Three of My Favorite NBA Uniform Stories

As the 2015 NBA Basketball season gets underway, I wanted to take a moment to recount three of my favorite basketball uniform design stories. One of the first stories about uniform design I remember reading had something to do with the 1988 debut of the Charlotte Hornets' purple pinstripe uniforms. They were designed by Charlotte native, Alexander Julian. With his line, Colours by Alexander Julian, he ably updated the staid men's suiting routine for then modern times (cue: "This is the nineties.") by adding splashy patterns and bold color combinations. One such colour

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A Playlist for Ledbury: Route 66

The good folks over at Ledbury asked for me to put together a road trip mix. I could think of no road finer than ol' Route 66. You can get the whole playlist here. I grew up on Route 66. No, really. In 2005, Missouri named the road along the backside of my parents' neighborhood in St Louis a state scenic byway. You can now drive that road from Illinois to Kansas. With past experiences as a traveling salesman and today as I crisscross the U.S. to meet the artists, artisans,

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Weenie Beenie

My love for the roadside drive-in is well-documented. I first learned of the Weenie Beenie in Arlington, Virginia while watching the Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways on HBO. And then, I remembered the song. I think it was a track I would skip over to get to hits like "Big Me." Either way, something compelled me to wake up with the sun and drive to this place in the Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl's home town. A few friends familiar with the

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CHICAGO: Patagonia Snap-T Party

Attention, Chicagoans: join me at the Patagonia Magnificent Mile  a week from this Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 to celebrate thirty years of the iconic Snap-T pullover. We'll have live music from one of my favorite musicians (I can't say more at this point, but know that this will be a super-secret show from an iconic Chicagoan) tasty food provided by Piece Pizza topped with salmon from Patagonia Provisions, and a custom beer made especially for the event by Jared Rouben of Moody Tongue. Finish it all off with some Black Dog

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Friday Night Feels: A Funky Mixtape

"Swimming after dark." Just writing it down sends my heart a-reelin'. With Labor Day signaling summer's unofficial end, we have exactly two weeks left to frolic, to feel the heat and above all else, to swim outside all hours of the day. I've had it in my head to throw a big pool party outside after sunset, the kind of pool party I used to lifeguard, the kind of pool party I used to deejay, the kind of pool party that might have gotten a little out of hand, but thanks

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Summer Cocktails Part 2

This originally appeared in Five O'Clock, Harry's Magazine Armed with only a flask and a little ingenuity, Max Wastler elevates common cocktails with supplies from his seasonal surroundings. Part 2 of our summer cocktail guide. THE RECORD-BREAKER, OR, THE SHARK’S TALE According to John Waldman’s book 100 Weird Ways to Catch Fish, legend has it that ancient tribes of the South Pacific, known as the Oungeuaol, would build life-sized shark sculptures using coconuts and almonds as part of their pre-shark fishing ritual. This drink, sometimes called the Tropical Martini, is a simple and

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Summer Cocktails Part 1

This originally appeared in Five O'Clock, Harry's Magazine Armed with only a flask and a little ingenuity, Max Wastler elevates common cocktails with supplies from his seasonal surroundings. There’s Always Money In… The truest pool rats know that the best pool snack bar offering is the frozen chocolate banana. First seen on the beaches of Newport Beach, California, in the middle of the last century, the frozen banana craze has since swept the nation, and we’re all luckier for it. You’re luckier still if the following accompany you on your next pool or

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Carefree Highway: A Mixtape for the Long Way

When the road calls, set aside the GPS, pull out the Road Atlas, and take the long way home. These three mixes are comprised of the tunes I reached for this year when I felt compelled to exit The Interstate and examine my inner-state. And while, admittedly, my road map was not always within arm's reach, I did find myself clicking the "Avoid Highways" button on my directional gadget, rolling down the windows, and turning up the volume knob. These are tunes for strolling and for rolling, not for reeling,

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Condé Nast Traveler Editors’ Favorite Bars

I was asked by my editors at Condé Nast Traveler to weigh in on my favorite bar, and no surprise, it's a place where I actually tended bar. P.J. Clarke'sNew York, NY "I worked here in the summer of 2007," says CNT contributing editor Max Wastler. "The first time I stepped foot in here, I loved everything about this place. It's the only two-story building on the block. It's been there since 1884. I love the massive, monolithic urinals in the men's room. I love that every burger is served on a tiny

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