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Some of My Favorite Leather Products

Once you hit a certain price point with leather, the quality of the leather used is generally all the same. Rather the construction, quality control (QC), unique design, and exclusivity will begin to contribute to the heavy price tag. Is it always worth it? Depends on where and with what items you place your value on. We all have things we spend more money on than others, since most of us don’t have the funds to spend a truckload on everything. Here are a few budget and expensive options for different leather items to help guide you spend on your priorities and save where you need.




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Totes My Goats

There is a constantly growing list of US cities that have banned plastic bags.  This leaves shoppers with two choices: pay extra money for paper bags that will probably break, or bring your own bags.  You could always use some previous level reusable bags that you can buy at the grocery store, but I know you’re…




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Socially Conscious Christmas Shopping for the Ladies on your List.

I love shopping, and gift giving, and ethically made products. So when David and I decided to do these gift guide posts, I may have spent a little bit too much time making sure this list was perfect. I don’t know much about what to get guys for Christmas (my dad is the most impossible person in the world to shop for), but I do know what the ladies on your list might like. Whether it’s for your sister, wife, girlfriend, mom, aunt, grandma, there’s something on this list that will be great for everyone. If you get to the bottom of the list and you find yourself still not quite sure what gift to get, I created a Pinterest board with even more ideas from other great companies that I didn’t have room to feature here. You can find that list here.




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Shopping Orange County: Almond Surfboards

I don’t know much about surfing, but I do know that if I lived in Newport Beach, I’d probably become a beach bum (after some serious time at the gym, of course). It would be a hypothetical crime to spend so much time at the beach and not go surfing, and Almond Surfboards makes such awesome custom boards that I wouldn’t be able to resist the urge. However, Almond Surfboards’ name is a bit deceiving, because they make much more than surfboards.




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Leather: Boot Care and Maintenance, Part 2

Given that most quality leather products are accompanied by a hefty price tag, taking proper care of your near-and-dear leather is of the utmost importance to understand and implement periodically. It is one’s prerogative to neglect a pair of boots by not conditioning or resting with shoe trees, but in my opinion, it’s irresponsible to disregard learning some basic pointers. With most things in life, you should know the rules before you decide to break them. You would take the time to understand, at the very least, car maintenance 101 if you were purchasing your first ride, right? The same for leather applies! The following guide will be geared towards leather footwear, as it is typically requires more knowledge and maintenance than smaller goods such as belts or wallets. Let’s dive in.


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Taylor Stitch’s Chamois Yosemite Shirts are Soft Enough to Polish Your Mineral Collection With

Guys. There’s two days left to crowdfund this years’ line of chamois button ups from Taylor Stitch, their softest shirts ever. Wear them buttoned up, wear them unbuttoned as a light shirt jacket, tuck it in, leave it untucked, these shirts are super versatile. If the campaign isn’t funded, they won’t produce the shirt. If they don’t produce the shirt, I’ll be stuck wearing thin, scratchy J. Crew Factory joints from the outlet mall all winter. I might even get hypothermia (it’s getting as low as 54 degrees in San Diego today!). And we don’t want that, do we?




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A Review of Greats Brand’s New Minimalist Sneaker, The Royale

As the Common Projects Achilles Low have become increasingly coveted the past couple years, they have inspired a number of affordable alternatives, some of them shameless replicas of the original. Some of the more popular options are offered by H&M, Urban Outfitters, Kent Wang, and Frank & Oak. However, while all these budget options succeed at delivering a (somewhat) aesthetically similar product, they fail to compete in terms of quality. Greats Brand is determined to change that with their newly redesigned flagship sneaker, The Royale.




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Leather: The Basics, Part 1

Leather – one of man’s oldest inventions – has been around for thousands of years, clothing and protecting the average dapper caveman. Although for modern Homo sapiens, chances are you have witnessed leather in many of its common usages: car upholstery, your parent’s sofa, and maybe even some dress shoes. It even is used in machinery for high tension drive belts. But what exactly is leather? And how can the hide of an animal be turned into a gummy yet resilient material that has a variety of applications?


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The Fine Line Between Well Dressed and Overdressed

If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably interested in dressing better than most. You want to look your best by developing your own personal style and wearing clothes that fit. If you live in a place like New York City or San Francisco, having a sense of style is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. Whether you’re wearing a tailored suit or drop crotch joggers, it’s hard to look out of place if you live in a culture center. However, there’s plenty of places and situations where dressing well can make you stick out like a sore thumb.



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It’s Time to Start Paying Attention to Gustin

The menswear industry is pretty consistent and predictable, and it changes and innovates at a snail’s pace. Brands release new product every fall and every spring. The good stuff sells out immediately, and the not so good stuff sits on the shelf and eventually goes on sale in winter and summer. Honestly, it can get pretty monotonous, which is exactly why it’s so exciting when a company like Gustin arrives on the scene, determined to break every rule they can think of.


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