The Five Best on East Dane: Cole Haan

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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Odd Side Passion Juice

If you ask the experts the fruit trends of 2017 seem to be watermelon and coconut. And I wouldn’t say they are wrong, but I think they’re missing the impact passion fruit has had on craft beer. Likely due to the tropical notes found in many of the new “it” hops, passion fruit has taken a starring role in everything from IPAs to sours. Continue reading

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WarPigs Lazurite

Copenhagen is a city at the top of my list for visiting. It’s a town known for excellent food and, more recently, excellent beer. Those are always two strong considerations when I make plans to visit somewhere. But with a two-year-old and a three-month-old at home, it doesn’t appear that I’ll be making my way across the Atlantic anytime soon. Instead I’ll just bring a taste of Copenhagen to the Midwest. Continue reading

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The Cordial Churchman Eric Bow Tie

Madras is a staple summer fabric, but in the right form it can transition to other seasons as well. For instance the lightweight nature of the fabric, which would make no sense to wear as a shirt in the winter, is not a detriment when transformed into a bow tie. Sure by the depths of winter you’ll likely want a little more heft and texture to match the wool you’ll be sporting, but even as temperatures begin to cool in the fall, the madras bow tie is still a great choice.  Continue reading

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Sanborn Canoe Co. J.A. Latsch Canoe

I’ve always made a point to make sure the products I highlight are attainable to my readers. There is nothing more frustrating than the magazine pitching a $200 t-shirt. But from time to time there are some grail level finds that, while pricey, are at least something to aspire to. This is one of those times. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Levi’s

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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J.T. Spencer Anchor Belt

At work it is safe to say that I have established myself as the guy with all the different belts. Apparently it is strange to have more than a simple brown belt to wear every day. I’ve always used belts (and socks during the colder months) to add a little personal flair to my work attire, since breaking out pants in all shades of the rainbow would be frowned upon. With that reputation to uphold, it might be time to grab another belt to add to the rotation and the Anchor Belt from J.T. Spencer is certainly on the short list. Continue reading

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Ledbury Willowick Plaid Shirt

While browsing the latest shirts from Ledbury, I was predictably drawn to the red, white and blue color combinations. Those three colors account for likely at least 75% of shirts I write about. So while I wanted to highlight the Davenport Plaid, I made the conscious decision to find a shirt that didn’t adhere to that combo. The Willowick Plaid is just the shirt to kick the habit.  Continue reading

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Short’s Treetops Shandy and Power of Love

When Short’s announced Heineken (through Lagunitas U.S. Holdings) had purchased a 19.99% stake in the Northern Michigan brewery on Thursday, I wasn’t the least bit surprised. Michigan always seemed like the next logical place for big beer to purchase its next craft brand and Short’s was the most logical target. In 2015 it produced just over 41,000, putting it right in the range of other acquired breweries. It also opened several new markets in the past year, a surprising departure from its “Michigan Only, Michigan Forever” approach. The brewery announced an expansion of its production facility last September. The signs were all there. Continue reading

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Chubbies Flat Front Fleets

Chubbies has always been a brand dedicated to maximizing fun. The wild designs, the short inseam and the clever marketing are all the evidence you need. The elastic waistband was further proof. But all of that fun tended to relegate the shorts to the most casual of situations. And while shorts are never going to be formal, the new Flat Front Fleets are a step towards a more serious Chubbies. Continue reading

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