Posts Tagged ‘ jacket ’

once again the baracuta g9

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i hope you know this jacket.  if you don’t know it, get to know it.  behold the baracuta g9.  it’s a classic.  i’ve blogged about it at least 3 times now.  yeah, it’s expensive as hell.  and yeah, it’s pretty basic, but it’s a jacket you need to own.  while everyone else is out there in last year’s bomber, you can carve your own path in the g9.

here’s the skinny on sizing: it’s slim fit.  here’s the other skinny on sizing: the size measurements are uk sizing.  what does that mean?  it means a 38 is not an american 38.  it fits more like an american 34-36.  size up.  if your jacket size is a 38, you’re going to need a 40 or 42.  want more proof?  i stole the graphic below straight from their website.  don’t say i didn’t warn you.

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rest in peace, barbour

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i’ve been an anglophile for as long as i can remember.  england gave us the beatles, the queen, fish and chips, english premier league soccer, barbour, and many many other great things.

barbour was one of those brands i discovered through a friend – the only person i knew that had one or anything like it.  it smelled weird.  it was expensive (so he said) and in 2003 they were hard to find which made it very appealing to me.  i didn’t get mine until several years later when you could fine them online at certain retailers.  now that’s not the case.  they are everywhere.

this past weekend in charleston, just about every other male between the ages of 20 and 50 were wearing one or so it seemed.  the popular option was either the bedale or beaufort in green.  so many dudes were wearing them that my girlfriend pointed it out before i could comment on the situation.  and if i may be honest, i was wearing one too; albeit, the barbour x white mountaineering joint i got in london in december.

when did barbour become the preferred jacket of frat dudes and forty-year-old attorneys?  in college, i didn’t have enough cheese to afford a barbour.  now they seem to be handed out with frat letters, southern tide checkered shirts and sperrys.  it’s kind of a bummer because it used to feel like an exclusive club.

but look, they’re great jackets.  they’re timeless.  they’re beaters.  they fit like they’re supposed to.  they’re just everywhere now and that’s ok.  i’m going to have to get used to it.  if i ever lived in london, i’d see twice as many of them.  it’s a good thing they make other models besides the bedale and beaufort.  it might be time to throw mine on ebay.  rest in peace, barbour.

sid mashburn moto jacket

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i need a new leather jacket.  i’m currently selling my old one on ebay (long story).  this motorcycle jacket from sid mashburn is the perfect candidate to replace the other one.  the write-up on sid’s website said they were tired of searching for the “perfect” leather jacket, so they made their own.  it’s brown cowhide (obviously) rather than black which means it goes with more things in your closet.  it’s also slim fit with no chest pockets to give it more of a tailored look.  i like it.  i just need the old jacket to go ahead and sell so i can jump on this one before they sell out (it’s a limited run).

buying a barbour

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believe it or not i have not mentioned the word “barbour” on here since 2011.  that’s gotta be a joke, right?  i love this brand.  surely, it must have come up at some point.  a quick search tells me it hasn’t.  hmm…i digress.

with the temperature now dropping, it’s slowly becoming barbour season i.e. time to dust off the ol’ bedale and liddesdale.  (i had an international, but recently unloaded it because the tagged size wasn’t the same as the actual jacket size.  took me a year to figure it out.  always check the size on the label even if it’s hidden in a tiny pocket.)  if you’re new to barbour and like your clothes to fit, the sizing can be a bit of a headache.  for my personal sizing tips, click on the next page and i will walk you carefully through this difficult process.   Continue reading

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.

the interstellar jacket

INTERSTELLAR

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).

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.