Yeti and Me – and Cosmo

So this happened yesterday:

So far, my experience with Yeti has been through tumblers and other people’s coolers.  After working with the team at Yeti over the past few weeks, it only solidifies that these folks know what they are doing.  I’ve got all sorts of ideas of how I’m going to use this Yeti.  Be on the lookout over the last couple of months.

Speaking of using Yetis, please check out this video they posted about some of the most amazing fly fishing in the world:


I looked up the trip, which is hosted by Alphonse Fishing Company (their website and social media is outstanding).  They are the creme de la creme of fishing guides, so keep that in mind when losing yourself in their website.  To go out to the Seychelles for a week long fishing trip is roughly $14K, and you have to get yourself to Mahe (SEZ).  From Atlanta (ATL) it’s a ~$3000 flight, and it takes about 27 hours one way.

Add all that up and watch the video again.

Mrs. RCS is in.  We’re starting to save right now.

Nem - July 28, 2016 - 9:38 AM

Yeti coolers are terrific. I’ve had the Yeti 65qt since 2009 and it really has been worth the cost and the weight. The following year I bought a Yeti “Roadie” 20qt for beach duty and it’s been a great addition. I can camp for 5 days with beer and water in the big cooler, and food in the Roadie, and never need to find more ice the whole time. One trick that seriously works is to pre-chill your Yeti prior to loading it up. Use ice from the fridge to get the cooler cold, then dump it out and add your drinks and fresh ice to the top and you’ll be in business.

Just in the last year I’ve received the Yeti tumblers, the tall and short ones, and a can Koozie. Mixed reviews on these items so far. To be honest, I don’t carry around a beer long enough for it to get warm anyway, so the screw top can cooler is a bit of overkill. The tall boy tumbler with the plastic top is nice for use in the car.

Off Season Find: Billy Reid Kentwood Ropers

Seasonality.  Marketing conditions us to need immediately.  However, taking advantage of sales during the off-season can save you some serious coin.

I’ve argued that Billy Reid makes some of the best roper boots out there (and a few of my #menswear compadres agree).  I’ve got the Terrance boots, and wear them quite a bit.  Upon searching the ‘bay, I came across these Kentwood Ropers:

You’ll have to pardon the images, as they are all screenshots from the auction.

From a condition standpoint, I’m satisfied, especially when you see what I paid for them (more on that in a minute).  The leather looks to be essentially in the same condition as a new pair of these boots, and the soles don’t look like they have any wear at all.  I have a feeling these were sitting in storage for a couple years.

These are the distressed Kentwood Ropers that are impossible to find (link one, link two)

They retail for $495, and they look to be in really good shape; maybe worn 5-10 times.  The action complained of sizing, but I know my size, so I’m ready to go.  Want to know what I got them for?

‘Buy it Now’ for $60.  $10 shipping.  How could I say no?

I’ll let you know how they look once they arrive.

jay - July 27, 2016 - 12:03 PM

The uppers look so wide though.

Hand’s On: The Colonel Littleton #1 Grip

Dealing with companies that do it right is such a pleasure.  One of those companies is Colonel Littleton out of Lynnville, Tennessee (Population: 327).  (People).  I’ve used their products for years, specifically their front pocket wallet, which just celebrated it’s tenth year in my possession.  It has only gotten better with age.  I’ve recently started using one of their No. 18 Portfolios, and have a feeling it will have a similar lifespan.

In working with the team at Colonel Littleton, they asked me to try out one of their bags so I could review it.  They were asking for nothing more than an honest review.  I told them I had been looking for a handsome, leather duffle bag for a while, and they offered their No. 1 Grip.  This was about six months ago; I wanted to get some use out of the bag before I wrote a review.

Out of the box, the bag is a work of art.  It is beautiful.  The leather is sturdy, but not so much that it’s stiff, and the construction is on par with the price point.  While there is some tasteful flare on the bag, it’s not overly complicated.  In fact, the decoration is really functional.

The inside of the bag is one large compartment, measuring roughly a half inch less than it’s 11″ x 18.5″ x 10.5″ external measurements.  There is no zipper, as the top flap acts as the top.  And it works well; it actually makes it a lot easier to close.

The front clasp is the showstopper.  It functions as the closing mechanism, and also acts as the bag’s badge.  I have gotten so many compliments on this bag…it really is handsome.

So here’s the six month report.

This bag has been used quite a bit by Mrs. RCS and me, and we’ll continue to do so.  Here is the rundown of each trip:

I brought it to Harbour Island as a briefcase.  I carried my laptop, Mrs. RCS’s and my books for the trip, some magazines, my Nikon D7100 with lens, sunglasses, and a bag with power cords.  This was perfect for the plane rides down, and the shape of the bag is convenient for adding the DSLR camera.  Otherwise, I would have had to carry a briefcase and my camera case.  No fun.

Second, Mrs. RCS has brought it on overnight trips to Nashville and to Tallahassee.  It was a perfect compliment to her garment bag, carrying her personal stuff, makeup, and an extra pair of shoes.  She brought her workout gear in this bag as well.

The bag has gone to Birmingham with me for a long weekend.  It worked well as a weekender – I was able to pack a couple pairs of shorts, some shirts, a couple hats, a book, my personals, and my dopp kit.  It was warm out, and we work flip flops the whole time.

I’ve also used this as an after-work bag quite a bit, carrying a casual change of clothes for either working out, visiting in laws, or other various reasons.

