This season Topo Designs updates some of their staple bags like the Daypack with new colorways (the clay cordura is a beaut) and expands their collection of apparel. Notable pieces from the apparel line for me include the wool work shirt (also comes in plaid flannel) with it’s mismatched pockets and the soon to be released puffer vest filled with lightweight Primaloft.
Also, be sure to check out their feature on Colorado Makers to learn more about one of my favorite gear companies out there.
Last week I shot the fella’s from Reanimator Coffee in their new cafe and roasting facility while wearing some FW15 pieces from Gitman Vintage, Battenwear, Fidelty Sportswear, and more for Art in the Age (aka my day job). Check out the full edit over here.
My favorite shots from Saving Private Ryan, something about the quick flash of a stack of sandwiches and hot coffee being poured always stuck with me. Suggested reading: Fuck Yeah Olive Drab
The Japanese titanium enthusiasts at Snow Peak have designed a line of apparel that compliments the company’s hard goods well reputed for its minimal design and quality. I was happy to see the collection in person recently but seeing it styled and on models is a totally different way to appreciated it. Pockets, pop-overs, quilted insulation, and approachable uses of technical fabrics.. good things are coming. See more previews of the collection here (spork not included) .
The all white sneaker isn’t just a summer staple for me but I’ll be damned if I’m not reaching for them five out of seven days in warmer months. Authentics, Chuck’s, and Jack Purcell’s are my canons. The Stan Smith is is a silhouette that is often imitated and only successfully executed with luxe materials and construction by the likes of Common Projects and Buttero. Even still, one must pay homage to the original. Don’t worry about trying to keep them clean; if you are then surely you’ve missed the point. Available from JD Sports.
The bullmoose is a classic mountain bike handlebar, but I suppose you can’t just label it as just a handlebar since the stem is integrated into the bar. I’ve only ever owned one bike that would have fit the bill for the previously quill-only bar, it was a Bridgestone CB-Zip and I ended up fitting it with a Nitto Technomic stem and set of mustache bars.. which I ended up selling last winter.
Moving on: the bright people at Fairweather got together with Nitto to bring the bullmoose to the threadless 1-1/8″ standard of today. I’ve been considering getting a set of these burly bars for my Surly porteur; the 710mm of width would provide ample control of the heaviest loads along with a little more maneuverability than my porteur bars allow for. Get them domestically from Archive Bag (along with some great bags) or from Fairweather directly where they’re also offered in a black ano.
Photos by Blue Lug
Thorough Stitch is a fairly new line designed and constructed in New York City consisting of pop-over shirts and chino’s in a variety of classic fabrics with more to come. The lines’ owner Chad mentions some exciting pieces to come for Fall including a Harris Tweed CPO which I’m certain will be nothing short of brilliant- poke around a little more around the Instagram feed and you’ll find some other promising pieces. Thorough Stitch cites classic American menswear as a starting point for their designs as many others have before them, but without coming off as trite and boringly Trad/Ivy/etc.
Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday but just one day later is my birthday- the two generally fall very close in proximity every year. So, in a way the items collected above serve as a Father’s Day gift guide but it doubles pretty well as a wishlist for myself.
Linen bucket hat by Archival Clothing / Mountain Shorts by Topo Designs / Color titanium mug by Snow Peak / Terraduro spd shoes by Giro / Simple Fly Fishing book by Patagonia / Boston clogs by Birkenstock / Ruby Redbird by Shiner / Grifo Tubulars by Challenge / Coffee and hot sauce by FairEnds / Pack of pocket tee’s by Velva Sheen