Freemans Restaurant

A short stroll down the sleepy old alley from the sporting club sits Freemans Restaurant. Any establishment that allows me to shoulder up to an artichoke dip and a glass of Saison DuPont, donning a hand tailored suit and tie from their sutlery, just after receiving a trim and a shave in their adjoining barbershop…

Freemans

To the sounds of Metallica’s Live Shit, I sat down to a shave and trim at Freemans Sporting Club shortly after noon yesterday. Joey, my barber, was heading to the Metallica concert that evening, and to prepare, in a scene straight out of High Fidelity, tore out the classical guitar CD we’d been listening to…

Longs Peak

Hollister sent this photo of her great-grandfather and his friend “all the way up there, just chillin’ in their tweeds,” Longs Peak, 1915. I love Longs Peak.

Plaidies of the Week: The Sisters Hovey

It was their Halloween costumes, a nod to There Will Be Blood, that first brought them to my attention. The sisters Hovey of Williamsburg, Brooklyn have curated an apartment of “taxidermy, militaria, Victorian library do-dads, [and] chesterfield couches” as Hollister laid out in a recent post on her blog. Many have referred to her obsession…

Down With the Tweed?

Compelled to share this photo because, it pertains to a prior post and it is virtually what I wore to work today. This look, from the archives of Japanese clothier Nepenthes, perfectly embodies what I meant when I referred to wearing a down sweater vest with a suit jacket. By “less formal occasions,” I meant…

Scott Sternberg's Stern Rules

Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders waxes poetic in Details Magazine‘s series “Rules of Style.” I’ve pored over the CFDA Award-winner’s musings a few times now, and my opinion has flipped back and forth so often that I assume he must be brilliant. I’ll say one thing: he’s right about airplane farts. Disgusting. See if…

Partners & Spade

The half-brains, excuse me, half the brains behind J. Crew’s Tribeca Men’s Store, The Liquor Store, Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti opened a new store on Great Jones Street this week that perfectly exemplifies my aesthetic. Partners & Spade, their shop of miscellanea curios large and small offers everything from vintage smut (look for Dude…

Andrew Bird

On heavy rotation in plaidland, Andrew Bird’s latest, Noble Beast, in particular “Masterswarm,” has made the dark days of winter a little brighter. And by the look of his Le Chameau boots, leather is with Mr. Bird as well.Buy Noble Beast at your local record shop. As Nick Hornby will tell you, “Record stores can’t…