The Friday Read: The Best Weekend Getaway Bag, A Mott and Bow Discount & A New Timex Watch

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle

Get ready to get away by packing up this durable and dependable weekender bag from Herschel Supply Co.

To say that it’s been a wild start to the new year would probably be an understatement, right? No doubt, no doubt. And yet, the beat goes on here at The Style Guide, from telling you how to dress for winter to outfitting you in the best men’s style essentials from Everlane. Of course, there’s been a lot going on in the wider world, and that’s got me thinking of an upstate getaway later this winter (and I’ll also be heading to Florida next month!). That being said, I know the best weekend getaway bag for both myself and for any trips you might be planning. I’m talking, of course, about the stylish weekender bag seen at the top of the page, the Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle. A recent introduction to the Herschel Supply lineup of the best everyday carry essentials, it’s a winning bag on multiple fronts, from the waterproof zipper construction to the cool-as-can-be striped fabric liner.

It’s simply one of the best weekender bags for men, and it’s available at a standout price, too (try $90 at Herschel). Plus, you can pick from a whopping 29 color combinations when it comes to the Herschel Supply Novel Duffle. That’s about as great as it gets, folks. Until I can plan a getaway, however, I’ll be writing away here in Brooklyn at sites like Maxim and GearMoose, of course. And if you can’t get enough of the blog, you should do yourself a favor and subscribe to my newsletter, The Style Guide In BriefTwice a week, I talk menswear, music and craft beer or whiskey. It’s a heck of a lot of fun, and it’s a change of pace from your regular men’s style coverage here (IMHO!). Again, subscribe HERE and keep scrolling: The rest of today’s Friday Read awaits.

Mott and Bow men's denim

The Mercer Jeans are just one of the best pairs of men’s jeans you can find at Mott and Bow.

  • In an earlier Friday Read this month, I talked about how Mott and Bow was now making some of the best men’s chinos. And yet, the dedication to well-fitting, slim blue denim (like the Mott and Bow Mercer Jeans) is right there, too. So here’s the scoop: You can use the code beau10 to get 10 percent off your first order at Mott and Bow. It’ll come in mighty handy when you want to pick up some of the best men’s blue jeans, like the timeless pair seen above. And if you’ve been a frequent customer of the brand in the past, you’re in luck, because they haven’t yet taken their foot off the gas as far as quality menswear. Cheers to that, my friends.
Timex Marlin Automatic Watch

A classic and crisp leather dress watch to wear all winter long.

  • I mentioned that I’ve been mighty busy kicking off the year on the writing front, and that’s particularly true over at GearMoose, a site for which I’ve now been writing five years (five!) as of this month! With that being said, it’s still a serious thrill to cover some of the coolest men’s gear out there, like the remarkable 2021 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional, as I did earlier this month. Talk about an investment-level watch, folks.

That’ll do it for today’s Friday Read, my friends. In the spirit of a much-needed getaway and the proper gear for the occasion, I’ll direct you one more time toward one of the best weekender bags for men, the Standard Issue Leather Duffel as crafted and sold by Huckberry. Check out that blog post, consider it carefully and make that duffel, or the Herschel Supply Novel Duffle, your next go-to weekender bag. Folks, thanks for reading — stay safe and stay strong!

The Friday Read: New Dress Shoes for a New Year, The Best Cashmere Sweaters & Classic Blue Jeans

Bruno Magli men's shoes

Classic, refined leather loafers to consider wearing at home this season when you feel like stepping things up a notch.

My friends, congratulations on making it through the first full week of 2021! Are you starting to feel like you’ve shaken off that 2020 hangover, shaken off some rust and are moving full-speed ahead into a new year with today’s Friday Read? I’m getting there slowly but surely, step by step you might say, and it’s all possible with the right approach, right mindset and in some cases, the right menswear (take the Bruno Magli Positano Loafers as seen above). With so many of us working from home still, there are options aplenty when it comes to stylish footwear to wear at home, and if you feel like upping your game a little bit (think slim blue jeans and a tailored Oxford shirt on certain days), it’s hard to go wrong with some of the best men’s leather loafers to really complete your look. At least, that’s just my take.

We’ll also dive in today into a few other helpful menswear picks for a new year, so keep on scrolling. Of course, you can also expect another rendition of our Style Pick of the Week series tomorrow to outfit you properly from head-to-toe. As I always say, the details make the difference when it comes to the best new men’s shoes and more, so you might as well step into the new year the right way. Happy shopping, stay safe & stay stylish, folks. Oh, and to really keep things rolling the right way, give me a follow on Instagram or subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief. Cheers!

