Style Pick of the Week: Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

The best tote bag to haul your summer gear? Quite possibly.

The days, in these strange and trying times, keep on rolling by, and *checks notes* it’s Saturday, so it’s time for yet another Style Pick of the Week covering the very best men’s gear. Well, one of the best men’s gear picks — in this case, it’s an everyday carry essential from the fine folks at New Jersey-based Billykirk. For a bit more than 20 years now, Billykirk‘s Chris and Kirk Bray have been making some of the most rugged goods on the planet, and doing it all in America — that’s where the new Billykirk Standard Issue Tote Bag enters the equation. The No. 540 Standard Issue Tote is a staple of the brand, but it gets a seriously cool and summer-centric update via the bright, fun River Yellow color as seen above (and it also now comes in Teal). Your summer travel plans might look a heck of a lot different — schlepping your gear a few yards to your firepit versus driving cross-coutry, for instance, but one of the best men’s tote bags can still add some excellent utility to your arsenal of everyday carry essentials.

Picture this: You’re gearing up for a summer weekend bonfire at home. You’re wearing your favorite summer sneakers and maybe some light wash jeans. You’ve got your cooler but you need to haul the rest of your gear out to said firepit. And you’re using this rugged tote bag. That’s but one use case, though — this tough and stylish tote bag is going to come in plenty handy elsewhere, too.

SHOP: The Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

A dependable tote bag could become a new summer style essentials.

A great tote bag like this one from Billykirk is assuredly worth adding to your list of summer gear, especially when it’s made from 10 oz. waxed cotton canvas — perfect for breezy, dewy summer mornings and chilly nights. And you needn’t worry about the durability of this thing, given that the Billykirk Standard Issue Tote Bag also features mil-spec nylon webbing and a full-grain leather bottom. It’s a seriously well-designed tote bag and includes an open main compartment and three interior organization compartments, too (to go along with two exterior pockets). Those are all critical when it comes to storing your everyday carry essentials or hauling around your favorite growler.  Heck, the No. 540 Standard Issue Tote is even sized to fit up to a 15″ laptop, so you can get some work done at your local cafe (when it reopens, that is). So, it’s clear that this new, rugged tote bag belongs on your list of summer style essentials — right? That’s a surefire “Yes” from me. Check it out at Billykirk, and feel free to hit me up on Twitter for more of my thoughts on the brand.

SHOP: The Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

The Friday Read: A New Everyday Carry, The Best Loungewear Sets & Dickies Gives Back

The coolest shirt for a much different spring weekend than usual.

My friends, thanks for joining us yet again for another Friday Read. Consider this a starting point for your weekend and a bit of a look at the menswear industry at large, from deals and steals to ways to give back to COVID-19 relief efforts (like my friends at HELM Boots continue to run, for one). These relief efforts should be of particular interest during these trying and challenging times, so any way in which brands can offer support is very welcome indeed from my perspective. And as always, if you’re a medical professional or a frontline first-responder, THANK YOU for your service and your work ethic — it really is incredible and much-appreciated. With that being said, in times like these, it can sometimes seem odd to talk about menswear — like that rugged spring shirt seen above (it’s the Flint and Tinder Stretch Utility Shirt). But I’m of the opinion that style and routine can provide a helpful guiding light these days. So, we’ll continue to shine a light on the best spring style essentials on the blog, and hopefully, you’ll like what you see and what you read. Heck, if that classic shirt at the top of the page piqued your interest right off the bat, head over to Huckberry to shop the Flint and Tinder High Desert Collection — while also checking out the very well-curated Huckberry Journal. It’s another great source of quarantine reads — I hope you find today’s roundup helpful, too.

This weekend, I’ll be following much the same routine, socially distanced here in Brooklyn. That includes spinning plenty of vinyl (my latest purchase is the excellent “The New Abnormal” by NYC rock legends The Strokes!), and of course, enjoying some terrific coffee (namely, from the FourTillFour x Taylor Stitch partnership). As for your own weekend, I wish you safety, health & all the best! Read on below for more crucial content.

  • As the headline mentioned, I’m here to tell you all about one of the best essentials for your everyday carry, as I covered at GearMoose — that would be the new The James Brand x Huckberry Elko Knife, a sleek and well-designed pocket knife to act as an accessory to your favorite chore pants. Gear up accordingly.
  • Let’s dig into some menswear you can wear to work from home, shall we? In this era of ultra-casual leisure (even when on a Zoom call), you might want to check out one of the best loungewear sets for men — I rounded them up for The Manual. Stay safe, comfy and cozy, my friends.
  • Who doesn’t appreciate some rugged workwear when the going gets tough? I know I do — and you’ve now got another reason to love iconic workwear brand Dickies. The brand is converting its plants in Mexico and Honduras to produce FDA-compliant isolation gowns for hospitals and healthcare workers in response to the ongoing pandemic. And get this — Dickies and its parent company, VF Corporation are looking to produce and deliver 50,000 gowns in May,  with a goal of making as many as 675,000 by June, and then on up to 3.4 million (yes, million) by September.  Great work.

