Robert Redford

In order to illustrate just how essential our 10 Spring Essentials are, we decided to pick our brains and peruse the internet for examples of great men in history who have, at some point, worn these items with poise and panache.

The first item we’ll take a closer look at is the all-American everyman of protective eyewear: the Aviator. Like most utterly classic menswear items, these military-inspired sunglasses can skew respectable or rebellious, depending on how you wear them—as the individuals herein go to show. Keep reading for our gallery of sunglass-clad style icons.

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With baseball season now in full swing, we have a vast selection of MLB snapbacks to choose from. We’re fans of these black-on-black numbers, and these Japanese-inscribed guys have their charm, but our current MVP in the headgear department is the American Needle 400 Series—which takes archival cues from the last 100 years of America’s favorite pastime. Here are a few highlights; click any image to shop the full collection:

New York Yankees, 1922  •  Chicago Cubs, 1908 Road Uniform  •  Pittsburgh Pirates, 1949

LA Dodgers, 1958  •  San Francisco Giants, 1972  •  Philadelphia Phillies, 1980

Chicago White Sox, 1931  •  Boston Red Sox, 1975  •  Seattle Mariners, 1977


Beer. Hotdogs. Hats. If, somehow, you still need reasons to get fired up for baseball season, here are a few of our favorite moments in the sport’s storied history:




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