The Friday Read: A New Timex Watch, The American Giant Vault Collection & Everlane Jeans

Timex Allied Watch

A durable, casual and rugged watch to wear all fall.

First things first: I’d say it’s well and truly *time* to step into the weekend right now with anoher edition of The Friday Read, preferably with the rugged Timex Allied Watch (as seen above and as sold by UNCRATE) on your wrist. It’s one of the best men’s casual watches I’ve seen in some time, and one of the most affordable watches of the moment, for that matter (it retails for $125 at UNCRATE). The Timex Allied Watch has rugged good looks and easygoing style to pair with all your seasonal favorites — a few of which we’ll cover today, of course. It’s been a busy few weeks around here in terms of fall style, what with plenty of new products finding their way to my Brooklyn HQ (read: apartment), from the excellent Faherty Brand Legend Sweater Shirt to some new Mott and Bow denim (all as seen on my Instagram, of course).

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I’m feeling more than ready for fall to pick up in earnest — how about you? I’ve definitely been busy on the writing front, covering the best weekender bags over at Maxim.com and writing about the best bourbons for National Bourbon Heritage Month for GearMoose, too. I’ve also been making sure to support my favorite craft beer breweries in Brooklyn when possible, including picking up some to-go beers at Gold Star Beer Counter, all the better to enjoy in my craft beer growler at home. Perhaps you’re in much the same boat? It’s tough to not be able to enjoy a brewery or beer bar in person, but I’m urging you (and reminding myself!) to stay safe and strong in the meantime. To get your weekend started off on the right foot, check out a few choice reads below.

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A seriously limited-edition American Giant hoodie to power your fall weekends.

  • Let’s get right down to it: This fall, you’re going to need a stylish hooded sweatshirt for casual weekends and outdoor adventures aplenty. You might as well go ahead and make it a limited-edition hoodie from the American Giant Vault Collection, for that matter. The Vault Collection is the latest sustainability initiative from the brand — they’ve built one of the best men’s hoodies out of old, unused fabric, inspired by the ingenuity needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vault “opened up” this past Monday, and prior to that, American Giant had a waitlist of thousands wanting to get their hands on this sweatshirt. How cool is that!? Assuredly, all those fans can’t be wrong. Stay tuned for more from the Vault Collection this fall.
Everlane Uniform Collection

A perfect pair of black jeans for fall — right?

Luminox Land Collection

The toughest adventure watch your money can buy? Very nearly.

So, what’ll it be to start your weekend? Will you be checking out the American Giant Vault Collection and getting your hands on your new favorite hoodie? Perhaps shopping some slim black jeans from the the Everlane Uniform Collection is more your stride, or better yet on the accessories front, maybe the Luminox Atacama Adventurer is now on your fall style wish list (I know it’s on mine). As for me, I’ll be trying to narrow down my own personal style wish list. One last thing: If you could use some fall weekend style inspiration, you can’t go wrong with my guide on how to wear a waxed trucker jacket this season. It’s everything you need, and then some. Wherever your weekend adventures take you, stay safe, stay stylish and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: A Red Wing Boots Giveaway, New Mott and Bow Denim & Tom Brady’s New Sunglasses

Men's Classic Moc 6-Inch Boot in Brown Leather 1907 | Red Wing Shoes

An iconic pair of classic Red Wing boots, and just one of the many covetable pairs on offer from the brand this season.

My friends, it’s time you stepped into fall with a pair of Red Wing moc toe boots (available via UNCRATE) — like the rugged leather boots shown above, in fact. I’ve got some even better news, though. You’ve got a chance to win your own pair of archival Red Wing Heritage boots right now. The legendary footwear company is opening the Red Wing vault this fall, releasing a limited vintage footwear offering each month — one pair per month, with some styles dating back to 1963. Simply head to the brand’s Instagram page to find out more. And if, in addition to trying your luck, you’d also like to buy some Red Wing boots right now, you can snag ’em at retailers like UNCRATE in the meantime. Alright, now that we’ve stepped on into the weekend a little bit, who’s ready to get down to business?