And with that, we’re going to wrap up today’s Friday Read. Have suggestions for what you might like to see on the blog, or in these posts (perhaps a weekly playlist? Spirits or beer recommendations? Specific clothing categories?)? Be sure to reach out to me on Twitter. I’ll leave you with one last guide for the weekend, covering how to wear a chore coat for spring. To tide you over until Monday, don’t forget about tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Once again — stay safe, stay healthy, and thank you for reading.

And a final, secret word if you scrolled this far — maybe check out this Taylor Stitch moto jacket below??

The Friday Read: The Best Multi-Tool for Home, A New Spring Lager and Boots for A Good Cause

Wear this tough shirt jacket when working at home or working in the garage – easily.

Thank you, my friends, for joining me for another edition of The Friday Read during these oh-so-interesting and incredibly trying times. Whether you’re working from home and seeking a respite from the news or else seeking a respite from being on the front lines of this crisis, I sincerely appreciate you reading — and I hope these weekly missives (and other blog content!) can help provide some comfort and a sense of style on the daily. Speaking of style on the daily — maybe that Flint and Tinder Bedford Camp Shirt can come in handy as a rugged shirt jacket for home projects, yard work or else, as a change of pace on a casual day working in your home office? By now, perhaps you’ve settled into a daily routine as you juggle working from home — balancing your kids’ and your spouse’s different schedules, adjusting to new changes in the workspace digitally, and really … trying to keep everything moving forward.

That’s been the case for me in Brooklyn when it comes to both writing and my social media day job, although I’m continuing to support my favorite local businesses from afar as much as I can. Last week, I bought some delicious coffee-for-delivery from Ninth Street Espresso (they have a location within the excellent Threes Brewing in Gowanus). I also took the time to donate a small amount to Bushwick’s Elsewhere — part music venue, part gallery, part bar and cafe, it’s an eclectic and important space that’s put on some excellent concerts in my life and always seems to offer something intriguing and enjoyable. Tell me on Twitter — are you supporting your favorite local businesses during this trying time? How are you adapting your Work-From-Home style (and might I suggest this #OOTD)? Stay safe, stay stylish & check out my favorite things to read, drink and watch this weekend.

  • First things first, let’s talk about some men’s style gear for a good cause. Namely, Austin-based HELM Boots is doing its part — you can get 20 percent off all  boots at HELM Boots through Sunday with the code “giveback”, and what’s more, 10 percent of all sales are going to charities supporting COVID-19 relief efforts (like Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry & AmeriCares). Again, 20 percent off through Sunday, and sales of these stylish boots are absolutely going to a great cause.
  • It certainly might seem counterintuitive to pick up everyday carry essentials right now (especially if the most activity you’ll be doing is yard work before retreating inside), but for all those projects around the house that just can’t wait, there’s the Deploy EDC Kit from my pals at Bespoke Post. With that utility in mind, I wrote about this EDC must-have over at GearMoose — click through for more.
  • As the headline promised, I told you I’d give you the scoop on one of the best new beers for spring. In this case, you should head over to GearMoose to read about the light, clean and refreshing New Belgium Purist Lager, made with organic ingredients and incredibly fresh water. I’m a big fan, and I think you will be, too (even if you’re just sipping on it on your back porch — socially distanced sipping, that is). Cheers!
  • Mark my words, I’m certainly not an expert … but there will come a time when you’ve got to dash out of the house this spring, and you’re going to want to look put-together in one of the best men’s jackets while doing it. All of this is to say, how about you head on over to The Manual and check out my guide to the best lightweight jackets for spring? Again, shopping can feel a little frivolous during times like these, but you’re supporting brands you love and prepping your wardrobe (and your future self!) for a bit of style when the time comes.