  • I mentioned above that you could make use of classic slim blue jeans to upgrade your work-from-home style beyond just sweatpants, and that’s why I’m recommending you pick up the nicely priced Mott and Bow Slim Crosby Jeans, a longtime favorite of mine that retail for just a shade above $100 ($108 at Mott and Bow, to be exact). With a free home try-on program and multiple cuts for the perfect fit, these are some of the best jeans for men you can step into right now, mark my words.
Best long-sleeve T-shirts for men

A classically rugged base layer and a stylish long-sleeve tee in its own right.

  • There are any number of ways you could go as we start a new year when it comes to rugged style that’s still laidback and versatile, but one of the coolest ways I’ve come across recently is shown above. And my friends, the Freemans Sporting Club Homespun Gym Tee could become one of your new favorite T-shirts for weekend wear and daily style. You can wear this stylish long-sleeve T-shirt all on its own thanks to the cotton waffle fabric, or else layered beneath a rugged flannel shirt or worn with a zip hoodie, all without missing a beat. Go forward and layer up in cozy style, folks.
  • Here’s a fun one to start the weekend — lace up your new favorite pair of boots with my GearMoose guide to the best moc toe boots, featuring plenty of brands you know and love. Every guy needs a great pair of boots, and my latest dispatch is a pretty solid place to start.
  • I told you that we’d talk about plenty of men’s style picks to help you roll into a new year the right way, and that’s where my guide to the best cashmere cardigans for men comes into play. Head over to The Manual to get my take on a classic, refined layer that’s going to take your Zoom call style to the next level (along with, of course, your Mott and Bow Slim Crosby Jeans and your Bruno Magli Positano Loafers).

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Thanks for joining us today as we set our sights on a new year, new style picks and much bigger and better things than 2020. Before I let you cruise into the weekend, I’ve got one last guide for you, and that’d be my take on how to dress in refined style this winter. From a suede bomber jacket to Todd Snyder corduroy pants, I think you’re going to like the looks of this #OOTD. Cheers to the weekend, folks!

The Friday Read: New Year’s Day, A Bonobos Sale & the Best Dress Shoes for Men

Bonobos Winter Sale

A truly excellent way to close out 2020 and head on into 2021 the right way.

My friends, I can’t believe we did it. We turned the page on 2020 and have now officially stepped into 2021. Welcome! And thanks for being here as we kick off a new year in style with my first post of 2021 and another edition of The Friday Read. Fittingly enough, my friends at Bonobos have had the right idea to close out 2020 with the Bonobos Winter Sale, aptly named the “Longest Year Ever” Sale, as you can see above. If you’re a longtime fan or a newfoud enthusiast of the NYC-based brand (makers of some of the best men’s pants and more), this sale is for you. Fittingly enough, you can get Bonobos pants and jeans for as low as $48, and a slew of some of the best men’s jackets for winter starting at just $78. What better way to leave 2020 behind and start a new year in style?

It’s certainly one of the sales I’ll be shopping digitally today, and I’ll also be carrying on my New Year’s Day tradition in slightly different fashion — I would typically head to a Brooklyn sports bar to enjoy a day of college football and cold beers, but instead, I’ll be posted up at home, enjoying games from afar. What does your New Year’s Day look like? Feel free to connect with me on Twitter to stay in touch about menswear, craft beer and more. For now, I’m looking forward to kicking off 2021 with some writing for The Manual and GearMoose this week, among other projects. To help you shake off that hangover and ease right on into it, check out the rest of The Friday Read below. Cheers!

WESN Henry Knife

A proper addition to your EDC to start the new year.

  • The new year really is an excellent time to take stock of all of your gear, including your everyday carry essentials. Stock up and step out with the proper picks, all thanks to Detroit-based WESN (the name stands for “West-East-South-North). The WESN Henry Knife, as shown above, is one of the most rugged and versatile pieces you can add to a well-curated EDC kit, in fact, and it helps that it’s affordably priced ($115 at WESN) given the quality and construction. Your everyday carry essentials just got even better, folks.
Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos

Mott and Bow are now making some of the best men’s chinos, folks.

