The Friday Read: A New Whiskey, How to Brew Beer at Home & The J. Crew Bankruptcy

The coolest dive watch on the market, in time for the weekend.

If you’re just joining us for the first time for The Friday Read, welcome! And if you’re more than accustomed to my weekly roundup of the best menswear news to know and the best men’s style deals to shop, then welcome back. The headline at the top covers a lot of ground, does it not? These are extraordinary and trying times we live in, so hopefully, you’ll find each of the above topics interesting and informative (heck, I know I’ll  be enjoying some whiskey this weekend). But first things first: It’s *time* for the weekend, as that stylish dive watch above would indicate. The timepiece in question is from New York watchmaker Martenero, who’s currently offering up a great deal on a new dive watch via Kickstarter. It’s the brand’s first dive watch, and if looks are any indication, it could be your new favorite timepieceyou need only pre-fund it before May 22nd to secure one of the best dive watches out there (note that it ships in September).

Elsewhere around these parts, it looks to be business as usual this weekend here in Brooklyn, by which I mean I’ll be hunkered down, enjoying some of my new favorite craft beer from New York’s Nonsequitur Beer Project — gotta love craft beer delivery — and supplementing that with some freshly ground coffee from the very cool and ingenious Taylor Stitch x FiveTillFour project supporting small businesses. Of course, I’ll be spinning some vinyl on a stylish record player, too. What are your weekend plans (besides enjoying tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week)? Let me know on Twitter. 

  • I mentioned above that we’d be getting into one of the best new whiskies to try now, and indeed, here we are: I wrote about a very cool partnership between Americana rockers Jamestown Revival and craft whiskey makers Oak & Eden for GearMoose. The Oak & Eden Round Prairie Rye Whiskey pays homage to Jamestown Revival’s roots while using an innovative finished-in-the-bottle process — the result is a rich rye whiskey that pairs perfectly with Jamestown Revival’s music.
  • Maybe you’re a bit more of a craft beer guy (I’m a craft beer enthusiast first followed by whiskey), and if that’s the case, the Bespoke Post Brew Box might be the right way to go. It’s a great way to brew beer at home, especially if you’re just testing the waters in that realm, and I wrote all about this excellent easy-to-use homebrew kit for GearMoose.
  • If you’ve been following any fashion news as of late, you likely heard the news: Once-lauded retailer J. Crew filed for bankruptcy last week. It’s quite the turn of events for a brand that likely introduced plenty of us (myself included!) to the larger world of men’s style, and it got me thinking about this archival Esquire piece on how everyone wears J. Crew. The title says it all.

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  • One constant around the Brooklyn HQ of The Style Guide? Great tunes (usually played through my LSTN Sound speaker) — and on that note, I’ve found this Pitchfork piece on why we listen to new music very fascinating indeed. Check it out, then let me know on Twitter what you’re enjoying lately.

OK, so that’s going to wrap up my weekly guide to, well, the weekend. Before you go though, I’m going to point you toward an essential weekend outfit, and it involves a rugged henley. More specifically, I’m pointing you toward my guide on how to wear a henley this spring. You’re going to love it (I hope). One final thing before the weekend: You can still pick up this stylish Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket as seen below right now (limited sizes available) for a heck of a discount. So, go for it?? Alright, that’s all I’ve got. Cheers!

The List: Here Are The Best New Menswear Deals To Shop This Week

A close-up look at one of the best leather jackets you can snag anywhere.

Yes, it’s true — there’s no time like the present to shop the best winter style essentials for men, including (but not limited to) one of the best new leather jackets on the market. The leather jacket in question, as shown above, comes to you courtesy of Buck Mason, and as you’ll quickly see in today’s edition of The List, it’s a tough leather jacket to be layered with anything, including (but not limited to) a rugged henley from Taylor Stitch or one of the best V-neck sweaters for winter. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Buck Mason Burnished Bruiser Clubhouse Moto Jacket — $495

A sleek moto jacket made to be layered in style this winter.

Is winter the ideal time to try to break in one of the best leather moto jackets out there? Heck, depending on where you live, I’d argue absolutely. Layer up this heirloom-worthy leather jacket from Buck Mason with your favorite hooded sweatshirt, then grab a cold can of beer at your next rock show. It’s all yours.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Henley — $68

A classically rugged Taylor Stitch henley — perfect for winter.

Never underestimate the utility of one of the best men’s henleys — particularly a rugged henley from Taylor Stitch, the kind that can be worn underneath a waxed trucker jacket or with your favorite blazer in equal measure.

Mott and Bow Merino V-Neck Sweater — $99

A timeless V-neck sweater from an essential brand.

Speaking of the right layers for winter, the makers of your favorite jeans (that’d be Mott and Bow, as we so often say) are now crafting one of the best V-neck sweaters for winter. Stylish, easy to layer and made to match up nicely with the best Oxford shirt in your closet.

