Res Ipsa: Winterizing

You’ve heard me go on and on about the great work Res Ipsa is doing.  I first came to know them this Spring, and have been a fan ever since.  I have a couple pairs of the kilim loafers, and wear them all the time.

Josh and Odini are simply killing it.  I’ve seen their loafers popping up all over the place…whether it’s H. Stockton in Atlanta or Grady Ervin in Charleston, they are all having trouble keeping them in stock.  Besides being at the helm of their bourgeoning business, they are two of the greatest guys I know.  Simply outstanding individuals who really take pleasure in doing what they do.

Now, as the seasons change, so is Res Ipsa.  Well, ‘change’ might be a drastic word, but let’s just say they are winterizing.  They are releasing a line of Harris Tweed tartan goods that will make your head spin.  Weekender bags, tote bags, loafers, and chukka boots in the fine, authentic Harris Tweed that is the envy of all other wools. I had a chance to preview the line last week, and am happy to show you good folks.

Here we go:

The weekender bag, the dopp kit, Harris Tweed loafers and chukka boots.  Don’t be afraid of these…allow it to happen.  Pair with a good pair of jeans and a sweater, and you are good to go.  Keep it to a minimum in terms of other patterns or plaids; let the loafers and boots do the talking.

The Red and Black tartan.  Seriously.

Another weekender bag, a tote bag, and their brand new camo suit cover.  The suit cover is a really nice addition to the lineup – it’s thick enough to protect the contents, but light enough to be easy.  It’s big enough for a suit, a jacket, and a pair of pants.

The tote bag up close

Their full line will be uploaded to their website very soon…you know I’ll let you know.

Edward Green Trunk Show at Sid Mashburn

As if there already wasn’t enough great stuff happening in Atlanta’s Westside this weekend, here’s another one you can’t miss:  Sid Mashburn is hosting Edward Green for a trunk show at his Atlanta store.  Seriously…some of the nicest shoes you’ve ever seen, and some of the nicest folks you’ve ever met.

Drop by if you are in the neighborhood.

Recent Finds: Winter Jackets

I’ve recently added two new (vintage) jackets to my winter lineup.  Luckily, I’ve remained in pretty good shape, so a few of the tweets that I used to wear are now too big.  I like to think it’s my eating habits and pseudo-dedication to staying healthy, but more than likely they have just stretched out.

This black watch job by Pringle is an Ebay find.  I’ve been looking for a black watch jacket forever, and almost every one I come across is damaged, cut like a pillowcase, or made of a nasty blend.  Not this one…the fit is perfect (especially for a vintage jacket), and the colors are just right.  I’m not a huge fan of the buttons, but they aren’t something I’ll change right away.

Numero dos is a Made-in-the-USA Pendleton tweed, complete with a ticket pocket.  This one was a gift from the Goodwill Gods, and it fits like a glove.  I won’t have to alter this one an inch.  It’s a medium weight tweed, and the pattern is awesome.  I really like the touch of blue, as most of the shirts I wear are blue.  And I love those leather buttons, man.  I get older, and they stay the same age…

I can’t wait to give these bad boys a ride…

New Art

I’m working on a post about ‘Dude Decorating’, which is turning out well.  As guys, not only do we need some help and accountability with our clothing style, but we also need some help with our livability style.  Stay tuned…

For now, some new art.  I got it in a 9×12 which I’m planning on having matted and framed…and will hang in my closet…as daily inspiration:

‘Waschanstalt/Zurich’, by Robert Hardmeyer (1905)

Vintage art.  It never gets old.

A Little Bit from Oak Street Bootmakers

The fine folks at Oak Street Bootmakers are adding some more heavy duty ammo to the arsenal.  With a nod to tradition, the Oak Street Bootmakers Bit Loafer is a shoe that is instantly familiar, yet boldly unique.  The upper is hand-sewn in Maine with Horween calfskin leathers, calfskin lining, leather sole, stacked leather heel with dovetail toplift, and brass and nickel horsebit hardware.  Handcrafted in the USA…available in brown and black…and a steal at $328:

What say you?

2014 World Series: Baby, It’s a Wild World

It all starts tonight, folks.  Two Wild Card teams…Neither of which are the Yankees, Cardinals, or any other huge market team.  Who do you pick?  In how many games?

RCS Pick:  Royals in 5, and ESPN hates every minute of it.

Picking a Winner: Jack Donnelly

When Gregg first told me that he was launching a Kickstarter campaign for Jack Donnelly, I knew immediately that he would KILL it.  As a long time customer, I can attest to the quality and fit of the khakis.  They have one of the best value propositions in the #menswear terrordome.  I talked to Gregg yesterday about the whole experience:

“It’s been an awesome trip so far.  I think it’s a game changer – a great platform to fund new product development and connect with new customers.  We look forward to finishing strong and gearing up for production.  It’s been really cool to see all the support and we sincerely appreciate everyone getting involved.  We can’t wait to get everyone their new JDs!”

Well, there is a week left in the Jack Donnelly Kickstarter campaign, and as expected, they knocked it out of the park.  They are over 300% of goal, with almost 400 backers.  That is absolutely awesome.  Now, what does this mean for you?  Well, you have to start looking at it from a different perspective: Jack Donnelly made their goal, so now is a GREAT time to stock up on their khakis while they are ON SALE.  Not only are their famed Dalton pants and Carter pants over 10% off retail, but JD released special edition cords for the Kickstarter venture.  I stocked up…and I got a couple extra pairs to use for Christmas gifts.  You should too…

Pull the trigger by CLICKING HERE