Welcome, my friends, to the first Saturday edition of The Style Guide In Brief! If you’re reading this, it means you signed up (hopefully on purpose) for these dispatches from Brooklyn — or perhaps, a kind friend forwarded this to you. Either way, we’ve got plenty of ground to cover today (here as well as on my regular blog, The Style Guide — I publish a new post there every Saturday, as well).
We’re in the heat of summer, so you need the best gear to carry you through — the GrowlerWerks uKeg Go — as seen at the top of the page — is a pretty fitting accessory to take with you on your next camping trip or day hike, is it not? It’s with that spirit in mind that we’ll dive into today’s post. I’m back in Brooklyn after a lovely vacation in Michigan, but my mind is still on the great outdoors. If you’re in the same boat, you’ll enjoy today’s post. Get yourself a cup of coffee, settle in and enjoy. Thanks for reading!
What To Listen To This Weekend: “Lake Erie” By Wild Pink
Since I first came across Brooklyn’s Wild Pink during the summer of 2018, I’ve been enamored with this indie rock group’s blend of what you might call “heartland rock” — they dedicated their excellent 2018 album “Yolk In The Fur” to Tom Petty, after all. Songs like “Lake Erie” are a big part of why I loved that album so much, and a big part of the reason I’ve loved seeing them play at NYC venues like Baby’s All Right. This is nuanced, soulful indie rock that’s perfect for a summer morning, cold brew coffee in hand — or a summer night, bonfire roaring and craft beer on tap.
What To Shop This Weekend: Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee
If ever you’ve taken a spin through my blog, you know that I love the classic menswear that San Francisco’s Taylor Stitch makes. They place a premium on the best men’s style essentials across the board, including seemingly overlooked pieces like T-shirts. After all, a T-shirt is just … a tee, right? Not quite. The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee is made with a blend of upcycled cotton and recycled polyester, resulting in a rugged, durable, sustainable T-shirt that can be worn by just about anybody. It pairs up nicely underneath a chambray shirt, and it’s also fit to be worn all on its own with some Taylor Stitch chinos.
What To Sip This Weekend: Threes Brewing Echo Of Nothing Mexican Lager
This is especially fitting if you’re in New York or the surrounding region, but if not, make a mental note the next time you visit: Threes Brewing makes some of the borough’s best craft beer. Heck, they make some of my favorite craft beer, period. This Mexican lager is delicious, refreshing and flavorful, all thanks to the use of flaked corn and Vienna malt. It’s a one-of-a-kind beer that I can’t wait to pick up soon — very soon, in fact.
The Final Pick: Todd Snyder x Timex Liquor Store Watch
The very first weekend I moved to NYC, I made a list of crucial menswear shops to stop by — very high on that list was the J. Crew Liquor Store, the original men’s style emporium housed in, yes, an old liquor store. It was the invention of one Mr. Todd Snyder during his time at J. Crew in the mid-aughts, and it was stocked with beautiful leather dress shoes, suiting, shirts and home goods. Plus, everything in the shop was for sale, right down to the furniture. The Liquor Store closed in early 2019, but lo and behold, Mr. Snyder (now one of the country’s best menswear designers) bought it and reopened it under his own imprint. To make a long story short: This fabled shop is back and better than ever, and Todd Snyder + Timex teamed up to make one of the best men’s watches as an homage to the location. While you can’t shop the store right now, this seriously iconic, vintage-inspired watch is the next best thing.
With that, another edition of The Style Guide In Brief is coming to a close. Hopefully, you’re listening to Wild Pink and plotting to buy or gift a new Timex watch, ehh? We’ll be back next week with more music, more craft beer, more coffee and more picks to shop, but for now, thanks again for reading. OK, time for another cup of joe. Cheers, folks!