The Friday Read: The American Trench Comfort Box, Early Black Friday Deals & Classic Holiday Beer

American Trench Comfort Box

A roundup of comfortable essentials to head into the holidays.

Folks, we could all use more comfort in our lives during these challenging times, could we not? I think that’s certainly the case, which was precisely why I was drawn toward the American Trench Comfort Box as we head into the weekend and another Friday Read. It’s a curated box of Philadelphia essentials put together by the Pennsylvania-based brand that makes some of the best men’s socks around, and it’s that kind of carefully curated approach that I certainly appreciate. Point being: If you want a warming candle, some delicious handcrafted chocolates and some of the best socks for men in your life (or for someone on your holiday shopping list!), you’d do well to stock up on this fine fall Friday.

Milled in Scotland for a lifetime of wear.

Things really do seem to be lightening up more these days, what with (at least some) better news out there and Thanksgiving on the way. In fact, I talked about this very sensation in my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, earlier this month. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already — I deliver two dispatches a week covering craft beer, menswear and much more. To be sure, the holidays are (wait for it) going to be mighty different this year, but I’m hopeful that you’ll find ways to celebrate safely in your way, perhaps with some Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals on the docket. We’ll get to a few of those deals below to start your weekend off the right way, but in the meantime, give me a follow on Instagram to see what I’m wearing, sipping and writing about.

American Giant Highway Shirt

  • Let’s launch into this thing the right way. If you read my blog, you might recognize the American Giant Highway Shirt, a stellar, rugged and ever-durable piece that’s here just in time for the holidays. Wear it as a work shirt, wear it atop your favorite henley, wear it all on its own … just be sure you’ve got it in your rotation as we head into the colder months.
  • If you follow me on social media (particularly my menswear and craft beer Twitter), you know I’m all about, well, some of the best beer for fall and winter. That’s why it was such a treat to write about the excellent Revolution Brewing Fistmas Holiday Ale for GearMoose. It should be a fine seasonal sipper and a new classic holiday beer, so be sure to stock up your beer fridge ASAP.
  • I mentioned earlier that we’d be talking about the best Black Friday deals to shop early and often, so allow me to get that process started for you. You can, and should, check out my byline at The Manual, where I’m covering deals like the best Black Friday sales on G-SHOCK watches to start things off. It’s never too early to get prepared, right??
  • Before I let you go for the weekend, here’s one last shopping recommendation for you. I’ve had the good fortune to check out the ever-excellent Angel Jackets Retro Cafe Racer Leather Jacket, a truly badass and next-level leather jacket that wears well through the fall and winter chill while layering up with ease. It gives off some serious Ryan Gosling-type vibes (maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part?) while looking great all the while. Get your hands on a jacket of your own ASAP.

Part tailored jacket, part sweater, all versatility.

I’ll leave you with one last menswear dispatch before the weekend kicks off in earnest. Be sure to check out my guide on how to wear a bomber jacket if it’s truly exceptional, dependable style that you seek, because you can wear that bomber jacket with just about everything in your wardrobe (including the  American Giant Highway Shirt). For now, here’s to shoppping for the season and enjoying the weekend. Cheers, my friends!

The Friday Read: Bonobos Travel Jeans, Your New Chinos & A New Pilsner

A rugged, classic chore coat guaranteed to deliver weekend fun.

Welcome once more to another edition of The Friday Read, my friends. Today’s take on the best men’s style news of the week is particularly momentous — tomorrow is Leap Day, a rarity on the calendar, so let’s have a little fun with it! And one way to have some fun? By picking up more winter style essentials, including the rugged and essential Wellen Stretch Chore Coat as seen above. It’s simply one of the best chore coats you can buy at the moment. I’ll be going a bit more formal with my look this weekend, though. Why’s that? Well, my great college friend — none other than Mr. Kyle Campbell — happens to be tying the knot in Brooklyn! A Brooklyn wedding is a rarity for me (I’ve traveled back to Michigan for past weddings), so it’s definitely momentous to be able to head to The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, followed by post-wedding festivities at excellent beer hall Berg’n.

