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These Two Iconic Brands Just Made Your New Beach Outfit

New York streetwear outfit Noah and long-time board short legends Birdwell Beach Britches just released their summer collaboration, a coast-to-coast capsule collection ready for the sand and surf.

An icon in the surf scene, Birdwell has roots dating back to 1961 when the brand’s founder, Carrie Birdwell Mann, converted her Southern California home into a family sewing studio, crafting hardy swim trunks for the local surfers. The trunks were a smash and caught on with surfers and beach-goers alike. The brand has kept pace with the surf community through every wave of fashion and still makes all of its goods in SoCal.

For Noah, founded by former Supreme creative director Brendon Babenzien, surf and skate culture are essential to the brand’s identity. In the five short years since its founding in 2015, Noah’s seen an explosion in popularity thanks to its deep-cut subcultural references mixed with east coast prep and downtown New York attitude.

The 11-piece capsule includes a matching set of Birdwell’s iconic swim trunks, a jacket and a tote bag, as well as graphic tees and an embroidered rugby shirt. It’s a capsule that balances both brands’ inimitable style and unique perspective on surf culture. To learn more about the summery collab, we talked with Brett Reynolds, President and Head of Product for Birdwell and Brendon Babenzien, founder of Noah (noted in the interview as “Birdwell” and “Noah,” respectively).

Birdwell’s been around for a long time but has only collaborated with a handful of brands. How do you choose who to collaborate with and how did you land one with Noah?

Birdwell: It all starts with brands that inspire us and in most cases where we are already their customers. We are familiar with their product and believe in what the brand stands for, enough to buy their products. It’s also important for us to connect with and enjoy collaborating with the people running the brand. Life is too short not to work with people you really like. In the case of Noah, we’ve been fans since they opened their doors in 2015. More than that, we deeply appreciate the stand they are taking against the worst practice of the fashion industry — it’s an approach we share.

Brendon, you already make your own swim trunks, tote bags and jackets. What was the impetus for wanting to do a collab with Birdwell?
Noah: They’re the best. Plain and simple.

There are a ton of surf brands out there, so what drew you to Birdwell over other brands?
Noah: Surf as a business has really lost its way in my opinion. I know thinking about the business side of surfing is a bit weird, but I grew up and learned a lot from the business of surf/skate. I’ve seen the demise of the businesses that were super progressive.

It makes me sad to think that the businesses that were surfer-owned and were a true extension of the lifestyle and culture are now being run by non-surfers and accountants. It sucked the life right out of the business side and, in my opinion, has made surfing as a culture a little less {sic}. The businesses were vehicles for new ideas and some truly fun stuff. Birdwell is still surfer-owned and making things here in the US. We’re really only interested in working with companies that are the real thing and Birdwell is the real thing. The best partnerships are ones where you actually enjoy the process and the Bird guys are lovely, so it made the whole thing just that much better.

What was the collaboration process like?
Birdwell: From the moment we connected, we have enjoyed every interaction with their team. There’s a mutual admiration and they were stoked to do something cool and to do it the right way. We quickly locked on the idea of having them take the lead on designing the pieces, most of which are Birdwell legacy styles. When they shared the paisley design, we were completely committed to the fiendishly complicated task of executing the 9-color print on SurfNyl. We think our respective customers will dig the results of that labor of love.

Noah: The collaboration process was super simple and fun. They make a great product and we are very proud of our products. For that reason, it felt like a true exchange. We could benefit from their expertise on manufacturing their items and we could produce a few things they were looking for. They’re also open-minded people so they were OK with us playing a bit more with graphics and colors. It was fun for us to try and capture the spirit of Birdwell with a slightly different attitude. Its always a good time when you get to show your respect for a brand but also do something different for them.

Though Birdwell’s done polo shirts, you chose to go with Noah’s rugby shirt. How did the two brands come to that decision?
Birdwell: We thought it would be interesting to select the essential pieces that celebrate each brand’s heritage as well as our shared commitment to building things the right way. In the case of Noah, the rugby has been a mainstay of their collection every season. It’s pure east coast prep, which we thought would be a cool counter to the California lifestyle pieces that have been part of Birdwell’s offering since 1961.

Few other modern brands are using paisley quite like Noah. And in the streetwear scene, it’s not something I see much at all. How is it significant to you?
Noah: We just love paisley and context matters. Paisley can be awful, really. But if used in the right way, it is such a classic pattern, that we find ourselves returning to it time and time again. It’s funny because when you hear the word, you tend to think “conservative culture.” But visually, it’s quite aggressive, especially for clothing. It takes real personality to wear paisley well. So for that reason, paisley is incredibly significant to us.

Long board or short board?
Noah: Short board. My whole life. As a matter of fact, I’m actually pretty down on myself for never longboarding. I’ve just mastered the art of small wave surfing on short boards so I’ve never needed a long board. I need to incorporate more board lengths into my life though so I can have a different form of expression in the water.

These Are Some of the Slickest Sunglasses You Can Get for the Price (and They’re Gonna Sell Out)

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Mister Green x Akila

Two of SoCal’s hippest indie brands just released a stylish collab for the high-minded. Contemporary cannabis lifestyle brand Mister Green linked up with trendy Los Angeles eyewear brand Akila to put a stoner spin on Akila’s ‘Lo-Fi’ sunglasses and they’re likely to sell out.

The collaboration includes two strains of the classic rectangle shape: one slick all-black version and the other with tortoise shell acetate frames and rose-tinted lenses to match (or rather, conceal) post-blunt bloodshot eyes. While the styles are sly and lowkey, the glint of the metal Mister Green logos will be the only smoke signals for those in-the-know.

Each pair will be available today at 9am PST at Mister Green and Akila’s websites for just $110. But they’re limited to only 100 units per style, so you’d better not snooze.



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The Best Tote Bags to Take to the Beach This Summer

Summertime calls for a trip to the beach. Though this summer calls for a few seaside adjustments, like social distancing and face masks, you’ll still need the proper gear to take with you. Once you’ve gathered all your beach goods together (don’t forget sunscreen!), it’s time to put it all in a bag. For that, you need a beach tote.

Beach totes come in all manner of styles and the best ones are durable, have enough space to hold your personal effects plus your seaside accoutrements. These aren’t exactly your everyday tote bags, but they could function as your daily driver. Whether your speed is an all-natural approach with a burly canvas bag, or a high-tech tote with sophisticated water-repellant coatings and a grip of zips, daisy chains and pockets, there’s a tote out there begging you to go to the beach.

L.L.Bean Boat and Tote

It’s hard to talk about tote bags without mentioning the legendary Boat and Tote from L.L. Bean. Originally made to haul loads of ice, these make for a perfect tote for hot beach layouts. You’re usually limited to just two picks in the triangle of price, style and quality. Somehow, the Bean’s managed to get all three points. They’re affordable, they look great, and they last a long, long time. They come in a variety of sizes and colorways, each of which looks better with age.

Puebco Large Labour Tote Bag

Made in India of a durable cotton canvas fabric, Puebco’s Large Labour Tote Bag is just as suited for lounging in the sand. It’s a generous size at 18.1″ x 25.5″ x 11.2″, so it can handle hauling your beach towels as well as lunch for the whole crew.

Steele Steeletex Wide Beach Tote

Steele’s built up its reputation for making some of the burliest canvas bags since it opened its doors in the 1920s. This beach-ready bag is made with the brand’s signature Steeletex fabric, a heavy 18.5 ounce vinyl-coated nylon. It’s water-resistant and tear-resistant, plus the grommets at the bottom of the bag make it easy to dump out water and sand.

Noah Expandable Mesh Tote

Made with a durable and water-resistant nylon, this tote from Noah is perfect for clearing your carryall of sand and water, thanks to the lightweight mesh body. It’s got a convenient inner pocket to keep your EDC safe. And, it even expands, just in case you bought a few goodies at the local surf shop.

