See Now, Buy Now: These Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots are Classic Boots for Spring

Stepping out in style this spring with rugged chukka boots from a classic brand.

If you’re anything like me, perhaps you’ve got quite the affinity for gear from San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch — from the brand’s rugged denim jackets to stellar shirting, these gear purveyors have been a longtime favorite of yours truly (going back to the early days of the blog, in fact!). And now, they’ve done it again with some of the best chukka boots for spring — heck, some of the best chukka boots on the market, period. As we work to transition our wardrobes slowly but surely toward warmer weather, classic leather chukka boots are as reliable a footwear option as it gets. Maybe you won’t need them right  now during these wild times of COVID-19 (yes, sorry, I went there!), but you will soon enough. Rest assured, you’ll hear plenty more about this style in the weeks and months to come, but for now, let’s talk about the Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona — again, folks, these are your new favorite chukka boots … easily. With a lighter weight than your tough snow boots, and a bit more polish than your favorite sneakers, there’s no question that these Taylor Stitch chukka boots (made from positively beautiful, supple 4oz. Sedona leather) check all the right boxes in matters of style and functionality.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona

The difference is in the details with these Taylor Stitch boots, per usual — and that’s a great thing indeed.

What’s more, some of the best men’s chukka boots will have serious staying power starting right now in early spring, then carrying over into summer & back to fall. Truly, you can rock these rugged chukka boots with the basics (I.E. A classic Taylor Stitch chambray shirt & slim chinos) and with more luxurious items (a breezy khaki cotton suit, for starters). And if you feel like keeping things casual & rocking these with a cotton pocket tee and faded blue denim? That’s a style move you should certainly make, no questions asked. The Vibram sole and Goodyear welt construction provide that crucial blend of durability and comfort — there might be a brief break-in period, based on my past experiences with Taylor Stitch boots, but once you’ve started wearing these classic chukka boots, you’ll find it tough to stop. And as with other Taylor Stitch menswear, you’ll assuredly find they get better the more you wear them. Don’t waste another second — shop these right now.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona

 

#OOTD: Refresh Your Spring Wardrobe with the Best Men’s Chinos

As spring weather starts to roll into town — slowly but surely — it’s time to turn your attention toward the menswear classics that are going to work for you this season. To wit: Today’s #OOTD dives into the classic chinos you can wear all season, paired up with both rugged and refined style picks. Chinos started as a military staple, then transitioned into off-duty wear … and they’ve remained a constant ever since. Think of the Flint and Tinder Selvage Chinos as shown below (spoiler!) as a true workhorse pair of pants, able to be worn at the office and at happy hour — and on the weekend with your favorite T-shirt — in equal measure. The use of tough, cool selvage fabric gives them that old-school feel, too. They’re more polished than sweatpants or even a classic pair of dark denim, especially when you wear them the way today’s post is guiding you to do — with a rugged Western shirt from Taylor Stitch, not to mention equally rugged leather chukka boots from HELM Boots. All told, these are just a few of the pieces you can use in a spring-friendly #OOTD — comfort, style and versatility take center stage here. Naturally, it helps if you finish the entire ensemble off with one of the best men’s spring jackets — but I won’t spoil the exact pick just yet. If you have questions on how to wear your new favorite chinos, hit me up on Twitter.

You can wear these classic chinos just about anywhere — along with other menswear staples.

The thing about some of the best men’s chinos is, again, that mix of versatility, rugged appeal & classic style. The trappings of spring are, of course, in full swing (say that five times fast) when you change up the pace and swap in a Taylor Stitch shirt in place of your more classic Oxford shirt — and that entire combination stands out quite nicely when your outer layer is a  classic waxed jacket from Belstaff — for pairing up with iconic chinos, you should reach for an iconic men’s jacket (investment-level, yes, but worth it). The right footwear makes all the difference when it comes to all-day style and dependability, so you might as well reach for classic leather chukka boots, the kind that’ll break in over time and get better as they go. The right accessories help classic pieces stand out stylishly, so a vintage-style leather timepiece is the right move on the accessories front. Similarly, who can argue with one of the best men’s leather belts — and from the same brand that’s crafting your chinos? To switch things up in a way that’s unique and fun, reach for the Duke Cannon and Budweiser solid cologne shown above — it’s a nice grooming essential for spring to add to your arsenal. Last but not least, you need a tough bag to carry your EDC picks on the daily, and Billykirk x Flint and Tinder have delivered exactly what’s required this season. Again, if you have any further questions, you know where to find me — on Twitter! Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is the Best Oxford Shirt Right Now

The best Oxford shirt? I’ll let you decide, but in short … yes.

