Quick Hitter: Dallas from my iPhone

Mrs. RCS and I had a chance to spend a little time in Dallas.  What a great town…there is so much to love, as my iPhone camera will prove:

Beretta Store:

Filson Store:

Sid Mashburn:



BCM - October 21, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Dallas is truly a great city. Lived there for four years as an undergrad at SMU. Hope you made it to Pecan Lodge for lunch.

JPD - October 21, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Glad to see you enjoyed the city! Would love to meet up and discuss menswear next time you come through.

Nem - October 21, 2016 - 11:49 AM

You need to get those Lucchese caiman shit kickers, don’t let Mrs. RCS tell you no!

Shopping Fall with Ball and Buck

With Fall arriving, and the temperatures (finally) starting to drop, it’s time to transition closets to more weather-friendly options.  For me, Fall is my favorite time of year.  Not only is it college football season, but the humidity disappears, and ‘outdoor life’ becomes much more conducive.

Fall is the sweet spot for Ball and Buck.  They have a focus on colder weather gear that is conducive to being outside, hunting, and campfires.  Their catalogs have a feel of cold morning dew, a brisk breeze, and early morning gunpowder.  The good thing about the Ball and Buck value proposition is that their pieces are transitional.  Of course it all works well for outdoor life, but it is transitional.  The majority can be worn in a business casual environment, on a date, or hanging out on the weekend.  Here are my picks this Fall:

From top Left:

1 The Striped Hunter’s Shirt: The Hunter’s Shirt is what got Ball and Buck going.  They knock this one out of the park, with the special attention given to the shooter’s shoulder.  Wash, hang dry, and iron.  Never dry clean.
2. The Navy Blue Commando Sweater:  One of the coolest pieces offered from Ball and Buck, this is the go-to sweater for Fall and Winter.  It’s an adult version of a Patagonia Snap-T that can be worn in the field, or at the office.
3. Original Camo Duck Cotton Hat:  Let’s not over complicate things – this is a cool camo hat.
4. The Upland Jacket 2.0:
5. Unlined Deerskin Gloves:  The glove market is either a heavy pair of work gloves, or an expensive pair of custom fit dress/driving gloves.  These deerskin gloves are right in the middle.
6. 6-point Duck Cotton Pants: I have a pair of these and love them.  The fit is straight, allowing room to fit over boots, but not so baggy that they don’t work with loafers.
7. Randolph USA X Ball and Buck Hunter’s Sunglasses:  American made sunglasses that work when lining up a shot, or commuting to the office.
8. Premium 1″ Leather Belt:  Your basic belt, made with good leather.  Snap closure so you can add a buckle if you like.
9. Buck X Ball and Buck Folding Pocket Knife:  The old Buck knife with a combo blade.  A must for any EDC, just leave it at home if you are heading to the airport.
10. Rancourt X Ball and Buck Bit Loafers:  Another great collaboration with Rancourt yields a GREAT pair of bit loafers that have the quality and build you know from Rancourt, and the flare from Ball and Buck.
11. The Blind Bag:  You can never have too many tote bags.
12: Russell Moccasin Co X Ball and Buck Signature PH Boots:  These boots are made for walkin’…

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the American Field event in Atlanta November 12-13 at Ponce City Market…more on this later…

**This is the first of a few ‘Shopping Fall’ pieces you’ll see over the next few weeks.

Clarence Anthony Jr. - October 19, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Good call on the gloves. I was also looking at the elkskins as an option. Thoughts?

Lust: Vintage Ford Broncos

The rumor mill started spinning last week with the possibility of Ford releasing a redesigned Bronco in 2018.  I have always been a Bronco fan – one of my fraternity brothers drove a 1995 Eddie Bauer green model that was awesome.  He was not cool enough to drive that truck.  Anyway, the new concept looks horrible.  It looks like something that Arnold Swharzenegger (or worse Colin Farrell) would drive around on Mars in Total Recall.

What’s wrong with the original model?  The Bronco was introduced in 1966 as a compact SUV, and biggie sized in 1978.  The ’66-’77 models are incredible.  One of our dear friends has one that he has totally restored (it’s that cool gold/mustard color like the last image).  These can be found at a good restoration price, and not have to dump a TON of money (Defender-esque) to get it back to it’s glory.  One day I’ll pull the trigger…for now, enjoy some inspiration.  Which one is your favorite?  Mine is Blue #4, but I wouldn’t complain about any of them.

Images: Google Image Search

MSM - October 17, 2016 - 3:24 PM

If you’re lusting for vintage 911s and Broncos, look into Singer and Icon as they’ve taken those obsessions to the point of brilliant insanity.