Patagonia Black Hole Gear Tote Bag 61L

Patagonia’s Black Hole bags are seriously tough. I’ve used a Black Hole duffle to carry well over 100 pounds of equipment, so this bag can definitely hold your sunscreen and beach towels. It’s made of 14 ounce 900-denier recycled polyester ripstop fabric that’s coated with a weather-resistant TPU-film laminate and DWR and includes an external zip pocket as well as daisy chains for any add-ons you might have. If the massive 61L size is more than you need, they also make a more reasonable 25L version, too.

Epperson Mountaineering Large Climb Tote

Epperson’s Large Climb Tote is another super durable option that you’ll be passing down to the next generation. The 1000 denier Cordura nylon body is tough but lightweight and water-resistant. The tote also includes military-grade webbing for the handles and daisy chain, a secure snap top and climbing-spec cord closure, as well as seam binding, for a clean-finished inside.

Filson Large Tin Cloth Grab ‘n’ Go Tote Bag

Considering how hard-wearing Filson’s tin cloth fabric is, it only makes sense in something like a tote bag. The Grab ‘n’ Go Tote Bag uses the same 14 ounce, oil-coated fabric for the outer and combines it with a durable, water-resistant nylon lining. It comes with nylon straps, dual outer pockets and a secure zipper top to make sure everything that’s in your bag stays in your bag.

Joshu+Vela Utility Tote

In case you feel like bringing wine to the beach, Joshu Vela’s Utility Tote can do that. Though its pockets are based on vintage tool bags, they conveniently hold your favorite orange wine quite well. They come in a variety of colors and feature bridle leather handles and even more pockets for non-enological essentials. And while we know that Joshu Vela makes another bag literally called the Beach Tote, we love a bag with pockets.

Resails Original Recycled Sail Tote

How beachy can one bag get? Resails’ Original Recycled Sail Tote bag plays up the nautical theme, upcycling vintage sailcloth to make its one-of-a-kind bags. Sailcloth is a great option for bags because it’s lightweight and super strong. To make matters even more durable, Resails also lines its bags with oxford nylon for extra protection and water-resistance.

Battenwear Wet Dry Bag

Wet-dry sounds like the term you use when you can’t recall the word ‘damp’ or definitely want to avoid saying ‘moist’. Can’t blame you there. But Battenwear named their Wet-Dry Bag correctly. It features a mesh outer layer for stowing your wet clothes and towels but also has a water-resistant cavity on the inside, so you can keep your dry goods separate. To play up the duality theme, you can also carry this bag like a tote or like a backpack too.

And Wander 25L Tote

And Wander’s 25L Tote boasts ballistic Cordura nylon with a polycarbonate coating that’s much more water-resistant than traditional coatings. It’s full of details like several mesh outer pockets, adjustable straps and handles, reflective 3M accents, and a secure zipper top. But the best part is that it’s also packable.

Telfar Large Shopper Bag

Telfar’s Shopper Bag is instantly recogizable and toted around by those in-the-know. It’s made of vegan leather and comes in a vivid range of colors and three sizes. The Large Shopper is ideal for beach days thanks to its voluminous capacity. It features a magnetic closure, inner pockets as well as carry handles and shoulder straps.

How to Dress Cool Through Hot Weather

On any occasion, dressing appropriately has its benefits. Whether it’s for an important meeting, a wedding, a party, or just summer, the right outfit is key. With the mercury rising, you’ll want to take proper steps to ensure you’re not overheating, something we’ll have to worry about more and more. Here are the best style practices for dressing for the hot, hot heat.

Wear Lightweight, Breathable Fabrics

Heavier fabrics tend to be more densely woven, trapping heat and blocking air flow, and that’s a problem because airflow is what carries heat energy from our bodies. When you sweat, and that sweat evaporates, it takes heat from your body and spreads it to the breeze. But in order for sweat to do its job, there has to be airflow so the evaporation can happen.

Madras fabric tends to be made from cotton in a light and open weave, making it perfect for the summer. Seersucker is also a good option because its characteristic rippling means the fabric doesn’t stick to the skin, allowing air to flow. Fabrics made with linen and hemp also tend to be more loosely woven and thus breathable. They also dry quickly, which helps to continuously evaporate sweat.

In contrast, synthetic materials like polyester and nylon tend to trap heat and moisture, making them inefficient in the summer. But, there are many synthetic fabrics which have been engineered specifically to regulate temperature in hot weather.

While wool is typically thought of as a winter material, it can actually be put to good use in the summer as well. Lightweight wool fabrics have open weaves and better breathability than synthetic fabrics while also wicking away moisture.

Stick to Light Colors

The darker your clothes are, the more light they will absorb and turn into heat. Lighter tones, on the other hand, reflect that energy away. Long story short, wear white clothes to keep cool.

However, scientists have found that in thickness matters, too. Bedouins wear thick, black robes to get them through the scorching heat of the desert. This sounds counterintuitive, but is actually proven to help. It works because the fabric is actually thick enough to absorb the sun’s rays on the exterior portion of the fabric, while the interior portion stays cooler, transferring less heat to the body. But If you’re not a Bedouin, it’s probably simpler to keep the colors light.

Loosen Up the Silhouette

Clothes that fit close to the body might be your vibe, but it’s not the best option for staying cool in the heat. Slim-fitting clothes don’t allow air to flow as much as loose clothing. They can also absorb your sweat, leaving you walking around with damp clothes. Wider silhouettes don’t cling to the skin as easily, allowing room for air to pass over the skin and evaporate more of your sweat, dissipating more heat from your body.

You can opt for clothes that are designed with more drape, obviously. But if a brand that you like doesn’t make looser-silhouettes, you can try sizing up. For certain garments, you can also have a tailor let out the silhouette. However, that’s mostly limited to dress pants and suit jackets, which have seam allowances built into them to allow for tailoring.

Tucking in your shirt is like keeping the windows closed in a hot house. When your shirt is tucked in, it seals off air from entering through the hem opening of the shirt. It’s not exactly giving you a looser silhouette, but it does allow more air to flow.

Wear a Hat

The more sun your body absorbs, the hotter you’ll feel. While you could take that to mean you should take an umbrella with you, a more practical, hands-free alternative is to wear a hat. Some argue that hats can trap heat, which is true to an extent. But the radiant heat that we experience from the sun can add to the ambient heat (the average air temperature we feel in the shade). So it depends. If the sun is blazing, it’s good to wear a hat. On a hot, but overcast day, a hat might not do you much good.

When it is sunny, given the other tips on this list, try to get one made in a lightweight, open-weave fabric in a light color. Assuming you want the hat to stay on your head, you’ll have to skip the loose-fit part.

Shorter Clothes Are More Breathable, But More Exposing

Long-sleeved shirts and pants just add more of a barrier to letting your skin breathe. Though light-colored clothes with an open weave are better for breathability than heavier, darker clothes, they’re ultimately still not as breathable as a pair of shorts or a short-sleeved shirt.

But, there’s a sort of caveat with this. Shorts and short-sleeved (or sleeveless) shirts do allow for better airflow and release more internal body heat. However, your body can still absorb heat by being more exposed to the sun. Not only that, but it can leave you more vulnerable to harmful UV rays. Sunburn is not a fun way to keep cool.

Though you could avert sunburns by applying sunscreen to your exposed skin, many sun screens might actually make you feel hotter. That’s because they cover the skin in a smooth layer which allows sweat to form larger into larger droplets which are harder to evaporate than smaller droplets. This explains why many people report feeling as though sunscreen makes them sweat more because they experience larger beads of sweat.

Be Light on Your Feet

We love a Goodyear-welted, full-grain leather boot any day. Well, except for summer. Shoes made of thicker materials or less-breathable materials like leather less breathable than a canvas sneaker.

Lightweight canvas sneakers provide good breathability, but you also have to make sure you’ve got the right socks. Avoid thick camp socks, or socks with dense knits. If you can help it, find socks that have less synthetic fibers, which tend to absorb sweat rather than wick it away. Some brands even make socks with summer-friendly materials like linen, which is a good choice.

Open-toed shoes like sandals and flip-flops are also a great option for keeping your feat from overheating. Again, the greater amount of room allows for more air circulation. We’re not saying that we don’t like socks with sandals, but you save a pair of socks from your next load of laundry, and that’s something.

The 12 Best Lightweight Chinos to Wear All Summer Long

You might not call raw denim a summer staple. So, as temperatures rise, consider lighter weight chinos — a cooler alternative to heavyweight jeans. Chinos, like denim, are made from cotton-twill fabric, which typically ranges in weight between seven and 10 ounces per yard. Lighter weight summer options, meanwhile, are exactly that — lighter–— and they provide a more flexible, less-insulating pant.

While there are the straight-ahead chinos some know simply as khakis, the range of this classic pant goes a bit wider than sandy-tones and twills. We’ve got a full spread of chinos ripe for the rising mercury and here are what we consider to be eleven of the best options out there.

Uniqlo Ultra Light Kando Pant

Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Kando Pant could certainly be paired with its matching sport coat to achieve its full form, but it looks just as good on its own, with a tee and sneakers. It’s an all-poly makeup that’s woven to be super breathable and even includes mesh pocketing.

Everlane Air Chino

This travel chino is cut from 4.2-ounce cotton poplin fabric that includes four percent elastane for comfort. Available in six colors, it features an interior button-and-hook closure and a slim fit.

J.Crew Lightweight Garment-Dyed Stretch Chinos

One of J.Crew’s most popular items is its chinos, thanks to its wide range of garment-dyed colors that get better with age and its variety of silhouettes from perfectly tailored to classically straight-legged. This summer rendition takes all the best parts of J.Crew’s famed chinos and lightens the load while adding a touch of stretch for flexibility.

Patagonia Lightweight All-Wear Hemp Pants

Not only does the fabric of Patagonia’s airy chinos weigh a mere 4.5 ounces, it’s also a 76/24 organic cotton/hemp blend that punches up its cooling power.

Flint and Tinder Lightweight Stretch Chinos

Made for warm-weather wear with a comfortable dose of stretch tossed in, these come in four classic colors and are cut in a perfectly tapered silhouette. Oh, and they’re made in the US for just under a hundred bucks.

Todd Snyder Tab Front Stretch Chino

Featuring a lightweight stretch-cotton blen, these chinos come in a slim fit with a tapered leg. They are available in sizes 30 to 36 and eight differ colorways.

Faherty Stretch Chino Pant

This slim-fit chino is cut from a 7.5-ounce cotton twill. With added elastane for comfort, they feature a medium rise, traditional trouser-style front pockets and rear- welt pockets.

Epaulet Rivet Chino

Made in Los Angeles, Epaulet’s popular Rivet Chino comes in a tough canvas fabric that’s none too heavy at a spring-friendly eight ounces. It comes with quality details like herringbone seam taping and a brass zipper.

Bills Khakis Vintage Twill Chinos

Available in four different fits, these chinos are cut from 8-ounce cotton twill. The pant comes in four different colors, washed for a more casual appearance.

Save Khaki Light Twill Trouser

These chinos come in a paper-thin yet durable all-cotton twill that’s been lightly brushed for an ultra-soft feel. They’re made Stateside and come in an astounding 21 different colors and three different fits, one of which is even more relaxed thanks to a sly drawstring.

Incotex Summer Uniform Chinos

Cut from lightweight cotton, these pants feature a zip fly, horn buttons and two side entry pockets. Detailing draws on military and workwear inlfuences.

Drake’s Cotton-Linen Single Pleat Game Chinos

Crafted in Italy from a breezy blend of cotton and linen, these chinos straddle the line between dress, casual and workwear all at once. They feature waist adjusters, flap pockets, cotton twill at the waistband and for the pockets.

Like Patagonia Baggies? Then You’ll Love These Shorts, Too

Patagonia first introduced its Baggies in 1982 as a technical beach short. Considering all the innovations the brand has produced over the decades, Baggies were a modest technical feat. But the simplicity and utilitarian approach are precisely what contributed to its success. From an interview with Gear Junkie Patagonia rep Corey Simpson noted, “Yvon Chouinard wanted a pair of shorts that had mesh drain pockets that fit two tennis balls. They had to be quick drying and durable enough to climb or be on the river. They needed a simple silhouette.”

The Baggies feature a durable Supplex nylon fabric which, as of 2018, comes from 100 percent recycled nylon. They dry quickly thanks to the DWR coating and mesh lining and pocket bags which easily drain water. The pockets themselves are designed to reduce drag in the water, but also feature handy details like an internal key loop and flapped pocket. What’s more, they cost just $55.

Nearly 40 years on and the Baggies are as popular as ever. Fans have praised them for their simplicity and durability, wearing them in a variety of activities, from grueling hikes to surfing to simply hangin’ out.

Today, there are plenty of alternatives that follow in the footsteps of Patagonia’s beloved Baggies. They come in a variety of colors, in twisted details, clear homages and a variety of price points. If you’re looking to pick up some alternatives for your summer activities, whether that’s tackling the next mountaintop or tackling an afternoon with the homies, these are certainly worth checking out.

Uniqlo Stretch Easy Shorts

A fast-drying fabric made of a cotton-poly blend, Uniqlo’s Stretch Easy Shorts have a leg up on elasticity, making them a super comfy alternative. They come in a range of solid colors and feature an adjustable elasticated drawstring waist just like Patagonia’s, but include a patched rear pocket.

L.L. Bean Classic Supplex Sport Shorts 6″

L.L. Bean’s alternative uses the same Supplex nylon that made Patagonia’s Baggies famous, featuring quick-drying and water-repellant properties. They come with a mesh liner, elastic waist and are UPF50+ rated (just make sure to sunscreen your legs not covered by the six inches of shorts). They also come in several lengths and design alternatives, for even more options.

The North Face Class V 7″ Pull-On Trunks

From one iconic outdoors brand to another, The North Face’s option is made from lightweight nylon and has an elasticated drawstring waist, scalloped seams and a zippered rear pocket.

Outerknown Nomadic Valley

These eco-conscious shorts are made with 100 percent recycled polyester that, like many options on this list, is quick drying. Unlike the storied original Baggies, these forgo the mesh lining which begets even more comfort.

Filson Green River Water Shorts

Filson’s river-ready shorts barely tip the scales with a 5-ounce fabric made from a blend of cotton and nylon. They’re treated to handle chlorine pools so you don’t have to worry about bleaching effects, and they’re quick to dry thanks to the mesh pockets.

Gramicci Nylon Packable G-Short

Gramicci’s shorts are a little more suited to scaling rock faces, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get into a pair just for a summer fit. Made with Japanese nylon, they come with an integrated webbed belt, on-seam pockets, zippered rear pocket and are packable.

Noah Utility Shorts

Noah adds an extra cargo pocket to the thigh of its lounge-ready shorts. They’re crafted in Canada with a durable cotton twill and include on-seam hand pockets and trendy ’80s-style logo.

Outlier F.Cloth Bigs

Known for its technical prowess, Outlier’s F.Cloth Bigs shorts are an upgraded alternative worth considering. The fabric is woven in Sweden using a super lightweight canvas that’s made with 97 percent Cordura-grade nylon and 3 percent elastane with water-repelling coating and two-way stretch.

Battenwear Active Lazy Shorts

One of the breeziest of the bunch in this list, Battenwear’s Active Lazy Shorts are comprised of a 55/45 linen/cotton fabric. They’re comfortably roomy and come with two hand pockets and two rear patch pockets as well as an easily-adjustable drawstring waist.

Goldwin Cordura Shorts

A straightforward and minimally-designed option, Goldiwn’s Cordura Shorts are extremely lightweight and even more durable. They come with a smart, gusseted inseam for a better fit and plenty of storage space that’s also discreet.

And Wander Belted Reflective Shorts

And Wander’s high-end option is built in Japan with a lightweight and waterproof shell. It includes reflective panels, an integrated jacquard belt, hidden zippered hand pockets and taped seam cargo pockets.

The Best Bandanas to Use Every Day

A bandana is endlessly useful. It can wipe the sweat off your brow, soak up a spill, catch your runny nose or even help you survive a dangerous situation. The bandana’s origins go back to 17th century South Asia and the Middle East, where it’s believed to have gotten its name from the Hindi word ‘badhnati’ which means ‘to tie’. It was often decorated with traditional patterns like paisley, which is believed to have originated in Persia. The stylish square of fabric eventually made its way around the world through trade and colonization, often displaying the traditional paisley print.

The bandana has gone on to stuff the pockets of allergy-plagued people as part of their essential everyday carry, but has also played a larger cultural role. It’s been used to signal gang membership, romantic intent in the LGBTQIAP community, and, today, as face covers in the midst of a pandemic. The simple design, a square of plain-woven cotton typically about 20 inches by 20 inches, lends itself to a myriad of possibilities, a blank canvas of utility. However you use it, there’s no shortage of bandanas on the market to choose from and we’ve picked out some of the best for you.

Carolina Mfg. Paisley Bandana

Carolina Mfg. has been in business since the 1940s and continues to make its bandanas in the States. Using a lightweight, all-cotton fabric, they come in a full range of colors in a classic paisley print.

SMOEM Survival Signaling Bandana

Bandanas can also be a vital tool. This one from SMOEM comes printed with crucial survival tips like how to purify water, how to find the North Star and important knots. Plus, it comes in a bright orange colorway which can be useful in signaling for help.

Left Field Rotary Printed Bandana

Made in the USA, Left Field’s uses a traditional rotary method to print its all-cotton bandanas. The result is a highly-detailed image with graphics that call back to the brand’s workwear roots.

Diop Amar Bandana

Diop’s bandanas are a welcomed option that isn’t just the usual paisley bandana. They come in a variety of traditional African fabrics, each with bold prints and vivid colors, each made with soft cotton that gets better with age.

Two Ears Brand Marvel Bandanna

This bandana is made with historical accuracy in mind. In collaboration with Japanese brand Ooe Yofukuten and Jonathan Lukacek, the bandanna dove into Lukacek’s deep history and collection of bandanas and found a factory sample which never made it to production. It’s printed by hand using an extremely rare fabric that’s woven on narrow looms to produce a bandana with two selvedge edges. No other bandana brand makes them like this.

Kiriko Split Bandana

Kiriko’s known for championing traditional Japanese textiles, whether it’s selling vintage boro fabrics or employing classic kimono fabrics into modern designs. This bandana fuses two beautiful fabrics into one for a patchwork aesthetic.

Drake’s Seaside Print Cotton Bandana

Known for its range of suiting, trousers and dress shirts, London-based brand Drake’s also makes artisanal accessories. Its ties and pocket squares are lauded for their intricate patterns and craftsmanship which includes beautiful, but time-consuming, hand-rolled edges. So it’s not surprising that it translates well when it comes to bandanas. Made in Italy, this bandana features an all-cotton fabric with a fun, nautical-themed print and the distinct hand-rolled edges.

Garmin welcomes the MARQ Golfer into its high-end wearable lineup

Garmin is a multinational company in the United States that specializes in a wide range of products. It produces state-of-the-art GPS navigational assistance systems for both commercial, professional, and consumer use. Over the years it has been offering reliable and innovative wearable devices the goes beyond our expectations. These are usually focused on sports, fitness, and survival among others. As such, those who love to play Golf might want to check out the MARQ Golfer smartwatch.

This gadget is a premium alternative for users who want more than just basic functions and connectivity. With a name like MARQ Golfer, this becomes a reliable digital tool that will improve your game. The software engineers go the extra mile to code in over 41,000 courses around the globe into its memory. Thus, no matter where you want to play, Garmin assures you that all the relevant information is on your wrist all the time.

Everything in the MARQ catalog is Garmin’s luxury-grade option for individuals who prefer their tech with a touch of class. Hence the 46 x 14.7 mm case flaunts a titanium construction while the bezels include a ceramic insert. Meanwhile, its 1.2-inch 240 x 240 resolution memory-in-pixel (MIP) display sits below a domed sapphire crystal for protection. These are the type of materials normally seen on high-end timepieces.

Overall, buyers who probably want something with basic functionality might want to steer clear of this $1,850 smartwatch. However, users who want the absolute best that Garmin can offer should enjoy what the MARQ Golfer brings to the table. It even boasts up to 12 days of battery life, Each unit comes with a breathable nylon band (jacquard weave) and an extra silicone rubber strap.

Purchase the MARQ Golfer now: here

Images courtesy of Garmin

Streetwear, Home Goods and Bongs: How Mister Green Became the Coolest Head Shop in California

This story is part of our Summer Preview, a collection of features, guides and reviews to help you navigate warmer months ahead.

Opened in 2015, Mister Green Life Store is a far cry from the dusty Rasta-themed head shops of yesteryear. The airy, minimalist cannabis destination is decked out in natural wood, offering everything but the flower — think investment-worthy home goods and the kind of clothing you’d find in a streetwear blog, not a middle schooler’s closet.

“For people who have more interest in design, we offer something that they may be able to take home versus some place like a bong shop on Hollywood Boulevard,” says the shop’s founder, Ariel Stark-Benz, who moved from New York to Los Angeles via Tokyo to start the brand.

Mister Green started, like many contemporary brands, as an online store with no brick-and-mortar presence. Stark-Benz curated an innovative selection of products for the store along with an in-house line of home goods and clothing. The wears — both tasteful and subversive — immediately spoke to a new generation of weed lovers, one that may not have been old enough to see Jerry Garcia perform live.

Illustration: Joe McKendry

So when the original Mister Green Life Store opened up on Fountain Ave. in East Hollywood, the interior reflected a fresh, iconoclastic vision of what a head shop could be. It was bright and open with displays crafted from plywood and cinder blocks. In a nod to the six months Stark-Benz spent perusing shops in Japan, the goods were allowed to speak for themselves, accented only by a few quirky cannabis-tangential collectibles.

In early 2020, Stark-Benz moved the store further east to L.A.’s Silverlake neighborhood. He kept the unfussy layout and natural wood aesthetic — this time plywood also replaces panels in the two-room storefront’s drop ceiling. Sculptural bongs from San Francisco’s Summerland Ceramics sit near Mister Green’s own line of T-shirts, sweats and accessories. The brand’s latest collection — called “coastal things” — references ’60s counterculture, ’80s surf culture and Los Angeles in the ’90s, among other things.

And while the shop has changed locations and expanded inventory, it still manages to create and foster a refreshingly fresh take on weed culture. “I still love that aspect,” Stark-Benz says. “We are celebrating something that is technically still a criminal act in so many places, but that people have always found community and bonding through.”

In stock: Alterior Design, Mister Green, Satta, Summerland Ceramics, Tsubota Pearl

A version of this story originally appeared in a print issue of Gear Patrol Magazine. Subscribe today.

John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol’s style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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These Are the Style Releases We’re Obsessed About This Week

What keeps me going everyday? Three things: 1) coffee, 2) my body still, without my consent, wakes me up every day and I have no control over that, and 3) the latest style releases. Once I’ve been awakened and fueled by my go-juice, I careen through the pages of the internet to see what new drops await me.

This week, the latest and greatest did not disappoint. Three-way sneaker collabs, avant-garde summerwear, cotton-candy-colored CBD-fueled tees (not kidding) and more made it into this week’s best-of.

Akila Legacy Sunglasses

Akila’s endlessly hip Legacy sunglasses get a shiny new coat of paint.

Vans x Neighborhood x Mr.Cartoon Old Skool Sneaker

A three-way joint with the preeminent SoCal sneaker brand, Japanese Americana-streetwear brand Neighborhood and contemporary artist Mr. Cartoon. Kids have been customizing their Vans for decades with sharpies, and this is what a professional tattoo artist can do.

