The Friday Read: Bowmore and Aston Martin, The Best Oktoberfest Beers & New Mott and Bow Jeans

My friends, we’re closing out another momentous week here at The Style Guide and rolling into the weekend the right way. We’ll get to my first style recommendation in just one second, but for now, I’m reflecting on a lifetime day trip I took the other day — a cruise up to the iconic Glass House museum in Connecticut for a tasting of an exclusive, rare Bowmore Scotch, crafted in collaboration with British automaker Aston Martin. The setting, as you can see above, was exceptionally beautiful and tranquil — a perfect locale for such a great Scotch tasting and gourmet luch! And the ride itself from NYC northward? An incredibly stylish, well-designed Aston Martin DBX. It was a thrilling, instantly memorable journey in one of the coolest cars on the planet (for my money’s worth!).

Yes, you’re reading this all correctly: The luxury automaker and the famed Scotch brand teamed up on a striking new Scotch whisky, one I had the privilege of covering for none other than Maxim as part of my freelance writing pursuits. We tasted both that exceptional Scotch — and were treated to an incredible meal and a selection of tastings from the entire Bowmore portfolio, which isn’t something you get to do every single day!

Hopefully, you’ve kept up with all the festivities on my Instagram, but for now, just know that the Scotch in question is definitely worth the price tag (and the illustrious hype!). Now, onward to business and menswear, starting with a true Friday highlight: My pick for some of the best jeans for men from Mott and Bow. Let’s get right to it!

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  • The right pair of jeans certainly ranks high among any list of the most versatile, best menswear essentials you own, able to be worn in business casual settings or during laidback weekend days. What if I told you Mott and Bow was keeping that same approach, yet making its stylish men’s jeans all the more eco-friendly? Yes indeed, NYC-based Mott and Bow just launched an eco-friendly denim collection made with sustainable recycled fibers and far less water production than other pairs of jeans. Check out these new Mott and Bow jeans here, my friends.
  • My friends: Prost! It’s the most wonderful time of the year — or the most wonderful time for a beer, more likely, as famed beer celebration Oktoberfest is back and going on as we speak in Munich. If you can’t make it across the pond, you’re in luck: You can still sip on some of the best Oktoberfest beers if you shop beer for delivery at Drizly. And to get you started? Head to my SPY guide to the best beers for Oktoberfest, folks. Cheers to that!
  • We talked just shortly ago about some of the best jeans for men, but what’s every bit as crucial as finding the right pair of jeans? Finding one of the best belts for men, which is precisely what I focused on in my latest style roundup for Men’s Journal. Stay stylish out there!
Let’s close the book on this week’s Friday Read — again, to keep up with all the goings-on in my neck of the woods, be sure to catch up on my Instagram. Oh, and be sure to swing by the blog tomorrow for my weekly Style Pick. Thanks, as always, for reading!

The Friday Read: The Killers, The Best Anorak Jackets & A New Taylor Stitch Bomber

Ladies and gentlemen, brought to you by way of fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada: The Killers. Hopefully, you recognize the frontman of said legendary modern band at the top of the page, of course. Fittingly, it’s another momentous Friday in my neck of the woods (just as with NYFW last week!), all because I had the lucky chance and extreme privilege to see one of my favorite bands play just a few short days ago.

That’s right: My fall is kicking off in fine, high-voltage, rollicking fashion, as I trekked South to Orlando to see the iconic Brandon Flowers & co. stop through the city on their fall tour — and it won’t be the last time I see them in the weeks ahead, either.

Of course, you can keep up with all the fun on my Instagram, but it’s bigger than that: I’ve long admired Brandon Flowers (and The Killers) for their sense of style, certainly, along with a deep drive and sense of ambition, passion, work ethic and showmanship. In fact, lest we forget, I had the chance to interview Mr. Flowers himself for Esquire.com last year — it’s still a highlight of my work as a freelance writer. I could go on, but for now, I’m still thinking of that stellar show — and looking forward to a standout weekend in Orlando with family! Again, you can keep up with all the fun on my Instagram. Cheers & let’s start this weekend in style, shall we?

