RCS Likes: The KP MacLane Crewneck Sweater

It’s been a busy year for our friends at KP MacLane.  They moved their headquarters to NYC, and they expanded their line to include new crewneck sweater.  We’ve talked about their polos, which are high on the Red Clay Soul list.  The sweater follows suite.

The sweater is made of 100% Peruvian cotton, so it is extremely soft.  It feels like a less-heathered cashmere.  The sweater has a slimmer, updated fit that will work alone or over an oxford shirt.  From a layering perspective, it is just that – a thin layer.  This is a 3-season sweater.

The sweater is available in four neutral colors – including Arctic Blue (pictured).  The other three are Scottish Thistle, Grey Heather, and Light Forest.  This is the type of sweater that you pack for every weekend trip, as it will go with everything.  Driving to a weekend getaway?  Throw it on with jeans and New Balance shoes.  Date night?  It’s perfect over an oxford for dinner and drinks outside…you’ll be glad you have it when the sun goes down.

As guys, we should have a few luxury items in our closets.  The old adage is that when women are looking, they look at a guy’s shoes and his watch.  Those can’t be faked.  Other than that, luxurious fabrics and textures in a variety of pieces round out a closet.  This sweater is an excellent example of a slice of luxury that can be mixed and matched in any number of outfits. And she won’t be able to keep her hands to herself…

#WIWT Friday

….what I wore today….


Brooks Brothers Custom Tailored Golden Fleece Birdseye Jacket (thrifted – Similar)
-I’m particularly fond of the purple lining…
Naked & Famous Selvedge Jeans
Billy Reid Shirt
Martin Dingman Alligator Leather Belt & custom buckle
Church’s Cap Toe Medallion Oxfords (Similar)
Jack Spade Tote

…and a thirst for a few Old Fashions after work…  Who’s got the best recipe?

Kentucky Derby Style

So the famed Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, and admittedly, I don’t really know much about the horse race or it’s implications.  It seems that the race’s reputation is more centered around the atmosphere, the bourbon, and the style…and really – is there anything wrong with that?  Most of the guys look very dapper, save for the ones in costumes or the kids that throw every pastel into the blender and think it’s ‘preppy’…and all of the women look great, with their hats topping off hours of primping.

Me?  This is how I’d do it:

From top left:

1. Persol Suprema Keyhole Sunglasses:  First and foremost, the race is a chance to spend the day outside, so protect your eyes from the sun and make sure you are not caught staring.
2. J. Crew Ludlow Jacket in Italian Oxford Cloth:  Since it’s going to be warm, wear a jacket that will breathe a little bit.  J. Crew’s Ludlow stuff is about as good as you can get for the money…and this one is 30% off.
3. Southern Proper “Mellow Yellow” Bow Tie:  I’m not even a bow tie guy, but Emmie and Co. have really knocked it out of the park with the bold stripe options.  An updated take on a very classic style.
4. Mophie Juice Pack:  Since chargers aren’t available, bring your generator.  There are lots of pictures and texts to be had…and with our social media culture, if the event isn’t Instagrammed, did it really happen?
5. Salvatore Ferragamo Horse Print Silk Pocket Square:  You know, get in the spirit.  Horses on silk.
6. Ledbury White Fine Twill Dress Shirt: Classic and comfortable, the best base for the rest of your pallet.
7. Breitling Navitimer:  If you had any idea what all the numbers and dials meant, you’d be able to time the race.  No way that happens.
8. Sid Mashburn Navy Seersucker Sport Trousers:  A very dressed up version of seersucker.  The darker, well cut pants will give your look an updated style, and the seersucker will keep you cool.  Don’t worry about any bourbon spills, these can go in the wash.
9. Res Ipsa #11 Wool Loafers:  Comfort is the name of the game, and it doesn’t get much better than these.  Your shoes are a great place to show off your flare.
10. Basil Hayden Bourbon:  In my top two Bourbon choices.
11. Filson Oil Tin Wine Tote:  You’ve got to carry your bourbon somehow, and brown paper bags are so ‘grocery store’.  Be better than that.
12. Belle Meade Bourbon:  …and since there are two spots in the tote, add the other of my top two.
13: Martin Dingman Newport Belt:  Light blue, finely woven, and nice leather.  Sounds about perfect for a dressed up day at the track.

