With Memorial Day on the way and some modified summer hangs surely in your future (a back porch with your family versus a raucous group rooftop outing), you’re still going to need some stylish light wash jeans to take the place of your shorts from time to time. Now, if you read the blog, you’re familiar with Flint and Tinder — the in-house brand at Huckberry specializes in all manner of rugged, well-made and investment-worthy menswear essentials, most of which are made in the U.S.A. — these slim light wash jeans included, to be sure (A side note: They also come in Tapered and Straight cuts).
The right way to gear up for a cozy winter weekend — don’t you agree? Faherty Brand gets it.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — ’tis the season to bundle up in style, get your shopping taken care of, and then … kick back with one of the best Christmas beers, right? To help you get started with that first step, might I suggest picking up a Faherty Brand sweater for rugged style and cozy comfort? Something like the essential Faherty Brand Legend Sweater ought to do the trick, don’t you agree? After all, you can never go wrong with a stylish sweater that doubles as a rugged shirt — at least, that’s what I think. You’ll find today’s post is focused on plenty of the best gifts for men, from a well-crafted T-shirt to a new men’s grooming upgrade — there’s no time to waste if you still need to take care of some shopping. Holiday shopping will definitely be on my mind this weekend in NYC, but I’m excited to have some time off to properly take in the sights and sounds of the city.
On that note, I’m venturing into Manhattan on Saturday to fuel up with Birch Coffee, explore Central Park — potentially snapping some photos for my Instagram along the way — and then cap the day off in a big way. I’m heading to a rare evening on Broadway (well, in this case, Off-Broadway) to see a much-hyped production of “Cyrano,” starring Peter Dinklage and featuring music written by none other than members of my favorite band, The National! Lead singer Matt Berninger and his wife, Carin Besser, wrote lyrics for this updated production of “Cyrano,” while brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner (the multi-instrument virtuosos of the band) wrote music. Talk about an incredible combination — and surely, an incredible production! I really can’t wait. What’s on your weekend to-do list? First things first, check out today’s Friday Read.
Alright, so I’m going to point you toward a major grooming upgrade (and a major grooming gift) for the guy in your life this season. Helpfully, Cardon for Men is launching a limited-edition gift set with a special early preview of two products set to launch in January (those two new products would be the Clay Purifying Cleaners and 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer). So, that’s a special gift set that also offers an early look at two new potential grooming favorites — what’s not to love about that??
Perhaps you want to pick up a gift for the traveler in your life? Look no further than the richly crafted, well-appointed Tecovas Large Duffle, from the same brand that’s built quite the heritage of making ultra-functional (and stylish) cowboy boots.
Speaking of essential gifts, what about the perfect T-shirt? It’s possible now, thanks to General Issue (the work of award-winning designer Susan Woo). This new brand works with factories and like-minded partners in Brooklyn to craft luxurious-yet-accesible basics, resulting in a well-curated line with three items to start. A super-soft short-sleeve tee, a sharp polo, and a casual long-sleeve shawl tee are up for grabs — whoever gets one of these is going to love it, guarnateed.
Alright, that’s going to end my latest rundown of crucial men’s gifts to buy now — there’s plenty more where that came from in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, perhaps you’re interested in reading about even more of the best new menswear releases? From a rugged waxed trucker jacket to the best new leather boots, I guarantee you my latest gear roundup will have something for you (or the stylish fella on your shopping list). Cheers to the season!
Highly stylish men’s jeans from Mott and Bow to kick up your holiday style.
Is there ever a bad time to shop for some of the best new men’s jeans? To be quite frank … well, no, no there’s not. Especially when the jeans in question come from NYC’s Mott and Bow, the direct-to-consumer denim brand that’s jumpstarted the men’s denim scene in the past five years (as you know from reading this blog, perhaps!). They’re making some of the best men’s jeans by focusing on affordability, quality and designer touches, all the while offering helpful touches like a Free Home Try-On program for select pairs. And to help shake up the doldrums of winter and improve your holiday dressing, take it from: You need to buy a pair of the Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans to wear to the office, then to a casual happy hour … and out again on the weekends. Now, we’ve talked plenty in the past about how Mott & Bow consistently churns out some of the best men’s denim, and that’s no more true than right now.
