The Cordial Churchman Glencairn Bow Tie

The Cordial Churchman Glencairn Bow Tie

The Cordial Churchman just released a handful of new bow ties forspring and they’re looking as good as ever. There’s a plaid for every occasion, plus some stripes and a few oddballs thrown in for good measure. The one I’ve got my eyes on, and there are several worthy of this consideration, is the Glencairn. Continue reading

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Brand Bracket 2015: Cleveland Region, Sweet 16

2015 Sweet 16

Is it strange that what is generally normal feels so weird in this region? The favorites are still almost entirely intact, save for a dream run from a thirteen seed. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on one of these four to win the whole thing. Voting for the Sweet 16 will close at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, March 28.  Vote for your favorite brand in each poll (only once per poll please). Winners move on to the Elite 8.

#1 Southern Proper vs. #13 Fidelis Co.

Southern Proper is the only one seed left and things do not look easy this round. Fidelis Co. has been consistently drawing the most votes in the Bracket and could have what it takes to ensure no one seeds make it to the Elite 8.

Shop Southern Proper at Country Club Prep

 

#2 Southern Tide vs. #3 Brooks Brothers

If anyone thought Brooks Brothers and J. Press would be close, they were sorely mistaken. Brooks Brothers took J. Press to the woodshed. It was nearly as lopsided for Southern Tide over Costa. Here’s to hoping for something resembling a fight in this one.

 

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Brand Bracket 2015: Detroit Region, Sweet 16

2015 Sweet 16

The Detroit Region couldn’t stay tame for long, doubling the amount of upsets in the Second Round. Voting for the Sweet 16 will close at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, March 28.  Vote for your favorite brand in each poll (only once per poll please). Winners move on to the Elite 8.

#5 Luxley & Bernard vs. #8 L.L.Bean

Luxley & Bernard won a thriller last round, while L.L.Bean continued its steady, quiet march through the Bracket, pulling off the upset over the one seed. Interesting fact you can’t spell Luxley & Bernard without L.L.Bean (L__l__ _ Be_na__).

 

#2 Wm. Lamb & Son vs.  #11 Just Madras

So apparently everyone was tired of the Coasting jokes (last one, I promise). Could this be the year Wm. Lamb & Son finally breaks through? It’s been so close before, now the only thing that stands in its way is Just Madras, who has turned this bracket into some March Madras.

Shop Just Madras at Country Club Prep

 

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Brand Bracket 2015: Milwaukee Region, Sweet 16

2015 Sweet 16

A lot of times you’ll end up with three consecutive seeds in the Sweet 16. It’s usually 1, 2 and 3. But the Milwaukee region isn’t like a lot of regions. Oh, it’s got three consecutive seeds, they just happen to be 14, 15 and 16. Voting for the Sweet 16 will close at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, March 28.  Vote for your favorite brand in each poll (only once per poll please). Winners move on to the Elite 8.

#4 Patagonia vs. #16 Criquet

They say if you count the number of chirps from Criquet in a minute, you can tell what percentage it will win by. Patagonia, the only high seed left, better watch out.

Shop Criquet at Country Club Prep

 

#14 Strolling Wild vs.  #15 Bearbottom Clothing

The 14 and 15 seeds are playing more like 1 and 2 seeds right now. They’ve made quite the splash already and one is guaranteed a spot in the Elite 8.

 

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Brand Bracket 2015: Chicago Region, Sweet 16

2015 Sweet 16

Whereas the First Round was full of upsets in the Chicago Region, the Second Round was rather tame, seeing the favorite advance in three of the four matches. The Second Round is shaping up to be just as fun. Voting for the Sweet 16 will close at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, March 28.  Vote for your favorite brand in each poll (only once per poll please). Winners move on to the Elite 8.

#5 Lemon & Line vs. #16 KP Maclane

KP Maclane had no trouble keeping the Cinderella story alive. Lemon & Line will be doing everything it can to turn that carriage back into a pumpkin.

Shop Lemon & Line at Country Club Prep

 

#2 Great Lakes Clothing Co. vs. #11 High Cotton

This is a fitting match up for this time of year, with brands from the two epicenters of college basketball, the Midwest and Carolina, squaring off. While everyone else breezed to a win, Great Lakes had a fight last round, so it’s either battle-tested or a bit beat up and worn down.