To be sure, these are odd times again — I’m sure buying a new Oxford shirt isn’t the first thing on your mind. But hey, for those of us fortunate enough to be working from home — and for those of us who have to hop on Zoom or Slack video conference calls — looking and feel a bit more put-together is a nice change of pace when you can’t get out of the house. Yet again, it’s with that approach in mind that I’m recommending you pick up one of the best Oxford shirts for men. Specifically, click that link to read all about a stellar Buck Mason Oxford shirt. OK, those are all of my reading (and watching, and imbibing) recommendations for this weekend. Want to get in touch on anything at all? Reach out on Twitter, and be sure to follow me on Instagram (I’m posting about what I’m reading, listening to and writing). Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to join me — stay safe, my friends.

The Friday Read: A Seattle Road Trip, The Best Face Washes for Men & A New Henley

The timeless, seriously cool spring jacket to start wearing right now.

There it is in all its glory — the new spring jacket you’re going to be wearing all season, starting with this weekend. To me, a versatile spring jacket like the Grayers Boone Utility Jacket is exactly the right layer you need to welcome the up-and-down weather of early March. And again, it’s the best spring jacket to wear as we kick off the weekend with today’s Friday Read. As for my weekend plans, I know a jacket like the Grayers Boone Utility Jacket could come in very handy for me — I’m trekking to a place known for some rain and breezy weather, Seattle! I’m heading out to this great Pacific Northwest city for the first time for a very exciting (and fitting) reason. I’ll be heading West to see what should be a terrific rock show by legendary NYC rockers The Strokes, who recently announced their first album in seven (!) years, titled “The New Abnormal.” Contemplative, synth-driven crooner “At The Door” is an innovative release, while “Bad Decisions” is a proper throwback Strokes track that pays homage to Billy Idol (seriously, listen to it!), and I truly can’t wait to see both tracks played live at the WaMu Theater. In the meantime, I’ll be busy exploring with my favorite spring style essentials in tow, naturally, and I’ll be taking in the cool environs and atmosphere of the Ace Hotel Seattle — another first for me! On the menswear front, I plan on checking out the latest and greatest at Filson, in addition to a stop through a longtime favorite retailer, Hammer and Awl.

In addition to rocking out to new and old favorites from a legendary band, I plan to get out and about in Seattle as much as possible (wearing the the best spring jacket I can find, of course). That’ll include stops at Georgetown Brewing, Pike Brewing and some small bites at the lauded PINTXO Seattle and Teku Tavern, along with a much-needed stop for record shopping at Holy Cow Records. Along the way, I plan to fuel up accordingly at spots like Analog Coffee —  can it get much better? Not quite! So, have you been to Seattle? Where would you recommend I visit? Be sure to let me know on Twitter, and be sure to check out tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week in the meantime.

  • Don’t let your grooming routine slip on the weekend — in fact, using a refreshing face wash can be a great way to kickstart your day. In the spirit of improving your men’s grooming essentials across the board, I wrote about the best face washes for men over at GearMoose. Whatever your skin type or routine, there’s something on this list for everyone.
  • Keeping things slim and stylish is a must when it comes to your everyday carry essentials, especially when you’re talking slim denim or your favorite chinos. With that approach in mind, I wrote about the best slim wallets, featuring sleek and functional selections aplenty. Head to The Manual for my latest.
  • If you read the blog on the regular (and how could you not??), then you know that I’m all on board when it comes to the versatility and appeal of a rugged henley — this sportswear classic is now a daily style staple for guys everywhere, myself included. In the spirit of the best rugged gear for men, I rounded up my favorite henley shirts once again for The Manual. Once you’ve checked out that post, read this other post about how to wear a henley on the daily.

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Alright, so we’ve covered off on new henleys, a new face wash for your grooming routine & of course, everyday carry essentials. What’s one final essential you can’t live without? It might just be a classic Oxford shirt, a fitting piece every week of the year — including blustery March days. With all that in mind, I’m going to point you toward my guide on how to wear an Oxford shirt. It’ll work on the weekend or at the office with ease — I should know, I’ve tried! OK, that’s all for now. To keep up with my weekend travels, be sure to join me on Instagram. Cheers!

 

The Friday Read: Billykirk Leather Goods, New GREATS Sneakers & Banana Republic

A soft, lightweight flannel shirt to layer up with this weekend.

There’s really no time like the present — as we stand on the edge of another winter weekend — for you to pick up your new favorite flannel shirt. The right flannel shirt, as in the soft and dependable Lisboa Porto Shirt, is wearable all weekend long, from coffee to cocktails — and it’s the kind of easygoing, classic flannel shirt you can even wear around the house as you lounge around and click through today’s Friday Read. What exactly do we have going in today’s edition? Plenty, folks, including potentially your new favorite sneakers (if you’re not dealing with absurd amounts of snow right now). We’ll get to the rest in a moment, but it’s pretty wild to be nearing the end of February — on that note, I’m starting to get excited for an early March trek to Seattle (a new city for me!) that I’ve got planned.

