The Friday Read: The Best Gifts for Men, New Mott and Bow Denim & The Perfect T-Shirt

The right way to gear up for a cozy winter weekend — don’t you agree? Faherty Brand gets it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — ’tis the season to bundle up in style, get your shopping taken care of, and then … kick back with one of the best Christmas beers, right? To help you get started with that first step, might I suggest picking up a Faherty Brand sweater for rugged style and cozy comfort? Something like the essential Faherty Brand Legend Sweater ought to do the trick, don’t you agree? After all, you can never go wrong with a stylish sweater that doubles as a rugged shirt — at least, that’s what I think. You’ll find today’s post is focused on plenty of the best gifts for men, from a well-crafted T-shirt to a new men’s grooming upgrade — there’s no time to waste if you still need to take care of some shopping. Holiday shopping will definitely be on my mind this weekend in NYC, but I’m excited to have some time off to properly take in the sights and sounds of the city.

On that note, I’m venturing into Manhattan on Saturday to fuel up with Birch Coffee, explore Central Park — potentially snapping some photos for my Instagram along the way — and then cap the day off in a big way. I’m heading to a rare evening on Broadway (well, in this case, Off-Broadway) to see a much-hyped production of “Cyrano,” starring Peter Dinklage and featuring music written by none other than members of my favorite band, The National! Lead singer Matt Berninger and his wife, Carin Besser, wrote lyrics for this updated production of “Cyrano,” while brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner (the multi-instrument virtuosos of the band) wrote music. Talk about an incredible combination — and surely, an incredible production! I really can’t wait. What’s on your weekend to-do list? First things first, check out today’s Friday Read.

  • Let’s get down to holiday gifting, shall we? I mentioned above that we’d dive into a great deal on men’s jeans, and that’s in fact the case here with Mott and Bow. The NYC brand is still going strong when it comes to making some of the best men’s jeans, and this season, they’ve got quite the deal on tap:  Get a free tee with any order of denimusing the code HOLIDAY19!
  • now through the end of the month. Want more deals on the best men’s jeans and accessories from this excellent brand? It gets better. Use the code (again, HOLIDAY19!) to get a free scarf or hat with orders over $200. The search for the best pair of men’s denim just got a whole lot easier.
  • Alright, so I’m going to point you toward a major grooming upgrade (and a major grooming gift) for the guy in your life this season. Helpfully, Cardon for Men is launching a limited-edition gift set with a special early preview of two products set to launch in January (those two new products would be the Clay Purifying Cleaners and 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer). So, that’s a special gift set that also offers an early look at two new potential grooming favorites — what’s not to love about that??
  •  Perhaps you want to pick up a gift for the traveler in your life? Look no further than the richly crafted, well-appointed Tecovas Large Duffle, from the same brand that’s built quite the heritage of making ultra-functional (and stylish) cowboy boots.
  • Speaking of essential gifts, what about the perfect T-shirt? It’s possible now, thanks to General Issue (the work of award-winning designer Susan Woo). This new brand works with factories and like-minded partners in Brooklyn to craft luxurious-yet-accesible basics, resulting in a well-curated line with three items to start. A super-soft short-sleeve tee, a sharp polo, and a casual long-sleeve shawl tee are up for grabs — whoever gets one of these is going to love it, guarnateed.

Alright, that’s going to end my latest rundown of crucial men’s gifts to buy now — there’s plenty more where that came from in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, perhaps you’re interested in reading about even more of the best new menswear releases? From a rugged waxed trucker jacket to the best new leather boots, I guarantee you my latest gear roundup will have something for you (or the stylish fella on your shopping list). Cheers to the season!

See Now, Buy Now: Get the Perfect Jeans for Winter with Mott and Bow’s New Denim

Highly stylish men’s jeans from Mott and Bow to kick up your holiday style.

Is there ever a bad time to shop for some of the best new men’s jeans? To be quite frank … well, no, no there’s not. Especially when the jeans in question come from NYC’s Mott and Bow, the direct-to-consumer denim brand that’s jumpstarted the men’s denim scene in the past five years (as you know from reading this blog, perhaps!). They’re making some of the best men’s jeans by focusing on affordability, quality and designer touches, all the while offering helpful touches like a Free Home Try-On program for select pairs. And to help shake up the doldrums of winter and improve your holiday dressing, take it from: You need to buy a pair of the Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans to wear to the office, then to a casual happy hour … and out again on the weekends. Now, we’ve talked plenty in the past about how Mott & Bow consistently churns out some of the best men’s denim, and that’s no more true than right now.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans

The other excellent thing about Mott and Bow jeans? The range of styles and fits — including the handsome-yet-edgy Slim Stone Jeans in a perfectly faded grey — means there’s something for everyone. That is to say, whether you know a guy who’s into a pair of Skinny fit jeans or more inclined toward the brand’s Straight-Fit jeans, it’s worth considering gifting some stylish men’s denim this Christmas — if you know a guy who’s been wanting to upgrade his jeans, go for Mott and Bow. The 9-month wash and use of substantial-but-not-too-heavy 11.5oz. cotton also make these jeans agreeable enough to wear with everything from a classic Oxford shirt and a navy blazer to a thermal henley and your favorite leather boots. With that being said … the first step is buying a pair of Mott and Bow jeans for yourself … or someone else. Happy shopping!

