It’s a testament to the cultural impact of When Harry Met Sally that everyone’s still talking about it 25 years later.
Not only does the movie still hold up, so does Billy Crystal’s style. From the post-college road trip hoodies to the business-casual blazer with jeans to the weekend-worthy chunky-knit Aran sweaters. They’re style notes worth cribbing.
And now we’re moving on to another menswear staple that has become more attainable and readily available lately: benchgrade shoes. While it’s a loosely defined term, depending on which shoemaker you ask, it’s generally accepted that benchgrade means you're getting welted soles, shoes made in smaller batches and hand-finishing during some if not all stages of construction--while not necessarily made-to-order or custom. And we’ve been noticing that the going rate for a quality budget-conscious pair has settled right around $300.
Anyone who’s spent a fair amount of time looking for a new watch knows there’s a vast ocean of timepieces out there: sports watches, dress watches, diving watches, military watches, chronographs... the list goes on and on.
But ultimately, all you need is a trusty everyday watch that’s sleek and pared-down, works with anything you’re wearing and, most importantly, tells time. We’re calling it “the minimalist watch” and we’ve waded through them all to find the five best examples—all at reasonable prices. (Which could come in handy for any naked wrists on your gift list.)
Kent Wang broke on the scene when he reintroduced the menswear crowd to the charm and versatility of the polo shirt with his double-layer cutaway collared version.
And now he’s moved into full-on haberdashery-ing with suits, shoes, watches and even a trench coat—all just recently landed in his webshop. And you can expect the same attention to detail (and affordability) that gained him the adoration of bloggers worldwide. The suits: full-canvas construction, handmade buttonholes and pick-stitching by hand. The shoes: bench-grade. The combs: handmade from genuine horn.
Don’t worry, the polo shirts are still there, too.
It never fails: the sun comes out, the coats go into storage...and pretty soon, we’re thinking of polo shirts. They’re a warm-weather classic for most of the Western Hemisphere, and for 2012, we’ve rounded up the three most important models, from the preppy to the fashion-forward, to help you attack the summer in style.
There’s been a lot of orange in the air lately, starting with this Boglioli sweater spotted by Jonathan Evans. As we looked more, burnt orange started popping up all over, as an unexpected alternative to the softer browns and beiges. You’ll be seeing a lot more of it over the next six months, so here’s a head start: a pictorial exhibit on orange at its best.
These days, most bands are under the impression that they’re too cool for a clothing sponsor, but our friends the Dap Kings remember how the last generation did it. This slightly hilarious snap is currently up on the front page of Kent Wang, just announced as the band’s official haberdasher. Which explains why they’re never seen without pocket squares…