Trend Report: American Workwear

Men’s fashion—like any trend—is constantly changing, evolving, and pushing boundaries. Sometimes, though, doing something “new” means reviving something old. And lately that something old is none other than tried-and-true American workwear.imageMen, more so than women, have long celebrated the utility of clothing. Men have been drawn to clothes that have a purpose—a purpose which is uncovered in the details of each garment. Recently there has been a revival of this interest among male trend-setters, who care more than ever about how and where their clothes are made. The Holy Grail: American-made clothes with details that are true to the spirit of utility and hard work.imageAmericana brands like Levi’s and Ralph Lauren have helped spearhead this latest trend with their Made & Crafted and Double RL labels, respectively. They’ve done this by dying their garments with natural indigo, for example, or weaving their fabrics on old-school shuttle looms like those found at Cone Mills in North Carolina. So, pay attention to those rivets while your out looking for new denim or take note of the outsole on your next pair of boots because it can make all the difference. And, if you don’t know what you are looking for just ask the nearest hipster—people love showing you how much they know, trust me.

Check out this video to learn a bit about an eyewear brand that does things in the tradition of 17th Century Italian master craftsmen. And, if you’re interested, go to www.DomVetro.com to learn more!

Get a bag that is worth holding onto from Tanner Goods. They handcraft each and every product right here in the U.S. This company from Portland, Oregon prides itself on their craftsmanship and they make great pieces that will last a lifetime. Using both modern machinery and traditional techniques, this group of designers and craftspeople put their hearts and souls into the process of making pieces that will feel and look good.

We highly recommend you check them out and if you’re not ready to get some of their pricier items, start off with a wallet or even just a cool leather bracelet and you’ll see why we love them so much.

Brush Up on Your History: Rolex

Few companies have a history of such unparalleled quality as Rolex. It is a name that is steeped in heritage, bringing to mind ideas of luxury, precision, and iconic design. Hans Wilsdorf founded the company in London in 1905, dreaming of a watch that could be worn on the wrist and was both elegant and reliable. After little more than a century, we know the company today as more than just a watch manufacturer—to own a Rolex is a sign of both status and success.image

When people think Rolex they most commonly think of the Daytona, Submariner, or GMT Master. Each of these timepieces is impressive in its own way and sought after by watch enthusiasts around the globe. However, one of the earliest watches to bring attention to the company was the airtight and waterproof Rolex Oyster—a watch that in 1927 received considerable publicity when Mercedes Gleitze, the first woman to swim the English Channel, did so with a Rolex Oyster hung around her neck. When she emerged from the water a journalist from The Times noted that it was still keeping perfect time. A month later the Rolex Oyster Perpetual was launched in the United Kingdom.

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Rolex has throughout its history created a series of tough watches, unyielding to the elements. In 1910 the company received the first official chronometer certification given to a wristwatch and its image as an elegant, yet unassailable watch was established. Additionally, Wilsdorf organized a special program during the Second World War that enabled British prisoners of war to order Rolex Oysters—securing the image of the watch as simultaneously smart, sturdy and manly. Most notably, prisoner of war Corporal Clive Nutting, who famously organized the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III, ordered an expensive 3525 Chronograph. The watch was said to have been used to time guard patrols—information that would aid in the execution of the escape.

imageRightfully so, Rolex has earned its spot as one of the most beautiful timepieces around. It was elegant and cool enough to be worn by Ian Fleming’s suave hero, James Bond, yet tough enough to be worn by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first conquerors of Mount Everest.

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The silhouette of a pair of well-fitting trousers should be a straight, uninterrupted line running down from the hips to the feet. Everything should look natural, and there shouldn’t be any creases, pulling, or bulging anywhere.

Though getting bespoke trousers is nice for those who can afford…

If you are having trouble getting your pants to fit you the way you want read this!