  • Here’s another men’s style essential you need to power up your new year. We’ll talk more about some of the best men’s chinos on the blog in the coming weeks, but for now, just know that the Mott and Bow Everywhere Chinos are as solid as it gets. They’re a recent addition to the brand’s lineup of the best men’s jeans and more, and they could just become become your new favorite pair of pants (owing to the tailored fit and durable cotton twill fabric).

  • My friends, I’m going to keep this post rolling with one more featured essential for the new year: A pair of the best dress shoes for men, courtesy of Bruno Magli. The Italian footwear maker delivers some of the most refined, classic men’s dress shoes you’re apt to find, including the Bruno Magli Butler Cap Toe Oxfords. These are a major step up from what you might be wearing these days, and who doesn’t appreciate getting dressed up at home for a date night or to set the tone for the day? And hey, when you head back into the office eventually, you’ve just found your perfect pair of dress shoes.

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  • Let’s talk winter layering for a second, shall we? To get you out the door with comfort, style and warmth top of mind, I wrote all about the best cashmere cardigans for 2021 over at The Manual, and you’d do very well indeed to check out some of my favorite picks from brands you know and love (and possibly, some that you don’t know yet!).

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Without further ado, that’s going to wrap up our first Friday Read of 2021. Who’s ready to set the tone for the new year in style? It’s my hope that picks like the best men’s chinos (from Mott and Bow, of course), and the Bruno Magli Butler Cap Toe Oxfords are all you need to get your mind focused on sharp-as-can-be style to kick off 2021. If you like what you see here, just know that we’ll be publishing content seven days a week on the blog — and naturally, tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week will help you step into your first weekend of 2021 the right way. Folks, as always, thanks for reading, stay stylish and stay safe!

The Friday Read: Christmas Day, New Beckett Simonon Boots & New Grooming Gear

Wishing you a merry and bright Christmas. Image courtesy of Huckberry.

My friends, we made it: It’s time for a very special, very merry edition of The Friday Read … yes, here on Christmas! Don’t worry, though: This post was in the hopper before I safely made my way down to Florida to see family. I hope wherever you are, you’re able to enjoy the day safely and in good health, perhaps from afar with family or with a close, safe “bubble” of loved ones. Now, because I’m in Florida, that means two things: We’ve been well-stocked the entire week on delicious craft beer from local brewery Point Ybel Brewing Company, makers of everything from a fantastic Oktoberfest to a slew of New England IPAs, a terrific Kolsch by the name of Bud Weisberg and, well, plenty more. It’s truly a treat to be down here with great beer and sunshine close at hand. And second of all, it’s just great to be able to see family and take a bit of time off (just a bit, though — back to work next week!).

I hope Santa has already fulfilled some of your Christmas wish list items from sites like Huckberry and Bespoke Post — how about it, ehh? As for me, I’ve had my eye on some choice Christmas gifts from my favorite brands, like Todd Snyder. I also went ahead and asked Santa for Matthew McConaughey’s new book and of course, the 2020 deluxe reissue of “Pleased To Meet Me,” the iconic 1987 record by one of my favorite bands, The Replacements. Beyond the gifts under the tree, I’m thankful for the health and safety of my family and friends, and of course, the opportunity to see my family (just my mom, dad and sister — negative tests all around). At any rate, I’m also thankful for your continued support here! And to that end, I’ve got just a few choice menswear picks that might make this day a bit more merry and bright. We’re back at it tomorrow with another Style Pick of the Week, so be sure to join us then. In the meantime, who’s up for some eggnog?

Beckett Simonon Dowler Boots

Boots from Beckett Simonon worth buying this holiday season.

  • There’s never quite been a better time to upgrade your collection of the best men’s leather boots than right now, and I know just the brand to help you out if you find yourself in possession of some holiday cash or a seasonal bonus. Head to Beckett Simonon to get nothing less than your new favorite boots, including the refined-yet-rugged Beckett Simonon Dowler Boots shown above. Talk about stepping into the new year in style, ehh?
  • If you happen to be braving cold weather, let me point you in the direction of your new favorite cardigan. I wrote about a classic and casual-yet-versatile Grayers shawl cardigan on the blog earlier this month, and it seems as fitting to me a layering option for chilly temperatures as any.
  • Let’s close out this brief edition of the Friday Read with something that truly gets to the heart of the meaning for the season. Our U.S. military members definitely deserve our respect and support, and Bravo Sierra Grooming goes above and beyond. They field-test the brand’s excellent line of grooming products (everything from deodorant to moisturizer and a solid cleanser) with military members in the field, and they also donate five percent of sales to the M.W.R. (which stands for Morale, Welfare and Recreation). It’s a crucial cause, and it helps that the brand gives back while making stellar grooming products — thanks to Bravo Sierra for the chance to test the full grooming line out recently! 