Speaking of craft beer, the festivities have continued to roll along through NYC Beer Week these past few days — it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year here across the city. I had the chance to try delicious beers from the likes of Finback Brewery (the Breach The Surface IPA is a juicebomb of a  brew), Suarez Family Brewing (had to get the flavorful Qualify Pils from this upstate gem!) and more at spots like Covenhoven. I also stopped by lauded Brooklyn bar The Well, packed with 60 (yes, 60!) taps. The occasion? A live panel with renowned beer writer Josh Bernstein! Talk about a great day of great beer — drafts from NYC’s Interboro and Florida’s Civil Society Brewing were particularly prime choices. Looking back on the week, I’m grateful I get to live my passions in NYC — from craft beer to yes, menswear. Hey, speaking of menswear: Let’s get going with the good stuff, shall we? Enjoy the rest of today’s Friday Read.

  • Can you ever have enough of the best men’s chinos? Well, perhaps — but that’s not why we’re here. No sir, I had the chance to write about my favorite men’s chinos for each and every season for The Manual — on the docket, you’ll find picks from both Taylor Stitch and Faherty Brand, for starters. Happy shopping!
  • So you’ve got your new favorite chinos and you’re ready to hit the road — or are you? Not without one of the best passport wallets. I wrote about 20 (yes, 20!) of them for GearMoose, per tradition. Gear up, add to your everyday carry, and then (and only then!), you’re ready to hit the road.
  • All of that earlier talk of craft beer is making me thirsty … if you feel the same way, check out a crisp, refreshing and new pilsner over at GearMoose, as covered by yours truly. In my last trip to Utah, I enjoyed quite a few brews from Uinta, so I’m certain you’ll be mighty pleased with the Uinta 801 Small Batch Pilsner. Bottoms up!

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Last but not least — just as with the rugged Wellen Stretch Chore Coat as seen above, now is certainly not the time to stow away your winter jackets. That being said, maybe you feel your rotation has grown a bit stale as the months have gone on? In that case, grab the versatile Buck Mason Bunker Twill Field Jacket — head to this blog post to get the full scoop, then be ready to pair it with your favorite henley and your best blue jeans for expert weekend style. Have questions on what to wear, and when to wear it? Want to see what I’m wearing (and drinking, and listening to)? Head to my Twitter or Instagram. Cheers!

The Friday Read: Michigan Craft Beer, Shinola’s New Watch & The Best Boots for November

If you didn’t feel in the holiday spirit yet, well, step right this way with these rugged Rancourt boots.

Although I’ll be in Brooklyn this weekend (likely wearing a pair of rugged leather boots very similar to the excellent Rancourt & Co. leather boots shown above!), my mind is back on my home state of Michigan, and in particular, my alma mater, Michigan State University. I was just in East Lansing last weekend for a terrific time with old college friends, filled with beers at HopCat (a staple of my senior year) and Crunchy’s, along with some Michigan State football. It’s of course with football in mind that I’ll be enjoying craft beer back in my new home borough this weekend — it’s Michigan vs. Michigan State on Saturday, after all! It’s a rivalry that meant a lot to me as a student, and means even more now that I’m farther away from campus. I’ll be finding a sports bar in Brooklyn to hunker down for the game, likely followed by a round of (hopefully!) celebratory beers at the always-excellent Threes Brewing. If your plans involve college football as well, I wish you nothing but luck! And if they involve more frenzied pursuits — such as starting your holiday shopping early — then I’d suggest you A) Check out the below Friday Read and B) Check out the never-not-outstanding Huckberry 2019 Gift Guide, packed with gear like the above Rancourt & Co. leather boots, plus plenty of stylish stocking stuffers. In the meantime, the below reading and gear picks ought to get you started — agreed?

  • Let’s get this weekend started accordingly the right way, yes? I’m talking, of course, about one of the best new beers to try now, covered by yours truly at GearMoose. That beer would be the rich, utterly satisfying Perrin Brewing S’more Stout, a fittingly inspired beer for cold Michigan (and New York) winters. I can’t wait to get my hands on some when I’m back in the Mitten State.
  • Speaking of my home state of Michigan — as has been on my mind this week — it only makes sense that Shinola would come up in conversation here. In fact, over at GearMoose once more, I covered the Shinola Bronze Monster, a durable, tough-as-heck timepiece with plenty of style points built right in. Did I mention it draws design inspiration from Detroit’s Prohibition smugglers? Yes, it’s got plenty going for it, too. Wear it with your favorite henley and tough chore pants on a chilly winter weekend.
  • OK, let’s keep it rolling when it comes to rugged weekend gear and perhaps more importantly, rugged winter boots. I covered the Danner Pub Garden Boots here on the blog just last week, and if you missed that feature, now’s your chance to catch up. They’re fit for the trail, the town, and indeed, the pub, easily. They’ll also wear particularly well with, say, a classic Barbour jacket and rugged work pants.

