The Friday Read: A Huckberry Giveaway, New Myles Apparel Swimwear & A Caldera + Lab Review

We’ve certainly got lots of ground to cover as we dive into another edition of The Friday Read (your weekend guide to the best menswear sales, reads and more), so let’s not waste another second. I’ll start off my weekly recap by drawing your attention to the frankly incredible Huckberry One-Bag Travel Giveaway running this weekend. From now through August 1st at 11:59 p.m. PST, all orders placed are in the running for this Huckberry giveaway, and here’s the scoop. The insanely cool Huckberry One-Bag Travel Giveaway provides you with some exceptional gear, to say the least. You’ll get a One-Bag Travel Kit worth $1,300, featuring the Black Diamond Stonehauler Bag (of course), a Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo and the exceptional Proof Rover Pants, the Proof Meridian Pant, the Myles Apparel Everyday Shorts (more on the brand in a second!) and the much-loved Naglev Unico Hikers. On top of that, you’ll also get an AirBNB certificate worth $500. It’s all the gear you need for an incredible weekend getaway, so why not pick up a favorite Huckberry essential and give yourself a chance at winning?

That’s not the only exciting thing I’ve got my eye on this weekend in the menswear world (and beyond). A word to the wise: The time is now to buy a breezy cabana shirt, seeing as I wrote about my favorite cabana shirts at Maxim this week. It’s similar to a style I’ll be wearing this weekend to stay cool in the Brooklyn heat. For another prime menswear pairing, consider picking up the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants via my blog post guide to, well, your new favorite pants. And if you could use something to listen to along the way, consider hitting “Subscribe” on my twice-weekly music, menswear and craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief. I’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy in there. We’re just getting started this weekend, so let’s talk more shopping, grooming and menswear below. Cheers!

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  • Still on the hunt for some of the coolest swim trunks for men this season? I think you’re in luck, because the new Myles Apparel Swim Collection just dropped, and it’s got two standout swim trunks for guys up for grabs. There’s the Sutro Swim Trunk, a tailored and remarkably James Bond-esque pair of refined yet functional swim trunks, the kind that 007 himself would be proud to wear. You’re also able to snap up the Seacliff Swim Shorts, which are a neat hybrid short meant to be worn both in and out of the water. The sub-$80 pricing is agreeable, the versatility is much appreciated (I love the fact that you can wear the Sutro Swim Trunks to the beach bar), and the functionality is top-notch. Surf’s up, folks. Best of all is the fact that you can get 10 percent off with the code MYLES10. Happy shopping!

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  • Here’s a fun way to close out today’s Friday Read. In search of some unique summer headwear, the kind that’s fashion-forward yet functional and just a bit unique? Step right up and head on over to The Manual to cruise through my guide to the best bucket hats for men, a nice way to switch up your headwear as you soak up some sun and surf.

Just this past Monday, I talked about where you should be shopping, and what you should be buying, right now. The answer is obvious, but it’s also worthy of closer inspection. It’s San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch, long one of my favorite menswear brands. I wrote all about the five best menswear picks to buy at Taylor Stitch, and you’d surely do well to check them out in a hurry. That’s all I’ve got for you today. One last fun reminder: If it’s weekend listening you seek, there’s my newsletter The Style Guide In Brief, but I’d also urge you to consider following me on Spotify. Here’s a playlist for all those WFH days and weekend hangs ahead. Cheers and thanks for reading!

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The Friday Read: Bastille, Greg Lauren and A Huckberry Giveaway

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

We’re through the end of another week, and we’re just a bit closer to Christmas — if you’re¬†one¬†who celebrates¬†the holiday season, that is. It’s also a great time of year in the menswear world — it’s time to drop a few hints about your men’s style¬†holiday wish list, it’s time to gear up with stylish snow gear, and it’s time to get a big jump on your holiday shopping for her. With all those wheels in motion, it made for an extra-busy week at The Style Guide. It kicked off with a really neat, special Monday night — it’s not too often you get the chance to check out a band as big as Bastille ¬†in a venue as intimate as the renowned Bowery Ballroom, but the lauded British indie pop band returned to NYC to make up a special show originally scheduled for October. It was a fantastic night of live music — lead singer Dan Smith is smooth, poised and energetic, with a¬†great band behind him. They played their way through one of the best pop albums of the year — that would be “Wild World” — with a few slightly¬†older hits (“Pompeii” among them!) thrown in for good measure. Songs like “Warmth” and “The Currents” really¬†shone through in a live setting, too.¬†It was a treat to see them in such an intimate venue — and it was even better to catch them the very next night at Manhattan’s cavernous Pier 36 for the very cool Pandora Holiday Live event, which also featured scores of fans on-hand for Bishop Briggs and the energetic (if divisive) British mega-band The 1975 , a group who seem to be everywhere nowadays. If you can, I’d definitely recommend catching Bastille at one of a number of festivals this summer — they’ll surely be there!¬†While summer festival season sounds mighty nice right about now, maybe you’ve got to dress in style for your holiday party, or get a jump on the weekend, so let’s get on with it — we’ve got you covered with this week’s #menswear news.

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A standout giveaway from everyone's favorite lifestyle purveyor.

A standout giveaway from everyone’s favorite lifestyle site.

  • Alright, so this is a pretty big deal. Purveyors of a stunning mix of men’s lifestyle and style goods, Huckberry¬†is doing it big this holiday season with its Golden Holiday¬†2016 contest. It’s four straight weeks of neat holiday prizes you can only find at Huckberry, running from now until December 18th. What was last week’s prize? A sweet Secret Agent kit featuring some seriously stylish tailored gear from Trumaker. And this week’s prize? Potentially even cooler. It’s a bespoke sailing adventure — yes, you read that right — on a private yacht around one of a handful of beautiful locations: Maine, the British Virgin Islands, Croatia or Greece, all¬†thanks to Huckberry partners Sailing Collective. Now, how to enter?¬†Those who place an¬†order via Huckberry¬†this week are in the running — every purchase gets you Coal Hard Cash, which you can redeem 24 hours after said purchase to find out if you’ve won Huckberry¬†credit (up to $500!) or, better yet, the incredible top prize (no exaggeration here). But wait! There are two more weeks of prizes upcoming! Yes sir, that’s right. Does it get any better? Learn more, buy away & enter at Huckberry.
  • Want to mix a few more pieces with some high-fashion edge into your wardrobe? That task just got a little easier thanks to a¬†new collaboration between Greg Lauren and Banana Republic.¬† Although at first it might seem unlikely given Lauren’s penchant for distressed, luxurious takes on style essentials,¬†it’s a partnership through the Council of Fashion Designers that resulted in a 16-piece capsule collection. Of those 16 pieces, there are quite a few that are, well, pricey (a $3,000 cashmere overcoat, anyone?), but it’s a neat blend of the traditional and the unexpected that you should check out via the above feature at GQ.com.
  • In sneaker-related news, your favorite Brooklyn sneaker brand — Style Guide favorite¬†GREATS ¬†— is releasing an outstanding, sleek and stylish take on its lauded Royale silhouette. The good news for those of us who like to break out sneakers until the first snowfall hits? The new version of the Royale comes in a seasonally appropriate, deep navy blue “Jeans Suede” color that would team quite effectively with your favorite crewneck sweater and a trusty chambray shirt on casual winter weekends (sans snow, of course).

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Now, we’ve reached the end of the Friday Read this week — enter that Huckberry giveaway ASAP and add a few pieces to your Men’s Holiday Style Wish List now!

Stay stylish!

-Beau