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Hard Time

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In general we favor wearing things that can stand up to a bit of punishment. In the case of watches, we like ones that can get run over by a car without missing a tick.

To that end, Freemans Sporting Club and Corvus Watch Company teamed up to create the limited edition Bradley Dive Watch from Kolsterized steel. That’s five times stronger than your standard-issue steel, the same stuff the US Government uses to build everything from nuclear testing facilities to the Hubble. The FSC edition takes it even further by PVD-coating the casing and bezel—a process that makes the watch even more durable while giving it a distinct metallic black finish—and fashioning a NATO strap from Horween leather.

Which should match you military grade tie-bar quite nicely.

Corduroy Returns

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You can never have too much corduroy.

To that end, we couldn’t resist a chance at wearing some on our upper half, specifically with this baker’s jacket. It’s a clever update to the most structured corduroy blazer, along the lines of the hipper items you’ll find at Freeman’s.

And more importantly, if you’re going to properly outfit yourself for the upcoming corduroy celebration, you’d better start now.

On Wax

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In honor of the newly opened Freeman’s online shop, we thought we’d draw your attention to this handsome waxed cotton chore jacket—which doubles as an explanation of why New Yorkers are so taken by the shop in the first place.

You probably won’t need it until September rolls around, but by then it’ll be just about perfect: the rare beautiful item in your closet you don’t feel bad seasoning with a little rainwater and axle grease. It’s not as trendy as it was a few years back, but this is the kind of gear that outlasts trend pieces.

One More Time

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The shacket has been a hipper-than-thou staple in New York circles for some time—here’s the culprit, if you were wondering—but it mostly stuck to equestrian tweed and aside from a few flagship models, there wasn’t too much variation.

Luckily, Band of Outsiders is picking up the mantle with this heavy plaid shirt, which arrived today in Blackbird. It makes sense, since you can find that quasi-Buffalo check on both overcoats and button-ups. And while you can wear it in place of a blazer, like the gentleman in the picture, in less wintry times you can also throw it on over a light t-shirt and count on the lining to protect you against any errant breezes. It’s one trend that definitely deserves its second act.

Fight Club

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Though we find his self-consciously under-designed collections a bit precious at times, we're all for Rogan Gregory's new collaboration with two-time MOTH Michael Stipe.

Last seen rocking some Freeman's Sporting Club chalkstripes, the R.E.M. frontman is apparently a Rogan fan to boot. He's also something of a frustrated artist, judging by his installation, entitled *Relics*, at Rogan's new Bouwerie Lane Theatre digs.

This snap is from opening night, where Jeff Koons and Coldplay's Chris Martin also made the scene. The show runs through July 27 so you can judge for yourself.

Spray-On Man, Timepieces and Ice Goes Orchestral

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A Free Man: Spend time with Taavo Somer, the crunchy-but-crisp creator of Freemans. [NYMag]

Keep it Simple, Stupid: A preview of the stylishly restrained new label Dillon and Co.. [Men.Style]

Price Check: So what exactly is selling at Steven Alan these days? [We Are The Market]

Vocab Test: The ABCs of denim. [Complex]

Super Bling: Seems the Super Bowl ring is a bit much for some of the New York Giants. [WWD]

Stink in a Can: No matter how brilliant this ad is, we're still not using body spray. [Fleshbot, NSFW ads]

Backseat Driver: From the seat of his town car, Style Guy gets all political on us. [GQ]

Time Machine: Smart shoppers can buy the limited-edition Mercedes SL63 AMG and an IWC watch for free. Bargain! [Hypebeast]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Michael Stipe

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, last seen layering it on like a motherfucker, has always been distinctively dressed, but we've never seen him looking quite as natty as he did at the Food Bank for New York City's anniversary awards gala at the Chelsea Piers the other night (where we also spotted a stylin' Isaac Mizrahi).

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Cons, Sweatshops, DJs and Muskoxes

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Chuck Rock: The collision of Converse and gabba-gabba-hey. [The Guardian]

Labor Pains: That BR sweater you're wearing for casual Friday might have blood on it. [One World]

Along Came a Spider: We knew a kid in High School who drove an Alfa Romeo, which was so cool because it was as sexy as a Porsche but cost less than our used Saab SE. We don't know what to think about this new one. [Luxist]

Deal Alert: Suit up for your next expedition at Freeman's Sporting Club and then stop in for a cut and shave. Tell Van we sent you. [Racked]

Hairy Beast: Arctic Muskox is the new hotness, dontcha know. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Outside The Lines: Martin Greenfield shares his craft with Band of Outsiders. [Men.Style]

Screen Shots: DJ/Designer Matt Creed professes his love for Gawker - meaning it's only mere moments before they sully his good name. [VanityFair.com]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Daniel Day-Lewis

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

We were first drawn to the turn of the century Texas oil flick *There Will Be Blood* by the tweedy wardrobe of its star Daniel Day-Lewis. Very Freeman's Sporting Club, we thought.

And how apropos for the Times to subsequently declare the return of tweed—yet another of those things that never really went anywhere to begin with, as far as we're concerned.

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