What are you wearing?

1st and 2nd Images: Google Image Search

#WIWT Hump Day

…..what I wore today…..

Jack Donnelly Carters in Slate
Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Beefroll Loafers
Very Vintage Popover (thrifted)
La Matera Corbina Belt
Ermenegildo Zegna Twentyfourseven Navy Blazer (Similar)
Jack Spade Shell Case Tote
Panerai PAM112

Head’s Up: Res Ipsa Trunk Show at H.Stockton in Midtown Atlanta

Head’s up Atlanta folks – the guys behind Res Ipsa are having a trunk show at H.Stockton’s Midtown location tonight from 4-8PM.  Be sure to swing by and take a look at some of the coolest shoes, bags, and ties around.  You’ll also get the opportunity to meet Josh and Odini – two of the coolest guys in the business.

See you there!

Back Nine Shorts + A Rant.

This post was planned as soon as I did the ‘Front Nine’ a couple weeks ago.  Since then, some interesting things have happened.  First, I dropped off a serious stack of “shorts” at my tailors to be shortened to a 6″ inseam, the length that the Good Lord intended, and second, I stopped into Golfsmith to have some work done to my clubs (more on this later).

I walked around Golfsmith for a bit, and hit a few balls into the nets with my better half.  There was a big apparel sale, so I tried to find something in the mens section.  Nada.  There is a serious problem going on right now with golf style.  It seems that the only options available, or at least the only selections being marketed, are cheaply made, highly technical fabrics that are a mish-mash of ‘classic’ argyle-type neon patters with matching shorts.  Add in the white belt (disgusting), and white shoes, and it looks like a costume for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Musical On Ice, or a laser tag team uniform.  It’s awful.  I see this stuff on the course, and it makes me shake my head.  I’m really excited to see this trend come to an end.

Peter Millar is a mainstream leader in getting things back on the right track, so I’ll tip my tour visor to them.  Keep it up, folks.

Now, if you want to show a little flare on the course, there is plenty of room for that, but it doesn’t require a a glorified leisure suit.  In the Front Nine, we talked about anything but khaki shorts, which focused on color.  Now, let’s get into the patterns.  These are the options that only need something simple on top: a white polo, a navy polo, or maybe a pink polo.  Nothing to distract from what you’ve got going on below the belt.  Folks – make it rain:

From top left:

1. J. McLaughlin Dean Floral Shorts:  A great option this time of year.  The floral pattern shows you don’t take yourself too seriously, but you need to be confident out there when pulling these off.
2. Sid Mashburn Batik Shorts:  Along the same lines, but the fabric is so cool.  It’s almost a nod to the tie-dye…and there’s nothing wrong with getting a little hippie on the golf course.
3. Brooks Brothers Madras Shorts:  Madras should be the go-to option for warm weather fabrics.  It’s breathable, it’s comfortable, and it’s so much more stylish than something polyester.
4. Pendleton Madras Shorts:  There are some loud madras options, so you have plenty of options across the board.  These from Pendleton would look great with a simple white polo and a pair of saddles.
5. Gant Rugger Check Shorts:  Sticking with the checks…the key with these is to wear the right inseam.  Otherwise you might look like a skater.  Get them up to the 6″-7″ range, and you’ll be in business.
6. Uniqlo Linen/Cotton Check Shorts:  Linen is another option for golf shorts that will let you breathe.  Uniqlo has some great cost-friendly options, but they will require some inseam work.  These look great, so it’s worth it.
7. J. Crew Factory Ikat Shorts:  Fun fabric for the whimsical at heart…
8. J. Crew X Wallace & Barnes Camo Shorts:  Camo seems to be in style now, which is fine.  It needs to be done right.  This take by J.Crew and Wallace & Barnes paired with a light pink polo would create quite the juxtaposition…
9. Vivienne Westwood Bombay Madras Shorts:  More madras…this time in the tough-to-find larger check.  Go big, right?  I don’t go out there to lay up…

Friday Jam: Railroad Earth – “Hard Livin'”

Enjoy the weekend, folks.  Cheers…