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Archive for October, 2011

Chicago Belt Co Great Lakes Ribbon Belt

A couple weeks ago a brand new Midwestern brand made its much-anticipated debut.  I had been excited about the possibilities ever since I first heard about Chicago Belt Co.  Living in the Midwest we’ve come to rely on brands based mostly in the south and the east so it is refreshing to have our own prep staple.  Rob, the founder of Chicago Belt Co., sent some product over for me to review, including some great looking croakies and coozies and the perfect belt for Great Lakes Prep, the Great Lakes Belt ($45). (more…)

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I first need to give a big thank you to Rhon over at Backwoods Plaid.  His photographs of his adventures in the wilderness of Maine have inspired me to spend more time in nature observing and capturing all of the beauty it holds.  This is why I became excited when I realized Alabama’s largest state park happened to be only a few miles south of Birmingham, which I visited last week on business.  Knowing this I made sure to leave time in between my meetings to get out and explore the park for at least a few hours.  Truthfully I could have spent the entire day roaming the woods, hiking up the steep inclines and taking in the sweeping vistas but the two and half hours I was able to squeeze in before sunset was a welcome break.  Of course, I brought along my camera to document my adventure.  While I haven’t splurged on a DSLR yet, my Nikon point and shoot still takes some respectable images. (more…)

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High Cotton Ties Leighton Cove Bow Tie

Last week I was down in Alabama on business and had the opportunity to check out a couple of men’s shops.  This was a great opportunity to actually see a lot of the brands I write about up close and personal.  Unfortunately you don’t find many of these brands (or good men’s shops for that matter) in this area of the country.  Naturally I had to check out the High Cotton Ties display while I was there and used this as the perfect excuse to pick up a new bow tie.  After much debate I opted to go with the Leighton Cove ($45). (more…)

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Deal of the day and flash-sale sites are all the rage currently.  It seems like there are new ones popping up all the time that cover an ever-expanding array of merchandise.  I want to focus on a few of those that specialize in clothing and offer several of the brands found on this blog. (more…)

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Salmon Cove
A few weeks ago I featured the Monterey Button Down by Salmon Cove, a brand based out of Chicago.  Recently I interviewed Charlie from Salmon Cove about the brand. Read on to find out more about this Midwestern brand that is building a national following (I spotted Salmon Cove while in Alabama at Remon’s Clothier). (more…)

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Allen Edmonds Strand Shoe

One of the worst feelings in the world is finding the perfect pair of shoes only to have them wear out after a few years.  Well-made shoes are an investment that requires a significant output of money.  This is what sets Allen Edmonds apart from other shoe manufacturers out there.  When you purchase a pair of shoes from Allen Edmonds, you also purchase the ability to have them Recrafted if you wear them out.  For a fee much less than the cost of a new pair of shoes, Allen Edmonds will remove your worn-in uppers and reattach them to a new pair of soles.  One of my favorite pairs of Allen Edmonds are the Strands ($325). (more…)

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The best products came about in response to unfulfilled need.  Inspiration can strike any time and any where.  Such was the case for Adam Blitzer on a trip to Argentina.  This trip altered the course of his life and the availability of rugged, high-quality luggage that should find its way into your wardrobe.    The trip served as an inspiration behind Blue Claw Company and its signature bag, the Worton Weekender ($298). (more…)

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