The other excellent thing about Mott and Bow jeans? The range of styles and fits — including the handsome-yet-edgy Slim Stone Jeans in a perfectly faded grey — means there’s something for everyone. That is to say, whether you know a guy who’s into a pair of Skinny fit jeans or more inclined toward the brand’s Straight-Fit jeans, it’s worth considering gifting some stylish men’s denim this Christmas — if you know a guy who’s been wanting to upgrade his jeans, go for Mott and Bow. The 9-month wash and use of substantial-but-not-too-heavy 11.5oz. cotton also make these jeans agreeable enough to wear with everything from a classic Oxford shirt and a navy blazer to a thermal henley and your favorite leather boots. With that being said … the first step is buying a pair of Mott and Bow jeans for yourself … or someone else. Happy shopping!
The Jacket: Todd Snyder Dylan Suede Snap Jacket, $995 — So, we’re forking over a bit more cash to invest in a new fall style essential — this Todd Snyder jacket is one of the best men’s jackets for the season, and it’ll stay that way for years. Rugged and yet stylish enough for a casual fall Friday & plenty of weekend wear.
The Shirt: Billy Reid Western Snap-Front Shirt, $225— Is this Billy Reid shirt expensive? Yes. Is it a classic Western shirt done in an upgraded, visually interesting manner? Also, yes. Perfect when you want to switch up your typical shirting rotation.
The Socks: Hill City Performance Socks, $14— To complement this ensemble, reach for richly crafted, comfortable, performance-minded socks from Hill City — made to help you stay cool on your feet all day long.
The Everyday Carry: Filson Ballistic Nylon Dryden Briefcase, $175 — Whether it’s a trek to the office you’ve got in mind, or a trek to your favorite coffee shop, the Filson Dryden Briefcase can make all the difference in hauling your everyday carry essentials.
Although at first they might seem pedestrian or too casual, there’s actually a lot that you can do to make the best men’s blue jeans work for you in a way that’s upgraded and seriously stylish — take this ensemble, for starters. The reason this look works so well for everything from casual Friday to a first date to a brewery visit? It all starts with slim blue jeans that are worth investing a little extra — gone are baggy or bootcut jeans, naturally. And we’re not just throwing on any old shirt, either — the truly excellent Billy Reid shirt shown above is stylish, rugged and exceptionally versatile. Match it up with one of the best men’s jackets this writer has ever seen (a stylish and refined Todd Snyder trucker jacket), and you’ve got the makings of a look that’s made to impress, whether at the office or on the road. Things only get better when you look at the rest of these gear picks, from the dependable Filson Dryden Briefcase for your everyday carry right on through to the Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt
— when you take care of the small details, the bigger details (like your classic desert boots) tend to take care of themselves. Accent everything with an office or date-ready rugged leather watch, then top it off with subtly stylish Hill City socks, and you’ve got your new favorite #OOTD for the work week or the weekend. Don’t believe me? Give it a try yourself.
Alright, my friends — join us as we tackle another #OOTD, this time covering how to wear black jeans this season. Now that we’re moving through September rather speedily, it’s high time you geared up with transitional fall style essentials — and as with other must-have menswear picks, these selections are meant to be rugged, versatile and adventure-ready. Maybe it’ll be new territory, too — if you’re curious about how to wear black jeans, you’re in luck. In fact, a few choice selections (such as the slim black denim featured below) might seem like picks you can wear the rest of the year aside from early fall — that’s good news indeed, folks. The right way to wear black denim, something we’ve discussed here on the blog in the past, is a bit edgy and a bit classic, accessorized with choices like a stylish indigo T-shirt and a rugged flight jacket in the case of our selections below. The resulting #OOTD, then, is one you can wear to grab an Old Fashioned with your buddies or to snag a weekend coffee — or to head to a Saturday night rock show (seriously, the right black jeans can be worn just about anywhere). You’ll also find the necessary essentials to take this outfit from good to great, including an investment-level watch and stylish leather boots. Taken all together, you’re going to be the best-dressed guy at the bar or the beer festival — I can guarantee it. Let’s get to work.
Slim black denim worn in a weekend-ready way, assuredly.
The Denim: BLDWN Modern Slim Jeans in Vintage Black, $228 — You might know BLDWN from years back as purveyors of heritage-quality selvedge denim, and that approach has held true as the now-L.A-based brand expands into new territory — like your new favorite black denim. Perfect for the brewery, the burger bar … anywhere.