18 East June Drop

If you’re reading this, it’s (probably) too late. NYC-based 18 East has been beating their own drum in the menswear world and everyone’s nodding their heads to the rhythm. Much of the drop features clothes made from the scraps of past collections with a dash of ’90s skate-inspired new-new mixed in. Also in the mix is a new graphic tee with positive vibes. From 18 East’s designer, Antonio Ciongoli, “‘The sun will rise’ is basically our brand mantra at this point. Just trying to speak better times into existence.”

Beams x END. 15th Anniversary Collection

UK menswear retailer END. Clothing turns 15 years old and its celebrating with venerated Japanese brand Beams. The collection takes classic Beams pieces like its patchwork aran-knit cardigan and corduroy button-down shirt and renders it all in a greyscale colorway.

Extra Vitamins x Recess

On the opposite end of the visible light spectrum, my favorite hemp-infused fizzy drink just collaborated with New York brand Extra Vitamins for a trippy set of tees that’s CBD and THC-free.

Zam Barrett Protological Archetype Shirt

Known for his avant-garde designs with natural fabrics, anatomical patterns and raw edges, Zam Barrett’s Protological Archetype Shirt takes a summery turn.

General Admission Leisure Shorts

‘Leisure shorts’ is a bit redundant. I’m not trying to make any business deals in these worn-in paint-splattered cozy boys any time soon.

Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Indigo Boss Duck

Taylor Stitch’s popular trucker jacket gets a rendition in its tough Boss Duck fabric.

Feit One Strap Sandal

Like Crocs sandals? Upgrade to these.

Alledjo Corrosol Silk Shirt

Opaque clothing is over.

Dr. Martens x Pleasures 1460 Boot

This collab is like if The Germs and The Clash formed a super group.

Iron Heart IH-555S-WH Jeans

We taught you how to wear white jeans. These don’t need to be babied, especially at 21 ounces.

Noma T.D. Tie-Dye Shell Shorts

Okay, we know that we bombard you with tie-dye, but it doesn’t have to be vibrant to be cool…

Eckhaus Latta Marble-Print Wide-Leg Jeans

…Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Alex Mill Short Striped Sleeve popover Shirt

Awnings make for some pretty cool shirts.

Need Great Summer Shoes? Check Out These Slip-On Styles

In the roundtable of warm-weather footwear, the usual players include canvas sneakers, loafers, sandals and boat shoes. But a more recent trend might have you considering a new option: the mule.

What is a mule? Essentially, it’s a closed-toe slip-on shoe that’s backless. It’s a style that dates back to ancient Rome, though it didn’t come into vogue until the 1500s where, throughout Europe, it was mostly a bedroom slipper. If you have a pair of closed-toe house slippers, those are mules. The style would evolve and venture from the home to the street, with the addition of leather soles and heels.

Today, it’s a popular style in women’s fashion but has more recently made the circuit to menswear. Many an entry point for men’s mules has been Birkenstock’s iconic Boston shoe. Viberg and Feit had both introduced their high-end, streamlined versions of the summery shoe while funkier style enthusiasts clamored for Troentorp’s wooden clogs and even Crocs.

And it’s not just traditional shoemakers producing mules. Sneaker brands are also backing the backless loafer with mule versions of their classic shoes. Adidas just released its Stan Smith mule while brands like Superga, New Balance and Sperry have mules of their own. Vans reinterpreted its Authentic sneaker as a convertible mule years ago, leaning into the fact that many wearers would simply stamp the heel counter flat as an easy way to slip into the shoes. It might look like a half-baked idea, seeing a pair of tennis shoes missing an entire section (I’m not saying it’s not) but it’s just another way clothes have adapted to meet the consumer where they are. And in a time of quarantine, where the divide between work and home has crumbled, these sneaker-mule chimeras could be the succinct shoe of the moment.

Whether your style leans more chic, a bit hippie, or anywhere within, there’s a mule worth checking out. Here are a handful for you to slip into.

Boston by Birkenstock $145

Realtree Camo Clog by Crocs $35

Cotu by Superga $65

OG 43 LX by Vans Vault $69

Stan Smith Slip-On by Adidas $70

Chanclas by Sperry $100

Monet Bit by Needles x Troentorp ~$135

Mule by Viberg $520

Crog by Yuketen $550

Calf Raised-Sole Grained-Leather Mules by Guidi $723

Papillon Velvet Mule by Needles ~$349

How the Gay Community Helped Popularize Workwear

Fashion has always been a signifier. Of musical tastes, of particular style tribes, of social status, even of sexuality. Countless subcultures have actively pursued certain dress codes to align themselves with like-minded individuals. Think rare Air Jordan’s for sneakerheads, oxford cloth button-downs with soft collar rolls for prep enthusiasts, selvedge jeans for denimheads.

Whether it’s a certain color, accessory, brand or silhouette, subcultures have taken anything and everything in clever and overt ways. What you might not realize is that much of the fashion that has seeped into popular menswear today has been propagated and popularized by the gay community.

For years, because there wasn’t much else available, the queer people wore heteronormative garb, passing as straight in an unaccepting society. It’s not a new thing. But as the fight for gay rights progressed, gay people found novel ways of dressing to signal their affiliation to others in-the-know.

Though the queer community has its own complex system of cultures and subcultures, we want to focus on workwear. This rugged, functional clothing was designed for coal mines, railroad tracks and construction sites, but it became popular in the queer community before it gained mainstream appeal in the last decade.

The Village People, the chart-topping musical group which made music for the predominantly gay disco scene, was famous not only for its catchy dance music, but its cast of masculine characters. Composed of a construction worker, a leather-clad biker, a cowboy, a Native American, a GI/sailor and a police officer, the group’s characters drew upon traditionally masculine ideals. And, many clothing styles popular in menswear today draw upon these same aesthetics, whether its a military-inspired coat, a moto-jacket or heavy work boots. The lyrics to ‘Macho Man’ outline the idealized masculine dress:

“You can tell a macho, he has a funky walk
His western shirts and leather, always look so boss
Funky with his body, he’s a king
Call him Mister Eagle, dig his chains
You can best believe that, he’s a macho man
He likes to be the leader, he never dresses grand”

Though the band eschews the gay musical group label and even denies the alleged subtexts and double entendres of its lyrics, the group and its music caught on in the gay scene where songs like ‘Y.M.C.A.’ and ‘Macho Man’ became anthems long before they were mainstream hits.

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Around the same time as the disco craze (but lasting much longer), there were the so-called “Castro Clones,” a group that was first mentioned in the 1970s on the “Red Queen Broadside” posters wheatpasted around San Francisco by gay activist Arthur Evans. Donning Levi’s 501 jeans and skin-hugging t-shirts, the group looked toward iconic celebrities like Marlon Brando for their style choices, with an emphasis on showing off one’s physique. The look wasn’t loud and wouldn’t really elicit a second thought amongst most straight people. But that was part of the point.

The fight for queer inclusion, acceptance and rights is still ongoing, and many in the community feel a need to “pass” as straight in certain situations. In an article by written by Paul Flynn for The Guardian, Luke Howard of the queer DJ collective Horse Meat Disco talks about some of the thought behind dressing in typical work clothes: “Boys that grow up to become gay men have often personally experienced or at least witnessed anti-gay bullying, which perhaps then becomes either externalized — I’ll be as flamboyant as I want in my attire and to hell with you all — or internalized: I’ll be more masculine-looking than the most heterosexual men.”

And, because the ’70s style has made a comeback in recent years, the Castro Clone has become more popular. Though it never completely disappeared, the look resurfaced in major films like the Harvey Milk biopic Milk which came out in 2008, just as the resurgence of American workwear was beginning to grow. The clone style eventually evolved into another subculture of the gay community known as ‘bear’ which also places an emphasis on tight clothes, buff physiques ane rugged masculinity, but with less of a workwear focus and specific emphasis on thick beards — still a familiar sight among rugged style enthusiasts today.

