Happens right around this time every year, like clockwork: you need to find gifts to give…
And, more importantly: gifts to receive.
But time is too precious to spend leafing through the overwhelming number of gift guides out there—filled with enough gadgetry, machinery and sockery to need another guide just to get through all of them… So that’s exactly what we’re doing, culling through it all—and pulling out the best stuff in this handy be-all, end-all guide.
For anyone lucky enough to find themselves in Chicagoland tomorrow, the first Windy City installment of the men’s pop-up market NorthernGrade will be taking place. And it’s going to be a barn burner.
In the grand tradition of the Pop-Up Flea (co-helmed by our very own editorial director), the folks from Pierrepont Hicks and Well Spent are putting on a Midwestern fete of Americana. The daylong bazaar of selvage, duck canvas and other ruggedly made-in-America-only gear will be hosting 19 coast-to-coast brands, with a few local shops like Penelope’s and Haberdash on hand to help things along.
By now, your dress code’s gotten a little breezier and you’re looking forward to turning up the volume a bit. (A good start would be with your chinos). Thing is, it’s more than likely that the blazer you’re reaching for is in a staid navy twill or earth-tone-y linen. Here’s where you’ll want to inject a little pattern: the pocket square. And you’ll do well with these new offerings from Michael James Milton (h/t Well Spent) that are cut from Japanese cotton and handmade in San Francisco, and range in vibe from classic polka dot to toile to the number pictured here—we’re calling it “Neonavajo.”
Just don’t match them to your tie.
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