The Friday Read: Mack Weldon’s New Gear, The Tie Bar’s Semi-Annual Sale & The Best Sub-$200 Watches

Mack Weldon | Reinventing Men's Basics

Stepping into the weekend with a one-stop shop in mind for your favorite menswear just got a bit easier – at least, it looks that way to me when I check out the Mack Weldon Daily Wear System. Coming from a retailer as excellent as Mack Weldon, it’s a perfect system to consider as we kick off another Friday Read. You see, be it the brand’s excellent boxer briefs, comfortable socks, efficient and performance-minded buttondown shirts or the Mack Weldon Tech Chinos that we talked about earlier this week, the NYC-based brand really is one that can help you do it all. Consider this a recommendation or an endorsement to get your weekend rolling the right way. If you haven’t yet checked out Mack Weldon, now is the perfect time. And as to some other recommendations for the weekend? Well, I’m glad you asked.

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I’m closing out a busy week after an upstate trip with Laphroaig Scotch, so I’m looking forward to catching up on reading and relaxing myself (but not too much – keep on reading!). The trip was a chance to test the brand’s latest offerings, and it was an homage to the fact that the famed distillery hosts a fly fishing festival every year in Scotland. From Tuesday’s “staycation” at the Arlo Midtown to a fly-fishing demo Wednesday morning and a lovely stay at the incredible Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, NY, it was a seriously unique trip the likes of which I’ve never been on. Although I wasn’t all that great at the tricky sport of fly fishing, I really enjoyed myself nonetheless!

HELM Boots

I’ve got another trip coming up sooner than you might think, as well — I’m hitting the road tomorrow for a one-night getaway to try out what should be an excellent bar and hotel combination, the Riggs Hotel Washington, D.C., which is properly reopening after a year and change of the pandemic. Go ahead and give me a follow on Instagram to keep up with the latest and greatest! And in the meantime, the rest of today’s Friday Read is yours for the taking. Cheers, my friends!

Restock Your Whole Wardrobe Via The Tie Bar's Semi-Annual Sale - InsideHook
  • Need a new dress shirt or tie as you head back to the office? Well, I’ve got just the solution for you. The Tie Bar’s Semi-Annual Sale is stocking and selling the best men’s dress shirts, ties and accessories for a return to the office and summer weddings aplenty, and they’re giving you discounts of up to 50 percent off all the while. Sounds like an ideal chance to stock up ASAP.
  • Here’s another reading recommendation for you this weekend. Summer brings with it plenty of opportunities to camp and explore the great outdoors. With that being said, you should certainly keep in mind the fact that you’re going to need a dependable jacket for all those pursuits on and off the trail. Head to The Manual to check out my guide to the best cheap North Face jacket deals this season. Good luck out there, folks.
  • I’ve been a fan of the excellent men’s lifestyle site Primer Magazine since 2012. The site covers everything a guy need to get dressed on the daily, live a fulfilling life, shop in style and decorate your apartment, and that’s why it was such a pleasure to cover the best men’s watches under $200. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments below.

That’ll wrap up today’s rather quick-hit Friday Read. Want something else to kick off your weekend with energy and spirit in mind? Head over to my twice-weekly newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief — a play off the title of this blog! — where I talk about my favorite new (and old) music, menswear, craft beer and more. If you like indie rock and indie pop, with the classics thrown in, then this is the right way to go (in my humble opinion!). Enjoy the weekend, stay safe and shop & read with style in mind, my friends!

The Friday Read: Classic Persol Sunglasses, New Todd Snyder Gear & Shinola’s Latest Launch

 

Persol Steve McQueen Sunglasses

Who else is looking ahead to the weekend in style, like our man Mr. McQueen up there? He’s wearing Persol sunglasses, a classic selection that the legendary actor helped take to the next level as far as classic appeal is concerned. Helpfully, you can add a bit of your own Steve McQueen flair to your summer wardrobe by heading over to UNCRATE and shopping the Persol 714 Steve McQueen Sunglasses in the UNCRATE Supply Shop. They’re about as good as it gets if you want truly legendary style, and I’m not just saying that. Give them a look for yourself, and then let me know on Twitter if you end up picking them up.

