on sale: the i+w jack canvas utility coat

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you gotta love the changing of the seasons.  a lot of the time that means sales.  imogene and willie has been trying to unload some of their inventory this week.  the jack canvas utility coat is currently marked down from $265 to $165.  that’s a savings of a $100 to you and me.  they’re out of smalls, but everything else is in stock.  better act fast.

another ledbury plug

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“they’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds.  “it makes me sad because i’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.”

-f. scott fitzgerald, the great gatsby

the other day my brother-in-law asked me for recommendations on a dress shirt.  the only one that came to mind was ledbury.  since i discovered ledbury, i haven’t bought anything but.  i had a lady come to my office and try to fit me in one of those made-to-fit brands and i told her it would take an act of congress for me to change brands.

i believe as you get older, you find brands you like and you stick with them.  my dad doesn’t buy anything but polo and brooks brothers.  it works for him.  in my limited time on this earth, i’ve found that ledbury dress shirts fit me the best.  one way i can tell they’re working for me is from the amount of compliments i get when i’m wearing one.  the blue shirt with the navy dots in the top right of this post averages 3 compliments per wear – true story – and that makes me feel good.

i’m not saying you should only buy ledbury shirts from here on out (you can if you want to).  what i’m saying is that when it comes to something as classic as a dress shirt, find a brand or two that you like and stick with them.  and be sure to buy quality, because they’ll last a lot longer.

if you’ve been sleeping under a rock and would like a little more info on ledbury, click here.  or if you want the cliffs notes, here you go: great story.  great brand.  great price.  great quality.

editor’s note: my father informed me last night that he now only buys ledbury shirts.  my apologies to brooks brothers and polo for the misinformation.

required listening: the good, the bad and the ugly soundtrack

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is there an album that makes you feel more like a badass than this album?  the answer is no.  i had surgery a month ago and was laid up for almost a week.  during my couch stint, i revisited the man with no name trilogy and it made me realize what an unbelievable composer ennio morricone is.

my first exposure to the good, the bad and the ugly was in 8th grade when one of our close family friends let me watch it with him.  he was a couple of years older than me and i thought he was the coolest dude ever i.e. whatever he liked i liked.  i asked for the soundtrack for my birthday and my parents delivered.

you don’t have to have to see the movie to appreciate the film score.  you’ve probably heard most of it in the hipster coffee shop you frequent on weekdays.  you know what i’m talking about.  it’s that music mixed with gunfire, whistling and yodeling that stops and makes you wish you were riding to work on a horse – guns at your side – instead of your toyota prius.  you can’t miss it.  it’s one of a kind and should be in your collection.

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lacoste for j. crew

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interesting collaboration we got going on here.  my first thought was why the hell do we need a j. crew and lacoste collaboration.  i love j. crew (obviously) and lacoste is all i wore in college (they used to be hard to find – seriously), but this partnership seemed unnecessary until i read further.  what they’ve done is added a retro logo (dig it), notched the tennis tail (necessary), and updated to a slim fit (boom goes the dynamite).  this is a shirt i can get behind for the spring.  see you on the court, winthorpe.

workout plan

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guys, it’s almost beach time.  i’m headed to the promised land (30a beaches) in 2 months which means i have 2 months (duh) to get my fat ass in shape.  i’m probably one of the last people you should listen to when it comes to fitness advice – mainly because i can’t quit eating pancakes and drinking miller lite – but i have dropped 30 lbs since i got divorced and i feel f’ing great.  i’m going to go ahead and insert the “read more” tab, so if you’re interested in reading about what you can do to get in above average shape, read on.    Continue reading

quoddy ring boots

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if you’re a menswear enthusiast, you’re probably checking the date on this post and making sure you’re on the right one.  yes, i realize these were much hyped 4 years ago and i should have jumped on them then, but no better time than the present, right?

i’m feeling these right now and i couldn’t tell you why.  maybe it’s because they’re different.  maybe it’s because they’re good looking.  maybe it’s that damn ring.  i dunno.  they’re just plain awesome.  if you need a better description, you can check them out here or on my feet when they arrive this week.

 

it’s oscar night

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i love going to the movies.  it’s one of my favorite past times.  i feel like i’m doing a disservice by not spending more time dissecting the films that i spend countless hours watching.  i should note that i’m not an expert, so there is probably no reason to read what i’ve written except for debate purposes.  I did take a film class in college, so i’ve got that going for me which is nice.

2014 was a great year for movies.  i saw most of the important ones (birdman, the grand budapest hotel, whiplash, american sniper, the theory of everything, the imitation game, boyhood) and missed a few (selma, wild, foxcatcher, still alice, two days, one night).  here are my quick thoughts on tonight’s academy awards:

best picture: birdman deserves it and should win it.  boyhood is a cool concept and beautifully executed, but birdman is unique and like nothing i can remember watching.  whiplash was my favorite movie of the year, but has no chance.

best actor: i’m pulling for michael keaton, but eddie redmayne completely transformed himself to play stephen hawking.  voters love that stuff.  i bet redmaybe beats keaton by a noisehair.

best actress: julian moore has it locked up from what I hear, but at least we’ll get to see marion cotillard sitting in the audience.  she is such a babe.

best supporting actor: jk simmons as the a-hole band teacher was far and away my favorite performance of the year.  if he doesn’t win this award, i might start turning cars over in my street.  sorry ahead of time, neighbors.

best director: i would love to see wes anderson win this award, but birdman’s alejandro gonzalez inniritu will take this one home.  maybe wes will take home best original screenplay this year.  fingers crossed.

you’ve probably stopped reading by now, so i’ll stop there.  how about the picture on this post?  the greatest actor of all time (brando) and the biggest babe of all time (grace kelly).  niiiiice.  enjoy the awards.

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