There’s plenty to get excited about in the world of men’s style as we get ever closer to fall. To help you prepare for the season ahead, I’ve started writing for Huckberry’s revamped Journal — it’s back and better than ever, and I’m so pleased to be able to cover the best waxed trucker jackets and plenty more along the way. I’ve also kept plenty busy contributing to Maxim.com to start fall — more on that below, too! And before I put on another pot of coffee and start to scheme my next brewery visit (likely to Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing!), I’ve also got to shout that you can (and should!) hit Subscribe to get my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, delivered twice-weekly to your inbox — every Tuesday and Saturday, in fact. I’m talking indie rock, craft beer, the best fall gear and much, much more. How about it? Of course, you can also swing back through the blog tomorrow to check out my Style Pick of the Week. The rest of your Friday Read awaits below.

Men's - Faherty Brand

The best way to prep for the season ahead? Gear up with Faherty Brand, folks.

American Giant Hoodie Review - AllOutdoor.com

  • Here we are with more of the best gear for a fall weekend. In fact, it comes from a brand you probably recognize from the blog: That, my friends, would be the good folks at American Giant. With a focus on casual, rugged men’s basics — including the best hooded sweatshirt for fall — the American Giant team is on the case when it comes to outfitting you in easy-going yet cool style for the season ahead. After all, when you put in the hours and focus on American-made menswear, the results are going to speak for themselves. Note that the brand has also shifted production to make some of the best face masks on the market during these trying times, too.
  • As I mentioned above, I’ve certainly stayed plenty busy on the writing front, including a recent feature for Maxim.com that’s definitely a highlight of my writing career. I caught up with NFL legend Tom Brady to talk all about his new eyewear collaboration with Danish brand Christopher Cloos! The partnership features plenty of stylish sunglasses and Blue Light eyeglasses, too. Read more before you snap up a (surprisingly affordable!) pair.

Well, how about it? Are you ready for the weekend — and ready to stock up on the best men’s gear for fall, no less? I certainly know I am. In the spirit of always being ready for what lies ahead, I’m going to point you toward my 25 best men’s gear picks for fall, an extensive offering (if I do say so myself) that really does have something for everyone. To wit: I cover everything from stylish leather boots to American-made socks, classic Persol sunglasses Filson Dry Tin 5-Pocket Pants and much, much more. Sounds too good to pass up, does it not? My friends, thank you for reading, thank you for being here & let’s start the weekend off right.

 

The Friday Read: Labor Day Weekend, How to Wear a Denim Shirt & Grilling Essentials

Probably Whiskey Mug - Cool Material

A well-appointed way to head into the weekend, right?

Cheers, my friends, to the impending start of Labor Day weekend. Let’s kick it off with a choice beverage via Swag Brewery’s Probably Whiskey Mugs at Cool Material — perfect for a camping trip, a cabin weekend or a bonfire. But back to Labor Day: Can you believe it’s here already? As I always tend to say when the summer wraps up, it feels like we were just talking about the best summer shorts or the best way to wear boat shoes. Rest assured, both of those tips will still come in handy, because of course, it’s prime time to close out the season the right way. So, here we are.

Be it the best grilling essentials for Labor Day weekend or, say, a new way to wear a denim shirt, it’s all below in today’s Friday Read. Those picks today will also include a stylish watch from the well-appointed UNCRATE Supply Shop, which holds a bevy of the best gear picks for men. Of course, there’s one thing you should also take care of before and during the weekend, and that’s getting your favorite beer delivered right to your door. You’ll see this in future posts here on the blog, but I’ve taken to using Drizly alcohol delivery to get my favorite craft beers in a flash, along with whiskey and much more.

Speaking of gear picks for men, have you had the honor of subscribing to my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief? Of course, I only kid. But if you want a  bit more of The Style Guide than I’ve got room for here, from indie rock to coffee to the best gear picks, twice a week, do yourself a favor and subscribe. I’ve featured favorite bands like Future Islands and The War On Drugs alongside some of my favorite boots and more. It’s a good time, guaranteed.

How will you be enjoying your weekend? I’m going to be capping my time off in Florida in relaxing fashion, heading to Orlando to (safely) see my sister, and what’s more, experience (safely!) Universal Orlando Studios. It’s always a favorite of the Hayhoe family, especially The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (a huge part of my childhood!). To follow along with all my adventures in style, be sure to follow me on Instagram. For now, I’m off to kick back, listen to the new album by The Killers and enjoy what’s (probably) some coffee. Cheers & thank you for reading!

A rugged, durable, affordable watch for late summer and early fall.

Vintage-inspired high-top sneakers that’ll come in handy for fall.

