The List: Upgrade Your Wardrobe (And Your Life) with these Perfect Menswear Picks

Burrow

An easy-to-assemble sofa that looks great and instantly amps up your space.

It’s not every day that you find one of the best sofas to buy now, just floating around the pages of The Style Guide. But, that’s part of our goal here at the Brooklyn HQ — delivering the best style essentials for men, regardless of season. That includes home goods, seeing as how you design and outfit your space is all the rage right now. So, we’re starting things off with a look at the Three-Seater Sofa from Burrow. Fear not — we’ll also get into the best new watch to buy right now, plus some stylish winter outerwear (and plenty more!). Happy hunting!

Burrow Three-Seater Sofa — $1,074.98

Burrow Review

A handsome sofa to upgrade your home.

Now, we don’t too often get into talking about the best furniture for your space. Whether that’s your den, your living room or your apartment, Burrow can help bring a refined, sharp air to any space. The Three-Seater Sofa seems to me like the best couch for the modern man.

Amogan 1844 Chronograph — $349

A sharp dress watch you’ll want to wear on the daily.

Now, here’s that stylish leather watch we talked about. It can be hard to find the right black leather dress watch, seeing as it’s more specific and often more expensive. But the About Vintage 1844 Chronograph delivers in every single area.

Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Charcoal Everyday Chambray — $118

A neutral and utterly classic chambray shirt for every occasion.

Part of the Essentials Collection from the California-based style pros at Taylor Stitch, this classic chambray shirt is as easy to wear with a navy flannel suit as it is to layer atop a perfectly rugged henley on a winter weekend.

Faherty Brand Sierra Peak Vest in Navy — $268

A casual, cool vest that gets the job done in terms of warmth and style.http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8339359-13112337

A stylish vest like this one shown here from Faherty Brand is the perfect way to layer up this winter (ideally over your classic chambray shirt from Taylor Stitch).

Hoalen Mariner 3 Jacket — $188.98

An exceptional winter jacket, made with all the warmth and style you need.

It’s not all that often that you associate France with surf culture or a rugged coastline, right? That’s exactly where Hoalen draws inspiration from to make one of the best men’s winter jackets your editor has seen. Wear the Hoalen Mariner 3 Jacket every chance you get.

Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots in Hawthorne Muleskinner — $270

Red Wing Heritage

Dependable boots from an iconic brand.

Now, we previously covered another iteration of the Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots (in this post), but this new take on the classic style is worth investing in, as well. Rich Hawthorne Muleskinner leather and timeless construction make these an instant winter style bet.

Stagg Products Fellow Pour-Over Kettle in Copper — $99

An easy way to upgrade your cup of coffee.

Among kitchen upgrades you can make right now, might I suggest by picking up a surprisingly stylish pour-over kettle? It might just make the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had.

Faherty Brand Heritage Fleece Crewneck — $138

Faherty Brand

A classic crewneck sweater from a timeless brand.

Another stylish winter layering option from Faherty Brand takes the cake. The Heritage Fleece Crewneck is cozy, soft and assuredly one of the best men’s crewneck sweaters. Wear it with expertly broken-in denim and your favorite pair of chukka boots.

Outerknown Blanket Shirt — $145

Outerknown

A classic winter shirt, made with style and eco-conscious practices in mind.

We keep recommending the stylish and sustainable menswear at Outerknown — and in particular, the Outerknown Blanket Shirt — because it’s an excellent, comfortable layering essential for winter. I’d say you should pair it with the Heritage Fleece Crewneck from  Faherty Brand.

Levi’s Work Pants in Harvest Gold — $69.50

Tough work pants from an iconic brand.

Durable, dependable and every bit as classic as you’d expect from Levi’s, these stylish work pants would pair perfectly with rugged moc toe boots and a bold shawl collar cardigan.

Aer Gym Duffel 2 — $150

Take on the day with this stylish gym duffel.

