The Pantalones
August 11, 2014

Montedoro Quilted Bomber Jacket

This thing is super gnarly. Made from quilted polyester, printed to look like tweed, this is a perfect fall coat. Triple patch pockets on a bomber isn’t something you see every day. 

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August 10, 2014

The fact that Jai Paul only has two track on Spotify is a damn crime. 

What is our government doing about this issue? What can we do to help create positive change? Will our children have the intelligence and courage to make these changes a reality? I don’t know. I just don’t.

This song is a banger though. 

(Source: Spotify)

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Filed under: Music Jai Paul Spotifyy BTSTU 
August 9, 2014
BAE (at The Boiler Room at Congress Hall)

BAE (at The Boiler Room at Congress Hall)

August 8, 2014
Finishing up my first week at @bonappetitmag in my natural summer habitat. Tuna steaks, swordfish skewers, lemons, asparagus, and chives on the grill. Plenty of salt, pepper, evoo, and rosemary to go around.  (at The Diamond)

Finishing up my first week at @bonappetitmag in my natural summer habitat. Tuna steaks, swordfish skewers, lemons, asparagus, and chives on the grill. Plenty of salt, pepper, evoo, and rosemary to go around. (at The Diamond)

August 8, 2014
Friday.  (at Condé Nast)

Friday. (at Condé Nast)

August 8, 2014
Recent Pick-Up: Esemplare Short Sleeve Cotton Henley
Everyone needs the basics.

Recent Pick-Up: Esemplare Short Sleeve Cotton Henley

Everyone needs the basics.

(Source: yoox.com)

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August 7, 2014

The lead guitar part in this song still amazes me every time I listen to it (very frequently). It’s basically a song-long solo. 

One of the best recent album releases for sure. I hope this band continues to do it real big. Incredible talent. 

Check out the mastery in the Letterman performance

(Source: Spotify)

August 7, 2014

Anonymous said: Hey, big fan of the blog! I was wondering if you ever go to thrift stores and if so, if you had any recommendations for the NYC area?

Hey man, thanks for reading. Unfortunately I don’t hit any thrift shops in NYC, so I really can’t give any valuable feedback here.

Anyone?

August 7, 2014

Anonymous said: Looking for a fashionable yet effective jacket to wear in NY and Boston late October when it starts to get cold. Any ideas in terms of brands/styles?

I’m a big fan of field jackets. You could look at M65s from Alpha Industries, Aspesi, and Lardini for a few different options. As far as tailored outerwear goes, Suitsupply actually has some great options in a generally affordable price range. 

You could also move to heritage brands like Filson and Lavenham for some more options. 

I will say that a tweed blazer is my personal favorite, in terms of outerwear for the fall. Most people view blazers as a more formal element, but I think they constitute as all-purpose outerwear, especially when it comes to tweed. 

August 7, 2014

andreythebeardedgentleman said: Dude, congratu-freakin-lations on landing the Bon Appétit gig. That's awesome.

Thanks! It’s been great thus far.

August 7, 2014

Anonymous said: I'm looking to purchase some blazers, to dress up my wardrobe at work. I'm tall with an average build. Any suggestions, what's your favorite blazer you own?

If you can afford it, the Boglioli K Jacket is the best straight up jacket on the market. My linen/cotton K is the best jacket I own (HUGE thanks to my dude Jason on that one). You could also throw me a price range and I’ll advise. 

August 7, 2014

shecameinthruthebathroomwindow said: What's the rule for DB blazers? Are 4 buttons ok? Most of the jackets I see have 6...

I prefer four to six. Never button your bottom right button. Always keep the jacket closed (unbuttoned DBs look horrible regardless of what street style photos suggest). If you want to go six, that’s fine; just not for me. 

Also, if you’re already a stocky dude, DB may not be the way to go, because it highlights and broadens the shoulders. 

August 7, 2014

Anonymous said: How was the first day (I assume)? Is it what dreams are made of?!

It’s baller as hell. 

August 7, 2014

Anonymous said: Nice review on Awl & Sundry. A follow-up question... you wrote: "As a whole, I can only think of one or two options giving a better product/customer experience/price/package delivery, in terms of footwear at this price point." Out of curiosity, what are those other options?

Thanks for the kind words. The other options in that range that I was thinking of are Grenson, Car Shoe, Meermin Linea Maestro, and maybe a few offerings from Loake. As a whole though, Awl & Sundry delivers the most bang for the buck. They all vary in terms of vibe and purpose.

August 7, 2014
Awl & Sundry Handmade Custom Footwear

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I haven’t been writing reviews on the blog lately, because there haven’t been many new products that I’ve been truly excited about experiencing first hand. As you can see, I’m reviewing Awl & Sundry now, and I’m definitely excited. 

We all know that custom menswear is huge right now. There are a number of new custom shirt and suit makers popping up every few months, whether they be online or brick and mortar shops. The risk is always the quality of the product, which varies very drastically. The same opportunities and risks have recently become present in the footwear market as well; however, Awl & Sundry has proven that quality isn’t an issue at all. These guys produce custom, handmade, full grain leather shoes, finished with a hand-sewn Goodyear welt. Every pair is made to order, and is customizable down to the last detail. 

The selection of options really impressed the hell out of me. There are five lasts to choose from, as well as four styles (derby, loafer, monkstrap, and oxford) to set as the base of your shoe. Once you pass the initial options, there are variety of options to add to the vamp, eye stay, toe, and foxing. After that, the full grain leather options are vast, including a variety of colors in plain calf, calf grain, calf suede, alligator, and ostrich. The laces and stitching are also color customizable, and all of the options I’ve listed above are intuitively visualized in a great 3D display that updates as you create your shoe online. 

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I posted a while ago that I had ordered a pair of custom, grain leather double monks, and I received them in the mail a few weeks ago. To my delight, they were absolutely beautiful. The quality of the leather was the first thing that I noticed, superbly smooth to the touch and visibly striking. The grain of the leather that I chose is subtle enough not to be overbearing but still present enough to make a distinction, and it was handled and stitched beautifully. The last really showed off the leather quite well, with a rounded toe and slim body. There were no visible flaws in the handwork on the shoes, including the Goodyear welt, and the shine and polish of the leather on the outer and sole were both on point. 

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