Essential Items

How to layer for winter? Good question, because more clothes = more decisions. For inspiration and guidance, we asked Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to dress model musician Ryan Neighbors and give us a note on her thought process. This is outfit one of four.


For being out in the elements:

Try a combination of textures with a subtle print while staying in a subdued color palette. In this case a rubbery jacket, chunky sweater and plaid shirt offer a diversity of feels while being tied together by colors you would find in a forest.

-Jodi Taylor

Shop: AG jeans The Kooples shirt | Stutterheim jacket | Jack Spade sweater | Timberland boots


Marcus-Wainwright-and-David-Neville1Marcus Wainwright and David Neville at the Vancouver Nordstrom 

Occupying a supremely trustable space in the designer category, rag & bone makes clothes you don’t have to think hard about. They look and feel great, every time.

Recently, rag & bone honchos Marcus Wainwright and David Neville launched Standard Issue, a line they hope you’ll consider even less carefully.

It’s not that they don’t want to engage intellectually. It’s that they want to provide an automatic option for men who seek an unflashy wardrobe foundation–and who appreciate the kind of perfection that comes from British tailoring, where the label and logo aren’t important, but a certain cleanness radiates when you’re wearing the garments.

In our view: mission accomplished.

Read on for Wainwright and Neville’s explanation of Standard Issue–they’re inspired by Japan and the military–and to see images of their office spaces.

Shop: rag & bone Standard Issue | rag & bone Standard Issue denim | all rag & bone

This way for the Q&A


The predominant male attitude on grooming and skincare is that they are optional. At least that’s what we hear from president of Kiehl’s and noted beard-wearer Chris Salgardo.

chrissalgardoBut imagine if Rob Lowe thought that way. There would be no Rob Lowe.

So in the interest of correcting this gross misunderstanding, Salgardo wrote Manmade, a book with grooming and skincare tips men can and should use right now–and which will keep them looking younger, longer. Perhaps you know a man who could use this in his life?

Salgardo told us all about the book on the phone. The conversation is below.

And if you happen to be in/near Seattle on December 11, meet up with Salgardo in our flagship store to talk about his book and knock back a cold one. The event is called, tantalizingly, Beards and Brew.

Shop: Kiehl’s

Click here for crucial tips on nighttime skin care, how to shave properly and which common grooming & skincare mistakes men should avoid.


How to Wear Cashmere

Itchy sweaters can be cool, but once you step into the golden fleece of the cashmere goat, you’re always going to need that softness in your life. As for what to wear with a cashmere sweater? Studio N stylist Chad Christensen offers these three looks. Please consider our full selection of complete looks a helpful style resource.


Shop: cashmere
Shop look 1: Levi’s jeans | Pendleton jacket | 1901 cashmere sweaterdenim shirtRed Wing boots

More fresh fits through this link


Fall Textures Via Studio N

Roberto1To inspire your next fall outfit, check out this impromptu photo shoot created by our homegirl Morgan Dillon at Studio N. Morgan is a stylist we trust and right now she’s crazy about leather and wool–at the same dang time. Fall textures, for sure.

We’re feeling Morgan’s outfits this combination of materials and feels.

Maybe we’re reaching, but isn’t there something physically uplifting about wearing fuzzy wool and buttery leather? Like gaining new muscles.

Shop outfit 1: Kent and Curwen jacketBOSS pants | S. N. S. Herning sweater | Cole Haan boot

More fall textures from our friends at Studio N


hot4Perhaps you are one of the billion people who have seen Drake recently doing his best free advertising for Moncler, the French outdoor brand?

We sell that very jacket, in three colors.

Shop: Drake’s jacket | all Moncler


Dad’s Style 101

fe_illustration_11One of our favorite culture podcasters, Jesse Thorn, is a menswear buff. We listen to him, we trust him and we like when he gets excited about stuff and feels the urge to share.

Here’s Thorn enthusing about the concept of dad’s style, which you don’t need to be a father to appreciate, and Japanese magazine Free & Easywhich, if you’re unfamiliar, read Josh Peskowitz’s primer article for Ralph Lauren’s website.

The dad’s style issue of Free & Easy is an annual thing. The next one comes out in February.

Shop: all men’sall Polo


Many staples of the modern outfit are shared by men and women. T-shirts, button-downs, trousers and sweaters can be found in similar styles in all of our closets. What makes these specific items universally appealing?

Designer Anthony Thomas Melillo knows: cut and comfort. The founder of ATM, a line of luxury basics like French terry sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, knit jackets and jersey T-shirts for men and women, has built his design house around these wardrobe workhorses. We spoke with him about making style essentials, dressing elegantly and working at Esquire.

Anthony Thoma Melillo, founder of ATM

What three items are the linchpins of an elegant woman’s wardrobe? Of a man’s?

Any elegant person needs, before anything else, to have clothing that fits beautifully. We pride ourselves on that. If the clothes are wearing you, it’s not pretty.

An elegant wardrobe has a great trouser, a perfect cashmere sweater that goes everywhere with you and the best tees, of course!



conversechuckIIRedesigning the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a risky proposition. We’re talking about the most classic American sneaker, whose design has gone relatively untouched since 1917. A true shoe of the people.

Think about it. Which other garment is worn by young and old folks alike so prevalently? And in various stages of pristine or tattered? Chucks are like Levi’s 501s for your feet.

And yet: Converse designer Damion Silver was faced with a problem. Foot fatigue was an issue. Especially if you’re trying to wear them every day, All Stars have always been a little hard on your dogs.

Enter Lunarlon, Nike cushioning technology.

That’s just one way Silver–a visual artist who shows his own paintings at galleries all over the world–created the Chuck II, a stellar and more comfortable sequel to Chuck Taylor All Star.

We spoke with Silver on the phone at Converse headquarters in Boston proper about shoveling snow, his unrealistic fantasy of one day skateboarding on a frozen golf course–and the pressures of redesigning the brand’s #1 seller worldwide.

converselunarlonShop: Chuck II high | Chuck II low



vineyard3Did you catch The New York Times’s feature on Vineyard Vines? The brand which “takes leisurewear to a colorful new dimension” and which writer Jon Caramanica gave the LOL-worthy distinction of being “the sea assault to L.L. Bean’s land war”?

Read the piece.

While we’re definitely beefing with Caramanica’s characterization of Tommy Bahama, we found his article thoroughly entertaining and informative. We can’t stay mad at one of our favorite style and music writers–check his piece on Kanye West’s position in the fashion world.

Shop: Vineyard Vines