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As luck would have it, I’ll be bringing my own pair of Persol 714 Steve McQueen Sunglasses with me on the road this weekend for stylish summer adventures. I’m making the trek back to Michigan for a bachelor party (congrats, Andrew!) and some time on the water — Lake Michigan, as luck would have it — plus plenty of home state beer. The tail end of my trip includes a stop in Grand Rapids, aptly known as Beer City, U.S.A. — I plan to check out some of the city’s finest breweries, including New Holland Brewing, before I hit the road back to New York City. You can read all about my trip, as it were, in my twice-weekly newsletter The Style Guide In Brief, where I cover music, menswear and craft beer, all at once. It’s just one of the recommended reads you should dive into to start your weekend. The rest of my top picks for this week are below, so get that Friday started right. Cheers, folks!

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  • I talked earlier this week about the best new menswear to buy from Todd Snyder (head here to read that post), and if you haven’t yet caught up with the latest and greatest from the esteemed designer, I’d say it’s about time you start. The Todd Snyder Indigo Surf Terry Sweatshirt in particular is a perfect layer for your next beach trip, with breezy, lightweight fabric construction and go-anywhere style to match. Don’t start up that beach bonfire without it.

Shinola Rambler

  • Now, don’t get me wrong: The Persol sunglasses featured at the start of this post are as cool as can be, without a doubt. But if you want to add a pair of shades to your collection that share some DNA with your favorite Shinola watch, you’d do well to check out the new Shinola Eyewear Collection, not to mention my rundown of the frames themselves for Maxim.com. I’m a big fan, and I hope to test out a pair sooner rather than later.
  • I’ve given you a shopping recommendation and a reading recommendation (remember, my newsletter is The Style Guide In Brief!), so what say I give you a music recommendation, too? I’ve started writing for the U.K.’s largest new music publication, the excellent The Line of Best Fit, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Fans of The National and folk rocker Sufjan Stevens, like myself, will love the latest release from Ghostly Kisses. I wrote about it earlier this week for Best Fit’s New Music section, so give it a read and get plugged in!

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Now, that’s going to wrap up today’s Friday Read as I get ready to hit the road and enjoy the sun and the open air of Pure Michigan. Remember, hitting “Subscribe” on my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, is definitely on your to-do list this weekend. And here’s one more item for your to-do list: Head to this #OOTD to get my guide on how to dress for the beach for guys this summer. It’ll have you covered from head-to-toe with style in mind. Happy shopping and enjoy the weekend, my friends!

The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Basics, Summer Beer & the Best 4th of July Sales

My friends, you know what weekend is upon us. It’s 4th of July weekend, a patriotic occasion that calls for reflection on both our freedoms and what we can do better as a country (there’s a lot, and I know you don’t need me to tell you that, right?). It’s also a time to gather safely with friends and family, ideally with some of life’s greater pleasures close at hand (I’m talking about cold beer and menswear, of course). On that last front, you know where to go to get some of the best men’s style essentials for summer, don’t you? That’d be the well-stocked digital shelves of Huckberry, purveyors of everything you need to go from the trail to the town, and from town to the beach, and then back. It’s always worth shopping the Huckberry Sale Section, too — a lot of stellar gear is still up for grabs. In fact, you can get up to 50 percent off at Huckberry right now. It’s just one of more than a few of the best sales for the 4th of July, so keep on scrolling through below. A quick note: Huckberry isn’t the only major retailer offering up discounts. We’ll get into it more below, but the Filson Summer Clearing Sale gets you scores of deals on Filson classics, like the Filson Lightweight Alaskan Guide Shirt or the rugged Filson C.C.F. Watch Cap.

As for me, I’m going to try to spend only a bit of time coveting Huckberry menswear picks this weekend. I’m back in Brooklyn after a trip down to Florida — you can read more about my trip in my twice-weekly newsletter — and I’ve got some fun plans in store. As per tradition, whenever I’m in New York City for the 4th of July, I always make my way down to Coney Island to take in the sights and sounds — beer is also on the docket at Coney Island Brewery, of course. What’s on your agenda for the holiday weekend? I’ve got some last-minute writing to do for sites like Jacob Graye, plus this blog, but once that’s taken care of, I’ll be enjoying some much-needed time off. Check out the best menswear for the 4th of July, and the best 4th of July gear sales, below. Then kick back, relax, crack open a cold one and celebrate. Cheers and thanks for reading!

