The wave of late-summer-to-early-fall weddings is fast approaching. When it comes to dressing for such occasions, think summer-sharp - with a bit of flair. The easiest way to accomplish such a fashionable feat? A great necktie.
Here are seven of this season's best ties ($29.99-$180) to get you from the ceremony to the dance floor - in true summer style.
In this rain, fellas, your Chucks simply won't cut it. And even with copious layers of waterproofing spray, we'd be hesitant, too, to step out in our favorite leather loafers. Luckily, designers are making great use of rubber, creating modern, waterproof footwear like you've never seen before.
There’s something happening to the way San Francisco men dress—whether they’re ordering an Old Pal at Comstock Saloon, standing in line at Tartine Bakery, or stalking the halls of FiDi. Layers of tailored shirts, cashmere, and waxy canvas jackets rule, as do gold-rimmed watches, slim pants that pop with color, and rich brown leather boots with thick rubber soles that recall the turn of 20th-century America. It’s a modern interpretation of something entirely nostalgic—a look that’s equal parts dandy, lumberjack, grown-up hipster, and haberdasher. Which is exactly how 7x7’s art director, Nicholas Brawley, walks into the office every day. Inspired by his style, we roped our shy colleague and two other local guys into modeling three ways to wear the look. We give you the SF man’s style manual for work, weekend, and wherever the night might take you.
With the arrival of the second standalone store from Brooks Brothers’ spinoff Black Fleece in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood last week, it’s difficult not to wonder whether the City is on the verge of a preppy-is-chic-again style revolution.
Designed in collaboration with Thom Browne, known in the fashion world for reviving the beleaguered men’s suit and making it edgy again, the label revels in a kind of old school blue blood (think Christian Bale in American Psycho) aesthetic coupled with just the slightest twinge of irony.
If you’re still looking for fashionable ways tell him, “I love you,” we’ve got seven last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the special guys on your list:
1. Vintage Sunglasses, by Eddy’s Vintage, $45-$150: Currently available exclusively at Collective (1453 Valencia St., SF), this small collection of men’s sunglasses updates old school plastic and metal frames by Ray Ban, Lacoste and others with brand new lenses.
Rivaling as-yet-unexplained mysteries such as crop circles and the exact contents of Hormel Spam is another age-old conundrum that plagues us, especially at this time of year: why are guys so &*%^@&*%! hard to shop for?
We may not have an answer to the question, but can offer the following suggestions for the gaps in your guys’ gift lists.
When you can’t be there to help, the How-Tie ($18) from the Curiosity Shoppe will remind him exactly what he needs to do.
Nothing scary about today's deals...
indiTailored: Custom-made men’s dress shirts are $50 (reg. $89-$99) during the month of November. The online design tool allows shoppers to create their own button-down shirts in Italian fabrics, select the preferred fit and add details such as contrast collars and cuff designs. Use code inditailoredismyhero at checkout to receive the discount on the base price of any shirt.
They say size doesn’t matter, but try telling that to the folks at Marine Layer, whose new Friday happy hour events kick off today in the local t-shirt company’s Russian Hill loft.
“The reason I launched the company was because I was always in between a medium and a large,” explains Michael Natenshon, who launched the line of super-soft men’s polo shirts and tees ($29-$60) with Sarah Lazaro last spring.
Good reads from our feeds...
Hey, did you get your tickets? The Tobi blog works on selling tickets to the summer gun show in a recent post about the current dudes-in-tank-tops trend. The disturbing byproduct of this trend? Unsolicited armpit hair sightings outside of trips to the beach or your weird uncle's house. Ew.