Posts Tagged ‘ apc ’

retrosuperfuture for a.p.c. sunglasses

apcsunglasses

summer hasn’t technically arrived (we’ll have to wait until June 21st to make it official), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be working on your shades game.  my recommendation – in addition to the usual wayfarerers, clubmasters, etc. – is this pair of retrosuperfuture for a.p.c. sunglasses.  there really isn’t much to them except they’re handmade in italy for everyone’s favorite french denim brand.  who’s feeling like a trip to europe all of a sudden?  *raises hand*

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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

levis

jcrewdenim

j. crew

apcdenim

a.p.c.

toddsnyderdenim

todd snyder

apc x carhartt down vest

seeing the words apc & carhartt together still weirds me out a little bit.  mainly because the only pants i wore in college were carhartts, and when i stopped trying to act like a redneck after college,  i bought a pair of apc new standards.  (not that you have to be a redneck to wear carhartt pants but i thought i was when i put them on).  all kidding aside, it makes sense that these two brands would come together and produce some good looking s**t like this down vest.  it also comes in black, but i’m partial to this hazel color.  the only downside is the price.  (hint it’s $320).  what do you expect.  it’s apc.  duh.

first wash

i have to take my favorite pair of jeans (apc petit standards) to the denim doctor tomorrow before the crotch blows out.  i’m hoping i can get two more good years out of them before they’re officially retired.  they’ve never been washed, so i gave them their first bath today.  if you’re worried about washing your raw denim for the first time, don’t be.  it’s really easy.  here’s a quick step-by-step: 1) fill your bathtub with lukewarm water 2) pour a little bit of woolite dark in the tub 3) submerge jeans and gently rub off dirt 4) let them sit for 20-30 minutes 5) rinse out soap 6) hang to dry.  as you can see riley was extremely curious about the process.

to take the train tailgating style part 1

stealing a page straight from the red clay soul book of style (see below), i bring you to take the train tailgating style part 1.  like rcs, i’m keeping it simple while it’s still hot.

uga cutter & buck polo: never wear a t-shirt to tailgate.  if you want to show your pride on your shirt, opt for a clean looking polo with a small logo instead.

apc petite standards: i never leave home without them and they’re still dark enough to mask whatever i spill (i don’t wear shorts if i’m not at the beach or on the golf course).

sid mashburn bridle strap belt & engraved belt buckle: my favorite buckle and belt strap.

clarks desert boots: my go-to kicks when i can’t decide between sneakers and loafers.

moscot nebb sunglasses: cause everyone else will be wearing wayfarers.

tennis shoes

white tennis shoes are the perfect footwear for spring/summer.  i’ve mentioned my obsession with adidas rod lavers a couple of times now, but i noticed these new balance pro court tennis shoes last night while doing some j. crew new item recon.  i’m really interested in seeing a pair.  for $55 there’s no reason i shouldn’t order these.  they look a little bit like my holy grail of tennis shoes – the collaboration between nike and apc that came out in 2009.  behold:

if i pull the trigger on the new balance, i’ll post some pics.  and if you find some the nike x apc kicks on ebay or elsewhere in a size 9.5 or 10, let me know asap.

the gateway denim

the genius behind f**k yeah menswear posted something about denim yesterday.  in his post he referred to apc as “the gateway denim.”  i had to chuckle because apc is my first foray into the raw denim world.

last spring when i went to new york, the only thing i wanted was a pair of raw, untreated denim jeans.  my first stop on my quest was at self edge.  great spot.  i can’t remember the guy’s name that helped me that day, but he gave me the rundown on everything i needed to know when looking for the right pair of jeans.  i fell in love with one pair there, but paying $300 for my first pair of raw denim felt a little ridiculous.

the quest continued at several other spots including j. crew (who had just joined the raw denim world), rrl (where no one would help me), and a few other places.  apc was the last stop of the day.  i had done a little research on apc at a few bloggers recommendations so i knew what to expect when i went in there.  i first tried on the new standards and loved them.  the dude helping me recommended i try on the petit standards and said they looked better on me.  he was gay so i took his word for it.

i spent my whole saturday night in my new pair of apc petit standards.  i couldn’t walk or squat to tie my shoes, but that didn’t matter because i had what i came for.  i’m also 5’9” so i had to roll up my jeans a significant amount.  i think i looked ridiculous.  when i got back from the trip and showed them to my then soon-to-be wife, she was horrified.  they were dark and stiff and rolled.  i explained to her that they would break in over time and i would get them cut off soon enough.

it’s now been 9 months with my jeans and i probably couldn’t live without them.  i love them.  i look forward to coming home and putting them on.  they’re comfortable as hell and have started to age in the right spots.  i’ll probably give them another couple of months before i wash them.  i love the color and don’t want to lose it.  they’ve definitely become a piece of me.

i can see why apc is the gateway denim.  it’s cheap and it’s good quality shit.  i think i’ll go for the hard stuff when i buy a new pair this summer.  maybe some of that 21 oz shit.  maybe some of that imogene + willie shit all the bloggers are talking about.  i’m hooked.  there’s no turning back now.

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