A Visit to the La Jolla Panerai Boutique

Those of you that follow Red Clay Soul’s Instagram account know that I’m out here on the West Coast.  I like it out here.  It’s a great place to visit.

Any time I am within 100 miles of La Jolla, I make sure to stop in the Panerai boutique.  It is a great place with some amazing Panerai watches.  Kiril, the shop proprietor, is a treasure-trove of information.  I bought my Panerai from him here three years ago.  It was my first major watch purchase, and I absolutely love it.  I know Panerai has a love it/hate it reputation, which I understand, but you know my camp.  I am currently searching for #2…

If you are ever in the La Jolla / San Diego / Torrey Pines area, be sure to stop in.  It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen, which is my favorite characteristic about Panerai.

Here are some images from the trip:

 

 

Wall-sized clock.

The Panerai Regatta PAM526.  The only Panerai that has any orange.

An extremely rare Panerai SLYTECH 5218-207 A that Sylvester Stallone owned.

Sylvester Stallone is credited for bringing Panerai to the mainstream…

Radiomirs look good.

The PAM372.  A very good, historical piece.

The PAM424, with the ultra-cool California Dial.

The PAM499, which features a daylight face.  It was hard not to buy this one…

A 47MM work of art.  A lot of nods to the historical Panerai’s – gold hands, raised crystal…very handsome.

Lined up…

The La Jolla Panerai Boutique is located at 1137 Prospect Street.

Happy Mardi Gras

Try not to have nightmares after seeing these vintage Mardi Gras images:

Stick with beads.  Lots of beads.

The Huckberry X Tellason Elgin Jeans

I had a major life event happen.  Seriously major.  Sit down.  Hold your breath.

They are allowing us to wear jeans to work.  Everyday.

I know.  Sweat, tears, wails.  Let it all out.  I did.  We have gone from a business casual environment to a jeans-friendly environment.  Even though we were business casual, I always dressed it up.  I wore wool trousers quite a bit, and a sport coat well over 50% of the time.  I opted for dressier khakis.  I never wear polo shirts in the office, instead option for OCBDs and dress shirts – always crisp.  Throughout my career, I have always taken my personal presentation seriously.  As my dad told me long ago: those that don’t need to notice won’t, and those that need to notice will.  Good advice from an even better man.

The reality of this shift is big.  I still adhere to the ‘dressed up’ mentality on days when I have a big meeting or a presentation, but otherwise I’m in jeans.  Now, of course I’m not going to phone it in when it comes to jeans.  I am as picky about them as I am any other piece in my wardrobe.  I do have a couple pairs of jeans that I would deem appropriate for the office, and have been wearing them well.  Right now I am in buy-mode.   have been looking for another pair or two to add to the rotation, as I don’t take a denim-head approach to jeans (wear them everyday until they fall apart).  I like to have choices and give them a day or so between wears to chill out.

Now – I’ve been looking for additional jeans for the past couple months.  I want something dressy, but that won’t require a ton of alterations.  For example: I love the APC New Standards, but they require tapering and hemming, which cost a pretty penny.  I wanted a pair where a hem was all the doctor ordered.  The timing of the dress code change lined right up with the Huckberry collaboration with Tellason for their slim-fit Elgin jeans.  They were nice enough to send me a pair to try out:

Out of the box, I am highly impressed.  When dealing with selvedge denim, you want them a bit tight to start, but not so tight that you worry about the strength of the rivets.  I wear a 32 waist in Levi’s 501s (non-STFs), and got the same waste in these.  They fit like a glove – not tight, but in need of a few all day wears to start the transformation to my body.  As with any selvedge denim, they will stretch.

The button fly is a must.  No brainer.  The slim fit is just right, with a 7″ leg opening.  I’m going to have to get these taken up, but there will be no tapering required.  I won’t be able to wear these over cowboy boots, but they will be perfect with loafers, chukkas, and oxfords.  I’m pumped to get these into the rotation.

Again, they take this collaboration seriously.  Here is video proof:

Huckberry x Tellason – Behind the Brand from Huckberry on Vimeo.

In terms of aesthetics, the denim is a really handsome dark blue.  They are indigo-ed pretty heavily, but the ~15 oz denim needs it.  I don’t plan on soaking these until they start to stretch, so they will naturally fade a bit.  Let’s just say I won’t be lounging on a white couch in these any time soon. What’s important about this that these jeans will develop a patina like no other.

Finally, a really nice touch is the stitching.  The dark stitching makes it invisible, and gives the jeans a sleek look.  I was toying with the idea of using a dark red or another color for the hem to provide some contrast, but I’ll just stick with Navy blue.  I will be able to shamelessly wear black dress shoes with these without looking like a club promoter.

You know, for a good pair of jeans, you are going to have to drop some coin.  I’ll argue that the value proposition for these is high; call these your ‘Saturday Night’ jeans, or your ‘closer’ jeans (for us in a jeans-friendly work environment).  They get the job done.

Super Bowl: Today Is Gameday

The Super Bowl is finally here.  After National Signing Day, it’s finally getting some talk down in SEC Country (cue the Notre Dame eye-roll).  Today is all about an attitude.  The pressure is as high as possible.  Not only on the field, but to the economic impact of Santa Clara.  Advertisers are paying a record $5M for a 30-second spot.  The comprehensive ‘Super Bowl’ is worth more than most countries’ GDP.

