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mahogany sessions.

these are some of the coolest acoustic versions of songs i've heard in a long long time.

chief - mighty proud

marques toliver - deep in my heart

James bay - when we were on fire 

jakarta club - undertones

the staves - facing west

allen stone - sex and candy


diy fire pit.

found this awesome diy fire pit project and figured it was the perfect beginning of summer project for the backyard. It uses washing machine drum and looks really unique. buying a pre-made fire pit will cost you $100+ easy, but this setup should be between $10-20 depending on what you already have. Check it out:

You can see the full guide here. Get to work and start your summer off right with a gathering of close friends around a fire pit at night.


- james


button rules.

If there's one thing you don't want to do, it's look like a friggin' idiot. One of the ways that men these days achieve stylistic idiocy is by buttoning buttons that need not be buttoned. Generally, the rule of thumb is top button optional; middle button always; bottom button never. 

This rule applies to more than just three-button suits. In fact the rule applies to any jackey/coat/sweat/vest. Even if you're wearing a suit with 26 buttons that you stole from Steve Harvey--top optional, middle button(s) always, bottom never. 


One-button - button the only button

two-button - top button only

three-button top sometimes; middle always; bottom never

4+ button - top sometimes; middle(s) always; bottom(s) never

Men's garments are not designed to have the bottom button fastened--doing so causes unwanted and unattractive lines of tension in the suit fabric. Don't be that guy.

Keep in mind that in some cases, the bottom button is actually two buttons bunched together. In these cases, I recommend keeping both unbuttoned. Otherwise, when there are more than 4 buttons, it's up to you how many of the bottom buttons to keep open, but I generally say the max is 2.


- james





ministry of supply.

when you're working, you need your clothing to be as functional as possible. your fabrics need to move with you as simply as possible. you need to stay comfortable and look good. ministry of supply has taken great steps in this direction with their new line of innovative fashions. take a look.


My favorite piece is the archive dress shirt, it features


  • phase change technology to warm you up, cool you down, and keep you at the perfect temperature


  • brushed fabric linings that feeel soft on every wear. That's right, they won't roll up into little annoying balls like your favorite hoodie did after wash #3



  • stretch blends to allow your clothes to flex the way you need them to



  • water wicking protective layers to keep you dry on the outside as well as the inside


And on top of all that, the slim tailoring and clean lines means you'll look dang good in it.



 Stop by the ministry of supply website and swipe a shirt or two or three of four. They run $108, which, compared to a dress shirt at Nordstrom or a quality garment from macy's is a pretty competitive price. 


- james



Abc's of Men's Fashion 48.


Double Breasted

Nature has made all men (and perhaps more fortunately, all women) double-breasted; and of course, all jackets follow suit. A double-breasted jacket really means therefore one with double-breasted fastenings. In this form of fastening the placing of the buttons is most important. The line is often emphasised by having the top button on either side placed where no fastening is possible. It follows therefore that the trick is most useful when a really narrow waistline is being sought. This was most popular in eras when really tight-fitting clothes were worn.

If double-breasted jackets were on the wane in 1964, then we have seen a veritable drought of the style for the past couple of decades. This is partly down to the sea change that took place after the 1980s, when all things Wall Street, including big shoulders, big trousers and big double-breasted lapels, fell from favour and were replaced with tighter, slimmer more high-buttoning single-breasted styles. This has remained the norm – with variations in button numbers from one to four, but always on a single-breasted jacket – for both suits and separates. However, some brave individualists have been waving the double- breasted banner for some time. The designers at Hardy Amies are among these, with the six-button double-breasted style really the signature jacket of the House. Still slim-fit and sculpted at the waist, there are signs that this Savile Row silhouette is gaining favour with other brands now offering it as a chic alternative. The beauty of the style is that it is very flattering, making a man look more like a superman. 

Hardy Amies


- james


end of winter digs.

Winter is coming to a close, which means I can get away with layering with sweaters instead of giant coats. I can't lie, I do love wearing a good grandpa sweater from time to time. Here's my end-of-winter picks for the last week.

