Driving in Cars with Pocket Squares

A hastily organized and poorly photographed catalog of purely ornamental pieces of thrift store fabric.

25K Giveaway - Day 1


As a thank you to everyone who has so graciously followed and supported this blog, I’d like to do a week of giveaways. Each day you’ll have the opportunity to win (at least) one featured square, so keep an eye on this blog for updates.

Rules are simple:

1) Be one of the first 25 to re-blog this post (only guy to reblog? you win!);

2) Be randomly selected by me*; and

3) Respond to my private message with your name and address (all information will be deleted once the square is sent).


That’s it. So long as you live in the US** I will ship this square out to you free of charge with no restrictions. Wear it, burn it, trade it, sell it - it’s yours. 

Today’s square features red dots on a navy ground, with hand-rolled edges, made in England of 100% silk. Who made it? Someone special? Who cares, why are you asking so many questions, it’s a free square. Jeez.

Good luck!


*Only one winner per Tumblr account.

**Live outside the States? feel free to participate, if you win and want the square just pay for shipping at whatever level you prefer.

Wedding Attire (July 26, 2014)
Suit: Suit Supply
Shirt: Kamakura
Tie: Howard Yount Linen/Cotton/Silk (sale)
Square: Kent Wang
Shoes: Allen Edmonds (sale)

Wedding Attire (July 26, 2014)


Suit: Suit Supply

Shirt: Kamakura

Tie: Howard Yount Linen/Cotton/Silk (sale)

Square: Kent Wang

Shoes: Allen Edmonds (sale)

WIWY

WIWY

WIWY

WIWY

Another Take on Needles (July 25, 2014)
Jacket: Needles Boiled Linen (sale)
Shirt: Uniqlo (sale)
Pants: Orslow (sale, via Unionmade)
Shoes: Vans (more here)

Another Take on Needles (July 25, 2014)


Jacket: Needles Boiled Linen (sale)

Shirt: Uniqlo (sale)

Pants: Orslow (sale, via Unionmade)

Shoes: Vans (more here)

WIWT

WIWT

Growing up in Southern California, you’re practically gifted a pair of Vans when you emerge from the womb. I remember owning burgundy and aqua blue slip-ons in middle school, perhaps the only positive sartorial decision I made in between years of boot-cut jeans and large zip up short sleeve shirts (what the hell were those things?). 

When my dog helped hasten the end of my last pair, I went searching for something new, ending up with a pair of these “Suiting Mix" slip-ons. Although they resolve to a seemingly solid gray from a distance, up close they are made up of a mix of three suiting fabrics, which actually allows me to blend my more classic and casual leanings together.

At $55, and even less for classics like the Spicoli-esque checkerboard or classic white, Vans are a pretty simple staple casual shoe that won’t break the bank and allow you to try out new color and fabric combinations on the cheap before you drop half a grand on some MMMs. Sure, they’re now made in China (the horror!) and aren’t Goodyear welted (the double horror), but what the hell do you expect for less than $100 you greedy bastard?!

Sorry. Anyway, TL/DR - Vans are neat.

Vans

Vans

July 24, 2014
Jacket: Woolrich Woolen Mills (eBay)
Shirt: Kamakura
Pants: Engineered Garments (sale)
Shoes: Alden (eBay)

July 24, 2014


Jacket: Woolrich Woolen Mills (eBay)

Shirt: Kamakura

Pants: Engineered Garments (sale)

Shoes: Alden (eBay)

thisfits:

On Sale at Nordstrom: Anniversary Sale Picks

Prices as marked, free shipping and free returns. Sale ends August 4th.

Six months ago, I wrote about how Nordstrom lost its place to Brooks Brothers as the best place to buy first-quality Allen Edmonds. Well, the balance shifted again with this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, as they have a handful of Allen Edmonds favorites for $242.90. While a far cry from the discount of a few years ago, it’s still a good $15 cheaper than the lowest price at Brooks Brothers in their recent sales. Plus, for those who don’t have Shoprunner, Nordstrom’s free shipping and returns are a welcome alternative to Brooks Brothers’ high shipping charges and restocking fees.

Pictured above at top, from left to right:

Allen Edmonds McAllister Wingtip Oxford in Black
More interesting and less formal than your standard black cap-toe, wingtip oxfords were originally intended for less formal suiting fabrics like flannel. These days, in all but the most conservative settings, you could probably get away with wearing them with a dark worsted suit.

Allen Edmonds Strand in Walnut
The Strand in Walnut has long been a favorite online, and this is a good price, but I’ve somewhat tempered my enthusiasm, as noted in this long-ish comment on Reddit. They’re a good-looking shoe, but to me they only really work well in the warmer months, during the day, with light-colored trousers or casual navy suits. In pretty much any other setting, I think they draw far too much attention to themselves. So don’t look at them as a must-have or a staple, but certainly consider them if you find yourself wearing the sort of things I’ve mentioned above. It’s a pity that this sale doesn’t include far more versatile versions of the Strand, such as the Bourbon Calf.

Allen Edmonds Park Avenue in Black (and Brown)
As they say, if you own only one black dress shoe, it ought to be the Park Avenue. That said, if you wear suits often but don’t work in a very conservative environment, consider the Park Avenue in brown burnished calf instead (or as a complement to the black version). I find it a far more stylish color.

Allen Edmonds LaSalle in Chili
I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for split toe bluchers, and judging from pictures I’ve seen, the LaSalle is a fine option. It’s hard to get a gauge of what “Chili” really looks like; the image I used up top from Nordstrom originally had the Strand way over-saturated, so I tweaked it a bit in Photoshop to be more representative of the real color, and the LaSalle adjusted to the brownish color you see. I’m pretty sure the saturated red color in Nordstrom’s default image is off, especially when compared to this. In any case, word online is that the Chili develops a nice patina over time, much nicer then Allen Edmonds’ other leathers.

The Neumok in Acorn is another Allen Edmonds shoe worth considering in this sale. Unlined and with a burnished toe, it’s a more casual take on the wingtip oxford, and priced accordingly—$182.90. I expect it will look great with denim and or corduroy pants in the fall.

The Wolverine 1000 Mile McClean is perhaps the most surprising inclusion in the Anniversary Sale. The boot appears to be a cap-toe version of the original Wolverine 1000 Mile boot, and may be a Nordstrom exclusive, as there’s almost no mention of it anywhere else. I’ve gotta admit I’m quite tempted by the McClean—the $229.90 sale price is well below what most boots in the 1000 Mile collection go for, and I’ve been eying the original 1000 Mile boot as a goto casual boot for the fall. I actually think the McClean is a better-looking boot than the original (see a great side-by-side review here), but I already own a pair of cap-toe boots, and would have trouble justifying a second pair.

And for my token non-footwear pick, check out the Todd Snyder + Champion sweatshirt in salt and pepper. Great color, great details, made in Canada—I believe I read somewhere that they’re produced in the same factory as Reigning Champ, but I can’t seem to find the reference anymore. Note that reviews say this fits slim; you may need to go up one from your normal size.

To see all the men’s merchandise in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, click here.