Let’s close this thing out by talking about early fall style, OK? I’ve got a pair of rugged leather boots for you right now that’ll come in handy on September adventures, as well as when the weather takes a turn for the worse in the season ahead. The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots are about as good as it gets if you want some of the best leather boots for men, and that’s just a fact. Read my full Taylor Stitch boots review for more. As always, thank you again for reading — have a great weekend and let’s look toward fall in style. I’ll raise a glass to that!

 

The Friday Read: New HELM Sneakers, A New Watch from UNCRATE & The Best Fall Jacket

HELM Cole Sneakers

Rugged, hiking boot-inspired sneakers that’ll offer plenty of fall wearability.

Thank you, my friends, for joining us for another edition of The Friday Read, where we’re starting things off with the right *step* for the weekend. I’m talking, naturally, about the excellent, brand-new HELM Boots Cole Sneakers as seen above. That’s right — the makers of some of your favorite boots (as covered here on the blog!) are launching the brand’s first pair of sneakers, and it’s fitting that they’re a nice hybrid between sneakers and boots. I love the HELM Cole Sneakers in rich wheat leather, and I dig the hiking-style speed lacing and the versatile high-top construction. The best new sneakers for fall? Very possibly. Remember, you can get $50 off your first order at HELM, plus free shipping. So, that’s my recommended footwear pick for many a weekend ahead. Onward to the rest of the weekend. And yes, another reminder to check out my Tuesday-and-Saturday newsletter if you just can’t get enough of what we’ve got going on here. The Style Guide In Brief won’t let you down. 

Frank And Oak

As for me, I’m still enjoying a bit of R&R (call it a working vacation) visiting my parents in Florida — talk about a much-needed break. We’ve been able to hit the beach for some socially distanced sunshine, we’ve made plenty of trips to support local craft brewery Point Ybel Brewing (get the Kitten’s Paw, a light and refreshing hoppy pils!) and I’ve been able to work on features for the likes of Maxim.com (including a piece on the best leather sneakers) and GearMoose, naturally. I’ll be headed back to New York in the coming days, but have really loved being able to rest and relax down here. Hopefully, your weekend is filled with plenty of menswear, plenty of time to kick back, and perhaps some listening to the new album by The Killers. Cheers to the weekend, my friends.

Introducing MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones in Black Pearl

An iconic, one-of-a-kind watch – without a doubt.

The Gibson Jacket in Charcoal Birdseye Wool | Taylor Stitch…

Pre-order this classic wool jacket in advance of fall right now.

  • I’ve got a bit more of an affordable deal for you now these days — for a limited time only, the outstanding Taylor Stitch Gibson Jacket (a combination travel jacket and blazer and perhaps the best fall jacket) is available for a discount via the Taylor Stitch Workshop, so you best get on it. What’s more, you can read my full Taylor Stitch review over at GearMoose.
Topo Designs Summer Sale

Yes, it’s true — you can, and should, head over to Topo Designs to shop this standout sale. 

  • Ready to look towards the trail and the weekend? You best gear up over at Topo Designs, and more specifically, with the Topo Designs Summer Sale, featuring plenty of top picks for on and off the trail. To make it easy on you, I’d recommend you get the rugged Topo Designs Field Plaid Shirt or the Field Pants, quite possibly some of the best men’s field pants around.
  • Speaking of new gear, what could be a better way to close out summer and welcome fall than with a versatile men’s watch from Shinola? Check out my full rundown on the Shinola Duck Watch for Maxim, and then get ready to get out on the water to end summer.

Folks, that’ll do it for today’s Friday Read. I’ve got one more shopping recommendation for you, though. If you missed last Saturday’s Style Pick of the Week, now’s the chance to redeem yourself. I wrote all about the excellent Taylor Stitch California Chambray Shirt, so you would do very well to read my Taylor Stitch review before you power through the day. Enjoy the weekend, my friends. Cheers!

The Friday Read: Jack Black Grooming, Sustainable Sneakers & The American Trench Sale

GREATS Royale Eco Canvas

The most sustainable sneakers for your weekend and the season ahead? It sure seems like it.

Let’s step right on into the weekend with some of the most sustainable sneakers on the market, shall we? The pair you see above are perfectly ready for one of the last true weekends of summer: We’re talking, of course, about the GREATS Royale Eco Canvas, a recent addition to the Brooklyn-based sneaker brand‘s line of classic, subtly minimal sneakers for guys.  I’ve been a big fan of GREATS for years, and to power your weekend, I’d surely recommend you snap up some of, well, the best sneakers for men (and they also make women’s sneakers, naturally). Recycled cotton canvas uppers and a custom lining highlighting the brand’s commitment to sustainability set these stylish sneakers apart, too. Seriously, how about that to start your weekend?

