The Goods: Patagonia's Down Sweater

It’s never been too great a problem that I bothered mentioning it to a doctor, but occasionally, down comforters cause me some congestion. That, compounded by the fact my entire family is allergic to feathers, lead to a down-free life; that is, until last year, when something was given me by a former employer. The…

Marvin Gaye

Do you ever find yourself singing a song in your head or just under your breath as you walk or drive to work? In the last several years, I’ve kept an informal tally of the songs I sing to myself. Mid-verse this morning, I realized Marvin Gaye’s “Pride and Joy” must far and away top…

Concerning Formal Wear

“Fifty years ago, the one tuxedo that everybody wore, what they call in French a ‘smoking,’ was the one button with a peak lapel. The most popular tuxedo I sell today is the one button peak lapel.” – Michel Kramer-Metraux, Director of Men’s Formal Wear, Saks Fifth Avenue Screen Captures and Quote c/o One in…

Ten to One: Plaidy of the Week, Laura Sessoms

The fine-feathered Little Rock, Arkansas native, Laura Sessoms, is an actress, writer, and designer living in Astoria, New York. Since opening her Etsy shop, The Red Bird, she’s found great success selling several vintage pieces and her famous, feather creations. Killing two, ahem, birds with one stone, our Plaidy of the Week sat down with…

Skiing with Guns

A Restless Transport posted photos of the 10th Mountain Division from the LIFE Magazine archives, and it rustled up a memory. When I was very little, six or seven years old, on a family vacation in Breckenridge, Colorado, my uncle and I rode the chair lift with this kooky old guy wearing wooden skis and…

The Collaboration: Thom Browne et Moncler

Taking things a step further, on Friday, Material Interest revealed a first look at Thom Browne’s collaboration with French outerwear company Moncler. The name Moncler, short for Monastier de Clermont, a place near Grenoble, carries with it a considerable amount of weight in the world of outdoor exploration — considerable given the jackets are famously…

The Uniform

Thom Browne’s show at Pitti Uomo, the Italian menswear trade show, has been the talk of the town this week. Held at the Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronautiche in Florence, it was the designer’s first time to show in Europe. For anyone unfamiliar with Browne, the show made for an excellent primer. “A lot of…

This Land Was Made for You and Me

This weekend, American treasure, folk singer Pete Seeger alongside his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen performed “This Land is Your Land” forgotten verses and all. If you’re unfamiliar with Mr. Seeger, may I suggest his PBS American Masters documentary, The Power of Song. Takes a pair of brass ones to wear a handmade hat…