My first experience with bespoke Harris Tweed

Being an academic it should come as no surprise that I love tweed. My first experience with tweed was a stereotypical brown Herringbone sport coat with suede patches on the elbows. I think I got it at a chain store that no longer exists at the local mall. At the time I’m sure I thought… Continue reading My first experience with bespoke Harris Tweed

The Earthrise Kilt

My maternal family is Welsh and English, and I happened to ask myself about the Welsh heritage. I learned that in the past (and possibly even today) Welsh clans would wear kilts in the same manner as the Scots. Like the Scots the Welsh clans also have tartans. I became intrigued with the idea of… Continue reading The Earthrise Kilt

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The first pair of Aldens

I’ve been into nice looking footwear since at least high school. I remember begging my parents for a pair of Nike’s because they were what the popular kids were wearing. I’m pretty sure I wore something like these from high school through college. Of course in college I occasionally found that I needed to wear something… Continue reading The first pair of Aldens

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My first real hat

I don’t know about you but I have always loved hats. I love all kinds of hats: ball caps, flat caps, Panama hats, etc. However, my true passion is for the felt hats reminiscent of the 30s – early 60s. You know the ones. The ones you’d see on Bogart, Sinatra, Grant, and other fashionable… Continue reading My first real hat

My rarest pair of jeans: the story of Lawless Denim

In my last post I talked about things getting heated in the Gustin discussion forum. The impetus for the unrest was Lawless Denim. Lawless Denim was a startup denim wear manufacturer in Phoenix, AZ that had done a campaign on Kickstarter. There were several members on the Gustin forum that kept talking up Lawless and… Continue reading My rarest pair of jeans: the story of Lawless Denim

My first pair of selvedge jeans: the road to becoming a denim head

If you are like me, you may not have been aware of selvedge denim and raw denim jeans before 2010. At some point between the 60s and 2000s raw selvedge denim jeans for all practical purposes disappeared from the awareness of most guys. Most guys born between 1970 and 2000 probably never owned a pair.… Continue reading My first pair of selvedge jeans: the road to becoming a denim head

Finding a watch: How I came to own an Omega Speedmaster

I’m a technologist and as a technologist a lot of people expect me to be into smart watches like the Apple watch. The thing is, I see mechanical watches as more of a technological achievement than smart watches. The amount of skill required to create something like a perpetual calendar watch using only gears and… Continue reading Finding a watch: How I came to own an Omega Speedmaster

Time to de-clutter: the making of a capsule collection or lean wardrobe

I’ve been thinking for a few months that my closet has gotten out of control. The beginning of a new year seems like an appropriate time to embark on a new project to reduce the number of items in my closet. I obviously have the staples oxford-cloth button downs (white (two), blue (one), gray (one))… Continue reading Time to de-clutter: the making of a capsule collection or lean wardrobe

Leather moto jackets: vintage and new

Many years ago my father-in-law gave me the leather moto jacket pictured here. It had belonged to his father and is most likely from the 40s or early 50s. It had been in a closet for many years because it was too small for my father-in-law. When I received the jacket the leather was dry and I was not able… Continue reading Leather moto jackets: vintage and new