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the packable jacket

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it’s rain season and travel season and that means you need a rain jacket to take on all of your trips.  but you don’t need a big bulky number that’s gonna weigh you down and make you sweat.  you need something light and portable.  behold the penfield chevak packable jacket.  it’s lightweight, nylon and fits in its own pocket.  not evening kidding.  is your mind blown?  i thought so.  it will fit nicely in your suitcase, backseat car pocket or even your golf bag.  and you can eat it too if you run out of food while camping.  i’m just kidding.  i thought i sounded way too much like an infomercial.  for real though, this is a solid rain jacket for spring and summer.

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.

the interstellar jacket

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i saw interstellar last night.  i then stayed up for the remainder of the evening trying to decode it.  i still haven’t figured it out which is not to say that it’s not a good movie.  it is a good movie.  it’s just thought provoking and complicated and exhausting.  if you’re not into that, there’s always dumb and dumber to.  

as far as menswear is concerned, there’s really only one item of clothing worth mentioning: mcconaughey’s carhartt jacket.  it’s been a working man’s staple for as long as i can remember.  i had a buddy from college who wore this exact jacket year round.  he was also a peanut farmer.  my guess is that you are not a peanut farmer and that’s ok.  it shouldn’t deter from purchasing your own interstellar jacket (there’s a reason it’s been around so long).  just make sure to throw some dirt on yours or run over it with your car before taking a test run around your city.  and in case you were wondering, his boots were red wing iron rangers (not that i notice those kinds of things).

golden bear sportswear for j. crew

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i like a varsity jacket.  i’ve wanted one for a while, but i’ll be honest i don’t think i can pull it off.  my shoulders are too big.  i know.  i know.  it sounds like i’m making excuses, but the last thing i need to do is to continue to benjamin button myself i.e. look younger than i already am (if that works here).  that shouldn’t deter you from wanting or copping your very own varsity jacket like this one from golden bear and j. crew.  golden bear has been making these since the 20’s.  it’s the real deal.  you’ll have no problem picking up chicks at sonic after the big game.

filson tin cloth cruiser jacket

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denim jackets are a fall staple, but if you don’t think you can pull one off, consider this short cruiser jacket from filson.  it’s the perfect alternative to a levi’s trucker jacket.  it’s made from filson’s tough tin cloth with an oil finish which means it’s going to be stiff for the first several wears, but don’t be discouraged.  it will break in nicely and become one of your favorites in no time.

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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