For the modern man on the go — that’d be you — add the reliable Aer Gym Duffel 2 to your list of everyday carry essentials.

The Citizenry Peruvian Wool Abrazo Blanket — $198.98

A warm, cozy winter blanket.

There’s nothing quite like wrapping up in a new favorite blanket on a chilly winter day — both you and your partner will appreciate The Citizenry Peruvian Wool Abrazo Blanket.

That’s going to wrap up today’s edition of The List. Which of the above picks did you like the most? I’m a big fan of both the Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots and also of course, the incredibly stylish, easy-to-build Three-Seater Sofa from Burrow. Let me know your thoughts on these picks on Twitter!

 

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The List: Power Through Winter by Shopping My Favorite Men’s Style Picks this Week

Taylor Stitch

Roll up your sleeves and get to work with this outstanding Taylor Stitch shirt.

Folks, if you haven’t caught on yet … it’s still winter. It’s still cold. And it’s still a struggle to get through the nasty weather, even with some of the best men’s style essentials on tap. However, we’ll push through. We’re taking a versatile and wide-ranging look at all the classic menswear and home goods you need to refresh your January, from a classic Oxford shirt from Taylor Stitch (shown above!) to a new, stylish leather watch … that’s just a quick start. So, read on, gear up for January, then let me know what you think on Twitter.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Natural Brushed Organic Cotton — $125

A pleasingly textured shirt for all your winter weekend adventures.

It’s very, very difficult to misstep when wearing a classic Oxford shirt, especially from Taylor Stitch. And this shirt has plenty going for it, from the corded cotton texture to the tailored fit. It’s a winning shirt to wear with the brand’s slim chinos, and perhaps stylish leather dress shoes. That’s a fitting way to keep winter rolling, if you ask me.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt 

Martenero Kerrison Watch — $595

Martenero

The right watch for nearly any occasion — agreed?

How are you accessorizing your  classic Oxford shirt? Why, with a uniquely stylish leather watch from Martenero, of course. The Martenero Kerrison Watch is beautiful and yet rugged, all at once. The perfect everyday timepiece? You decide.

Nomad Rugged Folio iPhone Case — $60

A handsome, functional leather phone case.

Shouldn’t your leather phone case be as dependable and stylish as the rest of your men’s style essentials? Nomad is doing things the right way here.

Peregrine Hudson Aran Jumper — $144

A classic sweater that’s going to keep you warm all winter.

Utterly timeless and made the old-fashioned way, this classic winter sweater from Peregrine is the maybe the best winter sweater to wear when it’s almost too cold to fetch more firewood from outside. Not anymore, folks.

“Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)” by Jeff Tweedy — $28
Jeff Tweedy

A worthwhile read featuring an indie rock legend.

The man behind indie rock legends Wilco has quite the life story — “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)” is a fascinating tome and deserves a spot on your bookshelf.

Revtown Sharp Denim — $75
Revtown denim

A classic pair of denim, blending comfort and style.

Revtown does things the right way, to say the least. We’re talking slim denim in versatile washes, with neat details like contrast stitching. Cuff them and wear ’em with your favorite pair of leather boots.
Faherty Brand Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt in Wine Chestnut — $148
Faherty Brand

A comfortable flannel shirt for whatever winter throws at you.

We’ve previously talked about Faherty Brand and its Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt (see this post on winter style must-haves), but the Wine Chestnut Flannel Shirt is too good to pass up. Cozy, comfortable & pleasingly rugged, it’s your new favorite flannel for winter.
Knickerbocker Mfg. Co Crewneck Fleece — $105

The perfect casual weekend layer.

Made with expert construction and extremely comfortable fabric, the Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Crewneck is quite possibly one of the best men’s sweaters for winter. It’ll do very well as you dress for a stylish winter weekend, no doubt about it.

Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket — $169
Patagonia

A reliable layer from a very reliable brand.

You know Patagonia for the brand’s commitment to sustainabiliity and rugged style — the Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket checks both boxes quite handsomely. Wear it with a perfect pair of faded denim
Viberg Service Boots — $699

Some of the best boots your money can buy.

