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Tuesday
May262015

a$ap rocky - at.long.last.a$ap.

a$ap rocky's new album "at.long.last.a$ap" is offically out. It leaked early which pushed the initially realese up and as much as that sucks for a$ap it's a good thing for us. you can stream it on spotify or you can purcahse the album on itunes here. we've posted the spotify stream below so you can listen to the whoel thing for free. enjoy.

- taylor

Friday
May222015

menswear dog.

this may be the weirdest thing I've ever seen concerning menswear. Or concerning life, really...

yes, that's a dog, wearing human clothes because he thinks he's people. Who decided a good way to give fashion advice was to showcase outfits by having a dog wear them? I really have no idea, but it happened, and now you're looking at it. I really don't know what else to say at this point, so I'll just sit silently and try figure out what this is doing to my brain. 

Wednesday
May202015

the timberland trench.

yeah, but this jacket though...

 

Crafted from 100% British Millerain® waxed cotton twill for water-resistant durability, these trench coats feature a statement collar, lots of pocket space for storage, a sleek silhouette and flattering waist. 


 


 

 

 

Check them out here.

 

- james

 

Monday
May182015

how to find a quality barber.

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get a good haircut, and rightly so. A good haircut can give you surprising bumps in confidence. Don't act like you've never had one of those amazing hair days where you feel like "oh man, people need to see this." The key is finding a barber you like, and sticking with them long enough to get into a groove. They know what looks good with your hair type and skull shape, and they know what you like. And in return, you trust them. This can be a difficult thing to come by, as well as a stressful trial and error process. So I came across this article (from everyguyed.com)on finding a quality barber and added some of my own thoughts. 

*side note, if you're in southern california, the only barbershop you need to know is Danckut's. No joke. 

 

Look for a Place that’s Busy

If you’re passing by a shop that’s empty most of the time, it’s not a good sign. Sure, it might provide the convenience of right-here, right-now service, but it’s probably going to result in a cut that you’re going to need to hide under a cap for a few weeks.

If you see a guy with a haircut you like, ask him where he got it. We know that may sound like a strange prospect to some, but we’re proponents of guys actually talking to each other about style and grooming. Enough with awkward stoicism; he’s not going to accost you complimenting his cut, and it’s a simple way of finding a new shop to try.

 

Cost doesn’t always translate into quality

A decent men’s haircut (for relatively short, classic styles) should cost you between $20-40 [not including tip] in most cases. Of course, this changes slightly depending on the city, and even the neighborhood you’re in, but a man shouldn’t have to choose between paying his rent or growing dreadlocks.

A good way to ensure you’re not overpaying for a cut is to go to a barber. This article is titled ‘How to find a quality Barber’ for the specific reason that a salon probably isn’t where you need to go. Unless you’re getting layered highlights [don't ever get layered highlights], all you need is a man or woman who’s skilled with scissors. [Okay, a beard trim and a hot towel on your face is nice, but maybe take a pass on the Tahitian cucumber water or simultaneous pedicures.]

*This isn't to say that all salon-type "hairstylists" are unskilled, but let's face it, a salon is designed to pamper a woman and [in the old days] provide a forum to share juicy gossip. A barbershop is dedicated to men's grooming and style.

 

You should never feel rushed by a barber.

If you notice a barber pushing through clients before you, and feel like he’s going to give you the same bum-rush treatment, don’t be afraid to just make an excuse and get out of there (a fake phone-call works wonders). Yes, it’s not the course of action, but a rushed cut or a surly barber is something no man should be paying money for.

A good barber should be attentive, interested, and engaged: asking you what you want, and taking the time to confirm the details or suggest new options. 

*A haircut at a barbershop is an experience, not a task on a checklist. The process should be give and take--you get to know each other and communicate until you're both on the same page.

 

You get the cut you ask for

If you’re not crazy about your cut when you walk out the door, remember that barber’s will cut your hair to maximize your value, so it will be about a week before it has a chance to grow-out and take it’s shape. Unless he has clearly done a complete hack-job, tip him fairly, and wait to see the true results of his skill emerge in time. 

*Worst-case scenario: you wear a hat for awhile and find a new barber in a couple weeks to try again.

If you’re getting a haircut within a week of a specific function or event, ask the barber to cut it to look a little grown in and more natural. Ideally though, you should time your cut a week or so before an event in order to look your best. If the haircut never ends up meeting your standards, you don’t have to return.

*My own experience has taught me that the best way to achieve the right "look" you're going for, is to bring in a few pictures on your phone. Chances are, your spur of the moment description of this haircut you saw in a magazine may not translate into your barber's mind the way you've intended. So take some pictures off the internets to talk through with them. 

*find a shop that fits your style. 

