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If your correspondent had his way, each and every present opened on Christmas morning would be clothes — nevermind the fact that my wardrobe often spirals to the point where I’ve had to develop a system to keep it from rising up and overtaking my existence.
But the heart wants what it wants, and I know my ticker ain’t alone in pining for some sweet, sweet vestiary goodness this holiday season. And thus I’ve compiled this handy guide to some of the season’s best apparel, so that we sartorially-obsessed fellas may send it to our loved ones (looking at you, mom) and let them know exactly what we’d like to be wearing in the new year.
Fun fact: the term “donegal” refers to the county in Ireland where weavers pioneered a technique of utilizing a differently-colored warp and weft to achieve a heathered effect in the fabric. The subtle flecking makes for great texture, which makes for a lil more personality than your average button-up.
We’ve recently opined on how Dr. Martens are no longer merely the provenance of punks and goths, and their recent spate of collabs with notable streetwear mavens only further proves our point. Their newest, in partnership with legendary Boston sneaker boutique Bodega, is a sly update on the 3-hole 1461 silhouette featuring a composite toe box and Bodega’s motto “Hidden in Plain Sight” embossed on the side. As always, built in England and Goodyear-welted, which means crap weather ain’t no thing to them.
It’s important to remember that part of looking good is smelling good as well. This collab comes to you from two parties who know both concerns exceedingly well — British luxury perfumers Jo Malone London have teamed up with historic Saville Row tailor Huntsman on a collection of four scents for the modern gent who wants to stand apart. From Whiskey and Cedarwood to Birch and Black Pepper, these are the kind of fragrances that cause people to lean in and drop a compliment, trust.
Every guy should own a pair of rock solid brown penny loafers. They’re timeless, insanely versatile, and an excellent opportunity to utilize those foreign coins that Thomas Cook stubbornly refuses to accept. And considering the bananas price cut on this dapper pair from Cole Haan, they ain’t gonna last — so get on it.
Another thing every guy should own? A snap-front denim shirt. Handsome, durable, timeless. To wit: your correspondent bought this exact number from Billy Reid eight years ago, and it somehow looks even better today.
While others have followed suit (pardon the pun), we must give credit to Hook & Albert for being the first we came across to produce the “garment duffle” — that is, a garment bag that folds/zips into duffel form to hold a long weekend’s worth of gear. And now they’re offering this stately twill version, which has all the good looks and functionality of its leather predecessor with a little less weight.
Dents has been making leather gloves in England since 1777. Abraham Moon has been turning out top-shelf English wool since 1837. That’s a combined 424 years of fine British craftsmanship, culminating in a pair of gloves so damn refined you may be tempted to take one off, slap a coworker across the face and challenge him to a duel.
You don’t often see waxed camo, which is a shame because this parka proves that it looks really, really cool. Add the durability of British Millerain canvas, the coziness of a full sherpa lining and the functionality of F&T’s design (pockets for days!) and you’ve got yourself a winter no-brainer.
Veja shoes are made entirely from sustainable materials in the Porto Alegre region of Brazil, and that’s great because we love the earth — but, equally importantly, they just look mad cool. Classic white court shoe silhouette with a timeless dose of navy and red, and that perforated toe? Throwback perfection.
The key to a good cardigan is that it should look as good open as it does buttoned. Goodlife’s shawl-collared number is cut perfectly in that regard, with a slim fit that drapes almost like your favorite fitted blazer. That + the superbly textured waffle-y knit = a wintertime workhorse.
The term “holiday tie” tends to give us the chills, but this bad boy from The Tie Bar is honestly exactly what we should all be shooting for. Festive but understated, with the added pedigree of luxury fabric from Vitale Barberis, the oldest wool mill in the world. Grab one and dominate the holiday party circuit.
Admittedly, someone would need to really like you (or owe you a blood debt of some variety) to drop this much on a holiday gift. But by the Beard of Zeus will you just look at this thing. 100% Italian wool, horn buttons, fur collar … it’s spendy, but if you can swing it, you’re looking at a lifetime of “hot damn, where did you get that coat??”
Remember Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? How timelessly, effortlessly cool he looked? That starts with this pair of western-inspired mocs right here, the very same ones ol’ Cliff Booth sported in the film. Best paired with: dusty jeans, vintage T-shirt, mean right hand.
This is exactly the kind of thing that should be going into a stocking — cheap enough that the giver doesn’t feel bad making it, you know, a stocking gift, but nice enough that it actually feels like a proper gift. All the textured knit and heathered goodness of a “heritage” beanie at a fraction the price, plus Uniqlo’s HEATTECH insulation to keep your dome toasty.
Tombolo bills their eye-catching vacation gear as “maximalist inactivewear” — in layman’s terms, bold designs meant for chilling on a beach/boat/lounge chair somewhere warm. And what more perfect excuse to begin plotting a sunny, tropical reprieve from winter than owning the chillest shirt of all time to wear once you arrive?
We’re aware that socks are not the most exciting item in your closet, but these Norwegian puppies have a solid dose of personality and honestly at under twenty bucks for a set of five, you’d be a fool not to stuff your stocking with them.
There’s been a rash of sartorial nostalgia for the ski slopes of yesteryear lately, from throwback puffers to alpine shades, and we are very here for it. This merino wool/cotten zipped sweater from Marine Layer was inspired by an old photo of French World Alpine Cup ski racer Jean-Claude Killey, and will give you all the ’70s après vibes with none of the scratchy wool chafing of the vintage versions.
Our managing editor is a staunch proponent of the card holder over the bi-fold wallet, and he’s not wrong — streamlining your life is key, and a thick wallet has been linked to back pain. Small details make this one a winner, with saffiano leather adding a bit of texture and your initials a nice personal touch.
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