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normcore - "A fashion movement, c. 2014, in which scruffy young urbanites swear off the tired street-style clichés of the last decade — skinny jeans, wallet chains, flannel shirts — in favor of a less-ironic (but still pretty ironic) embrace of bland, suburban anti-fashion attire. (See Jeans, mom. Sneakers, white.)"

"Normcore is safe. Normcore is same-y. The normcore look is a knowing piss-take of the heterosexual male’s desperate desire to be sartorially unremarkable. Normcore is not brave or butch or swagger-y. Normcore is about dressing like a mild-mannered mental patient or a bewildered Icelandic exchange student circa 1984."

This is the worst. Don't fall for it. This isn't fashion, it's just lazy. 


Just don't.



- james


palladium sale.

palladium has some huge discounts on a couple of my favorite styles. Thought youd want to know, because like me, you have excellent taste. 

Backway CLP H - $62


Flex Lace - $24


LR Sport TW - $28


Pallabrouse TW - $40


Swoop fast if you're going to swoop, because sizes run out pretty quickly. 


- james



abc's of men's fashion 60.


Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser.

A bespoke suit is custom-made, instead of customized from an existing pattern. An individual pattern is cut based on the client’s specific measurements and sewn by hand using fabric that is also hand-selected by the client and fitted to his body. There was a time when all men’s suits were bespoke and men would visit their tailor to be measured, be advised on fabric, style, dressing left or right. The tailor knew all his clients and used to keep patterns for future visits. The world of bespoke creates an intimate relationship between tailor and client. It takes 6 to 8 weeks for the suit to be ready.


- James


fuggit - lounge in style.

gone are the days where your home slippers were required to ugly and childish. No longer must you warm your feet with furry dinosaurs that roar with each step, or with moccasins that are only reaching low-medium comfort levels. Uggs? No thanks! Crocs? GTFO!

Feast your eyes on the fuggit air mags:

Finally, someone found a good reason to crochet without being compared to an elderly woman surrounded by cats and grandchildren. 

These things are handmade by one man, with the goal of "ending sneaker violence". What is sneaker violence, you say? No, it is not the name given to turf wars between different gangs of sneakers, but the acts of senseless violence to obtain coveted sneakers from someone else. Fuggit's plan is to "make the shoes, sell them, and take proceeds from that and buy sneakers to give away. No gimmicks, no raffles, no nothing." The aim for Fuggit is to defuse some of the coveted and limited status of popular designs that are clearly linked to the violent crimes.

Stop by Fuggit's website and pick up a pair of knit kicks. Not feeling the air mags? No worries, Fuggit also produces lines of Jordans, Yeezys, and other designs.


- james



nike presto flyknit.

Nike has released a much more attractive update to the presto shoe--The nike air flyknit presto ultra.

It seems like a handful of nike shoes are getting the ol' ankle-sock upgrade treatment lately, so I've got to assume it's been received well thus far. I know I love my soccer cleats with the ankle boot, so it stands to reason that I'd be into it with a runner or casual shoes as well.

This thing looks breathable AF, and comfy too--made out of knit that looks like a dang crocodile skin from the top.


  • Flyknit upper conforms to your foot for lightweight support
  • Signature TPU cage delivers midfoot support
  • Sockliner and sole cut-outs enhance breathability and flexibility
  • Injected unit sole provides lightweight comfort and durability
  • Mid-cut collar delivers a snug, supportive fit
  • Waffle-inspired outsole with durable rubber pods for traction

  • I imagine this will come in other colorways but for now, I'm all about that white on white. Daaaayyyyuummmmm Nike, back at it again with the white prestos.


    - james




    outdoor style garb.

    Prepping for my Yosemite trip has me obsessed with outdoor style right now--even mixed into everyday attire. Check out this Style Garb layout from Uncrate that emphasizes my point.

    RRL Barringer Leather Jacket ($1,900). 
    Simon Miller Sweatshirt ($185). 
    Journal Standard Work Shirt ($126). 
    Raleigh Denim Alexander Jeans ($285). 
    Danner Stumptown Mountain Light Boot ($360). 
    Sneerwell Casket Flask ($65). 
    Biltwell Gasolina Reserve Gas Tank ($20). 
    Salt Optics Leif Sunglasses ($475).
    Iron & Air 15/16 Bundle Pack ($15).
    1970'S Enicar Sherpa Guide 600 Watch ($1,150).
    Cordero Motorcycle Gloves ($45).

    Now, for my purposes, I'd be swapping the flask for a pocket knife or multitool, and the leather jacket for something waterproof or a down jacket, but you get the idea. 

    Style is all about combining the things you love, however different they may be.


    - james


    covered in leather.

    the leather jacket should be a staple in every well-dressed man's closet. And if you want a quality leather jacket that fits well and follows current fashion trends, you can't beat the england-based allsaints.

    I'll warn you ahead of time: a quality, authentic leather jacket is not going to be cheap, but you get what you pay for. 








    allsaints fits pretty true to size, so you can feel safe buying online. That being said, if you're going to be dropping that kind of cash, it makes sense to find a store and try it on first. Your call. 


    - james





    A Sudanese-American Rapper from Washington state who doesn't feel the need to rap about drugs, violence, and thug living. Oddisee has a knack for mixing jazzy house beats with east-coast style rap put to meaningful lyrics. Dude's worth taking a listen.

    Check out this video of himself explaining...himself. And then a song called

    Own Appeal

    Back of My Mind

    You Know Who You Are


    The Goings On


    NPR Tiny Desktop Concert


    - James


    usmnt kits '16.

    the US men's national soccer team has released the kits they'll be wearing in the copa das americas this summer. They've FINALLY redesigned that gooft AYSO-looking crest and stepped it up on both the home and away kits. Even though, since the gams are being held in the US this year, technically every game is a home game. 

    2016 Away Jersey


    2016 Home Jersey


    Get your tickets to the games and then pick up a jersey.


    - james


    warby parker spring '16.

    warby parker was a game changer with it's 'home try-on' approach to shopping for prescription frames, but the reason we still like them is because they're frames are always on point and affordable. 

    most of their frames start around a hundred bucks, and with the option to pick 5 pairs to try on in your own home, you really can't go wrong.

    Check out their newest spring line:

    The Kensett - $95

    The Preston - $95

    The Haskell - $145

    The Kensett - $95

    The Burroughs - $95


    There are dozens of other styles available on their website. If you're in the market to freshen up the look of your facial region, this is the way to do it. 


    - james