I’m going to be as brief as I can in wrapping this up before I let you get back to enjoying plentiful presents, coffee, brunch and more. In fact, I’ve got some holiday style inspiration for men in the form of this #OOTD that I think will come in mighty handy today. Regardless of where you are, enjoy the day and thank you for reading!

The Friday Read: Taylor Stitch x Stetson, MR. PORTER’s New Jacket & Sperry x John Legend

Taylor Stitch x Stetson

Give the gift of seriously cool style when you pre-fund this hat for the stylish person in your life.

Folks, the holiday season is bearing down on us alarmingly quick, so perhaps you’re realizing you need to step up your gifting game, knock out a few of those final picks on your list and do so in a way that’s mighty cool and sure to be appreciated by the stylish man or woman in your life. That’s a tall order, no? Well, not exactly. That is, you can give the gift of pre-funding one of the coolest hats on the market, the Taylor Stitch x Stetson Lane Splitter Hat as shown above. You can also head to the Bespoke Post Holiday Shop, as discussed on the blog a few weeks back, to get stylish gifts and gear aplenty. Of course, I’ll have a few other picks below to whet your whistle when it comes down to last-minute Christmas shopping.

I’ve put together a few other guides this season for sites like GearMoose that I think’ll get the job done quite nicely, as well: Take my guide to gifts for the whiskey lover or my guide to the best gifts to buy at Huckberry. As it were, I’ll be using this weekend to take care of some last-minute shopping myself at places like Brooklyn’s Upstate Stock (my favorite boutique in the borough!) before I head safely and soundly down to Florida, negative test in hand, to see my family for the holiday. To keep up with my bylines and my style pursuits, be sure to give me a follow on Instagram. For now, let’s dive right into the rest of the Friday Read. Cheers to the season, folks!

A cool watch collaboration that’s certainly worth gifting this season.

  • If you know someone who appreciates a covetable and limited-edition watch, I’ve got just the gift for you to snag now. That’d be the new and extremely well-made (and well-priced!) Timex x Nigel Cabourn Naval Officer’s Watch, a recent release I had the distinct pleasure of covering for Maxim. Head to the site to check it out, then be sure to add it to your cart ASAP.
  • I told you I’d keep the gifting suggestions rolling in today’s post, did I not? And here’s one for the ever-stylish guy on your list who loves a refined jacket. Specifically, you’re going to be investing in the very best with this MR. P Shearling Jacket from MR. PORTER, one heck of an investment-level purchase that someone’s absolutely going to love this season, guaranteed. Check it out here on the blog.
  • Here’s the scoop, folks. If you know someone who appreciates the soulful, soothing and emotional music of crooner John Legend — as I got to experience on a special Zoom concert event earlier this month on behalf of Sperry — they’re assuredly going to appreciate the Sperry x John Legend Holiday Edit. Legend put his considerable style expertise to the test as a brand ambassador in curating a collection of stylish shoes and gifts for the whole family. Not bad at all, ehh?
  • The holiday season is nothing without a little fun, right? That’s why you should head to my latest feature at The Manual, where I covered the best ugly Christmas sweaters to wear this year. Heck, quite a few of ’em aren’t even that ugly, if I do say so myself. ‘Tis the season to be merry and to dress in refined-yet-casual (and fun!) style.

Folks, that’ll just about do it for today’s Friday Read. With that being said, I’m going to leave you with one last stylish gift-giving suggestion, and heck, one that you might even want to pick up yourself. I’m talking about a rugged waxed canvas jacket from Buck Mason, the kind you can layer with ease for casual holiday gatherings aplenty. It’s also the kind of jacket that’ll be much-welcomed under the tree this year, to say the least. As ever, check it out on the blog this week. And in the meantime, stay safe and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: The Best Beard Oil, The Buck Mason Gift Guide & A Leather Jacket Deal

‘Tis the season to stock up on gifts from Buck Mason.