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I’ll be staying at the always-excellent Ace Hotel, and of course, there’s quite the reason behind the trip: Legendary NYC rockers The Strokes (whom I had the honor of seeing on New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn) are making a triumphant return to the stage in advance of the April release of their new album, fittingly titled “The New Abnormal.” That being said, I’m already starting to prep for the trip, which I plan to continue this weekend as I enjoy some delicious coffee and spin my “Room On Fire” vinyl. Naturally, I’ll also be listening on repeat to the band’s new single, “At The Door,” a slow, synth-driven crooner with moody atmospherics — it’s a change of pace from the classics, and I love it all the same. OK, let’s pivot from indie rock back to menswear, shall we? Here’s today’s Friday Read — enjoy!

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  • What better way to start the weekend than with some new leather boots? I’m a big fan of FRYE leather boots, and would certainly recommend you check out the brand as winter closes out — consider them an underrated addition (for a great deal, at that) to your wardrobe as we wrap up February.
  • I mentioned above that we’d dig into some new sneakers in advance of early (early) spring, and those sneakers are in fact here — they’re the stylish, minimal and premium GREATS Court Sneakers, and I dug into what makes them so essential for GearMoose, per tradition. They’re affordable given the use of Italian leather, and they’ll wear extremely with everything from slim tan chinos and a rugged henley to a classic Oxford shirt and slim denim.
  • Speaking of slim denim, get a load of this: The good folks at Banana Republic are really changing the denim game, crafting slim blue jeans with 99 percent less water (yes, 99 percent!) thanks to its new Dry Indigo line — and of course, I wrote all about your new favorite denim over at The Manual. It’s all about sustainability and style in 2020, so you can’t go wrong.
  • If you’ve taken the time to curate a collection of thoughtful everyday carry essentials — as every stylish guy should do — then it only makes sense that you pick up the proper place to store them when you’re off the road, yes? A stylish valet tray is the ticket in that regard, and helpfully, I wrote about Billykirk Bronco Valet Tray for GearMoose. Best get to shopping now!

New Spring Arrivals

I often talk about the type of style essentials you can consistently wear day in and day out, year in and year out — and there’s perhaps no rugged base layer more suited to right now than a classic henley. With all that being said, I’m going to point you toward my guide on how to wear a henley right now, featuring plenty of gear picks you know and love. If you have questions on how to style it, or how to rock any of your other favorite winter style essentials, you know what to do: Reach out to me on Twitter. Cheers to the weekend!

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The List: Here Are 20 of Your Favorite New Men’s Gear Picks This Week

The best new everyday carry kit? You be the judge of that.

My friends, if you’re in need of the best new men’s gear, from new EDC essentials (as seen above from Raen + The James Brand) to a new Bespoke Post box, then you’re going to like today’s edition of The List. Early February can be a grind as we plow through the season with winter style essentials, but rest assured, the going gets easier — if you have the best men’s style picks, that is. In fact, I rounded up 20 of my favorite new style picks. Yes, 20! And after today, you sure will have a list of your own. Read on to find out  more, and be sure to give me a look on Twitter and Instagram if you like what you see. Cheers!

Raen Optics + The James Brand Everyday Carry Kit — $275

Two crucial additions to your everyday carry, guaranteed.

If it’s a new set of EDC essentials you seek — and seriously, we could all use an everyday carry upgrade in the new year — then the new Raen Optics + The James Brand EDC Kit is the way to go. This EDC kit features your new favorite sunglasses (which will come in handy even during winter!) and it also features the Elko pocket knife from The James Brand. In short, it’s the EDC upgrade you need ASAP.

Bespoke Post Polished Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

All the right essentials for the best shoe shine ever.

I mentioned earlier that we’d cover a new Bespoke Post box, and here it is in all its glory. Finding the best shoe polishing kit can be a bit of a taxing search, but Bespoke Post does it right with some of the best gear to shine your shoes. Seriously, it could be downright fun now.
Duke Cannon “El Cuatro” 4-Count Variety Pack — $25 

Four of the best soaps from Duke Cannon to upgrade your winter grooming.

Upgrading your winter grooming essentials just got easier, thanks to this four-pack of outstanding soaps (in large, oversized bars) from Duke Cannon. Seriously, I’m a big fan of the brand — this is some of the best soap I’ve tried.
Buck Mason Oil Cloth Bomber — $495

The best new bomber jacket you need now? Quite possibly.

Is there ever a bad time to consider getting a classic bomber jacket? Especially the Buck Mason Oil Cloth Bomber Jacket? Given that you can layer it now over your favorite crewneck sweater, then keep it handy to wear with a classic white T-shirt come spring, there’s no time like the present to buy your new bomber jacket.

ANIAN Melton Wool Shirt — $189

A rugged flannel shirt fit for winter.

Along with winter grooming essentials and a new EDC kit, you should also consider adding a rugged winter shirt to your shopping list. Specifically, a tough wool overshirt from ANIAN — it looks to be one of the best new flannel shirts you can layer, and layer you should (with your favorite henley, of course).
Mott and Bow Hooper Crewneck Sweatshirt — $89

Classically rugged and stylish from Mott and Bow.

Yes indeed, the hits keep coming, as this isn’t the first time you’ve read about this stylish crewneck sweatshirt on the blog. Mott and Bow, purveyors of some of the best men’s denim around, are making a rugged crewneck sweatshirt to wear in all your casual style pursuits this winter. Preferably, pair it with some Mott and Bow denim, will ya?
Astorflex Contflex Boots — $165

Rugged winter boots to dress up or dress down.

There are regular boots, and then there are the best men’s boots — or rather, the best men’s dress boots, we should say. The Astorflex Contflex Boots fit the bill if you want rugged boots that work with everything from your favorite chinos to more casual blue denim, and they do so in style.
Timex Q Timex Watch — $180

A vintage-inspired timepiece that simply gets the job done — well-done, Timex.

One of the best things being done by Timex? The relaunch of cool archival watches like the Timex Q Watch, a seriously sharp and affordable men’s watch that looks great when worn with anything (including the aforementioned Astorflex Contflex Boots). It’s perhaps the best new watch to buy now.
Faherty Brand Sconset Crew — $148

The understated-yet-stylish sweater you need in your life.

Before we go any further, know that a classic cashmere sweater can be the secret style weapon you didn’t know you needed. Wearable over a crisp white Oxford shirt or a long-sleeve crew, the Faherty Brand Sconset Crew is understated, classic & stylish — the perfect winter sweater, in short.
HELM Boots Zind Brown Leather Boots — $350

Some of the toughest leather boots for winter, easily.

What’s one thing you need to complement, say, the perfect winter sweater? Why, rugged leather boots, of course. And where are going to get some of the best leather boots for your hard-earned cash? The answer, my friends, is HELM Boots. Simple as that! Plus, as I’ve said in the past, you can get $50 off your first pair of boots, plus free shipping. Cheers!
Taylor Stitch Pack Pullover — $148

The best new pullover to layer with winter could be this one.

Let’s keep talking about the best men’s sweaters here, shall we? In short, for both casual weekend style and as the perfect travel layer, the Taylor Stitch Pack Pullover delivers the goods, and then some.
SYMBOL Audio AERO LP Storage Cabinet — $3,040

The ultimate in home audio equipment and storage.

Yes indeed, we’ve previously featured SYMBOL Audio on the blog … are the brand’s outstanding home audio wares expensive? Heck yes. Is this the coolest LP storage cabinet I’ve ever seen? Also, yes.
Western Rise Evolution Pants — $149

Durable, dependable, ready for travel and whatever’s next.

When a pair of pants gets voted the best men’s travel pants, you stop and pay attention. If you want the perfect pair of pants for a winter getaway, consider adding the Western Rise Evolution Pants, made with remarkable nylon Suplex fabric, to your wardrobe. Acceptable pairings include with the Taylor Stitch Pack Pullover (wink, nudge).
Faherty Brand Slub Cotton Henley — $98

No finer henley than this classic men’s henley from Faherty Brand.

Yes, we’ve got more of the best new menswear from Faherty Brand. In this case, we’re talking about one of the most rugged men’s henleys your money can buy, and a perfect layer underneath the Taylor Stitch Pack Pullover.
Duke Cannon “Moderate Self-Improvement” Box — $50 

All of the best grooming essentials you need for winter, and then some, all via Duke Cannon.

In the spirit of both self-improvement and hey, fun, Duke Cannon has put together its “Moderate Self-Improvement Box,” which actually happens to be a jam-packed box of men’s grooming essentials you can make use of any time of year — especially as we continue to kick off 2020.

Bridge and Burn Fraser Jacket — $288

As rugged and dependable as it gets from Bridge and Burn.

Layering up for winter with one of the best men’s parkas should be high on your to-do list — and this rugged waxed parka from Bridge and Burn might just take the cake as you search for one of the best men’s jackets. Bingo.