From the rough and rugged leather to the mini-ripple rubber sole, the Viberg Service Boots are assuredly one of the best pairs of leather boots to buy for January and well beyond.
Finisterre Geevor Trousers — $92.98

These tough trousers should become a winter staple.

If you’re looking for the right pair of rugged everyday trousers to wear with the  Viberg Service Boots, you’ve come to the right place — the Finisterre Geevor Trousers are made with organic duck cotton canvas for warmth and durability.
Onsen Bath Bundle — $131.98
Onsen

Certainly, the most stylish bath towels you’ve owned … right?

What’s one home goods essential you might not think about a ton? Easy — the linens in your bathroom. Change all of that in 2019 with the best bath towels on the market — from Onsen, naturally. Your guests will thank you.
Revtown Standard Henley — $40

An ultra-soft henley available in multiple colorways for winter.

Need a henley to wear with your new pair of slim Revtown deinm? The Revtown Standard Henley, in a super-soft fabric (plus a cool Charcoal Heather color) is the way to go.
Outerknown Drifter Taper Jeans — $148
Outerknown

A new pair of jeans for the new year, for when you feel like switching from Revtown.

We’ve previously discussed how to get a discount on Outerknown menswear, so hopefully, you’re familiar with the brand’s uniquely stylish and sustainable wares. If not, Outerknown denim is an eco-conscious, modern place to start.
Bespoke Post Groove Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

Pick four records, then listen as they become all-time favorites.

Now, we’ve talked about the winter style essentials to buy now — but what about something new to listen to as we start a new year? That’s where the Bespoke Post Groove Box comes into play. Pick four of 13 records (including “Boxer” by  The National!), then listen away.
Anonymousism Indigo Cable Crew Socks — $23.98

A refreshing way to shake up your sock drawer.

For any time of year — let alone the depths of winter — stylish, warm socks are a must. Good thing for all parties involved that Anonymousism crafts some of the best men’s socks on the planet.
Now then — for which of these picks are you going to bat? I love the rugged durability and timeless style of the Viberg Service Boots, personally. But I also appreciate a classic winter sweater from Peregrine — maybe pick up both for yourself? In the meantime — enjoy, and thanks for reading!

The List: Warm Up This Season with the Best New Men’s Gear

The jacket on the left is one of the best new men’s style essentials you can snag now … trust me on that.

Now, before we get into today’s edition of The List — covering all the best new men’s style gear to shop now, naturally — you’re probably wondering … “Who makes that gorgeous  bomber jacket up top?” The answer, my friends, is none other than our friend, lauded American menswear hero Mr. Todd Snyder. And it’s just one of the favorites I’ve got on my shopping list this week. What about you? Let’s get into it in 3 … 2 … 1.

Golden Bear + Todd Snyder Shearling Collar Bomber — $895

One heck of a bomber jacket.

An instantly iconic jacket that’ll stand out in all the right ways this fall and winter.
Laco Paderborn Original Pilot Watch — $1,071

A stunning watch to wear for work or play this fall and winter.

Want a watch that’ll pair seamlessly with the aforementioned bomber jacket? Reach for this stylish pilot’s watch — it’s not often that we feature a truly investment-level watch on the blog, but Laco has outdone themselves.  Beautiful.
Rancourt  & Co. Wolf Boots — $395

Stunning fall boots (multiple colors available) for your next snowy trek.

Some of the best boots money can buy, and a favorite of the blog. Simply put, the Rancourt & Co. Wolf Boots deserve your hard-earned cash this fall. Absolutely on any list of the best men’s winter boots, right?
Howler Brothers Harker Flannel Shirt — $89

The cozy weekend flannel you didn’t know you needed, right?

Call this stylish flannel shirt what it is — a terrific option to have in your wardrobe in terms of color, cut and fit.
 
Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants — $165

Durable construction and excellent quality overall, yes?