OK, those are all the style quick hits and men’s style news updates I’ve got for you this week. If you’re still searching for the best gifts for everyone on your list (and it never hurts to start as early as possible!), well, then head to my roundup of some of the best gear for November. From flannel shirts to chukka boots to the best whiskey glasses for the spirits lover, that post has something for everyone (if I do say so myself). OK, it’s time to get ready for some football. Cheers!

The Friday Read: A Florida Vacation, the Best Lightweight Jackets and A New Pumpkin Ale

The perfect bag for a weekend getaway — like the one I’m about to enjoy, in fact.

We’ll kick off today’s Friday Read by talking about one of the best duffel bags for fall travel; that’d be the WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote. Why is that so important on this fine fall Friday? Well, I’m packing up one of my favorite weekender bags as we speak — to hit the road to sunny Florida! I was originally supposed to take this trip across Labor Day weekend (as seen in this post here), but the potential for Hurricane Dorian thwarted those plans. So now, it’s time for a do-over, as it were! On tap this weekend? Quite literally, visits to a Fort Myers favorite (Point Ybel Brewing), plus the recently opened Coastal Dayz Brewery, to go along with some beach time, some BBQ (my dad’s famous homemade ribs!) and plenty of relaxation. As per usual, you can follow along on my Instagram! It’s my first time in Florida this year, wildly enough, and I always relish the chance to visit family and take in the beautiful weather. I’ll also be looking forward to getting some final wear out of my favorite gear for summer, seeing as we’re on the verge of *gasp* October. If you happen to be hitting the road for fall, again, get a load of the WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote, one of the best weekender bags you can buy right now. And in the meantime? The below Friday Read should help you start the weekend off quite nicely.

  • Let’s stick with GearMoose for a second, shall we? And again, although my mind isn’t exactly on the best pumpkin beer for the season as I head to Florida, it’s tough to pass up the Montauk Pumpkin Ale, is it not? It’s the ideal beer to enjoy on a crisp fall afternoon (preferably at a tailgate).
  • Is there anything better than realizing the time is finally right to wear your favorite fall jacket? As in, one of the best waxed jackets on the market? From Filson to Taylor Stitch, I rounded up some of my favorites for The Manual. Enjoy the season, my friends!

We’ll keep it fairly brief for today’s Friday Read — but not before I direct you back toward my guide on how to wear black jeans this season. Class ’em up casually with a chambray shirt (in addition to the picks in this #OOTD) or keep it rugged and versatile with your favorite leather boots. Again, stylish black jeans are your secret fall style weapon. OK, that’s all as we close out this last September weekend. Cheers!

The List: Here’s the Best Beer to Drink and the Best New Menswear to Buy for Summer

A light, drinkable beer to pair with your favorite menswear this season. Image courtesy of House Beer.

Is there any better way to get into the spirit of summer than with an ice-cold, refreshing beer? Plus, some new men’s style essentials? In mind, no sir, no there’s not. That’s where we’re kicking off today’s edition of The List, telling you about a delicious new beer from House Beer to drink right now (well, during happy hour, I should  say). If you’re not yet familiar with House Beer, this brand is making a wildly drinkable beer — just one style — in the tradition of old-school lager. It’s refreshing, it’s pleasing to enjoy straight out of a can, and it’s never better than when you pair it with your favorite pair of jeans and an American-made tee. I’ve said too much, though — let’s get started.

House Beer — Price Varies

This classic beer could just be a new favorite.

As I mentioned above, there might not be a better beer to drink at the moment than this crisp, refreshing, retro-inspired lager. House Beer is made with Noble hops in the fashion of a premium lager, and that just means it’s one darn good beer to enjoy out of a can all summer long. You can find House Beer in 12oz. and 16oz. cans (as seen above — mighty crushable in a can, I might add!), plus 12oz. bottles and on draft. Any way you choose to enjoy this beer, it’s nearly perfect for summer. What to pair it with? Your new favorite pair of denim, of course. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans — $128

The slim black denim that’s going to come in mighty handy, no matter the day or season.

We’ll go from your new favorite beer to the best men’s jeans you can wear casually — House Beer in hand, of course. That’d be the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans, an essential pair of slim black denim to wear to an outdoor music festival or an evening on the town.