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Alright, folks: Hopefully, you’re rolling into the weekend with some of the best Fourth of July sales top of mind from some of your favorite brands, be it a new American Giant partnership, a deal on the best adventure gear or the remarkable Taylor Stitch Peak of Summer Sale. Whichever one you choose to shop, I hope that gear makes its way to you in good time. And before I let you go, allow me to recommend one more must-read pick: My guide on how to wear a lightweight jacket is going to sort you out with breezy style in mind this season. Happy shopping and stay cool out there — and oh yeah, enjoy the 4th of July!

The Friday Read: Live Music with Elysian Brewing, Taylor Stitch Menswear & TUDOR’s New Watch

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Quick, can you guess the brand featured above? If you guessed standout San Francisco menswear purveyors Taylor Stitch, you’re correct. They’re the perfect brand to lead into today’s Friday Read, where I give you plenty of gear and reading recommendations to head into the weekend. Going all the way back to 2015, (this blog’s second year), Taylor Stitch has been one of my favorite brands. They’ve got breezy short-sleeve shirts, expertly crafted chinos, durable chambray shirts and much more. Enough with the pleasantries, though: Just know that this is a brand to keep on your radar, in case it ever slipped off. I’m all about Taylor Stitch this weekend.

Speaking of weekends, well, I’m in Florida this weekend and once again getting some quality time with my dogs and my family. I’ll be back in Brooklyn for the Fourth of July holiday next week, which will certainly include a classic visit to Coney Island. Speaking of holiday weekends (which include quality menswear and beer), take this next suggestion and use it wisely. If you want your menswear and beer served up together, along with a sharp soundtrack, my menswear-music-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, is surely the way to. go Hit Subscribe before tomorrow, because I send out a weekend dispatch (and a Tuesday pick-me-up dispatch, too). It’s fun and it’s free, as I always say, and it’s the right way to lead into the weekend. You know what else works to start the weekend off right? My reading and shopping picks below. Cheers, my friends.

  • If you’re anything like me, you’ve been sorely missing live music over these past, oh, 15 months or so. But slowly, surely, ever-so-slightly, shows are coming back. And to celebrate, pioneering Seattle brewery Elysian Brewing (celebrating 25 years this year!) is offering a seriously cool “Cheers to Live Music” program. Now through September 6th, anyone who purchases a ticket to a concert can get a nationwide rebate on a six-pack of Elysian Space Dust IPA or Elysian Contact Haze IPA between now and September 6th. That’s all summer long — how cool is that?? If you’re over 21, visit this Web site, fill out an online form and upload a photo or screenshot of your concert purchase receipt, PLUS the UPC and receipt of the Elysian Space Dust or Contact Haze six-pack. Then, boom. Rebate secured for free beer to enjoy before your next concert. It doesn’t get any better than that, folks.
  • Who doesn’t love some relaxing summer fun in the sun, right? It’s even better with a refreshing drink in your hand, plus a breezy and lightweight Tommy Bahama shirt, yes? Tommy Bahama is putting it all together with The Marlin Bar: Cocktails with Tommy Bahama book, which retails for $40, is packed with the brand’s signature drinks and appetizers, and lastly… is an homage to the Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar itself. The Marlin Bar is billed as a “cocktail party at your friend’s house,” with casual and eclectic, tropical flavors, and the new book should offer more of the same from one of the best retailers for men when it comes to laidback, breezy vibes. I can think of nothing better for summer… can you?
  • I’ve got one for all the fans of rugged and refined watches among us. TUDOR has long been a reliable source for some of the most exceptional watches on the planet, and that’s certainly the case with the brand’s latest release. I got to dive into the remarkable TUDOR Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze for Maxim. It’s a watch that’s made with innovative materials and a finish that’s going to age incredibly well over time. Read all about it now and put it on your style wish list.

Before you go, allow me to tell you about one more crucial piece of summer gear. When the sun goes down at night, or when the sun rises blazing before a day on the water, there’s one menswear essential you need: One of the best lightweight hoodies for men. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with my guide to the Wellen Seawool Hoodie here on the blog. Shop it at Huckberry, then layer up accordingly for summer adventures aplenty.

