Holiday Shopping with Huckberry

We’re in the middle of a bunch of RCS gift guides, where we are exposing ideas for different types of dudes (and for the ladies…stay tuned).  While these are a TON of fun to put together and to discuss, there are stops that are a gift guide in themselves.  The good folks at Huckberry asked if I would put together a round up of selected gifts from their site.  I am happy to oblige:

From top left:

1. Rover Jacket:  A cool option from Taylor Stitch…it’s a shorter jacket with built in patina.  This is for the Paul Newman fans out there.
2. Samurai Knife Starter Set:  Any good cooks that need to upgrade their blades?  Stop buying cheap knives from Wal Mart and step up your game.
3. Pullman Suitcase:  A big bag for couples travel.  This is one Filson that will always be checked, and will easily accommodate two people for a week.
4. Notebook & Pen:  I always carry a pen and a notebook, as it’s a habit I inherited from my Granddad.
5. Bar Cart:  Basil Hayden is expanding beyond Bourbon.  This bar cart is an excellent corner piece.  It would really bring the room together.
6. Manly Candle:  Most guys say they are anti-candle because 99% are some sort of honeysuckle/gardenia/perfume scent.  Here is the other 1%: Bourbon and Brown Sugar.  Light it up.
7. Yosemite Shirt: There’s always room for one more great shirt.  The Yosemite Shirt can be dressed up with chinos, or dressed down with jeans.  And the plaid ain’t too bad.
8. Flask:  Stanley does it right.  The size is perfect to hitch a ride in your boot or in your golf bag.
9. Carry On Suitcase:  I’ve talked about Away in the past, and will continue to preach their gospel.  GREAT bag and an even better price point.
10. 365 Pants:  The 5-pocket chinos have all but taken over.  Embrace the change with these that are a little heavier duty, and a great wheat color.
11. Pocket Knife:  Whether you need to cut a rope or open a letter, a pocket knife should be a part of everyone’s EDC.
12. Copper Bar Set:  While I’m skeptical of any drink that has more than three ingredients, proper measurement is key.
13. Watch:  Beat the tar out of this one, folks.  It’ll keep on ticking.
14. Bar Knife:  This bar knife will get more use than you expect.  I’ve given two of these as gifts, and I both were a GREAT decision.
15. Technical Chore Coat:  More to come on this bad boy…stay tuned.

Eric - November 19, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Great list- check out Johnny Porter candles. I finally broke down and bought one that was called “Boot Jack.” Great, masculine scent and it lasted me over a year.

Nem - November 22, 2016 - 9:51 AM

Going to try the 365 Pant. Hard to find casual trousers that don’t require a bunch of tailoring (taper stove-pipe legs mainly) and these look appropriately trim without getting into “skinny” territory. Thanks for the heads-up! Also, damn you for alerting me to the Basil Hayden bar cart.

Boot Recon

I posted about Beau Outfitters a couple weeks ago, and got a good response.  I got a couple questions in the comments about Chase’s boots (on the left):

 

After some recon (read: I asked Chase and Ryan), the boots are:

Double-H 12″ Work Boots.  Obviously Chase’s boots have a few miles on them, but that’s what makes them great, right?  Anyway, mystery solved…  Now get back to it…

Dean - November 18, 2016 - 9:05 AM

I have the same pair in steel toe, and they are fantastic. I get a lot of compliments on them too.

TA Mulloy - November 18, 2016 - 4:18 PM

I’ve got 2 pairs of these boots and they are great. What makes them even better is that they are made right here in the Good ol’ U.S. of A.

Cheers,

TAM

JBD - November 26, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Thanks for the info. I’ll definitely check those out.

As It Happened: American Field Atlanta

American Field descended into Ponce City Market in Atlanta last weekend to much fanfare.  The AF tour has been extensive this year, with another stop in Nashville this weekend.  The show features brands that are AMERICAN made…good for all of us.  Mrs. RCS and made our way down…this is as it happened:

The Old Try doing their thing:

The good folks from Sister’s Sauce were killing it (as usual):

Ball and Buck had a big presence.  I finally got to see Perfecto.  And it was Perfecto:

The star of the show was Cavanagh Baker.  Her outfit out of Nashville produces bespoke pieces for the ladies.  Outstanding work, and a very nice proprietor.

The Old Mason Jar sport coats really left a mark:

Bulleit…keeping everyone lubed up:

Congratulations to the American Field team on such a great show.  See you next year!

Seth Tapp - November 22, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Checked the stop at Nashville out and it was awesome. Really hoping that they have this again next year met some amazing people!

