Posts Tagged ‘ new york ’

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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new york, new york

i grew up listening to my dad tell the story of where he was when jfk was shot.  he was in his high school locker room getting ready to go play basketball.  he can remember every detail.  i used to wonder if there would be an event in my lifetime that would shake me the same way jfk’s assassination shook our parents generation.  september 11, 2001 is that event.  i’m not going to bore you with the details of what i was doing when i heard the news or what i did the rest of day.  i will tell you that i remember seeing this video a week or two after the towers fell, and every year on this day i watch it.  it’s an eerie feeling to know it was filmed 4 days before the attacks.  i realize the song is about a breakup, but i like listening to it as a tribute to the most resilient city in the world.  we’ll never forget.  “hell, i still love you, new york.”

the alden indy boot

i’ve wanted these indy boots for over 3 years now.  i’ve been to new york twice during this time with the intention to buy a pair at the alden store on madison avenue.  i chickened out both times after trying them on.  i told the guys working there that i would order a pair when i got back to nashville.  i finally made good on that promise last month when a friend of mine told me he knew one of the gentlemen that worked at that store (shout out to curt who took excellent care of me).

it only took me two tries to get the size right.  i measure a 9.5 on a brannock device and went a half size down as instructed.   the 9 felt huge on my feet, so i returned and reordered an 8.5.  they fit like a glove.  these are by far some of the nicest boots i will ever own.  they’re every bit worth the wait and money.  i can’t wait to break them in; although, i probably won’t let them get as destroyed as indiana jones’:

the strokes angles

the strokes new album angles comes out next tuesday, but you can preview the whole thing right here.  i’m beyond excited for some new music from these guys.  i’ve tried to stay away from reading too much about the album because i wanted to form my own opinion, but i cheated.  i listened to it last night and let it sit.  i’m listening to it again and i love it.  nothing will ever top is this it but that album was more than an album.  it defined music for the next decade.  i can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the strokes burst on to the scene.  welcome back.

nyc weekend recap

i figured it’d be nice to give a little recap on my trip to new york this past weekend.  we stayed at the james.  it’s a newer boutique hotel in the soho area (grand street and 6th).  we loved it.  the staff was incredibly kind and the room was exactly what you’d expect from a newer hotel i.e. flatscreen tv, comfortable bed, huge shower, heated bathroom tile, no bed bugs, etc.  they also served wine and cheese at 5 which we hit up both friday and saturday.  if you’re in nyc and not staying at the james, it’s worth it to pop by and have a drink at the rooftop bar with a fireplace and ridiculous view of the city.  i would stay there again.

*please note i did not take any of these pictures, but did go to these locations

once we dropped our stuff off at the hotel, we walked down the street to balthazar.  i think 9 out of 10 people we spoke to about restaurant recommendations mentioned balthazar.  we made reservations at 12:30 but got in at 12 because we were starving.  i got the chicken club and my wife got the hamburger – both with fries.  i finished mine.  it was not the best meal i’ve ever had, but still very good.  next time i’m going for brunch.

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merrell wilderness collection

another incredible ronnie fieg collaboration with david z in new york.  another win for both parties.  i don’t know when these were announced but they’re already out of my size in the color i want.  don’t sleep on these.

here’s a closer look: