Finding A Straw Hat For Summer

A lot has been written about the death of tailored clothing, as well as its accompanying necktie, but the first piece of traditional men’s dress to have disappeared is the hat. It’s been said that men stopped wearing hats en masse when President John F. Kennedy declined to wear one at his inauguration. Neil Steinberg, I think, […]

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Inside Track: August 11th – August 17th Edition

Here are our hand-selected favorites from eBay for this week, plus heads-up on recommended sales. If you’re a member of the Inside Track, log in with your CrateJoy username and password. If you’re not a member, you can join now for just $5 a month. You’ll get access to one of these members-only lists every week, and […]

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Take The Heat: Summer Sucks For Clothes

The Washington Post has been publishing a series this season debunking the supposed joys of summer. Fashion critic Robin Givhan recently took aim at pool parties: Pool parties are summer’s great lie. They are not fun; the swimming is beside the point. Pool parties reek of sunscreen, alcohol and the flop sweat of anxiety. In […]

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Three Places To Get Discounted Aldens

There was a time when it was almost impossible to find Aldens on sale. In the past, if a store discounted Alden’s shoes, the Massachusetts-based brand would cut them off. Which meant that, for the most part, the only way you could get marked-down Aldens was if the store was already discounting the line or […]

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Custom Leather Goods On Sale At Chester Mox

Any time I’m shopping for a leather accessory nowadays, I first turn to Chester Mox. The Los Angeles-based company is run by a husband-and-wife team — Bellanie and Brandon Salcedo — who have over a decade of experience in the leather goods trade. Many years ago, Bellanie graduated from an apprenticeship under a former Hermes […]

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The Charm Of A Summer Collar

In the summertime, you have to do more with less. Without the ability to layer, an outfit becomes all about the details: the cut, silhouette, color combination, and accents. But if your wardrobe leans classic, there’s only so much you can do. Slightly cropped, carrot cut trousers can be great this time of year, but […]

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What You Can Really Afford: A Decent Belt

I love wearing things into the ground. Like many guys, I repair my jeans (or pay someone more qualified to repair them for me), get my shoes resoled, and wear a lot of vintage that someone already determined was past their point of reasonable wear. I’ve reinforced threadbare patches on my fatigues. Sometimes this is […]

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Inside Track: August 4th – August 10th Edition

Here are our hand-selected favorites from eBay for this week, plus heads-up on recommended sales. If you’re a member of the Inside Track, log in with your CrateJoy username and password. If you’re not a member, you can join now for just $5 a month. You’ll get access to one of these members-only lists every week, and […]

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