Report back with a post on your favorite Singer 911 interior.

mike - October 18, 2016 - 10:54 AM

Thankfully, I believe the concepts that have been swirling around are not from Dearborn. Much like Chrysler’s 2019 release of the Grand Wagoneer, we won’t see true factory concepts for quite some time from Ford.

Jim - October 19, 2016 - 11:45 AM

I really like the dark green with the white top. Has sort of International Scout feel to it. The whitewalls get me every time. They are a little bit of gentleman in an off road vehicle.

Ryan - October 21, 2016 - 5:38 AM

I love the old Broncos, especially after the rear wheel wells have been cut (as is the case on most of the restores you see) and they are given a slight lift.
My personal favorite, and still somewhat affordable if you can find one, are the late 60s – early 70s Nissan Patrols. They look like an FJ40 at about half the cost.

High Five

It’s been a busy couple of weeks…lots of good stuff out there.  Here are five that I want to bring to your attention:

1 Ball and Buck does such a great job with collaborations.  They have done work with New Balance, Abel Reels, Randolph, etc.  They just released their version of a Moto jacket with Schott.  This jacket is awesome – it’s called ‘The Perfecto’.  I’ve never been much of a leather jacket guy, until I saw this.  Very well done.


2. Crown and Caliber (an excellent watch blog) did a really cool piece on the old Abercrombie & Fitch watches.  Jeff Stein (the foremost Heuer expert) has a collection that you wouldn’t believe.  I had no idea…


3. Atlantic Drift has been doing coastal-themed gear for some time now, but they knocked it out of the park this Fall with their long sleeve t-shirt designs.  I’m serious – they are awesome.  “Mullets Runnin’ Wild”, “No Banana Boats”, etc.  Just awesome.


4. Hermes Watch Straps: I saw these on Instagram last night, and am really impressed.  What a great way to take advantage of some of those vintage Hermes ties.  I’m not sure how to get on yet…I’ve inquired, and will let you know as soon as I hear something.


5. Peter Keil art.  Mrs. RCS and I are in the process of accumulating as much as we can (we have five now).  Our decor is in the beige to white spectrum, so having these on the wall give a really nice punch.

Ryan - October 15, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Any word on those Hermes straps? One of the owners of HQ Milton posted them on Instagram, I inquired as well but never heard anything.

Scott Maier - October 15, 2016 - 7:33 PM

East Dane Main Event Sale (Up to 30% off)

Team: the good folks over at East Dane are having their Main Event sale, and it’s a doozy: If you spend up to $500, you get 25% off your order.  If you spend over $500, you get 30% off your order.  Here are all the details:

There is a TON of great stuff over at East Dane.  What do I like?

The Belstaff Roadmaster:

The Salvatore Ferragamo Mason Bit Loafers:

A.P.C. New Standard Jeans:

The Lotuff Leather Duffle Bag:

What do you like?  What did you score?

A Kicker: Gallet Watch

Last Sunday I was bumming around Scott’s Antique Market passing some time before the UGA game.  While Mrs. RCS and I have spent a ton of weekends there searching for furniture for our house, we haven’t spent much time looking for the smaller stuff.

I did. And I came across this:

I have admired Gallet watches on Instagram for quite some time.  They are excellent vintage WWII era watches that are built like tanks.  This one was outstanding.  The watch is in fine working order, very solid, and the perfect size.  It needs a polish, and I’d have my guy look at it, but all in all a great piece.  I would add a simple leather strap, like this one from Vieux Halloo:

I didn’t pull the trigger, and it’s haunting me.  The price was just above my comfort level (especially since Mrs. RCS wasn’t with me).  I can’t say it won’t come home with me if I come across it next month…

Topsider - October 11, 2016 - 5:53 PM

How much did they want? Those go for north of two grand most of the time.

Nem - October 12, 2016 - 10:03 AM

I’d steer clear of a $2k+ vintage watch from anyone but a trusted and recommended watch dealer/specialist. That Gallet looks great (don’t for the love of God polish a vintage case) and on the right tapered lizard strap could be a nice piece. Just remember, if the movement needs cleaning or repair, $$$.

Criquet X The Old Try: Half Sweet Tea, Half Lemonade

Criquet Shirts is paying tribute to Arnold Palmer, the inspiration behind their Players Shirt:

The company says “Thank you Arnold Palmer for being so kind, so graceful, so funny, so good at golf and so damn cool. You were an inspiration on and off the course: a loving husband, a man of the people, a king among golfers and the Player behind our Players Shirt. Here’s to you and may your legacy live on.”

For a limited time, a letterpress print will be available.  Details below on their tribute to the King, designed over many rounds with their friends at The Old Try.

  • Printed in Massachusetts
  • Print size 13″ x 20″
  • 110lb Lettra letterpress paper
  • Individually Numbered
  • Proudly Printed on 100% Cotton
  • Frame not included

How great would this look on your wall?  Get it quick…