Come at us cold weather, do we look scared? Schott is known for making jackets that end up becoming as dependable as they are stylish. The Flight Liner is a reversible go-to with a vintage nod to military-issued flight jackets. Constructed of waterproof quilted nylon and rib nit cuffs and collar, this jacket will undoubtedly keep you warm without feeling too heavy. Toss it on and jet into November with a look that will have people stopping you in the local coffee shop to get the intel on where you got it.
Saturday Spin: For the first album of November, we’re throwing it back to the good old days, one year ago this month, when Jeff Tweedy (from Wilco) graced us with this masterpiece of his album Warm. Let it spin and watch as the leaves change colors, and the jackets come on.
A 1960’s musical revolution that sparked thought and was fueled by visual arts, poetry, and stage performance, as well as the dismissal of social norms. This book features unpublished photos of The Velvet Underground with film, poetry, letters, and more. Through 216 pages, we — as the viewer — are introduced to the underground scene in New York, during this radical, transgressional period, where indulgences were always allowed.
You ever want to dress chill but don’t want to look like a bum? What do you know, Buck Mason solved that problem. Their slim fit, knit trousers are casually cool. Comfortable enough to rock around the house, and with a tailored fit still good for when the boys stop by with cold beers to watch the game.
Everyone should have a solid, go-to beanie, one that can stand up to the elements, look good, and last long. Our pals over at Huckberry teamed up with a Japanese manufacturer that specializes in knitted headwear. They slapped their logo on a classic fisherman design and, viola, a beanie that will fend off the frosty air for decades of fall/winter. With six colors available, you’ll be able to snag one that is sure to match up with any personal aesthetic, and you can’t beat the price for the quality.
Lace ’em up people, it’s full-on boot season. The 875 Mock in Oro Legacy leather from Red Wing is a pair that stands up to anything ahead on the path. Designed in the 50s, this classic design is inspired by the construction of moccasins originally worn by the North American Algonquin Indians. The iconic Traction Tred rubber outsole will get you through ample frosty leaves or fresh snow on the streets, while the classic silhouette will steal the show at happy hour. Let these bad boys take you through the cold seasons ahead, getting even better with age.
We are all about the right jacket, but when it comes to colder temps, it’s underneath that counts just as much as the outer shell. The crewneck from Reigning Champ is made with 4-way stretch and a long-loop terry interior that is sure to keep your core warm. Crafted with a heavyweight cotton blend engineered for exceptional comfort, it’s perfect for throwing on under your favorite winter coat. The Heather Ash color is the ideal pop under a darker toned outer layer.
This is the clip you use if you want to impromptu zip line out of a situation Bond style (do not try this at home). Although we might be pushing it with that explanation, it’s seriously tough as hell. Spring-loaded, it will harness any of your everyday carry items at bay, quickly becoming a daily essential—clip in and travel on.
SATURDAY SPIN: In 1994 the rap universe changed when the hip-hop prodigy from Queensbridge dropped his debut album — Illmatic. Filled with poems and stories, and draped with head-bobbing beats, Nasir Jones unleashed his rhymes and lyrics to the world, and the microphone has never quite been the same.
10 NovHiFi: The History of High-end Audio Design / $62
HiFi: The History of High-end Audio Design / $62
High Fidelity, or in other words, a term used by audiophiles that refers to the crystal clear noise shooting from the turntables to the amplifier, up some wires, and out the speakers. Vinyl sales are at a high (since a quarter of a century ago), and the intrigue for good sound is something that the babyboomers all the way down to the millennials are craving for. This book covers the evolution from the 1950s to today and (tomorrow). From analog to cutting edge, this unique read has it all.
In honor of all Veterans, today we feature the Travel Kit from Sword & Plough, a company designed by sisters Emily and Betsy who were born into a military family.
“Living at West Point, sharing Thanksgiving dinners with hundreds of soldiers in mess halls, hearing about her dad’s deployments and research, and watching her uncle, a Marine NASA Astronaut pilot, launch his space shuttle, are just a few of the experiences that inspired Emily to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army.”
Each bag is hand-made in the United States from military spec fabric and water-resistant American leather. Your travel essentials are sure to stay safe in the rugged and durable dopp-kit. All purchases have a portion donated to Green Beret Foundation.
Whoever said the fam can’t give good gifts? Well, you’re good ol’ Uncle Otis just broke that tradition. Styling from the North, these crafted gloves are a combination of white tailored deer leather, polyester, and Primaloft insulation. The weatherman is calling for cold weather, and your Uncle Otis has you covered.
Formulated with Vitamin E and Vitamin A, this face scrub from The Grey gently exfoliates the skin with bamboo particles, cleaning out pores, freeing ingrown hairs, preventing blemishes, thus leaving your skin refreshed and vigorous. Everyone’s mug needs a good polish from time to time, this is your new secret weapon for skincare.
Creative jet-setters of any kind will agree; it’s not easy traveling with an array of tech essentials and gadgets. Bellroy decided to step up to the plate and solve this unorganized stress, making life easier when plane hopping around the globe. The Tech Folio includes a protective laptop sleeve and pockets for tablets, cables, stylus pens, smartphones, and more. The set-up seals with extra smooth galvanic plated zippers for the durability and ease of opening and is encased in premium leather—this is a must-have for anyone that doesn’t leave home without their devices
The perfect novelty item for the home or to hand over as a gift. Made from zinc alloy in an antique brass finish, the Hands Off Lighter Case is a clutch enhancement for an everyday carry flame, so go ahead and spark up the cabin fireplace on a cold winter night.