Old Navy Shawl Neck Cardigan sweater

Obey Sparrow Print Flannel

Fossil Leather Messenger bag

Levi's Made in the US selvedge denim (tailored by

timberland earthkeeper boots

gap modern oxford shirt (tailored by

gap wool sweater

levi's commuter khakis (tailored by

cole haan drake saddle shoe - light tan and red

j. crew shawl neck cardigan sweater

levi's commuter khaki

penguin grey chambray shirt

1901 blue/grey "saddle up" shoe

old navy polkadot chambray shirt

goorin bros "babe" hat

threads for thought crewneck camo sweatshirt



- james


ebay + "hip-hop" = comfort.

found these gems on ebay the other day. I promise i wasn't searching for anything "hip-hop" related, as the title suggests. But I saw polka dots and had to check them out. I searched high and low and couldn't really find anything that resembled a brand name, nor any kind of logo. So, for all intents and purposes, we'll just say that ebay is making clothing now for hip urban-street youths that want to break dance in comfort. 

All joking aside, these are pretty awesome. I mean, yes, the black ones do somewhat resemble clown pants, but the grays are most excellent. Nothing you'd be wearing to breakfast at a café even though the guy in the picture says it's okay, but lounging in the house? going for a jog? working out? doing work around the house/yard? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

I'm not completely sure about the fit, but for $25 (about the same price you'd pay for tapered sweats at H&M) and free shipping, I figure it's worth a shot.


Swoop here to pick up a pair. And by pair I mean one set with openings for two legs. 


- james


no diggity.

I was looking for some unique covers to play today, and came across this gem featuring Ed Sheeran and Michael Rosenberg of Passenger covering the 90s classic 'No diggity' by Blackstreet. I'm not a huge fan of what has become of ed sheeran's musical choices lately, but the man's got pipes, and creativity. Tell me what you think.

- James


parker dusseau - the commuter suit.

someone finally found a way to do it. No, I'm not talking about a way to prevent the lid on the honey squeeze bottle from getting ridiculously sticky; I'm talking about figuring out the formular to make commuting to work via bicycle while wearing a suit. Generally, when you attempt to ride a bike in a suit, there are a few things that happen:


  1. You show up a hot mess, with sweat on your forehead, dripping down your back, and showing through the armpits of your suit
  2. Your suit pulls at the seams in your back, forearm, crotch, and basically anywhere your body bends
  3. your pant leg gets caught in your chain
  4. you feel fairly awkward overall


I come bearing good news: Parker Dusseau (San Francisco, CA) has ended your days of suit-wearing, bicycle-riding woe with the commuter suit! Behold:

At first glance you think 'well now, that's a fine looking suit.' but then you see it on a bike, and you're thinking 'hey, h-how's he doin' that?' And that, my friends, is the beauty of the commuter suit.

With reflective inserts, hidden zipper pockets, ventilation sections, cuff buttons, stretch fabric, and all kinds of hidden gems, it'll feel like youre wearing nothing at all...nothing at all.

Parker Dusseau is also very aware of the fact that with a commuter suit comes the need for a commuter shirt. Well don't you fret, they've covered that as well.

The suit is made form Super 135 Merino Wool and Spandex blend fabric with a moisture resistant finish, and starts at $485 for the coat and $245 for the trousers. Jump over here to find out more about them.

- james


fashion profile - alex blimes.

Alex Blimes. Editor of British Esquire Magazine.

"You know, the whole thing 'what's the difference between fashion and style' has become, to me, a cliché and boring. Those distinctions are just less interesting than, you know, more subjective things like do you look good. That's much more important than 'are you fashionable? are you stylish? Just, do you look good? do you feel good?"

THE ABC OF MENS FASHION - ALEX BILMES from Hardy Amies on Vimeo.

"let's not try and define what fashion is or what style is, because in doing so, we dillute it and make it meaningless. Let's just enjoy the fact that some people dress fabulously and most people don't."


- james