Just a normal Saturday afternoon. Note giant swan in background.
So far this summer we’ve seen a lot of cool trends and pieces out there for guys. In this post we want to point out a couple simple items that we like.
What are some trends you’ve seen this summer? Below is where you can find some of the items we talked about:
What are some of your favorite Summer items this year?
This summer, loafers will be a big part of men’s style. Below are 7 pairs we found for under $100. Loafers are great, because they don’t require laces, they’re easy to slip on and they’re versatile. You can wear these shoes with shorts, chinos or light suit. Only one rule, make sure you lose the socks!
Show us how you wear them by tagging #brothersandcraft on Instagram!
Friends, we would like to introduce you to a husband and wife team who are doing some impressive things in the world of denim. They also produce men’s and women’s shirts, pants, accessories, boots, and recreational provisions.
Based out of Nashville, these designers have a unique talent for capturing a kind of wear-and-tear, rugged, All-American look that complements their denim jeans. We love and share that same Southern, homegrown persona they exude. Forming out of an old, rundown gas station, they have built a stable business from the ground up, serving as a model for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to create something other people can enjoy.
Watch their story unfold in the video below. Be inspired this Monday.
Friends, meet Imogene + Willie.
Today I’m thinking about casual watches. I’ve been eying a number of these to facilitate my resolution this year of dressing casual more often. One brand I keep noticing, whether seeing a friend wearing one or browsing online, is Timex. Yes, you can find Timex at Wal-Mart, but they are killing it in the casual watch department – so much so that J. Crew has started placing them in their stores. I love these watches for several reasons: 1) They look fantastic 2) Interchangeable straps, see below 3) The affordable price point. Do you have a go-to casual watch? Which one below is your favorite?
J.Crew Watch Bands
Meet Calvin Cearley, founder of Cloak & Dapper – A Gentleman’s General Store.
Cearley isn’t just a purveyor of fine, American-made goods. He personifies the modern American gentleman, insisting (and we agree) it’s more than how you dress. It includes your speech, manners, friendships, and the provisions that fill your home.
The current renaissance in the men’s clothing and fashion industry is, overall, a good thing. Yet the market is getting crowded. The style conscious man can become disoriented and annoyed while searching through the nonsense for quality pieces to fit his lifestyle.
That’s why we’re excited to talk about Cloak & Dapper (www.cloakanddapper.us).
“The American general store was the primary supplier of the local townsmen’s essentials: clothes, grooming, provisions. Cloak & Dapper is reviving the one stop shop – delivering the highest quality goods crafted in the USA while offering a more simplified shopping experience.”
Cloak & Dapper carries a wide selection of clothing – Like Tellason Jeans and Stevedore button-ups. Accessories from whiskey-scented bar soap and shaving goods to sunglasses and shoe laces. You can even pick up whiskey stones or a deck of playing cards. The magical thing about Cloak & Dapper is that they don’t just have a random assortment of clothing for sale. Every item has been expertly selected by Mr. Cearley. It doesn’t matter what you buy, you’ll love it.
Also, Calvin has supplied our readers with 30% off your first purchase (Sale items included)! Click the pics below, find what you like and use the code “brosandcraft30” at check out.
Last week we had a chance to sit down with Calvin for a few minutes and talk a about his personal style and his general store. To learn more about Calvin and Cloak and Dapper, check out the video below.
Here are a few shots from a wedding in Tampa I attended last weekend. The day was overcast so I kept it simple, wearing a navy suit. However, it is spring so I did pep up my look a bit by wearing a sky blue and navy striped shirt with an orange, spotted tie, and a print B&C Cotton Square.
Since work doesn’t allow casual Fridays, I wear a tie instead (hence the title). Today I decided to wear a striped navy tie over a red, white and blue plaid shirt. Everyone has their own style or way of tying ties and what shirts they wear them with. I normally wear striped ties with plain, gingham or plaid shirts and usually use the four-in-hand knot for my tie, keeping the length of the skinny tail the same as the wide tail.
How do you match ties and shirts? What are some different ways you like to tie neckties?
I find it fun to adapt to the regional unique styles around the United States. It’s interesting to look at how the differing cultures shape the way that people dress. I always take it upon myself to bring my style with me wherever I go, but also to adjust it in order to participate in the culture of that place.
Recently I was in Texas and I ended up visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards (Pictured Above). Men at the Stockyards wear their their riding boots and faded western shirts. I wasn’t going to wear a cowboy hat and chew straw, pretending to be someone I’m not, but it seemed to be a good occasion to utilize my Chukka boots. Chukka boots are versatile. They can be worn to look rugged. They can be worn to look sharp. Wherever you go, Chukkas seem to be in style. If you find a quality pair of leather Chukka boots, know that they are a worthy investment and will be durable/long lasting.
What are some other articles of clothing that you have found to be culturally versatile?
Yesterday we posted a pair of kicks you’ll most likely need for your everyday casual spring look. We do realize that not everyone has escaped the cold yet, so for those of you still bundling up on a daily basis, this is for you.
This is one outfit Clay is wearing to keep warm. Clay currently lives in New York City.