — seriously, this thing is absolutely incredible — is the perfect answer to chilly winter mornings and nights. Wear it over your favorite henley for a bit of rugged, classic style.
Rustico Writer’s Log Leather Refillable Notebook — $50

The ultimate gift for the guy who enjoys the old-school feel of pen on paper.

Finding great gifts under $50 … actually isn’t quite as tough as it might seem.Take the Rustico Writer’s Log Leather Refillable Notebook. It’s the perfect gift for the gentleman who values the look and feel of writing things down to remember them.
Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt in Whiskey — $88

A handsome leather belt that you should pick up for the guy who needs … a better belt.

Mind you, Taylor Stitch makes plenty of stylish leather goods and accessories, but this refined belt might just be the best of the bunch. A perfect gift for your dad, who … well, he needs a stylish new belt.
U-Turn Audio Orbit Special with Preamp — $549

The music lover in your life will thank you.

We’ve previously featured U-Turn Audio on the blog (in this post covering some of the season’s best style essentials), and we’re bringing back this handsome record player for good reason. It’s a seriously sweet gift for the audiophile this year.
Huckberry Candle Set — $72

Three candles that’ll bring light (literally) and refreshing scents to any living space.

Looking for $50-$100 gifts that’ll delight and inspire? Or at least, make a home or apartment smell that much better? Grab the Huckberry Candle Set, a trio of well-crafted candles.
Proof Strong Shirt — $128

The dependable chambray shirt for the stylish man on your list.

Let’s turn once again toward Proof and the brand’s versatile menswear — the Proof Strong Shirt (as seen in this Style Pick of the Week feature) is a classic chambray shirt to give to, heck, any dude on your list who loves timeless shirting.
Darn Tough Heady Micro Stripe Crew Light Cushion Socks — $20

A bold pair of socks that add serious style to any ensemble — or anyone else’s stocking.

Because you’re going to need dependable socks this season — and so is the stylish guy in your life.  Darn Tough makes some of the best — these are a slightly bold yet highly functional pair to wear with your favorite leather boots, and they make a nice stocking stuffer.
YETI Coolers Hopper Backflip — $300

For the guy who appreciates excellent outdoor gear.

If you’re searching for gifts for the outdoorsman, you might have just hit the jackpot. Well, aside from the rugged Filson shirt featured earlier. This durable YETI cooler is also easily portable for camping trips and day hikes aplenty.
Danner Raptor Boots — $240

Exceptional boots for the outdoorsman.

Speaking of gifts for the outdoorsman, well … these exceptional, handcrafted leather boots from Danner have the chance to take the top spot in your closet or someone else’s. I’ve tried them out over the past few weeks (as seen on my Instagram!) and have loved the comfort and quailty.
Red Wing Heritage Traveler’s Dopp Kit — $110

A rugged dopp kit from a rugged boots brand.

You definitely know Red Wing Heritage for the brand’s stylish leather boots, and so does the stylish guy in your life … but does he have a durable dopp kit from the brand? Not likely.
Nezumi Studios Corbeau Watch — $340

A far cry better than whatever watch he might be wearing now — ya dig?

Chances are, you know a guy who could use a new, stylish casual watch. Outfitted on a classic grey NATO strap for durability in winter weather, the Nezumi Studios Corbeau Watch fits the bill nicely.
SeaVees Army Issue Low Sneakers in Whiskey — $108

Crisp, classic sneakers in a seasonally friendly color for the guy who could use a new pair.

SeaVees sneakers are casual & comfortable as is, but when you throw in the winter-friendly Whiskey color & gum rubber sole, you’ve got yourself a pair that works for laidback holiday football viewing or a casual day at the office in equal measure. Your brother could use these upgraded sneakers when he’s back on campus, I’d say.
Courant Catch:3 Wireless Phone Charging Tray — $175

The desk accessory that does the work for you.

What doesn’t this well-designed, stylish phone charging tray have going for it? It’s wireless, it’s easy to use, and it’s made with pebble-grain Italian leather — a sharp gift for the dad who values utility and handsome design.
That’s closing out our action-packed gift guide of style essentials for the guy who has nearly everything. What will you be gifting the men on your list this season? Let me know on Twitter if it happens to be any of these picks!

Style Pick of the Week: Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

The best peacoat on the market? There’s certainly nothing else like it.

Folks, there’s just no other way to look at it: The Billy Reid Bond Peacoat is an iconic jacket you need in your wardrobe this winter. Oh, and it’s worn by Mr. James Bond himself (as seen above). That’s it. That’s all there is to it. And if this classic peacoat wasn’t so well-made and uniquely stylish, that might be the end of this post. But trust me, there’s so much more to say about the exceptional Bond Peacoat from lauded American menswear designer Billy Reid. It’s great enough that it received prominent placement in the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall” — of cours. The popularity of this coat (actually named for Bond Street in Manhattan) has only grown since then. Or is “legend” a more fitting word than “popularity”? At any rate, you can currently pick it up via the brand’s Web site, or via Huckberry — all the better, seeing as Huckberry is truly one of my favorite online shops for the stylish guy (that’s you!). That’s really just the start of what makes this coat so great. Now, we’ll be telling you all about how to wear this stylish peacoat in our #OOTD series in the coming days, but for now, let’s get down to business — the Bond Peacoat delivers in matters of style AND functionality, starting with the extremely warm double-woven melton wool construction. That alone makes it worth the *gulp* nearly-$700 price tag.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

It’s really not too often — try never — that you find a peacoat that so perfectly embodies style that’s suited for a secret agent and for the everyman, yet that’s just what the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat offers. Take the crisp navy color, as worn by naval servicemen decades ago. Heck, that color and this silhouette alone are enough to add class to any outfit.