SeaVees Magnum Legend Sneakers — $88

These printed sneakers are one way to amp up your sneaker rotation.

Prefer to keep things a little more dialed-down on your top half (think a slub T-shirt and slim light wash jeans), yet wanting to go big when it comes to stylish summer sneakers? The SeaVees Legend Sneakers feature an authentic Hawaiian print to wear all season long.

Faherty Brand Sunwashed Polo — $88

This breezy polo is simply perfect for summer.

Speaking of keeping things simple up top, reach for a slim polo from Faherty Brand any time you want the comfort of a tee, yet the style of a classic men’s polo.

Timex Navi Ocean Watch — $155

The rough-and-tumble (yet affordable!) watch you need now.

In the spirit of getting outside and getting around in style, Timex comes through with your new favorite watch, as dependable an everyday watch as you’re apt to find for summer.

Taylor Stitch Everyday Blazer — $348

A newly iconic everyday blazer for daily wear (truly!).

My friends, they’ve done it — Taylor Stitch, that is. They’ve managed to make a classic navy blazer that’s at once modern and timeless, and it’s the perfect blazer when it comes to what to wear to a summer wedding. The best part? It’s exclusive to our friends at Huckberry.

Karesuando Hunting Axe — $214

The best hunting axe you can buy for your summer cabin.

Is there a good chance this durable hunting axe might become more of a decoration at your cabin than something with actual utility? Potentially. But this rugged axe could just be key to your next outdoor adventure — it’s up to you.

Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt — $128

The dependable denim shirt for all your summer layering needs.

Yes, we’re back with more stylish menswear from Taylor Stitch.  Critically, the Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt could just be one of the best men’s denim shirts on the market, and it’s ready to layer up over a crisp white tee with slim tan chinos all summer long.

Bespoke Post Sauna Box — $45

Two essentials for plenty of relaxation from Bespoke Post.

It’s important to remember that every once in a while, a guy just needs a break. For yourself or your partner, get the relaxation-filled Bespoke Post Sauna Box (again, only $45 when you sign up for Bespoke Post).

Pacifico Optical Buckler Sunglasses — $195

Classic men’s sunglasses for everyday summer wear.

The best men’s sunglasses for summer embody a few key qualities — namely, they’re not overpriced, they’re casually cool, and they can be worn with everything from a classic navy blazer to one of the best men’s denim shirts.

Roark Revival Layover Shorts — $65

Stylish, travel-ready summer shorts from Roark Revival.

Speaking of summer style essentials, well, the folks at Roark Revival know how to make ’em. With the cut of tailored shorts and the fabric of adventure shorts, these are perhaps the best shorts for men — especially if you’re a guy on the go.

Billy Reid Pima Cotton Chinos — $175

Every guy — including you — needs a pair of classic navy chinos.

When it comes to tailored menswear for summer, Billy Reid knows how to do it right — particularly in the case of these handsome Pima Cotton Chinos, assuredly some of the best men’s chinos you’re apt to find this season.

Topo Designs Ripstop Klettersack — $189

A rugged backpack that’s fit for summer — to say the least.

Let’s turn our attention now toward the best everyday carry gear you can get your hands on — including this durable Topo  Designs Ripstop Klettersack. It’s ready to go to the beach or out on your next hike with ease.

Nemo Equipment Stargaze Recliner — $219.95

A comfortable recliner to take with you on your next camping trip.

Whether you gaze at the stars from your backyard or from your camping site deep in the great outdoors, this Nemo Equipment recliner could very well be one of the best camping chairs around. If I ever have the chance to get out of NYC, this is the chair I’m bringing.

 

Now, who’s ready to get out there and explore this summer? There’s no question to me that the above men’s style essentials can help you do just that — and my personal favorite pick, ta classic navy blazer from Taylor Stitch, is uniquely well-suited to dressier pursuits, too. Have any thoughts? Feel free to get in touch with me on Twitter.

The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Blazers, The Top Bomber Jackets for Winter & A New Brewery in NYC

A handsome, timeless shirt jacket from one of my favorite brands.