Everlane.com Low Cost. High Quality. Classic wardrobe essentials for less!

My own weekend is off to a pretty swimming start, if I do say so myself — literally, in fact. Since early last week, I’ve been with my parents and sister in quiet, laidback Fort Myers, Florida. Quiet and laidback given the ongoing pandemic, and also quiet and laidback given the remote beaches we’ve been able to safely visit. We’ve also managed to pick up to-go craft beer from Point Ybel Brewing, a personal favorite of any trip. All along the way, I’ve managed to get some quality time with family while working on the blog (there’s a new Style Pick  of the Week coming up tomorrow!), plus my ongoing writing work at Maxim.com and GearMoose.

Freemans Sporting Club

To start your weekend right, I’ve assembled the below men’s style deals and picks. What’s more, I know exactly how to soundtrack your weekendthe just-released, propulsive, emotional, joyous “Imploding The Mirage” by Las Vegas rock legends The Killers. How’s that for a weekend kick-off, ehh?? I’ll have it on rotation for days to come. Back to a bit of menswear, though — check it all out below.

Everlane Sweatpants

The coolest new sweatpants to wear from summer into fall.

  • For these casual days at home and beyond, I’m going to point you toward a brand I’ve long admired: San Francisco-based Everlane, a subject on the blog here dating back to 2015. Here in the present, they’ve just launched the excellent-looking, affordably priced Everlane French Terry Sweatpants, part of the made-to-be-mixed-and-matched Everlane Uniform Collection. Think daily style staples that look great and are made with radical transparency in mind. The best men’s sweatpants to wear at home? You decide. 
20th Anniversary

20 years of the best men’s grooming gear from Jack Black, done up in a limited-edition capsule collection.

American Trench Summer Sale

Plenty of stylish menswear and gear here for the taking here from American Trench.

Paige Men

OK, so we’re almost wrapped up here today. But again, before I let you loose on the weekend, I’ve got one last suggested bit of shopping and reading. If it’s a rugged base layer or a stylish T-shirt to wear all on its own that you seek, you’re going to want to check out my post on the best pocket T-shirt for men (from NYC’s Freemans Sporting Club, of course). Enjoy, gear up, get out there — and make sure you subscribe to my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief (a new edition drops tomorrow!). Alright, it’s time for me to get some more coffee. Cheers to the weekend!

 

The Friday Read: The Best Mustache Wax, The Best New Products at Huckberry & Huron Grooming

Taylor Stitch: Summer Madras + This Week's #TSFromHome Playlist ...

Two lightweight men’s shirts for summer, as only Taylor Stitch can make ’em. Image courtesy of Taylor Stitch.

As we head into another summer weekend, thanks for starting yours off with another edition of The Friday Read. What’s on your to-do list today? Hopefully, you’re keeping things as casual and cool as those stylish shirts at the top of the page — that’d be the Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Vintage Navy Madras (on the right) and the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Vintage Red Madras. Breezy summer shirting, anyone? They both so happen to be just two of the best men’s shirts for any season, period (yes, even in the sweltering heat). While you’re here, I’d also urge you to swing by a new launch that you might have already noticed — The Shop By The Style Guide, a curated list of men’s style essentials and classic picks, all on one handy, shoppable page. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter if you have suggestions for brands or products to add.

Speaking of summer style, I’m going to have to keep my season rolling the right way with gear from the likes of Myles Apparel and more. Ater this weekend, I’m heading to visit my parents in Florida, a much-welcomed trip that’ll be filled with all the right precautions (including plenty of stylish face masks all around). That’s next week, though. This weekend, I’ll be working on my newsletter (have you subscribed?) and planning out more blog content, as ever. In the meantime, the rest of today’s Friday Read is below — enjoy, thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week!

The Big 3, Skincare Set - Body & Face Wash, Face Lotion | Huron

One of the best new grooming brands to try right now.

Head over to Filson while you’ve still got time to shop the brand’s Summer Sale and my top sale picks.

