The Friday Read: Commemorating the Day, the Best New York City Brands & the Best Weekend Gear

Six gorgeous photos of the New York City skyline

Right off the bat, thanks for being here. It feels strange to be publishing a post on September 11th, as has happened in years past, but it’s a bit odd to be starting off the weekend, and the Friday Read, on a day like today. As a still rather newly minted New Yorker (six years and counting!), the significance of today is never lost on me, and it’s only grown more heightened in recent years, in fact. Last year’s September 11th felt patriotic rather than somber — I spent the evening at my favorite bar in Brooklyn, which was much more crowded and energetic than even I expected, filled with New Yorkers who seemed to celebrate the city and its remarkable rebound in the years since.

Today is bound to be much different — no drinks being served in crowded indoor bars across the city, for one — but I feel New Yorkers who are in it for the long haul are similarly resilient in the face of this year’s pandemic, and I’m proud to consider myself among them. In fact, today’s Friday Read is going to focus solely on NYC brands and designers. I hope you get some time to reflect in solitude, as I’ll be doing today, and I hope you enjoy the weekend all the same. Stay strong, stay safe, and thank you for reading. The rest of today’s Friday Read is below. 

Freemans Sporting Club — Overshirt- Black Plaid

The perfect fall overshirt, made in New York City and so ready for seasonal layering.

  • What better way to kick off things off than by celerating a tried-and-true NYC brand that makes some of the best modern menswear on the market? I’m talking, of course, about Freemans Sporting Club, nestled in Lower Manhattan and not all too far from acclaimed NYC hotspots like the legendary Bowery Ballroom. They make one of the best men’s T-shirts and of course, the best chore coat. But to start fall, consider picking up the rugged Freemans Sporting Club Overshirt for standout seasonal layering atop your favorite henley. Celebrate the city and support an NYC business by shopping Freemans Sporting Club, my friends.
  • Here’s a bit of a sneak peek for you — we’re going to talk PLENTY more about one of the best men’s gear sales on Sunday, but for now, let me point you towards NYC’s own Bespoke Post. To be more specific: The Bespoke Post Sale has plenty of the best style deals for men, and on everything from home goods to EDC picks, so you should surely check them out.

Suppprt a New York City brand by shopping the coolest headphones on the planet.

A classically cool Oxford shirt that channels NYC style to a T.

  • Here’s an unstoppable style homage to New York City. What could be more fitting for downtown-inspired style than a classic black shirt from one of the best designers on the planet (much less the city) — Todd Snyder? Snyder himself is a Midwest transplant that’s now defining style for Manhattanites, Brooklynites and beyond these days, and this Todd Snyder Oxford shirt is as good as it gets.

That’ll close out today’s Friday Read. I’m looking forward to supporting some of my favorite NYC brands — virtually and by wearing ’em, of course! — this weekend, from Todd Snyder to Master & Dynamic. I hope you’ll do the same while enjoying your weekend and reflecting on what today means. Of course, you can expect another Style Pick of the Week tomorrow, plus our Sunday Sale (this time featuring Bespoke Post). For now, thanks again for being here. If you’d like to read even more content from yours truly, you can always subscribe to my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief. Cheers, thank you again, and stay safe & strong.