Lanvin absolutely crushing it with this roll down military style duffle:

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Plenty of (read MOST) guys out there aren’t going to appreciate the attention to detail and beauty of such an item.  Skewed quilted stitching on the leather, carry handles, zippered pockets, and an ample inner compartment.  By my calculations this duffle will definitely hold about a quarter million in hundreds while still leaving room for condoms, a passport, clean socks / underwear, deodorant, cologne, and a few ENDO Apparel t-shirts… the weekend kit of the successful bachelor 😉

$2600 over at SSENSE, where don’t ask don’t tell only refers to the price tag.

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Send my condolences to the dry feet game:

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Complaining about the rain will only get you so far.  Drop $100 on these Swims camouflage print Galoshes though, and you’ll be stepping over the wet corpses of guys who have heart attacks when your stylish feet hit the streets.  Bonus points if during a day of potentially inclement weather, you keep a pair of these rolled up in your bag and wear your Tier 0 limited edition Jordans anyway.

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Nike Sports Wear (NSW) with a fall heater:

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£175 ($281 USD) over at END Clothing.

Are you questioning the price point?  The justification is in the details… first off that pocket is worth at least $50 on it’s own, add another $50 for the fact the color and material contrasts the sweatshirt, embroidered NIKE on the sleeve ($25), tri-color inside the neck taping ($50), Italian flag colors embroidered side hem detailing ($75), and “Made in Italy” ($150)… bringing the total value up to $400, and those are all conservative estimates.   The way I look at it is, if you buy this sweatshirt and you’re not a thief you basically owe Nike a couple hundred dollars to cover their costs.

In case you’re questioning the utility of the MA-1 sleeve pocket, I discussed its utility in a past post; basically for Costco and Starbucks receipts.

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Esemplare is an Italian brand that makes ill jackets with military design cues, but their name is ambiguous at best.

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Ever been at a nice restaurant with a new girl looking over the appetizer menu, and she’s like “Lets order the Esemplare, I LOOOOOOOOVEEEE Esemplare” and you’re like “Yea same.  We should definitely roll with that.” even though you have no idea what the hell you just agreed to, but agreed anyway just to save face?  At least it showed up and was delicious, kind of like this jacket maker on the menswear landscape.

Head over to the Esemplare website and take a look for yourself.

Initially I went to the site expecting the jackets to cost about a FIAT, but they actually are reasonably priced at around $500 – $1000.

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I present to you this tote from Japanese brand Undercover:

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I hear guys with girlfriends always talking about how painful it is to have to go to farmers markets.  Oh your beautiful girlfriend wants you to keep her company while she shops for delicious fresh ingredients to assemble into a meal for your can-barely-microwave-a-pizza-pop sorry ass? She even treats you to a slice of pie or a cookie while you’re there?  Man your life sucks.  I’m sure you would much rather be sitting on a Starbucks patio, cold and alone like me, hoping that girl you really like texts you about doing something in _ days, providing a glimmer of hope.  Anyway back to the point of this post… you hate farmers markets and you don’t appreciate your girlfriend.  Well I’m here to help you with both before she realizes she somehow got duped by your average looks, and the initial “dumb guy” charm she liked so much at the beginning wears off.  Realize that the farmers market is just another convenient place to outdo all of the basic bozos with your everyday street style, and boost your #menswear self worth.  Don’t go over the top with this or you’ll be made, out and stick out like a sore thumb.  Now some of you are probably like “yea I’ll wear a suit!” WRONG, you won’t wear a suit… this isn’t an accounting conference Brody, it’s an assembly of vendors and random hippies with delicious goods for sale, perused by a relaxed crowd with nothing more than a recipe calling for freshness, and an unscheduled few hours on their hands.  You’ll wear some nice jeans, a casual jacket that works with the current weather / season, and some cozy but stylish shoes (think leather, textured, or even something with a blast of color).   The real truth is in the accessories… that’s where this tote comes in, and it comes with a three pronged purpose: 1) No other guy there is going to have a tote this nice, and with military influence even… this will gain you style points with your girl which can be redeemed later 2) You’ll want to fill this tote up (MENSWEAR 101:  Totes look best full) and coincidentally she will have both hands free to pick up and examine gourds and the freshness of the kale. 3) Because of your chivalry and her free hands, you’ll be treated to little hugs, bum pinches, casual face-grab kisses, hair tousles, and other cute stuff girlfriends (I hear) love to do in public to make you feel special.

The tote is actually even on sale half price right now at Haven for $368.  “But Mike $368 for a tote?  Won’t a regular $3-$5 tote from IKEA or a grocery store work the same?”.  Ugh, that’s the exact type of thinking that will not only lose you the beautiful girl, but also respect amongst your #menswear peers.

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Australia’s own UGG comes through:

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Hear me out… I know that after a 4.5 month hiatus from this blog a lot of you are going to be criticizing this homecoming post being about Uggs and not some next level Japanese shit I blessed you with so often before.  Cool out, because these are slippers not shoes and that Japanese stuff is going to be coming back full speed.  It should be noted that a fair number of douchebags aren’t going to understand the science behind slipper vs shoe construction, and frankly discussing that with you guys or anyone else is way below my pay grade.  In case you didn’t know, driving shoes semi-recently became the new menswear “thing”, and a lot of guys are not wearing them just for driving.   I was commenting to one of the girls at Nordstrom a while back how I wish a low key pair of Gucci driving shoes they had in stock came in a street version, and she was like “O ya… you Be surprised how many guys just wear them outside anyway and then try and bring them back for a refund in 2 months when they all wore out”.  I said nothing, but gave two disappointed nods in which “no doubt sistah” was implied.

$140 for the slippers.  They come in both “Stout” and “Metal” colors.  I don’t know who comes up with the names for these colorways, but I now feel I should do something arbitrary like that with my own line just because I can.

Holy @ the sizing going all the way up to 18.  I’m 6’4″ and my feet are pretty substantial at size 12.  Funny when you click on Ugg’s own sizing chart, 18 isn’t even on there… it only goes up to 16.

I have a pair of non camouflage Ugg slippers, so I can attest to their quality construction and their coziness.

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