Classic corduroy pants from a lauded American designer? Sign me up, yessir.
 
Taylor Stitch Democratic Jeans in 24-Month Wash — $128

Perfectly broken in jeans made from exceedingly rare denim.

These hard-to-find, very covetable Taylor Stitch jeans (as seen in this post here) can be scooped up for a limited time only. It’s nice to shake things up from dark denim in the fall, too.
Far Afield Wilson Long-Sleeve Shirt — $120

Another pleasingly casual flannel for cold weather.

This brushed cotton flannel shirt, a favorite at Bespoke Post, should be cozy, comfortable and exceptionally warm on fall and winter weekends.
Filson Ballistic Nylon Dryden Briefcase — $175

The dependable everyday bag that’s going to help you step easily into fall and winter.

Yet another rugged everyday bag from the good folks at Filson. The perfect bag for fall? And winter? Maybe, just maybe.
Chicago Comb Co. Leather Sheath — $19.98

A small-but-useful everyday carry essential.

It’s the underrated style essentials that can make the biggest difference in your life — seriously. This unique leather sheath is unexpected, but pretty darn cool.
Flag and Anthem Watson Western Shirt — $59.50

Going all in on stylish fall flannel shirts today.

Casual, washed for a lived-in feel, and cut in that cool way that only classic Western shirts can be — this Flag and Anthem shirt is a new personal favorite.
Aymara James Sweater — $150

The next addition to your shelf (or dresser drawer) of sweaters, folks.

The Aymara James Sweater, to me, evokes bitterly cold, snowy mornings at your cabin or lake retreat — or in the city. The point is, it’s rugged and handsome enough to wear anywhere. One of the best sweaters for winter? Maybe.
Topo Designs Classic Duffel — $99.98

This weekender bag is the difference between a good trip and a great trip.

A functional, understated bag can be an underappreciated part of your lineup of fall style essentials. Not so with the Topo Designs Classic Duffel.
Alright, we’ve wrapped up this week’s edition of The List — what are you adding to your own personal wish list? I’m personally a big fan of lacing up the Rancourt & Co. Wolf Boots and getting out there this fall and winter. Thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: Shinola, Pitti Uomo and New Music by The Killers

This week, I’ve found myself looking back — and looking forward — quite a bit.  I’ve been looking back on an incredible mini-trip to Philadelphia and New Jersey to see The Killers about two weeks ago now, and I’ve also been looking back on a great family wedding weekend in Charleston. Both trips brought amazing memories, a dash of excellent #menswear and hearty helpings of craft beer (and in the case of my Jersey trip, stunning live tunes!).

I’m also looking forward to a few other momentous events coming up, including a holiday weekend in NYC surrounding the Fourth of July, plus an exciting month of live music (including a mid-July show by one of my all-time favorite bands, The Naked and Famous!). In the meantime, you can be sure we’ll be talking plenty of men’s style news on the site, from American-made denim to the best shorts to buy for summer and the best new men’s gear to buy now— and plenty more! If that’s of interest, I’d say you should definitely stick around. Before we get to that though, we’ve got a laidback weekend in the Big Apple coming up, and a full rundown of the week in #menswear to kick it off — per usual, as it were! Follow me on Instagram to keep up with the latest, and have a drink on me tonight.

Beckett Simonon

Two distinctly different shoe options available for pre-order from an excellent retailer.

