Your Keys, All Grown Up

We’ve seen it before. When it comes to something as simple as a set of keys, we often settle for the most convenient at the time. But after a certain age, generic carabiners with chipped paint and promotional bottle opener keychains not only scratch up the other things in your pocket, they make you look like a kid. Bottom line: a gaudy set of keys can really ruin a wardrobe.  Thankfully though, a sleek leather key ring like the ones we’ve featured here can add just the right amount [... more]

HUCKSTRAPS: More Bang for Your Belt

We got the chance to talk to Dustin Vann, a Southern entrepreneur that is bringing new life to fashion. One of problems Vann saw in the fashion industry was how boring belts were, so he hit the drawing board and came up with HUCKSTRAPS. “I started researching and kind of dreaming about, you know, if I could make a belt - what would the perfect belt for me be? So I started brainstorming different materials, different looks, but I knew we didn’t really need to reinvent the belt, cause [... more]

Six Pack That Lasts

Sure, you can use that cardboard six-pack holder when you pick out some craft beers at your local grocery. You can even use it as a sauce holder for the picnic table for summer barbecues. But after you have one or two, the rest just become trash. Or you could walk into your local craft beer store or brewery in style with this Walnut Spartan Carton leather six-pack holder that will last for years to come.   It is made to hold up to the elements and [... more]

Stand Out From the Pack

Guys don’t have nearly as many options as women when it comes to carrying their stuff around. There’s the business briefcase, the sporty backpack, the utilitarian messenger bag, and…that’s about it. The San Francisco-based company Everlane combines the function of a backpack with the utilitarian style of a messenger bag with its casual chic Twill Snap Backpack ($65). Relatively small in size, this backpack will hold all of your necessary day-to-day and travel needs without being bulky or cumbersome. As a brand, Everlane designs and produces its [... more]

The Last Bag You’ll Ever Buy

You can count on using luggage for the rest of your life, so it makes sense to get bags that look timeless and will last forever. Emil Erwin, a Nashville, Tennessee-based leather and canvas goods company, patterns, cuts, sews, and assembles each bag by hand in its studio. The brand’s shoulder bags beautifully hold your laptop, lunch, work files, and whatever else you feel like putting in them. They’ll cause the grumpy old guy at the office to do a double take, but decades down the road [... more]

Simple Sandal

Minimalism rules the fashion industry these days, and that’s not exclusive to women’s style. Take Bally’s sandals for men. With their simple structure and subtle and sporty iconic accent stripe, these leather sandals embrace the minimalist trend while still remaining functional and stylish. The soft calf leather and rubber soles provide the ultimate level of comfort for vacations spent at the beach or touring the countryside, or as your daily casual shoe during the summer. Pair with shorts or chinos rolled at the ankle for a casual cool look that will transition [... more]

A Better Way to Wallet

Few men give serious consideration to the front-pocket wallet, but when the cards and receipts and all those Benjamins start stacking up, sitting down can be uncomfortable and cause you to be lopsided, which leads to back pain. The front-pocket wallet takes care of all of those problems by simplifying the piece and moving it to the front. While working to create the perfect billfold, leather craftsman Michael Stricklin from Opelika, Alabama, designed the Loyal Stricklin Front Pocket Wallet ($89) using tan Chromexcel horsehide, tan stitching, and [... more]

A Bona Fide Bag

Building up quality staples such as a great bag can help you turn a style into a lifestyle. No matter how good you look in your brand new swim trunks, Ray Bans, and plaid shirt, if you throw your snacks and book into a plastic bag or borrow your grandmother’s tote for the beach, then you just ruined your outfit. This Combined Leather Bowling Bag ($179) from Zara is the perfect size for weekend getaways or trips down to the beach. Its classic elegance and functionality will [... more]

KillSpencer, Not Your iPhone

If you’re like us, your iPhone is one of your most prized possessions. Protect it with the new ultra-thin KILLSPENCER Card Carrier 2.0 case. Both durable and sleek, this phone case combines the beauty of stained wood with the protection of a hard case. As a bonus, the product also helps organize cards, possibly eliminating the need for a wallet or purse. The case holds up to three cards safely and securely in the pebbled-leather pocket on the back. Consolidate your phone and cards with a case [... more]

Dapper Daddy

Historically, the color blue signifies masculinity. But did you know that it also symbolizes wisdom, intelligence, and self-esteem? Broadcast your confidence by incorporating different shades in a bold business casual outfit ideal for the style-conscious guy. Start off your statement-making ensemble with a blue and brown plaid sports jacket by Sarar and cheeky sapphire blue bowtie by Fox & Brie. Ground the look with classic navy twill trousers by Sid Mashburn, an oxford button-down shirt, and brown leather accessories. Whether you’re attending the kids’ recital or grabbing [... more]

Jack of All Spades

Launched in 1996 as a men’s lifestyle brand selling handmade utilitarian messenger bags, Jack Spade continues a tradition of quality design. The line, launched by Andy Spade, husband of Kate Spade, now predominantly focuses on classic menswear and accessories but still maintains that same Americana aesthetic synonymous with the power couple’s products. The Cole Short ($168), featured above, perfectly captures the essence of the brand with a color-block design reminiscent of the original Jack Spade canvas bags. Made from 100-percent cotton, these updated classic shorts, paired with [... more]

Peek-A-Bootie

Who says boots are just for winter? These Olivia Cut Out Buckle Boots ($310) transition easily from cold weather to the summer heat. Generous side peep-holes turn the shoes into multi-seasonal footwear perfect for a casual day excursion or a girls’ night out. With a 3½-inch tapered heel and wraparound buckled strap, the shoe offers a chic option to the all-too-common pump or wedge. Sporting a luxurious white leather, the booties bring an element of edginess to any outfit without screaming, “I’m here to party!”

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Everyone knows bright colors go hand-in-hand with summer fashion, but if you’re a guy looking for this year’s IT color, turn your attention to a bright marigold or lemon yellow. Flattering to so many skin tones, this rich buttery hue radiates a fun-in-the-sun vibe while remaining surprisingly chic. Pair a bright cotton sweater with a sharp navy blazer for work, or slip on some eye-catching loafers before heading out at night. Not feeling so brave with this bold color? Get a taste of it with a yellow [... more]

Look the Part

In this digital age, carrying a camera wherever you go has become practically second nature, and it’s usually in the form of your smartphone. However, some occasions require higher quality equipment, like a bona fide camera. For those times, you also want to do better than a cheap black strap and a bright yellow vinyl bag. Wotancraft’s Historian Leica Halfcase for Leica cameras allows you to carry your camera in classic, handmade style. Sophisticated and vintage-inspired, this leather half-case and strap set is just as durable as [... more]

Loads to Tote

Women are eternally searching for the perfect leather tote, one that’s big enough to hold their entire lives, yet small enough to easily manage. Well ladies, look no further than the Horween Leather Tote by Annie Williams. The Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-turned-designer follows a minimalist design principle by putting a heavy emphasis on the functionality and natural beauty of the hides. This particular tote sports a beautiful rustic, marble-like finish and comes with either an open top or a zipper closure. Providing the size and sturdiness you need, [... more]

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