Everett in Midnight by Warby Parker

On March 20, 2012, in Eyewear, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Warby Parker

We’ll admit it, we do our best to match our sunglasses to our look of the day.  Beyond the style, we tend to stick with black frames for days when a black belt or shoes make an appearance, and tortoise for days with heavy doses of brown or navy.  Recently, we’ve been on the hunt for a little something different.  Not something bright and over the top, just a bit different than the typical tortoise or black.  The search was over as soon as we realized Warby Parker offered their Everett Sunglasses in Midnight ($95).

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Space-Dyed Cotton Crewneck Sweater by J.Crew Factory

On March 19, 2012, in Sweaters, by Ryan & Ben

Image: J.Crew Factory

We’re huge fans of a simple sweater over everything from tees, to polos, to button downs.  Of course, that means we are always on the hunt for new additions to our lineup, and on a recent shopping excursion we came across a sweater that fills the void between sweatshirt and casual sweater absolutely perfectly.  Available online and in J.Crew Factory locations, the Space-Dyed Cotton Crewneck Sweater ($56.50) is going to be seeing some serious wear from us.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, 2012, in Events, by Ryan & Ben

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We thought about running a full post today, but, who are we kidding, everyone we know is out celebrating St. Patrick’s day.  That being said, we’re going to go and join them!  Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone.

-Ryan & Ben


Lucky Irish Plaid Bow by The Tie Bar

On March 16, 2012, in Bowties, by Ryan & Ben

Image: The Tie Bar

Though the celebrations started a couple of weeks back, we are mere hours away from the full blown party that we call St. Patrick’s day.  Irish whiskey will be flowing, pints of Guinness will be disappearing, and good times will be had by all.  Who knows, maybe we will even catch our governor sitting in with his Irish rock band (seriously, look it up).  Until we head to the local watering hole, we’ll just celebrate with our bowtie choice this week, the Lucky Irish Plaid Bow ($15) from The Tie Bar.

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Made in Maine A/O Boatshoes by Sperry Top-Sider

On March 15, 2012, in Shoes, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Sperry Top-Sider

The more we read, the more we realize we need to get up to Maine for a visit.  Not only is the scenery absolutely gorgeous, but it seems like every single handmade boatshoe we see is made there.  Yes, handmade in the USA normally means a few extra bucks, but in our opinion it is absolutely worth it.  Apparently, Sperry Top-Sider thinks that a number of people share our sentiments, because they are now offering a Made in Maine version of their famous A/O Boatshoe ($300).

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Oxford with Madras Sport Shirt by Brooks Brothers

On March 14, 2012, in Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Brooks Brothers

When it comes to fashion advice, the first piece we give to anyone who asks is that you have to wear things that you like and are comfortable in.  No matter how great others may say something is, if you aren’t comfortable wearing it, you won’t like the look.  Well, we have a feeling that today’s pick is going to be loved by some, but not so much by others.  Either way, we love it.  While most of their line consists of more traditional pieces, we couldn’t help but grin the first time we laid eyes on the Oxford with Madras Sport Shirt ($79.50) by Brooks Brothers.

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Indochino follow up: It’s here!

On March 13, 2012, in Accessories, Neckties, Shirts, Suits, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Indochino

Last month, we had the pleasure of placing an order for a custom suit, and accompanying accessories, courtesy of our friends at Indochino.  Last Friday, our package arrived.  Needless to say, it took every ounce of self control not to try on everything as soon as we opened the box.  While the ordering process was extremely user friendly, and all necessary measurements were demonstrated, we were still a bit leery about how our first attempt at a custom suit would turn out.  Let’s just say we’ll be ordering again.  Soon.  There is literally not one thing that we would change.

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Pensacola Polos by Billy Reid

On March 12, 2012, in Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Billy Reid

No matter how great someone’s products are, if the customer service isn’t there, he have a hard time adding their wares to our wardrobe.  Well, to say the service offered in the Billy Reid stores is top notch would be an absolute understatement.  We’ve been fans of the brand for some time now, but after an experience a couple of weeks ago, we’re 100% sold.  With just a couple of tweets, and an extremely friendly phone call, Sarah down at their store in Florence got herself a couple of customers for life.  Now that warm weather is almost here, we’re going to have to call our new friend sometime soon to see about ordering a couple of Billy Reid’s Pensacola Polos ($88).

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Timex Military Watch for J. Crew

On March 10, 2012, in Accessories, by Ryan & Ben

Image: J.Crew

Though the only clocks we will be watching this weekend will be keeping track of basketball games, we thought it was only right to celebrate the beginning of daylight savings time with the review of a timepiece.  As much as we would love to dive into the intricate details of a Panerai or Rolex, we can’t quite justify the cost.  In fact, for the most part, we tend to keep our wristwear pretty low key.  If you are in the same boat, we have a feeling you’ll love the Timex Military Watch for J.Crew ($149).

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Britton by The Cordial Churchman

On March 9, 2012, in Bowties, by Ryan & Ben

Image: The Cordial Churchman

If you are reading Bows & Boats, we hope you have realized by now that bowties can be worn just as easily casually as they can be dressed up.  If you still haven’t come to this realization, we would highly recommend checking out the blog over at The Cordial Churchman that is chronicling our friend Andy’s quest to wear a bow every day this year, he has done a fantastic job of integrating bowties into more casual looks.  The perfect example of a bow that can be worn casually is The Cordial Churchman’s Britton ($29).

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