I hit Boston this weekend with some friends. Prior to this trip, the majority of my time in the Boston area had been spent in Cambridge (with the occasional trip to Newbury Street). Cambridge is a great town on it’s own, but it was nice to dig deep into Boston and really get a taste of the city.
If you’re looking for good Seafood in Boston (and why wouldn’t you be?), look no further than Neptune Oyster. Located in Boston’s North End, this quaint spot hits the mark on every detail. The lobster roll came highly recommended (for good reason). I went hot with butter.
Bobby’s from Boston is probably the best vintage store I’ve ever been to. Amazing men’s clothing and accessories from all eras…and at can’t miss prices. I need to plan another trip and dedicate it entirely to this store.
Craft cocktail bars continue to be the hot trend in drinking culture. Drink is Boston’s best offering. No menu, just tell the bartender what you’re looking for and they’ll craft something specific to your wants and desires. It was a hot day, but I whisky…they worked based off those two points and served me what was probably the best cocktail I’ve ever had.
The bar snacks are pretty killer too.
Ball & Buck is a new shop on high-end Newbury St. It’s a refreshing and relevant break from the designer and chain stores prominent of the block. Stacked high with Bill’s Khakis, Gitman shirting and other brands of that ilk, Ball & Buck only stocks brands that are made in America.
They also operate a one chair barber shop in the back.
Mad Men has set many style trends over the years; The slim charcoal suit, thick framed glasses, the side part, and now…plaid jackets. At least one has appeared in every episode so far this season, and they took it to a whole new level this past Sunday (see above).
Certainly plaid jackets could be found prior to Mad Men (as could a slim charcoal suit, thick framed glasses and side parts), however, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of these this spring and summer based solely on their new staring role.
Keep in mind that this is advanced style. If you plan on experimenting yourself, make sure it’s in a modern cut, and unless you work in a creative field…save it for the weekend.
“Since the time it was introduced in the seventeenth century, the modern suit has been about two things: power and sex. If you doubt us, try this simple experiment. Some evening, go to a nice hotel bar where you don’t know anyone, wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The jeans don’t even have to have holes in them, and the t-shirt can be clean. Now, return to the same bar the next evening wearing a nice suit. Take note of the difference in reaction from the bartender and of the other patrons in the bar. Remember them.”- Esquire Style Handbook
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again…Men’s fashion “trends” are moving into a more dressed up direction. No wardrobe is complete without a selection of well-tailored staples, and with the opening of J.Crew’s new Ludlow Shop in NYC, these items have never been easier to find. The Ludlow suit, J.Crew’s slimmer, more modern cut, takes center stage at their new shop on Hudson St. in Tribeca. While the entire store revolves around one suit model, there is sill plenty to choose from. The suit is currently offered in nineteen different versions and the store is well stocked with a carefully curated selection of complimentary items like Thomas Mason shirts, Crockett & Jones shoes and Drake’s pocket squares.
The dust has officially settled on New York Fashion Week, and Ovadia & Sons is the cleanest one of the bunch. Men’s fashion is heading in a more tailored, dressed-up direction, and Ovadia & Sons has nailed it with their most recent collection.
Vintage style barbershops have been popping up at a rapid pace over the past few year. One of the originators of this trend was Rudy’s, which started in the early 1990s during the “grunge” days in Seattle.
Check out this video which documents the story of their humble beginnings.
I wouldn’t usually support the idea of spending an outrageous amount of money on blue jeans…but 3×1 is just too damn cool.
Denim industry maven, Scott Morrison, of Earnest Sewn and Paper Denim & Cloth fame opened up his Soho shop this past May. His new concept, 3×1 (the name is derived from denim’s standard weaving constriction, 3×1 Right Hand Twill, and references the designers third denim venture), is focused on the bespoke process.
While 3×1 has a selection of ready-to-wear denim (prices starting around $350), the real draw is the custom, with prices starting at (cough) $1200. During the process, you meet with Scott and his design team to pick out everything from fabric (with dozens of Japanese, European and American bolts to sort through) to hardware, to stitch color. From there, you will collaborate with the head pattern maker until the fit is just right. The ladies who work in their in-house facility will construct the finished product while you watch.
Sure, if you want to pay this month’s rent you can get a pair of A.P.C’s or Gap 1969′s, but the day might come when you want to drop $1200 on a pair of jeans, and when that day comes my friend, 3×1 is the only acceptable option.
Look, I got into the workwear trend just as much as the next guy. I own plenty of workshirts, flannels, and I’m one pair shy of a full weeks-worth of Red Wing boots. Heavy Field & Stream-like flannels and work boots will always be in style in the right setting, but the “trend” is dying off. If you’re a city dweller, you’re better off investing in some classic well-tailored clothing, like those documented on the blog, Die, Workwear.
While the rugged look certainly has a place and time, the classic look is timeless and always appropriate.
Spread collar shirts have been gaining popularity recently, and for good reason…when done right, they look damn good.
A spread collar is like a double-breasted suit, they’re not for every guy. But if you have a thin frame and a thin face, nothing looks better than a spread collar shirt. The horizontal line that the collar creates balances the natural vertical lines of a thin face and frame. Add some to your mix today, they’re available from high to low.