Eye Candy: The Corvette Stingray

“You better have your wood screws, ’cause I’m going to blow your doors completely off!” – Wooderson, “Dazed and Confused”

Filson X Sebago – New Stuff

I’m a complete sucker for Filson.  I started using a 257 years ago, and that was the gateway to my current collection (more on that later).  Sebago and Filson have been collaborating for quite some time, first releasing the Knight boots.  I snagged a pair, and have worn them quite a bit.  Lightweight, good with jeans and khakis…you get the point.

The pair just released a few new pieces that are absolutely outstanding.  I really like how the forest green wool and the classic Filson tan canvas go together.  Same with the green Cruiser – the leather touches expand the reach of this jacket.  Sebago really is a good match for Filson, as the touches dress up the pieces just a bit.

Duffle Bag

Medium Field Bag

Cruiser Coat

Wrist Action for the Winter

I do like the watch straps from Smart Turnout.  I have quite a few, and recently added a couple more to the collection.  I focused on the darker straps that would go with the colder weather.

Since matching these straps to an outfit is a sin, I like the fact that the (mostly) primary colors work with just about anything.  Whether it’s a Barbour or suit, these straps add a little punch.

I typically pair my straps with an old Omega Seamaster or a grey and black Swiss Army watch.  Those just about cover the spectrum for me.  Now, Smart Turnout just released a few new watch designs that should make you stand up and take notice.  I like how they have that ‘vintage’, timeless classic look:

From left to right: the London Watch, the Chartfield Watch, and the Smart Watch

Unionmade Goods Shopping

Unionmade Goods is by far one of the coolest parts of the Internet.  The goods they carry are some of the best brands around, but what sets them apart is their presentation.  The images do an excellent job of showcasing each piece, and the descriptions answer almost every question.  They actually have stores in California (San Francisco and Santa Monica).  Trust me, I will be stopping by next time I make it out there.  Until then, let’s do some perusing…

Grandpa Blazer

Harley Sweater

New England Shirt Company

Tanner Made Goods Belt

Levi’s Made & Crafted

Alden for Unionmade

Filson Briefcase in Navy

Double Monks – Still in the Game?

It seems like it’s been almost a year since the double monk straps hit their peak.  The trend generally started by Sid Mashburn took hold in the 2008 time frame, but has since lost a little bit of steam.  From the looks of it, there are two distinct double monk camps – those that love them, and those that don’t.  At all.

I am still on the double monk bandwagon, wearing my brown Allen Edmonds Moras and my black Magnannis quite a bit.  For us double monk lovers, the good news is that quite a few other brands have released their versions.  This gives us quite a variety of styles, colors, and leathers to choose from.  Some of the choices out there:

Left to right

1. Ovadia & Sons Milford Suede:  Snuff suede.  Hard to beat.
2. Howard Yount Double Monks:  The polishing job alone warrants a second look at these bad boys.
3. Billy Reid Mules:  These are very ‘Billy Reid’.  Good lookin’.


Left to right

1. Cole Haan Air Harrison:  Cut like gunboats, but green suede.
2. Magnanni Miro:  These look like a race car.
3. Crockett & Jones Lowndes:  Very English, and very professional.

Left to right

1. Burberry Double Monks:  A low-cost option in a cool reddish-brown color.  I could see these getting a lot of wear.
2. Battistoni Cap Toes:  The pebbled leather is a nice touch.
3. Santoni Sumners:  Another race car, with a different take on the ‘seat belt’.

Left to right

1. Peal & Co for Brooks Brothers:  More suede…from the Mothership.
2. Sid Mashburn Holburn Suede:  The suede version from the guy who started the craze.
3. John Lobb Williams:  These will probably last longer than you can stand.

I’m still on board…are you?

Paired Giveaway: Ledbury & Jack Donnelly Khakis

Two of my favorite brands have agreed to pair up for our first giveaway of 2013.  Richmond-based Ledbury is the maker of some of the finest shirts out there, and Atlanta-based Jack Donnelly makes khakis that quickly become your go-to pants.  How does a Ledbury shirt AND a pair of Jack Donnelly khakis sound?  Both pair so well together, so why not make one lucky reader the best dressed dude in the room.

Here’s the deal:  enter a comment to this post to enter.

For additional entries:

  • +1 (2 Total) ‘Like’ Ledbury on Facebook
  • +1 (3 Total) ‘Like’ Jack Donnelly on Facebook
  • +1 (4 Total) ‘Like’ Red Clay Soul on Facebook
  • +1 (5 Total) ‘Follow’  Ledbury on Twitter
  • +1 (6 Total) ‘Follow’ Jack Donnelly on Twitter
  • +1 (7 Total) ’Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Twitter
  • +1 (8 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway: I entered the @Ledbury X @jdkhakis X @redclaysoul shirt and pants paired giveaway.  Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/X6wIuZ  Pass it on…

The giveaway ends Sunday, January 20th at midnight ET.  I’ll announce the winner around lunchtime on Monday.  Good luck!

Thanks to the good folks from Ledbury and Jack Donnelly for supplying the goods for the giveaway.

Friday Jam: The Black Crowes – ‘Remedy’ (Live 1992)

Uhh…guess who’s tickets go on sale this morning?