The folks from J.Crew were kind enough to invite me over to check out the new men’s store at 484 Broadway in NYC. The shop, which used to be a newsstand, is a perfect mix between a normal J.Crew store and the more directional J.Crew Liquor Shop that opened last year. So basically, there are special items like Superior Labor tote bags, Alden shoes, staplers, Mister Freedom clothing and all of the basics that you have come to expect from J.Crew. A good combination if you ask me.
The good people at Cold Splinters (which is fantastic and should be on your daily reading list) put me onto some amazing digitized vintage Backpacker magazines. More than the articles, I was drawn to the old-school ads for some of the same outfitters we are still talking about today. Companies like Sierra Designs, Danner, The North Face and Woolrich. It is cool to see the look and feel from the late seventies and early eighties. I especially love the illustrated ads. I remember reading magazines and catalogs like Campmor as a kid and dreaming over kick-ass camping equipment.
These days, the sad reality is that print magazines are dropping like flies. I for one appreciate the tactile sense of seeing words and photos beautifully laid out on printed paper. I also appreciate the irony of me saying that through my blog via your computer monitor. The good news is, while print is retracting it certainly is not dead. And with the recent launch of the men’s magazine The Rake, there is actually reason to be excited. I got an opportunity not long ago to pose a few questions to The Rake editor Mr. Christian Barker about what exactly makes The Rake tick. Our Q&A after the jump.
Many have tried and many have failed. Finally there is a cool blog about beards, moustaches, shaving, barber shops and all of that good stuff. The site called Definitive Beards, is a wood-panel lined men’s club curated by Mr. David Coggins, the gent behind the exquisite Exit Lines. The blog is a celebration of the battle with facial hair and consists of well chosen photos scrolling down the center with grooming resources on the right. What else does a guy need? Maybe Mr. Coggins will start a weapons blog next. Definitive Beards
Originally it was a camouflage corduroy sport coat that made me love Hickey. That was a few years back when they started the brand, back when Tommy Fazio (who is now the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman) was involved with the line. When Aaron Levine took over as design director for the SS08 season things only got better. I should point out that Aaron and I are friends, but that isn’t why I’m posting about Hickey. I genuinely like the clothes and I like that the company makes their suits in Rochester. With all that is going on with the brand, I hope that continues.
The AW09 line is everything I have come to expect from Hickey, nice looking outerwear, knits and of course the great selection of union made suiting. If you are wondering about the model, that would be very kind and earnest looking fashion editor Kevin Stewart. More looks from the collection and a little Q&A with Aaron Levine after the jump.
This past weekend The San Francisco Chronicle and writer Aaron Britt weighed in on the work wear trend. Aaron was kind enough to speak to your humble blogger about the specifics and even included a photo from my trip to the Post O’Alls factory a few weeks back. Many thanks again to Mr. Britt and also to Annie Wilson for going to the trouble of mailing me copies. Print version below, online here.