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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Collared Greens: The Wolfe Button Down



Love this color
    The holidays are upon us, which means family reunions and holiday theme parties. You want to look your best at these social gatherings. Collared Greens have the perfect shirts to have you looking proper and crispy. What I love about these shirts is that they're made in Pennsylvania out of 100% Pima cotton. The shirt has a tailored fit. The high stitch count provides incredible durability and totally is your money worth. Wear the shirt tucked with a surcingle or a leather belt or keep it more casual by wearing it untucked. Regardless, any way you wear the shirt you will look crispy. Both colorways look great.The shirt retails for $95 and it's definitely the crispy shirt to wear for the holidays. Get the shirt now.

Collared Greens: The Wolfe Button Down
Viva America

Collared Greens: The Wolfe Button Down
Collared Greens: The Wolfe Button Down
Also available in Navy/Teal

Collared Greens: The Wolfe Button Down

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot


The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot Made in USA



       Like I said before, some of  my favorite brands I discover them on instagram. I barely have time to read other menswears blogs. But I'm always checking my instagram. It's actually my favorite social media to stay updated. The Brothers Crisp is probably one of the best kept secrets, brands in the industry. Just by following their instagram I can tell they really know their stuff. Not only they're knowledgeable, but also creative. Probably only brand that makes handcrafted leather sneakers Made in USA in my knowledge. The boot that I'm presenting today is the St Crispin Day Boot. It's their six-inch boot silhouette featuring 7 oz. cognac colored Essex leather from Horween Tannery. Only 10 pairs will be made. This leather is 100% vegetable tanned using the same tanning extracts Horween uses for its genuine shell cordovan. The outer quarter panels are a beautiful vintage tweed and the inner quarter panels are a hand waxed olive Cone Mills duck fabric. The boot is finished off with a US made Vibram 100 boots sole in honey. If you're not familiar with seeing these words Essex leather, Vibram, and duck canvas in a sentence I will gladly translate it to quality. The quality on these bad boys is no joke and will definitely break some necks when you wear them, this work of art are available now and retail for $528.00

The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot Made in USA
Crispy Vintage Tweed

The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot Made in USA
Waxed canvas in inner quaters panels

The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot Made in USA

The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot Made in USA

The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot Made in USA
Walk forever with these rugged vibram soles

The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot Made in USA

The Brothers Crisp: St. Crispins Day Boot Menswear

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pendleton Woolen Mills First Newspaper Advertisement 1901

Pendleton Woolen Mills First Newspaper Advertisement 1901
 Hello everyone, one of my favorite American companies is Pendleton Woolen Mills. All the Pendleton clothing  that I own is top-notch quality. For my throwback Thursday post I'm taking you way back to one of the company earliest advertisements. This advertisement dates back 1901 and it's their first newspaper advertisement. The company used to be the Indian Robe and Picture Company and their main consumers were the Indian reservation. The pictures were taken by Lee Moorhouse. Moorhouse was fascinated with Indian Culture and he started to record the local history around Pendleton, Oregon and his Indian images were heavily used on Pendleton Woolen Mills advertising until 1914.

Pendleton Woolen Mills Ashland Jacquard Coat


    This Pendleton Woolen Mills jacket would be a great addition to anyones closet. This beautiful jacket that I would dearly love to own is part of the Thomas Kay collection. Thomas Kay is the founder of the iconic American brand. The Ashland Jaquard Coat is such an western American designed jacket. The jacket is 82% virgin wool and 18% cotton, made in America. The jacket has a shawl collar. It comes with three exterior pockets and two hand-warmer pockets. Staring at this jacket it reminds me so much of Ralph Lauren designs. I'm sure Pendleton jackets were influential in his designs because he has a huge obsession with western American style.This classic jacket which  I consider heirloom quality runs for $399.00
Pendleton Woolen Mills Ashland Coat

Pendleton Woolen Mills Ashland Coat

Pendleton Woolen Mills Ashland Coat



  • Blanket-woven American Indian design
  • Classic shawl collar
  • Stamped brass Pendleton buttons
  • 3 front pockets / 2 hand-warmer pocket
  • Made in America
  • - See more at: http://www.benchandloom.com/shop/jackets-coats/489#sthash.JUVQkxlh.dpuf
    Thomas Kay* Collection, founder of Pendleton Woolen Mills - See more at: http://www.benchandloom.com/shop/jackets-coats/489#sthash.JUVQkxlh.dpuf
    Thomas Kay* Collection, founder of Pendleton Woolen Mills - See more at: http://www.benchandloom.com/shop/jackets-coats/489#sthash.JUVQkxlh.dpuf
    Thomas Kay* Collection, founder of Pendleton Woolen Mills - See more at: http://www.benchandloom.com/shop/jackets-coats/489#sthash.JUVQkxlh.dpuf

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    L.L.Bean Matinicus Rock Crewneck and Cardigan (Mountain Red)

    LL Bean Signature Matinicus Rock Cardigan
    Matinicus Rock Cardigan $129.00
        Besides the Norwegian sweater, the Matinicus sweater is my favorite sweater design from L.L.Bean. For the readers that were around in the 80s you might remember the sweater being called the Blue Rock Sweater. This was a must have item along with the other classic staples like bean boots, scotch plaid flannels, and the barn coat etc. For some odd reason the sweater was discontinued and was brought back to life a couple of years ago (check out the post here) The classic original color is blue. This year L.L Bean Signature released a new colorway of mountain red very appropriate to wear now with the holidays upon us. The sweater is crafted from heavyweight Shetland wool yarns in a classic jacquard knit. The sweater this time around has a better fit slim through the chest, sleeves and waist for a clean and polished look. Both sweaters look great and will definitely keep you warm.