Best men's bomber jacket for fall
  • Today’s first style highlight of the week is a fitting one, seeing as we were just talking about a lead singer with a penchant for stylish outerwear. Now, I don’t know whether Mr. Flowers is a fan of San Francisco menswear purveyors Taylor Stitch, but if you are, then you’re in luck: I just wrote about one of the best new bomber jackets on the blog yesterday. Happy shopping, my friends.
  • Speaking of stylish outerwear once more, here’s another suggestion to outfit you for fall adventures. Layer up to hit the trail or head to your cabin — or an upstate getaway — wearing one of the best anorak jackets. Helpfully, I dove into the best options for the season over at AskMen. Let’s get right to it, folks.
  • Here’s one more style pick to add to your wish list today. The art of fine watchmaking is something I’ve continued to learn about over the years, especially writing for Maxim.com, which is why it was such a pleasure to cover the newest Longines luxury timepiece earlier this week. Add it to your wish list, folks.

That’ll wrap things up today here on the blog, as I’ve got some Orlando exploration on the docket (and a theme park visit or two lined up!). As always, thanks for reading — now, do me a favor and go listen to The Killers!

The Friday Read: New York Fashion Week 2022

My friends, if you can believe it, the time is upon us again: It’s New York Fashion Week, one of the busiest times of the year for your Brooklyn style writer, and always an exceptionally exciting time. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to attend runway shows by the likes of Todd Snyder, I’ve experienced the delights of seeing new collections from up-and-coming menswear designers at New York Men’s Day, and I’ve enjoyed plenty of seriously cool parties with some seriously well-dressed people around.

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Through it all this week, I’ve done my best to stay on top of the menswear game in the meantime, including yesterday’s blog dispatch on the best men’s sunglasses and my latest Maxim dispatch on a stylish new Tudor watch. It’s always proven quite the balancing act, but one I always enjoy immensely.

Of course, the festivities kicked off in fine fashion with a J. Crew event on Wednesday night headlined by none other than… NYC rock legends Yeah Yeah Yeahs! Talk about worlds colliding, and talk about a dream night in and of itself.

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I’m off to more NYFW events today and this weekend yet still, including New York Men’s Day and the upcoming, Saturday night Tanner Fletcher runway show. For now, be sure to follow along with all the fun on my Instagram

The Friday Read: The Best Labor Day Weekend Menswear Sales & Huckberry’s Fall Collection

Best Labor Day menswear sales.

Here’s the deal, my friends: It’s a special edition of sorts in today’s Friday Read, given that we’re — rather incredibly — rolling into Labor Day weekend and the official (unofficial?) start of fall. Or at least, early fall. If you’ve been reading the blog as of late, you’re hopefully well-prepared with some of the best fall menswear, like that of the rugged Huckberry Fall Collection (as seen at the top of the page).

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If you’re not quite there yet? Well, there’s a plethora of men’s style essentials to go around in my roundup of the best Labor Day menswear sales. Now, because your time is important, and brief, I kept it relatively short — I’m talking all about the best Labor Day sales from 15 reliable, stylish brands, many of whom you’ve seen on the blog before. If not? Consider yourself in luck, because there’s no time like the present to shop the best fall menswear picks. For now, I’ll leave you to it — thanks for reading and happy shopping, my friends!

That’ll bring today’s Friday Read — Labor Day weekend sales edition! — to a close. For now, be sure to let me know via Twitter or Instagram if you scored any of the above deals or favorite picks. As for me, I’ll be on the lookout for an icy cold beer in Brooklyn as I enjoy the season opener for my Michigan State Spartans football program tonight. Go Green and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: London, The Best New Boots & The Billy Reid Final Sale

My friends, good morning and welcome to another Friday Read here at your favorite menswear blog. We’re kicking things off in a slightly different fashion today, as my locale at the moment is a bit different from the ordinary. As we speak, I’m in the iconic city of London for a long-awaited trip to the very festival you see at the top of the page: That’d be All Points East, headlined by my favorite band… The National. Over the years, perhaps you’ve read my musings on the importance of travel, music and of course, traveling in style to see music, and it all comes together now on a fine, hot London summer day.

I was just in London — staying in the exceptionally cool neighborhood of Shoreditch — to celebrate 100 years of Dickies workwear (check out that link for a full story on the brand!), and I’m so thrilled to be back. Seeing as I bought these tickets last November, it’s been a long time coming.

You can follow along on my Instagram to keep up with all the fun, but in the meantime, just know that I’m very excited to see such a stunning band in such a cool city — and that’s an understatement. Also in the meantime: Let’s get back to menswear and get the rest of your weekend started in style, shall we? Sounds great to me. Cheers!

