Monthly Archives: May 2011

RCS Likes: Ben Silver

I started getting the Ben Silver catalog when I was in college.  I was looking for a Palmetto hat, and a buddy from the Low Country suggested I give them a call.  Yes – the hat was outstanding (I got two more later on – more on that later), and the catalog has been delivered […]

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MP - May 31, 2011 - 10:01 AM

I could live in the Ben Silver catalog and/or shop, love the selection of prep school/college crest blazer buttons. The gent that runs the shop is very friendly as well.

Glenn - May 31, 2011 - 10:48 AM

Ben Silver’s is the Mecca of Trad, love there selection! Totally classic!

Rhon - May 31, 2011 - 8:59 PM

Love your ties there and the saddle shoes on the shelf are great. That is one thing I do not own that I wish I did.

iamtheavalanche - June 2, 2011 - 2:52 AM

Are Ben Silver shirts made in the U.S.?

JRS - June 8, 2011 - 8:47 PM

@MP – I agree – the staff was extremely friendly.

@Rhon – thanks man. They get a ton of wear. I need to stock up on saddles as well.

@Avalanche – Mine is made in the USA.

Dale - October 21, 2011 - 11:47 PM

Your “lion Cravate hasn’t made it’s debut”–next time, there’s no “e” on “cravat” and please…there’s no apostrophe “‘” in “its”. Only use an apostrophe when doing a contraction of “it” and “is.”

Jacqueline Sullens - April 4, 2012 - 10:54 AM

Love what I see….. Great Gifts for My Family!!!!

jim keyser - May 27, 2012 - 6:47 AM

Am definitley “in” on the snuff tassel loafers–great look! Called Ben Silver and spoke with the buyer, Megan Coleman, who was not at all helpful or encouraging. Do you know if this color in suede is available anywhere else?

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you. Image: Google Image Search

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Buffalo & Company

I’ve been following these guys for a while: Buffalo & Company was founded based on the rugged side of man – their  products and values  are based on an outdoorsman culture.  A great quote from their site: ‘We seek a balance between looking good and doing good’.  You won’t find a lot of pink and […]

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Caroline Fontenot - May 26, 2011 - 10:24 AM

Awesome stuff! On the site now. Good to see MANLY things that are still classy.

Caroline Fontenot - May 26, 2011 - 10:26 AM

Also, my parents live in Montana, so the fishing shirts are looking really good for a husband gift.

W&L Fogey - May 26, 2011 - 1:20 PM

Really great merchandise and site. As a W&L grad, I particularly like the Lee Signature ties and the Lee cufflinks. Company philosophy resonates with me as well. Thank you for bringing this company to my attention…..I will certainly be making purchases from them in the near future.

Trip Reed - May 26, 2011 - 4:21 PM

Man, if I actually wore t-shirts, I would get that Join or Die shirt.

Casey - May 27, 2011 - 9:44 AM

Nice discount RCS, I love it when you do this kind of stuff…. I am going to pull the trigger on that “Rugged Weekender” I have been eyeing for some time…. Should be perfect for those 2-3 day trips.

JRS - May 29, 2011 - 7:45 AM

@Caroline – That fishing shirt is sharp.

@W&L Fogey – my pleasure – don’t forget to use the RCS code.

@Trip – Get one anyway.

@Casey – Thanks for the kind words. That is a great bag…

William - June 13, 2011 - 2:59 PM

I am currently wearing a polo that i ordered from them, they make great stuff and Xan is the man.

[…] I’ve posted about Buffalo & Company before, and will probably post about them again.  They do a great job of constantly adding to their impressive catalog – the best bet is to follow them Facebook to stay up to date.  Here are a couple recent releases that are top notch:  First, the Havana Harbor Mocs – a snuff suede driving moc…very nice: […]

Great Knockers

As seen on the streets of the Holy City:

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Allie - May 24, 2011 - 12:21 PM

Love these–we have a fox head door knocker on our front door!

JRS - May 29, 2011 - 7:46 AM

@Allie – A Fox Head? That’s right up my alley…

RCS Likes: M. Dumas & Sons

What a great store.  I had to stop in when I was in town, and I’m glad I did.  M. Dumas & Sons is like two stores – a more formal side and a casual side.  Both are excellent examples of the ‘Charleston style’ – traditional, but whimsical – and always comfortable.  I saw one […]

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24/7 Restless - May 23, 2011 - 9:03 AM

I was wondering if you stopped my M. Dumas. I passed by that shop hundreds of times without going in (didn’t fit my style when I was younger) but its on my list of shops to visit this summer.

