It seems like every day our friends at Filson are introducing some new, beautiful combination of canvas and leather to the world.
And every time they do, we add it to our wish list. But it’s not just because their products are handsome (though they most certainly are); it’s also because of the adventure-filled fantasies that such beautiful creations inspire.
Fish being caught. Trees being felled. Beards being grown.
Trouble is, most of them will stay just that: fantasies. So we’ve put together a few solid excuses for why you just need to invest in our favorites at Filson, regardless of whether or not they’ll go to use out in the wild.
Yep. Coach isn’t just making achingly beautiful wallets and handbags anymore—though they’re still doing a bang-up job on that front. They’re applying their 72 years of luxury know-how to a slick mélange of autumnal handsomeness in their fall 2013 collection, replete with tailored coats, cashmere sweaters, leather boots and bags—and whatever else you need to look better than everyone ever.
(Pro tip: to hear some New York Stories from some of Coach’s handpicked fashion influencers like British gent-about-town Will Chalker, and inspiration behind the collection, follow #CoachNewYorkStories wherever hashtags are accepted.)
And feel free to expect everything in the new fall collection to be just as ruggedly handsome as their bags have always been.
There are few things more autumnally satisfying than the sound of the first brittle fallen leaf crunching underfoot.
Especially when that foot is handsomely leather-clad...
Chances are, you’ve already got a go-to pair of respectably worn-in boots ready for just the occasion. But in case you’re in the market for an update, we’ve taken a moment to round up the best heavy-trodders new for this fall—from the trail-worthy to those suited for more urbane purposes—ensuring that, no matter where you are when the time comes, you’ll be handsomely prepared for some freshly raked destruction.
All right, the man’s not perfect. But he’s your father. And this Sunday, you have to show him that you appreciate that.
Now, fathers are certainly easier than mothers when it comes to these sorts of things. All dear ol’ Dad probably expects is your presence and a strong handshake. And maybe a card. But since he taught you not to do anything half-assed—for better or worse—you should probably go ahead and get the guy something anyway. And no excuses here; you can afford to splurge a little on the man you owe half your existence to.
From GQ to Cool Hunting to Vanity Fair, everyone’s got their opinions on where you should spend that pretty penny. So in an effort to simplify the decision, we’ve cut through all that noise and chosen our favorites... of their favorites.
It wouldn’t be Road Trip Week if we didn’t talk about the most important part of your road-worthy wardrobe: the driving shoe.
They come in many forms—some are more loafer-like, some are more moccasin-y—but they’re all united by two things: a buttery-soft leather construction and gummy rubber bottom (marked by a telltale matrix of nubs embedded in a double-thick leather sole).
They’re especially handy on a breezy weekend jaunt, because they’re handsome enough to wear to cocktail hour yet soft enough to loaf around indoors, once you’ve woken up the next morning at your destination. Meaning they’re the only pair of shoes you’ll need to pack if you’re not planning on anything too formal or a round of golf.
Worldliness can have its advantages and its drawbacks—knowing the time conversion for Tokyo without hesitation, for instance, isn’t going to help you when you’re in Moscow and in desperate need of a new pair of trousers. And since we’re always here to lend a helping hand, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the newest menswear shops that have sprung up in the past few months in your regular haunts—you know, Moscow, Honolulu—as well as places you might not find yourself too often. Consider this an update to your already-dapper international rolodex of men’s shops.
Leather artisan Phillip Nappi traces his roots back to a grandfather who made shoes in Italy (the namesake of the company), and nowadays Nappi the Younger makes some hardwearing boots meticulously crafted from Tuscan leather from his leather studio based in the heart of Honky-Tonk. Our favorite of the bunch is the Romeo, constructed of a single, continuous piece of leather stretched over a last that’s supposed to fit so well, you could go without the laces. Which puts them somewhere between your favorite pair of oxfords and loafers.