AER Travel Pack — $230

As dependable and rugged as it gets on the travel bags front.

When you want rugged, functional style and carrying capacity, one of the best travel bags is going to be a requirement, surely. In that case, you’re going to want to consider the easy-to-carry, durable AER Travel Pack — consider it the grab-and-go bag to pair with your rugged waxed parka from Bridge and Burn, ehh?

Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket — $248

The Ojai Jacket is one of the best waxed jackets on the market, easily.

Make no mistake, the Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket is one of my favorite new jackets — and it’s going to serve as one of the best winter jackets for you, too. Made from a custom Halley Stevensons waxed fabric from Scotland, it’s one of the toughest winter jackets you  can layer up with.

Melin Destination Lambswool Beanie — $64.98

A classic lambswool beanie to keep you warm and dry this winter.

Maybe one of the best winter hats has eluded you to this point? That’s not the case anymore with this classic lambswool beanie from Melin and Huckberry.

Bellroy Travel Passport Wallet — $119

The tough, sleek travel wallet you need in your bag next time you hit the road.

Last but not least, let’s talk about one of the best leather wallets for a minute, alright? Specifically, one of the best passport wallets — Bellroy has made this one sleek, stylish & effortlessly cool.

 

Alright, folks — I know we covered a ton, and I mean A TON, of ground there. From one of the best passport wallets  back to a new set of EDC essentials, did you have any favorite gear picks? Lest we forget, we also discussed the effortlessly cool Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket and other crucial accessories, including one of the most rugged men’s henleys. It goes without saying it’s always tough to pick a favorite from a long list, but  heck, even the HELM Boots Zind Boots are a contender for me. There’s no right or wrong answer — only gear to add to your shopping cart. Thanks for reading & happy shopping!

The Friday Read: The Best Winter Gear, New Oxford Shirting & The Best Wallet

A highly affordable fleece from the good folks at Bespoke Post.

If it’s the start of the weekend — which it is — then I’d say that cozy winter style essentials should be on your mind as January draws to a close. Picture this: It’s a chilly Saturday morning (not unlike this weekend). You’ve got your favorite record on, a pot of your favorite coffee brewing … and you’re wearing a stylish fleece sweater shown above from the Bespoke Post Polar Box. Sounds pretty unbeatable for a winter weekend, ehh? Again, when you’re thinking cozy style essentials, think about Bespoke Post. Shop Western Rise Now

My weekend routine looks a whole lot like what’s described above, and I always relish the chance to kick back in Brooklyn — I’m coming off a busy week of birthday celebrations (this past Tuesday!), as it were! I spent the day off Tuesday in the borough, enjoying some of my favorite stops (like the lovely confines of Prospect Park and the tasty coffee of Milk and Honey) before hitting up some of my top craft beer spots in Brooklyn with friends, including Covenhoven and Gold Star Beer Counter. On tap? Beers from legendary and hard-to-find breweries in equal measure, including the always-excellent Hill Farmstead. Talk about a fitting birthday treat!
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I’m always grateful to have the time to step back, reflect and enjoy some time off around my (golden!) birthday, especially as I round into my 6th (6th!) year in New York City. A lot of that has been made possible by my agency day job as much as it’s been made possible by my freelance writing and this very blog! So, this weekend, I plan on enjoying another night out with friends before getting back to work — thanks for reading and supporting The Style Guide! And in the meantime, you know what to do: Kick off your weekend with The Friday Read and the best men’s style news. Cheers!

  • If you follow the blog regularly, you know that I’m a fan of our recurring series The List, covering the best new men’s gear — and in particular, I’m going to direct you toward my recent list of the 10 best pieces of men’s gear to buy this month, from a durable 5.11 Tactical Parka to your new favorite leather boots. Read up, gear up, hit the road!
  • Speaking of hitting the road: Before you go anywhere this weekend, you need to upgrade your wallet. The Distil Union Wally Bifold — as covered by yours truly at GearMoose — is one of the best new wallets on the market in terms of blending durability and sleek style. It also easily slides into the front pocket of your favorite pair of dark blue denim.
  • Let’s keep it rolling over at GearMoose, shall we? A slim, classic Oxford shirt is nearly indispensable in terms of versatility and style points — wear it with slim chinos, wear it with that same pair of dark blue denim … just make sure you’ve got one. On that note, I wrote about the best Oxford shirts, many of them from brands you know and love. Check it out, then let me know which one you’re buying on Twitter.
  • OK, time for one last GearMoose feature today, alright? In terms of upgrading your grooming routine in a subtly stylish yet cool way, the right cologne can go a long way — that’s why I wrote about new Dollar Shave Club cologne. It’s highly affordable and should be highly effective.