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans

#OOTD: An Upgraded Way to Wear Dark Blue Denim This Season

OK, so you might think you’ve got it all figured out when it comes to wearing your favorite pair of dark blue denim. In fact, the right pair of slim blue jeans are a certified menswear classic (especially a pair from Mott and Bow as seen in today’s #OOTD), but there’s plenty that you can do to switch up how to wear jeans this fall. How is that possible? Bear with me here. As you very well know from perusing the pages of this very Web site, classic blue jeans are like the Swiss Army Knife of pants, able to be worn in ways both business casual and entirely laidback. Today’s #OOTD harnesses a bit of both, starting with ever-so-slightly faded Mott and Bow denim (apt for the weekend or a casual work week) and carrying on through to the gear they’re being paired with — as you’ll see, a classic Western shirt and a refined suede jacket do some heavy lifting when it comes to switching up things from the routine. In short, it’s touches like those that can elevate your favorite pair of blue denim from good to great, from the weekend back to the office and beyond. Seems to be good to be true? You haven’t seen anything quite yet.

Classic blue Mott & Bow denim to go along with seriously stylish seasonal essentials.

Although at first they might seem pedestrian or too casual, there’s actually a lot that you can do to make the best men’s blue jeans work for you in a way that’s upgraded and seriously stylish — take this ensemble, for starters. The reason this look works so well for everything from casual Friday to a first date to a brewery visit? It all starts with slim blue jeans that are worth investing a little extra — gone are baggy or bootcut jeans, naturally. And we’re not just throwing on any old shirt, either — the truly excellent Billy Reid shirt shown above is stylish, rugged and exceptionally versatile. Match it up with one of the best men’s jackets this writer has ever seen (a stylish and refined Todd Snyder trucker jacket), and you’ve got the makings of a look that’s made to impress, whether at the office or on the road. Things only get better when you look at the rest of these gear picks, from the dependable Filson Dryden Briefcase for your everyday carry right on through to the Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt

— when you take care of the small details, the bigger details (like your classic desert boots) tend to take care of themselves. Accent everything with an office or date-ready rugged leather watch, then top it off with subtly stylish Hill City socks, and you’ve got your new favorite #OOTD for the work week or the weekend. Don’t believe me? Give it a try yourself.

The List: Keep September Rolling with My Favorite Gear Picks of the Week

We’re telling you all about the best new chukka boots — and plenty more — in today’s edition of The List.

Before we go any further: How awesome are those rugged leather chukka boots from Huckberry up top, ehh? They’re the lead-off pick in today’s edition of The List, chronicling the best new menswear for September (and well beyond). Football season is in full swing (wear this gear to your next tailgate), Oktoberfest  beers are flying off shelves (here’s what to wear to your favorite brewery), and I’ve rounded up some of my top gear picks for every occasion imaginable this season.  Yes indeed, we’ve got slim dark denim and more classics just primed for the taking. The first day of fall is almost here — are you ready? Read on & happy shopping.

Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots — $198 

Picture-perfect chukka boots from your favorite online retailer, Huckberry.

Here on the blog, we’ve been telling you for some time that Rhodes boots, as sold by Huckberry, are some of the best men’s boots on the planet (witness the Rhodes Dean Boots, in fact). And now, the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots are here, and they’re destined to become your new favorite boots — easily.

Mott and Bow Crosby Slim Denim — $108

The slim dark denim you’ll find yourself reaching for time and again.

So, we’ve talked in recent weeks about Mott and Bow denim, and specifically, the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim — they just might be some of the best men’s jeans you can buy, and that’s saying something.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee in Wild Forever — $45

A classic tee upgraded in a subtly cool way.

If you read this site regularly, you know we love the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee, easily one of the best men’s T-shirts you can buy. This stylish tee has been upgraded with an adventure-ready “Wild Forever” design on the chest pocket — perfectly subtle & classic.

Case Knives Smooth Chestnut Trapper Lock Knife — $96.98 

The best knife to add to your everyday carry? You be the judge of that.

Speaking of “Wild Forever,” this rugged knife could be the everyday carry essential you need for your next big project or outdoor excursion. Nicely done, Case Knives.

Beckett Simonon Laval Chukka Boots — $219

Another pair of classic leather chukka boots that’ll prove perfect for fall.

