Since we have officially transitioned to Barbour weather, I’ve been looking forward to touching on something that doesn’t get deserved attention. As I’m sure you’ve seen at your favorite online Barbour retailer, the selection of Barbour jacket designs has expanded quite a bit. QUITE a bit. LOTS of ‘new arrivals’. There are lots of different fits and cuts, but there are also quite a few styles that harken to the moto/racing world. They all look fine, and I don’t have any issue with brand expansion to bring new loyalists into the fold.
Personally, I’m a traditionalist. I like the Bedale and the Beaufort. They work perfectly for me and my lifestyle. Living in Atlanta doesn’t call for serious outerwear, and the color choices are subtle. These two choices make my decision easy. From a fit perspective, they are a little different, as Orvis shows us:
The Beaufort is a more traditional shooting jacket, with open cuffs, a longer length, and a game pocket in the back. The Bedale is a shorter jacket designed for riding. Both are made with waxed cotton to withstand the elements and a corduroy jacket. Keeping your jacket in tip-top shape is a subject that we cover quite a bit (rewaxing)…but not in this post.
I got my current Beaufort from Onward Reserve a few years ago. As for my recent Bedale, I went with Orvis.
Why? Because Orvis offers a color you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else: Sage.
Sage is offered at Orvis and is a great green color, that’s just a shade brighter than the typical olive. It’s almost a British Racing Green. The plaid has a style all it’s own as well.
The Bedale features cuffed sleeves, different than the Beaufort, which are open. These sleeves are great, but you’ll have a hard time over a sport coat. The Bedale isn’t much of an overcoat; it wears more like a sport coat.
Barbour did update the design a few years ago, removing the chest flap pockets in lieu of hand warmers. Much more functional for holding your cell phone.
My favorite part of the Bedale design is the shorter length. For days when I’m wearing a button up, with or without a sweater, the Bedale looks a little more sleek.
Of course the Bedale comes with the Barbour pin for the collar. As with most things I own, I like to make them all my own, so I’m going with another pin for the corduroy collar that is a little more my style. Check out this Smokey Pin from Strike Gently:
The C.C Filson Company has opened its newest location in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Filson, a Seattle staple since the gold-rush era of 1897, is the leading outfitter and manufacturer of Unfailing Goods for outdoor enthusiasts. The 1,200 square-foot store, located at 5101 Ballard Avenue, reflects a new community based retail strategy with an assortment which is inspired by the shipbuilders and fishermen of the Ballard community.
The store reveals another chapter of Filson history with its connection to maritime culture and trade. Filson joined regional artists and craftsmen to create an original space that reflects local community and culture including master line riggers, traditional Pacific Northwest artists, and local carpenters and woodworkers who specialize in working with local, reclaimed materials. A prize feature is the landmark itself. Built in 1904 and the first designated historic landmark in Ballard, The Hansen Building is a direct link to the true history, stories and people of Ballard.
The product collection showcases many heritage and iconic pieces familiar from Filson and a handful of custom items specific to the Ballard store; such as limited edition knit wear, t-shirts, hoodies, bags, caps and items not available anywhere else. Check out the inside:
Established in Seattle in 1897 to outfit prospectors headed for the Yukon, the company’s 119- year legacy is built upon its reputation for honesty, quality and durability. Filson’s long-lasting gear is the choice of explorers, adventurers, ranchers, hunters, anglers, engineers and anyone with a passion for the outdoors. Over a century after its founding, the Filson headquarters remain in Seattle, Washington.
Bring me my shotgun. Today we focus on gifts for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether he’s a crack shot or couldn’t hit the side of a barn, an expert angler or full of fish stories, or a guy that just likes the outdoor look, we’ve got what you need to make his Christmas list look very Cub Scout. Here we go:
From top left:
1. Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt: Filson has come out swinging over the past year…adding a bunch of new stuff, as well as new fits. Their work shirts have a trimmer fit that remains bulletproof, but with better wearability, rather than only being weekend-friendly.
2. Glock 19 Gen 4 Pistol: All the rage this season; the perfect compliment to that new black alligator belt. Carry permit sold separately.
3. Randolph X Ball and Buck Hunter’s Sunglasses: There’s something about the tan-lens look. Yes, it kills all the glare, but it also pays homage to another acid-induced Hunter.