Let’s close things out with one last outfit recommendation — since we’re on the verge of a winter weekend, I figured it’s high time we revisited my guide on how to dress for a winter weekend. You’ll find plenty of handy, effective goods in that #OOTD, from a tough waxed trucker jacket to your favorite henley. That should just about do it the next time you head out on a weekend adventure. In need of more style inspiration? Be sure to visit my Instagram.

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The Friday Read: Your New Favorite Messenger Bag, New Menswear for a New Year & A New Hoodie

A rugged denim shirt to layer up with on a winter weekend.

We’re on the edge of another winter weekend — I hope you powered through your week with speed & style in mind! And I hope you’ve got your eye on that remarkable Buck Mason denim shirt shown above — it could be the perfect winter layer when paired with, say, your favorite henley, and it’s the right way to gear up for whatever’s on your plate this weekend. Notably, winter style essentials should be top of mind, and that’s what we’re going to dive into here for another edition of The Friday Read. Whether it’s a modern flannel shirt or the perfect way to wear your leather bomber jacket, I guarantee you we’ve got something for you — plus, a healthy dose of the best menswear news at the same time. So again, what’s on your plate this weekend? For me, I’ll be working away on the blog (be sure to follow The Style Guide on Facebook!), as well as heading to a double birthday party of sorts being thrown by my cousin — craft beer and BBQ are on the menu, make no mistake! I’ll also be enjoying some coffee at Brooklyn’s own Sweetwater Coffee and Tea,and likely swinging by one of my favorite menswear and home goods shops, the always-excellent Modern Anthology. Of course, given that it’s a long holiday weekend, I’ll be out and about in Prospect Park a fair amount, too — in short, I can’t ask for much more from a few days in Brooklyn than that. To follow along with what I’m wearing (and imbibing, and listening to), head to my Instagram. Oh, and before I forget — make sure you’re layering up with that Buck Mason denim shirt shown above. For now, enjoy the start of your weekend!

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OK, that’s going to wrap up today’s Friday Read. Did you find what you were looking for? If not, take a look at my latest roundup of the best new men’s gear — we’re covering everything from rugged flannel shirts to the best new winter boots, so I think you’ll more than be able to gear up in style this season. OK, that’s really it for now — enjoy your weekend!

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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!

The List: Get Ready for Winter with My Favorite New Men’s Gear Picks

Get these rugged hiking boots for winter — and then read the rest of today’s edition of The List.

Are we starting the countdown clock on winter a bit early, perhaps? Well, yes — so, let’s say this edition of The List (my handy series covering your favorite style essentials) is covering the best new gear for fall AND winter in equal measure. And my friends, you’re going to like what you see, from the best new hiking boots on the market to rugged everyday carry essentials. They’re all yours for the taking, and with Thanksgiving and the holidays on the way, you  best get a move on when it comes to shopping.

Vivobarefoot Tracker Boots — $240

Surprisingly sleek hiking boots made to get you ready for winter.

Get prepped to hit the trail and take on fall and winter with these rugged men’s hiking boots from Vivobarefoot. These are surprisingly lightweight hiking boots that take on everything you can throw at ’em, and then some. If your November and December plans involve going off-trail, these are the way to go.

Bespoke Post Gear Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

The right EDC essentials for the season.

We mentioned above that we’d get you geared up for the season with the best EDC essentials, and for one low price, you’re getting a heck of a deal with the Bespoke Post Gear Box, packed with goodies to bring on the go with your favorite hiking boots and tough camp pants.

Proof Rover Jacket — $168

A durable, lightweight jacket for when you need a quick and easy travel piece.

In the spirit of keeping your gear as rugged and streamlined as possible, reach for one of the best new men’s jackets, and a casually rugged one at that. When you need to haul your everyday carry essentials on a long trip, the Proof Rover Jacket is the easy, grab-and-go jacket you need.

Luminox ICE-SAR Arctic 1200 — $695

A rugged everyday watch with uncompromising style.

The impending depths of winter mean you need a rugged everyday watch that can take a beating — this new Luminox watch is precisely that timepiece. Made with stainless steel and 24-hour readability, it’s your new favorite watch to wear with a shawl collar cardigan and dark blue denim.

Slow and Low Hochstadter’s Rye Whiskey — Price Varies

A classic rye whiskey to enjoy on cold winter nights.

