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Creative Recreation: Expanding into Luxury

I’ve always been a huge fan of Creative Recreation ever since I saw the classic Cesarios in a retail store at the mall I worked during high school almost five years ago (it honestly freaks me out that it was that long ago).  Since those days the company has currently expanded its brand to include three different quality lines and recently a high end luxury line they’re calling the “Italian Collection”. This year the company is introducing hard bottoms to it’s product offerings and I couldn’t be any more impressed by the Cesario dress boot (bottom left). The only thing that I’m iffy on is who chose to picture the new footwear next to rhinos? I just don’t see anything rugged about wearing Creatives.

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1966 Bulova Accutron Spaceview

As of late I’ve been watch searching because I’ve come to the realization that every man needs a watch the he can wear to work, on a date, etc. Growing up I wasn’t really into watches for some reason and still til’ this day I find that I have a distinct taste for certain accessories and finding a watch that encompasses my desired aesthetic would be nearly impossible.  Searching around I came across the 1966 Bulova Accutron Spaceview. The Spaceview gives you full visibility of the 214 movement which is my absolute favorite part about this watch. A little cool history fact is that the 1966 Spaceview was the first wrist-watch approved for railroad use because it was one of the first wrist watches to completely resist oscillation variance from wrist movement. I’ve only been able to find a slim few for purchase on eBay with bids ranging in the $250-$400 range.

This Is Not A Polo Shirt?

Scott Sternberg has officially done it again. He’s introduced a line of polo’s, entitled “This is not a polo shirt”, cleverly impressive. I haven’t bought a polo shirt since high school because they remind me of the time I made youthful, immature decisions wasting my precious finances on overpriced polos from Abercrombie & Fitch and other similar retailers. Mr. Sternberg and Band of Outsiders has given me a new sense of definition for the polo and a reason to add a few to my closet. Hopefully one day I can put on a couple of these custom knitted cotton polos woven on rare Japanese machines to give the fabric a nice vintage worn feel. If you’re interested in purchase, Band of Outsiders has officially launched their beta online store which you can check out HERE. Below are three polo’s from the collection that caught my eye.

David Hart & Co.

If anyone is looking to add quality neck wear items to their collection then I would definitely give David Hart & Co. a chance. All ties and bowties are hand-tailored in New York City using luxury silks, wools, cottons, etc. All neckwear designs are personally developed by Mr. Hart himself. I have to say he has an amazing eye for Scottish tartans and silk prints.

Jay Kos Suede Bucks

The freshest Bucks brought to you by Jay Kos. Thanks to Amy for the heads up that there is no relation to the Bass Co.

Jay Kos x Bass Bucks

Source: The Shoe Buff

Winter Must Haves #2: Clark’s Desert Boots

C&J Clark Ltd, popularly known as Clark’s, was founded in 1833 by brothers Cyrus and James. A small tanning and wool company that started in a small town in England has grown today into one of the largest privately owned footwear companies offering consumers casual footwear from outdoor boots to dress casual shoes. In 1950 the company launched the Clark’s desert boot which has been a staple in many men’s wardrobes around the globe. With prices ranging from $80-$120 you can’t find a better priced ankle boot with a high quality construction. Unfortunately since the company is based in the UK most of the really fresh styles are for European customers only, but there is still a pretty good selection for us Americans over at the USA site HERE. I’ve pictured below two of my favorite styles.

Navy Leather Desert Boot

Hemp Desert Boot

White Collar

So I guess everyone is done praising the costume designers of Mad Men and how brilliantly dressed the cast is.  I understand the interest in the 1960s’ era (a culturally changing US, style, music, etc.), but I live in the present. I don’t watch much television, but when I sat down with my little brother at home one weekend and he forced me to watch an episode of White Collar I was completely impressed. The show is about a top notch con-man, Neal Caffrey (played by Matt Bomer), who is on probation from prison under the conditions that he helps the FBI capture other high profile criminals. The sub-plot of the show is that he is searching for his wife who has been kept away from him by an FBI agent Neil has yet to discover. The reason I’m making this post isn’t about the show’s ongoing plots, but about the personal style that the costume designers capture for Caffrey.

Neal Caffrey

Check out the tie bar, collar pins, skinny tie, and the fedora.  His look is clean and stylish combining classic aspects with modern touches. It completely fits his personality of an intellectual with expensive tastes and a love for romancing women although he always stays true to his first and only love. I’ve added an extra pic because 3 is a good number.