The History of Boast

“It was for the irreverent gentleman. The guy who knew how to break the rules and get away with it.” I’m a big fan of Boast, and still a bigger fan of David Coggins, who penned “The History of Boast.”

BillyKirk

I had the good fortune to meet BillyKirk’s Chris and Kirk Bray shortly before they wrote an entry for my on-going series, The Things My Father Taught Me. Since that time, I have made a point to stay in touch with them getting together on my trips to New York City where time and place allowed,…

Stock Mfg. Co.’s Kickstarter

Chicago’s Stock Mfg. Co. recently launched a fundraising campaign via the website, Kickstarter, a crowd-sourced funding site perfect for the small, local designer. With nine days and about $7,000 to go before hitting their goal of $20,000, I spoke with one of the partners, an old acquaintance of mine Areill Ives, about what he and the…

Upstate

Astrid Chastka and Kalen Kaminski are the creators of Upstate, a line of clothing and accessories that feature Shibori, a Japanese method of dying using various techniques. Where I come from, we call it tie-dye. They make every piece themeselves, turning each one out in their new studio space in Brooklyn, which makes every piece one of…

Wood & Faulk’s Guitar Strap

I first picked up a guitar in college, and since then, I’ve searched and searched for the perfect strap, comfortable on the shoulder and yet low profile, as not to distract from all the thrashing. Growing up in Saint Louis, this image of Chuck Berry was inescapable, and yet, his slim strap has eluded me…

Teva

Men, there are those among us who swear off sandals. Take for example, Rule Number 121 from Walker Lamond’s Rules for My Unborn Son, which states “Men should not wear sandals. Ever.” And then, there are men like me, men who grew up wearing shorts and sandals every day of his humid, sticky summers in…

Remi Canarie

Recently, Liz Patelski and Lisa Panza, two designers I’m fortunate enough to call friends, launched the first collection for their line Remi Canarie. To say the two LPs have had an eventful year would be an understatement. Not even a full 365 days after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, they…

Basil Hayden’s & Winter Session at Warby Parker’s Annex

Earlier this year, my good friends Roy Katz and Tanya Fleisher at Winter Session asked me to bring Basil Hayden’s to a party at Warby Parker’s Annex in New York’s Meatpacking District. The coolest dude, Fedora’s Fernando Trujillo tended bar. For the complete rundown, head over to Whiskey. Among Other Things….

Birchbox Man: Natural Haircare

Shortly after I moved to Chicago, I asked Jessica Herman, then a co-worker and now my girlfriend, where I should go to get my haircut. She’d recently interviewed Ryan Babbitt, a graphic designer-turned-hair stylist and thought we’d hit it off. Fast friends, as so often becomes the case with barbers, I entrust Ryanwith more than my…