Best on-sale menswear.
  • Here’s something I think you’re going to like quite a bit to start your weekend. Billy Reid, one of the country’s finest menswear designers and a personal favorite of your Brooklyn style writer, is giving stylish folks like yourself the chance to save an extra 25 percent on Final Sale items, now through September 5th. Go to it and refresh your wardrobe with the best men’s style essentials in time for Labor Day weekend and beyond.
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  • We’ll keep the fall style must-haves rolling right here with my next recommendation. The team at Free Fly Apparel, makers of surprisingly stylish performance menswear that can take you anywhere, just launched the Free Fly Apparel Fall Collection, and it’s packed with durable canvas pants, easy-to-layer quarter-zip sweaters, lightweight hoodies and much more. Be sure to shop the best new fall menswear in time for your first fall getaway.
  • Now here’s a fun, aspirational way to close out today’s Friday Read. Over the past year and change, I’ve become a fan of fine Scotch (acquired taste though it might be!), and that’s why it’s so cool to see the jaw-dropping new whisky prototype from The Macallan and Bentley (yes, the automaker Bentley). Head to Maxim to read about some of the coolest whisky on the market.

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So, that trio of reading and shopping picks is going to round out today’s Friday Read. I’ve got some London pints to enjoy — I especially loved Camden Town Brewery during my June trip, along with the speakeasy Bermondsey Arts Club, and I’m hopeful to get back to both this next time around, too! Again, you can (and should!) follow along on my Instagram to keep up with my travels across the pond. Cheers and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: Filson Fall Menswear, The Best Everyday Carry Goods & New Whiskey From FEW Spirits

Best early fall menswear from Filson.

My friends, welcome to another Friday — a summer Friday, at that, but a great chance all the same to start thinking about the season ahead. Granted, we’ve not yet reached Labor Day, but is it ever too early to start shopping the best fall menswear from Filson? They’re but one of my favorite and recommended brands to get you ready for what you might call “beanie and waxed jacket” season, so consider checking out a whole host of Filson New Arrivals in the weeks to come. Think of it like an early, menswear insider tip to start your weekend in style.

As for the rest of your weekend (and my weekend!), I’ve got a full slate packed with both menswear writing and of course, a much-anticipated New York City concert. I’ll be trekking tonight to famed, historic Queens concert outpost Forest Hills Stadium to see a longtime favorite band, Michigan-born folk rockers Lord Huron! I’ve been a fan since my days back in college in Pure Michigan, so to see stylish frontman Ben Schneider take the stage in NYC is a true, long-awaited treat.

Naturally, I’ll be covering all the fun on my Instagram, and it’ll be a nice, tranquil way to slide on into a breezy summer weekend. In the meantime, consider checking out those Filson New Arrivals — and consider spinning the music of Lord Huron, too. Cheers and let’s get into the rest of the Friday Read!

  • Whiskey lovers, rejoice — actually, make that whiskey lovers AND lovers of high-voltage rock n’roll (guilty as charged). It was a pleasure to both uncork and write about an excellent new whiskey from FEW Spirits out of the Midwest (Evanston, Illinois). FEW Spirits worked with San Fran rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on a standout new Motor Oil Whiskey, and it was so very cool to be able to write about that launch over at Maxim. Cheers, my friends. Best of all? The fact that you can get FEW Spirits delivered to your door with Drizly. Again, cheers!

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  • Consider this one more style tip to get your weekend rolling before I leave you to the rest of your Friday. The good folks at Huckberry have done it once again — and by “it,” I mean teaming up with Alabama-based Billy Reid on the Billy Reid x Huckberry Dover Hoodie, and what a piece it is. My latest blog post covers everything you need to know about this supremely stylish hooded sweatshirt. Get to it, folks.

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That’ll bring us to the end of another Friday Read — are you feeling a bit more ready for the weekend? I know I sure am, but first, I’ve got my aforementioned trek up to Queens to see Lord Huron this evening. Be sure to follow along with all the fun on my Instagram, and as always, thanks for reading! 

The Friday Read: Le Alfre Oxford Shirts, The Western Rise Warehouse Sale & Olivers Apparel Shorts

Best new Oxford shirt for men.

Do you ever get the feeling like your menswear wardrobe could use a bit of a shot in the arm (aside from my standout style picks, that is)? If so, the launching point in today’s Friday Read is right up your alley. Back in May, I had the chance to connect with Brandon Snower, founder of upstart, classic-meets-modern New York outfitter Le Alfré.

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Over beers at Brooklyn’s Wild East Brewing, we had the chance to chat menswear and to catch up about his one-man operation, a brand shaking up the world of men’s shirting and loafers right here in Manhattan. Perhaps you’ve seen the brand over at Gear Patrol or elsewhere on the World Wide Web — if not, read on, my friends.

Best modern Oxford shirt for men.

