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  • Najib Benouar

Pocket Sqaure

Last week we led one wayward reader to pocket square enlightenment with this definitive guide, and all was well in the land of #menswear.

Until today, when Beams+ unleashed this silk-pouf-leather-card-holder Frankenstein on us all.

Honestly, we’re not sure how to feel about the thing. On the outset it seems like an unforgivable shortcut, the sartorial equivalent of PEDs (there’s something earned about being able to tie one’s own bow tie, for instance). But maybe it’s the answer to the frustration of sagging squares—is it really that different from our suggestion of pre-stuffing your pocket with tissue or another pocket square?

According to Beams—and we’re confident they’ve done the proper research—this was a bona fide thing in the ’80s (which is probably another strike against the idea). Another troubling factor is the practicality: first, you’d need a pocket deep enough to disguise the leather bottom, then if you were to actually use the card holder, it would require pulling out the pocket square every few minutes—like an old person removing their dentures before a meal—adding the risk of frightening a sartorially savvy networking lead. We’ll give Beams+ credit for the novel idea, but there’s one bit of Swansonian wisdom we think applies here:

Don’t half-ass two things, whole-ass one.

The Stat Sheet: Beams+ Nep Tweed Blazer

  • Najib Benouar

Just when you thought there wasn’t any more room in your closet for another tweed blazer...

We went and dug up this spectacular Nep Tweed Blazer from Beams+.

Oh, and before we forget to mention it: Unionmade’s got it for 40% off as part of the epic Fall-40 sale they launched this morning. Here’s what else you need to know about your newest blazer.

The Story: The near-mythical Japanese label Beams+ was once impossible to find on American shores, until the fine folks at Unionmade began smuggling it (legally) over here for the past few years. Now you’ve got a chance to get ahold of this stuff without a proxy or the full price tag.

Who to Channel: The Scottish countryside; a bookish professor at Cambridge with a penchant for the New York Mets—the “nep weave” intersperses flecks of oranges and blues in the houndstooth; Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry.

When to Wear It: From the moment your shipment arrives till the temps start getting above 50 degrees. And then when fall comes around and the temps start dipping toward 50 degrees and lower again.

Degree of Difficulty: About as hard as it is to slip into a fine tweed blazer.

Some inspiration from Dirty Harry himself, after the jump.»

Ghurka x Beams+ Ups Your Luggage Game

  • Najib Benouar

Whether by plane, train or automobile, odds are, you’ll be doing some holiday voyaging in the near future. Odds are, you also always try to carry on. (Busy times, these.)

Luckily, the luggage experts at Ghurka and the Americana-philes at Beams+ have just unveiled some luggage in black Norwalk twill, including Ghurka’s perfectly carry-on-able classic weekender, the Cavalier II No. 97.

Since you’ve likely already upgraded your holiday travel-wear, it’s high time you did the same with your luggage. The entire collection has a few more pieces of luggage, a briefcase and a gear bag—all in the black Norwalk twill exclusive to this collaboration.

See the rest of the collection after the jump.»

The Spring Sock Grid

  • Najib Benouar

Not to belabor the point, but it’s still spring. Hence, we’re not into the sockless, throw-caution-to-the-warm-breeze weather quite yet. Odds are, you’re still spending some time in socks, but much like you’ve done with your sweaters, you should be ditching the wool for lighter, airier cotton knits. So we dug up the six finest cotton-blended specimens on the market right now, ranging from outrageously colorful to Breton-striped to linen-woven.

Sock up after the jump.»

Beams+ Rides Again

The legendary Japanese label Beams+ doesn’t show up much outside of Tokyo, but in recent years the folks at Unionmade have developed a reputation for smuggling their clothes onto American shores.

The latest crop arrived this week, and it’s pretty spectacular, from royal blue cropped chinos to one of the sharpest cardigans we’ve seen all winter. Designers take note: the weave is so loose, you can practically see through it.

It’s not cheap (customs can have that effect), but it’s good news for anyone with a yen for translated Americana... and anyone who happens to be living close enough to SF to see the goods in person.

Julia Stegner Is Suspicious of Anything Between Her and the Pool

Ride, Lara, Ride: Lara Stone takes a ride in an SL Roadster. Naturally, we are intrigued. [Selectism]

Our Powers Combine: The Ace Hotel teams up with Tokyo’s legendary Beams for a crop of handsome gear, including some of the best gloves we’ve seen all year. [T Magazine]

Gesundheit: A photoset proudly displaying the political handkerchiefs of the 19th century, in case you’ve ever wanted to blow your nose on a Whig. [Archival Clothing]

The World’s Largest Negroni Is Here: In New Orleans this summer, a group of well-dressed bartenders mixed together the largest Negroni on earth, equal to about 900 normal-sized cocktails. God bless America. [Vimeo]

Harajuku’s Finest


It’s the cardinal rule of blog style: everything’s cooler in Japan.

So we’re glad to see one of their premiere brands finally make the leap. For the last few years, Beams+ has been one of the better reasons to visit Tokyo, but SF’s Unionmade has managed to smuggle some of their best stuff into stateside ecommerce. Our favorites so far are this jersey blazer, this overdyed plaid oxford shirt, and this paisley tie, but there's plenty more where that came from.

And while it's a little pricey, think of all the money you're saving on airfare.