Alternate Route

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Matt Hranek is a photographer and author of one of my favorite places on the internet, The William Brown Project. Tomorrow night on Esquire TV unveils Hranek’s series Alternate Route where he traverses the states taking the audience to all the best places: breweries, distilleries, restaurants, shops, and everything else in between. Think of it as No Reservations with a focus on America and what I’m expecting to be more fun in general.. Matt’s got an affinity for side-by-side’s and air-cooled porches after all. Tune in tomorrow night at 10:30 and check out some clips in the meantime.

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Poler Holiday Store

And once again in store opening news Poler will be opening up their holiday shop in Williamsburg this coming Friday the 15th. I’ll be over at 33 Grand St slinging Art in the Age cocktails for you to enjoy so come on out.

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Topo Designs Flagship Store

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Congrats to Topo Designs for opening up their very own flagship store in their hometown of Denver. If you happen to live out there then you’ve got no excuse to miss their opening this Friday evening. I’m also stoked to see what they’re gonna be doing with their in-house brand Oyo Mountain.

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Rapha City Riding 2013

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Jake Stangel shoots the Rapha City Riding collection throughout Antwerp and Berlin. This year’s collection brings some new pieces (merino gilet) as well as past favorites with updated features and of course new colors. The ‘old gold’ color pops up in quite a few pieces like the long sleeve city jersey & winter city socks. One thing that did stick out to me was the unnamed brown jacket which I’m quite sure is a yet to be released color of the already offered city rain jacket. I personally own their classic softshell jacket and it’s easily my favorite piece of kit, I certainly wouldn’t mind adding a more casual piece of Rapha outerwear to closet. View the rest of the lookbook here and some words with Stangel on the Rapha blog.

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#cxfood

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When your race is over, you get to eat. Keep an eye on the #cxfood tag on Instagram for an ongoing report of my post-race eats. Pictured from top: Nittany Lion Cross, Charm City Cross, and Town Hall Cross.

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Topo Designs Fleece

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Jedd from Topo Designs sent over one of their fleece jackets at the tail end of last winter and I’ve been excited to make it a part of my regular outerwear rotation this year. I couldn’t help but notice how well the red and yellow placket trim went with my FairEnds livery so I expect that it’ll be a go-to jacket for both warm-ups and post-race hanging this cross season.

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Boot Season

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All of a sudden everywhere you go the beer’s got pumpkin in it, the donuts are filled with cider, and then just like that the mercury drops down to a sensible temperature. Summer’s great and all but I’m pretty pumped to put on some sturdy footwear after wearing plimsolls sans socks for the past few months. Pictured are my go-to boots from Danner, Red Wing, Vasque, and Yuketen.

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The Hill-Side: Twelve Brooklyn Homes

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Select shots from The Hill-Side‘s FW13 lookbook with styling by James Wilson (Mr. Secret Forts) and lenswork by Bill Gentle who’s better known as Backyard Bill. Check out the rest of the shoot here and some outtakes from James over at Secret Forts.

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