Snow Peak FW14

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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) .

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Stan Smith

IMG_7981 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.

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Fairweather Bullmoose

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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

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Thorough Stitch Pop-Over

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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.

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For Dads

bdadFather’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

 

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East Dane Giveaway

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I’m holding a contest with East Dane on my Instagram through Memorial Day that will give ten lucky winners a $50 gift certificate to their site. Entering couldn’t be any simpler: just check out their list of designers and leave a comment on this post mentioning your favorite designer with a hashtag or mention of that designer’s account. Then, on May 27th I’ll pick ten people at random to receive a gift certificate. Easy as pie!

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M. Nii Summer ’14

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Anyone that knows me well can tell you that I am a bonafide land lover through and through. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy going to the beach in warmer months but I’ll take a shady mountain trail over hot sand any day of the week. If I was more surf-inclined I’d be wearing M. Nii all summer long “down the shore”- as they say around these parts. This Summer’s collection of American-made and classically-styled sportswear is super solid. Some of my favorite pieces include their two-tone corduroy “Low Pressure” jacket and “Big Rock¨ striped pocket tee- stripes are definitely their specialty.

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Tanner Goods Saddle Bag

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Really digging the design of this saddle bag from Tanner Goods that I had previously noticed on their edition of Cielo builds. The double ring strap is a nice alternative to a buckle or toe strap, I imagine it holds the bag to saddle rails really well. With it’s heavy duty 10z canvas, 18oz twill, thick leather, and brass hardware it’s definitely not the lightest saddlebag around but it’d surely look great on a classic steel road or city bike. Check out the bag in the other two great colorways as well as Tanner’s handlebar and frame bags on their web shop.

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