Over the weekend I embarked on a blogger roadtrip with Gus and Jason to the sartorial playground at Khaki’s of Carmel. I’ll have a full write-up coming tomorrow; in the interim, check out the serious selection of Scarpe di Bianco footwear.
Passed between greedy paws for #menswear inspection were 1) Greg Walton’s handmade-by-him amazing shell cordovan wallet (if you’re lucky they’ll be available to the masses in the near future), 2) Gus’s newly acquired bespoke Napolisumisura tweed sport coat (replete with special truffle stashing pockets) 3) a couple of vintage Rolex Submariners (Gus’s late-1980s and Bill’s late-1960s) 4) a vintage Omega TV-face watch (Ian’s) 5) Bill’s real-ass faint-worthy John Lobb wingtips.
Panama Hat - With San Francisco temperatures in the high 70’s yesterday it was the ideal time to select a hat for Spring and Summer. Like most guys, I have plenty of baseball caps. But, there are times when something a bit more dressy is required and appreciated. I headed over to Cable Car Clothiers to meet owner Jon Levin and peruse the stores extensive inventory of quality hats.
The process of trying on hats is fun and experimental. Yet, when you find the right one, you know it….it just “works”. I settled on this ivory colored (called “bleach”) Ibarra model Stetson. The “skin” is hand woven in Ecuador and the finish work including a partial lining and full leather band is completed in Houston, Tx. The interior proudly says,” John B. Stetson Company, Made IN USA, GENUINE PANAMA”.
As I left the store wearing my new hat people looked at me and smiled. A gentleman told me I looked “dapper”, the barber said I was “looking sharp” and the waitress who brought me my gin & tonic said, “I like men in hats”. I think I’m going to enjoy this…
MAY 2 STYLEFORUM MEETUP - Attention all Tumblr #menswear bloggers.
Come and join your fellow menswear aficionados Thursday May 2 at Historic San Francisco Haberdashery Cable Car Clothiers. From 6-8pm will be a hosted reception at the store on 110 Sutter Street followed by a no-host dinner nearby.
Herringbone - Heading into San Francisco with true Fall weather upon us was the perfect opportunity to wear my new bespoke jacket from Mina and Dino at Napolisumisura. The fabric is a heavy weight Loro Piana cashmere and wool blend in a large scale herringbone. I asked for a slightly more relaxed and longer fit with patch pockets. I’m delighted with the results. Jeans: Levis LVC 511 ZXX, shirt: bespoke My Tailor, Tie: chunky knit cashmere Luciano Barbera, Pocket Square : Etro
Heading into San Francisco for the Styleforum x Tumblr Meetup at Cable Car Clothiers. With SF weather in the mid 80’s it is time to break out warm weather gear. Jacket and pants Borrelli, Shirt My Tailor bespoke, Tie and pocket square both from Seaward & Stearn (my favorite British tie makers with the best color combinations anywhere).