Gone are the days of packing your toiletries in any old kit and calling it a day. The right accessories go a long way in terms of safe storage and easy packing, and the more you upgrade your travel style — say, with one of the best travel watches, for instance — the cooler you’re going to look and feel. If it sounds simple on the surface, that’s because, well, a little goes a long way, and the Satchel & Page Leather Dopp Kit drives home that point quite nicely indeed.
It’s the kind of everyday carry essential that’s become a specialty for the heirloom-focused brand, made with fine Italian leather and fashioned with a lifetime guarantee. To say the Texas-based company has gone above and beyond with the Satchel & Page Leather Dopp Kit is an understatement. It’s even finished off with a waterproof, navy blue nylon lining for durability and a nice touch of stylish contrast.
It doesn’t hurt that the Satchel & Page Leather Dopp Kit is perfectly compatible with any one of the best leather bags also made by the small-batch brand — add one of the best dopp kits to your rotation, and you surely won’t need any other EDC essentials for your next weekend getaway or summer vacation. And while the Satchel & Page Leather Dopp Kit is an investment at $175, it’s the sort of upgraded travel essential you can feel very good about owning — and again, that’s an understatement.
Folks, can you believe it’s already here?? I’m talking, of course, about Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer and the chance to stock up — naturally — on the best summer menswear. Now, we’ve covered plenty of seasonal style staples as of late on the blog, including the best casual T-shirt and the best new summer shorts from Huckberry, but now’s your chance to really make these picks work for you. How so? Well, the Huckberry Memorial Day Sale is well underway, with the chance to take up to 35 percent off the best summer menswear across the board — this is one sale you’re not going to want to miss out on.
So, that’s my one recommendation to get your weekend rolling the right way — of course, I’ve got other style reads for your perusal below. And as for me, I’ll be enjoying the long holiday weekend right here in Brooklyn after several weeks of media trips (and one bachelor party!), which you’re well aware of if you follow me on Instagram. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Here’s to taking some time off, taking the time to honor our nation’s heroes and taking the time to shop some stylish menswear and sip some cold beer. Cheers and thanks for reading!
What exactly makes up a great everyday carry? You know, those items you simply can’t leave the house without on the daily, be it your trusty pen, a notebook, a watch or your favorite pair of sunglasses? Over at SPY, I took a deep dive into the best EDC essentials to ensure you’re never without the right tools you need to take on your day-to-day adventures.
Despite my travels, I’ve been staying plenty busy on the writing front, all in the name of ensuring you gear up the right way for summer. With that lofty aim in mind, I wrote all about the coolest sunglasses for summer over at Maxim, and I got to shout out some of my favorite brands.
Here’s one more sale deal to get you primed and ready for the weekend. Just earlier this week on the blog, I wrote about the chance to save 30 percent on a standout Timex x Todd Snyder watch, the kind you can wear from sunrise to sunset and beyond this season. Shop accordingly, my friends.
That’ll do it for today’s edition of the Friday Read. I hope this weekend, you get some time off, you get a chance to reflect and rest, and of course, I hope you get ample opportunity to shop and save on the best summer menswear across the board. As always, thanks for reading!
When it comes time to hit the road this season, you’re going to want to be prepared accordingly with the best everyday carry essentials for men, are you not? That’s probably an understatement, because if you pack up to hit the road for a winter weekend trip or even your daily commute without the right gear to carry your favorite men’s style essentials, then you could be in a world of hurt (figuratively speaking), faced with a disorganized bag and no easy access to the gear you need the most. Relief is in sight as you pack up for winter, namely in the form of the Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag, one of the very best everyday carry bags for men to shop right now. It couldn’t have hit the brand’s digital shelves at a better time, as so many of us continue to travel more frequently, and yet safely via bus and car.
In short: The next time you need to get out of town, bring along the Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag, since it’s one of the best road trip bags for men. Perhaps you’re already familiar with Texas-based, heirloom-quality Satchel & Page, seeing as the brand makes some of the best leather goods and gear on the market. If not, well, there’s no time like the present to get acquainted with a handsome and durable bag that you’ll have for years to come.
