Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Presidio Jacket in Cognac

The stylish leather jacket you need in your wardrobe this fall. Is it any wonder it comes from Taylor Stitch?

If you take one spin through the pages of The Style Guide, you’ll discover quickly that we sure do love Taylor Stitch. The California-based brand makes darn near everything that stylish guys (like yourself!) need when it comes to menswear essentials, from the Taylor Stitch California Shirt to the Rangeley Sweater to the Jack Short-Sleeve Shirt to, well, the Presidio Jacket as seen at the top of the page.

It can be argued with ease that every guy needs a stylish leather jacket in their wardrobe, particularly as the calendar creeps toward fall. Seriously: The right leather jacket can team with dark denim, rugged chambray shirting, leather boots … you name it. And y’know what’s the even better news? If you pre-fund the absurdly stylish Taylor Stitch Presidio Jacket right now, that’s exactly when you’ll receive it (October or November, to be specific). What else is there to love about the Presidio Jacket? Plenty, my friends. Plenty. For starters, your new favorite leather jacket is handmade in San Francisco in partnership with Golden Bear — you might recognize the lauded, classic outerwear brand from their work on the amazing Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket. So, the Presidio Jacket has that going for it.

The best construction and materials money can buy — an absurdly great jacket.

The leather is custom tanned, making for a meticulous and careful process that results in one heck of a jacket. The 3oz. Cognac leather used to make the Presidio Jacket results in a distinctive, classic piece of outerwear that’s going to age wonderfully. It’s also cut in a classic bomber jacket silhouette, all the better for wearing with everything from a classic white Oxford and olive chinos to a heather grey henley and black denim. Does that make it one of the best leather jackets for men? Heck, it just might. The lining — made of nylon and grey wool — will keep you toasty without stifling you on chilly fall days, while the welt handwarmer pockets are lined in cotton flannel for even more warmth. Yessir, the Presidio Jacket has a ton going for it, absolutely. It’s simply an absurdly beautiful and classic jacket — the Presidio Jacket is surely going on my fall wish list. And the great thing about it? You’re getting the Presidio Jacket for quite the deal ($200 off the regular price of $998). Again, it’s got classic versatility built right in, too. From an indigo denim shirt and dark blue jeans to a white Oxford, a knit tie and khaki chinos, the Presidio Jacket is destined — destined, I tell you — to become a new menswear essential for you. Easy as that.

Are you taking a chance on pre-funding the Presidio Jacket now? How would you style this thing?

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Style Suggestion: What to Wear to Your Next Bar Crawl

It’s time to rethink what you thought you knew about how to wear a leather jacket. More specifically, it’s time to get acquainted — or re-acquainted — with the stunning, stylish Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket. We’ve talked about the Moto Jacket as recently as this past spring, and it’s back again. Plus, it’s the perfect rugged-yet-edgy jacket to wear to your next bar crawl. Available for pre-funding via Taylor Stitch for a limited time only, it might just be the best leather jacket on the market today, what with an excellent fit, quality construction and old-school styling details. And all of those come together in one stylish package, resulting in a leather jacket that you can — and should — wear on a winter bar crawl (or really, whenever you feel like it). The keys here are much the same as with other men’s style essentials. We’re taking pieces that can quickly turn sloppy, and turning everything into an edgy, crisp and cool #menswear ensemble that’s going to outshine your drinking buddies (but only a bit!). It’s all about keeping it casual and versatile, and the Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket is the best place to start in that regard. Sound like a plan? Good stuff.

The Leather Jacket: Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket in Black Steerhide — $875

It doesn’t get better than this stylish, essential leather jacket from Taylor Stitch.

Ahh yes, the holy grail — the classic leather jacket we’ve been talking about. Truly, the Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket, especially in an edgy black steerhide leather, is a thing of beauty. Certainly, it’s gotta be one of the best leather jackets for men, yes? Featuring durable hardware and understated-yet-stylish details like zig-zag collar stitching, this is the perfect jacket to throw on to head to your local watering hole. It looks great, it’s understated (but striking), and it’s easy to layer at the same. The Moto Jacket is, again, a home run.

The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Oxnard Shirt in Sun-Bleached Chambray — $98 (On-Sale)

A classic, rugged chambray shirt that’ll carry you through Saturday night.

