A Brief History of Tartan

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

The History of Tartan Patterns
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“The Best Cool Weather Shirt! I love these shirts! They are warm without being heavy, they look great, and last for years. And I love the patterns! What more could you ask for?” –Mac from MA

While you can argue that every season is plaid season, fall and winter (especially the holidays) take on their own importance where plaid is concerned, and the tartan shirt, in particular, rises to the top of our wardrobe choices. Most of us

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Which Men’s Shoes are Missing from Your Summer Wardrobe? Here’s Our List of the Best Men’s Shoes for Summer.

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

Men's Brown Leather Sandals

Oxford Shoes

Why: Dress up corporate casual, or go semi-formal.
Where: Dinner downtown or a semi-formal wedding.
So you’ve opened up that outside wedding invitation or need a new pair of comfortable shoes for the office? Men’s oxford shoes have long been a staple of style – since at least the 1800s – and with a variety of designs to choose from, you can go dressed-up casual with a pair of brown leather brogues, or pair a pair of black oxford shoes with a tux for the most formal events…

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There’s Plenty of Summer Left: Sperry Topsiders

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

Sperry Topsiders Boat Shoes

The warm months are upon us. Weekends sailing, evenings relaxing in the backyard, trips to town with the family—everything has a slower, more enjoyable pace in the summer. The season also brings with it some of our favorite pieces of clothing and footwear. One product that’s synonymous with summer is the Sperry Top-Sider. For many of us, the Top-Sider has been a part of our lives for as long back as we can remember…

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The Essential Men’s Sandals for Summer Travel

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

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Now that summer’s here, it’s time to hop in the car, on a boat, or in a plane and take off for adventure. Whether you’re traveling close to home or far abroad, if you’re headed to a warm destination, the right pair of sandals is a must for any summer adventure. Will you be kicking back in a lounge chair and sipping Mai Tais, or riding a raft down a raging Colorado River? Check out these essential men’s sandals for all of your travels this summer.

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Adventure Travel: Packing for a Mixed Itinerary

Alaska Adventure Cruise
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Your much-anticipated vacation is upon you. This time you opted for something extraordinary for yourself and your family, a more meaningful getaway than sitting by the hotel pool with your paperback while the kids play with their squirt guns. But you didn’t want to give up a hot shower, nor sacrifice your palate in the name of roughing it. These days more travelers are opting for active and entertaining vacations that don’t sacrifice comfort and security. Your kids have the global community at their fingertips like never before, and this adventure trip will be their opportunity and yours for hands-on exposure to exotic wildlife and nature, perhaps ancient civilizations, and distant cultures. Still, you want to come home to luxury at the end of the day: you might call it camping with a wine list…

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Resort Clothing for Women: Crisp, Functional Fashion

Written by: Deb German

The wardrobe that vacations with you—a collection of garments otherwise known as resort wear—probably evokes some destination in your mind’s eye. For me it is always a particular East Coast getaway on a barrier island in the Deep South. But it could be a sun-kissed Mediterranean retreat in mid-winter, or a summertime camp in the Adirondacks, playground to Industrial Revolution-era magnates. Or maybe it’s not on terra firma at all, but aboard a small ship cruise destined for some exotic and delicious port of call (“cruise wear” goes with you on that one). It could be a sporting adventure or short weekend jaunt on the near horizon. Whatever your destination, resort wear is ready to go there with you.

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Chewers Gonna Chew: Dog Beds (and more) for the Problem Chewer

Deep Dish ToughChew® Dog Bed
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Your canine companion sees her dog bed as a big, plush chew toy (you stopped counting after the third replacement). Sure, it’s comfy for napping. But it’s also deliciously satisfying and a joy to shred.

I’ll see your dog bed and raise you a car: I once left my sweet adult Siberian Husky girl in the back of a brand new SUV to run into the market for ten minutes. I returned to find her swimming in a sea of blue foam chunks that had been the car’s back seat only moments earlier, a tongue-lolling grin on her face and tail all a-wag.

My dog ate my car. In ten minutes…

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WWII-Inspired Jackets: A Hero Comes Home

“Hey, Dad,” I wondered during one of our recent cyber chats: “Did Granddaddy ever wear one of these leather jackets during the war?” I was referring to the one in the photo up there. His enthusiastic response was, “Yes, Dad had a flight jacket very similar to the heavy-duty one shown here, furry collar and all!” With gathering excitement, my next question came right on the heels of the first: “Do you still have the jacket?” The cyber silence was killing me…

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Forget the Tired Tie: Fresh Gift Ideas for Men on Father’s Day

Fence Post Ducks
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He’s expecting it, you know, the tell-tale flat rectangular box done up with a bow. He’ll be gracious about it—he loves anything that comes from you. But Father’s Day is your chance to celebrate the life of an important man, someone who helped form you: imagine the possibilities. This year, think outside the (tie) box. Discover fresh gift ideas for men and surprise him with something unexpected on Father’s Day…

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