Gear Up: Polar Vortex

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Canada Goose

If you live basically anywhere in the US, it’s been a brutal winter…and there’s no sign of it slowing up. Pea coats and traditional top coats are nice, but they don’t stand a chance against this polar vortex. Consider investing in a jacket with a little more muscle to get through the rest of the season…your ski jacket with three year old lift tickets hooked on the zipper won’t cut it either.

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Dapper Dispatch | Best Retail Projects of 2013

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As the new year begins, let’s take a look back at some of the best retail projects of 2013. There were several great brick & mortars (and one bus) that launched in 2013…hopefully a sign of more great shops to come in 2014.

Todd Snyder X Champion: City Gym

Harry’s: The Corner Shop

Shinola: Detroit Store

Warby Parker: Class Trip

Monocle Café: London

 

Dapper Dunkers | NBA Style

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The NBA has several problems…style isn’t one of them anymore.

Remember old NBA style? Six-button suits…not a good look, bro. While the golden era of the NBA (Jordan, Magic and Bird) may be long gone, the new core of stars tops those legends on off-court style. I don’t know when or how it happened, but it seems like the new era of NBA players are spending more time at the tailor shop than the ti!ty bar…probably a good PR move.

NBA: Finals-Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder

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Spotted & Tied

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Spotted & Tied, a new line of neckwear was, like many companies, born out of necessity. Founder, Amir Nobakht conceptualized the idea while in medical school. Requirements to wear a tie a few days per week in the hospital and a lack of finding something that fit his personality led him to the idea of designing a line of what he describes as “Fun and youthful ties that can also be worn in a professional setting”. The first run of ties feature the brands signature giraffe logo, chosen because giraffes can be associated with elegance and mischief, as well as other patterns such as dots, stars and solid knits. Look for a variety of fabrics and new patterns in their upcoming lines.

Check out Spotted & Tied and use promo code DAPPER25 at checkout to receive 25% off your purchase!

 

 

Trunk Club | Men’s Outfitters

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Do you have a personal stylist? Didn’t think so.

I could have asked “Do you date supermodels?” and gotten the same response, right? Only in your dreams. Well thanks to Trunk Club, a new-ish Chicago based start-up, the personal stylist thing could be a dream come true. Here’s the deal:

-You sign up…Here

-You chat with a stylist online (likes, dislikes, style preferences, hobbies, body type…).

-They ship you a Trunk with awesome gear…you keep what you like and ship the rest back at no charge.

-Look awesome.

-Date supermodels*

*Trunk Club and The Dapper Dude make no guarantees on the last statement.

 

Art of the Menu

Hospitality branding is my favorite thing. I once read that “Good design tells a story. It doesn’t have to have a beginning, middle and end, but some kind of narrative must exist. Some sense of time and place – context is everything. The best restaurants exemplify this, portraying the vision of their creators in each light fixture, each piece of flatware, each choice of seating.”

Deep, but very true. I would add branding and marketing collateral to the mix as well. It all must work together. Art of the Menu is a site by the folks at Under Consideration dedicated to showcasing the best in restaurant branding and identity design.

I’m hooked.

 

The Graham & Co. | Catskills

I hate to paint with a broad brush, but if you live you New York City you probably fall into one of two categories: A Hamptons person or an Upstate person. Everyone in the city needs to escape now and then, some head east and some head north. The Hamptons, especially Montauk, has appealed to a younger, more “downtown” crowd lately. However, The Graham & Co. is about to change all of that. Located in Phonecia, NY in the Catskill mountains, The Graham & Co. is a new weekend destination designed for those who might usually go east to places like The Surf Lodge or Rushmeyer’s in Montauk.

OAK founder, Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow, creative director at Athletics, acquired an old roadside motel and completely redesigned it with a rustic charm and new brand identity. With activities like bonfires, bikes and outdoor movies, The Graham & Co. is the perfect new alternative to a Hamptons escape.

Go North.

 

The Travelling Gin Co. | London

Bikes, pop-ups and craft cocktails seem to be all the rage these days. Two gents from London have combined all of these trends into one awesome concept…The Travelling Gin Co. The founders, Edward Godden and Joseph Lewis pop-up around London with their two-wheeler equipped with baskets full of lemons, limes, bitters and of course, gin. Serving up fresh G&Ts. Their gin-cycle is the perfect edition for any event, or you might just bump into them on your next stroll around Shoreditch.

 

Derek Mattison | Bachelor Pad

Fellow Detroit native and Michigan State University graduate, Derek Mattison, was recently featured in the July issue of GQ. Derek founded ESN Interactive, an internet marketing company, but is now turning his attention to his true passion…tailoring. If you like the super-slim and super-contemporary look, keep an eye on his eponymous line, Mattison, which recently opened a store on Melrose Place. I’m even more interested in his bachelor pad in the Nichols Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles. Derek commissioned Commune Design to create the modern bohemian look. I wouldn’t mind enjoying a beer at that poolside bar. Go State!

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The Motley X Details

Like what you see in the new Details “Best of Grooming” issue? Now you can buy it all with ease. My good friends over at The Motley have partnered with Details in order to make all of the featured brands available in once place. Shipped right to your door. Now you have no excuse for buying inferior grooming products.

 

Maide Golf | Bonobos

Just in time for golf season.

Check out Maide Golf, the new line of slimmer, cooler golf apparel for guys. I’m excited that my clothes will look good next time I hit the links…can’t say the same for game.

 

Freehand | Miami

Freehand, a new hostel brand, has opened its first location in Miami at the former Indian Creek Hotel. The concept is a partnership between the Sydel Group, the developer behind the Ace New York & Palm Springs properties and Yucaipa Companies. Created for a new generation of urban travelers, Freehand will incorporate innovative design, a local food and beverage experience, and a comfortable community atmosphere, all offered at an affordable price.

The interior design was done by Roman & Williams, who have done killer work for the Ace among other.

Sydel and Yucaipa have plans to open at least ten more locations within the next few years.