The Friday Read: Father’s Day Weekend, Summer Style Essentials & Timex x MadeWorn

My friends, welcome to another lovely summer Friday here in Brooklyn (and hopefully, wherever you happen to be, as well!). It’s a momentous weekend for several reasons, chief among them the fact that it’s Father’s Day weekend — perhaps you might be interested in shipping Dad a last-minute or post-Father’s Day gift from the always-outstanding Huckberry x Coors Golden Hour Series as shown above? After all, what could be a better gift for Dad than rugged menswear inspired by the spirit of creativity and cold beer? Plus, who doesn’t love a refreshing Coors — call it a guilty pleasure — on a hot summer’s day? That’s what I thought. Head to Huckberry to shop the full Huckberry x Coors collection and perhaps pick up some gear for yourself, too.

I’m looking forward to the weekend, and although I won’t be with my dad, I’ll actually be heading back down to sunny Florida early next week — just in time for an extended Father’s Day visit! I hope you’re able to spend quality time with loved ones, and safely, wherever they might be. I’ll also be staying busy this weekend, with some editing and writing for The Manual coming up for me on Saturday. I’ve also been working on some new Maxim stories (one of which is below!), and my latest Huckberry Journal entry is coming up soon, too. So with all that being said, I’ll be plenty busy.

It’s a change of pace from last weekend, when I trekked upstate courtesy of Eddie Bauer to put some stellar Eddie Bauer hiking gear to the test getting around the Catskills from the cozy confines of the Getaway Eastern Catskills outspot. As it were, you can read all about my trip — and subscribe! — at my twice-weekly music-menswear-craft beer newsletter called The Style Guide In Brief. I publish two times a week, and believe me when I say there’s something for everyone, from indie rock to rugged menswear. For now, I’ve also got a few items I think you’ll enjoy heading into the weekend. Enjoy the day, enjoy time with family and enjoy a proper summer weekend!

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  • Hey now, here’s a fun one for both yourself and potentially for Dad as an added bonus or a little post-Father’s Day gift. Or actually, well, one heck of an upgraded Father’s Day gift. It’s the new Timex x MadeWorn collaboration that’s really caught my eye as of late, so much so that I covered it for Maxim. The collaboration pairs up the legendary watch brand with the vintage-revival team at MadeWorn, led by artist Blaine Halvorson, and the results really are something else. Shop Timex now to get your new favorite watch after reading my guide.
  • Call this one another fun gift for Dad or for yourself if you’ve been investing a bit in new records across the past few weeks and months. Urban Outfitters stocks and sells some of the best record players out there, the kind of easy and affordable pick-up that can add some color and a whole lot of great sound to your living room, your den or Dad’s home office, easily. A pro tip: Let him know the gift is on the way with a homemade certificate, and then buy a record or two for him to spin when it arrives (Urban Outfitters also sells records!). Easy as that!
  • I talked in my last Friday Read about another undeniably cool gift for Dad, or for anyone really: A new Sean Connery Framed Print from UNCRATE. Well, how about adding this exclusive Steve McQueen Boxing Print to your shopping cart from the always-well-stocked UNCRATE Supply Shop? It’s bold, it’s rugged, it’s iconic and it’ll make a heck of an impression hanging on any wall.

That’ll wrap up today’s Friday Read, and hopefully, you’ve got just enough time to check off a few very last-minute Father’s Day shopping pick-ups. What’s your favorite from the above, either for Dad or for yourself? I personally think the exclusive Steve McQueen Boxing Print is pretty epic, but that’s just me. Last but not least, if you want some shopping suggestions for yourself, check out my guide on how to wear a camp collar shirt this summer. That’s all for now, but you can check back here for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and you can also hit “Subscribe” over at The Style Guide In Brief for more new content from me. Cheers to the weekend, folks!

