See Now, Buy Now: This Shinola Weekender Bag is the Perfect Everyday Carry for Holiday Travel

You’re no doubt familiar with Detroit-based Shinola as the brand behind some of the best men’s watches on the market, from the perfect watch for dressy occasions to one of the best men’s everyday watches, period. But if you’ve kept a close eye on the brand in recent years, you’ll know they’re so much more than that: They’ve grown into a brand that makes the best everyday carry goods, leather accessories and more, including one of the coolest weekender bags for holiday getaways (and of course, more occasions beyond just this season). Without a doubt, the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall shakes up the traditional weekender bag formula in a way that only Shinola can, and this is a very, very good thing indeed. Named for the West Detroit neighborhood lined with stylish Victorian homes, the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall is a bag you don’t have to think too much about buying, or about packing up when the occasion calls for hitting the road in style. It delivers in much the same way as a stylish Shinola men’s watch — reliable, refined-yet-versatile, and rugged at the same time.

The Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall is at its best in the edition featuring durable canvas and handsome Italian Vachetta leather trim, all the better to blend durability and style points. It retails for $895 at Shinola, certainly an investment but one that’ll pay off from the very first time you pack up this bag to hit the road this holiday season. After all, if the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall becomes the only weekender bag you use, then opportunities are plentiful to get your money’s worth, right? No doubt about it.

Because it’s Shinola we’re talking about, all the details of this stylish men’s weekender bag have been taken care of, so you needn’t worry about them. Take the brass hardware, delivered with a matte nickel finish that’s not too loud or ostentatious. Then, consider the interior zip pocket (perfect for holding a classic, crisp Shinola men’s watch), not to mention the fact that the pocket itself within the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall features space for up to a 15-inch laptop. The durable canvas can withstand long days of travel, and the Italian leather is actually going to get better and more supple the more you use this handsome weekender bag.

Now, this weekender bag might not work all that well if you’ve planned out a ton of outfits — remember though, versatility is king — or if need to pack up a suit or a blazer. Shinola has you covered there with a garment bag-duffel hybrid, but for traveling on the fly in style, the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall delivers the goods and looks great doing it. Like any Shinola product, it’ll stand the test of time and look great all the while. If that sounds like the sort of bag to bring with you throughout holiday travel, then act accordingly now — and book tickets for that next trip! Happy shopping and safe travels, folks.

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Win a Trio of Classic Everyday Carry Goods from Ezra Arthur

Enter to win three everyday carry picks from Ezra Arthur, folks.

Folks, we’re doing things a little differently on this fine Friday, as you might have guessed. Instead of our usual Friday Read (featuring menswear and gear news), we’re comin’ at ya with a very exciting reader giveaway opportunity: You’ve got the chance to win a trio of ridiculously well-made everyday carry goods from Ezra Arthur (keep reading to find out how to enter). Not familiar with the brand? Today’s your lucky day, because I got a chance to check out three essentials from the family-owned, Arizona-based, made-in-America brand. Keep on scrolling for a chance to win three Ezra Arthur staples: The Ezra Arthur No. 6 Wallet, the Ezra Arthur Small Notebook and the Ezra Arthur Pocket Comb. Now, about the brand. Ezra Arthur is owned by four brothers, with a focus on “artifacts worthy of discovery,” the kind of pieces that, as the brand says, can be used every day and passed down — perhaps after being found tucked away in a workshop or your top drawer. Pretty cool, right? It’s that philosophy (timeless, dependable goods made with pride) that sets Ezra Arthur apart. There’s more where that came from, but for now, know that you simply need to leave your E-mail below in the comments to be entered into this giveaway — from now until March 12th at midnight EST. OK, back to the brand itself.

Editor’s note: The products shown here were provided by Ezra Arthur for review. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that support The Style Guide! 

Ezra Arthur Leather Goods

They source American materials and craft the stunning pieces shown here today in Phoenix, Arizona at their own facility using handmade craftsmanship — talk about quality and attention to detail. These everyday carry goods are useful, durable and dependable pieces that are going to develop a nice patina over time, although the brand has some useful tips on caring for your goods on its Web site. The products themselves are beautifully and durably made, including the No. 6 Wallet, made with Horween Chromexcel leather (out of Chicago). It also features an interlocking pocket design that keeps the wallet slim when folded — and able to fit easily into the front pocket of tailored shorts or jeans, as I’ve found out.

The brand’s pocket comb and holder — plus a stylish notebook and a durable leather wallet — are yours for the taking today.

I also appreciate the stainless steel pocket comb — with a combination of fine and course teeth — complete with a Horween Chromexcel leather sheath in one of six color options. Talk about old-school cool, ehh? And of course, as a writer on the go, I often carry a notebook in my bag around Brooklyn. These days, it’ll be mighty useful to have the Ezra Arthur Small Notebook close at hand, featuring high-quality details like revered Tomoe River paper and a Horween Chromexcel leather cover(also available in one of six cool and classic colors). It’s a handsome, refined and downright handy addition to your everyday carry. No idea will pass you by as long as you keep this notebook around.

Ezra Arthur

Your chance to add some Ezra Arthur goods to your own daily carry. Photo courtesy of Ezra Arthur.