One Year Ago…

… #FrankDawg began his dominance.  And it continues today.

Drew - November 17, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Good looking pup! We’re getting one soon. Love that dog bed– where’s it from, if you don’t mind asking?

RCS Review: Away Luggage Carry On

I’ve been in the market for a hard shell carry on for quite some time.  Mrs. RCS and I do quite a few one or two night trips a year, and we’ve gotten pretty good at getting what we need into a carry on each.

We fight over the Carry On from Away Travel.  We’ve been in the market for hard shell suitcases for some time, and these completely fit the bill (without having to pay much more than two bills).

Here’s what I like: the bag is light.  I mean REALLY light.  It only weighs seven pounds, which is quite a bit lighter than my Filson or some of our previous carry on bags.  The shell is a polycarbonate, which is very sturdy, but also has a little give.  It stands up to the bumps and bruises of the airport, as well as fighting through Ubers and Hiltons.  It’s scratch resistant, which I can confirm after a few trips…

This is a very comfortable suitcase when traveling.  The handles are very ergonomic, and the the functions are smooth.  Whether it be the zippers or the extending handle…it’s just easy.

The internal setup is very friendly.  The clam shell design is good for organization.  I do clothes on one side, shoes and dopp kit on the other, and hanging clothes wrapped in a dry cleaning bag in the middle (this keeps them from wrinkling).

Here’s what’s cool: there is a charger installed in the suitcase.  Your iPhone will never be the same.  All that is required is charging the bag the night before leaving.

The 360 degree wheels are as smooth as silk.  It’s hard to imagine going back to a two wheeled option…

You will not beat this suitcase for the price.  Away Travel cuts out the middle man keeping their cost low, as well as adding in some excellent features that anyone from the minimal traveler to the globetrotter will appreciate.  At this point, I’m already eying the Medium suitcase for week long trips, and Mrs. RCS wants the Bigger Carry On…just in case.  Since any option they have is less than $300, I’m sure we’ll end up with the Large as well.  We just need to find a trip to give us a reason to purchase…and that’s the fun part.

Brad - November 14, 2016 - 4:54 PM

I recall how getting my first (properly sized) travelpro carry-on changed the way I walked through an airport and boarded a plane– going from a thing of dread to a smooth operation, but man was it ugly. Filson still gets the nod when I take the truck for that reason.

Luggage is a popular Christmas gift in my family. This looks nice and would be an upgrade for the SO. Out of curiosity, I’m wondering what this beat out/replaced?

[…] to hitch a ride in your boot or in your golf bag. 9. Carry On Suitcase:  I’ve talked about Away in the past, and will continue to preach their gospel.  GREAT bag and an even better price point. […]

RCS Gift Guide Two: I Know You Rider

The 2016 gift guides continue… ‘I Know You Rider’.  One of my favorite Dead songs (particularly live, and when preceded by ‘China Cat’).

These are gifts for the traveler…those folks that spend some time on the road, or who need to up their travel game.  Santa only makes one trip a year, but he gets it.  Here is the Red Clay Soul approach:

From top left:

1. Bose Quietcomfort 35 Headphones:  It only takes one flight with an upset baby (or a chatty neighbor) to justify the cost.  They are a little bulky to pack, but there’s a reason they sell A TON of these a year.
2. Orvis 1856 Travel Kit:  A good travel kit is key for the traveler.  Yes, it’ll hold all your personal items, but also your cords, chargers, etc., and they’ll be easy to find in your suitcase.  Orvis’ new 1856 set has that classic, handsome look that’ll never go out of style.
3. Flight 001 F1 Spacepack Bags:  Given my pseudo-OCD packing habits, these bags are a great way to stay organized.  Even if you don’t need them on the way out, they pack to almost nothing, and are great for holding dirty clothes or anything that requires quick access.
4. Filson Leather Duffle Bag:  The duffle bag is a necessity for any man.  This bag is worth it…remember, good leather duffles cost a pretty penny, but they’ll last forever.  Filson is guaranteed for life, so think of this as an investment.
5. Colonel Littleton #27 Leather Journal:  This journal is a lifesaver.  Keep a Field Notes notebook on one side, your passport on the other, and stuff receipts in the pocket.  It’s like a second travel wallet.
6. Colonel Littleton #83 Book Bag:  I typically travel with a larger briefcase, and treat it like a carry on.  For the flight, I pack some ‘extras’ just in case my luggage is lost, and there is still plenty of room for my laptop, charger, folders/notebooks, etc.  This leather option will garner some nods by those in the know.
7. Away Travel Medium Suitcase:  We’ll get into the Away Travel collection in a bit.  For now, trust me…you won’t find a better value proposition for a hard shell suitcase.  And the mean green color is as good as it gets.  I need to get MW to share where he found these letters…
8. Bubble Yum:  For those of us with sensitive ears…a must when flying.
9. Native Union iPhone Cable:  A 10 foot phone charger will change your life.  Especially in hotel rooms with outlets in weird places.
10. Anker 13000 Powercore Charger:  This is the best charger on the market.  Anker sets the standard.  This bad boy will charge your iPhone 4.8 times.  That’s heavy.
11. Leather Travel Frame:  Traveling is fun, but missing home is real.  I like to set this up with a picture of Mrs. RCS and a picture of #FrankDawg on the nightstand.  It really brings the (hotel) room together.
12. New York Times Crossword Puzzle Book:  Call this habit…I have grown up doing crossword puzzles, and always carry a book with me…and these pencils.  I’m not that good…
13. Aviate ATL Hat:  Show ’em where you’re from…

