Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Shawl Neck

(From top left): 1. Penfield Maine Knitted Shawl Neck Sweater 2. Martin & Osa Shawl Fleece Cardigan 3. Polo Sueded Cotton Shawl Pullover 4. Rugby Shetland Shawl Pullover 5. LL Bean Back Cove Sweatshirt 6. Orvis WWII Mechanics Sweater

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trip - January 30, 2010 - 6:28 PM

I like that LL Bean sweatshirt (maybe except for the elbow patches). J. Crew had one like that last year.

DAM - January 31, 2010 - 10:32 PM

Following up on Trip's comment, two years ago BB had one wiht a leather button that I passed on (being frugal), then last year I passed on one fro Jcrew even though it was on sale for 40 at end of season.

Now I can't find one the right one, but the Rugby comes real close.

Bow Tie Guy - February 10, 2010 - 8:55 PM

I have two from J.Crew one lambswool and one collectors sweater with a shawl collar from a few years ago complete with leather elbow patches in a beautiful camel colored cashmere (great investment). The Orvis WWII Mechanic's sweater is probably next in line.

SAMISONI PENISINI - March 11, 2010 - 1:48 AM


RCS Likes: Costa Del Mar

I am a sunglasses junkie – I have quite a few pairs. One of my staple brands is Costa Del Mar. I’ve been wearing their sunglasses for quite a while – my first pair were Fathoms in 2004, followed by a pair of Harpoons in 2005. They were (and still are) both major players in […]

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trip - January 29, 2010 - 3:26 AM

In terms of customer service, I don't think there is another sunglasses company even in the same ballpark. They're expensive, but once you have to take advantage of their warranty, it is easily worth it.

Liza Jones - January 29, 2010 - 2:02 PM

JRS – What a great review. I work with Costa and I'd love to share this feedback with our team members. We really appreciate your loyalty to the company and we're glad you had such a great experience.

Keep up the good writing! I love reading your blog!

Anonymous - January 29, 2010 - 4:07 PM

From: Consumer Care for Repair,
WE ALL Thank you very much and appretiate you business and fantastic review.

The Red Velvet Shoe - February 1, 2010 - 12:29 PM

It's sad that superior customer service such as this is the exception rather than the rule . . . if only business owners would realize how much this contributes to customer loyalty. "The Howler" is my favorite of the three.

Costa Sunglasses Giveaway | Red Clay Soul - October 23, 2012 - 8:02 AM

[…] have been a great company to deal with as well. ¬†Back when I had to get my glasses repaired, they were extremely¬†accommodating. ¬†Considering the level of investment to get into a pair (or […]

Long Day at the Office

It was a long day at the office. My wife knew it, and this is what I came home to: I thank God every day for my wife – she is a good woman.

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James - January 28, 2010 - 1:33 AM

And you're a good man to realize and appreciate it.

I Need a Tote

I’m in the market for a tote bag. The main purpose will be to carry around my personal laptop, appropriate cords, some books, pens, etc. This won’t need to be heavy duty – mainly for “local” travel – coffee shop, to the in-laws, or on vacation. I don’t want to break the bank – each […]

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The Enthusiast - January 26, 2010 - 1:08 AM

LL Bean? The Filson is dope. I would go for that over anything.

trip - January 26, 2010 - 3:28 AM

Wow, those are all good looking options. The advantage I would give the J. Crew bag is the fact that it can be zipped up, though the fact that the Rugby bag has the buckle is pretty solid.

Jason Norwood - January 26, 2010 - 4:45 AM

Filson. I have a Filson laptop briefcase (among other things) that does daily duty alongside my LL Bean hunting tote. The LL Bean is the choice for transporting whiskey, wine, and food to various par-tees.

MAY - January 26, 2010 - 5:02 AM
Bunny Elder - January 26, 2010 - 9:50 AM

You really can't go wrong with one of the LL Bean canvas totes. They come in a huge array of sizes, all available open-topped or with a zip. There's a wide variety of colours, and even a 'customize it' feature if you prefer your own colour combination. They can be monogrammed, or you can have a word stitched on it. I have one with my initials which I use for general purposes (grocery, etc). As I'm in my last yaer of graduate school now I'm thinking of getting a second, stitched with "Library" or "Ph.D." for a bit of a boost to get my stuff out the door and to the stacks.

RHW - January 26, 2010 - 2:53 PM

Filson. Period.

DAM - January 26, 2010 - 3:02 PM

I'm with Bunny. Bean tote, zipper top. It's classic, cheap as shit, can be used around town, groceries and weekend.

Trip rock's the jcrew tote, but other than that I'd be afraid of the rest looking like man bags.

Anonymous - January 26, 2010 - 4:33 PM

Get something more briefcase like – those open tote bags seem a bit effete. Men don't "tote" – they carry.

Joseph - January 27, 2010 - 2:06 AM

Not sure if your a fly fisherman or not, but you have posted plenty of stuff from the Orvis catalog and definitely seems to be in your style range, check this website out

Messenger Creel – $66

The Recycled Waders version of the traditional messenger bag. Not all of us can fish for a living, but those of us that aspire too can certainly enjoy the versatility of the Messenger Creel. Three zippered pockets to keep your smaller items separated and secure. The large main pocket has enough room to carry your laptop and documents for that important business meeting, your favorite school books or your largest box of flies, rain coat, water bottle and a snack – you decide.