But how to make these gear picks your own? Simple: Once again, leave your E-mail in the comment section below from now until March 12th at midnight EST.  Hopefully, you’ll find these heirloom-quality pieces from Ezra Arthur are highly useful and remarkably stylish additions to your daily carry — I know that’s how I feel. Good luck out there!

Editor’s note: The brand will ship each of the above three products directly to the winner. Giveaway valid for U.S. residents only. 

See Now, Buy Now: Add to Your Everyday Carry This Winter with the WESN Allman Knife

WESN Allman Knife

The WESN Allman Knife is one of the coolest knives to add to your everyday carry, and that’s just a fact.

As we talk all things men’s style upgrades through the new year, perhaps you’re realizing you’re always one key item short on winter excursions, camping trips or days handling yard work: You’re missing one of the best everyday carry essentials around. That is to say, you might not realize you need the WESN Allman Knife until, well, you need it. And that’s the sort of style upgrade I can get onboard with — simple but significant, ready and able, seriously well-made. Not familiar with WESN? Well, you just might have found your new favorite accessories brand.

I say accessories because the Detroit-based company also makes everything from carabiners to leather sheaths to T-shirts, all with some serious style, attitude and quality in mind — would you expect anything less from the Motor City, after all? I certainly wouldn’t, and that’s what makes the WESN Allman Knife  so welcome and, well, essential when it comes to the gear you count on day in and day out. Heck, even the brand’s name means “West, East South, North” — these gear picks sure can go anywhere. It’s one of the best compact knives on the market, made to fit in your hand and crafted from stainless steel hardware with a tough steel blade.

SHOP: The WESN Allman Knife 

One of the faster-selling colorways of the WESN Allman Knife.

This thing isn’t messing around, that much is true. The WESN Allman Knife performs under pressure, with the sort of durability and unique build that other knives can’t quite live up to. Perhaps that’s because the focus is simply on the blade and the build (although it’s always handy to have a great multi-tool as part of your kit). However, this rugged compact knife goes above and beyond what you might expect, delivering a sleek design, a range of colorways to satisfy any palette, and a lifetime warranty that you can be sure will last (and last, and last). When you want a simple, yet endlessly useful, product you can count on, you want the WESN Allman Knife.

SHOP: The WESN Allman Knife 

The Friday Read: Kicking off 2020, A New Buck Mason Jacket & the Best Corduroy Pants

Nothing but the very best leather jacket to wear to start 2020.

Ahh, yes — another Friday, another new edition of The Friday Read, and crucially, another opportunity to keep 2020 rolling in style. First things first: We’ve talked previously about Buck Mason on the blog, and how this venerable brand produces some of the best men’s jackets and other must-haves, and that’s no different when it comes to the investment-worthy leather jacket you see at the top of the page. It’s one of the best leather jackets you can buy, and it’s an ideal way to kick off the first weekend of 2020. How was your (hopefully) shortened week? I spent mine with two days of work at my day job working on social media and influencer programming, and then, I closed out 2019 in the very best way possible — seeing legendary NYC rock band The Strokes play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn!

Talk about an action-packed, hit-filled night with nothing but all-time classics on loop. It was an incredible way to close out the year and the decade — I’m seriously looking forward to 2020, as I’ve got some big plans for the blog, including ongoing freelance writing pursuits and of course, my ever-growing Instagram (I kid, I kid!). Hopefully, you’ll find some of the best men’s style tips to jumpstart your 2020 — as always, the focus will be on affordability, quality construction, classic design, and yes, a bit of fun and maybe a splurge or two along the way (start with my series The List to kick things off with the best new men’s gear, will ya?). And for the rest of you: If you’ve resolved to kick off your new year in style — and really, who among us hasn’t? — then you’re going to like today’s take on The Friday Read. For now though, I’ve got some coffee to enjoy and some beer to imbibe later this weekend (chiefly, at at the new Brooklyn location of Hudson Valley-based Svendale Brewing). OK, that’s all from me for now. Let’s get to it!

  • Finding the right gear to amp up your style during winter can be a bit of a challenge — but if you start with the classics, like some of the best corduroy pants for men as covered by yours truly at The Manual — I think you’re going to like the end result.  You can also read more right here on the blog when it comes to the best men’s corduroy pants, too.
  • Starting off a new year is about more than just upgrading what you’re wearing — it’s also about amplifying your men’s grooming essentials, and as you’ve read on the blog, you know that Duke Cannon can help you do that. Specifically, I’m talking about the Duke Cannon Proper Cologne, one of the best men’s colognes you’re apt to find.
  • Let’s keep talking new men’s gear, shall we? With improving your everyday carry top of mind to start 2020 (both in matters of style and functionality), I wrote about a trio of EDC essentials to get you where you’re going without missing a beat — head to GearMoose to check out the full post.

Alright, that’s going to bring an end to the first edition of The Friday Read to start this year. Before you go, though  — I think you’d do well to check out my simple, easy, effective guide to wearing your new favorite winter sweater. Hint: It’s a classic cashmere sweater from Mott and Bow, and it’s teamed with sharp wingtip boots and plenty more men’s style essentials. I’ll leave you to it, then — happy shopping, and happy 2020!