Daniel - November 15, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Are you going to have your wife do a gift guide for the ladies soon? I’ve got my wife’s birthday, anniversary, and Christmas all in December, so I need some ideas!

Get to Know: Beau Outfitters

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Ryan and Chase from Jacksonville’s Beau Outfitters over the past year or so.  As most of you know, I have a ton of family down there, and spend a bunch of time in the Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra area.  It’s great down there.

Beau Outfitters is getting hot and heavy with their online presence, as well as keeping a well-stocked store.  They were nice enough to sit down give their story a little color:

Talk about you and your partner – what is the history?

My business partner, Chase O’Steen, and I were both born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. We actually met while surfing one summer in Ponte Vedra Beach when we were about 12 years old. I was transferring to a new school the next fall that he was already attending. I forget exactly how we got to talking in the water but I know we hit things off pretty quickly because we had the same interest in the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, surfing at the time, we loved anything outdoors so it was kind of a natural friendship right off the bat. We ran with the same friend group that all had the same interests and we stayed close friends all throughout middle school, high school and college.

When we graduated high school, he went to Ole Miss and I went to Auburn. He and some of our buddies from Ole Miss would stay with us in Auburn to break up the trip and we’d always have a good time. I also visited them in Oxford whenever I could. If you’ve ever been, you understand why. It’s one of the best cultural towns in the South.

When it came time for us to reluctantly graduate, we both had jobs lined up back in Jacksonville. Neither of us necessarily had plans to return to Jacksonville after college, we both had developed a lot of friends (I a serious girlfriend) that were moving elsewhere, but I guess there was a bigger picture in the works. I returned with a job in finance and Chase had a job in real estate, so our paths continued to cross.

What made you two want to start Beau Outfitters?

The economy was still in the dumps when we graduated and, of course, we were trying to break in to the two best markets possible during the Recession, finance and real estate. We’d meet up during lunch just about every day and gripe about our jobs and be really pessimistic about the “real world”. Eventually, the direction of the conversations became “what else could we be doing?”. One day, I pitched an idea to him that had been in the back of my mind for virtually my whole life. Starting a store for guys that focused on a passion for the outdoors.

I got my passion for the outdoors from my dad. He always made sure we spent quality time together in a duck blind, walking pines, or cruising the winding creeks of a marsh. I also got my passion for classic men’s clothing from him. He’s always been a very fashionable guy with good taste, but in traditional sense. The kind of style that evokes a lifestyle. He was dapper but you knew he was an outdoorsman. Think an Orvis catalog or an old Ralph Lauren ad. Any time we would go out of town we would always find the local men’s stores. It’s a concept that’s been preserved for ages. I remember being a kid and walking through Charleston during the Southeastern Wildlife Expo thinking, one day I want to have a store like this. It seemed like people loved the places not just for the store, but the experience. You felt like you were part of a club just because you walked through the door. I wanted to be able to provide that feeling for people.

I think a lot of southern guys can relate to that image of their dad and it’s what influences the preserved traditional style of the South. It’s a conscious effort to adhere to what’s classic. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I also think a lot of guys can relate to that emotion of a classic men’s store.

So, naturally, when I pitched the idea to Chase, he was all in. Both of our parents ran their own businesses, so it was kind of in our blood. Our personalities meshed well because I have a creative mindset and Chase is more analytical. When we told our families our idea, it was a mixed response of excitement and uncertainty. We received a lot of great advice along the way but we really just did it on our own the old fashioned way; we wrote a business plan, took it to the bank, and the rest is history. It’s been five years and we’ve been very fortunate to have some success, learned a ton, and we’ve had fun doing it.

What kind of guy shops at your store?