Let’s be real here: When we (and by we, I mean me) step out and call a shirt the best Oxford shirt, you can rest assured there’s some serious thinking (and research, and testing!) that goes into it. And with that being said, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt (specifically, the Jack Shirt in Maroon Brushed Oxford) is the best Oxford shirt to buy right now. It’s certainly been a hot seller on the Taylor Stitch site, so if your size is sold out, rest assured, the entire run of Taylor Stitch shirting in alternate fabrics and fits offers up that same blend of quality & durability. The right Oxford shirt for winter weather should fit slim, but not too slim (check), it should be able to pull double-duty with your favorite winter blazer as easily as on its own with slim faded jeans (check), and it should be ready for season after season of wear (again, check!).

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Yes indeed, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt reliably checks all of those boxes, and that’s why you need it now. Did I mention it’s made with organic cotton and features real dark horn buttons? The hits, they keep rolling with Taylor Stitch shirting, this much is true.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt 

A dependable, classic Oxford shirt — one of several options available from Taylor Stitch.

But let’s get back to why it pays off to have a closet stocked with at least one of the best Oxford shirts for men, shall we? Think of an Oxford shirt as a sort of nice go-between when you want to upgrade your style from your favorite henley to something with a bit more polish — yet you don’t want to feel stuffy or constricted (the way a standard dress shirt might leave you feeling). That’s where your new favorite Oxford shirt comes in — throw it on with slim tan chinos and classic leather chukka boots to hit up your favorite brewery, or else pair it with your favorite winter blazer and slim blue denim to head to the office. The great news is, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt can do all of that and more — without missing a beat. Doesn’t that sound like the kind of shirt you need in your life ASAP? I thought so. Happy shopping!

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt 

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The Friday Read: Philadelphia, New Taylor Stitch Boots & How to Dress for a Weekend Getaway

Heading into the weekend with selvedge chinos from Flint and Tinder.

Ready for the weekend? Who isn’t? Hopefully, you’re going to be kicked back and relaxed with some of the best men’s chinos, a truly all-weather pair from Flint and Tinder — trust me when I say the Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos put in work all day, every day. That should be the case whether you wear these stylish slim chinos with a winter blazer for date night, or decide to throw ’em on with your favorite henley. So, that’s my first piece of menswear advice for you heading into this January weekend — rest assured, we’ve got plenty more coming in today’s Friday Read. Of course, we’ll have another Style Pick of the Week heading down the pipeline tomorrow. But first, I’m very much looking forward to what’s on my weekend slate.

To celebrate my birthday (28 on the 28th!) a bit early, I’m trekking down to Philadelphia on Saturday morning to see one of my favorite bands — esteemed California indie rockers Local Natives! — play the fun Radio 104.5 Winter Jawn, an outdoor shindig held at Xfinity Live (yes, outdoors). It promises to be part of a day of super-fun, enjoyable music, also helped along by AJR (headlining) and Sub Urban. The rest of my weekend jaunt, I plan on taking in all that Philly has to offer in the way of history and naturally, craft beer. I’ve previously explored neighborhoods like Brewerytown, and I’m turning my attention this time to neighborhood spots like the Khyber Pass Pub and of course, the much-lauded Monk’s Cafe (featuring a positively huge selection of rare beer). It should be a fun and fitting way to kick off the birthday “weekend” — I’ll never pass up a chance to hear Local Natives play classics like “Breakers” and new favorites like “Garden of Elysian,” and when you throw craft beer in the mix … that’s a huge positive! I hope your weekend is similarly filled with fun, great food, delicious beer and excellent music. OK, let’s get into today’s Friday Read.

