How are you getting ready for fall and winter? Hopefully, with a stylish leather jacket as essential and iconic as the incredible Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket seen above — it’s available now for pre-funding via Taylor Stitch, everyone’s favorite menswear brand. And did I mention it’s one of the best leather jackets this menswear writer has seen in some time? This latest release is no different, and it could just be your new favorite leather jacket … easily, at that. So, that’s setting the stage style-wise for a great fall weekend. What’s on your agenda? For this menswear and craft beer writer, I’m looking forward to closing out a busy week the right way. For one, I returned from lovely Asheville, North Carolina on Monday, where I spent the weekend in the rolling mountains of western North Carolina for my good friend and former college journalism colleague Dillon Davis’ wedding! For the wedding and the weekend, I made good use of my Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket, and for exploring Asheville, I wore some classic leather boots (Clarks Originals Wallabee Boots, to be exact), while also checking out prime craft beer spots like the Belgian ale mecca that is Thirsty Monk. If you saw all the fun on my Instagram, you know that Asheville has a wealth of craft beer riches and beautiful scenery.
So, that was last weekend. And this week has been plenty eventful, including a string of incredible indie rock shows at my favorite venue on the planet, Brooklyn Steel! Namely, Tuesday night saw a triumphant return to the stage by ethereal British indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club (an old college favorite!), while Wednesday saw yet another excellent Brooklyn Steel show by indie rock luminaries Big Thief (more on them in a moment!). There’s nothing I love more than a transcendent rock show, and there’s no better way to enjoy a night out in Brooklyn, in my opinion. Add in the fact that the newly opened 18th Ward Brewing is right by Brooklyn Steel to upgrade your craft beer experience, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect night. But I digress — it’s time to dive into today’s Friday Read to get the weekend started. Cheers!
- Finding the right blazer to wear for travel — the type of stylish blazer you can wear both on and off the plane or train or automobile — is tricky. Not so anymore thanks to the Tact & Stone Traveler Blazer, a wildly comfortable and polished blazer made in travel-ready fabric. Wear it over a merino T-shirt with slim faded jeans and classic chukka boots for style that’s easygoing yet sharp, no matter where you go — and of course, learn more via my latest GearMoose briefing in the meantime.
- Durable layers are a must for a fall weekend, especially if you want to gear up with your favorite henley or your new favorite pants for fall — and in that regard, the Proof Reversible Shirt Jacket seems to check all the right boxes. Helpfully, I covered that crucial piece for GearMoose. Happy layering!
- I mentioned my new favorite indie rock band, Big Thief, above; given that they’re releasing their SECOND album this year on today of all days, it seems fitting to recommend this driving indie rock track, “Forgotten Eyes,” off that second album. Two incredible albums in one year is more than we could ever ask for — enjoy!
So, we’ve covered indie rock, we’ve covered craft beer, we’ve covered essential fall layers … I’ll leave you with one last briefing covering the durable pants you need to buy for fall. If you read the blog, you’ll recognize these as some of the best pants for the season. That being said, it simply doesn’t get much better than the Proof Rover Pants, especially if you’ve got a busy weekend of tailgates or brewery visits on the horizon — I’ll see you at the next IPA tasting. Again, cheers and thanks for reading!