  • It’s always worth keeping tabs on what the rugged gear purveyors at Filson are up to in the Pacific Northwest. Not too long ago, I wrote about the best gear for summer via the Filson Summer Sale, so you should either A) Read my post on one of the best sales for men in some time or B) Head to the brand’s Web site to shop the Filson Summer Sale right now.
  • Let’s head back over to The Manual really quickly here. There’s still some time to hit the water in style this summer, in my opinion. On that note, you should certainly check out my guide for the site covering what to wear on a boat this summer.

Alright, my friends. We’ve nearly wrapped up here. Before I let you go to kick off the weekend in earnest, two reminders: Again, you can (and should) subscribe to my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, for a twice-weekly dose of style, gear, music, coffee and craft beer — in essence, all the best things for guys that I can’t get to here on the regular blog! It’ll be fun, I promise. And number two: If you want some of the best men’s pants, be sure to check out my post on Freenote Cloth. Lastly: The Filson Summer Sale I mentioned earlier? It’s totally worth shopping ASAP. OK, folks. That’s it. Have a great weekend!

The Friday Read: Myles Apparel, The Best New Sunglasses & Huckberry Face Masks

Keep reading to get 10 percen off these stylish everyday pants from Myles Apparel.

How best to start off the weekend, you might be wondering? I’ve got just the thing for you. If I were you, I’d head over to Myles Apparel and pick up the Tour Pants in Sage as seen above (among other standout colors). They’re made from quick-drying, wrinkle and stain-resistant fabric with handy features like an easy-to-store front phone pocket and reflective pant cuffs. Take it from me: They’re some of the best pants for men to buy now. I’ve been testing Myles Apparel  this week, and I’m here to report back that the brand is good as advertised.

Here’s what that means for you: You can (and should!) use the code MYLES10 to get 10 percent off the best men’s workout gear and heck, the best everyday gear for men, fit for work or play. We’re talking stylish stretch shorts, comfortable pants to wear to work from home, durable workout shirts, classic pocket tees … a bit of everything.

Florsheim

Myles Apparel can practically do it all. Even better? When you don’t want to spend a lot upfront, check out the Myles Apparel Try Before You Buy program, offering convenient returns and shipping. Seriously, all your bases are covered. Having fun yet? Good, let’s keep today’s Friday Read rolling. For starters: I mentioned this last week, but early next week, I’ll be debuting The Style Guide Shop, a chance to check out the best men’s style essentials of the moment — classic picks and seasonal selections from brands you know and love, all on one easily shoppable page. 

Frank And Oak

It’s another lovely summer Friday in Brooklyn, but it’s hard not to pay attention to the news elsewhere — thank you for taking time out of your day to head on over here … seriously. When I spend too much time scrolling, I try to step back and put on some soulful music. Lately, that’s meant revisiting albums by Michigan’s Lord Huron (as mentioned in my newsletter!). I can’t recommend the lilting, beautiful stylings of frontman Ben Schneider & co. enough. I’ll be listening to the band this weekend as I explore Brooklyn, grab some brews at the lauded Threes Brewing, and of course, test out all my gear from Myles Apparel. Sound like a plan to you? Alright, alright. Before you kick off your own weekend, check out more from my neck of the woods below. Thanks for reading!

Frank And Oak

An anti-aging face serum designed to fight fine lines and the effects of, yes, aging.

Do these fit the bill when it comes to the coolest men’s sunglasses? They sure do.

Belstaff UK

Before I let you head out for the weekend, I’ve got one last must-read for you. Even as we cruise through summer, maybe you’re still in search of a few crucial men’s style picks for that camping trip, that adventure off the grid, or heck … your next morning spent working on your patio, coffee in hand.

As ever, you’re going to want to head to my ongoing series The List, where I recently wrote about the 20 best men’s style essentials for whatever you’ve got in store this season. From a new camp shirt to a rugged Timex x Todd Snyder watch and some classic summer sneakers, I hope I covered all the bases. Alright, now it’s finally time to take on the weekend — see you out there, thanks for reading!

HELM Boots- $50 Off Your First Purchase

 

The Friday Read: The Best Blue Light Glasses, Nike Air Zoom Sneakers & A Faherty Brand Discount

Stylish blue light glasses on sale for a deal right now? That’s the way to go.

