RIP, Robin

“Carpe diem!  Seize the day, boys!  Make your lives extraordinary!”

-Robin Williams as John Keating in ‘Dead Poets Society’

Smathers & Branson Collegiate Needlepoint Belt Giveaway

College Football is close, folks- only three more Saturdays until toe meets leather.  To celebrate, the good folks at Smathers & Branson have teamed up with us here at Red Clay Soul for a collegiate needlepoint belt.  That’s right – one lucky winner will get an in-stock collegiate belt of their choice.  What’s even better is that they have updated quite a few colleges, so check ‘em out…

Tell us which one you would choose… Me? Even though I have no connection to UNC, that Tarheel belt is mighty fine…

Here are the details: Leave a comment to this post with an email address and your choice of belt to enter.

For additional entries:

+1 (2 Total) ‘Like’ Smathers & Branson on Facebook
+1 (3 Total) ‘Like’ Red Clay Soul on Facebook, and share the giveaway to your friends
+1 (4 Total) ‘Follow’ Smathers & Branson on Twitter
+1 (5 Total) ’Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Twitter
+1 (6 Total) ‘Follow’ Smathers & Branson on Instagram
+1 (7 Total) ‘Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Instagram
+1 (6 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘It’s college football season! I entered to win a needlepoint belt from @SandBBelts & @redclaysoul Enter here:’

Entries must be in by midnight on Monday, August 18th. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, August 19th around lunchtime.

Special thanks to Smathers & Branson for providing the goods for the giveaway…

Head’s Up: 70% Off at KP MacLane

Head’s up, folks – you’ve heard us talk about KP MacLane in the past, and here’s an excellent opportunity to join the club for a steal…they are having a 70% off (EVERYTHING) sale, along with free shipping.  Get on over and check it out…

The Wedding Getup

For all you RCS Instagram followers, you know that I was lucky enough to marry this angel.  We went down to Harbour Island in the Bahamas with about 20 of our family and closest friends, and had the time of our lives.  We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of us…in terms of location, atmosphere, and style.  The new Mrs. gave me a lot of leash to figure out what I was going to wear, and I gave it a lot of thought.

I really wanted to be comfortable, but still have my outfit reflect my personal style.  It was 90 degrees with a slight breeze, so cotton was a must.  I really like what I wore; I really believe it was a reflection of my style.  Here are the details:

From top left:

1. Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Royal Blue Sport Coat: I got this coat last winter when it was on MAJOR sale, and it isn’t offered anymore.  The picture is really close.  Here’s something similar.
2. Ledbury Royal Twill Dress Shirt in White:  I always opt for the slim fit versions of the Ledbury shirts, as the fit is spot on.  The royal twill version is such a luxurious fabric…it fit right in.
3. Social Primer Traditional Bow Tie:  We had the hardest time finding a bow tie that would work.  I wanted something to dress up the outfit, and when Cooper posted a picture of this upcoming design, I showed it to the future Mrs and got the OK.  I called Cooper and ordered five immediately.  Note: there are roosters all over Harbour Island; they are the unofficial mascot.  These worked out very well.
4. J. Crew Ludlow Slim Fit Pants in Italian Chino:  I love this fabric.  I wore the pants, and had the two dads and the two brothers wear the matching tan Ludlow jackets.  Sharp as a tack.
5. Martin Dingman Anthony Belt:  I wanted to get my guys something really nice, so I got each of them this Anthony belt with an engraved buckle as a gift for being an attendant.  They worked out really well.
6. Panerai PAM112:  Hey, why not.
7. Sid Mashburn Hem Stitched Pocket Square:  A clean white pocket square for a special day.  Well worth it.
8. Custom JRS Needlepoint Loafers from By Paige:  I went a little rogue here, and added some flare with these needlepoint slippers.  They were navy blue with light blue letters, finished in tan leather.  I absolutely love them…not just for the wedding.
9. Hudson Sutler Lowell Garment Bag:  I had to have something to carry all this down, and I wanted to make sure it was protected.  After three flights (ATL-MIA, MIA-NAS, NAS-ELH) and a boat ride to Harbour Island, all of my gear was A-OK.

Socks?  Hell no.

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Just let it happen…

Jimbo Mathus

The thing that I like most about football season, at least since I discovered that game day was a marathon and not a sprint, is the fellowship that happens after the game. There’s nothing better than gathering on the back porch or a backyard fire pit and really turning it loose with your friends and family. Some nights become pure magic. One of the tools that I use to stoke the fire and invoke that magic is music. I can’t even listen to Van Morrison outside the month of October because of a fire pit experience back in the nineteen and nineties. When I hear his voice, I can practically smell the leaves burning. I’m not sure that what I’m giving you today is going to bring that vibe to your gatherings, but I’m not saying it won’t. A few years ago, I had a Buddy Guy experience and through a concert or an album hearing Jimbo Mathus’ name. I vaguely recalled him from the swing band, Squirrel Nut Zippers, out of Chapel Hill. I was curious because he seemed to be an odd choice for Buddy Guy so I did some research and was happily surprised. The first Jimbo Mathus record that I got turned on to was called “Knockdown South”. It’s eclectic and runs from modern R&B, to boozy riff rock, to heavy Cream-y jams. The guy is definitely an artist. Here’s “Hypmotized” from “Knockdown South”:

I have to admit that a few years went by and I haven’t really been on top of what’s going in his world on a frequent basis. A few days ago, I heard a cut from his new album, “Dark Night of the Soul”, and I had to check it out. Mathus has the whole North Mississippi Hill Country thing going on and I can’t help but put some of this raw edge, primitive stuff in the same basket as R.L. Burnside. It’s howling, ass kicking blues. Understanding that this is an album experience, the definitive tracks for me are: “Dark Night of the Soul”, “Tallahatchie”, “Fire in the Canebreak”, “Medicine”, and “Butcher Bird”. Here’s “Fire in the Canebreak”:


Like most artists, he’s very prolific and can be uneven from time to time, but so can life. There’s still a few weeks to comb through his catalog and set up your playlists accordingly. You can make your late nights a couch burning success or turn it into a Head and the Heart weepfest. The choice is yours, you know what’s right.


Head’s Up: Huge Surplus Sale at Jack Spade

Team – there is a huge surplus sale going on at Jack Spade…up to 75% off.  Take a look around: