Atlanta: Vince Dooley Signing at Onward Reserve This Friday

Team – the Legendary Vince Dooley will be signing his Penley book at the Onward Reserve store in Buckhead this Friday from 4-6PM.  To top it off, the Varsity will be on hand to quench that college football pallet.

Onward Reserve is located at 3072 Early Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

See you there!

THE CHORE COAT

Always looking to expand the wardrobe, I’ve had my eye on this unique jacket ever since I saw these images of Bill Cunningham (RIP) back in 2013:

Image: GQ

Not quite a blazer, but still a simple piece of outerwear, this is a “Chore Coat”.  And it’s a utility coat for the masses.

The chore coat (or chore jacket, work jacket, etc) originated in France, and hs had a bit of a resurgence over the last few years. They were typically constructed out of some form of denim, either a heavily indigo’ed version or as a lightweight option in chambray or linen.  They usually had two large pockets across the midsection, and one or two chest pockets.  Very utilitarian:

Vintage French Chore Coat

 Today, chore coats are made in a variety of styles out of almost every fabric you can think of.  They all share the same general characteristics: big pockets and buttons to the neck.  I really like the idea of adding a chore coat to my lineup.  Specifically for days that I don’t want to wear a blazer, but need some sort of non-vest outerwear.  One thing is 100% certain: no matter how cool my chore coat is, I will NEVER be as cool as this guy:

With that said, there are quite a few good ones on the market.  I look at these as a ‘business casual’ type of outerwear, but still very versatile.  I would wear this with jeans and boots over an oxford, or as a coat over a sweater and chinos with loafers.  Since it’s a coat, get one that is a neutral.  Navy blues, tans, or olives.  If you want something louder, get a sport coat.  Here is the rundown of ones I’m considering:

From top left:

1 Aether Apparel Bowery Chore Coat:  Aether does GREAT work, and this chore coat is no exception.  This one falls in the middle – it can be dressed up or dressed down.  The zipper on the arm gives it a modern twist, but not in a negative sense.
2. Apolis Indigo Wool Chore Jacket:  This is an iconic interpretation of the of the chore jacket, and one of the pieces that Apolis is known for.  The navy wool formalized this version, so it is good for the dressier type.  I’m leaning towards this one or #1.
3. Copin Chore Coat:  Very simple, and tan.  Mid-range, essentially a casual jacket that can be worn almost anywhere.  Boots and jeans preferred.
4. J. Crew X Wallace & Barnes Chore Coat:  A good, very unconstructed version of the chore coat.  Essentially a work shirt with front pockets.  For the minimalist.
5. Iron & Resin Industry Chore Coat:  A cool green look, and exposed rivets give it a military vibe.  More casual than dressy, this coat ranks low on the ‘formal’ scale, but high on the ‘tough and cool’ scale.  Don’t sleep on green.
6. Pointer Brand Duck Chore Coat:  This is the duck canvas, tough, roughneck version of the chore coat.  For the boot-everyday folks.  The thick tan canvas wakes up the Filson and Carhartt senses, and the light lining makes this a little more winter-friendly.  The label and the green writing on the buttons are nice touches.  I’m tempted to get one of these and do some modifications:  First, wash it about 25 times.  Second, have the collar rounded (like this dude):

Beyond these, you can find some vintage models on Etsy that are worth a look.

Remember, folks, it ain’t all blazers and gunboats.  Have fun, after you get your chores done.

Trent Gavin - August 30, 2016 - 9:09 AM

Great Read. Nice selection, I like all but khaki/brown would make a nice addition to go #2 against my Barbour.

WarEagleDG - August 30, 2016 - 10:14 AM

No Love for the classic Carhartt?

Cory - August 30, 2016 - 11:39 AM

I have the Apolis indigo wool jacket. It’s great. I love the fit.

Aaron Kirsch - September 1, 2016 - 9:28 AM

I really like the Epaulet Doyle. It will be back in the fall. http://epauletnewyork.com/products/epla-doyle-jacket-washed-olive-duck-canvas

Jake - September 15, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Solid roundup! As a Tennessean, I’m all for the Pointer Brand option and own both a duck brown and a dark denim version. the collar is aggressive and had to be shortened on both jackets.