Now, the incredible thing about Satchel & Page (founded via Kickstarter less than a decade ago on the strength of one leather bag) is that they make a wide variety of the best daily bags for men, including options like a handsome and “personal item”-sized waxed canvas brief. But the Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag steps things up a notch when you need a bag that’s durable, reliable and all-out-stylish for weekend adventures. It’s made with remarkable vegetable-tanned Italian leather with a beautiful and rich finish, all the better to age over time gracefully. The Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag is then finished off with hard-wearing solid copper rivets and antique brass hardware. It’s simply one of the best everyday carry bags for men, especially to haul your gear to the office and then hit the road thereafter.
Best of all, the Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag features plenty of space for your gear, from two internal pouch pockets to a zipper interior pocket for your small EDC essentials. Yes indeed, it’s as if the brand thought of everything when designing the Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag, right down to the padded shoulder strap and airline carry-on-friendly size requirements. The beautifully designed and rugged Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag comes with a lifetime warranty, something that’s more than agreeable for the accessible $625 price tag. The next time you need a reliable bag to haul your valuables and your favorite style essentials, get the Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag.
Just as with last Friday’s weekly recap, where I talked about the best bag to buy for a weekend getaway, well, we’re back again in fine form with my latest summer travel gear pick for your reading and shopping pleasure. After all, there’s no better way to lead into the weekend than by buying one of the best leather bags and packing it up accordingly for a safe and long-awaited getaway. In that case, my friends, allow me to reintroduce you to Satchel & Page, makers of heritage-quality leather goods of all shapes and sizes. You can check out my Satchel & Page review from 2015 on the site, but the latest on the company is that they’ve only expanded and only gotten better in the years since then.
See, there’s a closer look at the Satchel & Page Counselor Zip Briefcase above — how cool is that?? Such a sweet bag. But bear in mind that we’re not only talking about Satchel & Page today. My latest weekly roundup is packed with a touch of everything for your reading pleasure, including new jackets from Buck Mason. Speaking of getting a bit of everything: Have you subscribed yet to my twice-weekly music, menswear and craft beer newsletter? Every Tuesday and Saturday, for free, I send out The Style Guide In Brief: It includes a song to enjoy, some menswear to shop, and some craft beer or whiskey (or coffee) to imbibe all the while. It’s fun, it’s free and you’re going to love it (I hope). Give it a whirl and check out the rest of the Friday Read below, folks. Thanks for reading!
We’ll start off Friday with, well, another reading selection. This is a great gift for the outdoorsman and a great gift for Father’s Day upcoming: The Peter Buchanan-Smith Axe Handbook is beautifully designed and packaged, and quite the gem to have on your bookshelf (or near your workspace, or at your cabin). Any fan of Best Made Co., the company Peter founded, would also do well to check out this seriously cool book. And even if you’re not the most adventurous, this helpful handbook might just spur you on towards a new passion. Get it now at Barnes & Noble.
If you’ve read the blog, you know the brand pictured above. That’d be the all-American purveyors of some of the best jackets for men — I’m talking, of course, about Buck Mason. I got to take a deep dive for Maxim on three new jackets from Buck Mason, each crafted with plenty of style points and supreme durability (and heritage) for the season that’s upon us. Find your new favorite jacket today at Buck Mason, folks.
If you loved the refined, heritage-worthy appeal of one of the one of the best leather bags from Satchel & Page, well, here’s one of the best adventure backpacks for those more inclined to outdoor adventures. The Topo Designs Klettersack, a fan favorite that’s available at the UNCRATE Supply Shop, is built to withstand harsh designs while providing plenty of compact carrying capacity. It’s as fine a Friday pick as any, correct? Yes, indeed.
Last but not least, here’s a helpful guide to lead you clearly into the weekend. For The Manual, I wrote all about the best way to clean your glasses and sunglasses, some advice I’ve been trying to follow myself as of late. Read up and head into the weekend with a new outlook (see what I did there?).
OK, folks — we’re all set in style and in new shopping (and reading) picks for the weekend, I should think. But just for fun, here’s one more must-have menswear pick to pick up right now on this fine May day. Get your new favorite T-shirt from the aforementioned men’s style masters at Buck Mason in this T-shirt buying guide on the blog, and reap the rewards when you discover it’s one of the best T-shirts for men on the market. Happy shopping, and stay stylish.