The Friday Read: The Best New Polo for Summer, Father’s Day Gifts & A Deal on Leather Jackets

Who else is looking forward to the weekend, perhaps one packed with time on the water wearing a stylish new polo? While the closest I’ll get to the water is likely the boardwalk at Coney Island (and Coney Island Brewing!), I know what I’ll be wearing for the occasion: One of the best performance polos for men from Rhoback, a brand that does a little bit of everything when it comes to making stylish gear for active guys on the go. They specialize in everything from golf polos to quarter-zips (known as Rhoback Q-Zips) to sweatshirts and tees, and they do it all using stretch fabrics that wick away moisture and look great in the process. If I were you, I’d head to Rhoback to buy your new favorite polo (and more!) for summer. Plus, you can get 10 percent off your first purchase at Rhoback today. Get right to it, folks.

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Consider that the first recommendation to lead off your weekend, with more on the way in the rest of today’s Friday Read. If you’re searching for some weekend listening, I have another pick for you (with a side of style and craft beer included, of course). If you’re not already familiar, I write a twice-weekly music-menswear-craft beer newsletter called The Style Guide In Brief, highlighting my favorite tracks of the week, shopping deals and usually, a discount on craft beer (or coffee, or whiskey) for daily sipping. Speaking of that discount: It’s the code BEAU10 for 10 percent off your order at Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing. It’s a great time! You should also be sure to check out my ongoing work at Maxim, which I frequently cap off with a brewery visit.


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Of course, I’ll be doing a little writing myself this weekend, but that’ll be tempered by my visit to Coney Island — will I see you there? Let me know in the comments, but for now, let’s get into the best Father’s Day gifts and more below today.

Best candles for men

  • On the hunt for one of the best Father’s Day gifts this year, but looking for something a little more unique? Do I have a deal for you, my friends: Give Dad the gift of a great scent in his home office or the family den with Outdoor Fellow, makers of some of the best candles for men (and anyone, really!). Here’s the scoop: Give him a candle subscription for just $89.95 a month for three months to get a new candle each month (longer subscriptions are also available). Top scents include Woods and Coastal Forest — talk about a cool Father’s Day gift this year, ehh?

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  • Let’s talk about another one of the best gifts for Dad, shall we? I don’t see why not. If Dad needs a new or revamped leather jacket, there’s one place to go, and that’s Angel Jackets. The maker of some of the most affordable leather jackets is running its Father’s Day sale. You can take $20 off by applying the code AJ20. That’s a mighty nice way to ensure that Dad looks great all year round, and at a great price.
  • Here’s another fun one, and a potential great Father’s Day gift for the stylish dad. Over at Maxim, I wrote about the stellar new Todd Snyder x Moscot sunglasses collaboration, a partnership Snyder undertook to celebrate 10 years in business. He revamped one of his favorite sunglasses styles for the occasion, and the results are very stylish indeed. Happy reading — and shopping!

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We’re going to wrap things up today in fine form — head here to this blog post to read all about the best sneakers you can buy for under $60 this very moment at UNCRATE. I’m all about a stellar deal for summer, and you can’t top a standout price on some of the best sneakers for men. Once again, happy shopping and enjoy the weekend out there!

The Friday Read: Memorial Day Weekend Sales, A Craft Beer Discount & How to Wear Chukka Boots

Crack open a cold one from Threes Brewing, like the beers shown above (more on that in a second!) and join me in starting off the summer right. Thanks for being here for another Friday Read, as we roll into Memorial Day weekend and kick off the season ahead with plenty of the best gear picks and Memorial Day sales. Hopefully, you’ve been following my sage advice on the blog, be it the best way to wear chukka boots for summer, or else, the best summer menswear to shop at Taylor Stitch. What’s a great summer without the best gear for all of your off-trail, on-trail, in-water or on-land adventures, right? Yes, yes indeed. Of course, all of that adventure makes a guy thirsty, does it not? And it’s with that in mind that I’ll share one of the Memorial Day deals I’m most excited about.

 You should head over to Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing, one of my favorite breweries on the planet, and use the code BEAU10 to get 10 percent off your first order of $50 or more from Threes Brewing. That includes only beer, not merch or food, for NYC delivery, brewery pick-up/to-go, or shipping to more than 20 states — what an excellent way to stock your fridge with crisp, flavorful lagers, delicious IPAs and so much more.

Again, that code is BEAU10 for 10 percent off, and it’ll have that beer fridge or cooler stocked quite well for the weekend and season ahead. Cheers to Memorial Day weekend — I hope you’re able to enjoy some time off with family and friends. I know I’ll be looking forward to snagging some cold beers myself at Threes Brewing.