The idea behind Le Alfré is simple: Take the classic buttondown shirt and mix it up a bit, using a cool contrasting collar — like an old-school banker’s shirt — but doing it in a fun way with fresh colors and the best material in the business. The result is Le Alfré, making some of the best men’s shirts on the market at a 66-year-old Portuguese shirtmaker meticulously researched by former Wall Street man Snower himself. His operation is also focused on sustainability through ethical production processes and it helps that these modern Oxford shirts are sharp yet easy to dress up or dress down.

I’d urge you to take a look today if you want a stylish men’s shirt that’s as ready for the office as it is for, well, a happy hour brewery hangout. We’ve got plenty more to cover in today’s Friday Read, and this won’t be the last time you hear about Snower’s brand, either. Here’s to the weekend ahead, folks!

Most versatile shorts for men.
  • Looking for a refresh when it comes to both your activewear and loungewear rotation? You’re in luck, because as of yesterday, the fast-selling, highly versatile and extremely well-made Olivers Apparel All Over Shorts — a true fan favorite for guys on the go — are back in stock in a variety of colors and sizes. These durable, moisture-wicking, water-repellent stretch shorts can pull double-duty as some of the best workout shorts or heck, just a pair of the best lounge shorts, if you so choose. Consider them an easygoing alternative to the Olivers Apparel Compass Pants, which you can also wear, well, just about anywhere you please.
  • Speaking of a summer wardrobe refresh, your luck just got even better if you want to stock up on versatile, durable gear that works for hot summer days, weekend getaways and even a work-from-home Zoom call or two. That’s because the Western Rise Warehouse Sale — running through the end of the month is giving you up to 50 percent off select styles. The brand, known for its performance shirting for men and dependable stretch pants, doesn’t often offer its gear on sale, so this is one to shop early and often.
  • In the spirit of getting ready for early fall — as we’ve talked about time and time again here on the blog — you should never be caught off guard when the season hits. That’s where my latest guide for SPY.com comes into play, seeing as I’m talking about the best sweaters for the season ahead. Shop now, my friends.

I’ll leave you with one last early fall style recommendation, my friends: If you want to lace up in style in the weeks to come, you’d do well to check out my post on the best men’s boots from TAFT. The rugged-yet-refined TAFT Rome Boots are dressy and versatile, ready for the office or a visit to your favorite whiskey distillery in equal measure. That’ll do it for me today, folks. As ever, check out my Instagram to stay connected to the latest in my neck of the woods. Cheers!

The Friday Read: AETHER Apparel’s Summer Sale, The Best New Sunglasses & Lincoln x Shinola Watches

Best summer sunglasses for men.

My friends, we did it: We made it through another hectic, hot week, so kick back, take a load off and start your weekend in style. One way to do that? With another edition of the Friday Read, and perhaps with a bit of online shopping at a brand famed for making some of the best men’s sunglasses. That brand would be California-based RAEN, makers of some of the coolest sunglasses for men (as sold by Huckberry as well as the brand’s own site, naturally). Not familiar with the company? Consider this your introduction — and my own stylish recommendation for the best sunglasses for men, of course.

Now that we’ve got that sorted out, let’s keep the rest of today’s weekly recap rolling along smoothly. I’ve stayed plenty busy this week writing style content for Maxim (more on that in a second!), not to mention writing about men’s style essentials like the best men’s T-shirt here on the blog. I also made time to see one of my favorite bands play a stunning, high-energy outdoor Brooklyn concert — that’d be Scottish synth pop trio CHVRCHES, and what a show it was!

Perhaps use that band to power your weekend, and of course, consider checking out the style essentials recommended here — including the best sunglasses for men from California-based RAEN — to get your weekend started in fine fashion.

  • Now, here’s a bit of style news you’ll be able to appreciate if you love fine automobiles and stylish men’s watches. New as of today, famed Detroit lifestyle brand Shinola — makers of some of the best watches for men, of course — launched a special set of two limited-edition watches in partnership with Lincoln. The occasion? 100 years of remarkable automobile craftsmanship from Lincoln itself. Both watches should prove more than fitting to wear the next time you hit the road.
  • Over the years, you might recall reading about the technical-yet-stylish menswear purveyors at AETHER Apparel, makers of essential picks like one of the best lightweight sweaters, for instance. Premium gear often comes at a premium price, though, which is why today’s news is even better if you value style and a bargain. The deal in question? Well, the AETHER Apparel Summer Sale is here and running through August 15th, and it’s giving you the chance to get up to 70 percent off the best style gear on the market. Happy shopping, folks.
  • Here’s one I know you’ll appreciate if you, like me, can’t wait to get to your next music festival. With the spirit of dressing for adventure and being ready for anything, I wrote for AskMen about the best boots to wear to your next summer festival. Step out in style and let’s get rocking, my friends.