  • Let’s talk summer wedding style as mentioned above — what’s your dress shoe situation like? If you’ve got some time to plan ahead, the fine folks of Beckett Simonon can surely sort you out, and quite handsomely. The company’s well-done pre-ordering process — one that updates you every step of the way via E-mail, from production to shipping — is definitely quite neat. Of course, you might know Beckett Simonon from a Style Pick of the Week entry on the terrific Cole Bomber Jacket on this site, but the brand is so much more.  Perhaps you’re familiar with the insanely cool-looking Morgen Trainer as seen above? And from the handsome Dean Oxford in Brown Leather to a sharp and useful collection of three Italian leather belts, the company’s fine craft is evident throughout the entire process. Again, if you’ve got some time to plan ahead, pre-order one (or several?) pairs of the brand’s stylish men’s dress shoes and be prepared to take that late summer wedding by storm.
  • In retail news, one of my favorite purveyors of stylish leather watches, Shinola, just opened what should be an incredible, well-appointed retail space in chic SoHo here in NYC. Swing by if you’re in the Big Apple — you can find this shop in addition to the new Shinola Brooklyn shop and the brand’s handsome flagship in Tribeca. Happy shopping! be
  • We’re at it again — the three-ring circus that is the traveling band of menswear shows (kidding, kidding) is starting up again, this time at the world’s largest menswear fair, Pitti Uomo. As always, it’s brought out its fair share of well-dressed guys and … overly dressed guys. See the best-dressed guys at Pitt Uomo here.
  • Among other menswear developments, I’m particularly excited about a new series launched recently on the blog — it’s called The List, and it’s a rundown of great gear and essentially, the best menswear to buy now. Our first List included a plethora of great picks, from stylish Chelsea boots to a handsome leather watch and summer drinking essentials from my good pals at Bespoke Post. I’m very much looking forward to continuing the series, and I hope you’re looking forward to reading it.
  • Let’s start to wrap things up with some music — agreed? The Killers — a stunning, soul-stirring and ridiculously excellent live band  — released their new single, “The Man” late last week. It was fitting coming off of my weekend trip to New Jersey to see them play! Have you heard it yet? It’s a groovy, heavy, funky track that might fit in more readily with Mr. Brandon Flowers’ solo work … and yet, it’s got me as excited as ever to hear their new album, “Wonderful, Wonderful.”
  • Now, I’m moreso a proponent of stylish summer sneakers, but that didn’t stop me from writing about the best sandals for men over at one of my favorite style sites, GearMoose — they’re definitely a summer style essential if you’re on the beach or the boardwalk. Shop on!
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    In short order, that’s going to wrap up today’s Friday Read — are you ready for the weekend yet? I’m ready to kick back, relax and enjoy a nice, cold beer (or an iced coffee). Catch me tomorrow for our regularly scheduled Style Pick of the Week, and we’ll see you around!
    -Beau
    Timex

Style Q+A: Rivay Menswear

Editor’s note: To read up on a host of great menswear brands & personalities, check out the rest of the Style Q+A series.

If tough menswear that blends vintage inspiration with timeless functionality is what you need ... you just found your new favorite brand.

If tough menswear that blends vintage inspiration with timeless functionality is what you need … you just found your new favorite brand.

I must say, the first Style Q+A of 2017 is a pretty exciting one here on the blog. Investment-worthy and incredible to shop, yes — but also very exciting. The opportunities the menswear world provides to so many people — both as a career and a creative outlet — are pretty cool and often unexpected. That’s the case with Rivay, a relatively young new menswear brand based out of NYC that I’ve had the chance to learn more about this winter season. It sprang from unexpected beginnings (stick around for the Q+A), and I’d wager it’s here to stay. Certainly, if it’s sturdy, handsome winter style essentials that you seek, you’re in luck — lots of luck. I won’t give everything away here, but Rivay gets plenty of things right on multiple #menswear fronts. From a ridiculously beautiful hand-knit cable sweater to everyday pieces that blend functionality and style — like the Keats Hooded Parka — the collection feels of a different, more rustic and rugged age … yet it would be easy to wear in the streets of NYC and well beyond this winter. I caught up with founder Jon Ruti, who provided some excellent insight into the brand’s unlikely beginnings and how the streets of the Big Apple shape the design, technicality and yes, truly great style of his menswear line. So as you take stock of your 2017 menswear resolutions — be they upgrading your closet itself or upgrading your home goods — you’d be wise to look into Rivay to help you with a few choice menswear pieces. You really won’t regret it. For now, I’ll let founder Jon Ruti fill you in on a brand that’s making big waves in the NYC menswear scene.

