Posts Tagged ‘ nyc ’

look who has a facebook page

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welcome to the 21st century, to take the train.  everyone seems to have a facebook page these days, so why not me.  i realize that if i’m going to post blog updates on facebook that i don’t need to be doing it from my own account.  (this was an excellent suggestion from my girlfriend who said i didn’t need to blow up peoples timelines with my bulls**t.  i don’t disagree.)  if you want to receive updates on the reg via the fb, then please like or follow my page.  here’s a deal: if i get over 1000 likes or follows by the end of april, i’ll get a tattoo or something to commemorate this achievement.  how about about that.  you can’t lose.  here’s the link one more time: facebook.com/totakethetrain.

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shout out to outdoor voices

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if you’re reasonably hip (meaning you pay attention to cool shit) and exercise on occasion, then you’ve probably heard of outdoor voices.  they are a newer sportswear brand out of austin, tx and they’re awesome.  (i’ll get to that in a second.)

here’s how the story begins…last month i set out to get a new hoodie.  i wanted a lululemon hoodie, but the only hoodies they currently sell make you look like you’re from the future.  you would think they would have a go-to hoodie that they sell year round, but they don’t.  (if anyone working at lulu corporate reads this, please make a note.  thank you.)  anyway, i had heard good things about outdoor voices, so i decided to purchase the champ track hoodie.  it shipped the next day and was here in no time.

when i got it, i fell in love.  it’s everything i wanted in a hoodie.  i could wear it to the gym or out on the weekend.  in fact, i wore it for an entire weekend and then washed it that sunday night because i had worn it so much.  i washed it on cold and hung it to dry.  a couple of days later, i put it on and it felt like it had shrunk.  long story short i emailed the company and they sent me a brand new larger size hoodie without any questions.

their responsiveness blew me away.  they were on top of it immediately i.e. answered my email quickly and shipped the new one right away.  not many companies operate that way anymore.  thank you outdoor voices for your badass customer service.  i’m a fan and will be for life.  you can check out the rest of their stuff here.  it’s tight (i don’t think people still say that but whatever).

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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nyc work trip

i’m headed to new york tomorrow for a quick work trip.  i’ll be back on wednesday, so i’m packing light.  most of these items you’ve already seen on to take the train, but they’re worth mentioning again.  here’s what i’m wearing/packing for nyc:

brooks brothers navy fitzgerald two button suit – current my favorite suit that i own.

sid mashburn fox tie – a christmas gift that needs to be worn.  no time like the present.

sid mashburn button down shirt – i never leave home without a white button down.

tie bar from the tie bar – great entry point to the tie bar game.  can’t beat their prices.

gucci horsebit loafers – classic 1980s wall street.  these will be occupying my feet.

filson small duffle – the perfect overnight bag.  hands down.

i’m going to try to do a little shopping while i’m up there, but i’m not sure what kind of time i’m going to have.  i hope to come back with a good post and maybe some new kicks.

supreme kicks

as i might have mentioned last week, i wasn’t super excited about these supreme x clarks desert chukka boots.  well, that was a mistake on my part.  these things are absolutely flawless.  they fit the same way as my beloved desert boots, but they have an extra lace loop to keep them in place.  the upper is nubuck suede with a nice leather heel detail and crepe soles.  below are a few pics of the shoes right out of the box.  please excuse the shoddy camera work.  i need to learn how to take better pictures.

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j. press online rotating pictures

i received an email this morning from j. press with the title “spring/summer collection 2011.”  naturally i opened it immediately and clicked the link to the website.  i love j. press’ website.  it’s simple, understated, and doesn’t use a ton of flash.  it’s exactly like their clothes.

i’m not a website or graphic designer by any means, but i realize functionality is key to good design.  so many websites load up on flash making their sites nightmares to load and navigate around.  j. press online has their navigation in blue on the left side of the site.  click on any of the buttons and they take you to what you want to look at.  it’s good to see that j. press doesn’t feel the need to make their website hip because preppy is back in style.

i thought the rotating images they just added for spring were worthy of a post.  again, there’s nothing too flashy about the images, because the products speak for themselves.  any of those ties would be a fine addition to your collection.  i don’t fancy myself a big ribbon belt fan, but those look perfect for the spring.

j. press is a classy place.  if you’re in new york, d.c., boston or new haven, be sure to go by there and check out their spring collection.  if you’re not, then their website will do you just fine.