Welcome to today’s Friday Read, folks — we’re here to close out the week, launch on into the weekend and look great while doing so. If you’ve been reading the blog as of late (or over the years, to be more accurate), you’re probably well aware that Buck Mason is making some of the finest menswear around — with a few selections from the Buck Mason Gift Guide above serving as proof of that commitment. From leather jackets to henleys to the best men’s shirts, the brand just gets it right when it comes to old-school style, top-notch fabrication and agreeable fits, at least in my book. And for the stylish guy in your life, that’s why I’m recommending you shop the Buck Mason Gift Guide heading into the weekend. Heck, you just might find an item or two you want for yourself, and that’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

So, that’s a shopping recommendation for you to start your weekend. If you’re in search of other recommendations — say, what to read, listen, shop and sip — I’ve got just the ticket: Subscribe (if you please!) to my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, to get two weekly E-mails (free of charge!) covering music, menswear, craft beer and more. It’s a fun diversion for me, and I hope you feel the same way. Elsewhere, be sure to keep an eye on my bylines at GearMoose and Maxim.com to stay up to speed on the latest and greatest in the worlds of menswear and gear. For now, I’ll cast you out into the rest of today’s Friday Read. Be sure to come back through tomorrow for our weekly Saturday Style Pick. Alright, let’s get to it!

  • Over these past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to test out AvitaSen Black Seed Beard Oil, a new brand on my radar that I’d certainly recommend you check out. Particularly if you’re just growing a beard or want to nourish your quarantine mane, then some of the best beard oil can go a long way. AvitaSen uses high-quality natural ingredients and a careful approach that results in a beard oil that can provide plenty of bang for your buck, so add it to your grooming routine ASAP.
  • I talked recently on the blog about one of the best leather jackets that I’ve had the pleasure of trying out: The Angel Jackets Ausin Cafe Racer Leather Jacket. If you’ve had your eye on that jacket or something similar, you’re in luck. Angel Jackets is offering 35 percent off men’s leather jackets, and you get an extra $25 off with the code BF25 through the month of December. Talk about a great chance to get a great deal on a new leather jacket, right? Right.
  • Let’s talk everyday carry essentials for a second, shall we? The WESN x Craighill Microblade is a surefire winner as far as adding performance and functionality — in a nicely sized offering — to your EDC rotation, and I had the chance to cover it for GearMoose. It helps that WESN builds its products in Detroit, a fitting homage to the kind of craftsmanship that makes my home state of Michigan really “go,” if you will. Well-done to both brands.

We’ll wrap it up on a high note here as we head into a holiday weekend. To follow along with my Brooklyn escapades, be sure to follow me on Instagram. And in the meantime, I’ll leave you with one last weekend dressing guide. If you’ve been searching for advice on how to bundle up in style this season, you’d do very well indeed to check out this #OOTD. With all that being said, happy shopping and sipping today and beyond. Thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: Breitling’s New Watch, The Bespoke Post Holiday Shop & The Best Luxury Gifts

Bespoke Post Holiday Shop

Stock up right this instant with some of the best holiday gifts for men right now at Bespoke Post.

My friends, have you recovered from last week’s Thanksgiving shenanigans yet? Whether yours was largely virtual via Zoom or you held a small family gathering, I hope you took advantage of some downtime, some delicious food (and beer!) and of course, some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. A few of those deals are still running, in fact, but there’s one place in particular I’m going to call out as part of the start of today’s Friday Read, and that’s the Bespoke Post Holiday Shop. As you can see above, the NYC-based retailer’s shop is packed with some of the best gifts for men, from shirting to EDC essentials, bar cart picks and much, much, much more. Of course, I’ll share some of my own picks below when it comes to holiday shopping for the guys on your list.

With that being said, I’m looking forward to being back in Brooklyn after a safe holiday trip to Florida (a celebration of four!). On the agenda: Some digital holiday shopping, some craft beer imbibing, some blogging and of course, some work on my Instagram. If you’ve got some downtime on your hands, I recommend you hit subscribe on my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief. It’s a twice-weekly supplement to this blog, diving deeper into three of my passions: Music, menswear and craft beer (or whiskey, or coffee), all centered around a featured song of the week and themed picks (think a song by The Killers, and some Brandon Flowers-inspired menswear). You’ll get it every Tuesday and Saturday if you so choose, and right in your inbox! OK, that’s all on the newsletter front for now. Here are the rest of my shopping and reading picks for your weekend. Cheers!

Jack Black Grooming Review

Just one excellent offering from the Jack Black Holiday Grooming Shop, folks.

