As you can imagine, the benefits of a MTM wetsuit are similar to its wool counterpart—the personalized comfort, the boost in confidence, the decreases in body fatigue—but this one also keeps you much drier than normal. And for all the stuff out there getting the “bespoke treatment” these days, this is something we can actually get behind.
More often than not, belts are an afterthought (as long as they’re doing their job of keeping your pants up).
But today we’d like to direct your attention to our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks, who are knocking 10 bucks off a custom belt from BeltCraft (plus a few more if you’re an Outlook.com user). You can choose between leather, suede or cotton webbing, and equip it with all the trimmings you desire—we’re partial to surcingle and striped ribbon, ourselves. And if you happen to design something particularly noteworthy, it will be posted for others to consider buying straight up.
It’s never too late to get into the belt-designing business.
The Snyder stuff is decidedly more #menswear, with its Japanese twill and herringbone patterns, but there’s plenty more to like from the surfer-y shoemakers—including some beach-faded plimsolls, rubber-soled suede mocs and Baja-striped slip-ons.
The gents at Freemans spent nearly a year perfecting this 7 oz tropical wool American-made suit in the requisite shade of charcoal gray—and it’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect, including a fully canvassed jacket. Since it’s a custom deal, you’ll have to be in NYC to meet with FSC’s on-premises master tailor in their bespoke studio... hidden behind an upstairs bookshelf in their eponymous restaurant.
Consider this a last-minute addition to yesterday’s spring must-haves: fine-gauge cashmere.
And right on time, our comrades in style over at UrbanDaddy Perks are knocking 25% off a fine selection of spring-ready cashmere sweaters, cardigans and one exceptionally cozy-looking speckled henley from Christopher Fischer—an expert on balancing the yarn’s buttery-soft gauziness with just enough warmth retention perfect for the typical “summer in the light and winter in the shade” March day.
Clearly Dickens was pining for some cashmere while writing that line.
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.
Our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks have dug up a good-looking cache of vintage cameras—some of which are still operable—and it’s reminded us of the simple charms of old-school photography. (Not to mention how they’d be a nice addition to any well-appointed desktop.)
When film was the only medium, there was something more meaningful about taking each picture—the result was akin to a handwritten note only you could’ve written (there was no telling exactly what you’d captured until the film was developed). It made for the kind of perfectly imperfect moments that were lost with the digital viewfinder and 32GB memory card. And while you can be sure your 10-city trip through Europe benefited from the compactness of the digital age, we still think there’s plenty of merit to doing things the old-fashioned way every once in a while. So, in case you ever feel the urge, we rounded up a few good filmic options on the market today.
In the wrong hands, tailored tech fabrics can be a dicey proposition—there’s a tendency to go too rugged.
Which is why we were pleasantly surprised by the indestructible yet citified Spelman Pants by NYC label Proof. They’ve got all kinds of technical innovation, but look nearly identical to the pair of grey trousers you’re wearing with your navy blazer as you read this. But these are waterproof (and spilt-scotch-proof). Oh, and they’re 30% off over at UrbanDaddy Perks. Here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: Proof designs and tailors all of their rugged menswear in NYC—and these pants are the pièce de résistance of their line, using high-performance, breathable, quick-drying fabric that’s been treated to be waterproof, dirt-repellent and happy-hour-spills-resistant.
Who to Channel: An avid outdoorsman in a board meeting; someone who bikes to work; pre-kilt Kanye West at New York Fashion Week.
When to Wear It: These pants should come in handy anytime it’s raining out, or you plan on doing some extracurricular activities after work that require heightened lower-body mobility.
Think of This As: A Patagonia jacket for your legs disguised as the nicest pants you own.
Our comrades-in-style over at UrbanDaddy Perks are turning your $100 into $150 worth of buying power at our favorite new menswear webshop, Wittmore—and thanks to a fortuitous year-end sale still in effect, your dollars are going to stretch even further. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d help you figure out the best way to spend that windfall of cash. So we took that magic number of $150 and filled up a cart with shirts, blazers and/or more, supermarket-sweep-style. Three times, each to dapper effect.