My last minute thoughts on the game:

The Panthers are a freight train.  Led by Cam Newton, their offense is almost unstoppable.  It’s true that Defense wins championships, and the Panthers, led by DGD Thomas Davis, hit hard, play hard, and don’t make mistakes.

The Broncos are a machine.  Their defense is relentless…I don’t know if there is a better pass rush in the league.  Led by Peyton Manning, who is essentially a head coach/offensive coordinator/GM on the field, there isn’t a better prepared team to be in the Super Bowl than the Broncos.

Tonight’s game is going to be great.  I truly believe that.  Cam is so much fun to watch, and Peyton is going to go down as a top-3 QB in history.

Prediction:

My heart wants Peyton and the Broncos to win.  Very Elway-esque…walk off into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy.  My head tells me that Cam dominates, and the Panthers win by 30.

What do you think?

Atlanta: Dinner Bell

Old traditions are sometimes the best traditions…some of my good buddies are behind this, and I can tell you that I’m extremely excited…

Join us and be among the first to take in Dinner Bell – a curated culinary and musical journey. Atlanta’s lauded chefs and musicians collaborate to create an intricate and unique sensory experience building upon the traditional underground supper club. This inaugural installment will nod to Atlanta’s southern flair in the 1920s radio era for an unprecedented pairing of food and music. Seating is limited and will sell out quickly.

This is NOT something to miss, folks.  Well worth the price of admission.

RCS Likes: The “Italian Stallion” Oxford

A completely overlooked staple is a navy blue oxford shirt.  To be honest, they are pretty hard to find.  Most darker shirts like this are either flannel or poplin; it’s very rare that you find actual oxford cloth.  I saw this the other day, and immediately added it to the list:

Gitman Vintage has released their version, which may be perfect.  Slim cut, oxford cloth, and white buttons.  It’s available over at East Dane (in white as well).  Here’s the thing with this shirt: it shouldn’t be dry cleaned.  Get it, and wear the hell out of it.  You think regular oxford blue wears in nicely, wait until you see how great the Navy blue looks after a few washes.  Gitman Vintage runs a touch on the small side, so I’d size up and put it in the dryer for 10-15 minutes, then hang dry.

The RCS Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I absolutely love my wife.  I’m not starting this post with that sentence because it’s about Valentine’s Day.  I really do.  I asked her “Honey, what do women want for Valentine’s Day?”.  She looked at me, adoringly, and said: “Easy.  Diamonds and champagne”.  Simple.  Elegant.  She’s a good woman.

It’s a common theme that us guys are hard to buy for.  That’s why I put so many looks and gift guides on this blog.  While V-day is really about the ladies, the guys usually get a little something, too.  Now, this year I’m making a call to all you guys, and couples for that matter – spend less on Valentine’s Day gifts and spend more time together.  Enjoy that day with your significant other.  It doesn’t have to be some elaborate dinner/date/etc. (well, it probably will be if you’ve been dating less than six months, but we’ve all been there).  Otherwise, go find a walk to take.  An old movie to pop in the VHS.  Maybe a card game and a bottle of wine.  Cook an amazing meal together.  Whatever.  Make sure you put the love back where it belongs.

With that said, there may still be some exchanging, and so ladies, here are some 100% sure-thing gifts for the man in your life:

From top left:

1. Hamilton Khaki Field Watch:  What is it about a field watch that is so sharp?  The ultimate utility player in his watch rotation.  It works at the ball game, at the office, on the course, and at church.  And there’s nothing better than seeing him wear it all the time.
2. La Matera Pinamar Belt:  Something spring-y to add to his waist-flare rotation will be much appreciated.  Yes, he is cool enough to pull this off.
3. Vintage Decanter:  A very classy gift.  Give him a reason to show off his goods in something you wouldn’t mind showing it off in.
4. Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Putter:  Every guy says he loves his own putter, until you give him this one.  Scotty’s are the Cadillac.
5. Bialetti 9-cup Moka Express Espresso Maker:  For the more refined gentleman.  This is for the guy who enjoys the morning paper before work.
6. Yeti 30 oz. Rambler:  Great way to keep the hots hot and the colds cold.  Do not get it monogrammed for him.  He’s not going through sorority rush, so no need.
7. Orvis Trout Bum Quilted Snap Sweatshirt:  Yes, he has a couple of these, but there’s always room for one more.  This one from Orvis is washable and soft, so it’ll double has her pillow on road trips.
8. Poler Bear 24-Pack Solar Cooler:  I got one of these at the Atlanta Charity Clays event last year, and absolutely love it.  I have a hard time advising spending more than $100 on a cooler, unless you are doing some sort of science experiment on keeping ice for a month and a half.  I use my freezer for that.
9. Buck X Ball and Buck Folding Hunter Knife:  Maybe a little aggressive, but it’ll get used.  Either in the field (as it’s intended) or as a letter opener.  Whatever, it’s the thought that counts.
10. Col. Littleton Front Pocket Wallet:  The monogram is a nice touch.  He’ll think about you every time he looks at his wallet.  Wait…that probably didn’t come out right…
11. Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA:  Is it weird to put beer on a Valentine’s Day gift guide?  Not if it’s the extremely hard to find Tropicalia from Creature Comforts.  This sweet nectar is harder to find than a needle in a haystack.  Pulling this off is the stuff of legends.
12. Vintage Vinyl:  This may take some digging, but this is the ‘cool’ gift.  Beastie Boys is always an excellent choice.