4. Sid Mashburn Fox Club Tie: The perfect gift for the hunter that likes to bring his work to the office. Pair this with a navy blazer or with a medium grey suit and they’ll know you mean business.
5. Pesca Muerta Hat: Absolutely incredible. If I have to give you any sort of reason to buy this hat, then we need to speak offline.
6. Orvis Mirage Fly Reel: Quit staring at #7 and get some heavy duty hardware to go catch one. Get the gold, baby.
7. Smathers & Branson Bonefish Belt: A waist-high reminder of what you are working for. That fly fishing trip just needs to be scheduled…go get some ghosts.
8. ‘How To Stay Alive in the Woods’: The perfect book to forget when you decide to go camping. Pre-read before the trip.
9. Beretta Wind Barrier Short Zip Sweater: The adult version of your Patagonia Snap-T.
10. JR Shirt from Criquet: Throw some Texas-sized badass-ery into the mix. Criquet killed it with their JR shirt, a cross between a shirt-jacket and a heavy flannel. Great for the field…if you can get it back from your wife.
11. Ball and Buck Wingone Thrower: Sure, you can shoot. But can you throw? Practice makes perfect…just avoid tennis elbow.
12. Orvis Trout Series Wooden Net: He won’t forget this one on his way to the river.
13. Edgevale Cast Iron Pants: They take a licking and keep on ticking. They have a much better fit that those other heavy canvas pants that tend to wear like a grill cover.
14. Ledbury Moleskin 5-pocket Pants: A dressed up version of work pants. The moleskin will keep you warm, just tuck your pants in to your boots…they take a while to dry out.
15. Beretta 486 Shotgun: For when you need to change out the mantle-piece.
16. LL Bean Maine Guide Four Piece Waxed Canvas Rod Case: Good luggage isn’t only for you. Your rod and reels need a ride. Give them a good one.
17. Hand Warmers: Yes, I’m sure the fish will bite in 39 degree weather. It’ll help to know you can feel your hands. Or your feet.
18. Orvis Sandanona Boots: Kicks that fit in just about any sort of outdoor, hunting, orange-wearing situation. Wear them in the field, on the range, or at a Tennessee game (they all come straight from the deer stand anyway).
19. Peach State Pride Topo Trucker Hat: It’s like wearing the mug shot of who you are hunting. Very ‘Island of Dr. Moreau’.
20. Indera Union Suit from Tractor Supply: In a world of technical long underwear, stand out. The only thing that’s missing are footies…but then who would take you seriously?
What a journey Ledbury has experienced over the last few years. I first posted about them in March of 2012 when they were producing high quality dress shirts out of Richmond, VA:
Since then, things have EXPLODED.
They started producing sweaters. Then sport coats, then pants, then socks, all along more shirts…all of which keep that cool, stylish Ledbury aesthetic that we’ve all come to know and appreciate. To me, Ledbury is my best friend’s older brother that is well educated, well traveled, has a great job, drives a cool car, has a great watch, and is always dressed well.
Over the last year, they’ve had two big things happen. First, they moved their headquarters to a huge space on Broad Street in Richmond, VA. 2000 square feet of the ~12000 space is retail, and in the back they have a special made-to-measure lounge, where customers can interact and pick up a few of their famed shirts. It also gives them the ability to do more short-run options, like they did in October (a new, small batch shirt every day).
They are starting to show up in some of your favorite retail spots. Our friends at Beau Outfitters in Jacksonville gladly display their selection of Ledbury shirts next to their Filson bags and Criquet long sleeve pullovers. They fit right in. Beau owner Ryan Switzer admits ‘these are the nicest shirts, and they move extremely well for us.’
