It’s a fly-fishing pop-up shop manned by a fellow named George who is hell-bent on turning would-be bench-made shoe purchasers into master fishermen. The menswear-y fishing hole is stocked with everything you need, from hearty flannels to fly reels—he’ll even repair your old gear if necessary. So the next time you’re in SF and stop into Wingtip for a fitting on a Southwick suit or to get a quick haircut and a sip of whiskey, you might just walk out with a new pair of Simms waders and a fishing rod. And a few tips on where to ply your craft—or, if you’re looking to learn, he’ll set you up at Golden Gate Casting Club. (George is the president and a member.)
They’re setting up shop in the Bay Area this weekend, and it’s fixing to be the stuff from which sartorial dreams are born. Think raw selvage denim from Cone Mills by way of Tellason, Horween leather riveted into exceptionalism by the gents of Rancourt & Co. and just about all the chambray button-ups and oxford suiting a man’s closet should require.
Now that you’ve swapped out the wools and tweeds in your closet for cottons and linens, you should be thinking of doing the same with your wrist—which means tucking away the croc-leather-strapped watch for something with a sportier rubber or NATO strap.
The San Francisco–based watch company (so, yes, they do use environment-friendly processes) has been making a name for itself by building smart, well-made timepieces using the same Swiss automatic movements you’ll find under the very recognizable dials of watches priced many times what they’re asking. The Kendrick’s auto-inspired dials translate to a simple, readable and classic look—that should set you apart from the sea of quartz field watches you’ll find at your local J.Crew. The choice between rubber and NATO strap is yours to make. You’ll want to see the combinations first.
We’re headed into the lamb end of March, which means most of the Northern Hemisphere is beginning to feel the early stages of spring fever.
But that doesn’t mean the weather is going to cooperate with your every urge to get outdoors just yet—and our favorite way to weather the unexpectedly overcast weekend day: visit an art gallery.
Sure, it’s not exactly an idyllic picnic in the park, but you’re still getting all the benefits of a leisurely weekend stroll—salvaging any date plans that might have been rained on—and adding to your ever-expanding worldliness while you’re at it. So, to that end, we surveyed the spring exhibitions opening in a city near you (also: Hong Kong) and found the five you’ll want to know about the next time you need some last-minute shelter from the elements.
On Friday, Gawker caused an uproar when they realized one of the pillars of rustic #menswear, Unionmade, was actually the name of a men’s shop in San Francisco and not a place to buy goods solely made by unionized laborers. We’ll overlook the fact that they’re three years late to the party (the shop opened in 2009) and say this: we’re outraged, too. And this isn’t the first time we’ve been bamboozled by shrewd corporate name-jockeying. (An Apple Store that doesn’t sell apples? Come on!) And we can’t keep quiet any longer...
We normally don’t recommend wearing a baseball cap during the week unless you’re within a 100-yard radius of a ballpark, doing yard work or a celebrity trying to sneak in a quiet lunch. But there’s one time we’ll make an exception: when your baseball team has won the World Series.
That means that this year, today only, San Francisco Giants ball caps are fair game with everything from chambray to Italian wool. You’ve earned it—by keeping the faith through all the slumps, by your gut and determination during the extra innings of fried appetizer platters, and mostly by no hard work of your own—just don’t think you can get away with the hat for the rest of the week.
Coincidentally, it’s also the only day of the year you can wear an orange bow tie.
We can never have too many handsome squares of fabric.
This batch comes from Michael James Milton, a small shop stitching together 14-inch pocket squares in San Francisco. They specialize in Japanese and Korean prints, all firmly in the Hill-Side mold but a little more adventurous than you’d find on the East Coast. It’s too rough-and-tumble to wear with your interview suit, but if you’re looking for a way to spice up your winter tweeds, it’s a good place to start.
They haven’t made the leap into ties yet... but it’s only a matter of time.
Here’s one for the woodsy crowd: San Francisco’s Pladra just unveiled a new batch of their trademark pattern-lined flannels, including this holiday-colored shirt and, of course, a blackwatch model. Roll up the cuffs on either one, and you’ll get a splash of Eisenhower-era forestry kitsch. Not bad, if you’ve got room for another shacket in your wardrobe.
We’re currently just three days away from Opening Day, and all the excitement and Costner-esque nostalgia the comes with it.
Naturally, we’ve got big plans for the week ahead, but we’ll start with the most elemental item of all: the jersey. Specifically, the vintage jersey.
This one comes from Ebbets Field Flannels, a Seattle outfit turning out historically accurate Jerseys from the early days of baseball, stitched together from the same wool flannel they used in the old days. So if you had your heart set on wearing Satchel Paige’s Monarchs jersey to the first game of the season, you can get it here.
The rest of the stock is even more obscure, from the turn-of-the-century Coast League or the depression-era Cuban league. We wouldn’t wear it outside of a specifically baseball-related scene—either at the park, in sight of a TV showing the game or a sufficiently sunny cookout—but you should have plenty of those over the next few months.