Don’t waste any more time gearing up for the weekend, because style essentials like the Taylor Stitch Summit Shirt (it’s on sale here!) are going to help. That’s the focus of today’s Friday Read, at least — dressing in peak winter style with rugged shirting from Taylor Stitch, then adding a few extra touches (like one of the best men’s bomber jackets — more on that in a second). The Summit Shirt (as seen above) featured a durable wool-poly waffle knit & is part of the brand’s run of new outerwear, so you can be sure it’s up to snuff. How else are you dressing for the weekend? And what’s on your agenda? For me personally, I’m excited to check out a bit of a different show here in NYC than I’m normally used to attending. Two college friends from my time at Michigan State will be in town to see “The Waverly Gallery” by acclaimed director Kenneth Lonergan — it should be a very touching, moving performance. And again, it’ll be a bit different than the rock shows I frequent!

  • We’re also looking forward to exploring Prospect Park in Brooklyn, having a cup or two (or three?) of excellent coffee, and perhaps even tracking down a cold beer from Manhattan’s newest brewery, Torch & Crown Brewing Co.! The new brewery is distributing two styles across beer bars in Manhattan (an IPA and a lager) — it’s exciting stuff. While brewing has been thriving in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, it’s hit a major lull in Manhattan itself — until now. Follow along on my Instagram to see how these beers taste, and to see what one wears to a grab a beer and then head to a Broadway play. Cheers to the weekend, and cheers to today’s Friday Read
  • The bomber jacket is an underrated style move in the winter months, when everyone seems to be reaching for thick parkas. But if you’ve read my post on The Manual on the best men’s bomber jackets, you know that’s not the case. And if you haven’t read it yet? It’s time to get caught up!
  • Let’s talk more about the best of the best in terms of men’s style essentials, shall we? Namely, it’s been a busy week of menswear writing around these parts, which is how I also found myself writing about the best blazers for men — a piece I penned yet again for The Manual. You could do worse than upgrading your office style this month, my friends.
  • Once more, you could use a new dress watch — yes? Luckily for you, I covered the top dress watches to buy now for GearMoose. Between your new bomber jacket, your new blazer and a new dress watch, you’re going to be all set this winter.


Before we let you go for the weekend, I’ll leave you with this post on the best new leather wallet to buy now. What’s more, I’ll also point you in the direction of the 12 best style upgrades (yes, 12!) to keep 2019 rolling. Oh, and one last thing: This stylish field jacket  belongs your back as you fight a chilly winter. OK, that’s a wrap — feel free to check in with me on Twitter if you’ve got any feedback on the blog. Have a great weekend, folks!
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The Friday Read: Essential Everyday Carry Gear, Craft Beer and Nisolo Shoes

Can you believe another week is in the books? Heck, can you believe I’m in Chicago again for the second time this month? I certainly can’t — and yet, today’s edition of the Friday Read is coming to you live from the Windy City. I trekked to Chicago just a few short weeks ago for Lollapalooza 2017, and had a great weekend dressed in ideal music festival style. This time around, I’m meeting my family back in the Midwest for a weekend of city exploration and crucially, a family trip to see lauded American musical “Hamilton.” Having seen the show twice already, I gave up my ticket to my young nephew, a budding musical enthusiast and huge fan of the standout musical. So, that’ll free up some time for me to explore all that Chicago has to offer — anywhere that’s a must-see on your list? I’m looking forward to hitting up the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, a refined, old-school art-deco spot with (apparently) a neat speakeasy. That’s just one of many stops I’ll be making, though. Follow along with all the action on Instagram, and be sure to check back here for a full #menswear trip recap on Monday. Until then — stay stylish and enjoy the below weekend reading picks!

  • Fall is a great time to hit the road for day or weekend trips — heading to a winery, a brewery, an orchard … you name it, and it should definitely involve essential travel style. To that end, I rounded up the best everyday carry gear for your next drive. Head to GearMoose to check it out.
  • We enjoy talking craft beer around these parts — to say the least. With that in mind, I point you toward The Manual — my colleague Lee Heidel is taking you into a new initiative from the Brewers Association to properly label beer from breweries that fit the definition of “craft.” It’s a worthy cause that might just make you love your favorite beer even more — agreed?

  • Let’s stick with the latest happenings at The Manual — shall we? Namely, I rounded up my favorite picks from Nisolo, the ethically crafted footwear makers behind a whole host of stylish chukka boots, rugged sneakers and plenty more. Shop away!

OK, everyone — we’re keeping it short this week! Enjoy the weekend, and check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week.

