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Treading | Red Wing Iron Rangers Black Harness

Our love for the craftsmanship by the hand of Red Wing grows deeper with each encounter. Put through the toughest of paces, the Red Wing Iron Ranger’s in Black Harness have the swagger for the meditatively formal and for the outright tough. Part of their Heritage collection, the No. 8114′s are a cap toe boot made of Black Harness leather featuring an even more durable Nitrile cork sole. Channeling the classic with a 6″ ankle, its form is reminiscent of boots built with a nod to sophistication in comparison to its tactically inspired contemporaries. In conditions threatening the worst of outcomes, a light wash restores them to in-rank inspection passing status. Rakish attitudes may ensue.  For a list of stockists, head over to Red Wing Heritage. More to come of the Iron Rangers on foreign soil.


Strapped | Horween Leather NATO Straps

 

Our friends at Gabarro Straps have turned us on to yet another fantastic product. Made of Horween’s renown shell cordovan leather, it is the most handsome addition to a Submariner since, well, ever. Providing the necessary warmth to the classic tool watch is tough, especially if you’re not sporting a 5512, sans gilded hour markers.

Evoking that devil-may care, bound-for-adventure attitude, Horween leather NATO straps classes it up like none other. Providing that measured dose of character, it ages unlike any other similar material and improves with time. Contrary to ordinary leather straps, it darkens and replenishes itself with your own bodies oils. Better still, it is supple and remains so without ever taking on any odor. And to our surprise? It wears as slim, if not thinner than ballistic nylon NATOs.

Although it carries a hefty price tag relative to the short-lived lifespan of ordinary straps, it justifies itself in long-run, only to become something you can call uniquely your own.

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Doing It Right | The Redford Shuffle

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We don’t often break protocol and bring you a Doing It Right midweek, but when we do it’s because of a moment like this.

Rockin’ Aviators better than General McArthur are few and far between, but Mr. Redford here does it like he penned the book himself. While exiting his chauffeured Buick Electra outside Mary Lasker’s in New York, a fantastic sartorial moment was caught on film. Channeling every bit of “The 3 Days of the Condor” a full year before its production, truly says a lot about the pictured gent.

Study up, most things done right have already been done before.


Workworn | A Shirt to Live In – Homespun

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It seems that the good folks at J.Crew have gotten yet another thing right besides their now longstanding In Good Company collaborations and brand relationships. Joining the pack is Canadian newcomer Homespun Knitwear.

Based out of Vancouver, Homespun Knitwear is responsible for the faithful recreation of 1930s undershirts that are sure to take a beating. Having both long sleeve and short sleeve henleys, they are more versatile that one might imagine. Not to mention they are damn comfortable.

Using unbleached yarns and use of ultrasoft Canadian cotton, these shirts are sure too please. Think a James Darmody look without the skullcrushing tendencies. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a pair while you still can – you won’t be sorry.

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The Viewing Room | Boardwalk Empire Threads (Pt. 2)

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Boardwalk Empire is back with a big shotgun bang right through some gangsters back.  We are talkin’ the bespoke threads of Costume Designer John Dunn and Martin Greenfield. Now in it’s Second season, the duo are bringing back TV’s best-dressed Golden Boy in new light, and we bring you the style highlights in all their glory. For more images, read on.

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Doing It Right | Sly Like A Fox

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Many of us don’t see Sylvester Stallone as the sartorial heavyweight. This pint sized style contender was truly the personification of his most memorable role, an underdog at best in the style arena. And like any underdog, that entails a few big hits but a whole lotta’ misses.

However we find ourselves a tad more forgiving when it comes to Sly, as he was a man that was known to have fun with style – Even if it meant looking like the manager of your local Gold’s Gym in the 80′s at times.

Taken from Life Archives we bring you one of Sly’s TKO’s. Playing the role of the socialite leading man, we see him in a tan double-breasted peak lapel jacket, donning a collar pin, cap toe oxfords and a patterned silk pocket square. While we may not endorse the pinky ring and prop pipe, we appreciate the effort.

So keep on sluggin’, tighten that collar pin and strut on. Do it right. (more…)


A Gentleman’s Primer: BBC’S The Perfect Suit

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Kickin’ off your day is BBC’s ever informative primer on the perfect suit. Alistair Sooke takes you down the streets of London, and down Savile Row to have a conversation with Patrick Grant of E. Tautz. While you may feel like dismissing the following as a beginners discussion of suiting and formalware, you are guaranteed to learn a thing or two a gentleman may not have learned in the trenches of menswear.

Approved for bespoke junkies and off-the-peg addicts. Set aside reservations, hunker down, and learn a thing or two. Runtime: 60 Min.


An Unlikely American Classic: The T-Shirt

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Seeing as summer has quietly come to an end, we decided to close it with a last minute salute to an unlikely American classic. The T-shirt, while not usually finding itself at the sartorial winners podium, has a fairly young history. We won’t concern ourselves with the uncertainties of said history, such as its first recorded use, an already greatly debated question. We will however concern ourselves with its emergence as an acceptable form of casual garb not limited to the barracks.

After it’s introduction in the Spanish-American war, the T-shirt found itself exclusively used as a form of underwear for soldiers. Through trickle down it became accepted in American society as a way to keep a gentleman from sweating through those old button downs and oxfords. It wasn’t until WWII, that American GI’s on the European war front, observed both civilians and European soldiers using the t-shirt as a form of casual wear.

A GI befriends a young French lady on the French Riviera.

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Blacked Out | Gabarro Rally Straps

A NATO strap doesn’t always cut it, and sometimes that brush steel bracelet is just too sporty for the occasion. For all other scenarios there is the humble classic – the leather strap, a mark of understated elegance.

As a consequence of Timex’s successful scrimping efforts achieved by selling you three quarters of a watch (sans steel band) and the demand for more attainable vintage watches (sans factory band), an all around acceptance of non-factory bands materialized. (more…)


Concealed Carry | Filson Field Bag

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If you are familiar to TGT, by now you very well know that we are suckers for things that age well and accouterments with awesome hardware. Enter Filson, part deux. Earlier in the year we discussed the absolute perfection of Filson’s oversized version of their own original briefcase, which they unlovingly dubbed the padded computer bag.  Well, here is the best companion a DSLR totting, who-is-carrying-the-ammo?, adventure-man can sling.

Dubbed their Medium Field Bag, it has the hallmarks of a well made Filson: heavy canvas twill, leather trim and rugged brass hardware. Its small enough while remaining perfectly functional, but large enough to carry everything but the laptop, for those days that you are feeling neo-luddite. Ranging from hunting friendly to city slicking, the bag is sure to please. Clearly, Filson has another winner.

Our favorite part? How quickly the personal wear sets in and affirms this is undoubtedly your-own. More shots after the jump.

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Watching | Miles’s Jazzed Up Navitimer

Brought to our attention by the folks at Hodinkee, some pretty awesome horological knowledge has been imparted  upon us regarding the trusty timepiece Miles Davis wore. A lifelong patron of the Breitling aviator’s watch, the Prince of Darkness’s preferred timepiece was a Breitling Navitimer. While sometimes straying to an unidentified watch on a curb-link bracelet (as pictured below), he outfitted his Breitling in a widestrap leather cuff.

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Weathered | RRL Straight Leg Raw Denim (Part 2)

The second installment of our denim journey by the hand of RRL Raw denim is at hand. Today we feature the same previously photographed jeans, however after 6 months of continuous wear. Crotch blow out imminent. Given that we plan on wearing these RRLs till they start falling off, we enlisted the support of NY based Denim Therapy for their reinforcement and rehabilitation. In the third installment of our denim journey, we will take a look at the work behind Denim Therapy that has brought its name into the public conscious, at least among individuals who invest serious coin in their jeans. More to come.


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