In the late 2000s, hipster culture began to take foot. The style was typified with fixed-gear bicycles, legs wrapped in skinny jeans and topped with flannel shirts. Before long, both lesbian women and gay men took the style and ran with it. That was when Frank Muytjens, former head of J.Crew men’s took notice. Just as the menswear revival was about to boom, Muytjens noted the fashion of lesbians in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

In an article for Put This On, Muytjens says, “Red Wings were popular with lesbians there. I just loved how they wore them with slim jeans and plaid flannel shirts, so I helped to bring the brand into J. Crew.” Coupled with the hit show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which helped convince straight men that caring about their style was a good thing (indeed!), J.Crew saw even more success with its slim suits and chinos, both of which have roots in military and workwear traditions.

When Joseph Hancock asked designer Vivienne Westwood about straight men adopting gay styles in his book Brand/Story: Cases and Exploration in Fashion Branding, Westwood notes that it’s always been a thing. “Look at the Arrow Collar ads from the early part of the twentieth century,” she says. “The male gaze at the male body — the homoerotic gaze — both fascinates and terrifies straight men. They see beautiful men in beautiful clothes and envy, emulate, and revolt at what they see. When gay men flaunted a more effeminate style, it was easy for straight men to reject gay fashion. These days, the gay code of ‘straight acting’ has overshadowed the more flamboyant fun of earlier queer styles to the point that straight men feel comfortable with gay fashion.”

She goes on to note that growing acceptance accounts for some of this, but also points out that straight men may not know what they see, but they know what they like. “To put this all in perspective, however, many straight men wear black leather jackets and jeans, a look that grew out of the Chicago and southern California gay BDSM scenes in the 1940s and ’50s. They don’t know that history, but they enjoy the masculine look of it. I just wish they would adopt queer stylings sooner, such as the goatee, and let them go just as quickly.”

Workwear’s popularity has crested but is far from gone. Some brands like John Deeriere continue to subvert traditionally straight cultures like Nascar and John Deere. There’s no doubt that high-end designers, particularly from Japan, also helped to bolster the style and continue to keep it steadily afloat. As with many subcultural dress codes, however, the style has morphed and moved away from its early adopters. Like the right earring, handlebar mustache, or overall interest in style, workwear’s gay signifiers have gone mainstream, losing much of its ties to the community which it attracted. Today, if you’re a fan of Red Wing boots or workwear as a style, you can thank the queer community for making it cool.

David Lynch’s Sunglasses Are Just as Esoteric and Cool as You’d Expect

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Rose Colored Glasses

Welcome to Style Spotting, a recurring column highlighting unique clothing and accessories worn by some of the most stylish men we know. This week: David Lynch’s Serengeti Eyewear’s Serengeti DR 6227 sunglasses .

On November 3, actor Kyle MacLachlan posted a photo on Instagram with David Lynch highlighting the artist-filmmaker’s upcoming installation at Sperone Westwater Gallery titled Squeaky Flies in the Mud. In the photo, Lynch is wearing a long black topcoat, a black shirt buttoned to the neck and a pair of black aviator-style sunglasses with red lenses. While Lynch’s clothing is par for the course, the shades are actually pretty esoteric.

The vintage sunglasses — made either in Japan or France depending on the year — are Serengeti DR 6227s. They feature a matte-black graphite frame with a black metal bridge and ear stems. Notably, the rounded lenses were manufactured by Corning Optics. The scratch-resistant glass lenses are polarized, photochromic and include a spectral control filter that enhances contrast by suppressing blue light and glare. They’re also impact resistant and have a polyurethane back coating for protection.

Over the years, Serengeti has produced numerous aviator-esque styles fit for outdoorsmen and drivers, but the DR 6227 is hard to come by on the vintage market. The black rounded frame and the superior rose lenses make these shades a desirable find both in terms of style and performance. If you’re lucky enough to find a pair, pick them up before someone else does.

John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol’s style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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6 Lightweight Jeans You Can Totally Wear All Summer Long

As hot as summer gets, some people still won’t go out without wearing a pair of jeans. But diehard denimheads don’t have to suffer through the intense heat, baking in their blue jeans. There are plenty of stylish jeans out there catered toward keeping it cool all summer long. Emphasizing lighter-weight denim, these jeans shed the weight to make a for a breezier experience. Typically, most garden-variety blue jeans will use denim that weighs about 12 to 16 ounces per square yard. Some serious jeans even push the limits and tip the scales well past that, packing on the ounces to the twenties. A few have even strived to make jeans using denim that weighs a full 32 ounces per square yard. That’s two pounds. For reference, that is quite literally like wearing a rug.

While some jeans go for denim below that 12-ounce threshold, others take into account other factors like the weave of a denim as well as materials. If you want to keep extra cool, giving your legs some breathing room with a looser pair of jeans also helps. There are plenty of summer-friendly jeans on the market and here are our picks for the ones you should consider.

Uniqlo Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans

You’d be searching for a while if your jeans criteria included selvedge denim and a budget of just $50. Thankfully, Uniqlo’s cut that search short. Though you could always opt for the obvious indigo jeans, you can slip into a pair of white jeans to keep extra cool through summer. The updated fit is a clean slim silhouette that includes a touch of stretch.

L.L. Bean Signature Linen/Cotton Five Pocket Pants

While the Bean might not call these jeans, we’re still including it in this list. Even though they don’t come in the traditional indigo dye we expect of a classic pair of jeans, they do have the requisite five-pocket design. The denim in question is a breezy blend of 55-45 blend of linen and cotton, which gives them the texture we expect from a pair of jeans, but with better breathability.

Left Field 12.5oz Collect Mills Banana Denim

Made in New York, Left Field’s summer-ready jeans aren’t just lightweight — they’re made with bananas. The fabric is a Japanese selvedge denim with a unique blend of cotton and banana fibers which give the fabric a super soft hand as well as an interesting neppy texture. They’re great for the hot months and will develop a gorgeous patina that’s rich in texture.

Naked & Famous Island Blue Stretch Selvedge Jeans

At just 9.5 ounces, these jeans are among the lightest jeans out there. That makes them also one of the best for summer. They’re made with a touch of stretch, in a ’70s-inspired bright blue indigo tone. Other details include selvedge coin pocket, button fly and soft leather patch.

3sixteen ST-122x Slim Tapered Lightweight Shadow Jeans

Denim brand 3sixteen is lauded for its well-built jeans and beautiful fabrics, and its Lightweight Shadow Jeans are a great example. They use a 12 ounce denim that’s dyed with indigo for the warp yarns and black weft yarns for a unique two-toned fabric that will age like no other jeans you have in your closet. They’re cut and sewn in San Francisco and come in a perfectly-cut slim tapered fit.

Dawson Denim Deck Pants

Made by husband-and-wife denim duo Dawson Denim, these are crafted with exacting precision in the brand’s British atelier. They take after vintage US Navy pants and incorporate a high-quality selvedge denim that’s about as lightweight as some shirts at just 10 ounces. They’ve got a loose fit for extra aeration and that’s also quite handsome.

28 Cloth Face Masks That Actually Look Good

You may not know what day it is, but you do know that we’re in the new normal, aka the actual Upside Down. Venturing out from our four walls into the open air means you gotta mask up to protect yourself, but more importantly to protect others. We can’t overstate the importance of good hygiene and social distancing in conjunction with covering your nose and mouth with some kind of cloth. It may not be up to the lofty medical standards of the N95 mask, but it’s actually (a lot) better than nothing.

The pandemic has sprung a field of mask options from big box stores, independent brands and an army of home sewers. So, while we’re not exactly thrilled that we’re in this situation, there are a plenty of stylish masks on the market. At the end of the day, a mask is utilitarian and it shouldn’t matter whether the one you have is a simple black mask, but why not find a mask with a bit more expression. It’s your new face now, after all.