From a functional perspective, the bag works like a champ, and it looks outstanding.  It performs very well, as almost everything is adjustable.  It is a very comfortable bag to carry.

I would say that this bag functions very well as a weekender.  It will fit a couple changes of clothes, some personals, and a pair of loafers no problem.  If you are planning on staying longer than three nights, then make sure you can wear the same pair of shoes the whole time.  It’s not an overly big duffle, as that’s not what it’s built for.  This is the one (maybe two) night special.

Don’t be too intimidated by the price point.  This is a top-shelf leather bag that is comparable to any you’ll find on the market.  Good leather bags cost money.  This bag is built to last, and will be around for 10+ years.  If anything goes wrong with it, just call the folks in Lynnville and they’ll fix it for you.  They are good people at Colonel Littleton.  Just about anyone that has any experience with the Colonel or his products will vouch for them.

Jeffre - July 26, 2016 - 9:05 AM

I have this bag. For me it is definitely just a one nighter. I was stunned to see the video on the website of the Colonel packing so much clothing in it. Maybe I don’t know how to pack as well as other people. I find its best suited to keep things you want close to you while traveling, a type of personal bag.

Bob McClellan - July 27, 2016 - 7:50 AM

I got this bag the first year it came out. It’s a wonderful carry on when flying and it’s a great bag for a weekend get away where you wear one pair of shoes… It can pack plenty. The old school look is killer. It’s a hand me down for sure….

High Five

What’s piquing my interest these days…

1. An all-American road trip in a British Land Rover (WSJ)


2. Boast Polos.  They’ve recently added quite a few.  Super cool.  See the whole collection here.


3. Sid & Ann Mashburn give a look into their home…and it’s awesome (GQ)


4. The $231K SUV that the fine folks at Bentley made just for fly fishermen (FoxNews)


5. Wesley Richards & Company’s website.  Seriously awesome.

Michael - July 24, 2016 - 5:49 PM

As much as I love Sid, I was bummed to discover he’s not as good a drummer as that picture makes him look. That would have been the icing on the icing on the cake.

First Look: The ASW Distillery

The Atlanta ‘spirit’ landscape is about to change.  In a big way.  The damn good folks behind American Spirit Whiskey are opening up the ASW Distillery to the public this weekend.  You probably saw the mention late last year, and with great anticipation, the doors are finally unlocked.

You’ve seen breweries, but you’ve never seen anything like this.

They were nice enough to ask me to come down and take some pictures to share with you readers.  I didn’t shoot everything, as I didn’t want to give it all away.  Barley, the inspiration behind the ASW logo, may be hanging out…he’s holding it down.

My first impression of the distillery is that it has a very authentic feel.  There isn’t a ‘trying to hard’, or overdone feel that a lot of tasting rooms go for, nor a pretentious feel.  These guys know whiskey and are letting it do the preverbal ‘talking’.  The highlight of the room is the bar:

The space is big.  In fact, they are hosting a wedding in the tasting room.  Perfect for about 35-40 folks.  Next door is the Stave Room, which is an event space.  More on that in future posts.

This is not the still that makes American Spirit Whiskey:

Instead, the two massive copper stills are on site.  You won’t believe them when you see them.  Out of respect for their beauty, you won’t see a photograph here.  Instead, go down to the distillery and see them.

A great touch inside the space is the retail aspect.  KSCreative helped source an design ASW’s retail, featuring locally made products such as hats and shirts by Southern Proper, and as well as all sorts of whiskey-appropriate goodies.

…and some goodies for your four legged friends:

Yeah, shake what your mama gave you…this is the coolest shaker I’ve ever seen…

The offices are outstanding.  While it may be called the ASW Distillery, but it also functions as the global headquarters.  I did get a peek behind the doors…

This is worth it, folks.  These guys and gals know whiskey, and will ensure that you have a good time.  Go see them.  Tell them I said hello.

The ASW Distillery
199 Armour Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Madison Roberts - July 22, 2016 - 10:51 AM

And wait until you try their first run whiskey – it will blow you away!

JPD - July 22, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Great stuff, brother! Keep ’em coming.

Extra 25% off Sale at East Dane

Big sale over at East Dane, folks.  They are taking another 25% off their entire sale section.  Get some…

Roundup: Vintage Ralph Lauren Advertising

What is there to be said about the Ralph Lauren ‘lifestyle’?  They have NAILED it in their print and media advertising for as long as I can remember.  The images evoke a feeling.  I’ll call it ‘American Elegance’.

We are going to get into the Ralph Lauren Conundrum later (like we did with J. Crew), but for now, enjoy some of Ralph Lauren’s best:

Ben - July 20, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Make sure to include in your “conundrum” write-up: Why on earth did they get rid of the Regent and Preston Corneliani line of trousers? all of their dress trousers are SUPER slim now. No more traditional cut.

Ryan - July 20, 2016 - 4:56 PM

What went wrong? Two words: Factory Stores.

Although their golf shop stuff is the best alongside Peter Millar.

If I want to spend 200 on a dress shirt I’d much sooner go get one made a Miller Brothers than sport the Pony on my chest.

Trip - July 21, 2016 - 9:56 AM

The 70s/80s catalogs were the best. In the 90s, especially late 90s, I felt like their images were getting too “modely.”

Also, what is the climate of a place where one person is wearing a cotton rain coat on top of a suit and the other is wearing a madras sport coat?