Blast From the Past: Bull+Moose Camo Bow Tie

Bull+Moose Camo Bow Tie

Unfortunately I’m a bit under the weather right now. That, coupled with the Blackhawks game running late and a seemingly never-ending load of work outside the blog means I’m taking today off. Part of it’s convenience, part of it is that I really can’t find a better bow tie for the Bow Tie Friday prior to Memorial Day anyways. The Bull+Moose Camo Bow Tie ran last year and is still going strong, supporting the troops since its launch. I’ll enjoy my day off, attempt to get healthy, and remember that our troops never get to take a day off. Continue reading

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The Field Guide: Premier, Prep and Polo

Nick Barnes Cheat Sheet

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

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Blue Claw USA Dopp Kit

Blue Claw Co USA Dopp Kit

Memorial Day is more than just a three day weekend. It’s more than just the start of summer and a day to hit the beach. It’s a day for remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  Continue reading

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Collared Greens Stripes Swim Trunks

Collared Greens Stripes Swim Trunks

After a brief flirtation with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, it’s supposed to be back up in the 70s and maybe even touch 80 just in time for Memorial Day. Of course there’s also a 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms around here, but if they hold off I’ll be kicking off the unofficial start to summer at the beach. The water likely won’t be warm enough to wade in but I’ll still be wearing a pair of trunks. You’ve always got to be prepared, plus I’ve got a couple nephews that I’m sure will find it hilarious to dump water on me at some point. Continue reading

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Southern Proper Gingham Shorts

Southern Proper Spike the Punch Gingham Short

If you haven’t stopped by the Southern Proper web site lately, you’ve probably missed the brand’s impressive growth from bow ties and t-shirts to full-blown lifestyle brand. Just take a look at the selection of shorts. There aren’t just one or two with a logo slapped on them. There are 47 of them, enough to ensure you could spend a month and a half of summer without wearing the same pair twice. Out of all of those shorts, the Gingham Shorts have to be my favorites. Continue reading

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Hayes & Taylor Little Al T-Shirt

Hayes and Taylor Little Al

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the trend was for brick-and-mortar stores to set up an online shop. Over the last few years, the trend has reversed, with a significant amount of brands that started online expanding into a brick-and-mortar presence. It’s proof that, at least in some industries, brick-and-mortar will really never die. It might have to adapt, but in clothing especially, there’s nothing quite like being able to pick something up and feel it and try it on. The latest addition to the online store to brick-and-mortar club is Hayes & Taylor, the Indianapolis-based purveyor of vintage Indiana-inspired t-shirts, which opened its Broad Ripple store this weekend. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Derby Shoes

The Five Best on East Dane

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Saturday Sip: Ale Syndicate Municipal IPA

Ale Syndicate Municipal

Ale Syndicate has a story that is inherently Midwestern. Samuel and Jesse Evans got the chance of a lifetime, moved to Oakland and started a brewery. They left Chicago and found success. But they never really left Chicago. Like so many Midwesterners before, leaving the area made them realize just what it meant to them. So they moved back home and started Ale Syndicate. Continue reading

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The Tie Bar Bait and Tackle Bow Tie

The Tie Bar Bait and Tackle Bow Tie

I was going to lead off today’s post with a discussion on how most of the bow ties that graces these pages are far from simple. Last week featured a bow tie with a different fabric on each side. There have been plenty made with obscure fabrics sourced from bygone eras. And, in general, most of the printed bow ties are some sort of play on words or, at the very least, a whimsical take. Then I was going to feature something simple from The Tie Bar’s latest collection, likely a gingham, not a four-panel gingham with a different color on each, but just a plain gingham. Then I was going to talk about how sometimes less is more and how everyone needs at least one bow tie that’s on the simple side. Then I spotted the Bait and Tackle Bow Tie and knew my plans were shot. Well, not quite shot, but definitely modified. Continue reading

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Kiel James Patrick Anchor Navy Blue Boat Shoes

Kiel James Patrick Anchor Navy Blue Boat Shoes

The Kiel James Patrick empire has slowly expanded over the past few years. First it was bracelets. Then the brand expanded into neckwear. That was followed up by a shirting launch. The next chapter in this New England saga just arrived and it may be the best yet. Boat shoes. American-made boat shoes. Continue reading

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