Rather than resorting to an old college tee, layer up with a uniquely stylish chambray shirt — yet another menswear essential that Taylor Stitch does very well. The Oxnard Shirt in particular has a lot going for it, from the use of Japanese selvage chambray to the pleasantly lived-in wash. Think of it as a significant style upgrade that’ll provide warmth from the chill, while adding a bit of casual contrast to the edgy Moto Jacket.

The Henley: Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley in Natural — $62

A durable, tough henley for a tough ensemble.

What’s better, or cooler, to wear to a bar crawl than a classic, rugged men’s henley? There’s really not much that’s going to look better when layered up with a stylish chambray shirt than a classic henley — especially the Flint and Tinder number seen here. And because we’re going for durability, warmth and serious style, the Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley in Natural is going to be the way to go. It’s a nice value for the price, too. Edgy, classic and cool.

The Denim: Taylor Stitch Slim Jean in Cone Mills Standard — $98

A classic pair of blue denim for a classic night out — right?

Slim, well-made and classic blue denim is a men’s style staple that guys have been wearing to the bar — and heck, everywhere — for years upon years. So, when it comes time to dress for your next bar crawl, there’s no need to reinvent the well. The Taylor Stitch Slim Jeans are perhaps some of the best men’s denim out there, made with quality Cone Mills denim and featuring the type of design that only gets better with time.

The Boots: Hudson Shoes Aldford Suede Boots in Olive — $220

Sleek, edgy boots to complete this look.

A fall or winter bar crawl calls for footwear that’s more rugged and durable than your favorite pair of summer sneakers. That’s where the Hudson Shoes Aldford Suede Boots come into play. They’re a seriously stylish, well-made pair of durable men’s boots, and they feature a bit of sleek style. The Aldford Suede Boots are absolutely more hard-wearing than canvas sneakers, making ’em perfect for a cold-weather bar crawl. And you’re not dropping a grand on the Aldford Boots — they’ll probably look even better with a few battle scars.

The Watch: Techne Merlin Watch — $168

A simple, understated and stylish watch.

 When you’re wearing style staples like a badass leather jacket and a stylish chambray shirt, your watch doesn’t need to be an insanely ostentatious, eye-catching timepiece. In fact, the perfect casual men’s watch to buy (and wear) for your next bar crawl might be a crisp, classic and tough watch like the Techne Merlin Watch. The grey NATO strap on the Merlin Watch is durable and neutral, and the price allows you to beat this watch up without fear of it dying on you. Ya dig?

The Belt: Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt in Black — $80 

Don’t forget your everyday belt from Sturdy Brothers.

We always talk about the importance of stylish everyday accessories, right? And the Everyday Belt is, well, one of those stylish everyday accessories. Well-crafted, durable and built to age the more you wear it, the Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt is a surprisingly rugged piece that’s just better than the belt you might be wearing now.  And you needn’t worry about it breaking or giving way during your hours-long bar crawl — that’s all you can ask for.

The Socks: Anonymousism Boucle Mix Socks in Olive — $18

Comfortable socks that also happen to be stylish? For sure.

Hours spent on your feet at fall and winter bar crawls call for stylish men’s socks that can take a beating while keeping your feet comfortable. That’s absolutely where Anonymousim helps you out — the brand’s Boucle Mix Socks combine an understated, seasonally appropriate color with quality fabric and a great fit. For $18, they’re an investment that’ll pay off time and again, bar after bar.

The Everyday Carry Essential: Taylor Stitch Keyhook in Raw Brass — $32

The best way to ensure you hang on to your keys — no driving, though!

Seeing as you’ll be out and about for quite a few hours, you best prepare accordingly when it comes to everyday carry essentials, right? And for keeping your keys handy, something that’s TRULY critical when knocking back your favorite beer, the durable Taylor Stitch Keyhook is the piece you’ll be glad you bought. One thing though — don’t drink and drive. Heck, don’t drink and bike. Either way, the Taylor Stitch Keyhook is going to help you hang onto your house keys (and avoid that late-night locksmith call).

The Slim Wallet: Red Wing Heritage Card Holder Wallet — $74.99

A well-crafted card holder to keep your, well, cards handy during a bar crawl.

For hours out on the town, you need a durable, slim and understated wallet that slides easily in and out of your jacket or jeans pocket with no hassle — right? The Red Wing Heritage Card Holder features authentic Red Wing shoe leather, a slim profile and the space to carry your essential cards (20 on each side, to be exact). That’s a ton of bang for your buck. And considering that a slim leather wallet is just as much of an everyday carry essential as a durable keyhook, I’d recommend you pick this one up before you start knocking ’em back.