Approximate dimensions:

Main Compartment: 16"W x 11"H x 5"D
Front Panel Pocket: 16"W x 10"H
Flap Pocket: 16"W x 4"H
Internal Pocket: 8"W x 8"H - January 27, 2010 - 6:50 PM

Saw on Southern Gent that you liked his re-vamp – thanks so much for your kind words. If you are in fact interested in giving Red Clay Soul a new look, please email me at Front Porch Studio,

As for totes, I love that Rugby tote so much I may need one for myself…

MAY - January 27, 2010 - 8:52 PM

Just saw these Bean signature totes, the leather one is sick but more than 100$

JRS - January 27, 2010 - 10:02 PM

Enthusiast – The LL Bean is nice…it's on the list. MAY, DAM, and Bunny piled on as well.

Trip – I do like the idea of the zipper. A little extra security.

Jessica – great work over at SouthernGent…

Jason & RHW – I know, I know…the Filson is top shelf.

I'm still deciding…

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore - February 4, 2010 - 3:58 AM

I like the Filson the best out of the three. Do you like the Mills bags? If you haven't seen them…

JRS - February 5, 2010 - 12:50 AM

Those Mills bags are nice… I'm leaning hard towards the Filson. Maybe the Valentine's Day fairy will bring me one…

Movie Night

“I’ll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash ya got” Image: Google Image Search

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Main Line Sportsman - January 21, 2010 - 6:52 AM

Classic line from a hilarious movie.

RHW - January 21, 2010 - 1:58 PM

In my list of Top 5 all time favorite films.

Bringing Them Back to Life

I was cleaning out our garage a couple of weeks ago, and found something that I thought had gone lost years ago. I bought these Vasque Sundowners the summer before I left for college from Go With The Flow. These made it through hell and back – walking to class, pledging, tailgates & games, road […]

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manifolddestiny - January 18, 2010 - 11:29 PM

These look great! I say red laces. Also, have you considered hitting them with a coat (or 2) of Obenauf's? I think it'd make sure they stay around for a lot more tailgates.

Joseph - January 19, 2010 - 1:20 AM

Red for sure, definitely for everday use. Brown if you want to dress them up with some jeans and a blazer. I second the notion to give them some sort of waterproofing treatment. I have the same pair of cabela's mid ankle hunting boots from 1995! I had them re-soled once but they are like an old baseball mitt, unreplaceable, and more broken in than I care to replicate with another pair of boots.

swirvin - January 19, 2010 - 1:52 AM

So can give a little more details like the brand of saddle soap and the brand and color of polish. I have similar old pair that have been sitting in my closet for over 12 years.

Thanks for a great article

eoo - January 19, 2010 - 1:56 AM

red, fo sho

The Red Velvet Shoe - January 19, 2010 - 2:12 AM


James - January 19, 2010 - 2:27 AM

That was an interesting post. I vote brown, but that's just the old man in me talking.

Tsell - January 19, 2010 - 3:58 AM

"Red" Clay Soul? Easy choice…like pie a la mode…

trip - January 19, 2010 - 4:55 AM

Wow, they look brand new.

David - January 19, 2010 - 6:28 AM

I like brown a little better. But you do have both so you can just switch them out whenever you feel like it.

Amazing transition. Definitely cool to find something like that and give them a second life. I think I have some boots I'm gonna try this with.

Death Bredon - January 19, 2010 - 5:14 PM

Red is the classic lace color of this type of boot. The color contrast helps with lacing and tying when you are in the Alps!

DAM - January 20, 2010 - 4:21 PM

eoo has a point. And was going to say red anyways – but orange would also be straight hot.

Well done on these my friend.

Ed Forbes - January 20, 2010 - 4:22 PM

Terrific. I'd say you ought to go with red — I seem to remember everybody who wore these having either red or navy blue laces. Great stuff.

Anonymous - January 20, 2010 - 4:57 PM

What length laces did you go with?

brennan - February 13, 2010 - 2:22 AM

wow. incredible job!

Scott - February 22, 2010 - 6:38 PM

Whoa dude, did you ever get off Milledge in those…

Elmo - March 12, 2015 - 9:39 PM

Love the easy work you put in on them. Found mine after 10yrs and did the same. Saddle up!

Lyn - October 10, 2016 - 1:01 PM

Brown looks better in my opinion.

High Five | Red Clay Soul - November 14, 2015 - 8:08 AM

[…] out, but the suede is about as cool as it gets. ¬†I’m a Sundowner guy…I’ve had this pair since my senior year of high school. ¬†Needless to say, they are a very good value […]

[…] and on campus. ¬†They held up better than I did. ¬†Oh the stories these boots could tell… ¬†I did a post on bringing them back to life after a hiatus, and they still look […]

RCS Wish List: Alden Chukkas

Alden Unlined Chukka Boot …gimme the Snuff. Image: Leffot

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DAM - January 20, 2010 - 4:22 PM

They go on sale every now and again over at the Brethren under the private label Peal and Co.