The Periwinkle Co. Country Clubber

The Periwinkle Co Country Clubber Seersucker Bow Tie

I’m not quite sure what they’re putting in all those lakes up in Minnesota. The North Star State, and the Twin Cities in particular, has been at the forefront of the prep movement in the Midwest. No wonder it was the first stop on the Locally Brewed Tour. The Periwinkle Co. is just the latest Minneapolis company to join the scene. Three University of Minnesota students launched the brand last December with an emphasis on bow ties and hair bows. I’ve been on a bit of a green seersucker kick lately so the Country Clubber immediately grabbed my attention. Continue reading

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The Field Guide: Return of the King of Cool

Huckberry Microadventure

The Field Guide is a weekly feature highlighting some of the best reads and news across the internet. ┬áStop by every Thursday for a round up of what’s relevant that week. Continue reading

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Smathers & Branson Needlepoint Flip Flops

Smathers and Branson Old Glory Needlepoint Flip Flops

I’m of the opinion that unless you’re a mile from the water, guys shouldn’t be wearing flip flops. Have you ever looked at your feet? Yeah, they’re not pretty (although Rex Ryan probably disagrees). Still, if you’re not spending a significant part of your summer near the water, you’re doing it wrong. This calls for investing in a good pair of flip flops. Toss those old rubber flip flops you picked up for $5 and upgrade to the Smathers & Branson’s brand new Needlepoint Flip Flops. Continue reading

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Kiel James Patrick Carleton Woodwind Belt

Kiel James Patrick Carleton Woodwind Belt

Summer is the time to play with bright colors and different color combinations. Light blue and yellow is a great example of a colorway that really works but often gets overlooked. It infuses a certain California cool into a product – the Chargers, UCLA and, on occasion, the Lakers have all worn it. Kiel James Patrick makes great use of the color combination with its summery Carleton Woodwind Belt. Continue reading

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Vineyard Vines Shippan Plaid Shirt

Vineyard Vines Shippan Plaid Shirt

The fun shirt is a prep classic, the shirting equivalent of go-to-Hell pants. Multi-colored panels make them a hoot for parties but a bit impractical outside of weekend wear. The Shippan Plaid Shirt from Vineyard Vines reminds me of the fun shirt’s more mature older brother, one that’s a bit more cleaned up and ready for the professional world. Continue reading

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Homage US of A T-Shirt

Homage US of A T-Shirt

Newton’s little known fourth law states that it is literally impossible to have too many USA shirts. Look it up. Great foresight for a man who died 50 years before the American Revolution. You don’t want to be a law breaker, right? Then add the US of A T-Shirt from Homage to your collection. Continue reading

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Saturday Sip: Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting

Dark Horse Smells Like a Safety Meeting

Cannabis and hops happen to belong to the same family. Ever heard an IPA described as dank? It’s no surprise then that certain beers can smell a lot like a Wiz Khalifa concert. Take for instance the new double IPA from Dark Horse, Smells Like a Safety Meeting. A safety meeting is code for smoking marijuana at work and is an apt way to describe exactly how this beer smells. Continue reading

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hook + ALBERT Picnic in the Park Bow Tie

hook + ALBERT Picnic in the Park Bow Tie Alton Brown

In the battle for celebrity bow tie supremacy, it essentially boils down to a dapper fist fight between Bill Nye and Alton Brown. I’ve got my money on Brown in this one. With his penchant for bow ties, the cooking show host and chef seems like the perfect person for a brand to team up with for a bow tie collaboration. hook + ALBERT knew that when it tapped Brown to help design a collection of four bow ties, including the Picnic in the Park. Continue reading

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Southern Tide Washed Pima Polo

Southern Tide Washed Pima Polo

What’s old is new again. Like an aging rocker on a reunion tour, the retro soft cotton polo is back at it. Eschewing the textured pique for the butter soft smoothness of cotton lisle, these old-school polos are being brought up to new school standards in fit and design. The Washed Pima Polo from Southern Tide is one of those leading the pack. Continue reading

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Strong Boalt Pineapple Classic Swim Trunks

Strong Boalt Pineapple Swim Trunk

Today I’m on my way to Florida for a few days exploring the Sunshine State. One leg of the journey will find me visiting friends in West Palm Beach, which also happens to be home to Strong Boalt, purveyors of fine swimwear. While I’m down there I might just have to pick up a pair of the brand’s signature swim trunks for the jaunt down to Key West. The Pineapple Classic Swim Trunks have certainly caught my eye. Continue reading

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