If you’re the kind of person that lives for the checkered flag, in any instance of life, then this cap is for you. Made in Los Angeles by the gents at General Quarters, the hat wears in with time and feels even better with miles on it than it does crips out the shop door. Rep it to compliment a need for speed kind of mind, one that’s always looking for the next race no matter how many checkered flags have been collected.
First name… Rough. Middle name… Tough. Synonymous for Red Wing Heritage. It doesn’t get more classic than a pair of Boots from the masters of Americana footwear. A casual look with chinos or denim, but still made Redwing strong. These Chukkas brought to you by Freenote Cloth are the perfect boot for your summer victory lap.
SATURDAY SPIN: In 1976 (long before most of you were born) that Outlaw Willie Nelson went against his record label execs advice and recorded an album that was primarily made of Pop and Jazz covers. They were very wrong, and he was very right, as this became his best selling album. Produced by Booker T. Jones, Stardust features songs like “All of me,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “Georgia On My Mind.” An essential for your….
Detroit After Dark features photography from the streets, complexes, and unique subculture of Motor City for nearly 65 years. Featuring pictures from the outlook of several different eyes, the book focuses on the city from Dusk until Dawn. The shots depicted illustrate the rise and fall of a misunderstood and sometimes misrepresented, city of Detroit.
Any true man of style recognizes it’s more than just the outside that counts, it’s the inside too. And in this context, we don’t mean your spirit…although that better be stellar. Keep your inner layer looking just as fresh as the outer. Socks are a key essential that every stylish cavalier needs. These Skull Socks by imogene + willie expresses a stealthy level of cool, not seen immediately, but that’s the point—levels, layers. Don’t show your cards until you need to show your cards…. if you know what we mean.
It hits you… the oh so sweet summer has landed us on August 6th before the suntan lotion is even half empty. Well, it always happens too fast, that’s why there is the excuse to plan the ultimate sporadic end of summer ’19 trip. This is your bag for such a journey. Filson’s Dry Duffel Pack is the best way to keep your goods and gear dry as a bone. Constructed with PU-coated 840D nylon it features a secure dual-locking roll-top closure that keeps the inside watertight if it takes an aquatic plunge, so get a trip on the books that involves boats, beaches, waterfalls, cannonballs—whatever your endless summer heart desires, this pack is built for it.
The Mile Marker 3 pack from Field Notes is the perfect accessory for a summer road trip. Everyone can agree, in a digital world it’s essential to go off the grid and into the analog. The 3 pack is perfect for laying out routes, recording mileage, and jotting down memorable moments on the open road. No glove compartment should be without it.
Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Serum is the fountain of youth for your Dopp-kit, and well worth the coin. The mixture is a potent, anti-aging serum that targets deep lines and wrinkles. With all the miles we log as world trekkers, sometimes the lengthy travel catches up to us. Add this serum into your nightly grooming routine to fight back against father time, and any daily wear and tear to the mug.
There is a reason EPØKHE frames are cult favorites in the professional surf world. They feel sturdy, fit like a glove, and set the bar when it comes to the definition of the term badass. Meet VALENTINE, a favorite style of the team here at CYTIES, offering a design that stands for supreme comfort in a refined aesthetic. Modern angular edges meet subtle faceting and the Tortoise Matte seems to glow when it catches the sun. They are polarized to perfection, and ready to make waves on any street you walk down.
The iconic L.A. group Dawes released ‘North Hills,’ in 2009, cementing their place in American Folk-Rock. The combination of soaring group vocals with the crystal clear lead singing of Taylor Goldsmith propels the vintage-inspired sound, led by a California state of mind. Hill’s addresses modern topics of love, belonging, and the fleeting nature of life. Where ever you are with this record, drop the needle and open the windows.
Mesmerizing, yes. Haunting, undoubtedly. A series of photographs by New York collector, W.M Hunt, capturing an almost abstract assortment of pictures detailing life, death, and everything in between. The pictures taken share a common thread of the subjects faces being averted, eyes tightly shut, or face obscured. Dive into this fascinating collection to flip through photos of Warhol, Alice Neel, and French writer Andre Breton.