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.
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.
A truly excellent way to close out 2020 and head on into 2021 the right way.
My friends, I can’t believe we did it. We turned the page on 2020 and have now officially stepped into 2021. Welcome! And thanks for being here as we kick off a new year in style with my first post of 2021 and another edition of The Friday Read. Fittingly enough, my friends at Bonobos have had the right idea to close out 2020 with the Bonobos Winter Sale, aptly named the “Longest Year Ever” Sale, as you can see above. If you’re a longtime fan or a newfoud enthusiast of the NYC-based brand (makers of some of the best men’s pants and more), this sale is for you. Fittingly enough, you can get Bonobos pants and jeans for as low as $48, and a slew of some of the best men’s jackets for winter starting at just $78. What better way to leave 2020 behind and start a new year in style?
It’s certainly one of the sales I’ll be shopping digitally today, and I’ll also be carrying on my New Year’s Day tradition in slightly different fashion — I would typically head to a Brooklyn sports bar to enjoy a day of college football and cold beers, but instead, I’ll be posted up at home, enjoying games from afar. What does your New Year’s Day look like? Feel free to connect with me on Twitter to stay in touch about menswear, craft beer and more. For now, I’m looking forward to kicking off 2021 with some writing for The Manual and GearMoose this week, among other projects. To help you shake off that hangover and ease right on into it, check out the rest of The Friday Read below. Cheers!
A proper addition to your EDC to start the new year.
The new year really is an excellent time to take stock of all of your gear, including your everyday carry essentials. Stock up and step out with the proper picks, all thanks to Detroit-based WESN (the name stands for “West-East-South-North). The WESN Henry Knife, as shown above, is one of the most rugged and versatile pieces you can add to a well-curated EDC kit, in fact, and it helps that it’s affordably priced ($115 at WESN) given the quality and construction. Your everyday carry essentials just got even better, folks.
Mott and Bow are now making some of the best men’s chinos, folks.
Here’s another men’s style essential you need to power up your new year. We’ll talk more about some of the best men’s chinos on the blog in the coming weeks, but for now, just know that the Mott and Bow Everywhere Chinos are as solid as it gets. They’re a recent addition to the brand’s lineup of the best men’s jeans and more, and they could just become become your new favorite pair of pants (owing to the tailored fit and durable cotton twill fabric).
My friends, I’m going to keep this post rolling with one more featured essential for the new year: A pair of the best dress shoes for men, courtesy of Bruno Magli. The Italian footwear maker delivers some of the most refined, classic men’s dress shoes you’re apt to find, including the Bruno Magli Butler Cap Toe Oxfords. These are a major step up from what you might be wearing these days, and who doesn’t appreciate getting dressed up at home for a date night or to set the tone for the day? And hey, when you head back into the office eventually, you’ve just found your perfect pair of dress shoes.
Let’s talk winter layering for a second, shall we? To get you out the door with comfort, style and warmth top of mind, I wrote all about the best cashmere cardigans for 2021 over at The Manual, and you’d do very well indeed to check out some of my favorite picks from brands you know and love (and possibly, some that you don’t know yet!).
Without further ado, that’s going to wrap up our first Friday Read of 2021. Who’s ready to set the tone for the new year in style? It’s my hope that picks like the best men’s chinos (from Mott and Bow, of course), and the Bruno Magli Butler Cap Toe Oxfords are all you need to get your mind focused on sharp-as-can-be style to kick off 2021. If you like what you see here, just know that we’ll be publishing content seven days a week on the blog — and naturally, tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week will help you step into your first weekend of 2021 the right way. Folks, as always, thanks for reading, stay stylish and stay safe!
‘Tis the season to stock up on gifts from Buck Mason.
Welcome to today’s Friday Read, folks — we’re here to close out the week, launch on into the weekend and look great while doing so. If you’ve been reading the blog as of late (or over the years, to be more accurate), you’re probably well aware that Buck Mason is making some of the finest menswear around — with a few selections from the Buck Mason Gift Guide above serving as proof of that commitment. From leather jackets to henleys to the best men’s shirts, the brand just gets it right when it comes to old-school style, top-notch fabrication and agreeable fits, at least in my book. And for the stylish guy in your life, that’s why I’m recommending you shop the Buck Mason Gift Guide heading into the weekend. Heck, you just might find an item or two you want for yourself, and that’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.
