Is it just us, or is 2014 flying by? Seems like just yesterday we were toasting the new year and shoveling snow—suddenly, it’s nearly spring. If you’ve been infinitely too busy to make a New Year’s resolution or two, fear not—it’s never too late to improve yourself. And unlike last year’s resolution to get ripped like Conan (the Barbarian, not O’Brien), the following five simple style tips will last all year—or even a lifetime.
Maestro of American style Ralph Lauren possesses a healthy preoccupation with the art form of aesthetics and engineering known as the automobile. His hobby is well-documented—quite literally, as there’s an entire book on the subject. And, as is the case with most well-rounded individuals possessing a fascination with the world—Lauren’s various pursuits amass to more than the sum of their parts.
Keep reading to hear about the correlation between cars and clothes in Ralph Lauren’s own words, see a few choice photos from the book Speed, Style, and Beauty, and shop our editor’s picks from the immaculate Ralph Lauren Black Label collection.
We’re big fans of Herschel Supply Co. backpacks here at Men’s Shop Daily. (Some of us even carry our laptops to work in one every day.) So when we heard about the brand’s new beach-ready collaboration with artist Kevin Butler—especially as we sat in our rainy Seattle office—we were all ears.
The creator of a well-loved series of illustrations matter-of-factly titled Rad Cars with Rad Surfboards on Them, Butler teamed up with the good people at Herschel Supply to produce a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the rad Californian lifestyle. Keep reading for quite a rad (if we do say so ourselves) Q&A with Butler, in which he offers rare insights on cars, surfing, art, burritos, and of course, his new collab with Herschel Supply Co.
Shopping for jeans online has its ups and downs. On the one hand, you have a huge selection of brands and styles to choose from—on the other, you can’t try them on to make sure the size is right. Enter our new, easy-to-use jeans size finder (you’ll find it on the product details page of every pair here).
Just grab two jeans you already own that fit well, type their sizes into the tool, and we’ll give you a size recommendation on a new pair.
To give it a test run, we asked four of our Nordstrom colleagues to try out new jeans based on our size recommendations. Keep reading to hear their thoughts on personal style, work, and of course, the best denim.
Leave it to the cultivated yet comedic design duo behind Shipley & Halmos to combine their menswear expertise, aptitude for product design, and irrepressible sense of humor all under one roof.
We stopped by their limited-run, Canal Street-themed pop-up shop while visiting New York last week. Canal, if you’re unfamiliar, is a mecca of cheap tchotchkes and tacky NYC souvenirs—and while Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos found inspiration in the low-brow thoroughfare around the corner from SH’s posh design studio, their own iterations of typical Canal trinkets are undeniably sophisticated (and often hilarious).
Keep reading for a look inside the Shipley & Halmos pop-up shop—which you can still visit* through this weekend—and get a healthy dose of the dry wit and attention to detail that informs the brand’s impeccable clothing. We even asked Sam and Jeff a few awkward questions…
Designer Shayne Oliver’s Hood By Air is an idea, an attitude, a movement, encapsulated in clothing. His runway shows blur gender roles and re-assess the meaning of clothing in society. The graphic-heavy Hood By Air T-shirts and hoodies in our new Pop-In Shop are not only interesting to look at—they signify a progressive mindset embraced by the wearer.
Sound like a lot for mere clothes to accomplish? Keep reading to watch video commentary from Oliver and others, and see what you think for yourself.
Billy Reid marked the final stop on our itinerary of men’s shows at New York Fashion Week this season—and we couldn’t have asked for a more immaculate style spectacle to cap things off.
From the Alabama native’s ruggedly luxurious clothes to the jaw-dropping historical venue, woozy live-music soundtrack, and bourbon drinks served on silver platters upon the show’s conclusion, the evening coalesced into a full immersion in the Billy Reid world. We were on-site and front-row with photographer Faith Silva. Keep reading to see a full gallery of sublime images and video of the show.
Designer Patrik Ervell is a bit of a walking contradiction. Or maybe it all makes sense…
Ervell grew up in the wilds of the California redwoods; studied poly-sci and economics at Cal Berkeley; ditched those fact-based pursuits to create clothes; and finds ways to incorporate wildly utilitarian materials, like sailcloth and drysuits, into his minimalist, tailored aesthetic.
We’d like to believe a man is at his best when he’s well-rounded, and Ervell appears to be just that. A fusion of outdoor exhilaration and studied pragmatism seems to pervade his work, resulting in a deft take on that eternally sought-after apex of form and function. Keep reading to see Ervell’s impeccably cut clothes in action.
You’re probably aware that Levi’s makes a great pair of jeans. But did you know Levi Strauss also invented today’s most prolific pant over 100 years ago, in order to outfit hard-working prospectors of the California gold rush?
A century later—after countless iterations of the classic 501 to best suit each generation of working men and women—a special branch of the Levi’s family, dubbed Levi’s Vintage Clothing, faithfully recreates the fabrics, packaging and fit of specific, bygone decades of denim. Because we firmly believe you should know your history to appreciate the present, we mined the LVC archive for incredible, period-specific memorabilia. Keep reading to see our favorites.