Snowflakes collide onto the windowpane as the smell of coffee brews from the other room. It’s not your everyday roast because today is not just any other day. A distance away—and a few miles out of sight—the town in which you’ve embarked upon prepares for the next 12 hours. Lift tickets are printed, boards are stocked, poles are matched, burgers seasoned, and crisp-afternoon IPA’s await.
With a new year comes a fresh mentality. And while the spiders of 2020 may still hunt, we hope you have wiped away their cobwebs. Castaway and into the catacombs of your subconscious, negativity banished from existence as you know it. TODAY — you (we) are bunkered down in a remote mountain town where the coffee is different but perfect, your neighbors are pleasant, and the air has a deep crispness to its breath as it swirls overhead and brushes past your face.
The garments in which you outfit tell a story of the journeyman you are. Start off this year by silencing the noise, tip your cap in style, and embrace the cold elements of January. Let this catalog be the manuscript of menswear that guides the beautifully handsome month ahead.
RC DENIM BLANKET TRUCKER
Perhaps one of the most iconic outerwear pieces of American style culture—the denim jacket. If you haven’t invested in a well made, long-lasting denim outwear piece, you’re seriously missing out. This is the kind of coat that fits well with a mountain town mindset, easily thrown on when walking out the lodge for a snowcovered afternoon stroll. The RC Denim Blanket Trucker from the gang at Buck Mason tops our charts for everything you look for in an everyday coat. It’s constructed of heavyweight 13oz denim, and because of recycled fibers that contain a more pronounced weave, it already contains that vintage feel. Denim just goes well with snow-capped mountains—Bruce would be proud of you. “ Walk tall, or baby don’t walk at all.”
When the boot is handmade in Italy there no doubt it’s made for much more than walking. The Astroflex Midflex is a lace-up ankle boot with 100% natural crepe wedge soles providing all-day comfort and a calfskin lining to absorb moisture. The Midflex excels at elevation in the mountain towns when the occasion calls for something classier than your big winter boots. And because it’s all about protecting our winters these days, the added bonus of these boots is they come from environmentally responsible construction. So, whether you’re living in the mountains or claim that weekend warrior lifestyle, the Midflex Boots are the no questions asked footwear for your adventures.
We’ve never met anyone that doesn’t absolutely love their Seiko watch. The Prospect is a modern interpretation on the original 1982 Hybrid Divers model. This bad boy is tactical, solar powered, digital and analog, and also hunts mask donning alien Predators. No, seriously, it was worn by Arnold himself in the ultimate movie classic, Predator. With lumibright features, water resistance, and a built in power reserve, it easily will become the go-to workhorse for all your gadgets.
The Lane Splitter will part the seas, traffic, or crowds. It’s that simple, a sharp hat should do hard-time for the amount of attention it steals. This dome piece has a richly silk lined interior with gold foil and the words “Taylor Stitch x Stetson” inked on the inside. Made of wool, it’s crushable, meaning, toss it in the overnight pack without concern of it getting ruined. They constructed this soft but strapping chapeau water-resistant, so fear not of a little winter rain. Everyone needs a good hat in their arsenal, congratulations, you just found yours.
Nestled in a remote mountain township or sauntering the city streets, with the Slim All Day Pants by Taylor Stitch you’ll be ready for the season ahead. Whether that’s sliding these on to grab a morning brew, taking a midnight stroll, or absolutely anything in between. 8-oz. 100% organic cotton with selvedge chino twill is the recipe at hand, and if we do say so ourselves, they ain’t missing any flavor.
Snow filled mountain air can surprisingly dry up your skin quickly, especially if you’re running into heat filled rooms from the brisk outdoors on a daily basis. This Hydrating Hand Balm should not be overlooked when it comes to protecting the paws. Lumin makes this product with all-natural, plant-based extracts, so it goes on without feeling greasy. Yes, your hands deserve it, reward them for all those tight grips on the ski poles.
Never will you enjoy washing your hands more than with the black hatchet charcoal soap. Made in Austin, Texas with activated bamboo charcoal for deep cleaning, this soap is made for a man with calluses and a few scars on his mitts. Written on the packaging are the words “Keep clean, stay rough” which is a reminder to even the manliest of men, staying germ-free in 2021 is an everyman rule.
After a cold day, nothing feels better than a piping hot shower. When you’ve dried off and toss on your finest get-up for a whiskey with close friends, make sure you dab on a dose of Olivina Bourbon Cedar Solid Cologne. This little grooming gem travels easily in a dopp-kit, and offers a fragrance inspired by the wood-aging tradition of American distilleries. Notes of cedarwood, bourbon, and sage enlighten the senses and freshen the mind. We’re all about embracing our surroundings, so if you find yourself in a mountain town soon, pack this solid cologne to warm up the chilly nights.
There is a certain pat on the back that comes with acquiring your first set of tools and come time for transport and storage, it only makes sense to house your wrench set in the Tyler Tool Roll. Made from 100% cotton canvas with leather straps for secured closure, this tool roll is ready for the next garage or outdoor project. The compact size makes for an easy grab-and-go when a cry for help sounds or kept in your pack or glovebox, no adventure shall go untamed. The Tyler Tool Roll is for the essentials and will undoubtedly come in handy more often than not… just don’t forget it at home.
You’ll be hardpressed to find a day that we don’t feature a knife or multi-tool on a catalog. For today’s modern gentlemen, EDC is part of the ensemble. Few brands produce as high-quality products as The James Brand, and The Pike is no exception. A modern take on the vintage folding knife updated with a simple and clean design. This is a handsome, classic pocket knife made to last generations. Keep it close, and believe us, you’ll seek out any opportunity you can to use it. We apologize ahead of time for the eye-rolls you may get from your significant other.