So, that’s a shopping recommendation for you to start your weekend. If you’re in search of other recommendations — say, what to read, listen, shop and sip — I’ve got just the ticket: Subscribe (if you please!) to my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, to get two weekly E-mails (free of charge!) covering music, menswear, craft beer and more. It’s a fun diversion for me, and I hope you feel the same way. Elsewhere, be sure to keep an eye on my bylines at GearMoose and Maxim.com to stay up to speed on the latest and greatest in the worlds of menswear and gear. For now, I’ll cast you out into the rest of today’s Friday Read. Be sure to come back through tomorrow for our weekly Saturday Style Pick. Alright, let’s get to it!
Over these past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to test out AvitaSen Black Seed Beard Oil, a new brand on my radar that I’d certainly recommend you check out. Particularly if you’re just growing a beard or want to nourish your quarantine mane, then some of the best beard oil can go a long way. AvitaSen uses high-quality natural ingredients and a careful approach that results in a beard oil that can provide plenty of bang for your buck, so add it to your grooming routine ASAP.
I talked recently on the blog about one of the best leather jackets that I’ve had the pleasure of trying out: The Angel Jackets Ausin Cafe Racer Leather Jacket. If you’ve had your eye on that jacket or something similar, you’re in luck. Angel Jackets is offering 35 percent off men’s leather jackets, and you get an extra $25 off with the code BF25 through the month of December. Talk about a great chance to get a great deal on a new leather jacket, right? Right.
Let’s talk everyday carry essentials for a second, shall we? The WESN x Craighill Microblade is a surefire winner as far as adding performance and functionality — in a nicely sized offering — to your EDC rotation, and I had the chance to cover it for GearMoose. It helps that WESN builds its products in Detroit, a fitting homage to the kind of craftsmanship that makes my home state of Michigan really “go,” if you will. Well-done to both brands.
We’ll wrap it up on a high note here as we head into a holiday weekend. To follow along with my Brooklyn escapades, be sure to follow me on Instagram. And in the meantime, I’ll leave you with one last weekend dressing guide. If you’ve been searching for advice on how to bundle up in style this season, you’d do very well indeed to check out this #OOTD. With all that being said, happy shopping and sipping today and beyond. Thanks for reading!
A rugged, exceedingly well-made carryall bag for your next spring adventure.
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: Billykirk, out of New Jersey, is making some of the best leather goods on the planet right now … period. It’s as simple as that. OK, not quite. The Billykirk No. 480 Carryall actually is the end result of a heck of a lot of work, and that makes it one of the best travel bags you’re going to stumble across for a long, long time (even though we’ll be off the road for a while, it’s still plenty useful). It’s not the first time we’ll be talking about Billykirk travel bags on the site, either. Now, it might seem counterintuitive to be shopping for one of the best duffle bags right now — it’s a strange and trying time we live in, and many a travel plan has been changed or scrapped. But rest assured, there will come a time once again when you’ll need to load up your rugged duffle bag and hit the road. When that time arrives … there’s no better bag to meet the dual challenge of hauling your everyday carry essentials and looking stylish as heck than the Billykirk No. 480 Carryall. It all starts with the quality material you’ve come to expect from a brand that’s been making some of the finest leather goods for enterprising, stylish gentlemen (like yourself!) for more than 20 years (21, in fact). Materials like rugged waxed duck canvas make up a large part of the handsome and rugged Billykirk No. 480 Carryall, and it only gets better from there.
A ridiculously high-quality bag that’s going to break in very nicely over time.
Looking for a new everyday bag? One made with serious heritage quality and timeless style in mind? One that’s going to seriously amp up your everyday carry essentials? My friends, the WP Standard Vintage Messenger is that very bag, on all fronts. It’s, simply put,a beautiful leather bag that’ll age well and show character — it’s a fine complement to the rest of the WP Standard line, which features my favorite chambray shirt and my favorite rugged denim jacket (as seen on my Instagram), plus my favorite leather belt. Seriously, folks … WP Standard gear like the Vintage Messenger is absolutely no joke when it comes to style and substance. It’s a tricky balance in the ever-shifting world of fashion, which emphasizes disposable goods and the latest trends now more than ever. Yet, the WP Standard Vintage Messenger eschews all those entirely in favor of, well, just plain standout construction and superb quality. The Vintage Messenger is inspired by antique postal bags, so it’s certainly well-suited for everything from a weekend trip upstate to a cross-country trip to Portland to your daily grind. The handsome, durably crafted WP Standard Vintage Messenger really can do it all in matters of style and functionality, and the vegetable-tanned leather is going to take on a life of its own over time — that’s a very good thing indeed.