Our guy is like us. He cares about how he looks but doesn’t come across as artificial or trendy. He has a traditional but modern look. He definitely enjoys the outdoors and his style reflects it. We keep things in the casual sportswear realm because that’s what most guys love but we do so with a collection of the highest quality brands available. We also provide a lot of lines that upgrade our guy’s wardrobe with a little more sophistication, Ledbury is a great example of that. It’s certainly not just guys we are looking to reach out to though. I think one of the great things about our store is while we cater specifically towards men, it’s also a great place for women to come and find a gift for that guy that’s difficult to shop for. Our store specializes in traditional clothing but we carry a lot of awesome gift items that might not necessarily be a necessity for every guy, but enhance every guy’s life in one way or another.

Why is Jacksonville a great spot to be?

Jacksonville has a ton to offer. It’s the largest city, land-wise, in the country and because it’s virtually a mix of South Georgia and North Florida, you sort of get the best of both worlds. We are an extension of some of the South’s amazing coastal areas. Yeah, it’s Florida so you have great access to beaches and top notch golf courses, but in-town is a completely different experience. There are several great historic districts with some of the best restaurants and entertainment you can find anywhere and most of the people that run them are as down home as they come. We’re the founding location to some of the greatest artists of all time like Lynyrd Skynrd, The Allman Bros., and Derek Trucks.

We have an NFL team, which is on the rise (hopefully) and the owner Shad Khan, who is regularly featured in Forbes, is investing a lot of time and personal capital into the city.

What’s most exciting is the fact that there is still immense potential and a lot of cultural growth happening. We’re excited to be a part of it and it’s really cool to watch this happen throughout the south.

What are your favorite pieces you are carrying this Fall?

I’m personally a huge Filson fan so anything new that they come out with I’m ecstatic for and have to have it. Some great pieces we’ll have for our climate are the Down Cruiser Vest, the Lightweight Dry Cloth Cruiser, and the Mile Marker Jacket. Patagonia continues to come out with awesome outerwear as well. My favorite for this season is the Reversible Snap-T Glissade Pullover. You can reverse between a weather-resistant surface or a fleece. I think that’s ideal for a lot of scenarios.

And finally, if I had to pick another item I’d say the Peter Millar Midtown Nubuck Boot in Cognac. It’s kind of an updated boot style that you can dress up or down for virtually any situation. Again, this is one of those pieces that updates a guy that has a traditional style sense but wants something new.

What do you like to do when you aren’t running Beau Outfitters? 

I like spending time with my wife and our Lab. All three of us like being outside so it makes all of us happy. Chase likes to spend time with his girlfriend and has a Lab as well that he brings him most places. We take full advantage of all of the boating Jacksonville’s waterways have to offer. Chase is big on boats and can tell you just about anything you’d want to know about any of them. I know a little bit but enjoy being out there more than anything. We both love pretty much every kind of hunting and fishing imaginable. I’d say we’d both agree that it’s tough to beat a sunrise in a duck blind on the Mississippi or a morning fishing on a skiff. I’ve recently gotten in to freshwater fly-fishing in the past couple years and really enjoy that. We spent a week out in Colorado last year fishing the rivers and it was a pretty liberating experience. We also both love college football, of course, and everything that goes along with it. We definitely enjoy cooking out and hanging out with friends. We’re very fortunate to have a lot of great friends that share our hobbies of guns, sports, food, and drinks. Really, what else could you ask for?

How long is Gus Malzahn going to be the head coach of Auburn?

I was never on the “#FireGus” train. I think a lot of fans are skeptical but I personally think he’s a great coach and it would be tough for us to do better any time in the foreseeable future. Sometimes there’s factors unseen that are inexplicable. I think he was probably trying to do too much and was confusing the hell out of himself as well as all of the fans. He’s since turned over all the play calling to the offensive coordinator, who actually happened to be his first ever quarterback, and things have improved. The offense is still a little bit TBD but our defense should keep us in most games I think.

What’s on your Spotify playlist?

The Black Keys
Chris Stapleton
Sturgill Simpson
Gary Clark Jr.
Jack White
Band of Heathens
Led Zeppelin
The Allman Brothers Band
The Rolling Stones
Waylon Jennings
Kings of Leon
Band of Horses

The list goes on…

You can shop the entire Beau Outfitters collection online or visit their store:

1972 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

JBD - November 12, 2016 - 6:41 PM

What kind of boots is the gentleman on the left wearing? I’m looking for a new pair and really like the style of those.

WMM - November 17, 2016 - 1:00 PM

I second JBD, is there any way to find out the make of those boots?