Knitted Legs Face Mask

Some of the most stylish masks come from Etsy. This one, from Knitted Legs, is reversible and includes two types of leather cords so you can wear them around your head or your ears.

Homesite Toile Face Mask

Made in Greece, Homesite’s set of toile face masks are made to order and you can choose your preferred head support.

Buck Mason Washable Prevention Face Mask

Buck Mason’s face masks are, per its website, not a fashion piece. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like how they look. They come with an inner layer that has an anti-microbial coating, and feature a classic striped pattern or a plain solid black.

Kiriko Face Masks

Based in Portland, Oregon, Kiriko has made a grip of face masks using traditional vintage Japanese fabrics which come in a variety of patterns, all in a rich indigo blue.

Found My Animal Wisteria Tie Dye Mask

Found My Animal’s face mask is not, per its usual clientele, for humans. And it’s supremely stylish, too. Triple-layered, adjustable ties, form-fitting brass nose piece and a lowkey tie-dye job.

Ijji Face Mask

Made from deadstock Japanese twill fabric, Ijji’s pleat-style face mask is for the earthy minimalist in all of us.

Runabout Goods Defender Mask

Made in Los Angeles, the Defender Mask uses the triple-pleat design with a robust Japanese blanket fabric.

Farewell Frances Quilted Face Mask

Vintage American quilts go into Farewell Frances’ masks, which makes each one completely unique from the next.

Free & Easy Tie Dye Face Masks

Hip SoCal brand Free & Easy makes its mask sets upcycles fabrics from its t-shirt samples. As such, each mask set is like a box of chocolates.

Será Fine Silk Face Mask

The sartorial among us will appreciate Será’s silk face masks. They’re made in Italy using the same luxurious silk fabrics Será uses for its range of neck ties and include a filter pocket.

Custom Collaborative Reusable Face Mask

Made in New York via Custom Collaborative’s network of artisan women sewers, these masks use upcycled fabrics obtained from the fashion industry.

Clare V. Bisous Masks

Clare V.’s face masks use the same vivid fabrics for which the brand is known. The contrasting binding and ties is a fun sort of patchwork which sets these apart from the rest.

Baggu Fabric Face Mask

If patchwork is not quite your think, maybe colorblock is. Baggu’s assorted set of face masks come in a handful of great colorways to brighten up your ‘fit.

Camp Collection Camp Mask 6-Pack

Though the flower children didn’t have masks to take with them to Woodstock, they might’ve really dug these groovy masks from Camp Collection. Made in San Francisco, these are constructed of four layers of organic cotton and include a filter pocket.

Lisa Says Gah Knit Masks

Most of the time, Lisa Says Gah’s knitted masks sell out and what you have left is the mask and scrunchie set. I have no use for a scrunchie. But the mask looks so good that I might have to find a use for it.

Rowing Blazers Face Masks

Your favorite oxford cloth button-up shirt is now your favorite face mask, thanks to Rowing Blazers. Not only that, the preppy fave makes a handful of masks using the same high-quality shirting and suiting fabrics from its collection.

Outerknown Indigo Tie-Dye Mask

Made from 2-ply organic cotton jersey, these masks are hand-dyed with indigo and each one is different. The style features over-the-head and neck elastic straps that can be tightened with a knot to offer a secure fit.

Birdwell Birdie Reversible Face Mask

Birdwell’s mask uses the same high-quality SurfStretch and SurfNyl fabric that goes into its storied board shorts. This one, in a military-inspired woodland camo, is reversible and comes with free-flowing ties that tie around the head for a more comfortable fit.

J. Augur Vintage Applique Star US Flag Face Mask

Better-known for its line of bags and accessories made from upcycled leather and fabric, J. Augur has applied the same ethos to its one-of-one masks.

Lotuff Handmade Face Cover

It’s easy enough to tie together a bandana, but artisan leather brand Lotuff has taken it a step further by using vintage bandanas and crafting them into well-fitting mask that’s multi-layered and comes with extra-durable straps.

MINNA Grids + Stripes Masks

When Minna isn’t making beautiful home goods, they’re making these spring-toned face masks using the same fabric they use for their lovely napkins, pot holders and other kitchen accessories.

Mystery Ranch Street Mask

Co-signed by John Mayer, the Mystery Ranch Street Mask is as tough as its mil-spec bags.

Railcar Fine Goods Wabash Mask Type 1

If you’re a workwear enthusiast, you’ll want to cover up with Railcar’s wabash stripe mask which will fade beautifully over time.

69 Denim Mask

While 69 is known for it’s all-out avant-garde approach to denim, these masks are a bit more low-key. Utilizing an 8-ounce denim, it’s simple and gets the job done.

Zipporah Reshel

If you’re into a more earthy aesthetic, Zipporah Reshel’s linen masks are worth a look. They’re made from organic linen and come in a range of colors.

Diop Face Mask

Diop’s lineup of masks feature a range of beautiful wax printed cotton fabrics in traditional African patterns.

Profound Floral Painting Mask

Profound’s double-layered mask combines a painterly floral print with a streetwear edge.

Revolve Face Mask

Featuring an adjustable nose bridge for a precise fit, Revolve’s USA-made mask comes in a subtle tie-dye print that will brighten up your day.

What Should You Wear with White Pants? Here Are 5 Tips

White pants can be daunting. They seem like a good idea at the time of purchase, but when it comes time to get dressed, you’re not so sure you can pull them off. “How do I wear these?” you ask yourself. The only answer you hear in return is your own echo, rebounding off the walls of your empty apartment. There’s nobody there to guide you in your style quandary.

That’s why I’m here. My experience (tons of bricked outfits) has taught me well and I’ll be the one to guide you on this pristine, white pant journey. Whether your vibe is comfy, clean, fashion-forward, sartorial or whatever, here are a few ways to incorporate white pants into your wardrobe.

Keep it Simple

Prizm Link Necklace by Third Crown $740
Flatlock Seam Crew Sweater by Buzz Rickson $150
Supima Cotton Tee by Forty Five $32
501 Original Fit Jeans by Levi’s $60
Comfort Turnout Boot by R.M. Williams $495

Don’t overthink it. An easy way to rock your white jeans is to keep it clean. Can’t say that that’s easy to do (they’re white after all), but what we mean is to keep everything else simple. White jeans can be the statement here if you just pair it with a plain tee and pull-on boots. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, add some accessories, whether that’s a watch or a classic chain necklace.

Rely on Indigo

Sage Unisex Round Sunglasses by Raen $140
EZY Ultra Stretch Color Jeans by Uniqlo $40
Cunningham Coat by Imperfects $220
Chambray Work Shirt by Todd Snyder $168
Traditional Handsewn 3-Eyelet Classic Lug by Timberland $150

A never-fail outfit is a simple pair of blue jeans and white T-shirt. With a pair of white jeans, you can take that same formula and just flip it, pairing it with a denim shirt or jacket on top. It could be a western-style denim shirt or a chambray button-up, or a denim chore coat. The combo of indigo and white works well in basically any situation and whether the denim is on top or the bottom is irrelevant.

Add Some Color

Earth Embassy Tee by Total Luxury Spa $60
DB Cargo Workpants by Darryl Brown $190Analogue Sunglasses by Akila $125
Tie-Dye Silver Crew Socks by American Trench $23
Boston by Birkenstock $140

Instead of thinking of the white pants as the subject, you can treat it as the canvas instead. Add some energy to it with a mix of colors, patterns, prints and don’t be afraid to lean into the brighter colors. Building the outfit this way allows the pants to ground the outfit, anchoring the colors together. While we’re on the subject of color, you can ease into white pants with a pair that’s not so stark white, like this natural-toned pair from Darryl Brown.