P.S. The Apple store across the street? That used to house my favorite small concert venue in the city.

Bryce - May 23, 2011 - 9:52 AM

Stopped in there a few weeks ago and picked up a few items. Everything in the store was amazing, but I was appalled by the customer service. The owner himself was checking me out and was too busy discussing his spinning class with an associate to acknowledge me and my group’s presence even though we were all buying a large amount of items. We were never offered help when we were shopping for a good 30 minutes and I ended up putting a few items back because we could not get a dressing room.

When we walked past the shop later, the owner was outside smoking and shouting on his cell phone, swearing at one of his vendors. Long story, short. Great products, shoddy service. There are many other men’s stores in my area that sell the same products and they all have phenomenal service and a dedicated and educated team of employees.

Ben - May 23, 2011 - 11:20 AM


That’s pretty much my experience with their customer service.

I will never forget one visit about ten years ago. One of the salesman was ordering something for a customer and was shouting his credit card number so loud everyone could have heard.

Great clothes but shoddy service.

Allie - May 23, 2011 - 1:39 PM

Oh, I like!! My favorite is the VV hat with the coordinates, the Leather Man belts, and those alligator boots!!

Brad - May 23, 2011 - 2:18 PM

I was in Charleston for a weekend a couple of years ago and bought my first seersucker suit at M. Dumas. I had great experience with their customer service…suit was altered and shipped to me within a week for no extra charge. Very well priced and still looks great.

Moss - May 23, 2011 - 2:38 PM

I enjoy your site and I’m glad that you enjoy SC.

However, as a South Carolinian, I must correct you, that is not the Big Red ensign on your sandals. Big Red’s gorget is actually turned so that it faces the palmetto.

Also, as a southerner I think you would agree that its not proper to wear a symbol which should be honored on your shower shoes, but thats another story — guess tourists will buy anything with the palmetto on it!

Thanks and please keep up the posts.

JRS - May 24, 2011 - 2:18 PM

Folks – I can’t thank you enough for your honest feedback. It is what makes this site fun. Regardless, let’s keep it above the line – I really don’t want to have to be in the business of policing comments.

24/7 Restless - May 25, 2011 - 1:58 PM

I’m so glad you deleted that comment. There was so much wrong with it, beyond the borderline “hate” aspects of it.

B. L. Davis - May 25, 2011 - 9:21 PM

A note on the Luminox. I deployed with that watch. It didn’t last 3 months in county until the bezel had popped off and both of the plastic retention loops to hold the strap failed. I was able to salvage the bezel, but it can be flipped off the watch with nearly zero effort. For the price, I would never even consider another Luminox. I’ve ordered the Marathon mechanical diver’s watch for the next push. Email me if you want more details.

JRS - May 29, 2011 - 7:52 AM

@ 24/7 – My pleasure.

@ BL – Thanks for the head’s up. I doubt I would ever be as tough on it as you would during a deployment, but that’s good to know. Also – I’ve found it at a good discount online…

S - June 27, 2011 - 4:00 AM

M. Dumas & Sons has become a tradition for my family -whenever we go to our beach house @ Kiawah we are always lured back to Charleston for not only Snobs but Dumas I cannot ever get enough of the embroidered shorts!!!! Its a taste of old with a spot of new! Cheers mates!


Jack T - August 26, 2011 - 11:58 PM

After years of buying VV, Leatherman and the SB needlepoints, I realized that none hold up over time. They fray and get filthy. The best belt of this style is Double Eagle, any belt you can think of, great colors and washable. Tougher to find but starting to be more prevalent.

Jim T - April 26, 2016 - 5:26 PM

interesting comment about the owner above. No excuses if you feel you got bad service, but the owner, David Dumas, does not smoke and has never smoked….

How Sweet…

…do you like your tea?

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The Trot Line - May 22, 2011 - 8:13 PM

Hah, saw this post right after sending out a tweet: “Who makes the best sweet tea in the South?”

Great minds think alike I guess.


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