  • If I had to make one recommendation for both yourself and the well-groomed guys in your life, it would be to shop Jack Black Grooming and the brand’s holiday gift sets ASAP. The Jack Black Holiday Grooming Shop is packed with stocking stuffers, full-scale grooming sets and so much more. The offering includes the ever-popular Jack’s Most Wanted Set, featuring — among other picks — cleanser, a moisturizer and body lotion (from the brand’s Black Reserve Suite). It’s a great way to get the guy in your life some of the best grooming essentials out there, and it comes complete with a functional and travel-ready dopp kit. Cross another gift off the list, my friends.
  • We’ve just talked about accessible grooming gifts, but let’s take things up a notch right now. I had the chance to check out some seriously covetable and drool-worthy gifts for GearMoose, resulting in 10 fine-as-can-be picks covering the best luxury gifts for the person who has everything. There are truly some stunners on that list, from a Tom Ford leather jacket to an incredible Rolex watch. How can it get any better than that?
  • As promised in the headline, it’s high time you *dove* into one of the most premium watches on the market. Consider it an extreme investment for yourself or for the lover of extremely cool and investment-level watches in your life. We’re talking, in this case, about the Breitling x Outerknown Superocean Heritage ’57 Watch, as covered by yours truly for Maxim. It’s a stunner of a timepiece, with two options that retail for more than $4,000. Shop accordingly.

Thanksgiving might be in the rearview mirror, but we’re in the thick of the holiday season, and even in these trying times, that still presents quite a few opportunities for looking your best (casually and safely, of course). That’s where my #OOTD on how to dress for a casual holiday is going to come in mighty handy. How about that, ehh? Enjoy the weekend, enjoy your Friday and be sure to step out in style when the time comes.

 

The Friday Read: Shop The Best Menswear Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Gearing up to shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday like …

My friends, the hour draws ever closer. Wait a second … no, it’s here. It’s here, it’s Black Friday and it’s time to kick off a special edition of The Friday Read. Today, we’ll dig into plenty of the best menswear deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, from some of your favorite brands (Huckberry, as shown above, assuredly included). Black Friday is a crucial time to get a jump on your holiday shopping, pick up a few must-haves for yourself and check off a few boxes on your gift-giving list, and as you might expect, plenty of tried-and-true retailers are offering up some doorbusting deals, as it were. Most importantly, I’m wishing you safety and comfort as you shop from your couch (or your back porch, or that outdoor beer garden). Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020 deals — put down that turkey sandwich, get your credit card at the ready and let’s dig in (again).

The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Menswear Deals This Year

Black Friday Menswear Deals for 2020

Step right up and step into the best shopping weekend of the year.