TSG: Tell me about the start of the Rivay brand, in your own words?

 JR: The idea for Rivay began when I was still working as an Assistant District Attorney here in New York City. Prosecution is a tough job. The long hours and subject matter can wear a person down. To maintain balance, I made a point to dedicate weekends to pursuing my hobbies. Vintage cars, travel – anything that took my mind off the job.

When it came time to leave the office, I couldn’t find a brand for the transition from profession to off-duty. Existing brands were either too technical or too fashion. I wanted a clean, modern, well edited collection that looked natural going to and from my weekend passions. That’s when Rivay took shape.

TSG: NYC-centric design is a big focus for Rivay – how does the city shape the clothing you produce?

JR: NYC informs our designs in several ways. Living and working here gives us insight into how our styles should function. Crowded subway cars, freak downpours, cracked sidewalks – daily life here can be tough on a man’s wardrobe. To combat this, we source the best fabrics, those that can handle the daily commute as well as a weekend of adventure. Our silhouettes are clean, modern and made to stand up to daily life. So no matter if you’re using our parka for a rainy commute or a weekend drive, you can be sure it’s going to perform, look good and last.

In the more general sense, NYC is a place where classic and modern exist in harmony. It’s a characteristic that informs our designs. Using modern, clean silhouettes and constructing them with classic, time-tested fabrics is a cornerstone of our design philosophy.

The Kipling Wool Overshirt and Hopper Selvedge Oxford Workshirt are excellent examples of perfect pieces from the brand.

The Kipling Wool Overshirt and Japanese Cotton Chambray Popover are excellent examples of perfect pieces from the brand.

TSG: What’s your favorite item in the current line? Any plans to expand into different product categories in future seasons?

 JR: I love our Keats Parka. It’s unlined, paired down to the absolute essentials and looks just as good over a suit on the way to the office or over a t-shirt on the way to a Saturday cars & coffee. Pair it with one of our lightweight and ultra-soft Japanese wool shirt jackets and you’ve got yourself a warm & seriously stylish alternative to the typical Barbour or Patagonia setup.

For Spring-Summer 2017, we have some exciting developments in pants, shorts and printed shirting. Some of the hardest things for a man to find are flattering pants and masculine, restrained prints. We’ve spent a lot of time perfecting the fit of our pants and sourcing fabrics and prints that will have you looking stylish for the warmer months.

TSG: On a style-related note, what’s one essential (either from your brand, or a style classic) that every guy should own?

 From Rivay, our Hopper Selvedge Oxford Work Shirt is an excellent alternative to the typical oxford. Just as soft and durable as the classic, but in an updated silhouette that is both rugged and refined.

For items outside of Rivay, a vintage timepiece or a car with some character. On the pricier spectrum, a Rolex Submariner 5513 and a Defender 90 look good with anything, anytime, anywhere. For something a little more approachable, a vintage Smiths W10 Military watch and late 1960s all-original Ford pickup are timeless. So long as you invest in good design, it will never go out of style.

Shop the beautiful Rivay collection just as soon as you can, and follow Rivay on Instagram for quite the dash of visual inspiration.

Beckett Simonon

Style Pick of the Week: Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch

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.

A military NATO strap and a vintage-inspired design help this timepiece stand out in the best possible way. Photo courtesy of Timex.

A military NATO strap and a vintage-inspired design help this timepiece stand out in the best possible way. Photo courtesy of Timex.