My friends, thanks for joining us for another Friday Read. I’m going to kick things off today with something I think will prove highly useful during these screen-heavy times. My friends at GlassesUSA.com have just launched BLUEASE, a line of blue light-blocking eyeglasses that blend plenty of style and functionality. On that note, it’s never been easier to get a pair of stylish glasses with this technology built right in — you can get 10 percent off BLUEASE frames with the code BLUEASE10, or you can take advantage of the site’s Buy One, Get One offer, including BLUEASE glasses, with the code BOGOFREE. But why do you need blue light glasses? These glasses reduce eye strain, cut back on headaches & improve your sleep and productivity. Those are all things we could use these days, right? Right. So, that’s where we’re starting Friday. By the way, my personal favorite from the BLUEASE line? The Gosling Eyeglasses as shown below — aptly named!

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Get 10 percent off these blue light eyeglasses with the code BLUEASE10.

In my neck of the woods I’m staying plenty busy in Brooklyn now that I’ve made the jump into menswear projects and writing full-time — I’ve recently penned some pieces for Maxim.com, about which I’m VERY, very excited! Heck, I was able to feature one of my favorite brands, the esteemed style purveyors at Buck Mason, in my first piece. It doesn’t get any better than that. There’s also more in the works here at the blog. In the coming weeks, I’ll be launching The Shop by The Style Guide, a curated page of easy-to-shop men’s style essentials you’re going to get a kick out of. 

Besides shopping for some men’s style essentials, what else is on your weekend agenda as we close out July?

It’s tough to believe we’re cruising through what’s turned out to be a very different summer, but I’m planning on doing the best I can to support the businesses I love right now. That means a customary stop by Brooklyn’s Wild East Brewing later today, in fact. In the meantime, you can — and should! — look for my next newsletter dispatch tomorrow via The Style Guide In Brief, plus our customary Saturday Style Pick of the Week. I’m excited for everyone to check ’em out! Thanks, as always, for reading and for your support. Onward with the Friday Read, ehh?

Chavito Chukka Boot Waxed Brown

But one pair of the best men’s boots you can get via Nisolo’s ongoing sale — get 25 percent off now through Monday on sustainable footwear, my friends.

The coolest, most classic men’s sneakers on the planet? Maybe. A fitting way to close the Friday Read? Assuredly.

My friends, we’ve once again reached the end of my weekly men’s style roundup. Before you go, let me give you one last item to ponder heading into the weekend. I’m a huge proponent of finding the best sneakers for men, the kind that work with your lifestyle, and then wearing them as much as possible. I’ve found perhaps no better classic pair of sneakers than the timeless Converse Chuck Taylor 70 Sneakers as sold by Need Supply. Need Supply Co. is, sadly, phasing out its operations, so if you want to get a great deal on sneakers like these, I’d suggest you check ’em out — and read this post ASAP. OK, that’s all for now. Have a great weekend, and thanks again for reading!

The Friday Read: Oars + Alps, The Best Beard Conditioners & the Nike Killshot

Readying for the weekend with the best men’s grooming products from Oars + Alps. Get 15 percent off with the code BEAU15.

My friends, are you ready for the weekend yet? I know I sure am — in fact, it feels as if my weekend started a little early. The big news in my neck of the woods? After five-plus years at my agency day job handling PR and social media, I’m stepping back as of earlier this week to focus full-time on menswear writing and other projects! You can head here to read more, and head to my personal Web site for my full background. It’s an EXTREMELY exciting prospect, so if you’re a brand or agency in need of a (relatively good!) writer or social media pro, PLEASE reach out! That being said, I’ve got plenty to get through in the rest of today’s Friday Read in the meantime. Thanks for joining us, thanks for reading & thank you for your support! Now, to business.

Telling you all about how to get 15 percent off at Oars + Alps today.

First things first, let’s really get things going with some of the best men’s grooming essentials in the business. Keeping your face in shape during the heat of summer is a tall task, but there’s a brand out there that can help you do it: Oars + Alps. I’ve had the good fortune to test out the brand these past few weeks (and over the years, going back to 2017!), and you’ve got just as great a chance to get to know ’em. You can use the code BEAU15 to get 15 percent off at Oars + Alps, including must-buy products like the hydrating and anti-aging Face and Eye Cream. The brand uses all-natural products like activated charcoal and aloe vera in products throughout its line, and each product also features Alpine Caribou Moss™ to reduce the effects of aging and fight pollution (which can harm your skin!). It’s great stuff, if you ask me. Again, get your weekend started right by using the code BEAU15 to get 15 percent off at Oars + AlpsWhile you do that, let’s get to the rest of the Friday Read below. Again, thank you for reading, thank you for your support!