  • Huckberry: Is it any wonder that the lauded retailer has thousands of discounted gear picks up for grabs right now? Shop accordingly, folks.
  • Bespoke PostThe ever-well-stocked NYC retailer has a jam-packed Holiday Shop you need to peruse ASAP (plus, keep an eye out for Mystery Boxes from Bespoke Post).
  • FilsonThe lauded heritage outfitter is offering its traditional Filson Holiday Bonusspend at least $250 through November 30th, then get a gift code to redeem via Filson of at least $50 (and up to $150 when you spend at least $500).
  • Taylor StitchThe famed San Fran retailer is giving you 20 percent off sitewideplus $20 back on orders of more than $200.
  • Todd SnyderIf you know, you know — hit up the NYC designer’s Sale section to get the best deals on the finest designer menswear in the States (very nearly, that is!).
  • Mott and BowTake 15 percent off all orders via the makers of your favorite jeans this weekend (in addition to 20 percent off all orders over $250 & 25 percent off all orders above $500!), then get 20 percent off all orders on Cyber Monday.
  • Western RiseTake up to 25 percent off sitewide for Black Friday, and then be on the lookout for product bundles priced at 30 percent off for Cyber Monday as you stock up on versatile, travel-ready menswear and gear.
  • Faherty BrandShop the brand’s “7 Days of Sun” Sale through Sunday, and get up to 25 percent off outerwear, hoodies and more brand favorites through Cyber Monday.
  • The FRYE CompanyGet up to 50 percent off sitewide through November 28th, then take up to 60 percent off on Cyber Monday on some of the best men’s boots around.
  • HuronGet free shipping on orders of $25 or more as you stock up on the best men’s grooming essentials on the market.
  • Corridor NYCThe premium NYC designer is offering 30 percent off sitewide and up to 70 percent off on past collections through Cyber Monday with the code BLACKFRIDAY2020.
  • Freemans Sporting ClubGet 20 percent off on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday at the premium NYC menswear retailer with the code BFCM20.
  • Oars & AlpsGet some of the best men’s grooming picks around with the code BLACKFRIDAY20 for 20 percent off orders over $40 (plus, you get a free Travel Bag with orders over $50). Then on Cyber Monday, use the code CYBER20 for 20 percent off orders over $40. 
  • Myles ApparelThrough November 30th, get up to 50 percent off sitewide on the most versatile men’s pants and much more. 
  • NisoloTake 25 percent off sitewide through tomorrow with the code EARLYBIRD, then get tiered discounts (up to 35 percent off orders of $350 or more) on Cyber Monday.
  • FlorsheimThrough November 28th, use the code 2BCKF to get up to 25 percent off sitewide, and on Cyber Monday, use the code 2CYBM to get up to 25 percent off sitewide (plus, free shipping and returns!).
  • MR. PORTERThere’s no time like the present to stock up on some of the most refined, luxurious menswear around at discounted prices, folks.
  • The Jacket MakerShop some of the best leather jackets on the market with discounts of $20 off on 1 item, $70 off on 2 items and $150 off on 3 items. Not bad at all, right?
  • HELM Boots: As ever, get $50 off your first purchase and free shipping from the Austin-based bootmaker.
  • GlassesUSA.comTake 30 percent off designer sunglasses and eye glasses (including Ray-Ban and Oakley eyeglasses and sunglasses) with free prescription lenses through November 30th, or use the BLACK65 to get 65 percent off basic prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses through December 5th. 
  • American TrenchShop the American Trench Winter Sale to get some of the best menswear deals of the season on American-made, high-quality goods.
  • Men’s WearhouseThrough November 30th, get the lowest prices of the year on sportcoats, T-shirts, polos and sweaters (prices start at just $14.99 for tees).
  • Jos. A. BankThrough November 29th, take 70 percent off cold-weather accessories and get 3 dress shirts or sport shirts for $69 (among other deals).
  • Preston Konrad HomeThe influential menswear creative director and TV personality’s candle line, featuring some terrific and seasonally ready scents, is 20 percent off through Monday, bundles included. 
  • Levi’sPick up some of the most classic men’s jeans (and so much more) during Levi’s Black Friday deals event, folks.
  • Olivers ApparelShop this performance menswear brand and sweeten the deal with free shipping on orders of more than $100. Plus, sign up for Olivers E-mails for the chance to win $200 in store credit.
  • GrayersShop a whole host of new fall markdowns at Grayers — hurry though, because these deals tend to fly by.

Part tailored jacket, part sweater, all versatility.

Alright, so how’s that for some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals around? What happens to be your favorite sale (or brand) of the above? I’m of the opinion that you really can’t go wrong any which way you slice it, whether you head to the Holiday Shop by Bespoke Post, take advantage of the Filson Holiday Bonus or take 15 percent off all Mott and Bow orders as you stock up on your favorite jeans. Be sure to let me know what you end up shopping in the comments, or drop me a line on Twitter. As ever, happy shopping, folks!

The Friday Read: The American Trench Comfort Box, Early Black Friday Deals & Classic Holiday Beer

American Trench Comfort Box

A roundup of comfortable essentials to head into the holidays.

Folks, we could all use more comfort in our lives during these challenging times, could we not? I think that’s certainly the case, which was precisely why I was drawn toward the American Trench Comfort Box as we head into the weekend and another Friday Read. It’s a curated box of Philadelphia essentials put together by the Pennsylvania-based brand that makes some of the best men’s socks around, and it’s that kind of carefully curated approach that I certainly appreciate. Point being: If you want a warming candle, some delicious handcrafted chocolates and some of the best socks for men in your life (or for someone on your holiday shopping list!), you’d do well to stock up on this fine fall Friday.

Milled in Scotland for a lifetime of wear.

Things really do seem to be lightening up more these days, what with (at least some) better news out there and Thanksgiving on the way. In fact, I talked about this very sensation in my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, earlier this month. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already — I deliver two dispatches a week covering craft beer, menswear and much more. To be sure, the holidays are (wait for it) going to be mighty different this year, but I’m hopeful that you’ll find ways to celebrate safely in your way, perhaps with some Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals on the docket. We’ll get to a few of those deals below to start your weekend off the right way, but in the meantime, give me a follow on Instagram to see what I’m wearing, sipping and writing about.