Here at The Style Guide, your humble author is a big fan of rugged, tried-and-true classics — that goes for everything from chambray shirts to rugged leather chukka boots. But every now and then, slightly unexpected-yet-modern pieces are welcomed into the fold. That’s certainly the case with the Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch, a one-of-a-kind timepiece available exclusively through the lauded American designer’s Web site. In fact, it’s proven such a hit that it’s only available for backorder as of the time of this post. Yet, you should still seriously consider putting your name on that list (and then waiting anxiously until September, of course). Why is it so essential to get in the game now for us #menswear fans? Well for one, the timepiece itself is a perfect stylish casual watch that updates a vintage Timex design for the modern age. For another, it signals the start of an ongoing partnership between a classic watch brand and one of America’s best menswear designers — the fact that it was shown on the runways at Snyder’s recent New York Fashion Week: Men’s show is icing on the cake. And perhaps most importantly — it means you have a great excuse to pick up a new watch that’s eye-catching, crisp, versatile and available for under $140. Todd Snyder already stocks the elusive and much-loved Timex x Red Wing watch collaboration, featuring rugged watches that utilize tough Red Wing leather in the straps themselves. The Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch is a little more toned-down and refined, yet still very wearable — it’s an example of hitting it right down the middle when it comes to design balance.

A closer look at the red-and-black mod bullseye design, inspired by the Timex archives. Photo courtesy of the brand.

A closer look at the red-and-black mod bullseye design, inspired by the Timex archives. Photo courtesy of the brand.

Buck Mason - Timeless Design. Made in America.
Snyder’s savvy eye, combined with the knowledge of the Timex design team, leaves us with a striking watch that’s like none on the market right now. The red-and-black dial combo is unique enough in and of itself, but when paired with the military NATO strap, you’ve got a combination that’s made for rocking with a classic blue Oxford and slim sand chinos at the office, and a slim pocket T-shirt and navy chino shorts on the weekend. The 40mm case diameter hits the sweet spot in terms of size — it’s not too small, and it’s not overly large. That’s the benefit of a watch that manages to be clean and classic yet striking at the same time — it goes with anything. Truly, a sufficiently stylish NATO strap timepiece can even work with a  suit — just steal a style tip from James Bond in Spectre. Of course, the dial designs of each of those watches are different, but the idea remains the same. There are very few casual watches that can transition from being worn with something as casual as slim blue denim and a short-sleeve henley to being worn with a blazer, and that pool is narrowed even further when you look for something under $140.  So, the design is one-of-a-kind, the styling potential is one-of-a-kind and the price is …. well, one-of-a-kind. In fact, you’re really getting multiple watches for the price of one — the easy-to-change NATO strap can be easily switched out with everything from a Horween leather watch strap  to a floral NATO watch strap (truly). If that’s not enough to convince you, just know that this watch won’t stick around for long once it’s re-stocked — so pre-ordering it could be the smartest move you make this weekend.

What’s your take on the design of the Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch? How would you rock this timepiece?

Brand Profile: Ace Rivington

Editor’s note: For a wide array of brand profiles covering companies big and small, click here.

Aviation, as you might guess, figures strongly into the backstory of this brand. Photo courtesy of Ace Rivington.

Aviation, as you might guess, figures strongly into the backstory of this brand. Photo courtesy of Ace Rivington.

At a special media preview sponsored by ethical lifestyle brand Apolis earlier this summer, I ran into a situation that rarely, if ever, happens. I was chatting briefly with Apolis co-founder Raan Parton when he introduced his companion — another Beau, in fact. It just happened to be Beau Lawrence, founder of up-and-coming menswear brand Ace Rivington. What he had to say about his brand and the backstory behind it immediately caught my attention, and discerning consumers would do wise to listen up, too.

The sweater that started it all --a colorblocked crewneck made out of high-quality fabric.

The sweater that started it all –a colorblocked crewneck made out of high-quality fabric. Photo courtesy of Ace Rivington.

Ace Rivington first made a name for itself with a wildly successful Kickstarter (to the tune of $60,990 raised) for its Homespun Sweatshirt, a crisp upgrade to the once-casual crewneck sweater. The fact that the crewneck sweater is now an accepted menswear staple definitely contributed to the brand’s initial success, but in the time since then, they’ve moved beyond just sweatshirts. That staple item was borne out of a simple set of perfect fabric, though. Once he’d found the right knit, Lawrence quit his job in November 2013 and got to work — bringing with him more than 18 years of experience in the denim industry. Add in the fact that the brand focuses on American manufacturing and you’ve got the makings of #menswear success.

