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.
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.
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.
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.
The taxidermy enthusiasts at Freeman’s Sporting Club in New York just unveiled a new belt with a little help from Billykirk. The vegetable dye gives it a lighter sheen than usual, which fits in with their frontier aesthetic just about perfectly…even if they always struck as suspender men.
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.
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).
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]