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l.b.m. 1911 single breasted jacket

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i’ve wanted one of these l.b.m. 1911 jackets for a couple of years now.  i made a promise to myself in late 2012 that i couldn’t buy one until i dropped the extra 25 lbs i’ve been carrying around for 2 years.  good news: the weight is finally gone (more on that in a couple of posts) and i’m ready to make the purchase.  i’m not sure how these things fit, so my plan is to stop by haberdash when i’m in chicago next month and get fitted.  it’s a shame too, because i have a couple of good trips before chicago where a unstructured, light-weight, slim-fitting jacket would come in handy.  i’m thinking i’ll go with the navy.  my backup color will be the green version.  if you have one, please share with me which color you chose and if you like it.  i can’t imagine i won’t like this jacket.  for more info on l.b.m, check out the description from epaulet’s site (which is where i grabbed this image.  thanks, guys).  

the schott 626

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happy new year!  i hope you’re having a great start to 2014.  it feels like it’s been years since i’ve posted anything.  i traveled for much of november and december.  i’m home for awhile now, so expect the posts to come fast and furious (or not depending on my laziness / extremely active social calendar.  ps that last bit is a joke).

one of my travel destinations in december was nyc for a day and half.  i had one goal in mind while in the big city: visit schott and buy a leather jacket.  mission accomplished.  i made the pilgrimage from the ace hotel (who’s hip now) to schott as soon as i got my bearings.  i went into this mission thinking i was going to get a 613 like the ramones used to wear, but they didn’t have my size.  it’s a good thing too because the salesman grabbed a 626 and told me to try it on.  i did.  it felt like home.  i asked if they had a black one and he said they wouldn’t be available until late february.  f**k.  i didn’t want to wait, but i also didn’t want a brown leather jacket, so i did what any smart shopper would do in late 2013: i took a “selfie” and sent it to the lady friend.  she insisted i get the brown, because “black is not really me” and “brown is unexpected.”  damn she smart.

the big difference between the 613 and the 626 is the weight of the leather.  the 626 is much lighter meaning you can actually put your arms down from first wear on.  the only other difference my untrained eyes could see was that the 626 has a snap down collar.  i’m a 36-38 jacket size depending on the brand and went with a medium.  it fits like a glove as you can see below in the dreaded “selfie” i did not want to post.

if you’re in nyc and in need of a badass jacket, go see the good people at schott on elizabeth street.  they were the nicest sales team i encountered while on my trip.  if you happen to catch this post, thank you for taking such good care of me.  i will definitely be back.

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for fall: the denim jacket

i’m in that fall zone, y’all.  time to move the short sleeve shirts to the back of the closet and bring out the jackets.  one item that should be on your radar this fall is a badass denim jacket.  i’m embarrassed to say that i currently don’t own one.  that’s not to say that i haven’t owned one in the past (this #tbt instagram photo will prove otherwise).  when shopping for the perfect denim jacket, remember that the fit needs to be tight and the jacket should stop right at your waist.  it will loosen up with each wear.  here are a few good options if you’re looking to acquire:

levisdenim

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jcrewdenim

j. crew

apcdenim

a.p.c.

toddsnyderdenim

todd snyder

penfield gibson jacket

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it’s been a rainy summer here in nashville.  i’ve had to wear my 10 year old northface rain jacket almost every other day.  and, i’ll be honest, i’m a little self conscious about it, because of it’s fratty nature.  i bought it when i was in college; it’s time to update my rain gear.  enter the penfield gibson jacket.  it’s a light-weight, fitted rain jacket made of penfield’s signature hudson waxcloth.  you can buy one on penfield’s website or at j. crew.  i may not be able to wear it while i’m camping with my bros (i don’t camp btw), but it will keep me dry from my car to starbucks.

new balance windcheater jacket

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let’s be honest: if you buy this jacket, you’re probably not wearing it running unless you’re running errands on a cool summer morning.  i could have used it last week while i was at the beach (it rained every damn day).  it’s nylon, hooded, and made in the good ole u.s. of a.  i’m really digging the yellow/navy combo.  you can buy your very own here.

k-way claude waterproof jacket

i don’t know what the weather is like this time of year where you live, but here in nashville springtime is the home of the random 30 minute rain shower.  it can strike at any moment, so it’s good to be prepared.  your first line of defense should be a light-weight waterproof jacket like this one from k-way.  when the shower is over, it folds nicely into the front zip pocket for easy storage.  you can buy them here, here or here.  they come in several colors but i’m partial to these two.

the return of the l.l. bean anorak

the l.l. bean mountain classic anorak is back.  i had one from about 1990 to 1999 when it was retired before i left for college.  until then, it was a staple on outdoor trips and vacations when the weather was questionable.  it’s windproof, water resistant, and packable.  when i was a kid, my favorite part about the jacket was that you could store it in its front pocket for easy packing.  i can’t wait to get my hands on one of these again.

winter essential: barbour zip-in liner

it’s getting colder in nashville.  it was in the 60s last week which is great for pretending like i’m going to do yardwork and then sitting inside all day, but not-so-great for all the winter gear i’ve acquired over the years.  one of the things you need in your winter arsenal is this zip-in jacket liner from barbour.  it’s fleece lined and zips nicely into your bedale or beaufort, but also looks good on its own if you prefer to wear it as a vest.  you may want to grab one fast, because you won’t be able to find one in january or february when you need it most.

mackinaw cruiser vs the irvine jacket

the new j. crew catalog arrived sometime last week.  thumbing through it i noticed a jacket eerily similar to the filson mackinaw cruiser.  j. crew is calling it the irvine jacket (bottom pic).  it’s essentially the exact same jacket as filson’s.  it’s wool with chest flap pockets, handwarmer pockets, and buttons at the cuff.  it doesn’t look half bad, but i’d still go for the mackinaw cruiser.  filson’s been making their jacket since 1914;  j. crew since 2011.  no contest here.

barbour on a budget

a couple of weeks ago i received an email from a guy named jake lester.  he was asking my opinion about buying a barbour jacket on ebay.  he specifically wanted to know if i had any tips on how to spot a fake.  one of the easiest ways is the detail on the buttons.  a fake barbour won’t have embossed buttons with the barbour name.  barbour’s website has a few more useful tips if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

he sent me a link to a jacket he wanted to place a bid on.  the seller had sold barbour jackets in the past and had positive feedback.  i told him to go for it.  unfortunately, the jacket was pulled before the auction ended.  bummer.

yesterday afternoon i got another email from jake telling me that he told his mom and grandmother to be on the lookout for anything barbour as they did their antique and thrift shopping (they both own stores).  lo and behold his grandmother found a beaufort in his size for three dollars at one of her routine stops.  she sent him the pictures that you see below.  what an incredible find.  if this doesn’t entice you to step out to your local thrift store every once in a while, then i don’t know what will.  thanks for sharing, jake.

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