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Read Wall Sport Shirt Giveaway

It’s been a while, and it’s time to back on the giveaway train.  We are starting off with a home run from our DC friends Read Wall.  These guys are redefining custom work at their DC showroom as well as online.  They make insanely cool sport coats and suits, they have a trouser section, and their sport shirts are 100% on point.  They offer solids, stripes, and gingham in just the right colors.  The spread collars give them a grown up look that works with or without a tie, under a sport coat or on it’s own, and these only get better with age.  I’ve had mine for about a year, and can attest.

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Get your entries in by midnight ET on Sunday, September 4th, and I’ll let everyone know the winner on Monday around lunchtime.  Good luck!

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Davis King - August 29, 2016 - 8:03 AM

Blue gingham is for sure my favorite amazing color pattern

John Lawton - August 29, 2016 - 8:07 AM

Blue check

Kevin Donnelly - August 29, 2016 - 8:18 AM

Tough to pick one. The blue Oxford is classy

Steven Bremer - August 29, 2016 - 8:27 AM

I really like the blue/white strip

Paul - August 29, 2016 - 8:31 AM

Red check all day

Scott - August 29, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Hunter green check perfect for fall.

Kyle - August 29, 2016 - 8:35 AM

In all honesty they are all really nice. I checked out a lot of their products. Gonna order some later.

BuzzKillington - August 29, 2016 - 8:37 AM

Light blue gingham is killer

Fritz - August 29, 2016 - 9:10 AM

Red stripe

Greg - August 29, 2016 - 9:44 AM

blue gingham!

Stw - August 29, 2016 - 9:49 AM

That blue/white stripe is killer

David - August 29, 2016 - 9:49 AM

Red gingham sure does stand out, but they all have great style.

Kai - August 29, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Red check for sure.

Will - August 29, 2016 - 10:16 AM

I love the solid blue!

MRJ - August 29, 2016 - 10:29 AM

GREEN GINGHAM

Madison Roberts - August 29, 2016 - 10:44 AM

I am digging the Red Gingham

Madison Roberts - August 29, 2016 - 10:48 AM

I’m digging the Red Gingham

Brad Petri - August 29, 2016 - 11:03 AM

Green Gingham

Jim Walters - August 29, 2016 - 11:14 AM

Love the green check

Ben - August 29, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Need to add that green gingham to the mix.

Trudy - August 29, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Green gingham for sure!

Gage Reiter - August 29, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Cant go wrong with the blue oxford.

TAC$ - August 29, 2016 - 12:03 PM

That green check is calling my name this fall.

HMB - August 29, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Like the red check/gingham

Kory - August 29, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Blue gingham all the way. But neverless all of them are amazing!

Tim Koehler - August 29, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Choose one? They all work, but the blue/white stripe looks the best!

Bob Walsh - August 29, 2016 - 1:14 PM

Red striped

Alexander Lee - August 29, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Blue stripe!

Travis - August 29, 2016 - 1:51 PM

That burgundy stripe is the business.

JPD - August 29, 2016 - 1:51 PM

The green gingham is calling my name!

Brian - August 29, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Blue gingham would be perfect for football season. Go Blue Raiders!

Lorenzo - August 29, 2016 - 5:27 PM

I need a new blue gingham!

Thomas Bailey - August 29, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Green Gingham

Andy H - August 29, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Red Gingham for sure

John Davis - August 29, 2016 - 9:08 PM

That solid blue would look good on me

Alan - August 29, 2016 - 9:37 PM

Blue gingham

Kyle - August 29, 2016 - 10:55 PM

SPREAD COLLAR SPORT SHIRT – BLUE GINGHAM

Fritz - August 29, 2016 - 11:38 PM

Red stripe looks great

Grant - August 30, 2016 - 8:44 AM

green gingham for sure

Jude Thompson - August 30, 2016 - 8:59 AM

Blue gingham

Andrew Reese - August 30, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Blue Oxford cloth. Because you can never have too many blue Oxfords.