Hailing from Johannesburg, Gregory Alan Isakov came to the states at a young age. A lifelong musician, he dropped his first album in 2003. The Weatherman came a decade later, continuing his contemporary folk style, but maturing in the art of songwriting. Featuring songs like Amsterdam, Second Chances, and Time Will Tell the artist showcased just why he is so highly thought of by his peers. Easily one of the most underrated musicians of our time, a modern-day Leonard Cohen.
17 NovHunks & Hero's: Four Decades of Fashion at GQ / $42
Hunks & Hero's: Four Decades of Fashion at GQ / $42
This is the big book for all purveyors of men’s style, a journey in a Delorean down 42 years of GQ’s fantastical history. A layer of the company pulled back and shown under a microscope from editor Jim Fucking Moore. Besides epic photos, iconic covers, and fashion looks, the hardcover also delves into essential styling tips every man should know. Hotels should start placing this firm piece of literature in the drawer of all bedside tables. Amen.
Ring, ring… that computer on your wrist is calling, and it’s begging for a makeover. This cordovan leather strap created by the leather Gods in the Alamo City have found a way to make even new-age technology feel timeless and rugged all at the same time. You can’t stop time from slipping by, but at least you can watch it go in style.
19 NovLevis Premium Type III Sherpa Trucker Jacket / $128
Levis Premium Type III Sherpa Trucker Jacket / $128
We’ll keep saying it over and over, bring on the chill! It makes it that much sweeter fending off the cold with the right go-to jacket. The Type III Sherpa Trucker from Levi’s Premium contains cold-weather-proof warm sherpa insulation. With a point collar, button-flap patch pockets, welt side pockets, and side hem adjusters, you’ll be king of cool, all while staying very warm.
It’s the little things that go the distance when it comes to comfort, and a cozy pair of socks is one of the most notable instances of this philosophy. Made in Japan by Anonymous ISM, these socks are woven using superior quality wool and cotton blends, keeping your dogs happy and relaxed as can be. The chosen color scheme is perfect for fall get-togethers when your friends make you take the snow trekked shoes off before you enter the room.
From the slopes to the streets, Sunski’s Treelines offer a vintage arctic explorer look that is sleek, lightweight, and equipped with polarized lenses for superior optical clarity. But what we can’t get enough of is the detachable magnetic side panels, making them half frame half gadget — clip on if battling the elements, detach if cruising to happy hour. Either way, the rubber grip nose pads will keep them snug on the face from hilltops to rooftops. At this price, the Treelines might be the best steal out there when it comes to sunglasses this winter.
Crafted of nickel silver, this money clip from Yuketen will keep your bills stashed with serious style. In a day and age of wallet phones, a money clip brings some organization back to carrying cash, and a night on the town is a very appropriate time to have one—each Yuketen product is handcrafted in the USA.
Saturday Spin: A haunting album, delivered to us by the voice of an angel. Somebody once said “it’s the kind of music you’d hear in Heaven’s elevator. Everything is pretty, but you’re still a little bummed out that you died.” And isn’t that a perfect description of a troubled, but beautiful spirit that absolutely traveled to the other side too damn early.
“Playing things too safe is the most popular way to fail.” — Elliott Smith
24 NovThe New Outsiders: A Creative Life Outdoors / $30
The New Outsiders: A Creative Life Outdoors / $30
We live in a world where video games are celebrated on ESPN and the best player on the EA sticks is a household name. Call us old fashioned, but we relish in the life outdoors, and can’t wait to breathe the crisp fresh air of adventure every chance we get. This Sunday Read celebrates outdoor creativity, highlights rogue entrepreneurs, and showcases the must-see locations that any free-spirited traveler can’t go a full day without daydreaming of.
It’s a holiday week, and you need some dependable brew to get through the antics, not to mention to the new year, and then through the entire new year—ok, you get it, we can’t live without coffee. To enhance your coffee-concocting game at home, look no further than The Stagg Pour-Over System, a complete set of essentials to make a cup that will have you feeling like a coffee pro. Let it drip and use for the ultimate pick-me-up at any time of the day.
Created from luxury cloth and made entirely by hand with the most excellent weaving on the market, say hello to your go-to fall cap. Harris Tweed is a name recognized all over the globe for its iconic headwear, and our pals over at Roark are offering the iconic Cabbie for a timeless look that goes easy on the wallet—Thomas Shelby would be very proud of you.
Son of Sailor stamped this one with a snake and threw a blade in it. This vegetable leather knife holster is small enough to fit in a pocket and cool enough to be an everyday accessory—stay sharp and carry on. Remember, it’s not always the size of the snake that packs the most venom.
Today is for leftovers, relaxation, and Solo Monk. Something about fall and piano, they go together like the mash potatoes and gravy heavily consumed yesterday. Solo Monk is the eighth album from Thelonious Monk and was released from Colombia records in ’65. It’s just what the title states, Monk solo with his piano and no quartet. An intimate spin that feels good on a holiday weekend.
Hand stitched by the crew at Bexar Goods, The NO. 99 Wallet is a sleek take on a simple flap wallet. It’s unique shape and linear design help it achieve comfort in any pants pocket. Built for the minimalist, NO.99 keeps your cards stashed in a stylish and eye catching manner.
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.