Act Like You’re on Vacation

Contrast Stitch Bucket Hat by Urban Outfitters $19
Open Collar Block Print Shirt by Beams Plus $125
Wide-Leg Cotton Trousers by Raey $330
Smooth Leather Sandals by Goya $266

White pants are made for summer. The vacation you’re having may only be in your mind (if it’s not a trip to the back yard), but you can still dress like you’re soaking in the sun far away. Try a patterned shirt and some breezy sandals to get into the mindset. And, loosen up the silhouette while you’re at it.

Prep Your Outfit

New York New York Cap by Corridor $45
Field Shirt by Alex Mill $94
Slim Authentic Flex Jeans by Madewell $125
Larson Weejun Loafers by G.H.Bass & Co. $110

You can always take a page out of ‘Take Ivy’. Add some prep in your step with a pair of classic penny loafers and a military-inspired button-up on top so it doesn’t look like you’re trying to relive your college days.

My New Favorite Hand Cream Is Actually Really Affordable

My hands are the cleanest they’ve ever been. Not that they were caked with debris pre-pandemic, but the swift shift in hygienic etiquette as part of the new normal has subjected them to more soap and water than a drive-thru car wash. That’s great for decreasing the spread of bacteria and viruses, and, you know, literally saving lives. Though the action is noble, it’s not without its price.

Soap and water work against bacteria and viruses by mechanically disrupting their physical structures and washing them away from your hands. They also wash away the natural oils which the skin produces. Those oils help maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier, keeping the skin healthy and intact. Without that barrier, skin is prone to drying out and even cracking. Not only is that painful, but allows more avenues for which bacteria and viruses to grow. That’s why in this pandemic, now, more than ever, it’s important to keep your hands moisturized.

It’s not hard to find hand lotion, but it is difficult to find one that works for you and your unique skin. Grooming brand Hawthorne knows this. That’s why their range of lotions, soaps and deodorants are customizable. They do this by putting customers through a comprehensive questionnaire to dial in the perfect product specifically for you. Per Hawthorne’s website, they use “study-backed research and tested thousands of different guys to develop an algorithm that identifies the right products for your body chemistry, skin type, and lifestyle with over 95% accuracy.”

It asks you about the type of skin you have, how much you sweat, how often you shower, what your ideal body wash is like, how bad your body odor is and even whether you prefer beer or cocktails (seriously). For what it’s worth, I’m a cocktail guy. Once you’ve taken the easiest test of your life, Hawthorne spits out a series of tailored products based on your answers. Hawthorne doesn’t give you a list of products to choose from. Rather, it gives you one recommended product for each category. There’s no choice paralysis which truly saves people like me a ton of time.

I received their new set of Hand Wash and Hand Soap. First off, they both smell great. It’s a balanced blend of mandarin, cedarwood and bergamot that smells less like soap and more like an actual scent made by a perfumer (it’s because it is). Many soaps use sulfates which is helpful in degreasing and lathering, but also dries out the skin and can also irritate those with sensitive skin. Hawthorne skips that and adds in vegetable-derived glycerin, which is a humectant and actually draws moisture to the skin. The result is a mild soap that really doesn’t leave my skin feeling like they’ve been in the desert.

The matching hand cream is also great. It smells just like the hand soap and feels even better. It uses almond oil and coconut oil, both of which are great for hydration, inflammation and even in preventing infection. Despite the two oils that go into the hand cream, it’s surprisingly light and doesn’t feel greasy at all. Unlike other hand creams, Hawthorne’s doesn’t require a massive glob to get the job done. Just a dime-sized dose is enough. When I use it right after washing my hands with the Hand Wash, my hands feel soft and smelling great.

I’m a big fan of upgrading your skincare products as a way to invest in your health. Your skin is, after all, all over you. So I’m willing to pay up for products that don’t cut corners and are all-natural like Hawthorne’s range of products. As great as the Hand Cream and Hand Wash are, the price is surprisingly low. The Hand Cream on its own is just $13 while the Hand Wash is $15. It might still be a bit of a price jump for some, but compared to high-end brands that charge more than twice that amount, it’s a no-brainer upgrade.

12 New Style Releases We Can’t Wait to Get

This summer’s shaping up to be one of the most stylish yet, stay-at-home orders or not. This week, we obsessed. We obsessed over handwoven shirts, traditional African textiles, tropical sneakers and a lot more. We won’t say how many of this week’s best style releases are currently sitting in our digital carts, but we can say that it’s definitely more than one. And once this article is up, we know that our browser tabs will still be open, waiting for us to take it from the cart to IRL.

Snow Peak Yamai Collection Handwoven Cotton Silk

Snow Peak’s entire Yamai collection is stellar, using natural dyes like indigo and calligraphy ink and traditional dyeing techniques. The result is something that we need in our closet right now.

Daily Paper Postcard Repost Shirt

A stylish reminder that we need the USPS.

Kenzo x Vans OG Old Skool LX

The minimalist shoe thing has been done to death, y’all.

Total Luxury Spa Earth Embassy

Per Total Luxury Spa’s website, “The Earth Embassy has “free thinking,” free space with no borders, free meditation, free organic sustenance, free WiFi, and upon entrance all members are furnished a ceremonial Peace Lily.” Now that’s a T-shirt I can get into.

Post-Imperial Ijebu Shirt

The only waves I’m trying to catch are on this shirt.

Outerknown Indigo Tie-Dye Mask

When we say that face masks are a must-have this summer, we really mean it.

Filson x White’s Fire Hybrid Boot

This hybrid gets more miles per gallon and can fight forest fires.

Stussy x Jim Denevan

Land art meets streetwear.

Hender Scheme MIP-22

Most of the time, replicas are cheaper knockoffs of the original. Definitely not the case with Hender Scheme’s hand-crafted take on the Air Force 1.

Fear of God x Barton Perreira FGBP2020

Jerry Lorenzo’s personal frames in humble colorways.

Arvin Goods Casual Twisted Sock

If you’re gonna wear socks with sandals, they’d better be some damned good ones.

Reebok x Brain Dead Classic Leather Sneaker

The Reebok Classic Leather gets an earthy rendition.

19 Great Slides to Wear This Summer

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Slide Through

When it comes to summer footwear, lightweight and breathable is the key. There’s no shortage of feathery light canvas sneakers to choose from. But, we also love the simplicity of a pair of slides. They’re backless like mules but open-toe like flip-flops. Slides usually have one or two straps that span across the toes and forefoot, though there are some unique variations. The style dates back to Ancient Greece and Egypt, when they were made from papyrus, twigs and various types of leaves. Slides evolved as shoemakers eventually started making them from stronger materials like leather and the style became popular in women’s fashion after WWII.

The casual slides as many know them today first appeared in 1960s when Birkenstock introduced its Madrid shoe and Adidas introduced its famous Adilette slide, a waterproof shoe designed for a German football team to use in the locker room. The slide has become more popular in recently in athleisure, streetwear and gorpcore, often with socks to match. And while you could slip into a pair poolside, the summery shoe can go anywhere. Nearly every brand has riffed on the style, applying chunky soles, futuristic materials and high-end leathers into the style. Regardless of the slide you’re going for, it’s a perfect sandal to get into for summer. Here are some picks to choose from.

Classic Slide by Crocs $30 $28

Benassi JDI by Nike $29

Adilette Comfort Slides by Adidas $35 $32

Basecamp Slide by The North Face $35

Barbados by Birkenstock $40

Hydro Slide by Merrell $40

Logo Slides by Hunter Boots $45

OOah Slide Sandal by OOFOS $50

Lowdown Slide by Chaco $80

Agustin Flat Sandals by Shoe the Bear $90

Techloom Slides by Athletic Propulsion Labs $100

Padri by Suicoke $105

Uneek II Slide by Keen x Engineered Garments $105

Zurich by Birkenstock $135

Apteros Leather Slides by Ancient Greek Sandals $150

Woven Crossover Strap Sandal by Guanabana $158

Zuma by Malibu x Jungmaven $175

Logo Slide by Heron Preston $209

Intrecciato Pool Slides by Bottega Veneta $640



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