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Five Things You Need from Band of Outsiders’ New Webshop

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Word has just come through the grapevine that Band of Outsiders has just launched e-comm.

Which means you’ll finally be able to find all of Scott Sternberg’s sun-baked preppiness in one place. And just in time for the release of BOO’s latest batch of spring/summer gear—including some new exclusives. Our early favorites include a penny loafer collaboration with Rancourt & Co. that alternates red and blue stitching over the beef rolls. There’s also a quintessentially BOO pair of go-to-hell chinos that replace the typical embroidery of anchors or lobsters with Space Invaders icons. And there’s plenty more good stuff where that came from...

So we rounded up the five things you need from Band of Outsiders’ new webshop.»

The Latest International Men’s Shop Openings

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With the news that Red Wing just opened up their first brick-and-mortar shop in the UK today, we thought it prudent to survey the international menswear scene once again.

Since we last checked in, a whole new batch of men’s shops have opened up across the world—from Paris to Shanghai—and we’ve gone ahead and rounded them up for our latest update to your already dapper international rolodex of men’s shops.

Herewith, your guide to the newest men’s shop openings across the globe.»

The Sports-Menswear Collaborations We’d Like to See Next

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It’s been a big week for collaborations.

While yesterday’s unveiling of the Kanye x A.P.C. collection has been getting most of the #menswear attention, we found ourselves more interested in another transatlantic collaboration that came through on the wire: Brooks Brothers announcing their new partnership with Italian soccer club Inter Milan.

It had us wondering why such an American brand would have to go overseas to outfit a sports team—especially with dapperness in locker rooms and postgame press conferences on the rise in the US. It would be a natural progression for, say, the Knicks to step off their team bus all kitted out in Michael Bastian—as opposed to the Detroit Lions, who seem more like Mark McNairy New Amsterdam kind of guys.

And since we’re the sort of menswear journalists who answer “Why?” with “Why not?” we’ve gone ahead and dreamed up a few style collaborations we’d like to see happen in American sports, based on who’d work best together.»

The Stat Sheet: Band of Outsiders Overdyed Chino Blazer

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Cotton blazer season is upon us and—assuming you’ve already got one in the requisite tan or navy—here’s one worth considering.

Yes. It’s bright red. But one of the more pleasant side effects of the Italian renaissance in menswear is that something like this doesn’t look as out of place as it did three seasons ago. And it’s just landed at Context by way of Band of Outsiders. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: Designer Scott Sternberg has been twisting classic Americana into new, brighter, striped iterations for some time now (see: the polo shirt), but this blazer might be his most adventurous move yet.

Who to Channel: Lapo Elkann (but not going double-breasted means you could actually wear this to something other than a yacht christening); Craig Sager on an impossibly good day; an American-Lister in Paris.

When to Wear It: This has got a shelf life of spring to late summer. Wear it loudly and proudly.

Degree of Difficulty: Somewhat high. You might want to review your office dress code before showing up in this. Garden parties, rooftop bars and the like are fair game.

A couple moments of inspiration, after the jump.»

Frank Ocean in Band of Outsiders, Alton Brown’s Style and Your Bracket Cheat Sheet

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Stay Tuned: Band of Outsiders is slowly unveiling their latest lookbook—starring neo-crooner Frank Ocean—over the next few days on their Tumblr.

Exquisite Taste: Well Spent finds some sartorial inspiration in the surprisingly LBM-laden wardrobe of television’s guru of gourmet, Alton Brown.

Cat in That Hat: Apparently, Dr. Seuss had a fantastic collection of Seussian hats, and they’re just now seeing the light of day in a new traveling exhibition.

Bracket on Case of Emergency: Deadspin has created a March Madness “meta-bracket” with annotations showing the picks of everyone from Nate Silver to Barack Obama—if you need to crib a few.

Miranda Kerr Is Gonna Make A Change

Brolin on the River: Josh Brolin stars in Band of Outsiders’ fall campaign, shot on a Polaroid by Scott Sternberg himself. [The Daily Beast]

Lines Drawn: How a political cartoonist views an election year. (We can hear his palms rubbing from here.) [The Atlantic]

Writing’s on the Jowl: Could Shia LaBeouf’s epic transformation into the anti-movie-star have been predicted by the evolution of his facial hair? An investigative report. [Vulture]

Staying Abreast: GQ regales us with the 50 most memorable chesticles in movie history (yes, in 25 slides, math whiz). [GQ]