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Gretsch Musical Instrument Factory South Williamsburg


    Gretsch Musical Instrument Factory 60 Broadway

       Before Williamsburg was known for vinyl and glamour. Williamsburg was an important neighborhood in manufacturing. A lot of factories were located in Williamsburg because it was near the waterfront. If you happen to walk by the famous Domino Sugar Plant and start walking towards Broadway from South 6th street you will come across to the Gretsch Musical Instrument factory. The Gretsch is probably better known as a pioneer in the luxury loft conversion in South Williamsburg and being redesigned by the infamous Karl Fischer.  The 10 story building was built in 1916 to replace the previous Gretsch factory building which was located at 104 at 114 South Fourth Street. This was actually the fourth Gretsch factory built to keep up with the demands of production.
    Gretsch Musical Instrument Factory 60 Broadway
    Gretsch Musical Instruments Factory in 1916

    Gretsch Musical Instrument Factory 60 Broadway
    South Williamsburg Gretsch building probably the 1916 which seems to be a trolley
       Friedrich Gretsch, established the company in 1883 when he opened a little shop at 128 Middleton Street in Brooklyn. There he and a few workmen made drums, banjos, tambourines, and other musical items. His son, Fred Gretsch Sr. took over the company became in charge of the company after Friedrich Gretsch Sr passed away. He was only fifteen years old when he took over and  did a pretty damn good job turning the business into the largest instruments manufacture in the United States. This building is probably more famous than the other buildings since it was used appear on the pages of Gretsch catalogs, flyers, and advertisements. This building specialized in the production of guitars and drums, then only to guitars when the beatles started to use the company guitars it became an epidemic. In the late sixties the  company wasn't doing so well and it was sold to another instrument company Baldwin Piano Company. Which also resulted in the company moving from Brooklyn to Arkansas. In 1985, the founder's great grandson Fred W. Gretsch, buys back the company and returns it to the family. He locates the company in South Carolina.
    Gretsch Musical Instrument Factory 60 Broadway
    Work being done

    Gretsch Musical Instrument Factory 60 Broadway

       In 1999, the family sold the building to a developer, which converted the factory into a condominium. Like I stated earlier, the factory was one of the earliest factories to fall into the conversion trend. The 200,000 square foot manufacturing building was converted into 120 loft condominiums. The building obviously has a great view of the Manhattan skyline since it's two short blocks from the waterfront. The ceilings varies from twelve to fifteen feet high. It also has a gym and roof deck.  The building has a low-key appeal to anyone new to the area because of the building exterior you wouldn't guess it's a condominium. But the building isn't anything, but low-key it's an OG when it comes to the world of abandoned factories converted to condominiums. Rapper Busta Rythmes lived here.

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    The Lincoln Building aka 1 Union Square West

    The  Lincoln Building,aka 1 Union Square West architecture


       The Lincoln Building, also known as 1 Union Square West because of its address located at 1 Union Square West in Manhattan, New York City, is a 8 story Romanesque Revival building that was built in 1887. I'm sure many people seen this beauty, but have no knowledge about the building. It became a landmark in 1988. The architect of the building was R.H. Robertson, the building was designed Romanesque rival style same style that he used for churches, and houses. The building is definitely a landmark because it was part of the new generation steel frame construction building that were reaching record breaking heights. While steel frame construction in today world is a normality back then this was a magnificent innovation. The building used masonry for its load bearing walls and an interior steel skeleton framing. The framing consisted of steel beams, steel girders and cast-iron columns. The masonry consists of granite, Indiana limestone and brick. What I find the most interesting about the building is the layering or stacking of the floors. Some of the floors have arcades of windows while others have columns. The detailing consists of terra cotta ornaments of griffins, human and lion heads, Byzantine, Norman and Celtic designs.  What is interesting is that the land where the building was built on used to be part of the Henry Springler farm.
    The  Lincoln Building,aka 1 Union Square West architecture
    Loving the detail
     Some of the building's first tenants were actually architects. Van Campen Taylor had an architecture office during the construction of the Chatham Hall. Other firms were Hubert, Pirrson&Company. Eyelet Buttonhole Attachment Co were also tenants of the building. The building had many tenants because it was a located in a very desirable location, which was being close to Broadway. Back then Broadway was the city's most important street. Most businesses were located on Broadway. Current tenant is a clothing brand Diesel
    The  Lincoln Building,aka 1 Union Square West architecture

        I give  Kudos to R.H. Robertson for being a forward thinker because he mixed old and new. He designed a building with a traditional look but with modern materials.