Today Business Insider published GS Elevator's Guide to Being a Man. I anticipated a douchey rant on bottle popping and black cards (sorry finance friends) but was pleasantly surprised by the list of very on-point lessons for the modern man. So gents, listen up. Read this. Do these things. Consider it like a post-snapchat era update to dad's Brooks Brothers Guide to Being a Gentleman. And get off your phone. No self respecting man takes a selfie.
it's the weekend, and a long one at that. I've rounded up my menswear essentials for any weekend adventure. Now pack up, and go. There are oysters to be shucked, lobsters to be baked, and beers to be drunk (pool side, with the Michigan game in the background, of course). Happy (Holiday) Weekend, Everyone!
bright swim trunks (Saturdays NYC)
the perfect crisp white shirt (Bonobos)
shades, of course. (TOMS)
headphones (because your sister's friends brought friends to the beach house)*
classics that go from beach to bar (Vans)
a light weight, expandable, and waterproof way to carry it all (Makr)
And of course, something to read while you soak up the last (official!) rays of summer.
*we love these super cheap (like $7 cheap) and surprisingly great sounding headphones since we're constantly losing ours... I'd suggest you grab a pair, or four.
Last month I had the pleasure of meeting the team behind Shinola and touring their Detroit headquarters. If you haven’t heard of them yet, Shinola is the hottest spot for wheels and watches. Their sophisticated, and proper take on cycling has garnered a loyal following, with two of the most elegant, yet practical, bikes on the market: Shinola’s Bixby and Runwell. Each bike is assembled by hand in their Detroit store, a shop with an American-made craftsman vibe, complete with nods to the city’s history, and curated products from other like minded makers. The staff is eager to help, and offer up stories behind the products, from where the leather bike seats originate (Horween Leather in Chicago), to the mill behind their crisp journals (Edwards Brothers Malloy in Ann Arbor, Michigan).
Here, you’ll also explore the brand's bread & butter, the mens and womens watch collection, also fully assembled in Detroit. All of the watches are made with Swiss parts, and the team was trained by a team of watchmakers who traveled from Switzerland to educate and train the Shinola crew. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and am constantly impressed by the unique companies and exciting ideas sprouting up in the city. In the words of Shinola, “We know there’s not just history in Detroit, there is a future.”
Immense thanks to Brian, Peter, and Dan for showing me around.
Shinola’s second brick and mortar outpost just opened in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. You can also check out Shinola on the road, during their summer bike tour, going on now.
snapshots of six things inspiring me this week...
I launched Bearon & Brothers as a platform to share the products and ideas I came upon in the menswear world. Behind great products, there are great stories, and even greater people. I truly believe that anything worth having is just a front for a unique story: an adventure, a meeting, a memory. Menswear is all about these details, these special elements that make things covetable, while still remaining practical. You don't have to be a man to understand, appreciate (and covet!) these products and stories, but their common thread is my passion for menswear and a traditionally "menswear aesthetic". I look forward to sharing my stories with you, and more importantly, I look forward to sharing yours. Connect with me @BearonandBrothers or drop me a line at Caroline@BearonandBrothers.com