It’s always impressive when a brand can build out a full set of products that truly complement each other — in this instance, the remarkable WP Standard Vintage Messenger fits right in with the brand’s handsomely crafted T-shirts, chambray shirting and outerwear. It’s also a surefire fit with your other summer style essentials, which means that you should take every opportunity to take it with you on summer adventures aplenty. External pockets and an interior laptop pocket give you plenty of space for everything you might need to bring with you, whether you head into the office or get dressed to work remotely. Again, the style and substance of the WP Standard Vintage Messenger tells a story all its own, especially when you bring this bag with you to a business casual day at the office or a weekend afternoon coffee run. That’s really what the best men’s accessories should do, right? Tell stories and speak for themselves in terms of style. In short, that’s why you need the WP Standard Vintage Messenger in your life, my friends.
It’s time for another edition of The List, everyone’s favorite bimonthly roundup of, quite simply, the best men’s gear out there. And today, we’re covering rugged gear for early fall — seeing as we’re nearing October, it seems fitting … right? By now, maybe you’ve stored away your classic summer sneakers and are reaching for heavier layers, pieces with some texture and heft to them. That’s all GREAT in the opinion of this #menswear writer — I can’t wait to break out even more fall style essentials across the weeks ahead. With that in mind, let’s check out this edition of The List — feel free to shoot me a note on Twitter with any questions, comments, feedback … you know the drill. Here we go!
Wolverine Original 1000 Mile Roughout Boot in Amber Suede — $299.98
An incredibly great-looking boot from Wolverine. Man!
My, oh my. Wolverine has done it again with a new take on the 1000 Mile Boot. The 1000 Mile Roughout Boot in Amber Suede looks absolutely gorgeous, well-made and rugged. Nice work by Wolverine back in Michigan, ehh?
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch — $1,074.98
A truly expensive watch that truly backs up the price tag.
The best way to enjoy your favorite IPA — right? Right.
While we’ve talked to this point solely about rugged menswear for fall, the season is also an excellent time to break out a rich, finely crafted IPA on a cool night — ehh? The Spiegelau IPA Glasses are the perfect accessory for it.
A well-made, well-fitting white Oxford shirt never goes out of style — agreed?
Another entry in our See Now, Buy Now series in past weeks, this American-made Oxford from Flint and Tinder is crisp, thoughtfully constructed and wearable with everything from dark denim to olive chinos and a grey cardigan.
Slim jeans in a light wash are a unique change of pace from your typical dark blue or black denim.
So, you’ve got your American-made Oxford or your rugged Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt — what denim are you wearing? With their cool light wash and slim fit, these DSTLD jeans are a unique change of pace from dark denim.
Effective leather grilling gloves for all your outdoor cooking pursuits this fall.
Believe you me, fall is as good a time as any to fire up the grill at a tailgate or a bonfire — and these durable Outset Leather Grill Gloves are a go-to accessory.
Line of Trade Machined Steel Bottle Opener — $23.20
A sleek and tailgate-ready bottle opener — just add your favorite beer.
Just as badly as you need durable grilling gloves for your next tailgate, so too do you need a handy, durable bottle opener. Is it one of the best bottle openers to buy this season? Well, it’s durable and it doesn’t look half-bad, so … yes.
Thursday Boots Grizzly Wheat President Boot — $199
Handsome, durable boots that’ll break in quite well over time this fall.
Last but not least — these rugged leather boots from Thursday Boots are the ideal complement to fall outfits aplenty — particularly if you layer up with something like the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt.
OK, Style Guide readers — that’ll do it today for this rendition of The List! What was your favorite? Personally, I love the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt. At any rate, thanks for reading — stay stylish!