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ellsworth & clyde review.

And then I tried this clip, now I'm a believer. Our friends at Ellsworth & Clyde hooked me up with a gorgeous wood and leather tie bar to try out for myself, and I must say, I'm impressed.

One of the things I noticed and respected about the company right off the bat was the attention to detail. Even the packaging shows extensive time and thought being put into their craft, and for me, that says a lot about a company. 

The way I see it, any company could start crapping out cheap tie bars and packaging them in little tiny ziplock bags to save on production costs and get every single cent out of customers. For a company to spend extra time, extra money, and extra care on the packaging and overall quality of a product...i dig that.

Ellsworth & clyde offer three main color and styling combinations: teak and brown leather, ebony and black leather, and rosewood and black leather. I went with the rosewood because I felt that it blended formal and casual looks without leaning too far in either direction. 

The idea behind these tie bars is actually super simple: two pieces of wood, one strip of leather, and four brass pins, all treated and assembled by hand by a 98 year old man in an antique work shed (okay the part about the old man isn't true, but they really are handcrafted). Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. I've heard that the best things in life are free, but I've also learned that you get what you pay for, so let's just agree that the whole "free" concept isn't really a good idea when it comes to menswear.

After wearing the e&c clip a few times, it was apparent that the functionality on this thing is on a whole other level. a strong magnet pulls the wood together, holding your tie against your shirt. The magnet strength is spot-on too--not too strong to where the tie is pinched tight, but also strong enough to stop your tie from flapping around in the wind.

the other brilliant feature is the adjustability. The clip features two pieces of wood of different lengths. No, it's not an oversight; this just means that you can wear it on ties of various widths without a problem. It fit my 3" ties like a glove, and my 2.5" ties like a different, but equally perfect, glove.

I've had the clip for a few weeks now, and i've worn it on numerous occasions. It hasn't worn down at all. Nothing is falling a part or fading or breaking. I guess it just goes to show you, making stuff with your bare hands, when done correctly, adds a bit of longevity to product lifespan. Translation: this thing is going to last forever. 

I really can't say enough positive things about this tie bar, which probably means I should stop while I'm ahead. I'll just say this: these tie bars are awesome and I highly recommend you stop by their website and pick one up right here


 - james



ellsworth & clyde.

Use of the tie bar became prominent in the 1920s, and remained virtually unchanged (with a few exceptions) for the next 90 something years. Ellsworth & Clyde decided to do something about it.

The ellsworth & Clyde tie bar is crafted from high quality woods and premium leathers and made entirely by hand. The tie bar features a magnetic clasp instead of a bulky clip or impossibly tight metal fold, creating a much simpler tie bar experience. Simple, yet effective.

Until I get my hands on one, I can't speak to the quality, but so far, I'm digging the idea. Granted, it may not be suitable for every occasion, but I definitely love to have one to mix things up from time to time. 


- james


lazerwood keys.

So I came across this company called Lazerwood Industries (straight out of a Bond movie from the 70's right?). So naturally I thought to myself "this is either the coolest company ever, or the most ridiculous. As it turns out, a combination of the two possibilities resulted in Lazerwood Industries being ridiculously cool. 

Working on your computer can be boring, stale, and tiresome. Why not add a bit of style to your workspace to brigthen up your workload?

For around $40, you can pick up some "lazer-cut" wooden adhesives for your Apple keyboard and work in style. 

Lazerwood also dabbles in phone cases. Take a look:

Don't mind if I do.

- James


Agent18 x dripcult.

Our friends over at Agent18 hooked us up and sent over a few phone cases for us to try out. We picked out our favorites and a within a few days a box arrived on our doorstep filled with goodies. We passed a few out for different opinions and then got together for Taco Tuesday to dicuss what we thought. 

Taylor went straight for the herringbone design. It was the first one to catch his eye, so he ripped open the package and slapped it on his phone. It was really easy to snap on, but what really surprised us was how easy the case was to get off. We've all had a gnarly case that requires a blowtorch and a monkey wrench to pry off of our phone. R.I.P. Joshua, I didn’t mean to break you. These won’t make you work for it, just push from the side and they pop right off. Another thing we love about these cases is how slim they are. Nobody wants a random protrusion coming from their leg. We rock skinny jeans so it would definitely get noticed. We believe that turning heads is a good thing, but not when it's due to a phone bulge that resembles some sort of leg deformity.

We went with the plastic snap cases because they're mega easy to get out of your pocket, unlike anything made of rubber. We can't stand it when you struggle for 3 minutes just to get your phone into your hand. When it finally leaves your pocket, out comes the pocket lining and any lint you may have had hidden in the depths of your jeans as well – awkward. After using these cases for the last few days, pocket removal has been a breeze. The last thing you want is a phone case that acts like a neglected child never having had the privilege of partaking in Slip'n'Slide fun, and henceforth refusing to slide for the rest of its life.

Everyone and their mother has iPod capabilities in their car these days; it’s crucial for any successful road trip and a basic necessity for the day-to-day driving. Well good news cult members: this case let’s you plug in and get down. You don’t have to remove the case to play your music, which we all now is one of the biggest hassles known to mankind. I have always hated, and will always hate having to remove a case in order to use the full functionality of whatever I'm protecting. The whole point of a case is protecting my stuff while I'm using it. What happens when you take off your case to use your phone for a second? It always drops and your beautiful, pristine screen is now broken and shattered. Quick shout out to all my Apple store buddies for replacing all my iPhones, what up Hodge! Agent18’s iPhone 4/4s cases let you plug in without removing anything. Works on most auxiliary cables, skinny or fat, and even the cassette tape deck cables. So what we're saying is they've got all your bases covered. 

All that aside, you wanna be sure you look good when you whip out your phone. Agent18 has some great designs out there to ensure your phone looks just as good as you do. Don't settle for buying some boring case from that tool with the fauxhawk at the kiosk in the mall. Get something you actually like without spending an arm and a leg.

Go out and grab a case from Agent18. Swoop some Agent18 gear Here. Tell ‘em drip cult sent ya. 


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