The Beanie: Upstate Stock Melange Rag Wool Beanie — $32

Last but not least, don’t step out without properly protecting yourself from the chill. And no, a “beer jacket” won’t cut it this time. No sir, the understated — yet ultra-warm — Upstate Stock Melange Rag Wool Beanie is the one accessory you certainly need this fall and winter. Made in New York with a wool-nylon blend for functionality and comfort, the Melange Rag Wool Beanie is a warm way to top off this rugged style ensemble. Cheers!

OK, well that’s all we’ve got today in terms of this style suggestion. The Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket is a remarkably durable and well-crafted jacket that’s going to stand out in the best way possible in a sea of fellas at the bar.  When teamed up with a stylish chambray shirt and other cold-weather style essentials — the Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley in Natural among them — your top half is set when it comes to edgy (and warm!) style. And accessories like the Hudson Shoes Aldford Suede Boots and the Techne Merlin Watch are going to add durability and understated, classic style that’s fit for a night out. When you accessorize with pieces like the Upstate Stock Melange Rag Wool Beanie and heck, even socks like the Boucle Mix Socks, you’re going to stay warm and toasty no matter how many bars you hit. Oh, and before you hit the bars, stow your cards in the durable Red Wing Heritage Card Holder and keep your keys safe with the Taylor Stitch Keyhook. The only thing that’s left to do now? Plot your bar crawl, save up some extra coins, and prepare to head out. Put one on my tab, right? Right.

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: JackThreads Munro Leather Biker Jacket

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

Possibly your new favorite leather jacket? Munro Leather Biker Jacket by JackThreads. Scarf by S.N.S. Herning. 505C Denim by Levi's. Kimbo Chelsea Boots also by JackThreads. Red Wing Leather Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Glasses by Frameri.

Possibly your new favorite leather jacket? Munro Leather Biker Jacket by JackThreads. Scarf by S.N.S. Herning. 505C Denim by Levi’s. Kimbo Chelsea Boots also by JackThreads. Red Wing Leather Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Glasses by Frameri.

If you’ve ticked through your list of classic men’s style essentials as of late — from tough winter gloves to a classic Oxford, dark denim and stylish leather boots — maybe, you’ve found your wardrobe is missing just a bit of … edge. Coming from a writer who loves his outerwear, that’s what I found as of late. And while there’s something to be said for classic pieces like an authentic U.S. Navy peacoat and even a maritime-inspired wool jacket,  adding that edge can be a neat way to switch things up no matter the season. Folks, that’s where the JackThreads Munro Leather Biker enters the picture this week on The Style Guide.  It’s another stellar addition to an ever-expanding menswear line that should be on your radar ASAP. A leather biker jacket is an edgy-yet-classic piece, worn by the likes of Marlon Brando decades ago, popularized by legendary rockers The Ramones and found through the present day on the likes of The Killers’ Brandon Flowers. It really is among just a few menswear pieces that have true staying power. And lucky for all of us, JackThreads has taken that classic approach and put its own affordable and still-stylish spin on it. I’ve had the chance to rock the Munro Leather Biker around Brooklyn these past few weeks, with pleasing results. Although I love my rugged denim jacket and my slim topcoat as much as the next guy, it just might be my new favorite piece of outerwear — not least because of the slightly edge vibe and excellent fit.

Just one way to wear this jacket. Classic Henley by Todd Snyder. 505C Denim by Levi's. Kimbo Chelsea Boots also by JackThreads. Ranger Gloves by Grifter Company.

Just one way to wear this jacket. Classic Henley by Todd Snyder. 505C Denim by Levi’s. Kimbo Chelsea Boots also by JackThreads. Ranger Gloves by Grifter Company.