Bobby Austin - September 1, 2016 - 11:22 PM

Green gingham, man

Ryan - September 4, 2016 - 11:04 PM

Green Gingham

Flannel in the Summer?

Last night Mrs. RCS and I attended the Allyn Scura party at Sid Mashburn.  We loaded up…more on that later.  Lots of Fall stuff is filling the racks at Sids, including some flannel shirts.  There is one that caught my eye when it hit their website:

Now, I don’t know about you, but flannel is the last thing on my mind when the forecast calls for a high of 92 degrees.  Unless it’s a design like this: spread collar, good cut, MOP buttons, and a color way that I’ve never seen before (grey, salmon, and green…).  I had to pull the trigger, and I’m glad I did:

Donnie told me that these are almost gone…and it’s August.  In Atlanta.

Goes to show that good stuff knows no seasons.

JPD - August 30, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Saw in the store last weekend and fell in love! Such great colors and the fabric is the perfect blend for a Texas fall.

Lust: The Filson Weatherproof Leather Duffle

Have you seen this beauty?  Filson just released a line of weatherproof bags that are made out of a very sturdy leather:

The medium duffle bag’s size has changed to a more travel-friendly overhead size, but it is still one of the bigger leather duffles on the market.  From my 2D perspective, I love it.  It will be very hard not to pull the trigger on this bad boy.  Available at Filson and over at East Dane.  Get it while the gettin’s good.

Orvis Fly Fishing 101

Mrs. RCS and I have been seriously intrigued with fly fishing for quite some time.  There is something about the solitude and the commune with nature that appeals to both of us, as well as the hunt.  The idea of landing a trout, and eventually a bonefish on a fly is one that we are planning future vacations around.

Both of us have meager fly fishing experience; essentially limited to casting for fun.  We don’t own any rods or reels (yet), so we thought it would be a good idea to start from the ground up.  Orvis offers free fly fishing classes out of their stores, so we signed up for the 101 class a couple Saturdays ago.

Orvis does a great job with instruction.  Each store has fly fishing experts on staff not only to help customers find the right gear, but to help with fishing questions, instruct these classes, and to shoot the preverbal breeze about fishing.  I’m serious – those guys can talk about fishing all.  day.  long.  And they know their stuff.

The class started at 9:00, and there were a dozen of us.  Ten guys and two ladies (Mrs. RCS was one of them).  We signed in, went over the agenda for the day, grabbed a rod and reel, and headed for the parking lot behind the store.

Our instructor gave us the ins and outs about an overhead cast.  …Let the rod do the work…don’t push the rod…pause at back…don’t whip the fly…etc.  Fundamentals.

Then he put us to work.  Pardon the photography, but there was plenty of room to cast.  I didn’t catch a 4Runner.  No one was throwing it 80 yards, most of us were concentrating on keeping the line in the air and getting comfortable with the motions.  This went on for about 15-20 minutes while our instructors walked around made sure everyone understood.  They took a very hands on approach, which seemed to work for this type of class.

After getting comfortable with the rod, we moved on to line work.  In lieu of an actual fly, our lines had a velcro tip that weighed about the same.  They gave us each a fish so we could practice casting.  This was another 15-20 minutes.  This turned out to be a lot of fun….the bonefish was very elusive…

During ‘fishing’, the instructors talked to each of us individually about why we were getting into fly fishing, and what we wanted to do.  Mrs. RCS and I love having hobbies like this, so for us it is about finding reasons to fish locally (here at the Hooch, up north in the southern Appalachians, and eventually in the Caribbean).  We spend a lot of time in the Bahamas, and have no problem scheduling our vacations around fishing.