12 Aug The Road is Home Keychain: Iron & Resin / $10
The Road is Home Keychain: Iron & Resin / $10
No place like home, especially when home is the wide open highway spanning Texas, the carved out hills of California, or the sea side trails that lead across the Pacific Northwest. The right keychain will tickle your soul every time you hop in or on your ride. Let this essential by Iron & Resin be a daily reminder that while you may move a hundred times over your life span, the roads that guide your journey will be there the whole damn time.
13 AugCoal Draped Twill Short Sleeve: Buck Mason / $85
Coal Draped Twill Short Sleeve: Buck Mason / $85
Every summer an album comes out that defines the season. This shirt by Buck is the style equivalent of that. It’ll get more play than a Tom Petty album, and with short sleeves, it’ll keep you feelin’ just as cool. When Buck says “it’s a shirt you won’t take off for the next four months”, you better believe ‘em.
Hawthorne is built on the idea of a custom scent made just for you. The company supplies a playful survey zeroing in on your lifestyle & body chemistry, based on study-backed research. The end result is two premium scents, Work & Play. And don’t worry about running out, they use your data to predict when your bottle will be empty and send you auto-refills—we smell a good investment.
The Note Sleeve Designer Edition is crafted from unique, environmentally certified leathers that are distinguished by their level of complexity in texture and finish. With three quick-access slots and a pull tab section, the wallet will hold all your bills, coins, and up to 11 cards, all while maintaining a compact, slim profile. The meticulous detail can be found all the way down to the embossed gold Bellroy owl, making the sleeve a cornerstone of your daily carry collection.
Embrace your inner Richard Dreyfuss with a badass shark jaw cast in solid bronze, and it doesn’t stop there—the ring doubles as a bottle opener. All of Hoffman Supply Co. products are handcrafted in Los Angeles, while each ring is acid-treated and tumbled for a distressed and oxidized finish. All you need now is a bigger boat.
Saturday Spin: Admit it, we all want to hang onto that summer vibe as long as possible. Invite the gang over and drop the needle on Willie Bobo’s Uno Dos Tres and you’ll be sent into the realm of funky Latin Jazz—the perfect sunny hang soundtrack. It’s a musical feeling that you can’t help but stir a drink and dance to. Originally released in 1966, the album is credited to a cultural wave of Latin Soul, and it’s filled with tight jazz sequences that can only be better heard and felt than to ever attempt to explain. So toast to summer, and turn it up.
From negotiating a raise to casting a fishing line, this little black book will put you in the fast lane to becoming a man. No longer will you not host BBQs for fear of not knowing how to master the grill. Dinner parties will be filled with compliments on your perfectly made Martini, and betting on the horses will be as easy as learning a pick-up line in five different languages (that’s right, you’ll learn that too). Be the man you were destined to be, not the one who can’t match his clothes.
Effortlessly cool is the main goal with any set of modern locks. It’s vital to find the right product that you can depend on throughout the day, one efficiently activated with a waft of hands through the hair—natural and clean with steady hold. Coltrane Clay from our homies at Triumph & Disaster is just this, made with white clay, beeswax, and a dash of pracaxi oil and Brazil wax. It offers a perfect medium hold with a matte finish creating flexibility to take on bold antics and still do the job. Toss the metal hockey puck-like container in your Dopp Kit and the only worry you’ll have with the mane is, well, keeping it no matter how many years pass.
Subtle flavors of pineapple meld with this smooth and slightly spiced mint flavor of Rye malt. Welcome to Dawn Patrol—the ultimate medium-bodied refreshing ale from our friends at Aslan Brewing Co. Load the cooler of these cans and crack open to toast a fluorescent orange sunset over the Olympic Mountains, one that captures the “Pride of the Organic Northwest.”
When it comes to military-spec timepieces, Lüm-Tec tops the list. The Combat series is crafted with relentless attention to detail and remains indestructible when it comes to the elements. The B40 contains a titanium carbide PVD-coated 316L stainless steel casing (say that five times fast) and is powered with a Miyota Japan 0t45 movement. It’s finished with military-grade anti-reflective coating, and lasts up to 200 meters in the water thanks to the double diamond sealing. Each B40 watch hits on a personal level and boasts the coolest luminary glow on the market—all Lüm-Tec watches assembled by hand in Ohio.