  • If you follow the blog — and especially if you follow me on Instagram — you know one of my passions here in NYC is live music. From festivals to indie rock club shows, I’m always on the lookout for art and music that moves me & impacts my life. Since moving here, I’ve found the Governors Ball music festival to be a reliably fun and jam-packed way to get my needed dose of high-quality, soulful and meaningful music. That’s why I’m pretty excited about the Governors Ball 2020 lineup, as released last week! With sets on the way from Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend and the legendary Stevie Nicks — not to mention a packed undercard featuring the likes of Bleachers, Charly Bliss, British rockers Foals and more. Needless to say, I’m already anticipating early June in NYC. What do you think of the lineup? Let me know on Twitter.

OK, my friends — we covered a lot of ground here, from a terrific NYC music festival to winter style essentials for your upcoming weekend. Before I get ready to hit the road to Philadelphia, I’d implore you to prepare for the polar vortex (or similarly cold winter weather) with one of my recent roundups of the best new men’s gear for the season. We’re talking a rugged shirt jacket, tough leather boots, a handsome watch and plenty more. I hope you find what you’re searching for — be sure to check back here early and often for my top men’s style picks. Until next time, thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater

The best winter sweater you didn’t know you needed, courtesy of Taylor Stitch.

Alright, folks. We’re back at it during today’s Style Pick of the Week with yet another essential men’s sweater from, yes, Taylor Stitch. That makes it the second time this month we’ve featured one of your favorite menswear brands in this series, but with good reason (exceptionally good reason, at that). You see, we’re talking today about one of the best men’s sweaters for winter, the truly excellent, perfectly rugged Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater. It’s the best sweater for a winter weekend, it can be worn to the office in a pinch, and it’s got that unique Taylor Stitch guarantee of quality and timeless style. Yes, it’s got plenty going for it. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater, shall we? For starters, this rugged winter sweater takes inspiration from the thick, hard-wearing knits typically worn on the water — it’s a tough fisherman sweater that’s going to be worth the investment ($228 via the Taylor Stitch Web site), but it’s not going to break the bank. And for that investment, you’re getting all the quality the TS brand can muster — which happens to be quite a lot.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater

The difference is in the details, and Taylor Stitch surely gets it right.


The tough Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater features  a wool-nylon-polyester blend for warmth and yet ease of movement and comfort. This isn’t your typical scratchy wool sweater, and that’s a very good thing, indeed. This Taylor Stitch sweater  features the customary chunky waffle knit that makes it perfect when you’re searching for what to wear on a cold winter morning — roll out of bed, throw on the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater atop your favorite henley, and then get that coffee brewing. As the brand so wisely calls out, melange yarns make this classic men’s sweater stand out from the pack even more — this is an heirloom-quality sweater made with plenty of care and attention to detail. Taylor Stitch knows that these pieces work well on their own or layered up, so try this Taylor Stitch sweater with everything from a classic chambray shirt and faded blue jeans to slim tan chinos, leather boots and a white Oxford shirt. Heck, wear the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater all on its own beneath a waxed trucker jacket and alongside your favorite work pants — it’s as suited a layer for winter yard work as it is for sipping on a Saturday night Old Fashioned. Helpfully, the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater is available in a rich Natural Waffle fabric (my personal favorite), or a seriously winter-ready  Maroon Waffle. The choice is yours, but either way, you’re getting one of the best men’s sweaters on the market. Layer accordingly.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Explorer Shirt

A rough-and-tumble shirt that packs a serious punch in terms of style and functionality.

Looking for one of the most rugged shirts you can buy for winter? If you read this site regularly — or if you’re new around these parts as we kick off a new year with winter style essentials — you’ll recognize quickly that we’re talking about one brand in particular that can deliver the goods: Folks, that would be Taylor Stitch. More specifically, check out the excellent Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt as pictured above, one of the best winter shirts you can buy now (and a hot-seling option, at that). The Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt  is both a shirt and a jacket, the kind of hard-wearing piece that seems to come in handy this time of year, what with blustery weather and snow drifts aplenty out there. It’s the sort of versatile piece you can feel good about wearing on the weekend (atop your favorite henley, preferably also from Taylor Stitch) or as an added layer over a classic fisherman’s sweater. This rugged overshirt features all sorts of design touches one would expect from Taylor Stitch, from the layering-friendly wool-poly blend to the handsome and stylish Burgundy color — what’s not to love about that?

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt

Design details that really make a difference.