American Giant Highway Shirt

  • Let’s launch into this thing the right way. If you read my blog, you might recognize the American Giant Highway Shirt, a stellar, rugged and ever-durable piece that’s here just in time for the holidays. Wear it as a work shirt, wear it atop your favorite henley, wear it all on its own … just be sure you’ve got it in your rotation as we head into the colder months.
  • If you follow me on social media (particularly my menswear and craft beer Twitter), you know I’m all about, well, some of the best beer for fall and winter. That’s why it was such a treat to write about the excellent Revolution Brewing Fistmas Holiday Ale for GearMoose. It should be a fine seasonal sipper and a new classic holiday beer, so be sure to stock up your beer fridge ASAP.
  • I mentioned earlier that we’d be talking about the best Black Friday deals to shop early and often, so allow me to get that process started for you. You can, and should, check out my byline at The Manual, where I’m covering deals like the best Black Friday sales on G-SHOCK watches to start things off. It’s never too early to get prepared, right??
  • Before I let you go for the weekend, here’s one last shopping recommendation for you. I’ve had the good fortune to check out the ever-excellent Angel Jackets Retro Cafe Racer Leather Jacket, a truly badass and next-level leather jacket that wears well through the fall and winter chill while layering up with ease. It gives off some serious Ryan Gosling-type vibes (maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part?) while looking great all the while. Get your hands on a jacket of your own ASAP.

Part tailored jacket, part sweater, all versatility.

I’ll leave you with one last menswear dispatch before the weekend kicks off in earnest. Be sure to check out my guide on how to wear a bomber jacket if it’s truly exceptional, dependable style that you seek, because you can wear that bomber jacket with just about everything in your wardrobe (including the  American Giant Highway Shirt). For now, here’s to shoppping for the season and enjoying the weekend. Cheers, my friends!

The Friday Read: Todd Snyder x L.L. Bean, A Brooklyn Whiskey & Huckberry’s Best-Selling Pants

Flint and Tinder 365 Pants

Possibly your new favorite pair of pants, endlessly wearable any day of the week via Huckberry.

Well, my friends. Believe it or not, we made it, somehow, through another topsy-turvy week in these turbulent, turbulent times. Let’s try to have some fun, keep it brief, keep it light and roll on into the weekend, shall we? And what better way to do that than by refreshing your wardrobe and getting a pair of Huckberry’s best-selling pants as shown above, the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants? They’re wearable in each and every season, but especially these days, when your pursuits might entail everything from a Zoom call to a quick happy hour session on a backyard patio, followed by (masked) weekend strolls aplenty. I’m a big fan of ’em, to be sure, and if you haven’t yet experienced the wonder that is the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, I’d recommend you snap up a pair or two (or three) as soon as possible. They’re available in both Slim and Straight fits, and in a range of colors, all the better to be worn on the daily.

With all that being said, we’ve got lots of ground to cover as we get closer to Thanksgiving, plus Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I’ll be covering Cyber Monday deals for The Manual, so rest assured that you’ll be the first to know what I’m hearing (especially if you follow me on Twitter). So, that’s where we are this fine fall weekend. The rest of your Friday Read is, as ever, all below.

L.L. Bean x Todd Snyder Promo Split

  • It’s been a big month around these parts for several reasons, of course, but on the men’s style front specifically, I had a heck of a great time covering the excellent-as-ever Todd Snyder x L.L. Bean collaboration for Maxim, featuring a deep dive into some of the coolest updates to heritage styles that I’ve seen in some time (including the above gear pick, of course). Give it a read and get ready for the rest of the best season in menswear.
  • I’ve also been busy elsewhere on the writing front, and it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to your new favorite whiskey, a stellar offering from Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn that I covered for GearMoose. Think old-school appeal, a very cool packaging design and great whiskey contained therein, to boot. Of course, you can get whiskey delivered to you via Drizly in just an hour, if you so please.
  • I’ve got one last endorsement for you today, and it’s a simple one. If you like your menswear with a side of equally stylish and on-trend music, plus coffee and whiskey, well, you’re in luck. This is where my twice-weekly newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, comes into play, and you should certainly subscribe before tomorrow’s dispatch if you haven’t already. Cheers, my friends!

Folks, we’re going to wrap this one up early today in hopes of getting out the door in time for the weekend and perhaps, a stroll through Prospect Park and a stop by famed Brooklyn bar The Adirondack. Before I let you go, take a look at my guide on how to dress for a fall road trip, if that’s more your speed this weekend. As always, thanks for reading and stay safe out there!