Yes, that’s right — we’re talking about a second stylish pair of leather chukka boots. These dressy leather chukka boots from Beckett Simonon epitomize rugged quality and craftsmanship; wear them to the office with a navy wool suit this fall.

Wellen Organic Denim Shirt — $88

The best denim shirt on the market? You be the judge of that.

So we told you earlier about the best men’s jeans to wear all season … but what if you want an equally stylish denim shirt to complement said jeans? Turn toward Wellen and this rugged denim shirt; the in-house brand at Huckberry gets all the details right.

Jack Mason Overland Leather Watch — $225

The best new leather watch to throw on your wrist? Quite possibly!

What’s the best way to complement a stylish denim shirt and perhaps your new favorite boots? Answer: The  Jack Mason Overland Leather Watch, a classic everyday watch that’s simple and refined, yet just rugged enough. It could be the perfect leather watch, in my book.

Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka — $398

A tough jacket from Flint and Tinder to take you through fall.

Does it seem too early to be thinking about buying a rugged waxed parka? Something like the Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka (as previously seen here on the blog)? Think again, because you’ll need this jacket before you know it.

SYMBOL Audio Aero 76″ LP Storage Cabinet — $4,535

The best way to store your vinyl — and a handsome home furniture addition, too.

If you, like me, suffer from sticker shock and yet find yourself coveting the best record storage system out there, well, join the club. This SYMBOL Audio Aero Storage Cabinet is remarkably handsome & well-constructed, the perfect complement to your massive vinyl collection (jealous!).

Levi’s Made & Crafted 501 Original Fit Jeans in Black Stonewash — $95.98

Another must-have pair of denim in today’s edition of The List.

Can you fault Levi’s for continuing to make something as iconic as the Levi’s 501 Jeans? No, certainly not — so it’s all the better that Levi’s Made & Crafted has made these classic jeans in a deep, inky black. Perfect as you dress for your next rock concert.

OtterBox Venture 45 Cooler — $300

The rugged cooler to load up on your next excursion — or tailgate.

Alright, let’s go from classic jeans to gear for your next camping trip, shall we? OtterBox coolers have a reputation for being tough-as-nails — and the OtterBox Venture 45 is no different.

Karl Strauss Brewing x C-Star Provisions Steakhouse Stout Beef Jerky — $9.34

Incredibly tasty beef jerky to enjoy as a daily snack or on-trail refreshment.

OK, you’ve got the OtterBox Venture 45 loaded up and ready to go — for the car ride, grab some excellent Karl Strauss Brewing x C-Star Provisions beef jerky. Seriously, you can taste the rich Wreck Alley Imperial Stout in this remarkable beef jerky — it’s no joke!

Proof City Merino Hoodie — $188

The perfect hoodie for fall, guaranteed.

Looking for a stylish zip hoodie? Perhaps one you can wear on that aforementioned camping trip? The Proof City Merino Hoodie is one of the best men’s hoodies I’ve found this season, and that’s saying something.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Henley in Fatigue Brown — $68

The essential henley to wear all fall.

I’m a huge fan of the sustainable nature and rugged style of the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Collection — and this rugged henley is no different.

Art of Sport Deodorant — 2 for $17.90

An incredibly effective deodorant for gym rats and desk jockeys alike.

We’ve talked a ton today about rugged men’s gear, but what about men’s grooming essentials, like this essential and impactful Art of Sport deodorant? I love the sharp scent and effective performance — hopefully, you will, too.

Stetson Chapman Hat — $155

A fitting hat for fall — to say the very least.

OK, let’s go with one last piece of rugged gear for an outdoor adventure, shall we? This classic Stetson hat is tough to top (literally and figuratively) and should wear particularly well with a rugged henley and maybe some classic jeans, ya dig?

So, that was quite the extensive collection of men’s gear, was it not? What was your favorite selection? In my neck of the woods, it’s tough to top a pair of the best men’s jeans or the simply excellent Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots. Let me know your thoughts on Twitter — cheers!

Style Pick of the Week: Mott & Bow Crosby Denim

A go-to pair of classic dark blue denim for any day of the week.

If you peruse the pages of The Style Guide with any frequency, there are classic men’s style brands (or newly classic men’s style brands!) that come up from time to time. Across the years, Mott & Bow has been one of those brands, a reliable producer of the best denim for men — including the utterly timeless Mott and Bow Crosby Denim as seen above. What makes them so special? That’s why we’re here, folks. (On that note, head to this link to read my Mott and Bow product review). From the brand’s classic denim shirts to its mobile, versatile classic dark blue denim, this quickly growing E-commerce brand (based in NYC) makes it surprisingly easy for guys to find a great-fitting pair of jeans, seeing as they offer fits ranging from Straight to Skinny. The Mott and Bow Crosby Denim are of the slim variety, and that should sit just right for most of us guys. And lest this all start to sound too complex or too pricey — they’re just jeans, after all — know that Mott and Bow offers a free try-on size option. And when you consider the agreeable pricing (the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim start at just $108), you’re getting a pair of the best men’s blue jeans for a downright steal.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Crosby Denim

A fit that’s slim but not too slim, ideal for any season.