I'm pretty sure that 99% of barbershops can handle your basic fade or whatever cut you're looking for. Yes, certain shops will specialize in certain types of cuts, or certain types of hair; but a barbering license is supposed to mean that your barber can do it all. What's more important is making sure that you're confident in your barber, and that you feel comfortable in their barbershop. Find one that fits your own style. Find one that you think looks cool. Find one that makes you pumped to get a haircut. If you go to a dumpy shop in sketchville, USA, chances are you're gonna hate your haircut no matter what it looks like. 

 

- James

Friday
May152015

represent "only the strong survive" 2015 summer collection.

represent's summer collection is dope. not the biggest fan of the beige pieces, but the black ones are my jam. plus the fits are unreal. i'm a fan of the length of the garments and the way they hang on the model. very into the look of their "only the strong survive" 2015 summer collection. if it reminds you of another brand, you're not the only one. i get heavy fear of god vibes from this collection, but that's what's on trend right now. it's probably that stripe tee. i'm not trying to knock, i'm into the collection and that tank is a must for the summer.

head over to represent's website and cop here.

- taylor

Thursday
May142015

glass animals.

I've been in kind of a weird mood this morning. Maybe it's the fact that I injured my back so I'm walking like an 84 year-old man and I smell like an Icy Hot factory. Whatever the reason, a weird mood calls for a semi-weird music groove.

Meet Glass Animals: a newish indie rock band from Oxford (that's in Europe). They're videos are weird as fuhhhh. Also some of their beats and instrumentations are weird. And some of the build-ups feel weird. A lot of weirdness going on that makes for a weirdly awesome overall groove. You'll dig 'em.

Hazey

Pools

Gooey

Black Mambo

 

- James

 

Wednesday
May132015

clarks x herschel supply.

Clark's teammed up with Herschel Supply Co. in order to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the desert boot. After originally being adopted by British soldiers in WWII, the desert boot has come a long way.

'Renowned for their iconic designs, Clarks Originals represents a style that has stood the test of time, respected by generations past and present. Re-imagining the popular Desert Boot silhouette, the Herschel Supply and Clarks Originals partnership gives rise to a unique boot, tailor made to take the great outdoors or city in stride.'

 

- James

Friday
May082015

how to break in your denim.

breaking in your denim is an important process that can be frustrating, stressful, and tiresome. So here are some tips from the pros (and GQ): Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen, Matt Baldwin of Baldwin Denim, and Paul O'Neill of Levi's Vintage Clothing.

On wear:

Matt Baldwin: For me, it starts with the fabric. I love finding something new about the break-in process each season. Then comes fit. I try on jeans and find the size that fits perfectly, and then I purchase one size smaller. Dry, 100% cotton denim expands anywhere between one inch to 1.5 inches over a three month period of daily wear. From there I machine washing a few times before my usual first daring repair, and then continue to cold wash and hang dry throughout the denim's life.

Paul O'Neill: I tend to approach it a little differently than other people. First, I buy my jeans correct size in the waist (rather than size down) and a little longer in length (one or two inches). Then, I'll wear them for a few days before climbing into a warm bath in them and soak for 20 minutes. Once soaking is over, I slip out of the jeans and let them dry in the sun. This shrinks the jeans to your body shape. Because you were wearing them while shrinking them, they should not shrink smaller than your waist. I tend to check them when nearly dry and put them back on and stretch the waist out by squatting in them if needed.

On washing:

Andrew Chen: I think the number one thing I can suggest is to not be afraid to wash them. A lot of people went from washing jeans every week along with their socks and underwear to never, ever washing them (and subsequently losing friends and associates in the process). What we've found is that washing jeans every few months extends the life of your jeans significantly, because you're actively getting out the sweat, dirt and bacteria that will break the fabric down. And if the denim itself is beautiful, then it will not be adversely affected by consistent washes at all.

Paul O'Neill: Some people never wash their denim, but I do like to wash my jeans every so often—roughly every six months depending how often I've been wearing them. When I do wash them, I turn them inside out and wash separately (to avoid crease marks) on a cold wash and dry them flat.

Matt Baldwin: Super simple. Cold wash, hang dry. Go as long as you can between washes. Repair for character. That's it.

- james

Thursday
May072015

stamp yo face!

have you ever wanted a stamp of your face? well, now's your chance. stamp yo face will give you exactly that, a custom stamp with your face on it. just send them a picture and they'll send you a stamp and some ink you can go crazy (for a small fee of course). not into your face? then you can send a picture of your animal and they'll turn them into a stamp. they also make other generic stamps like pizza, thumbs up, donuts, a pile of poop and more. check their site out here and let the stamping begin. 

- taylor

Thursday
May072015

raised by wolves - raines baseball jersey.

the raines baseball jersey from raised by wolves is absolute fire.

the look, the color, and the herringbone; everything about is heat for days. there's not much that need to be said about it. just look at it and you get it.

pick it up on their website here

- taylor