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

#OOTD: What to Wear to a Weekend Barbecue

You just got word that there’s a barbecue this weekend. Craft beer? Check. Burgers? You got it. But what #menswear to wear to man the grill or just hang out while sipping brews? We’ve got you covered today on The Style Guide — from A-to-Z, this is the place to be. It’s a little bit different than, say, dressing for a spring bar crawl — it’s more casual and requires gear that’s as stylish as it is suited to wear to play a little pick-up football. And you’ll want an extra layer in case the party runs late or it gets chilly out there. So, we’re keeping it cool and laidback with today’s #OOTD. You’ll recognize upgraded basics — from a classic bomber jacket to a sturdy striped tee — and you’ll recognize tried-and-true favorites like stylish brown leather sneakers and slim light wash jeans.  See? Comfortable, casual and classic style at its finest. But, I won’t spoil all the fun now. Check out the full set of #menswear picks below, chime in on Twitter and see how I style my daily ensembles over on Instagram (lotsa clothes on the ‘Gram, trust me). Enjoy, cheers and be sure to man the grill!

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Start with a supremely high-quality tee and go from there with casual spring layers.

The T-Shirt: Outerknown Shonan Stripe Pocket T-Shirt, $62.98 —  Let’s start things off the right way — with a sustainably made and uniquely stylish striped pocket T-shirt. Yes indeed, the Outerknown Shonan Stripe Pocket T-Shirt is pricey, yes …. but ultimately worth it. Just don’t spill any mustard on it.

The Jacket: Outlier Supermarine Soft Core Bomber Jacket, $595 — First off, this jacket surely is pricey. But why go for a paper-thin bomber jacket from a fast-fashion retailer when you can get a comfortable, stylish and very performance-ready piece fit for spring breezes and beyond?

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The Jacket: Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans in Slim Tapered, $98  — I’m all for investing in quality — and that’s exactly what Flint and Tinder brings to the table. These slim-fit light wash jeans have a pleasing light wash that’s perfect for spring.
The Sneakers: Pikolinos Vic Trainers, $200 — While you might be tempted to break out the flip-flops, leave those in the closet this time. These beautifully crafted leather sneakers feature everything from a rich brown colorway to cool and eye-catching stitching.

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The Watch: Nautica SYD Leather Watch, $125 — Nothing screams barbecue-ready style than a tough, rugged and stylish watch. This Nautica timepiece looks unique and crisp — it can definitely stand up to a game of backyard football, too.

The Bottle Opener: Billykirk Bottle Opener, $17.98 — Here’s the piece de resistance, perhaps the most crucial item in your everyday carry for this barbecue — the Billykirk Bottle Opener should be the hit of the party, ehh?

The Beer: Founders Brewing All Day IPA, Price Varies — It might be the Michigan native in me coming through, but there might not be a better summer BBQ beer than Founder’s All Day IPA. I absolutely love visiting the brewery when I trek back to Grand Rapids, and that won’t change soon!

The Bag: Nisolo Lori Tote, $134.98 — OK, so you’ve got your six-pack of craft beer, you’ve got your slim bomber jacket, you’re wearing your stylish striped tee — how are you going to carry everything you need to carry? In the durable and handsome Nisolo Lori Tote, I should say.

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And, there it is. All set for your first summer barbecue? With classic, easy-to-wear pieces like a slim bomber jacket and the Outerknown Shonan Stripe Pocket T-Shirt, I’d say you should be all set for anything that comes your way. And a pair of denim like the Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans in Slim Tapered are about as versatile and stylish as it gets when it comes to a casual pair of jeans for the weekend. Add in essential everyday carry pieces like a tough Nautica watch, well-made leather sneakers and the strong Nisolo Lori Tote and you can get from the barbecue and back in style. Oh, and don’t forget an absolute must-have — that’d be the Billykirk Bottle Opener, folks. Alright, I’ll see you at the grill!