JackThreads, as is the brand’s custom, keeps things simple and straightforward with a bit of characteristic flair in the form of a slanted chest pocket. It looks and wears slightly thinner than the beefy leather jackets of years past, but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it makes it perfect for layering over other casual weekend pieces (my reliable-as-ever Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt among them). It also adds a bit of flair when worn more simply — say, with a striped henley and the concert-ready Levi’s 505C denim.  Of course, there might not be a more rock-and-roll combo than Chelsea boots and a biker jacket, so it’s also worth trying that move when styled up for Saturday night — or when dressing for your next concert in general. Now, a leather biker jacket is certainly a bold move — it’s one thing to wear this jacket out to your favorite local pub, and it’s another to show up to your next meeting wearing it. So, I’d say tread carefully — agreed? Rest assured though, it can work as a blazer substitute in the right setting — worn with slim navy trousers and a blue Oxford, for example. And for under $250, you’re at least saving some coin compared to buying a more expensive jacket from a legacy brand. So, that’s also a plus. With those style tips in mind, I’d say you should pick up the Munro Leather Biker and get ready to rock. (Cue fist bump, air guitar).

Cheers!

-Beau

Beckett Simonon

#OOTD: Ready for Fall with US Authentic

Editor’s note: Thank you kindly to US Authentic for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own.

The Baron -- a classic reimagined for modern times, and paired up here with an Old Navy henley, the Slim Mercer Denim from Mott & Bow, patterned Richer Poorer socks and Beckett Simonon chukka boots.

The Baron — a classic reimagined for modern times, and paired up here with an Old Navy henley, the Slim Mercer Denim from Mott & Bow, patterned Richer Poorer socks and Beckett Simonon chukka boots.

What’s one surefire to upgrade your style while sticking to tried-and-true classics? Add a killer piece of outerwear — particularly as we roll into fall. Essential, investment-worthy pieces are talked about a lot here at The Style Guide. Be it sturdy selvedge denim, stylish boots or a rugged Henley, each piece lends itself to timeless style. That sense of timelessness is also true with a beautiful, built-to-last leather jacket. So when US.Authentic reached out to help me prep for fall, I was more than ready to take on the change in seasons in style — as you might have seen in last week’s Style Pick of the Week post, also featuring the Baron, a fantastic A-1 bomber.  A rugged leather jacket can be a rather daunting purchase for which to shop — particularly if you don’t know where to start. It can be even more intimidating to style on the daily — however, a classic, handsome piece like the Baron helps you tackle that problem swiftly. Fashioned for modern times with authentic specs made to match those of World War II (when flight jackets really were built for the field), it’s a piece that’s easily wearable in 2016. Perhaps the best way to style it leans both rugged and classic. Make no mistake, The Baron is the type of jacket to wear whenever you can — yes, even over a navy knit tie and a white Oxford shirt. However, the Baron is at its best when matched with pieces like the ones seen in the photo at the top.

The Baron pictured alongside other stellar outerwear from US Authentic

The Baron — just as with other leather jackets — works particularly well for casual wear. In this case, a slim short-sleeve henley plays nicely off the rich leather of the Baron. And although slim selvedge denim would be a reliable styling choice, a pair of natural denim  offers a solid change of pace from the everyday. And as with the crisp wingtip boots featured in last week’s post, unconstructed brown leather chukkas (from Beckett Simonon) mix high-low style easily. While your first instinct might be to reach for sturdy lug-sole boots, chukkas offer a sleek contrast to the henley and the vintage vibes of the Baron. Of course, this is but one #OOTD in which a finely crafted leather jacket works. With any number of US Authentic jackets — particularly the Baron — you’re getting fine attention to detail, excellent styling potential and sturdy construction (trust me, this jacket is a beast — perfect for layering throughout the fall). Best of all, you can complement it with sharp, timeless accessories like aviator sunglasses and a beautiful brown leather watch. It’s worth stating again — a timeless jacket like this one will never go out of style. Shop this jacket now via US Authentic, and check out more #menswear looks on Instagram.

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Style Pick of the Week: US Authentic Baron Leather Jacket

Editor’s note: Thank you to US Authentic for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. To see other Style Picks, head here.

Set for the season with my U.S. Authentic Baron Jacket. Denim Shirt by JackThreads. Slim selvedge denim by Raleigh Denim Workshop. Greer Wingtip Boots by Johnston & Murphy. Sunglasses and timepiece by MVMT Watches.

Set for the season with my U.S. Authentic Baron Jacket. Denim Shirt by JackThreads. Slim selvedge denim by Raleigh Denim Workshop. Greer Wingtip Boots by Johnston & Murphy. Sunglasses and timepiece by MVMT Watches.