Shop High Cotton at Country Club Prep

 

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Blast From the Past: JP Crickets University Logo Shoes

JP Crickets Yale Suede Loafers Blue Slippers

Somehow when pulling together items to wear for March Madness for last Wednesday’s post, I completely blanked on the University Logo Shoes from JP Crickets. Since this post originally ran in 2013, the line now includes shoes for 65 schools, up from 51 back then, and has added a couple new Midwest options, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Several teams are still in the tourney, and, if you’re confident, you should have a pair for the Final Four if you order today.  Continue reading

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United By Blue Stillwater Boardshort

United By Blue Stillwater Boardshorts

Back in August of 2011, when this blog was only a few months old, I ran a special philanthropy-themed week that looked at brands giving back. For some reason I remember it being somewhat difficult to find enough brands to do much more than a week, even though it seems like now every new brand is giving back to someone. While Philanthropy Week never became the yearly staple I had proclaimed back then (frankly I kind of forgot about it, but it might just be worth looking at bringing back), there’s still always room here for brands with a mission beyond just selling something. One of those is United By Blue, one of the brands featured from the original Philanthropy Week. Continue reading

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Brand Bracket 2015: Cleveland Region, Second Round

2015 Second Round

Second Round polls are closed. Please head to the Sweet 16 to vote.

Southern squared, a couple Co.’s and a battle between two old-school standbys. That’s what we’ve got lined up for the Second Round. Voting for the Second Round will close at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, March 25.  Vote for your favorite brand in each poll (only once per poll please). Winners move on to the Sweet 16.

#1 Southern Proper vs. #8 Smathers & Branson

Southern Proper made it through with the most lopsided win of the Bracket. Smathers & Branson may find getting a win here as difficult as finding a needle in a needlepoint haystack.

Shop Southern Proper and Smathers & Branson at Country Club Prep

 

#5 Krass & Co. vs. #13 Fidelis Co.

There won’t be any Co.-champs here (even if the winner will be a Co.). Both impressed in the First Round but only one can keep moving on.

Shop Krass & Co. at Country Club Prep

 

#3 Brooks Brothers vs. #11 J. Press

J. Press won the battle of the J’s. If the committee had a sense of humor, it would have made J.Crew its next opponent. Instead it sets up an all-time classic showdown with Brooks Brothers.

 

#2 Southern Tide vs. #7 Costa Del Mar

You’d definitely wear a pair of Costas while reeling in a skipjack. Can they use this to their advantage when trying to upset Southern Tide?

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Brand Bracket 2015: Detroit Region, Second Round

2015 Second Round

Second Round polls are closed. Please head to the Sweet 16 to vote.

The Detroit Region was relatively tame, only seeing one upset in the First Round. Will that trend continue now? Voting for the Second Round will close at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, March 25.  Vote for your favorite brand in each poll (only once per poll please). Winners move on to the Sweet 16.

#1 Chubbies vs. #8 L.L.Bean

At a time when one seeds were dropping like flies, Chubbies did all it could to avoid being the third to fall. Another performance like that won’t be enough to survive the onslaught of L.L.Bean.

 

#5 Luxley & Bernard vs. #13 Mill City Fineries

Don’t want to play fair? Fine, let this be a warning to everyone else. This is the fourth year of the Bracket, so it’s pretty obvious when someone’s “stuffing” the ballot box. In this case, after being neck and neck the whole time, J.Crew suddenly surged ahead by hundreds of votes in a very short time. Look, if you’re going to cheat, don’t be so obvious. Thus Mill City Fineries moves on to face Luxley & Bernard.

 

#3 Southern Marsh vs. #11 Just Madras

Just Madras fought off a hard-charging rally by Loggerhead Apparel to score the only upset in this region. The reward? A Second Round swampy date with Southern Marsh. Call it Marsh Madras.

Shop Southern Marsh and Just Madras at Country Club Prep

 

#2 Wm. Lamb & Son vs. #7 Coast Apparel

Do the Coasting to victory jokes stop here? They will if Wm. Lamb & Son have any say.

Shop Coast Apparel and at Country Club Prep

 

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Brand Bracket 2015: Milwaukee Region, Second Round

2015 Second Round

Second Round polls are closed. Please head to the Sweet 16 to vote.

Yikes the Milwaukee Region was full of upsets. If you’re a high seed somehow still standing, watch out. Voting for the Second Round will close at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, March 25.  Vote for your favorite brand in each poll (only once per poll please). Winners move on to the Sweet 16.

#9 Tucker Blair vs. #16 Criquet

Tucker Blair had its competition all up in knots in the First Round, while Criquet absolutely stunned last year’s champion. Looks like we’ll have a new one this year.

Shop Criquet at Country Club Prep

 

#4 Patagonia vs. #5 Vineyard Vines

No upsets here for these two. It will be a battle of contrasts, mountains versus oceans.

Shop Vineyard Vines at Country Club Prep

 

#11 Jack Donnelly vs. #14 Strolling Wild

Strangely this is the second 11-14 match we’ve had. Between UAB, Georgia State and the 14 seeds in the Brand Bracket, it looks like being one number away from 13 is lucky.

Shop Jack Donnelly at Country Club Prep

 

#7 Ray-Ban vs. #15 Bearbottom Clothing

Ray-Ban had absolutely no trouble blinding Cape Crabbers, while Bearbottom caused Sperry to slip up. Bearbottom has proven its mettle as a giant killer, we’ll just have to see if they continues this round.

 

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