A playful historical narrative accompanies many of the brand's products. Photo courtesy of Ace Rivington.

A playful historical narrative accompanies many of the brand’s products. Photo courtesy of Ace Rivington.

What’s even more compelling about the brand is the playful, heritage-filled story woven into its products. Consumers can follow along with the daring Ace Rivington and his family through the brand’s blog. Ace is a fictional pilot who provides the sartorial inspiration for the brand’s rugged staples — and spirit of adventure. The concept is something that few, if any brands, have tried. Sure, plenty tie back to the ideals of heritage quality, history and pieces  built for decades — but Ace Rivington is the only one that provides quite literally an inspired story to back it up. Some might find it too much, but the ways in which the product is designed and the creative is presented definitely help build the narrative into a cohesive brand identity.

American-made denim in a variety of washes rounds out the brand's pants offering.

American-made denim in a variety of washes rounds out the brand’s pants offering.

The company’s offerings are tight and controlled, particularly its shirting — five models are for sale on the site right now, including a Beach Washed Chambray option that would serve as a fine complement to the brand’s made-in-the-USA selvedge denim. That denim however, does run for a premium price — more than $200. Its chinos also venture into Bonobos-esque pricing territory ($89) but pack classic military styling inspiration into one pair. And while some are against the jogger trend entirely, Ace Rivington does indeed stock an aptly named pair — after having checked out a pair from the brand, the Layover Jogger (made out of a lightweight cotton weave) is actually the type of pant you’d want to be wearing if you found yourself stranded in an airport.

On the shirting front, it does appear as if the brand is planning a broader expansion come next spring, as they teased out a product shot of a neat-looking short-sleeve shirt on the company’s Instagram account recently.

Available in a plethora of colors, the brand's crewneck sweaters helped Ace make his name. Photo courtesy of Ace Rivington.

Available in a plethora of colors, the brand’s crewneck sweaters helped Ace make his name. Photo courtesy of Ace Rivington.

The iconic sweater the brand launched with is also on the site in multiple colors, and colorblocked cuffs plus a ribbed collar help it stand out from your average crewneck. At a 90% cotton/10% polyester blend, it might not be the kind of sweater that shields you from an Arctic chill, but it would be the ideal layering piece for fall, particularly underneath a herringbone blazer. At $129 however, it’s again an investment to give some thought.

Ace Rivington sells, among other footwear offerings, some casual-rugged chukkas from SeaVees.

Ace Rivington sells, among other footwear offerings, some casual-rugged chukkas from SeaVees.

Ace Rivington’s outerwear selection is small but does feature a café racer jacket. Likewise, it keeps its footwear offerings on the small, yet classic, side as well. Two pairs of excellent Wolverine boots, a classic three-eye chukka from SeaVees and two pairs of utilitarian SeaVees sneakers round out the product focus.

The brand’s accessories add a dash of the unexpected to your everyday carry, including a branded Zippo lighter and aviation-themed playing cards that line right up with the brand’s aviation-minded backstory. As to be expected for a brand that built its foundation on a simple sweatshirt, its basics are similarly well-constructed. The brand was kind enough to send along a Home Washed Heathered Crewneck in Oatmeal, and it’s extremely soft with a slim yet comfortable fit — exactly how a T-shirt should feel.
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Judging by the brand’s quick rise through Kickstarter, planned product upgrades in the coming seasons and compelling backstory, Ace Rivington seems like the type of brand that can definitely strike a chord with customers looking for crisp basics that incorporate just-different-enough touches and reliable quality. And if you happen to be an aviation enthusiast, there’s perhaps no better brand out there.

Have you bought any product from Ace Rivington? What’s your favorite item from the brand’s site?
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