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The Jersey Scarf

Columbiaknit Scarf

Here’s another update on the summer scarf front, this time from the old hands at Columbiaknit. They’re the Oregon shop that handled all the rugby shirts for L.L. Bean and Land’s End back in the good old days, and they’ve become a workwear favorite in the days since.

These scarves are literally cut from the same cloth, making them about as thick as, well, a rugby shirt—and the perfect guard against any summer chills. They’re also about a third the price of the designer options. As for how to work them into everyday wear, we direct you to the tale of the soporific scarf.

In Search of the Perfect Sweatshirt


A good sweatshirt is surprisingly hard to find.

That’s part of the reason you might find yourself dropping $160 on something that looks fairly unassuming to the untrained eye. But if you find the perfect one, it’s worth it.

And after years (honestly, years) of looking. We’ve found it. Here it is. You’re welcome.

It’s a deadstock item stitched together almost 30 years ago but never worn, newly arrived onto Etsy. If you wear a medium, your search is officially over. Everyone else: this is what it’s supposed to look like, right down to the ribbon watchband and the flat-front khakis. Go forth and find your own.

Last Year’s Frames


A certain kind of professorial glasses peaked around the 20s—so we’re happy to see Oliver Peoples indulging in a throwback or two. These are one of three frames from the newly launched Oliver Peoples Vintage collection—replicas of OP’s first collection in 1987, which were originally modeled after 20s-era deadstock. It boils down to intricate nosepieces and Indy-style tortoise shells frames—the opposite number to the thick-framed glasses making their way through the Williamsburgs of the world.

Second Life


Deadstock isn’t a new trick, but this is the first time we’ve seen the fabrics in question carry through their logos. Freitag puts their bags together from car seatbelts and truck tarpaulins, making for sturdy straps and waterproof fabrics. Their personal touch is leaving the tarps completely untouched, which means you’ll occasionally catch the tail end of a slogan—including on this one from their newly arrived Lois line of gym bags. We’re guessing it used to say “blast off,” but we’re open to suggestions.

Eyes Forward


One hears the word “artisan” a lot these days, but it’s remarkably rare to see an intricately crafted product like, say, eyeglasses, being put together by a single person in a single space. So we were understandably intrigued to find a custom frames shop that puts together frames from scratch in a small space on the Upper East Side, with the help of a lens grinder, finishing wheel, drill press, an occasional lens-tinting setup and countless other bits of industrial gadgetry.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Nader Zadi.

See the man at work»

Stocking Stuffer


We’re entering the 11th hour of the gift guide roundup, but we’ve got a couple more that should be worth your while. You can see the full list here to catch up.

Temple specializes in deadstock WWII gear—mostly army green scarves and repurposed bags—but for their gift package, they had a very good idea: put it in a stocking. Specifically, it’s an army issue sock, with a wallet, keychain and a skeleton key necklace thrown in for good measure. It’s all good, rugged gear…and about as festive as military chic gets.