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Sneak Peek: Hickoree’s Summer Sample Sale

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


Sale season’s in the air, and the second annual summer sample shindig over at Hickoree’s is at the top of our weekend to-do list.

For today and tomorrow only, they’ve turned Floor Two into a pseudo-warehouse pop-up, packed to the beams with overstock and never-produced samples from five stellar NYC brands.

Designers from Stanley & Sons, Left Field, Battenwear, 8.15 August Fifteenth and The Hill-side will all be stopping by the scene, so there’s a pretty good shot you’ll be able to seek styling advice straight from the source.

We swung by last night to check the scene and found everything from swim trunks to trousers, shearling bombers, anoraks, henleys, oxfords, ties, tees and seriously handsome bags, among a host of other gems. They’ve even brought in a rack of goods for the ladies in your life by way of 8.15.

Here’s a closer look at what to expect...»

The Stat Sheet: Owner Operator Packable Anorak

  • Najib Benouar

Anorak Owner Operator

Here’s a late-breaking addition to winterizing your wardrobe: your secret weapon.

This packable anorak from Owner Operator is a limited-edition version of the one that built their growing American-made-outerwear empire and should serve you well tucked neatly into your briefcase or desk drawer—ready to be thrown over your double-faced wool and cashmere should any wintry mixes come into play. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: Owner Operator is focused on making technical gear that’s mountain-worthy but constructed by world-renowned tailors in New York City’s garment district. The result is something suitable for the weekdays downtown yet rough-and-tumble enough for weekends upstate.

Who to Channel: A dapper sailor donning his foulies; Jean-Claude Killy during a light snow; a Take Ivy Leaguer on his way to class on a wet day.

When to Wear It: Anytime the heavy stuff starts coming down unexpectedly and you’d like to keep your super 120’s dry.

Degree of Difficulty: Medium, if you’re not doing anything particularly outdoorsy (if you’re on a mountain, anything goes). Just make sure there’s nothing remotely Bill Belichick about how you’re wearing this thing.

Some inspiration from Killy and Take Ivy, after the jump.»

Read Wall Has Arrived

  • Najib Benouar

The vast majority of upstart Made-in-America labels that have come on the scene lately are of the selvage denim, triple-stitched boot, workwear-leaning variety.

So we were pleased to learn of a decidedly preppy entry from Read Wall—the same guy who brought us this good-looking shirt and many more—launching this fall. He’s moved on from just shirts (ditching the name “Read’s Clothing Project” for “Read Wall”) and pulled off an entire line of preppy staples: polos, chinos, anoraks—and the shirts are still there, of course. Consider it a homegrown Gant in its infancy.

The stuff is available for preorder now, and expected to ship in late September—which is right about when you’ll start wanting to reach for a waxed-canvas anorak on your way out the door.

Summer of Vintage Love

  • Najib Benouar

The vintage shop beat can be more trouble than it’s worth if you’re not looking in the right places.

One of our favorite places to look: the Brooklyn-based Wooden Sleepers. And they’ve just replenished their stock (both dead and vintage) on Etsy—just in time for your summer weekending to come. It’s a kaleidoscope of vintage anoraks, tassel loafers and brass bookends, so we thought we’d help you wade through the well-curated bins with a look at some of their best new offerings after the jump.

Let’s get vintage-ing, shall we?»

Isabeli Fontana is Not Making Breakfast

The British Invasion: Our new favorite anorak, courtesy of Mr. Williams. [A Continuous Lean]

The First Step is Hiding Your Valuables: Explaining the internet to a Dickensian street urchin is more difficult than you might think. [Fast Company]

Late Period: Michael Stipe has a question mark tattooed on his hand, is endlessly fascinating. Also, doing art stuff with Levi’s. [Cool Hunting]

The Big Drop: Just because it’s Tuesday, here’s a 1200-pound pumpkin dropping onto an old Pontiac. [Gizmodo]