And whether or not you’ve tried a pair from them before, you should know that Mott and Bow denim doesn’t pull any punches in terms of style points or quality, either. Case in point: These stylish blue jeans are made from an agreeable 12.2oz. cotton denim & feature 2 percent elastane. In short, that means these are classic blue jeans through and through, neither too heavy (a la selvedge) or too lightweight and stretch (a la cheap jeans from a fast fashion retailer). Yes indeed, these are some of the best men’s jeans on the market — and the use of a pleasing 6-month wash. For the unitiated, that involves using a resin spray, hand scraping & drying across multiple steps — resulting in the classic Mott and Bow look and finish you see today. Because the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim are such a timeless pair of denim, that means you can wear them with everything from a charcoal Oxford shirt and classic suede chukka boots to a crisp white tee and your favorite pair of leather sneakers. And when fall rolls around, throw on a rugged chambray shirt, a classic shawl cardigan and your favorite pair of leather boots to head out for a pint (or heck, a day at the office). There’s really no wrong way to go about wearing the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim, I can guarantee that.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Crosby Denim

 

 

See Now, Buy Now: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are the Coolest Black Jeans on the Market

The best black jeans on the market? You decide. Image courtesy of Mott and Bow.

Right off the bat, I’ll tell you this: If you read the blog, then you know that Mott and Bow makes some of the best men’s jeans on the market, period. That’s equally the case with the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans, some of the best men’s black jeans you’re going to find — but why recommnend black jeans in the middle of the summer, Beau? Well, to be sure, they’re hotter than a pair of canvas shorts … but they’re no less essential. Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a “shorts guy,” but appreciate a pair of slim jeans for off-duty (or on-the-clock) style: Mott and Bow is your go-to there. Or maybe, just maybe, you want a pair of stylish black jeans to wear to a rock concert — the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are just the pair to wear all the time. Available for $128 via Mott and Bowwe’d say you should get your hands on a pair ASAP.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans

These jeans are slim but not too tight, ideal for wearing during summer.

Unlike heavier pairs of stiff selvedge denim that take a long time to break in, the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are an exceedingly comfortable pair of denim right out of the box, featuring a 12.7oz. weight and 18 percent elasticity (the overall blend is 98 percent cotton, 2 percent elastane). That means the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are going to feel almost like wearing sweatpants in terms of comfort, yet with the substantial feel of your favorite pair of denim. Plus, we didn’t even mention the wash — these are faded to look like a four-month wash, just enough to give them some character without going over the top. In fact, stylish black jeans are often the way to go in a variety of situations, from being paired with an indigo denim jacket at Sunday brunch to being worn all on their own with a short-sleeve henley at an outdoor festival. For all those times and more, get the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans as soon as humanly possible (so, right now!).

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans

 

See Now, Buy Now: Mott & Bow Is Now Making Your Perfect Summer T-Shirt

The perfect pocket tee to wear all summer.

The makers of some of your favorite denim — that’d be NYC-based Mott & Bow, for those keeping score at home — are now making one of the best men’s T-shirts for spring and summer, and although that might seem counterintuitive at first, it’s 100 percent true. That’s because the Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee isn’t just any flimsy old tee — it’s a substantial, subtly stylish T-shirt that you can wear with darn near anything for the start of summer and well beyond. Available for just $35 via Mott & Bow’s Web site, it’s one of the top T-shirts I’ve worn and tested, and that’s saying something (seriously, you should see my T-shirt drawer at home). What sets apart the Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee from the pack? That’s easy, my friend.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee 

For starters, this classic pocket tee feels weighty (as the name would imply) without being stifling — that’s key for wearing it on its own or layering under your favorite chambray shirt this summer (as I’ve done this season so far). It also has a very solid fit indeed — not too tight, not too baggy. It also comes in multiple colors, including crisp White (try it with dark indigo denim and brown suede chukka boots) or classic Heather Grey, my favorite take. The Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee also has a perfect length, a seriously underrated quality in T-shirts; that means it hits right at your belt line (French tuck, anyone?) without fitting too baggy.

The 100 percent Peruvian cotton is also soft and comfortable, but again … not stifling! This could just be the perfect summer T-shirt, and it’s all thanks to the fit and fabric. Again, it works nicely on its own (especially when worn with slim Mott & Bow denim), and it pairs up even better with slim tan chinos, white sneakers and a classic denim trucker jacket. If you felt so inclined, you could even wear this stylish pocket tee with a cotton blazer to the office (try mixing it up with some light wash Mott & Bow denim, too). Really, with a tee this stylish, it’s up to you.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee