David’s one of a few consistent submitters to the Presentation Project. I dug his look today. Read his blog, too. It’s good.
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For as long as I can remember, I have had the same side table in my life. It’s one of those things you don’t really think about so much but makes its way with you regardless throughout college, bachelor life, living with your girlfriend, moving to NYC, moving back to Denver, living the bachelor life again, and onto whatever the next step may be (obviously, I’m referencing personal examples here). A side table, while unassuming, can be an integral part of a room. For me, it has been more than just about aesthetic. While that is important and all, the sentiment attached to this particular piece is insurmountable.
Oh hell yes. Look at that kid right there! The tie says, “business,” the peacoat says, “style” and those boots say, “outta my effing way, dudeson. I ain’t got time for no crybaby antics, son. I don’t care if you are the frigid morning air or icy sidewalks or the fact that I am still ridiculously tired because I stayed up late watching Apprentice reruns when I should have been sleeping. Balderdash!” But in all honesty, I do not rock my Red Wings as much as I should. Today, though? Today just felt right to do so. Ands I’m glad I did. Super comfortable, wickedly durable, and the color is just bar none. Nothing like a shade of light chestnut among shades of blues and grays to make the outfit pop. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t already gotten a plethora of compliments on these ass-kickers… Same people who said something about the panda sweater. I’m just throwing the world for a loop. Now almost a year old, these Gentleman Travelers were WELL worth the price point. I recommend them highly. Also, every item on me I suggest checking out. Wharf and Pierrepont Hicks especially. You already know J. Crew and Levi’s and H&M.
Plus, we’re gonna revisit these boots just in time for the holidays….
A few weeks back, I had my first experience with the waxed canvas tie from The Hill Side when I copped one from Rob and Co. at Wharf. Since, it has made its way around my neck on a number of different occasions from regular work garb, to a close friend’s wedding, and out and about in a casual setting. The weight, color, and feel of the waxed canvas was ideal. I was worried first off about the bulkiness of the knot after cinching up a half-windsor, but I gotta admit that after the tie, it was no larger than that of a silk knot. And opn that note, I have to say the classic silk tie might be among my least favorite to tie. Without fail, something gets tangled when I do.
The Hill Side, known for its dedication to quality neckwear is only made better when you consider all product is made right here in the good old United States of America. I am happy to wear a few offerings they sent my way, which I have done so already. The indigo raw denim selvedge I wore a few days back is quite special, as I failed to read the warning printed on the packaging (see below). But that’s another thing, each tie comes with a different description, obviously, but it’s not written like a company threw it on there. It’s like your friend is writing you a note. Which, in this day and age aside from an @ reply or DM or “like” to your status update, is not just nice but welcomed. So, thanks, and keep up the good work, Hill Side cast and crew.
Wow. 50 days ago I began this quest (more, really, but I’m counting work days here), and thus far, it has been a great ride. What makes it all the better is the submissions, some 250+ so far. In the time that this project has been running, I have met a lot of great people, made some new friends, been contacted by choice companies, and, although we never DID pick a charity or gear this towards humanity, I feel some good has been accomplished. So, thank you everyone. And given it’s casual Friday, kind of, I deemed it necessary to wear an animal mask for some reason. It was $.12. How could I not purchase it?
Direct from Scappoose, the Shoemaker family has been in the boot game since 1912. Where’s Scappoose? You don’t know? I had to Google it in all fairness. Oregon. In my quest yesterday to find a canvas shoe company that still does all labor and manufacturing stateside, I came across the West Coast Shoe Company. American made boots, handcrafted for generations by a single family by a surname so appropriate it hurts, and on top of that, they look mean. Having a well-rounded big boot collection is a good thing, especially when they’re born in the U.S. of A. Pride. Though, it makes me think I need to start a legacy of my own. How will I be remembered? Maybe it’s time to buy a food dehydrator, some meat, and change my name to Jerkymaker. It has a certain ring to it.
But, does anyone know a shoe company, specializing in canvas footwear, that is still 100% USA?