Of course, I’ll be taking care of some writing for Jacob Graye and plenty of other sites, too. Be sure to give my byline at Jacob Graye a read there for all things men’s gear, footwear and more. Cheers, my friends!

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Quiksilver boardshorts for men

  • In need of some new summer swim trunks to round out your gear rotation? I’ve recently got my hands on some Quiksilver men’s board shorts, with a dependable, classic cut and full functionality top of mind. To say I’m looking forward to wearing them when I return to Florida later this summer is an understatement, and if I can find a way to break them out before then, consider me sold on my new favorite swim trunks.

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  • Here’s one more item to consider heading into the weekend. While I would hope you’re using your BEAU10 discount code to get a discount on Threes Brewing beer, a well-stocked bar cart calls for a little something extra on a long weekend. Head to Maxim.com, then, to read about (and purchase!) the new Southern Comfort Americana bottle for this weekend and beyond. Cheers, my friends.

I hope you’re stocked up and ready, in spirit at least, for a stellar, relaxing Memorial Day weekend filled with plenty of Threes Brewing, shopping for stellar deals from Topo Designs, the the Huckberry Sale section, Jack Wolfskin and much more. One last thought: If you need an #OOTD idea for the weekend ahead, be sure to check out my guide on how to wear a short-sleeve shirt for summer. Cheers to the season ahead, and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: Todd Snyder x Legent, A Beer Giveaway & New Wolverine Boots

Todd Snyder x Legent Bourbon Denim Jacket

The coolest denim jacket from Todd Snyder and Legent Bourbon.

Folks, cheers to the weekend and cheers to your new favorite denim jacket, as worn by Todd Snyder himself up above. It’s a restock of the collaboration denim jacket from Todd Snyder and Legent Bourbon, the ideal layer to wear for spring and summer days aplenty (and an ideal gift for Father’s Day). That’s not all we’ve got on the docket today, though (you knew that, right?). The newest edition of the Friday Read, as you might expect, is jam-packed with plenty of the best men’s style news and gear for your weekend.

Of course, last week, we talked about an heirloom leather bag to buy right now for summer travel, but let’s think of the Todd Snyder x Legent Bourbon Selvege Denim Jacket as, quite possibly, the perfect jacket for summer travel — anywhere and everywhere. So, that’s one menswear essential with which to step into the weekend. And hey, if you so please, you can read about Legent Bourbon here on the blog, and of course, you can shop Legent Bourbon for your weekend right here
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In addition to adding the Todd Snyder x Legent Bourbon Selvege Denim Jacket to my summer wish list, I’ve got plenty more on tap this weekend now that I’m back in Brooklyn, including plans to visit the excellent Threes Brewing (per tradition!). I’ll also be working on my music and menswear newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, which you should certainly keep an eye out for tomorrow morning (Tuesday’s post was on the latest from Lord Huron!). What’s on your own weekend to-do list? Let me know in the comments below, and keep scrolling to find out more style wish list must-haves and choice reading picks.

Wolverine x Rawlings 1000 Mile Boots

  • Let’s play ball — or at least, let’s get you outfitted with a new favorite pair of leather boots. Two heritage brands with plenty of American spirit — that’d be Wolverine and famed sporting goods brand Rawlings — have teamed up on the new Wolverine x Rawlings 1000 Mile Boots, made using Horween leather that you’d find in baseball gloves on Major League ballfields. These boots celebrate America’s pastime in style, and for the occasion, I wrote all about them at Maxim.com. Here’s to a stylish summer, indeed!

  • Here’s a fun way to start the weekend if you, like me, love cold beer and summer travel in the sun. Keystone Light, purveyors of the perfect beer to take out on the lake or to the beach, by the six-pack or the case, is offering five $10,000 vacations this year (in the form of cold, hard cash). How to enter? Purchase a 12-pack or larger of Keystone Light and then upload your receipt at KeystoneLightSummer.com, or else scan the QR code on Keystone Light signage at your local store. Easy as that, really. If you’re over 21, you can enter until July 10thCheers, folks!

