Wish List #4

Christmas has come and gone, and massive end-of-the-season sales have begun. Time for another wish list from yours truly.

Saint James Meridien II shirt

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Oddly, this shirt has been on my mind for the last three weeks. Really, it’s nothing special since all it is, is basically a long sleeve striped T shirt (albeit a high quality one) with a slightly unique neck opening.  To add, I’m not a huge fan of horizontal lines on shirts since I’m a bit shorter, and such patterns don’t do any favors for my stature. Still, this shirt keeps popping up in my head. I suppose it might be the shirt’s history? Or incredible layering ability?

You can grab one from J.Crew or Unionmade (who is actually having a semi-annual sale right now).

Wolverine 1000 Mile boots

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Why do I keep posting boots in my wish lists?

One boot that has particularly caught my attention is the 1000 mile boot by Wolverine. These bad boys are quite acclaimed in the menswear world, and for good reason. I had a chance to try them out recently, and not only do they look great, but you can immediately tell they’re built like an ox. Proper Goodyear welting on a leather sole, high quality upper leather & stitching, made in the USA… what’s not to like? Plus, I think they are incredibly versatile. They’re equally appropriate on a mountain hike as they are at an office event.

I would go out and get them immediately, but I think I’m past my boot quota for 2012-2013. Oh, and if these boots are too expensive for you, I found a great deal on an amazing, less expensive alternative made by Chippewa. You can find them on Amazon for only $86 with coupon “workboot.” Yea, seriously.

Drake’s navy pin dot tie

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I recently saw a Gitman Vintage navy shirt with a subtle pin dot pattern on it at a clothing boutique here in SF. I immediately wanted one in my closet, so I started searching the web to find one in my size. Unfortunately, I failed to find one at a decent price, but the shirt got me to thinking. Hey, wouldn’t this pattern look great on a tie or pocket square?

Since having that thought, I’ve been looking all over the web for a decent tie and pocket square combo in the navy + pin dot pattern. Well it turns out that one of my favorite tie makers, Drake’s of London, carries a nice one as shown above. They’re also having an end of the year sale right now, so the prices are cut about 25%.

If the price is still too high for you, good news is that you can get both a tie and pocket square in this pattern at thetiebar for a lot cheaper than the Drake’s tie above.

J.Crew denim shirt

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Grant it, I don’t think it needs to be specifically from J.Crew, but I’ve been looking for a nice dark indigo denim shirt for a while now. I think a denim shirt is a piece that can effortlessly dress a formal outfit down, and still look appropriate in most situations. Definitely a refreshing change from your normal white, blue, or pink dress shirt that you may wear on a daily basis.

The only reservation I have with getting a denim shirt is its versatility. I generally wear jeans everyday and the color of this shirt in particular would be too similar to the color of my jeans, making the outfit look less than ideal. Either way, I’m on the fence, but I must say… J.Crew makes this shirt look damn good.

So there you go, my January wish list. You know, sometimes I wonder if it ever ends…

Oh well, TIME TO SPEND MOAR MONEY!

Holiday Gift Guide for Men

So it’s time to get your brother, dad, grandfather, husband, buddy, boyfriend, or self some gifts for the holidays. What do you get? Well, here’s a list of gift ideas that might help you on your quest to find the perfect present!

Altuzarra Whiskey Set

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I just wrote about the whole Target/Neiman Marcus collaboration in my last post. Well this is one of the items that I feel might be worth a buy from that collection. Altuzarra is an up and coming designer who generally works with high end clothing, but I think he has a home run with the set above. Not only does it look classy, but all the pieces actually feel quite hefty and high quality. Just lift the tray- it’s so heavy you’ll feel like you’re doing a workout.

For any man who likes to drink whiskey, nice tumblers are always welcome in the household, and these fit the bill in my opinion. The three pieces (glasses, shaker, and tray) all come separate, so I would probably start with the glasses, and get either, neither, or both of the other pieces depending how much you can spend. They might be from Target, but they’re not cheap. The tumblers come in at $49.99, the shaker also $49.99, and the tray $79.99.

Clarks Desert Boots

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I’ve praised these shoes on more than one occasion here at simplerman. For good reason, they are rock solid with regards to quality, classically/beautifully designed, and relatively inexpensive ($69 to $139). Everyone can pull these shoes off, and they’ll likely be comfortable from the get-go. If the person you want to give a gift to needs shoes, these should be a no brainer in my opinion.

Shaving Set with Stand, Bowl, and Brush

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Shaving has become pretty awesome in the last few years. We’re going back to the old school times, and I couldn’t be happier. There’s something about using a shaving brush, shaving bowl, and manual razor that makes me want to wake up in the morning and shave. I know I’m not alone in this either; just check out the rampant popularity of the Art of Shaving. Five years ago, I didn’t even know such a business existed, but today, they seem to be in every nook and cranny of the U.S.

Clearly, shaving has become cool again, and with a set like the above, you’ll make whoever receives it just as cool. FYI, both Don Draper and James Bond use shaving brushes and bowls (just check out Mad Men and Skyfall), and who wouldn’t want to be like them?

Spotify Premium Membership

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Spotify is a bit random in comparison to the rest of the list, but definitely something I still wanted to bring up. I personally use Spotify everyday, whether I’m in transit, at work, or at home. In fact, as I type this right now, I’m listening to Christmas carols through Spotify.

Spotify is free to use, but I recommend getting someone a premium membership as a gift, since there are many benefits that come from paying that $9.99 a month. They won’t get those annoying ads anymore, they can use the app on mobile and tablet, and most importantly, they can download songs offline, so if they’re on an airplane or subway, they can still listen to music.

Just putting it out there, since I feel like it’s worth every penny. I generally don’t purchase monthly subscriptions, but this is one I had to.

So there you have it. My small gift guide for this 2012 Christmas season. Happy Holidays everybody, and I hope you all get tons of gifts and love. Peace.