Social Primer by K. Cooper Ray 1st Edition Reversible Bow Tie Orange White Stripes Dots

K. Cooper Ray of Social Primer is well known for his collaborations with Brooks Brothers, but last Friday he struck out his own and presented his own line during Fashion Week.  The full line will include blazers, neck ties and bow ties, but, being Bow Tie Friday, it makes sense to focus on the bow ties.  The Alpha Bow Tie from Social Primer by K. Cooper Ray ($75) will be one of the first products you can purchase from this new line. Continue Reading »

GameDay Blazers

GameDay Blazer Green

A few months ago when I was looking for colored blazers for a post and was having no luck, Zac over at Loggerhead Apparel tipped me off to a new company called GameDay Blazers.  With college football on our collective minds these days, now is the perfect opportunity to introduce you all to this brand.  Their blazers add the perfect finishing touch to any gameday uniform and keep you looking classy while still sporting team colors. Continue Reading »

Marshall Ohio Battle for the Bell

The Battle for the Bell dates back to 1905, when the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Ohio Bobcats, located merely 80 or so miles apart, met in Huntington, West Virginia.  Marshall clawed out a 6-5 victory in that meeting.  The Bell was first introduced in 1997 and while Ohio leads the overall series 30-19-6, Marshall has been the dominate team of late, winning the Bell in nine out of eleven games.  A brief hiatus ensued when Marshall left the MAC for Conference USA in 2005, but after an unexpected meeting in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the two teams signed a six year contract to bring the game back.  This year’s battle pits a 1-1 Marshall team against a 2-0 Ohio team with votes in the polls and its eyes on an undefeated season. Continue Reading »

Bonobos Navy Trains

Bonobos Navy Trains Lightweight Corduroy Pinwale Pants

There’s a bit of a chill in the air, especially in the morning, but by midday the temperatures are back above seventy.  This fluctuation makes it tricky to dress and stay comfortable all day.  For your upper body you can always rely on layering but that doesn’t quite work for your lower body.  Trends like shorts worn on the outside of pants or zip-off pants are best left in the 80’s or on your backpacking trip.  Instead, try a lightweight corduroy like the Navy Trains by Bonobos ($98), that combines autumnal texture with summer comfort. Continue Reading »

Red Clay Soul Shoes Brooks Brothers Alden Lucchese Sid Mashburn Allen Edmonds

The High Five is a series that explores the five favorite things in a certain category. The following are Jay of Red Clay Soul’s five favorite shoes. You can view my High Five post on his blog. If you’d like to participate in future posts, please send me an e-mail.

Over the past few years, I’ve concentrated on building a ‘classic’ shoe collection.  While I do have some one-off pairs that get a fair amount of wear, the classics get worn the most.  They go with almost everything, and work in most situations.  Another focus is quality.  For me, the ability to repair or resole a pair of shoes is a must when making an investment in a pair of shoes.  These are My Five that rank at the top of the heap: Continue Reading »


Smathers and Branson Michigan State Needlepoint Belt

This post originally ran August 24, 2012.  Since then Smathers and Branson has added 14 more schools to bring the total up to 68 and the Midwestern options now include Kansas, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri in addition to Northwestern and Wisconsin.  Hats, coasters and Christmas ornaments are also available for select schools.

So far I’ve touched on the basics for supporting your school.  You have your shirts and your pants covered, and maybe even a tie.  But to really put the whole look together, you need to finish it off with the appropriate accessories.  Here to help finish off your look is Smathers & Branson with their collegiate line of needlepoint products ($25-$165).Smathers & Branson creates needlepoint belts, key fobs, flasks, wallets and dog collars for a variety of schools.  Right now they have designs for 54 schools, mostly located in the South and on the East Coast, but recently they have been expanding into the Midwest with schools like Northwestern and Wisconsin.  All of the products feature the high quality needlepoint designs that Smathers & Branson uses for their regular line of merchandise.  Each of these products will make a perfect accoutrement to an already well thought out gameday uniform. Continue Reading »

General Knot & Co Mini Jacquard Navy Floral & Crimson Plaid Bow Tie

Floral patterns seem to be one of the biggest trends these days, but the full blown floral patterns just seem too trendy and unmasculine to me.  Suffice it to say it’s highly unlikely that floral patterns will be making much of an appearance in my wardrobe.  However, a subtle floral print that’s a little more classic and less trendy is something I might consider, like the pattern on the  Mini Jacquard Navy Floral & Crimson Plaid Bow Tie by General Knot & Co. ($68). Continue Reading »