Grayers Crinkle Poplin Parka — $169.98

A tough winter jacket that pulls no punches.

You’ll notice that many of the winter style essentials we’ve highlighted so far have been of the outerwear or layering variety — that’s not going to change in the case of this rugged parka from Grayers, the perfect winter jacket to toss on over one of the best V-neck sweaters for winter.

Quoddy Maine Woods Boots — $399

Rugged, tough leather boots to wear all winter.

There’s no time like the present to wear some of the best men’s boots for winter — and there’s no doubt that these exceptional Quoddy leather boots fit the bill quite nicely.

Bespoke Post Alpine Box — $45

A highly affordable, stylish winter shirt.

You always know you can turn toward Bespoke Post for some of the most affordable men’s gear out there — including the exceptionally priced Bespoke Post Alpine Box, one of the best men’s style deals going right now.

Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Balm — $15

An excellent hand balm to protect your skin this winter.

Among the many men’s grooming essentials needed for winter, something as simple-yet-functional as the best hand cream for men can go a long way — take the Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Balm, for instance. It’s a winter grooming essential if ever there was one.

Best Made Co. Lambswool Cap of Courage — $65

A seriously cool, functional winter cap from Best Made Co.

Every guy needs a great winter hat — especially one as rugged and stylish as the Best Made Co. Cap of Courage. You might have seen it on my Instagram (courtesy of the brand), and it’s a surefire winner (notably, when teamed with a rugged henley from Taylor Stitch).

Faherty Brand Reserve Ideal Blazer — $498

A classic men’s blazer made to be worn with anything.

Spending a lot of time in meetings to start the new year? Or perhaps you simply want to amp up what you wear to the office or out on dates? Look no further than one of the best winter blazers, a stunning and classic men’s jacket from Faherty Brand.

Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt — $119

Another dependable, tough flannel shirt for winter.

Now, this isn’t the first time you’ve seen a stylish flannel shirt from Western Rise featured on the blog — and it certainly won’t be the last. This durable flannel shirt could be the perfect shirt for winter travel, what with its crucial combination of stretch and toughness.

Olivers Apparel Pivot Tee — $68

The right tee to wear for your next workout.

If you’re the type to make New Year’s resolutions, and if one of those resolutions was to hit the gym more, then you should do so in style — the sweat-wicking, performance-minded Olivers Apparel Pivot Tee is one such way to do that.

Filson 48-Hour Tin Cloth Duffel Bag — $475

A rugged duffel bag fit for anything this winter.

A tough travel bag is a must these days, especially as you dress for winter travel — and this remarkably tough Filson duffel bag is perhaps the perfect bag for a weekend getaway, with just enough space for your winter style picks.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Sun Bleached Denim — $98

More dependable gear from Taylor Stitch.

As we near the end of this post, it’s only fitting that we’re talking about one of the best men’s casual shirts — that’s regardless of season, too. Yes indeed, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is a classic men’s shirt that you can wear with anything and everything.

Helm Boots Lou Boots — $325

Another pair of the best men’s leather boots … agreed?

Not yet familiar with Austin-based Helm Boots? Well, I suggest you get acquainted — they’re making some of the best leather boots around, and they’re doing it the right way. In fact, the Helm Boots Lou Boots would make an excellent pairing with any of the other men’s gear picks on this list, and here’s the kicker — you can get $50 off your first boot purchase, plus free shipping, if you buy from Helm now.

Jack Henry Deodorant — $24

A crisp, cool, classic men’s deodorant.

Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, maybe you want to amp up your grooming game? One of the best new deodorants out there, in this case from Jack Henry, is a fine way to do that. The crisp scent will have you feeling and smelling your very best.

Proof Stretch Flannel Shirt — $98

A classic, durable flannel shirt made for winter layering.

The best men’s flannel shirts blend style and affordability with ease — and if it’s a stylish flannel shirt under $100 that you seek (as you should), then the Proof Stretch Flannel Shirt is the right way to go.

Komrade Urban Diver — $499

A remarkably dependable, casual watch that’ll last a heck of a long time.

Looking for one of the toughest watches for winter? The sort of casual eveyday watch that simply won’t quit in terms of style and dependability? You need the Komrade Urban Diver, my friend.

GOATS 454 Mesh Sneakers — $59

Sleek, dependable sneakers that offer perfectly casual style.

Perhaps you’re blessed enough to live in a temperate climate, or maybe you’ve got a winter getaway coming up soon — either way, these are some of the best men’s sneakers for the occasion, complete with a lightweight construction and easygoing style appeal.

 

Alright, so what’s your take on this roundup of the best new men’s gear on the market? Are you going to go with, say, one of the best leather moto jackets? Or maybe a pair of stylish new sneakers or a lambswool cap? Or maybe you seek a casual eveyday watch or a rugged henley from Taylor Stitch? Whatever floats your boat, I hope you found it today — and with that being said, let me know your favorite gear picks on Twitter.