Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Back in the Saddle

Okay, as it turns out, I'm not very good at updating our blog consistantly.  But there's nothing like three and a half months of not blogging to make you think that you should start blogging again.  We'll see how long I can keep this up.  Anyhow, if you haven't been in the store since the last time I wrote on our little web log, then tomorrow would be a good day to stop in.  Why tomorrow? Well it just so happens that tommorrow is the start of our winter clearance. 

Yep, thats right - clearance! None of that piddley 20% discount stuff that we do on a weekly basis.  This is a full on half off a good chunk of merchandise.  50% off Marcoliani, Corgi, Lisa B, Wigens, Coal, Dorfman, Altea, PpH, Paulette Rollo, Dents, Wiebke and a whole mess of belts and 40% select Swims, Grenson, Property Of and a good selection of watches.  Also select home furnishings at 50% off and those hats that I can't remember the name of at 70% off.  A bunch of other random things will be on sale as well.  Heraldic pillows anyone?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

In Other News, I Wish Opening Ceremony Wasn't Trying to Ruin My Favorite Children's Story

If every fashion blog hasn't told you by now,  the Navajo weave is having a moment.  So big a moment that you can get just about every garment you can think of in that pattern, including an Opening Ceremony x Pendleton x someone else (probably) jacket featuring a huge blown up version of those little triangles.  While I'm sure there are quite a few people who will look terrific in that jacket, I'm not one of them.  This hat, however, is more my speed.  To me it just reminds me of the stands of high school football games or accidentally getting caught in the morning cold on a late summer camping trip - less REI than Ontonagon General Store.  Of course if this still isn't your speed we also just got in these:

Now, the deerstalker is just kind of cool, especially for people who look good in baseball hats (again, not one of them) and the Rabbit fur trooper just makes sense (remember when it snowed this week and you had to brush your car off and that was WAY more difficult than it seemed last March).  The ski cap however, is quite the regional specialty.  I recently learned that if Minnesota was its own country, it would have the 4th largest population of cross country skiers in the world.  I find this a little hard to believe, but I certainly remember that in my ski racing days this style of hat littered ski shops, races and chalets.  I suspect trying to figure out whether the hat is for Scandinavians or for skiers would be a bit of a chicken and egg scenario.  Regardless, we've got them and they're awesome.

Dorfman Pacific Hats, $15-$45

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Of course, if you were looking for sock monkeys, we could get those too.

It's no secret to those around me that my dream job, next to baseball statistician, would be sock and underwear product development.  No, I don't mean so that I can sit around and look at people in their underwear all day.  Rather, I really appreciate a finely crafted pair of hosiery (which actually makes me wonder why I'm wearing such crappy socks today -- my feet are FREEZING).  Lisa B. Socks are a very cushy little blend of Cashmere, Angora and Virgin Wool which would certainly do its part in warming up my apparently thin Chelsea Boots.  As I side note, I always thought Angora came from the Angora Goat.  It does not.  Angora Goats, which are cute, produce Mohair.  Angora comes from the Angora rabbit, which looks like this:

Right.  You better believe that thing is warm.

Lisa B. Socks $25

Monday, October 12, 2009

You Can't Spell Glove Without Glo

Sure you could wear plain black gloves. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them being that they're remarkably soft deerskin and Thinsulate lined and fitted enough to wear with thinks other than a parka.  Or you could choose brown, which I find to be very distinguished and mature.  But who am I kidding, everybody is going to want yellow.

Deerskin Gloves and Suede Mittens, $35

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Galoshes, not rubbers. That's just wierd.

It is well documented that we love ourselves some Scandinavians and, of course, their well designed, handsome products.  Swims, our newest line is all of that - a modern update on classic galoshes.  They feature a fleeced lining to keep your shoes in pristine condition and a pull loop made of reflective bits.  Best of all, there is a color choice beyond black!  Brown would be an admirable compliment to our forthcoming collection of shoes (more on that later) and orange is a great choice for the man who really wants the world to know that he is wearing galoshes.  And orange will match his new Swims umbrella which, much like the windows in my friends volkswagen, has both auto up AND auto down, a feat of engineering that is simply stunning.

Galoshes $95, Umbrella $89

Friday, October 9, 2009

It depends on what you mean by fantastic...

It seems like we're just getting more and more loaded up on paper.

Mickey Rourke may be an odd cover boy for a British publication, but Mark Ronson is certainly on point.  Newest of note is the much lauded magazine Fantastic Man, which is like every other fashion magazine except that it isn't glossy features insightful and often non-celebrity interviews.  Also, all the men in it are refferred to as Mister or when appropriate, Doctor.  Its actually quite refreshing, as is Mr. McGregor's faint similarity to Mr. Kennedy (its a stretch, but its kind of close).
Also, we've got this and that.

Clockwise from Top Left, $10.99, $7.99, $45.00, $10.95.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Brief Note on Gift Giving.

As a store for men's accessories, we obviously get a lot of people in searching for gifts.  Often times, the accompanying statement will be along the lines of "He's really tough to buy for" or "He already has everything."  This is fine, but one thing to keep in mind is that all the employees of this establishment are really good at helping people choose gifts.  It comes with the territory.  As such, one of the first things I recommend when I hear one of the aforementioned statements is cashmere socks.  Most people think I'm kidding, but this is absolutely not the case.  I'm happy to say that I've gotten a report back from one of these situations.  It turns out the recipient was thrilled (THRILLED!) to receive cashmere socks and may be in for more.

Marcoliani Cashmere Socks - $65