This vintage tee from Freenote looks years worn in right out of the package. If you’re like the CYTIES team, getting a fresh new tee is like Christmas morning, especially if it already feels vintage. Give yourself a mid year holiday, and have this pocket T-Shirt shipped to your door. Add some milk and cookies if it helps put you in the spirit.
Traveling with ease is something we pride ourselves on as functionality makes a massive difference for any trip through the terminal and into the sky. The Flight 2 (sequel to the first go-around) is one hell of a carry-on to assist in smooth operation when jet-setting. It transforms from a backpack to a shoulder bag, a brief with handles, or quickly has a pass-through that slips on the handle of your roller. With ample stash space, it keeps your gadgets organized and safe. This is one instance where the sequel undoubtedly tops the first release—we can’t wait for the 3rd to complete the trilogy.
Perhaps the most mystifying element of Radiohead’s In Rainbows was its arrival. The band at the time was without a label, announced it just ten days before its release, and in the early hours of Oct. 10, 2007, emailed the album out for fans to download—at the time the first album from the band in more than four years. In Rainbows uncoils, floats, and replaced Radiohead’s electronic persona in favor of organic guitar-driven melodies with distant layered vocals. Though much is up for debate as to what is Radiohead’s most significant album, In Rainbows is undoubtedly in the conversation, and indeed the most haunting and alluring.
25 AugDora Lives: The Authorized Story Of Miki Dora / $11
Dora Lives: The Authorized Story Of Miki Dora / $11
Miki Dora defined the 1960’s beach culture. An icon, sometimes anti-hero, but an absolute legend, Dora was a well decorated, high competing world-class surfer until he decided that he no longer valued the direction the sport was headed in. For several years he traveled the globe, ripping up waves on every beach worth a damn, sometimes finding himself behind bars, but all the while continuing to build his bad-boy persona—this book details excerpts from Miki and his family, along with photos taken along the way. If surfing had a currency, “Da Cat” would be on the $100 bill.
It’s time to upgrade your age-old carabiner and trade it in for The Holcombe, which looks like it should be attached to Bruce Wayne’s special yellow night-time belt. Built from titanium and weighing only 8 grams, this EDC is designed to fit perfectly on any kind of loop, be it pants or bag. And of course in true James Brand fashion, it doubles in function with a flat head screwdriver and the All Things® scraper that Jame’s is so well-known for—hooray for gadgets!
YETI stepped on the scene a few years ago and changed the game, engineering some of the best of the best when it comes to outdoor essentials. One of our favorites is The YETI Rambler® 14 oz. mug, one rough and sturdy way to get your coffee fix. The double-wall vacuum-insulated body protects hands from hot or cold contents while keeping the inside well-insulated. A wide mouth lid fits perfectly on top for safe commuting sips. Toss or clip it to your daily pack and stop tossing out so many paper cups.
You don’t have to go to Havana to feel the Cuban lifestyle. Just grab this shirt from House of St. Clair, mix up a little rum, throw on some black shades, and put on Mondo Bongo. You’ll be speaking with an accent, moving with more rhythm, and in the market for a 1950s American car in no time.
Take advantage of the dog days of Summer and tackle some last minute outdoor workouts with the Team Short. It’s breathable, and you can rest assured made with the best quality from the all mighty Reigning Champ—skip lines not leg day.
When this pen touches anything with its ink the Succession theme song automatically plays… well, not really but it can in your head. Made in the USA and originally designed for government/military use, it’ll have you dotting i’s and crossing t’s like a badass.
Saturday Spin is all about the classics. When Shakey Graves released his first LP And The War Came, he created just that. The song Dearly Departed is as timeless as a black hole in the Americana universe. Let this haunting, yet extremely satisfying record spin, and watch as floorboards break, the ground move, and graves shake.
The Gear Grid is designed for the CYTIES cavalier, an urban nomad and modern jet-setter who cares deeply about the details. He is a cultured man, and the well-designed objects he wears or carries with him assist in telling his personal story. He’s a hard worker, a free thinker, and most certainly is a world traveler. Check our Gear Grid with new posts every day to discover curated essentials fostered towards the CYTIES man.