High Noon Tropical Hawaiian Shirt

  • Speaking of cold summer beer for hot summer days, how about the perfect shirt to wear for your summer vacation? Tropical Bros. and High Noon have teamed up on a fun new Hawaiian shirt, celebrating the ideal pairing of hard seltzer and hours in the sun, on the water with great friends. It helps that this shirt wears well with swim trunks or with your favorite chino shorts, and the super-stretch Hawaiian fabric is also supremely comfortable. That’s a major win for me.

That’s going to wrap up my quick-hit picks for the impending start of summer, from a fun new beer giveaway to the perfect summer shirt… and oh yeah, some rugged leather boots that also celebrate America’s pastime (seriously, I’m a huge fan of the look and styling potential of the Wolverine x Rawlings 1000 Mile Boots. That just about covers all the right bases, although I’m going to leave you with one last recommendation. And that recommendation? It’s all about the best new shorts to buy right now from Huckberry, as covered last week on the blog. Happy shopping and enjoy the weekend, folks!

The Friday Read: A Heritage-Quality Leather Bag, New Buck Mason Jackets & The Best Summer Backpack

Just as with last Friday’s weekly recap, where I talked about the best bag to buy  for a weekend getaway, well, we’re back again in fine form with my latest summer travel gear pick for your reading and shopping pleasure. After all, there’s no better way to lead into the weekend than by buying one of the best leather bags and packing it up accordingly for a safe and long-awaited getaway. In that case, my friends, allow me to reintroduce you to Satchel & Page, makers of heritage-quality leather goods of all shapes and sizes. You can check out my Satchel & Page review from 2015 on the site, but the latest on the company is that they’ve only expanded and only gotten better in the years since then.

MW08 Active Noise-Cancelling True Wireless Earphones It’s the Satchel & Page Counselor Zip Briefcase that caught my eye, the kind you can haul to work and then use as a carry-on, but might I also recommend you check out the brand’s full line of the best leather travel luggage for men? Go right ahead and start adding to your cart (and your travel wish list).

See, there’s a closer look at the Satchel & Page Counselor Zip Briefcase above — how cool is that?? Such a sweet bag. But bear in mind that we’re not only talking about Satchel & Page today. My latest weekly roundup is packed with a touch of everything for your reading pleasure, including new jackets from Buck Mason. Speaking of getting a bit of everything: Have you subscribed yet to my twice-weekly music, menswear and craft beer newsletterEvery Tuesday and Saturday, for free, I send out The Style Guide In Brief: It includes a song to enjoy, some menswear to shop, and some craft beer or whiskey (or coffee) to imbibe all the while. It’s fun, it’s free and you’re going to love it (I hope). Give it a whirl and check out the rest of the Friday Read below, folks. Thanks for reading!

  • We’ll start off Friday with, well, another reading selection. This is a great gift for the outdoorsman and a great gift for Father’s Day upcoming: The Peter Buchanan-Smith Axe Handbook is beautifully designed and packaged, and quite the gem to have on your bookshelf (or near your workspace, or at your cabin). Any fan of Best Made Co., the company Peter founded, would also do well to check out this seriously cool book. And even if you’re not the most adventurous, this helpful handbook might just spur you on towards a new passion. Get it now at Barnes & Noble.

  • If you’ve read the blog, you know the brand pictured above. That’d be the all-American purveyors of some of the best jackets for men — I’m talking, of course, about Buck Mason. I got to take a deep dive for Maxim on three new jackets from Buck Mason, each crafted with plenty of style points and supreme durability (and heritage) for the season that’s upon us. Find your new favorite jacket today at Buck Mason, folks.

  • If you loved the refined, heritage-worthy appeal of one of the one of the best leather bags from Satchel & Page, well, here’s one of the best adventure backpacks for those more inclined to outdoor adventures. The Topo Designs Klettersack, a fan favorite that’s available at the UNCRATE Supply Shop, is built to withstand harsh designs while providing plenty of compact carrying capacity. It’s as fine a Friday pick as any, correct? Yes, indeed.
  • Last but not least, here’s a helpful guide to lead you clearly into the weekend. For The Manual, I wrote all about the best way to clean your glasses and sunglasses, some advice I’ve been trying to follow myself as of late. Read up and head into the weekend with a new outlook (see what I did there?).

