The Vehicles of Camp Wandawega

This originally appeared in Five O'Clock, Harry's Magazine. For more than a decade, David Hernandez and wife Tereasa Surratt have been busily restoring Hernandez’s boyhood summer camp in Elkhorn, Wisconsin to its former glory; dressing the place with vintage treasures culled from garage and rummage sales all over Walworth County. The result is Camp Wandawega—a living, breathing time capsule, where it’s

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The Kitchen Sink

This originally appeared in Five O'Clock, Harry's Magazine. We’re taking a slightly different tact with this edition of Rotgut Ingenuity. Our intrepid reporter Max Wastler recently moved halfway across the country. Prior to doing so, he gathered his friends and loved ones in his backyard for a going away party and cleared out his liquor cabinet by improvising on a number

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Planes, Trains & Other Mobiles

Originally Published for 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. Plane Class Up Coach: The Aviation There are those of us who still wear a tie when flying, in hopes it inspires a special occasion. For the imbibed equivalent, rely on the last known cocktail recipe book published

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Max Wastler’s City Guide for Barneys New York: The Window

I'm thrilled to share some of my favorite Chicago spots in Barneys New York's City Guide: Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, King Spa & Sauna, Longman & Eagle, the pool at The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Intelligentsia Monadnock, A New Leaf, Optimo Fine Hats, and Bavette's Bar & Boeuf.

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Surviving Tax Season

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. The Harold Crick Water “Crick Water” was a cheap cocktail I recall pulling from a ladle in college. It usually involved combining citrus sodas and powdered lemonade and every possible clear spirit we could

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Leap Year Cocktails

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. The Sadie Hawkins (Savoy’s Leap Year Cocktail) Celebrating Leap Years has spawned traditions like women proposing marriage and digesting a cocktail that may lead to such activities. On February 29th, also known as Sadie Hawkins

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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

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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

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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."

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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They Call Us The Seekers

In honor of National Running Day, here are a handful of my favorite images from my favorite Tumblr, They Call Us The Seekers.    

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Letterman: Paul Newman

Before I considered devoting a week's worth of posts to David Letterman, I intended to share this story. For some time, I have been fascinated by the evolution of Dave's relationship with a personal hero of mine, Paul Newman. For the uninitiated, I wrote a lengthy piece a couple years ago about Mr. Newman, and I have for many years prior

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Letterman: Signature, circa 1981.

"I think I'm just nervous all the time. I'm never really relaxed." Late in 1981, Dave Letterman was the age that I am now, 34. His nationally televised morning show, The David Letterman Show, had been cancelled by NBC. When he sat down for this intensely personal interview on a short-lived CBS Cable program called Signature, he was a few months away from

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Letterman: Bill Murray

It's about a three hour drive on I-65 from Indianapolis to Chicago, but with brands of humor so similarly absurd, affable, and audacious, Bill Murray and Dave Letterman might as well have grown up in one another's backyards. Over the past thirty-three years, before our very eyes, the two have developed an incredible rapport, one that inherently grew from an

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Letterman: Kennedy Center Honors

"For David Letterman, this is unquestionably the single worst night of his life. Look at him, I know he's smiling, but that medal hanging around his neck: there's a 40% chance he'll hang himself with it." - Jimmy Kimmel At the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, David Letterman was honored for his Herculean television achievements. There are so many fat pitches in this seventeen

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Letterman: Tom Waits

Before I knew anything about Tom Waits, I knew Dave was a massive fan. Waits has appeared on one or the other of Letterman's shows ten times. It wasn't until I saw Down By Law, Jim Jarmusch's pulp fiction, jail break picture starring Waits, that I understood Dave's fascination. From watching Jarmusch's black-and-white, soupy bayou yarn about three escaped convicts, I could

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Letterman: Julia Roberts & The Roses

Who cares if this was staged? It is awesome to watch Julia Roberts flatly call him out for failing to send flowers, and then like clockwork, watch as Pat Farmer strolls in with roses. Then at 6:45, all hell breaks loose. Part One of her first appearance on Late Night. Freshly turned 22, she was there to promote Steel Magnolias

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David Letterman

In the summer of 1993, I was twelve years old. It was the last summer I played baseball. It was the summer before I started at a new school, an all-boys school, one that molded my worldview as much as anything. I was a member of a whopping three swim teams. It was the first and last summer I played on

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From the Archives: L.L. Bean Boots

With recent news of a boot shortage at L.L. Bean, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the first-ever factory tour I took with Foster Huntington way back in March of 2009. All photos are mine or courtesy of Foster Huntington.

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Black Watch Friday

I'm stuffed. Rather than fight the crowds, I'm going to stay home and cozy up on the couch with a good book and a warm blanket. Consider doing the same. Make your Black Friday a Black Watch Friday. For the full story on this blanket, visit the earlier post. Hope you like the story. Hope you love the blanket. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Faribault Woolen Mill x All Plaidout

When the time came to name this All Plaidout, a blog with posts about things that are not trendy, about the stories of style over fashion, about the stories behind the clothes we wear, I turned to the rich history of a cloth pattern known as a tartan. I chose the tartan most emblematic of my style, my appreciation of

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Lyle Lovett x All Plaidout x Hamilton Shirts

I recently took a trip to Houston, and while I was there, fourth-generation shirt maker, David Hamilton measured me for this custom Lyle Lovett for Hamilton Shirt. I'll be sharing photos from the factory very soon, but I couldn't wait to share the shirt.