The Belt: Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt in Whiskey Eagle, $88— OK, folks — Taylor Stitch has done it again with this classic leather belt, a must-have everyday accessory. Don’t worry about mixing black and brown — we’re going casual & cool.
The EDC Essential: Bexar Goods Co. Field Notes Wallet, $124.98— Listen, no matter where you go, you’re going to need a stylish leather wallet. Might as well make sure it’s functional & rugged, too. Bexar Goods Co. has you covered.
Alright, then — are you well-acquainted with your new favorite black denim,then? These slim black jeans are sharp, classic & throwback in nature, yet this ensemble gets a modern update thanks to a pairing with the best men’s T-shirt, not to mention a weekend-ready, classic flight jacket. This is an ensemble that’s casual enough to look like you just threw it all together on a weekend night, but it’s got enough of the right details to set you apart from the crowd at that outdoor show or beer hall — ya dig? Among the details that make this #OOTD so rugged and yet laidback, we’ve got stylish leather boots from Taylor Stitch, an ideal pair to lace up as you head out on a fall weekend night. Elsewhere, a rugged leather watch from Lum-Tec is worthy of your hard-earned cash, providing a dash of visual interest and seriously cool style. Your everyday essentials are also spoken for here — take the classic leather belt as you mash up black and brown, to go along with a stylish leather wallet, naturally. And to amp up your grooming accordingly, reach for Duke Cannon’s Proper Cologne, the best new cologne I’ve tried (you’ve probably seen it on my Instagram, as it were). Any questions? Ready for the weekend? Perfect — so am I, and I’ll be wearing these classic black jeans all the way through.
A fit that’s slim but not too slim, ideal for any season.
And whether or not you’ve tried a pair from them before, you should know that Mott and Bow denim doesn’t pull any punches in terms of style points or quality, either. Case in point: These stylish blue jeans are made from an agreeable 12.2oz. cotton denim & feature 2 percent elastane. In short, that means these are classic blue jeans through and through, neither too heavy (a la selvedge) or too lightweight and stretch (a la cheap jeans from a fast fashion retailer). Yes indeed, these are some of the best men’s jeans on the market — and the use of a pleasing 6-month wash. For the unitiated, that involves using a resin spray, hand scraping & drying across multiple steps — resulting in the classic Mott and Bow look and finish you see today. Because the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim are such a timeless pair of denim, that means you can wear them with everything from a charcoal Oxford shirt and classic suede chukka boots to a crisp white tee and your favorite pair of leather sneakers. And when fall rolls around, throw on a rugged chambray shirt, a classic shawl cardigan and your favorite pair of leather boots to head out for a pint (or heck, a day at the office). There’s really no wrong way to go about wearing the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim, I can guarantee that.
The best black jeans on the market? You decide. Image courtesy of Mott and Bow.
Right off the bat, I’ll tell you this: If you read the blog, then you know that Mott and Bow makes some of the best men’s jeans on the market, period. That’s equally the case with the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans, some of the best men’s black jeans you’re going to find — but why recommnend black jeans in the middle of the summer, Beau? Well, to be sure, they’re hotter than a pair of canvas shorts … but they’re no less essential. Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a “shorts guy,” but appreciate a pair of slim jeans for off-duty (or on-the-clock) style: Mott and Bow is your go-to there. Or maybe, just maybe, you want a pair of stylish black jeans to wear to a rock concert — the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are just the pair to wear all the time. Available for $128 via Mott and Bow, we’d say you should get your hands on a pair ASAP.
These jeans are slim but not too tight, ideal for wearing during summer.
Unlike heavier pairs of stiff selvedge denim that take a long time to break in, the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are an exceedingly comfortable pair of denim right out of the box, featuring a 12.7oz. weight and 18 percent elasticity (the overall blend is 98 percent cotton, 2 percent elastane). That means the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are going to feel almost like wearing sweatpants in terms of comfort, yet with the substantial feel of your favorite pair of denim. Plus, we didn’t even mention the wash — these are faded to look like a four-month wash, just enough to give them some character without going over the top. In fact, stylish black jeans are often the way to go in a variety of situations, from being paired with an indigo denim jacket at Sunday brunch to being worn all on their own with a short-sleeve henley at an outdoor festival. For all those times and more, get the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans as soon as humanly possible (so, right now!).