Bomber Season Part 5: Vegan Suede, is this a thing? With Banana Republic

The Science: My definition of Vegan Suede is “A material made from polyester fibers (plastic), using no animal byproducts, that delivers the weight, texture and performance similar to the performance of natural suede”. Since polyester is a plastic, it is inherently durable, stain repellent and significantly cheaper than natural suede. The faux material being plastic can potentially be its downfall if not cared for correctly. Over time plastics dry and crack just like leather so cleaning and conditioning is just as important. Continue reading Bomber Season Part 5: Vegan Suede, is this a thing? With Banana Republic

Bomber Season Part 4: The ASOS Bomber

Bombers jackets are getting more and more versatile with the experimentation with designs an materials. I see the bomber as an everlasting staple in menswear styles. And now you can see your favorite models, influencers and artists wearing bombers with cropped chinos and loud button downs or in place of their tailored coat to a black-tie-affair. Try a wool bomber with your nicest pair of leather boots, slim tapered chinos and a pattered button-down shirt and turn heads as you walk past! Continue reading Bomber Season Part 4: The ASOS Bomber

Boot Season Part 1: The Waterproof Mock Toe Boot

Let me start by saying Boot Season Should be every season.  A lot of people look forward to fall for the cooler, weather, the bright earthy colors and of course pumpkin spice everything but I’m always looking forward to breaking my boots out!  This will be my first installment of “Boot Season” posts so get ready for boot inspiration as I visit and review pairs in my collection and a few pairs I have my eye on. Continue reading Boot Season Part 1: The Waterproof Mock Toe Boot

The Perfect Wingtip Does Exist

What shoes can you wear to a C-suite meeting with your lucky navy suit or with your favorite pair of selvage denim on a night out?  A beautiful pair of handmade wingtip shoes… and I believe I have found the perfect pair!  Instagram can be a gold mine when it comes to discovering menswear brands and Beckett Simonon has been my latest find.  Continue reading The Perfect Wingtip Does Exist

Overcoat Face-off: Banana Republic vs Kenneth Cole Reaction

I picked up two overcoats during the holiday sales and worked with Cincinnati based photographer, Wessography, to get the amazing shots below and you can check out his work here.  To determine which overcoat was best for me, I compared the craftsmanship and their cold weather performance on a frigid 6° day. Continue reading Overcoat Face-off: Banana Republic vs Kenneth Cole Reaction

Bomber Season Part 3: Green with Envy

The Suave: Introducing… The Green Bomber! A new Justice League member?  This bomber isn’t faster than a speeding bullet and can’t leap a tall building in a single bound.  I have expressed my love for bomber jackets in previous posts and this one I received as a birthday gift from my wife has easily become my favorite.  The sheen of this jacket is what really … Continue reading Bomber Season Part 3: Green with Envy

Bomber Season Part 2: Floral Print Everything

The weather warms during the day and cools at night, GQ Magazine, Blogs and Instagram Profiles are beginning to buzz with seasonal trends.  The most classic and versatile item you will see headlining posts is the lightweight Bomber.  Not jets and planes but the modernized adaptations of the MA-1 jackets that military pilots wore starting in the late 1940’s.  There is a very interesting article … Continue reading Bomber Season Part 2: Floral Print Everything

Bomber Season Part 1: H&M Olive Bomber

I am bringing you a simple outerwear piece that every man should own this Spring.  If you ever read through a men’s spring outerwear essentials top ten list and this color bomber isn’t included, you are being sold short! The Olive Bomber Jacket can work casually with a tee and can compliment any shirt and tie combo nicely. I picked this jacket up for a … Continue reading Bomber Season Part 1: H&M Olive Bomber