Thanks for reading and stay stylish,

-Beau

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The Show Goes On: Seeing Local Natives in Pittsburgh

All smiles for Local Natives — and enjoying a neat area of Pittsburgh! Trucker Jacket and 505C Denim by Levi’s. Jack in Indigo Star Shirt by Taylor Stitch. Henley by Pistol Lake. Roma Messenger by Brothers Leather Supply. Military Watch by Timex + Todd Snyder. Explorer’s Cap by Huckberry. Glasses by Frameri

There are certain items that pop up in your news feed and make you stop and take notice. Late this past year, a simple Tweet caught my eye and eventually spurred my latest Style Guide road trip. Yes, the announcement that one of my favorite bands, California indie rockers Local Natives, had extended their Sunlit Youth tour into 2017 was enough to shake up my day — and make me pull out my calendar. If you recall, I hit the road to Providence last fall to see them — it was such a stirring show, I knew I had to catch ’em again. So, that’s how I ended up on a Pittsburgh-bound Greyhound bus this past weekend with my favorite #menswear in tow and another excellent live show on my mind. From a December trek to Baltimore to this past weekend’s adventure — to name but a couple — I’m truly lucky to be able to take in great music and great cities in style. Now, my packing list was quite different than my recent spring break trip to Florida, but I had my winter packing routine down pat — and luckily, I hauled plenty of late winter travel essentials for a crisp weekend. That all of this gear fit nicely into my Owen and Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender and my Brothers Leather Supply Roma Messenger was just an added bonus (Pro tip: Here’s another stylish weekender bag for your travels).

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Rock-inspired gear with cold weather in mind. Trucker Jacket by Levi’s. Jack in Indigo Star Shirt by Taylor Stitch. Lawrence Boots by Sutro Footwear. Military Watch by Timex + Todd Snyder. Gloves by Grifter Company.

It was with Local Natives’ excellent third album, “Sunlit Youth,” spinning in my headphones that I hit the road — my last Style Guide trip took me to New Haven to see Young the Giant, and I knew I’d need similar cold-weather gear this time around. For a very early Saturday bus trip down to Pennsylvania, I layered up accordingly, starting with a classic Pistol Lake henley in a unique shade of Antique White. I topped it off with my reliable-as-ever Taylor Stitch Jack in Indigo Star Shirt and a seasonally appropriate Levi’s Trucker Jacket in a spring-friendly light wash. Because temperatures dipped into the high 30s in parts of the day, I still needed my  Johnston & Murphy Faux Shearling Aviator (last seen on this blog in a weekend trip to upstate New York).

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On the footwear front, my pick for stomping around Pittsburgh and checking out Stage AE on Saturday night just had to be the cool and crisp Lawrence Boot from Sutro Footwear. The jodhpur style looked sleek beneath my Levi’s 505C denim and proved comfortable for a full day of wear. If you want to dress in rock-inspired style for your next concert, I’d recommend you look into Sutro Footwear men’s boots and other similarly edgy menswear moves. Oh, and if you want more travel style tips for men, peruse this site when you get the chance.

Sharp style essentials for a Pittsburgh Saturday. Trucker Jacket and 505C Denim by Levi’s. Jack in Indigo Star Shirt by Taylor Stitch. Henley by Pistol Lake. Military Watch by Timex + Todd Snyder. Roma Messenger by Brothers Leather Supply.

Of course, staying on time is critical for any road trip — particularly when it came to hitting up Nicholas Coffee & Tea and trekking through downtown Pittsburgh. In this instance, that meant I drafted my vintage-inspired Timex + Todd Snyder Military Watch into duty once again. It’s versatile, it’s subtly stylish and it’s tough enough to stand up to a rock show — perfect for this trip. Fully caffeinated, the real exploration of Pittsburgh rolled on, from trekking across the iconic Roberto Clemente Bridge to checking out the incredibly well-designed, unique Mattress Factory Museum and making a pit stop for excellent craft brews at the rustic, home-y Allegheny City Brewing — it’s a bit of a hole-in-the-wall location with a food truck out front and delicious brews (like the Deutchstown Brown) being poured inside. The early evening also took me to renowned Pittsburgh craft beer bar Beerhead — all the while rocking my comfortable, durable Lawrence Boots from Sutro Footwear and prepping for a stellar show, of course.

Now, to be fair … I’d seen Local Natives three times on this tour previously, but to say that lowered my expectations at all … is quite far from the truth. In fact, it made me look forward to this show even more! When a band brings as much energy and passion to the stage as Local Natives does — from blissful opener “Past Lives” through to classic closing track “Who Knows Who Cares” —  it’s a treat the entire time. Seriously, I can’t recommend this band enough. There’s nothing like their show — from start to finish, majestic lights, great sound and a heck of a set list, The show included deep cut “Mt. Washington” (off of their excellent 2013 album “Hummingbird”) and another crowd-pleaser, “Ceilings” — that one’s a personal favorite. . They harkened back to their first Pittsburgh show with fan favorite “Airplanes,” and broke out a show-stopping rendition of “Breakers” to go along with a rousing version of “Fountain of Youth” — what a band!

