Household Division Tie by Smart Turnout

On November 30, 2011, in Mens, Neckties, by Ryan & Ben

Across the world of fashion, military inspiration can be see in everything from jackets, to shirts, to pants, to footwear, and beyond.  While some of these pieces are a bit too hardcore for our look, many fit into our wardrobe perfectly with simple classic lines that will never be out of style.  One of our favorite brands from across the pond, Smart Turnout, frequently draws inspiration from the military, and they have done an absolutely fantastic job paying tribute to one of the most famed military units in the UK with their Household Division Narrow Silk Tie ($75).

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Bayfield Knitted Shawl Collar Jumper by Penfield

On November 29, 2011, in Mens, Sweaters, by Ryan & Ben

We tend to talk a lot about the weather here at Bows & Boats, but honestly Annapolis has it pretty easy when it comes to the elements.  Sure, we have cold spells from time to time, and occasionally we will see more than a foot of snow, but in all actuality it never really gets “that bad.”  Unfortunately, our friends in New England can’t say the same.  On the bright side, the tough winters to our north have led to a ton of great brands who produce some of the best gear out there.  One of our favorites is Penfield, and their Bayfield Knitted Shawl Collar Jumper ($130) is now officially on our Christmas list.

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Selvedge Poplin Shirt by Lands End Canvas

On November 28, 2011, in Mens, Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

Believe it or not, we were the kids who were happy to get back to school after summer break.  No we’re not saying that we were eagerly awaiting the school work, or even the classes, but there was just something nice about getting back into a routine after some time away.  Well, we’re in the same boat after being away from the office for the last few days.  Of course, spending Thanksgiving with family and friends was a great escape from the norm, but this morning we were actually happy to hear the alarm ring. Because we will probably spend most of the day behind a desk playing catchup, we are keeping things a bit more casual with the Selvedge Poplin Shirt ($129.50) from Lands End Canvas.

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Winter A/O Boatshoes by Sperry-Topsider

On November 26, 2011, in Mens, Shoes, by Ryan & Ben

It may be getting colder, and we may be layering up more than ever, but we just haven’t been able to bring ourselves to retire our boatshoes for the Winter.  Needless to say, it probably isn’t prudent to run around sockless in unlined shoes for much longer, and thanks to Sperry Top-Sider, and their Winter A/O’s ($100), we won’t have to.

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Woody & Tree Bowtie by Vineyard Vines

On November 25, 2011, in Bowties, by Ryan & Ben

In our opinion, every major holiday deserves to be celebrated in full prior to beginning to decorate for the next one.  That being said, now that Thanksgiving is officially over, we are going full bore into Christmas mode.  Before we know it, our houses will be fully decorated, and presents will be wrapped and under the tree.  Because all of that can’t happen overnight, today we are going to start getting into the spirit with the Woody & Tree Bowtie by Vineyard Vines.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

On November 24, 2011, in Events, by Ryan & Ben

It would take far too long for us to mention everything we are thankful for this year, but please know that each and every one of you who take the time to visit our small corner of the web from time to time is on the list.  Happy Thanksgiving!

-Ryan & Ben


Mackinac Button Down by Salmon Cove

On November 23, 2011, in Mens, Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

With a virtually unlimited supply of sport shirts on the market, it can be quite the daunting task to find one that fits just right without too much tailoring.  Luckily, in the last few years a number of up and coming companies have realized that this generation likes their shirts a bit slimmer and trimmer than those our fathers wore.  One company that has done a fantastic job when it comes to a “custom like” fit is Salmon Cove, and their Mackinac Button Down is a solid addition to any Fall wardrobe.

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Sporting Wax Quilt Jacket by Barbour

On November 22, 2011, in Mens, Outerwear, by Ryan & Ben

We love it when an established brand isn’t afraid to bring in someone from outside of their immediate circle to create a few collaboration pieces from time to time.  Not too long ago, Barbour did just that with Japanese designer Tokihito Yoshida.  Known for creating very technical and functional articles, Yoshida has turned out to be a great asset to the Barbour brand.  Now in it’s fifth season, the Beacon Heritage Collection designed by Yoshida is full of pieces that we love.  This season, our absolute favorite is the Sporting Wax Quilt Jacket ($499).

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Jeans by Bonobos

On November 21, 2011, in Mens, Pants, by Ryan & Ben

As much as we love to dress up, and are firm believers that it is always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed, there are few things we enjoy more than finding a pair of jeans that fit absolutely perfectly straight from the rack.  Sure, there are tons of premium brands out there that make nice pairs of jeans, but finding something that not only fits well, but maintains the classic look that we think jeans should always have is way harder than you think.  As of last week, one of our favorite brands, Bonobos, has officially entered the denim market.  To say we are impressed with what we have seen so far would be an understatement.

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Fair Isle Sweater by J. Crew

On November 19, 2011, in Mens, Sweaters, by Ryan & Ben

This time of year, our Saturday uniform consists primarily of jeans, a button down, and a sweater of some sort.  Whether it is a classic cable knit, a simple cardigan, or something else, there is just something about throwing on a sweater on a cool Fall morning that feels right.  On a recent trip to J. Crew, our attention was immediately drawn to the Fair Isle Sweater in Navy ($98).  We have a feeling this one will be coming home very, very, soon.

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