In this new weekly series, we peer into your summer weekend agenda and offer a few essential sundries to help you make the most of your upcoming escapade. This weekend, you’ve been invited to a friend’s summer home.
The vacation home. It is a sacred thing come summer, when escaping the city’s summer heat for an easygoing bucolic weekend is your only hope for keeping sane during the dog days. If you don’t have a place of your own, it’s likely you’ve got a friend who does. So, when you get the invite, you’ll need to be prepared (aside from the usual necessities) with a few extras that’ll make you the perfect houseguest in every way.
As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off the summer cabin.
Nowadays the words “summer vacation” usually imply a plane ticket to a southern island and an anonymous and freshly scrubbed hotel room. We’re not knocking it, but there was a time when those words meant something a bit more traditional, a bit more familial.
And the resulting few weeks were often spent in a cabin of some kind...
It’s the perfect tropical accomplice, a mesh of finely woven straw designed to protect you from the sun without interfering with any nearby breezes. Obsessives have been known to drop up to 35 grand for the perfect one, but just finding it takes a good deal of legwork. Luckily, we’re here to help.
Nowadays, going collarless tends to be a sign of schlubbiness—the first step on a long road towards sweatpants—but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you choose your crewnecks with enough care, and wear them with enough verve, it becomes a style all its own. Exhibit A: Pablo Picasso…