Now, that ought to just about to do it when it comes to today’s Friday Read. What’s on your weekend agenda and which of the above picks will you be shopping right now? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If it’s stylish menswear you seek, you can’t go wrong with, say, some of the best sunglasses for men from California-based RAEN — among my other favorite picks this week. As always: Thanks for reading and stay stylish!

The Friday Read: The Todd Snyder Summer Sale, Tag Heuer’s New Watch & The Best Corduroy Shorts

My friends, it’s proven another busy, whirlwind week, and we’ve got plenty of ground to cover in today’s Friday Read, so let’s get right to it. I’m going to start things off in proper fashion, of course, by recommending one of the best menswear sales to shop right now: That’d be the Todd Snyder Summer Sale, which offers standout savings on some of the best menswear essentials around.

You won’t want to miss those savings, and you’d also do well to check out yesterday’s post on the best new polo to shop for the season at hand. These are the sort of style picks I’ll be shopping for on my own this weekend as I kick back and relax in Brooklyn (helped along by plenty of coffee and craft beer, of course). Be sure to follow along on my Instagram to keep up with the fun — the rest of today’s Friday Read is below, of course. Cheers, folks!

  • Now, I’m a huge fan of a refined, versatile watch, which is why it was such a treat to write up my latest feature for Maxim — head over to the site ASAP to read about and shop the new Tag Heuer Carrera Red Dial, with words by yours truly. Talk about a stunner of a timepiece, ehh?
  • A guy’s wardrobe assuredly needs options when it comes to summer style, and that includes your rotation of stylish, lightweight shorts. With that in mind, I wrote all about a retro style pick that’s made a major comeback as of late: The best corduroy shorts for the season. Head over to SPY to check ’em out, my friends.
  • I mentioned it earlier, but consider this a proper introduction to one of the best men’s polos from one of the country’s best menswear designers — Todd Snyder, of course. Check out yesterday’s blog post ASAP, folks.

If you ask me, those picks will round out today’s Friday Read nicely, will they not? Here’s to starting your weekend in style — be sure to check back here for this weekend’s Style Pick of the Week, too. Cheers!

The Friday Read: The Huckberry Summer Sale, The Best Outerknown Menswear & A New Shinola Watch

Best summer menswear deals.

Folks, is it hard to believe it’s already (almost) the end of July? Summer is rushing by, yes indeed, and although I might be on the road this weekend — in lovely Portland, Maine, as you might have seen on my Instagram! — there’s no time to waste when it comes down to getting dressed in style this summer. Case in point: Today’s featured sale in our Friday Read, the Huckberry Annual Summer Sale. It runs through Monday and offers you up to 45 percent off the best men’s style gear of the season, and it won’t be the last time you hear about it this weekend. I can guarantee you it’ll give you the best chance yet to step into summer in style — and yes, there’s still plenty of time to dress well in the heat right now.

As for me, well, as I said, the weekend rolls along as I check out a beloved Northeast city in this intense heat wave. With that being said, here are just a few key style reads to get your Friday rolling the right way. After all, the Huckberry Annual Summer Sale awaits, so let’s get right into the rest of your weekend, yes? Yes indeed. Cheers!

  • Here’s one weekend kickstarter I think you’re going to love, especially if you’re a boating enthusiast, and especially if you’ve had your eyes on a stylish Shinola men’s watch. Head over to Maxim to read my take on the newest Shinola watch, one that’s more than ready to hit the high seas, thanks to its sailing-minded functionality. Your new favorite timepiece is up for grabs, folks.
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  • We’re not done talking about the best men’s style deals quite yet, my friends. Make your way over to Outerknown — the sustainable style brand founded in part by legendary surfer Kelly Slater — to shop a plethora of the best menswear deals in all manner of categories for the rest of this season (and beyond).
  • How about one more pick to jumpstart your weekend, yes? I’ll take you back over to Huckberry to shop the perfect mix of rugged, casual and throwback-inspired gear: The Huckberry x Coors partnership harnesses Huckberry’s principles of rugged adventure and plenty of fun, and it does so with serious style in mind. I’ve got you covered with yesterday’s blog post, my friends.

I’m going to wrap things up here in the spirit of keeping you on your toes — and in the spirit of giving you time to shop plenty of covetable menswear via the Huckberry Annual Summer Sale. Good luck out there and stay cool, folks!