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Store Visit: Lone Flag Del Mar

March 29, 2014

Had a chance last week to stop by Lone Flag, a new boutique in Del Mar, CA. The boutique has been open six months and has a focus on denim and Made in the USA products. They carry Rogue Territory, 3sixteen, and Tellason as well their house label. They also have some home products as well as some womenswear.









Made By Two Hands: Seize sur Vingt

March 22, 2014

Seize sur Vingt produced a video showing how their Italian made suits are crafted.

Unionmade at The Grove Los Angeles

February 17, 2014

Unionmade has opened their second Los Angeles area location, this time at The Grove. At 1900 square feet, it’s much larger than their nearby outpost at the Brentwood Country Mart and carries many of the brands that make Unionmade one of the best men’s stores in the country: Filson, Stanley & Sons, Beams +, The Hillside, Gitman Vintage, Golden Bear, and Alden.





Images courtesy of Caruso Affiliated

Kramer’s Skinny Jeans

February 8, 2014

Slim fit works for me, but perhaps not for everyone.

Jack Purcell Apparel Collection

February 5, 2014

Converse just debuted the Jack Purcell Apparel Collection which also includes some special editions of the classic sneaker. You can find the collection at Converse, but it appears not everything has been released yet.


The Day and Night Smile Polo has a pattern inspired by the “smile” on the toe of a Jack Purcell sneaker. Kind of reminds me of Japanese origami paper.

The Jack Purcell Pocket Square Jack in Dozer Blue is a standout in the new line.


Red12straps watch straps

January 8, 2014

Zack over at Red12straps contacted me about a watch strap I posted about in 2010 that he made. While that strap sold, he wanted me to know that he makes a bunch of different straps, from Horween leathers to straps made from footballs or baseball gloves. You can see the full collection of his custom work at Red12straps.





Soaking Dockers Alpha Khakis

January 4, 2014

I have 2 pairs of Dockers Alpha Khakis, and the British Tan ones are my favorite pair of pants. I love the fit, which I was worried was too tight but my skinny legs actually look normal in these, and the quality is good for the money–usually on sale for under $40 at your local department store. Dockers wants you to wear them like jeans, so I soak mine in the tub and let them drip dry. I find it keeps them from fading too quickly and shrinking in the drier too much. Unlike jeans, I wash them after a maximum of 2 wearings.