MW08 Active Noise-Cancelling True Wireless Earphones

OK, folks — we’re all set in style and in new shopping (and reading) picks for the weekend, I should think. But just for fun, here’s one more must-have menswear pick to pick up right now on this fine May day. Get your new favorite T-shirt from the aforementioned men’s style masters at Buck Mason in this T-shirt buying guide on the blog, and reap the rewards when you discover it’s one of the best T-shirts for men on the market. Happy shopping, and stay stylish.

The Friday Read: The Best Weekend Getaway Bag, New Spring Jeans & The World’s Oldest Whiskey

We’re through another spring week and we’re drawing closer, ever-so-slightly closer, to the days of summer travel. Right off the bat, get on out there and enjoy Mother’s Day (safely!) — more on that in a moment. I’m feeling a mixture of excitement and some trepidation, but mark my words when I say I know how I’m going to hit the road: In style, of course. If this whole road trip thing feels unfamiliar, it’s best to start, in my estimation, with the gear you’re bringing, like the best bag for a weekend getaway. That bag, my friends, comes from Herschel Supply Co. and is available right now for under $100 in an array of new, seasonally friendly colors. It’s the Herschel Novel Duffle, which I talked about here as being the best bag for winter road trips.

Well, guess what — it’s ready for spring and summer, too. It looks great, it performs spectacularly and it’s got 33 liters of carrying capacity. Call it the best weekender bag on the market, if you please, but make sure it ends up in your shopping cart to start this weekend. Now that you’ve crossed one item off your to-do list, let’s roll onward with the Friday Read.

As for me, well, I’m staying plenty busy on the road myself this weekend. My time in Florida is nearing an end, but I’ve loved the sun, the sand, the local craft beer from Point Ybel Brewing and the chance to safely catch up with family. I’ve still got plenty in the works on the writing front, including my ongoing, twice-weekly stories at Jacob Graye (more on that in a second), plus my latest and greatest for The Manual — in addition to this blog and my music-menswear-craft beer newsletter (be sure to hit Subscribe!). What’s on your weekend to-do list? Any great weekend starts, in my mind, with the coolest gear on the planet. Prepare accordingly right now.

  • Before we go too deep into, say, the best new sneakers to pair with your getaway bag, let’s talk about the best light wash jeans to bring on that weekend trip. Nudie Jeans makes styles like the Nudie Jeans Lean Dean, a classic slim-straight fit, with plenty of quality top of mind.  The tapered leg, light wash and organic cotton construction all make them worthy of the top slot to lead into the rest of today’s Friday Read.

  • I talked on the blog last week about the best new sneakers to buy from GREATS, so consider this yet another reminder that the time is here to stock up on even more of your new favorite sneakers for spring and summer. To get to the point: The GREATS Royale Eco Mesh Sneakers are lightweight, they’re sustainable, they’re easy to wear with tailored shorts or olive chinos, or light wash jeans for men from Nudie, and they’re easy on your pocketbook, too. Go on, get the best new sneakers for men ASAP. Oh, and remember that you can get 15 percent off your first order with the code BROOKLYN15.
    • Speaking of GREATS, you should know that the brand is also offering a last-second Mother’s Day promo — you can get 20 percent off orders of $75 or more with the code MOMSDAY. Talk about a perfect gift for the mom who loves sneakers, ehh?
  • As mentioned in the headline, well, I know at least one place you can go to read about the world’s oldest whiskey. Yes, that’s right: The oldest whiskey in the world in fact hails from down South in Georgia, and you can read all about the full scoop in my latest dispatch for Maxim.com. How cool is that news?? Very cool, indeed. Cheers to that.
  • Here’s another fun dispatch for you from my neck of the woods. Over at the recently revamped lifestyle site Jacob Graye, I wrote about the best beard care products for men, no matter how long or short your mane happens to be. Give it a read and try some of those stellar products out for yourself.

Let’s wrap things up for the weekend (for now) with one last dispatch for your Friday enjoyment. Battling spring rain and wind is a never-ending task based on where you live (looking at you, my friends in the Pacific Northwest), so might as well get a jacket that can match every challenge. Click on through to this blog post to read all about the best jacket for spring rain from Eddie Bauer, in fact. Stay dry, stay stylish and let’s get out there this season.