If the weather ever starts acting like fall around here, I can actually break out some of my fall clothes like my duck boots and waxed cotton jacket. I mean, it’s felt like summer all week here with temperatures in the 80s. That’s very strange for Philadelphia this time of year. But the weather is eventually going to change, so I thought it was the perfect time to run down my list of men’s fall style essentials. I think what I love most about fall fashion is the functionality. Winter is cold, summer is hot, spring is wet. But fall? Fall can be all three. We need clothes that can face all three and adapt as the day changes. Consequently, this means waterproof outer layers, breathable layering pieces, tough footwear, and a few accessories to pull it all together. I also am really into the versatility of fall clothes. Want to wear jeans and a tweed jacket? Cool. How about some corduroy trousers and a denim jacket? Perfect. Mixing and matching is most easily done during autumn. Try rocking a blazer with a pair of shorts, and you might get a few looks. But…
For over two centuries, one name has been a cornerstone of traditional men’s grooming, Truefitt and Hill. Well, really two names, I guess. So how does a heritage brand respond to current market demands like shaving cream for sensitive skin? They reformulate and present their new Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream. This new shaving cream, although they do have one newer, is Truefitt and Hill’s attempt to help those men who struggle with skin bothered by harsher fragrances and dyes.
Man, what a crazy week. I’ve gotten into the habit of writing these Weekend Reading posts on Friday night. I’ll sit out on the deck with a cigar and, sort of, dump my thoughts from the week into the post. This week, if you haven’t noticed, I re-did some of the website, which was actually more intense than might be immediately recognizable. I moved from Squarespace to WordPress. This proved, and is still proving, to be quite a steep learning curve. Hopefully, you can be little patient with me and the site as I learn my way around this. I would also appreciate pointing out any bugs or errors of you happen to notice them. One thing I did not realize would happen is that my RSS feed changed. So, if you were subscribed to the RSS, you will have to update it. You can do that by clicking the link in the sidebar or by using this link. I think in the long run, this will be much more beneficial for Tailor & Barber and my readers. WordPress is a more powerful platform with many tools and superior SEO capabilities. That will…
I am very excited to see the new Kingsman movie which premiered last week. If you haven’t seen Kingsman: The Secret Service yet, definitely go check it out. I thought it was a great modern take on the over-the-top 1960s British spy flicks. One of the things that makes Kingsman special is the clothes. The clothes are truly amazing in the film, and the Kingsman style continues in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In fact, the wardrobes are so nice, the creators of the movie launched a clothing line at the same time using the actual clothes used in the film. The only trouble for me is that the clothes are a bit out of my price range. A Kingsman suit and a pair of brogues will set you back between $2,000 and $3,000!
I haven’t had a week fly by this fast in years. This was the kids’ first week back in school for a full week. The each had soccer practice last Saturday and then one on Monday night and the other one on Tuesday night. We had other activities Wednesday and Thursday nights. And now we’re back to soccer practice on Saturday morning for both of them. I feel like we’re barrelling into the weekend only to start the whole thing all over again. Look for me do as little as possible on Sunday.
Pre de Provence gets a lot of hype. I’ve heard about these wet shaving products for years. But I thought it was just that…hype. I’m not sure why. I had no basis for my disbelief. I simply was a doubter. Then the 63 men’s fragrance range was released, and I heard and read more positive comments. So I decided I had to try the Pre de Provence 63 shaving soap and aftershave balm.
One of most ideal pieces of fall transition clothing is the Saint-James Breton stripe shirt. These long sleeve t-shirts, traditionally striped in blue-and-white, red-and-white, or black-and-white, provide excellent opportunity for layering and are offered in differing thicknesses. I think the common misconception is that these are traditionally women’s shirts, but the proud history of this company includes traditional fishermen’s sweaters from the 1700s and inclusion as part of the official uniform of the French Navy. This rich history has earned the shirts and sweaters the nickname “sailor stripes”.