They also wove in a soul-stirring version of “You and I” — not to mention a beautiful performance of “Colombia,” honoring vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelcey Ayer’s mother. Of course, “Who Knows Who Cares” brought the house down, too — this is a band that really can do no wrong! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of knowing your favorite songs are coming … and being blown away by them all the same.

Taking on a chilly day on the Pittsburgh waterfront. Anorak by Fisher + Baker. Cable-knit sweater and garment-dyed chinos by Dockers. Flannel shirt by Frank and Oak. Pahoa Chukkas by OluKai. Red Wing Leather Chronograph by Timex x Todd Snyder. Explorer’s Cap by Huckberry. Glasses by Frameri.

As seems to be the case after a great live show, I was plenty tired — but there was no time to waste in terms of getting around Pittsburgh in style. To combat weather that was both chilly and  a bit rainy, my functional, well-made and supremely durable Fisher + Baker Anorak proved exceptionally tough. The simple black colorway was sleek and city-ready and the Ventile cotton waterproof shell more than stood up to the elements — the hood was a nice touch on a blustery day, too. It layered easily over both a nautical-inspired Dockers cable-knit sweater. I paired the combo with  classic-yet-slim Dockers garment-dyed chinos and a cozy red-and-blue plaid flannel shirt from the master menswear purveyors at Frank and Oak. The next time you need style that can take you from brunch to the park — as I did when checking out Point State Park — I’d recommend you team versatile staples with sturdy footwear. On this particular Sunday, my OluKai Pahoa Chukkas filled that part of the equation quite nicely, blending a bit of Hawaii cool with a sturdy chukka silhouette and burnished black leather. For rugged style that also fit the bill, I had to break out my Timex + Todd Snyder Red Wing Leather Chronograph,With a busy day on tap in Pittsburgh, my menswear picks proved crucial.

It was time to head back to NYC too soon, though  — I did so with plenty of amazing memories from a brief-yet-incredible Pittsburgh trip spinning in my head. The chance to see one of my favorite bands really is something I can never pass up — even if it means hopping on a bus to get there. And the opportunity to explore a neat city with a burgeoning arts scene is always welcomed — as is the chance to try out a few local brews and check out a new music venue! But to reiterate — if you want to listen to music that makes you think, try out Local Natives. Oh, and see them live as soon as you can — just be sure to pack your favorite travel essentials for the journey. Join us tomorrow for a new #OOTD series entry, and in the meantime — stay stylish!

-Beau

Frank & Oak

The Friday Read: The Nike Killshot, Affordable Menswear and Taylor Stitch

Editor’s note: Expect these posts once a week on Fridays — consider this a jumpstart on reading for your weekend downtime. Expect a mix of style and non-style content. For more entries, click here.

So, we’re back again with another Friday Read — and we’ve got a lot of ground to cover, folks! It’s the first Friday Read of March, and that means the Style Guide’s annual Spring Style Wish List is incoming — look for it early next week. It also means we’re wrapping a busy week in the #menswear world, including my latest travel style post covering my trip to New Haven to see Young the Giant! It was an outstanding show, with beautiful lights, great energy and an outstanding set list. That’s a band you gotta see, and soon. If your next show, or the weekend ahead, involves hitting the road as well, grab a stylish leather weekender for the occasion.  And if your weekend involves more relaxation than travel, you’d do well to pick up the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Sweatpants, a recent Style Pick entry and as tailored and stylish a pair of sweats as you’ll find.  Oh, and as we await the transition to spring, don’t forget to stock up on essential men’s grooming products to keep your skin in shape before that next date. See, I said we had a lot of ground to cover. Of course, there’s plenty of business to take care of NYC this weekend, too — it’s New York City Beer Week, for one, and if there’s a more tightly concentrated metropolis of standout beer, I’ve yet to test it out. For now, let’s recap a few new men’s style releases and some choice news items. Check back tomorrow for the latest Style Pick of the Week, and stay stylish in the meantime!

We’re keeping it brief this week on The Style Guide — but here’s one more before you go…
  • I don’t pass up the chance to write about Taylor Stitch very often — seriously. I covered the Taylor Stitch Merino Henley, and why you need it for classic spring style, for GearMoose.

OK, folks — let’s wrap up this Friday and try some new brews … see you out there!

-Beau

Beckett Simonon