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Shopping Portland | Winn Perry

Jul 30th, 2014 | Categories: Portland Oregon, Retail | by Michael Williams

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Every trip to the Pacific Northwest for at least the past five years has included the same thought: “I really want to check out Winn Perry.”

This classic men’s store opened its doors originally in 2008 (it moved locations and went on a brief hiatus at one point), but it has reemerged better than ever and still carries Alden and a variety of other finely made things. Looking back I can’t figure out if it was either right on time, or slightly ahead of its time. Though, I can say that it is about time that I actually made it in for a visit in real life.

Winn Perry has always been understated and restrained in a good way. It wasn’t chasing a trend or movement, it was just focused on stocking good things that will last a long time. Walk in and talk to the store’s owner Jordan Sayler (he’s also the buyer and all-around shopkeeper) who can speak in great detail to everything in the place. Have a question about fit or quality? He can answer it. There are many stores these days that can actually do that, but the good service at Winn Perry is an enjoyable (seemingly throwback) experience nonetheless.

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Sunglasses to Make Paul Newman Proud.

Jul 29th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear | by Jake Gallagher

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Everyone loves talking about the “practicality” of men’s clothing, but let’s be real here for a moment – how often are you going to run in a pair of Flyknits, or fold back working cuffs, or stash something (other than Chapstick) in a cargo pocket? Probably not that often. But how often are your sunglasses going to protect you from the sun? Every damn day. With that said, we know that you’re more concerned with looking like Paul Newman than pleasing your ophthalmologist, so here’s some of our favorite frames for summer and beyond.

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Barton Perreira – Make Paul proud.





The Man in the White Suit

Jul 27th, 2014 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Menswear, Movies | by Jake Gallagher

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Five years before the debut of the classic, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit came the release of another “The Man in the…” movie on the other side of the pond. The Man in the White Suit, which was produced by Ealing Studios and stared Alec Guinness, is far less famous than its flanneled counterpart, but is still widely considered to be one of the finest British films of the post-war period. The titles are hardly the only similarity between these two films, they both explore the existential dilemma that many people experienced following World War Two, but while The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit takes a stern approach to this subject, The Man in the White Suit follows a more comical route. Nonetheless, both films capture the insecurities of a postwar period in which the scale of life suddenly loomed large and the ever onward march of progress left many men questioning where exactly they fit into the world.

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Hender Scheme Pays Hommage.

Jul 25th, 2014 | Categories: Footwear, Jake Gallagher, Japan, Shoes | by Jake Gallagher

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Leather shoes are all about potential. The real appeal of a pair of leather soles lies not in how they look today, but how they’ll look tomorrow. “Character,” is that intangible factor that compels us to purchase a pair of shoes based at least partially on its ability to age along with us. Japanese footwear label Hender Scheme is driven by this notion, as their collection of raw leather shoes are distinguished by their promise of an incomparable patina. Unlike most leather sole labels though, Hender Scheme isn’t best known for dress shoes (although they have recently begun to enter into this market), instead they focus primarily on sneaker silhouettes. These shoes, much like paying a visit to your hometown as an adult, are at once both familiar and unknown.

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Making the Argument for Custom Ebbet’s Field Flannels.

Jul 24th, 2014 | Categories: Hats, Jake Gallagher | by Jake Gallagher

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We should preface this piece by saying that yes, this is a $99 baseball hat and yes, We do realize that for most (if not all of you) the idea of buying a nearly triple digit baseball hat might be enough to make you close this window faster than a Walter Johnson fastball, but like all things baseball related, if you study the stats, we think this hat is actually worth the money.

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Get Yourself a Guayabera

Jul 23rd, 2014 | Categories: ACL Endorses, Jake Gallagher, Shirts, Style | by Jake Gallagher

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Ankle espadrilles, madras short shorts, and more compartments than a Boeing 747, oh yes there is quite a lot going on with Gary Cooper’s outfit in the photo above, but for now let’s all shift our attention over to John Wayne’s more approachable attire.

While that cowboy hat probably deserves a post all its own, Wayne’s Guayabera shirt is the real winner of this shot. When this photo was snapped back in Acapulco during the forties, Guayabera’s were ubiquitous throughout Mexico, but it’s tough to discern where exactly they come from. The most popular origin story is that sometime in the late 18th or early 19th centuries a farmer’s wife sewed four pleated pockets onto the front of his shirt so that he could easily store guavas (hence the name) while out in the fields. Whether that’s true or not, no one really knows, but the Guayabera’s merits are without question.





The Maine Flea Way.

Jul 22nd, 2014 | Categories: Maine | by Michael Williams

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Driving on US1 in Maine this past weekend I happened upon the Montsweag Flea Market. I hadn’t planned on stopping at this particular flea market, but I had some time to kill before we could get the keys to our summer rental and I knew there’s a lot of good stuff on US1. Once I found this place, I was not disappointed. (I didn’t know it at the time, but this flea is coincidentally listed on the map of flea markets that I made way back in 2009.)

Having given up on the Brooklyn Flea some time ago (partially because I’m not in New York all that much when it is going on and partially because it’s a bit too over-thought for my liking) it’s not always easy for me to get to a good flea market. I’ve spent more than a few early weekend mornings going to the Elephant’s Trunk in Connecticut and have found some great stuff there, or have at least had a great time hunting. Most of the time looking is what these things are all about. There’s a challenge to dig and find the cool little things that are really worth taking home. There’s a sense of adventure and hopefully a surprise around the corner. That’s keeps me coming back and what always makes me pull-in if I spot a flea while driving down the road on a beautiful Saturday in Maine.

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These were my only purchases at the flea. There’s a guy in a Pharrell hat and a bunch of Maine beach beauties.