This classic overshirt is truly geared to go the distance, what with its brass donut hole buttons that signify that, yes, you can wear this just like a jacket atop a classic Taylor Stitch chambray shirt. And there’s just something about the Burgundy color that gives it some versatility, from pairing with slim chinos to your favorite pair of dark blue denim — that’s what a great overshirt should do, after all. One interior pocket and two front patch flap pockets provide space for your everyday carry essentials (which Taylor Stitch also sells in spades), while the California collar (another classic TS design touch) gives this thing the feel of an office-ready shirt as opposed to one that’s strictly meant for outdoor adventures. Get you a classic overshirt that can do both, as they say. Yes indeed, the Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt  offers up all the versatility and craftsmanship you need this winter, and beyond that. As with any product from Taylor Stitch, you’re going to have it in your rotation for a long, long time. Explore away, my friends.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt

The Friday Read: A New Holiday Jacket, Florsheim’s Latest Launch & Gifts for the Whiskey Lover

The perfect winter jacket for the holidays and beyond.

OK, who’s ready for another winter Friday? The last winter Friday before Christmas, at that! Still wondering what gifts to buy for the stylish guy on your list? I’ve got you covered. And today’s Friday Read is going to take care of business quite nicely, too — you’ll find out about a new Taylor Stitch jacket, gifts for the whiskey lover, and plenty more. Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention one of the best winter jackets as shown above, a durable and weather-ready Faherty Brand puffer jacket (the Polar Fjord Puffer, to be exact), that’s worth investing in as you dress for the polar vortex (or wherever your holiday takes you). I won’t exactly be needing a rugged winter parka, however — this weekend, I’m hitting the road to sunny Florida yet again for a relaxing week of Christmas vacation! I was just in Florida for a lovely and relaxing Thanksgiving (as seen on my Instagram), and I’m very excited to get back! It’s always a wonderful time in Fort Myers, from trying out new and old breweries (Point Ybel Brewing is a perennial favorite) to taking in fun holiday activities like checking out the illustrious grounds of the Edison Ford Winter Estates, done up with excellent holiday decor. For now though, I’ve got my holiday party to enjoy at my day job, and a bit of a search for last-minute holiday gifts to undertake this weekend. Get your own weekend started the right way with another edition of the Friday Read — cheers to the season!

  • As we said above, ’tis the season to layer up in style with one of the best new men’s jackets for your closet — in this case, we’re talking about a handsome bomber jacket from Taylor Stitch, as covered by yours truly at GearMoose. It’s both elegant and rugged at the same time — it’s the perfect holiday layer, in short. Heck, it could even be a reliable suggestion if you’re still searching for what to wear to your holiday party.
  • So, we mentioned Faherty Brand up above — and there’s reason to turn back toward this highly stylish brand again, seeing as Faherty is offering expedited shipping and guaranteed delivery by the 24th on orders placed by Saturday. Hop to it, folks!
  • Just when you thought the good folks at Florsheim couldn’t churn out men’s shoes that were any more essential or stylish, they drop the Florsheim Fuel Reflect Capsule, a new, ultra-shiny and sleek set of dress shoes with some futuristic iridescent design touches. Perfect for, again, that last-minute holiday party. I covered it for The Manual, so check it out if you’re in need of some stylish dress shoes.
  • Now, we’ll turn back to GearMoose for another crucial holiday gift suggestion. I didn’t pen this particular piece, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less enthralled by this roundup of the best gifts for whiskey lovers — perfect to gift to the guy who loves a great Old Fashioned.
  • Lastly, it’s been a momentous year for music – favorite albums of mine included two ethereal releases from Brooklyn indie rockers Big Thief (that’d be both “Two Hands” and “U.F.O.F.”), as well as the excellent “Remind Me Tomorrow” by the lovely Sharon Van Etten. Of course, it goes without saying that “I Am Easy To Find” by The National is an all-time favorite, too. That being said, it’s always fun to read about the best albums of 2019 from a different perspective — in this case, Stereogum has put together a list of the top 50 albums of 2019, and it’s certainly worth your time.

So, maybe you’re still searching for the perfect last-minute gift, as we talked about above — with all that being said, maybe you know someone who’d love to have, say, the best pair of men’s jeans waiting for them under the tree? That’s where the Mott and Bow Slim Stone Denim comes into play, some of the most stylish jeans you can buy (and some of the more affordable premium jeans on the market, at that). Alright, enjoy and let’s get onto the weekend!