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A Summer Dies in Houston

Sitting in traffic. In the rain. On Congress Avenue in Austin. After a day in Houston. The windshield wipers undulated as a Ryan Adams song screeched to an end on the rental's car's cheap stereo. The car smelled like french fries from a Whataburger or a taco from Buc-ee's. I can't remember. All I could think about was what just happened.

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Billy Reid on CBS Sunday Morning

"Man, we love a story about somebody who gets knocked down and gets back up." - Charlie Rose, in regards to Billy Reid. Great to see him profiled on CBS This Morning.

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Summer, You Couldnt’ve Come Quicker

Summer. With its unofficial start fast approaching, I'm quick to remember the horrible winter we in the Midwest endured. With the "Polar Vortex," "Chiberia," "Chibernation," and turning boiling water to snow in mind, let us turn our eyes to the sky once more and embrace the sun's rays with a fervor heretofore unseen. Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with my

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One Part Plant: Dude Edition

The multi-talented über-connector Jessica Murnane recently asked me to host one of her For Reals Meals for her plant-based site, One Part Plant. You may recall my girlfriend co-hosted one last year. Murnane was adamant on two fronts: 1) ALL PLANTS. 2) YOU CAN'T KNOW ANYONE YOU INVITE. One was easy. Though I might share innumerable photos of the insides of diners and dive

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Big Sadie

I was excited to learn this morning of the newly formed Big Sadie, formerly EB & The Moores, fronted by friend, the multi-talented designer, musician, writer, photographer, chef, and all-around good person, Elise Bergman. Alongside her husband, guitarist Collin Moore and fiddle player Jess McIntosh, Elise and band have been performing their own brand of bluegrass at a few locations in Chicago.

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The Manual

I was interviewed about some of my favorite things today for The Manual's Worn Out Wednesday. Check it out. Photo c/o Carolina Mariana.

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This is My Denver

Thanks to a partnership with entertainment site The A.V. Club, Basil Hayden's is putting me on the road to mix it up with fans of our bourbon and fans of their site. We call this tour "This is My

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The Back Roads of Indiana

The tires couldn't spin fast enough as I pulled out of Kentucky. Just after loading up on coffee and chocolate chip cookies at Please & Thank You, my favorite record-store-cum-bakery-and-café, I headed north on a course made of winding country roads, and headed for home. And then, a strange thing happened. Somewhere in Southern Indiana, where I spent four years

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The Illustrations of Christine Mitchell Adams

So incredibly stoked for my friend N'East Style's Christine Mitchell Adams' new site. Some of you may recall that when it was time for us to create the logo for Buckshot Sonny's, Christine was our first call. When Basil Hayden's asked me to create an image to go along with my title of "Cultural Bloodhound," well, you know the rest. As

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The Collective Quarterly: Issue Ø

Today marks the launch of The Collective Quarterly, a travel magazine told from the perspective of a group of creative individuals brought together to collaborate with one another. Each issue focuses on a single locale: its people, places, and things. For those who have traveled to the place in question, the hope is that fresh surroundings will stoke the creative

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Merry Christmax & Happy Neu Jeers

Merry Christmax & Happy Neu Jeers Last year, I shared The Holidays Are All Plaidout. This year is a bit different. I began a playlist on December 26th of 2012, adding to it songs I'd hear, songs I'd read about throughout the year that reminded me of Christmas or of New Year's Eve. The edited list includes many new discoveries and other

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Chris Olberding of Gitman Vintage

Starting in on a story about Chris Olberding is like walking into a corn maze and immediately hitting walls on three sides. Lost amid the seven foot stalks, I find myself in this field of dreams as I share a bit about the man who was my mentor for the last year of my twenties. Longtime readers will recall the night I

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Birth of a Hat: Making a Stetson

Thanks to the National Film Preservation Foundation, I discovered a 1935 reprint of the original 1920 film, "Birth of a Hat" an industrial short about, and sponsored by, the John B. Stetson Company. From the press materials: "Within ten years of its founding, Stetson developed the widely popular 'Boss of the Plains' hat, the inaugural model of the now-traditional cowboy hat. By the early

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Alternate Route

Coming tomorrow from the brand new Esquire Network is Matt Hranek's show, Alternate Route. A few years ago, Matt and I connected through our blogs. His, The William Brown Project, named for his 130-acre farm in upstate New York focuses on a life well-spent: hunting, fishing, camping, and working land not far from where he grew up. One of my favorite of his posts is the recipe for Kill

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#GOODBEERBUCKSHOT No. 2

I started All Plaidout on a dare. In a rut with work, one of my oldest and closest friends found me a job assisting him at a publishing company in New York. While there, he encouraged me to start writing about my knowledge of men's dress. Shortly after my 28th birthday, I hit "Publish" and a short time later, I

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Steven Harrington x The Times Halloween Collection

I love this time of year. Halloween kicks off a three month party of turkey and ham and beer and wassail and cheese and season-specific desserts aplenty. Oh, and pumpkin-spiced everything. I first learned of the artist and designer Steven Harrington through his work with Jou-Yie Chou and the good folks at the Ace Hotel. His work feels at once a

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Danny Luckett of Louisville Slugger

Head over to Basil Hayden's to learn more about the time I spent with Danny Luckett, the man who has shaped bats for Louisville Slugger for the last 40 years.      

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