When the calendar turns — ever so slowly — from the heat of summer to the crisp breeze of fall, I start to get excited. If you’ve been reading The Style Guide, you know that fall is an essential time for fans of rugged menswear — it’s the perfect time to break out those trusty leather boots, slip into some sturdy selvedge denim and relish the chance to tie it all together with great outerwear — like a classic leather jacket. That’s certainly the case with today’s Style Pick of the Week, and it’s fitting that I’ve teamed up with US Authentic to showcase how I get ready for fall. Not familiar with the brand? Start learning — these jackets are perfect for the months to come. The season is a time of transitions that calls for classic style and added layers to fight the cold, plus a dash of durable appeal. In that regard, US Authentic leather jackets incorporate everything you could want and then some. They’re packed with heritage inspiration, high-quality materials and a rugged-refined feel. That’s absolutely true of the Baron, an A-1 jacket that manages to capture vintage vibes and modern style all at once. The brand takes a similar approach with other silhouettes, including an A-2 flight jacket and a bomber jacket, but the Baron was my pick — and for good reason.

The Baron is built to authentic specs, just like the old days — that means vintage goatskin leather, a 100 percent cotton lining and sturdy 100 percent wool rib knitting at the collar, cuffs and waistband. The jacket’s materials are true to the World War II era, and you can definitely feel it — the Baron is sturdy, durable and yet slim-fitting and timeless. The rich brown leather color and dark brown wool cuffs fit right in with the deeper tones of fall. too. This is certainly a jacket you’re going to get a lot of use out of in the season ahead (and well beyond). I’d suggest styling it much as I did — with a rough-and-tumble denim shirt, sturdy selvedge and your favorite pair of wingtip boots — and then heading out to explore a park or grab a coffee. Of course, a classic jacket like the Baron can be complemented nicely with flight-inspired accessories like stylish Aviator sunglasses. The rest of the time, I’d suggest you stick with similarly retro-inspired style — pair the Baron with a durable long-sleeve henley, sharp chukka boots and slim denim (and if I were you, I’d look out for a very similar #OOTD next week). Seriously, the timeless style of the Baron  really can’t be topped — you’re getting a piece of outerwear modeled on a classic silhouette, with the specs to back it up. Heck, you could wear this jacket every day for months on end. That’s investment-worthy style at its finest. Are you ready for fall yet? I sure am.

Pick up the Baron here, and follow US Authentic on Instagram.

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

Details like a hidden snap-down lend some edge to a piece that's already filled with downtown cool.

A vintage piece that combines rugged cool and heritage quality.

We’re just into September, which means that it’s time for this blogger to … switch from writing about polos to leather jackets? Well, when the offering is as stellar as the latest release from Taylor Stitch, it’s definitely time to cue up a few paragraphs. Taylor Stitch, makers of excellent slim chinos as reviewed on this blog, has really hit it out of the park with its latest endeavor, the Moto Jacket (part of the broader Moto Collection).The pre-sale campaign for the Moto Jacket started just about a week ago, and consumers have responded — this bad boy is a whooping 770% funded. It really does have all the pedigree (and styling potential) that you could want from a great leather jacket — and you’d certainly expect that given the $875 price tag. It’s made in partnership with renowned sportswear purveyors Golden Bear and based off a 40-year-old jacket produced by the same brand. Yet, the two have taken the principles that made the original so great, including a vintage racer silhouette, and brought the entire item into the 21st century.

A contemporary fit and quilted lining keep this jacket sleek and functional.

A contemporary fit and quilted lining keep this jacket sleek and functional.

The thick 3.5oz. steerhide leather looks as if it should break in beautifully over time, and a diamond quilted lining should also keep you insulated from fall’s chill. The jacket looks to fit slim and contemporary, a definite positive that ensures it’ll pair up well with both tailored cords and rugged denim. Leather jackets are one of only a host of outerwear options for the colder months, to be sure, but it’s fall’s answer to the spring denim jacket — able to replace your blazer, if need be. The trickiest thing about it (other than having to fork over that much cash) will definitely be the waiting — it’s set to start shipping around November 23. So, there’s need to buy anything for Black Friday, right? On the plus side, its current price is $300 lower than the regular price. And at the end of the day, it’s truly a jacket that should last at least as long as the one off which it was modeled — and likely beyond that. Pair it with a henley and some dark denim, and consider yourself set for many seasons to come.

What’s your reaction to this moto jacket? Would you wear it  (or spend the cash) and how would you style it?
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