This class taught us that we have a ways to go before we get there, but it is attainable.  I’m not saying we’ll be fishing the Seychelles any time soon, but one day…

After we finished the physical rod and reel work, we moved inside for some classroom work.  Being that this was a 101 class, we focused on the basics: how to put your rod together, how to attach a reel:

How not to break a tip, etc, and how to do ALL this while considering that you may be standing in a river while all this is happening.  We talked about line, leaders, nippers, tools of the trade, and the best fly out there: the Wooly Bugger.

We spent quite a bit of time on knots, and our instructors ensured that we knew exactly what we were doing.  Everyone left with the ability to tie a clinch knot and a surgeons knot.

The class portion lasted for about 45 minutes.  Considering I was starting from roughly zero, I feel like I learned a TON from the class.  It gave Mrs. RCS and I both a renewed sense of excitement about our new hobby.  So much so that we went ahead and signed up for the 201 class, where we meet at a local park and fish with actual flies.  Sunday morning can’t come soon enough.

Special thanks to Andy, Aaron, and Matt for being great instructors, and even better dudes.

Then we shopped…we both have our rigs picked out, and will pull the trigger much sooner than later.

If I’m to give the class a grade, I would give it an A.  The instructors were very friendly, and very knowledgeable.  They managed the flow of the class, but ensured everyone had a grasp of what we were doing before we moved on.  No one was rushed.  I would highly recommend the class to anyone with access to an Orvis.  Check out their website and you can see what’s available.  This would be a great date for any couple, a couple bros, or for anyone looking to do something different.  This is the kind of time investment that will pay dividends for the rest of your life.

Jim - August 24, 2016 - 10:25 AM

My wife and I took the 101 class at the Avalon store back at the end of June. They did a great job of making it fun and informative. Trying to make some time on the calendar for the 201 class.

Randy - August 24, 2016 - 12:08 PM

I started fly fishing in earnest when I moved to Colorado about 15 years ago and one of my first stops was the Orvis 101 class.

I agree wholeheartedly that these classes are a great resource and are taught by people who come with a wealth of knowledge on local opportunities to catch fish and a real world background in what works.

Just like any other hobby, fly fishing can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it and from my experience these classes offer a good demystification of the sport.

Good luck RCS, hope to see some good trip reports on this blog in the near future.

DH - August 24, 2016 - 12:23 PM

Just started fly fishing around WNC this summer after an Orvis FF101 class at the Charlotte store in May. It didn’t take long to get completely hooked. I have to agree that the class is the perfect way to get to know the sport and begin your journey.

RCS, make sure to do the 201 class, which should put you on some body of water, and the definitely the 301, which is essentially a discounted guided trip. Had a great time back in July on a 301 trip in Tennessee.

Landy - August 24, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Even with instruction it can be frustrating if the bite isn’t on when just starting out with a fly rod. Regardless if you’re bringing fish to hand on a given day use each opportunity on the water to develop your craft – casting, placement and presentation.

North Georgia and WNC offer a much better variety of water and significantly less fishing pressure than the Hooch, which is one of my least favorite fisheries

Matt - August 24, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Great article and spot on. GF and I took the 101 class earlier this summer in preparation for a trip on the Snake River in the Tetons. Great refresher for myself who grew up fishing East Tennessee and excellent lesson for my GF who has never fished before. We were ready to fish immediately once we hit the river in Wyoming. While I caught 3 10 inchers, she took the day with a 16″ cutthroat. I’m hooked and she is looking forward to Montana next summer. Couldn’t have higher praise for Aaron, Bob, and Matt at Orvis, they’re fantastic.

201 is usually at Murphy Candler Park on Ashford Dunwoody.

Brad - August 24, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Best fly out there is a Lighting Bud – tie a fly worm 18″ down and you have Chattahoochee Cocaine…none of those SNIT’s can say no to one of those two hooks.

ATTN Atlanta: Miller Brother’s Pig Roast

The fine folks at Miller Brother’s are celebrating the college football kickoff with a pig roast and tailgate party at their place on September 3rd from 12-3PM.  Come on down and grab a bite before you head down to the Dome for the UGA vs. North Carolina game.  See you there!

Miller Brother’s
3207 Paces Ferry Place
Atlanta, GA 30305