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season on the way, you’re going to want to serve up richly crafted fall and winter cocktails from your home bar — and it doesn’t hurt to have one of the best whiskies on hand. Slow and Low’s rye whiskey, available in can and bottle form, takes its cues from old-time saloon whiskey used to make the first Old Fashioned — and the results are remarkable. Head to GearMoose to read my full brief on Slow and Low whiskey

Taylor Stitch Camp Pants in Timber Boss Duck — $128

Ridiculously tough camp pants from a brand that knows how to make ’em.

If you peruse the pages of the old blog here from time to time, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Taylor Stitch and specifically, the rugged Taylor Stitch Camp Pants. Particularly in the brand’s custom Boss Duck fabric (made with a remarkable blend of hemp, polyester, organic cotton and spandex), these are the best camp pants to buy for your next winter trip.

Topo Designs Mountain Shirt — $89

A classic chambray shirt made with the great outdoors in mind.

When you want the toughness of the outdoors merged with style that works in the city, that’s when you turn toward a rugged chambray shirt — and more specifically, the excellent Topo Designs Mountain Shirt. It’s done up for the fall and winter season with Western detailing and 100 percent organic cotton chambray fabric.

Rocky Mountain Underground BRFCS Travel Bag — $249

A tough everyday bag — and one made for weekend getaways, too.

Looking for a dependable travel bag to pair up with your Taylor Stitch Camp Pants for your next upstate fall or winter getaway? Look no further than this tough everyday carry from Rocky Mountain Underground, made with sleek reliability in mind.

Flint and Tinder Canvas Expedition Shirt — $118

Tough Panama canvas and spandex make for an essential fall and winter layer.

Whenever Flint and Tinder steps up to the plate, they’re guaranteed to knock it out of the park — baseball metaphor aside, that’s what they’ve done with the Canvas Expedition Shirt, a rugged men’s shirt for fall and winter that’s practically perfect to layer over your favorite henley.

Rhodes Footwear Huxley Boots — $220

Stylish Chelsea boots to wear to Thanksgiving (and beyond that).

Ever wondered how Huckberry and Rhodes Footwear can keep churning out some of the best men’s boots for any occasion? It’s a tall order, but they’re up to the challenge, and they’ve made some of the best men’s dress boots for winter right here — they’re also the perfect boots to wear for Thanksgiving, what with sleek style and an anti-shock foam layer built in. Well-done!

Thirsty Monk Trail Monk IPA — Price Varies

An IPA brewed with orange zest for a good (no, great) cause benefitting the outdoors. Photo courtesy of Thirsty Monk.

Here’s the thing about craft beer — if you’re willing to seek it out, you’re going to find excellent local and regional brews in plenty of places. And if you live in or near Portland, Asheville or Denver (three of my favorite cities!), you know the joys of the terrific “Belgian-rooted ales” being produced at Thirsty Monk’s brewpubs. That list includes the new Trail Monk IPA, made with orange peel and zest for a bittersweet zing at the finish. I had the chance to visit the excellent Asheville Downtown location, and I can’t recommend it enough — what’s more, portion of proceeds from sales of Trail Monk will benefit Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in Asheville, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative in Denver, and Trailkeepers of Oregon. Craft beer that tastes great AND gives back? That’s nearly too good to be true!

Taylor Stitch Lodge Sweater in Army — $168

A seriously soft, one-of-a-kind Taylor Stitch sweater on tap.

Not to worry, we’re back to menswear here — but for when you want to layer up with your new favorite sweater to grab a delicious craft beer this winter, reach for one of the best men’s sweaters, as done up by Taylor Stitch (naturally, of course). Even better? It’s made with incredibly soft 100 percent baby yak.

Jumper Boxer Briefs — $25

The best boxer briefs on the market? Try them for yourself.

No matter the rest of your gear rotation, it’ll always pay off to ensure the details are taken care of — such as with a pair of some of the best men’s boxer briefs from Jumper. Comfort and breathabilty are what you’re getting here.

Billy Reid Louis Henley — $150

A premium henley that pulls no punches in terms of quality.

OK, last but not least, let’s wrap things up with a look at one of the best men’s henleys you’re apt to find in your shopping search. Billy Reid knows all too well how to upgrade your men’s basics, and this pleasingly rugged henley is old-school inspired and yet perfectly modern.

 

Which of the above best new men’s gear picks caught your attention the most? Perhaps you’re looking forward to enjoying Slow and Low’s rye whiskey? Or maybe, you need to layer up with one of the best men’s henleys as shown from Billy Reid. Or perhaps you’ve got your heart set on picking up the Canvas Expedition Shirt from Flint and Tinder? Whatever floats your boat, let me know about it on Twitter. Thanks for reading!