Bond Peacoat

A slim, tailored peacoat that shot to prominence thanks to a certain secret agent.

Add in small, seriously premium touches — including a leather-reinforced collar and horn buttons — and you’re looking at much more than your average peacoat. It’s also made in Italy, putting the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat a cut above the rest. Side slash hand warmer pockets and front flap pockets make this coat one that’s not just for show; use them to stow your everyday carry essentials on chilly winter days. It’s crisply cut, making it the ideal complement to tailored wool trousers and rugged leather boots. It’s also a nice way to stay warm in transit to the office or your holiday party — if I were you, I’d wear it over a classic chambray shirt and slim tan chinos, paired up with durable desert boots (read more about all those men’s style essentials elsewhere on the site). Again, you’re going to have to invest in the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, but I can nearly guarantee it’ll be the last peacoat you buy. OK, that’s it. That’s the end of this post. Get out there and pick it up while you still can!

SHOP: The Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

 

The Friday Read: The National, Upstate New York and Upslope Brewing

It’s the end of a long week — treat yourself to some whiskey, and to a new whiskey glass in the process

OK, my friends. If you’re in the same boat as me, perhaps you might enjoy a nice, neat pour of a premium spirit in one of the best whiskey glasses on the market to end your Friday. How about it? The good news is, you can pick up many more of those unique Whiskey Peaks glasses as shown above at Huckberry. Now, to the rest of today’s Friday Read. We’ve kept plenty busy here to close out November — I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with my family in warm, sunny and relaxing Florida, enjoying a Jai Alai IPA and watching lots of football (you might have picked up on that via my Instagram). At any rate, it was a much-needed, very refreshing break from writing a ton about, yes, winter style essentials aplenty. Like the outfit you need to wear to your favorite brewery this weekend. And the best flannel shirt to buy now. Again, the work never stops. However!

It’ll come to a brief respite this afternoon, as I head to the lovely town of Hudson, New York (you might remeber it from a previous upstate winter getaway) to support a great cause and see some amazing live music. Yes indeed, today is the start of the Rally in the Valley, a full weekend of education and activism supporting Planned Parenthood in upstate New York. Along with community workshops and panel discussions, it’s kicked off on Friday night with a concert by none other than indie rock luminaries The National — my heroes and my forever band! Guitarist Aaron Dessner lives not too far from Hudson, and I’ve been very lucky to see them play two album release shows last summer (at the incredible Basilica Hudson). This time around, I’m more excited than ever for an intimate show at Hudson Hall. It’s going to be an amazing night for an amazing cause — and the rest of the weekend shouldn’t disappoint! I plan to hit up MOTO Coffee for a cup or two (or more) of delicious coffee, and I’m also thrilled to stay at Rivertown Lodge, complete with idyllic accomodations aplenty (say that five times fasts). For now though, we’ve got more menswear and craft beer to discuss. Read on!

  • We start this portion of today’s Friday Read by talking about a gift for her — your partner, your spouse or your girlfriend. And this gift comes from one of my favorite online retailers, Bespoke Post. They make all kinds of menswear essentials (and I know we all love a great Bespoke Post Box), but the recently lauched Soothe Box (it’s just $55!) is one-of-a-kind, and an ideal way to put some care & thought into the holiday season. From a lovely candle to a clay face mask to body scrub, these are the essentials she deserves — get your shopping done early.
  • On the craft beer front, I was fortunate enough last week to try the excellent Spruce Tip IPA from Upslope Brewing. This Colorado-based, Certified B Corporation has put a little something extra into this beer — besides the hand-picked spruce tips, that is. They work with organizations like Leave No Trace to produce beer that’s environmentally friendly — and delicious, to boot. Heck, that’s not all: The Spruce Tip IPA is particularly great out of a can.
  •  Staying sharp while on the road has arguably never been more important than right now — that’s why I wrote about the best men’s winter travel essentials over at The Manual! It features some gear picks from brands you know and love, including the Proof Rover Pants, stylish Darn Tough socks and even a rugged Jack Mason watch. Can’t get any better than that.
  • Also in the way of holiday-centric upgrades, I wrote about all of the best men’s grooming gifts for GearMoose. You know, the gifts to give, well, any guy on your list who could use better skin care. So, your dad, your brother, your father-in-law … you catch my drift.

That’s going to close out today’s Friday Read. Did you find what you were looking for? Maybe stay on the site if not — we’ll tell you all about the best menswear to buy on sale this weekend. We’ll also get you outfitted with the perfect oufit to wear for a night in, because even laidback nights deserve proper style. Again, hopefully, you find what you need. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and have a great weekend!