Second, shirt construction. One aspect that hasn’t been covered is Ledbury’s expansion into more casual shirts. And by ‘casual’, I mean the S-M-L-XL shirts that are constructed for an expanded scope of wearable options. And beyond the new construction, they are exploring new fabric options as well. They aren’t just dress shirts anymore, folks:
There’s flannel, but it’s good flannel. Not the overly thick shirt that looks like an adult diaper when tucked in, but a brushed cotton that can be worn comfortably under a sport coat:
There is traditional oxford cloth, which is a welcome addition. Their Mayfield Oxford fits like a dress shirt, but wears like your favorite OCBD:
And there are more casual fabrics, like the Culver, which is a loosely woven dyed oxford. The texture is money:
The cut of these shirts is a slim, and there is standard available as well. I wear a L in these slim fits, and comparatively speaking, I wear a 16×34 slim fit in Brooks Brothers, and a Medium in J. Crew sport shirts. I get L because I like a little room, and it’s worth the money shortening the sleeves by an inch. This new breed of Ledbury shirts are cut a couple inches shorter for those that like to wear them untucked. It’s a nice touch for post-Christmas dinner…you know what I mean.
All in all, I could play Flag Football or swing a golf club comfortably in these shirts…they fit that well.
Ledbury is one of the first companies I talked about on this blog. Not only do they produce GREAT products, but everyone on their team is such a pleasure to work with. Both Paul’s are extremely passionate about what they do, and it shows in their work – not just with the shirts, but with customer service as well. They realized early that their greatest asset are their customers, so they work to ensure that the shirt off their back would work on their customer’s back as well. We love seeing our friends succeed, and appreciate that they help ya’ll look good too.
Moving right along with the RCS gift guides, we are moving on up. These are the high end gifts that Dear Mr. Fantasy would whole heartedly approve (although he shows no outward emotion). Need to knock someone’s socks off? Here you go:
From top left:
1. Dubarry Glenview Waxed Jacket: A chore coat to watch others do chores for you. It’s waxed, so it’ll stop the rain, and it’s got deep pockets, for those with deep pockets.
2. Smythson Notebook: Call me old fashioned, but I work best from lists, and there isn’t a soft version that works as well as longhand. A good notebook with gold leaf personalization is a sure-fire way to get things done. Just do something fun with the personalization…like ’99 Problems’, or ‘Meal Plan’.
3. Fujifilm X100T Camera: The camera that is replacing DSLRs for 90% of all photos. So good…and light, and it looks really cool as well.
4. A Fly Fishing Trip to Cosmo: Yeah, this Cosmo. World class fly fishing in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Alphonse Fishing Company does it right. If you go, get me a hat?
5. Colonel Littleton Alligator Front Pocket Wallet: Does anyone really need a bi-fold, or tri-fold wallet anymore? This carries all you need, looks great, and the alligator leather will take all abuse.
6. Rancourt Pinch Penny Alligator Loafers: Sometimes alligator loafers are 100% appropriate. Let me try that again: if you own alligator loafers, they are always 100% appropriate. Especially when they are custom jobs, and made in American by a Rancourt.
7. Sid Mashburn Shawl Collar Black Watch Plaid Tuxedo Jacket: Give ‘Black Tie’ a charge…you won’t have to show off your sweet dance moves to get noticed…instead, you can hang out by the bar and simply look better than the other penguins in the room.
8. Beolit 15 Portable Speaker: For when you need to rock on the go.
9. Birddogs Gym Shorts: Women have Lululemon, so guys need shorts that fly at the same altitude. Enter Birddog. Get a pair. Trust me.
10. Tiffany & Co. Fish Flask: For those long waits for a bite on the fly, or for display on your shelf. Either way, it’s a hip-check that will get the nod from your comrades.
11. Moncler Tib Laquered Down Vest: Remember ‘Back to the Future’, where Marty wore that awesome vest? Yeah, me too. Moncler goes much better with a DeLorean.
12. Loro Piana Cashmere Scarf: If you are going to wear a scarf, then wear cashmere. Your significant other will really enjoy it after she steals it from you.
13. Royal Fox Notecards by Alexa Pulitzer: Please send thank you notes. Hand written. Up the game with frame-worthy stationary.
14. Ghurka Fairmont #81 Attache Briefcase: Do you know what sort of guy it takes to carry a hard-shell leather attache? Honestly, it shouldn’t take that much, since we live in a world of cheap black nylon computer bags. Stand out from the crowd.
David Coggins, the author of the outstanding new book ‘Men and Style’ will be signing his book at Sid Mashburn on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Get a chance to shake his hand, get a (signed) book, and look around Sid’s place.