I’ve received several questions lately regarding Toms shoes and whether or not I consider them to be a stylish and acceptable form of footwear. The short answer is…Yes. The longer answer is…only in the summer…always without socks…only the “Classic” style…and no patterns. Keep it simple with solid, understated colors.
Toms was founded by Blake Mycoskie in 2006. Inspired by a trip to Argentina where he experienced extreme poverty, health conditions and children walking without shoes, he decided to start a shoe company (modeled after the Argentine alpargata shoe) with a commitment to match every pair of Toms purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need.
If you follow the rules, you’ll have yourself a nice (and extremely comfortable) addition to your summer shoe lineup. They’re also good bait if you’re looking to land one of those Feist listening, Whole Foods shopping, Coachella attending, do-gooder type girls.
No. 20: There is one thing that all functioning male members of society have in common. Sleeves.
I was back home in Detroit this past week to take care of business. I had to go to a few meetings, go to a wedding and partake in the usual bar hopping and juvenile behavior. Since airlines are now starting to charge extra for bags and breathing air (just give it time it will happen), I only brought one pair of shoes, Bass Dover Weejuns. They worked swimmingly for every occasion, the only place I didn’t wear them was to the gym…dress shoe workout guy is pathetic (I’ve seen it more than once).
Oktoberfest and other fall style brews will be in stores and bars before you know it, so get your hands on a summer seasonal while its still hot, literally and figuratively.
My choice is Bell’s Oberon. If you live in an area where Oberon is sold and your refrigerator isn’t fully stocked with this spicy and fruity American wheat ale…I question your character. If you don’t live in an area where Oberon is sold…consider relocating.
No. 19: Don’t be cell phone holster guy. He only gets calls from his boss.
Image pulled from Leather Head, I don’t like LSU.
Football season is almost upon us, and when I say “football season”, I mean college football season. The NFL is all well and good…but I’m from Detroit. Tailgate for me used to mean getting woken up by sorority girls at 5:00am with Jell-O shots and fight songs (good times), however I’m getting to the age where I should probably partake in a more traditional tailgate format. Grilling, tossing the football, limiting myself to less than 15 beers (but not too much less) and perhaps actually making it to the game…that kind of thing.
Add a little style and nostalgia to your tailgate this season with a football from Leather Head Sports. Paul Cunningham, a former photo editor for Major League Baseball and Sr. Baseball Glove Craftsman for a small glove importer began hand crafting vintage inspired baseballs, called Lemon Ball, and footballs a few years back. The company has progressed nicely and he’s been supplying us with handsome tailgate toys and vintage office decor ever since. They’re also a bit smaller than the official NFL size, so I might actually be able to throw a few bombs and impress the broads.
This is what I’ll be tossing around at tailgate this season…beer in hand, of course.
Dispatch: Curated content to read, watch, use and amuse.
-Details: How Restaurants became the new Nightlife: Read
-GQ: 10 Reasons why LA is the Coolest City on the Planet: Read
-Nowness: Falcon Motorcycles: Watch
-Serious Eats: Jim Meehan: Read
-BA Foodist: 10 Best New Restaurants in America: Read
No. 18: No big tie knots. Think Don Draper, not Ari Gold.
I stopped by the Ace Hotel today for a quick meeting and sampled yet another one of their great offspring, No. 7 Sub. Since opening, the building that houses the Ace on 29th St. between 5th Ave. & Broadway (not exactly the hippest hood in NYC) has been leasing space to some very in vogue brands in order to create a hipster oasis in the middle of Chelsea. Offerings like the in-house resturaunt The Breslin, Stumtown coffee, Opening Ceremony, Project No. 8 and their latest addition, No.7 Sub.
The sub shop is a concept brought to the Ace by No. 7 restaurant in Brooklyn and offers 10 sandwich options during lunch as well as few breakfast sandwiches and house made sodas. I went with the Roast Beef with chimichurri, hummus and potato chips (placed on the sandwich for a nice crunch effect).
Summer is on its way out…Time to rally the troops, soak up the sun and sip on some Sangria for possibly the last time this year. Variations of Sangria have been popular in Spain and across Europe for hundreds of years, however it wasn’t introduced to America until the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.
2 bottles red Spanish table wine
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving. Mix today, serve tomorrow.
No. 18: “You know who wear sunglasses inside? Blind people and assholes.”- Larry David
Images pulled from The Sartorialist.
If you’re in America and you see a guy wearing a suit (or even just well-dressed) while riding a motorcycle, moped or bike; you’re either in New York or some really cool bizzaro world that I don’t even know about.
I love America, but we don’t exactly dress our best when traveling on two wheels. In Europe, its pretty much the norm.
You’ll find these guys listed under the “Baller” category in my book.