That’ll wrap things up for me today, folks. If you made it this far, thanks (as always!) for reading! With all of that being said, I’ve still got one last suggestion for you. A breezy linen shirt, the kind I wrote about in this post — the kind that only lauded NYC menswear designer Todd Snyder can produce — is going to go a long way toward improving your summer style. Again, head here to check it out and read more. Oh, and one last reminder. If you want to amp up your grooming game in a hurry, you know what to do: Use the code BEAU15 to get 15 percent off at Oars + Alps, one of the best grooming brands for men I’ve seen. You heard it here first. Have a great weekend, folks!

 

 

The Friday Read: A New Messenger Bag, All About My Newsletter & The Best Beard Balms for Men

One of the coolest short-sleeve shirts your money can buy.

Alright, alright, alright — thanks, my friends, for joining us for another edition of The Friday Read. In my humble opinion, it’s the best way to start the weekend, is it not? That is, the best way to start the weekend besides kicking back in that classic men’s shirt from Taylor Stitch shown above (it’s the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve California Shirt, by the way). Now: If you’re new around these parts, or if you could use a refresher after the Fourth of July holiday, I’m covering new men’s style deals, suggested reads, fun tidbits like the best craft beer (on occasion), the best men’s gear and more each Friday. I’ll also highlight cool picks from this very blog that are worth a second look. How about it? Let’s keep it rolling today.

I’m back in Brooklyn after a relaxing, safe and restful Fourth of July weekend back in Michigan visiting family and hanging out (socially distanced!) with friends. Of course, as you might have seen on my Instagram, I made sure to bring along plenty of summer style essentials, naturally. It was so great to catch up with my brother and four (four!) nieces and nephews, plus my mom, dad and sister — our first time spent together since Christmas! Talk about a much-needed break. I’m back at it here in the borough though, with weekend plans including a much-needed spin of the rocking Japandroids album “Near to The Wild Heart of Life” (on vinyl, of course!) accompanied by some fresh craft beer from a new favorite, Brooklyn’s own Wild East Brewing — stop by and pick up some to-go in their new (semi-built) space, if you so choose. I’ll also be helped along by High Brew Coffee‘s excellent canned cold brew — ya can’t go wrong there, can you? For now though, I hope the below picks will help get (or keep!) your weekend rolling along. Thanks, as ever, for reading.

  • Let’s get things going the right way. Well, that’d be the right way if you consider yourself a super fan of the blog — I’m comin’ at ya with even more content these days, thanks to my twice-weekly newsletter that just debuted this week. Known as The Style Guide In Brief, think of it like a mini-version of, well, the Friday Read. Every Tuesday and Saturday, I’ll cover a couple shopping picks, a must-buy beverage (craft beer or coffee, anyone??) and a cool song to get you ready for the day ahead. How does that sound? And hey, it’s free! Sign up here.
  • We mentioned above we’d be tackling a rugged messenger bag for summer, and that’s what the Carhartt x CORDURA Messenger Bag ($64.99) sets out to provide. It’s remarkably tough and durable, but compact enough to sling across your shoulder without weighing you down. I’ve been testing out my own messenger bag (thanks to my friends at Linda Gaunt Communications for sending!) these past few weeks in the wilds of Marine Park and beyond, and for the blend of affordability and durability, I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Keeping your beard in fine form during quarantine — and every other time of year, for that matter — can be a tall task at times. Whether you’re a longtime member of the bearded brethren or a newbie to the whole game, you should certainly head over to The Manual to check out my guide to the best beard balms for men. They won’t let you down.
  • Hey, you know what your summer weekend needs? One of the best men’s short-sleeve shirts. Not just any short-sleeve shirt, though. Get this limited-edition Todd Snyder camp collar shirt via my latest GearMoose briefing. Happy shopping, folks.

Now then, before we take off for the weekend, I’ll leave you with one last essential pair of summer shoes from one of the best menswear designers on the planet. That’d be Todd Snyder, and you’d do very well indeed to check out my post on the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukkas. They’re some of the best chukka boots (or are they boat shoes??) for summer, make no mistake about it. If you pick up a pair, be sure to let me know on Twitter. OK, now … that’ll wrap up today’s post. We’ll see you over at my newsletter? I sure hope so. Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, too. Cheers, my friends.