Colored Shoelaces by hook + ALBERT

On February 16, 2013, in Accessories, Footwear, by Ryan & Ben

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Time and time again, we talk about how the little things make all the difference.  Not only do we love the small touches that make good products great, but also the small tweaks that many would never even think to make.  One of our favorite tweaks as of late has been swapping out the laces in our favorite wingtips for something a bit more colorful.  Our go to when it comes to colored laces is none other than hook + ALBERT.

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Image: Buffalo Jackson

Just a couple of months ago we were talking to our friend Xan about the possibility of his company, Buffalo Jackson, opening up an outpost of sorts down in North Carolina. At the time, it was basically just a couple of guys throwing a few ideas back and forth about what seemed like something way down the road. Fast forward to today and Xan is now in the midst of bringing his dream to life. Instead of going the Kickstarter route, Xan is doing things his way and releasing an extremely limited run of Roosevelt Buffalo bowties (and neckties) to help offset the costs of building out his space.

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Red Candy Stripe Oxford by Ratio Clothing

On February 14, 2013, in Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Ratio Clothing

We thought about running a Valentine’s gift guide today, but, to be perfectly honest, we prefer to keep thing pretty simple for Valentine’s.  Flowers, chocolate, a card, and a nice dinner (at home or out) has always been our go to, and it has never once let us down.  That being said, in a day that will be awash with red everything we figured it was a great time to break out the Red Candy Stripe Oxford from our friends at Ratio Clothing.

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Beacon Heritage Sports Jacket by Barbour

On February 13, 2013, in Outerwear, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Barbour

Even though we don’t make it to the movies nearly as much as we used to, we’d still consider ourselves pretty big movie buffs here at Bowties & Boatshoes.  One film we made sure to catch in the theater was the latest addition to the Bond franchise, Skyfall.  With Skyfall releasing on DVD earlier this week, we were reminded just how great some of the clothing in the movie is.  One of our favorite pieces is the Beacon Heritage Sports Jacket by Barbour.

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Jackman Blucher Mocs by L.L. Bean Signature

On February 12, 2013, in Classics, Footwear, by Ryan & Ben

Image: L.L. Bean Signature

For the past couple of months we’ve found ourselves far more interested in blucher mocs than ever before.  A staple in many shoe rotations for years, we’re not quite sure how these classics have managed to stay out of our collection for so long, but for one reason or another they have.  If you are in the same boat, and aren’t quite sure you’re ready to take the plunge on a pair that is handmade in Maine, the pefect way to start is the Jackman Blucher Moc from L.L. Bean Signature.

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Long Sleeve 4 Button Polo by johnnie-O

On February 11, 2013, in Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

Image: johnnie-O

Though a weekend without football seemed a bit odd, we were happy to catch up on some serious golf coverage over the past couple of days.  As much as we wish the weather here was a bit more condusive to getting out for a few rounds in the coming weeks, we’re going to have to stick with TV coverage and trips to the heated range for at least another month or so.  While we were watching coverage of the Pro-Am at Pebble, we couldn’t help but notice Chris O’Donnell showing support for his brother’s company, johnnie-O.  One thing from their lineup that will definitely see some wear from us when we get back on the course is their Long Sleeve 4 Button Polo.

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From the Archives: Mackinaw Cruiser by Filson

On February 9, 2013, in Classics, Outerwear, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Filson

With Nemo dumping more snow than anyone should have to deal with on our friends to the North, we couldn’t help but head back into the archives this weekend in search of some of the warmest pieces we’ve reviewed.  One of our absolute favorites is the classic Mackinaw Cruiser by Filson.  The post below originally ran on December 22, 2011.

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Plum Bowtie giveaway courtesy of Dogwood Black

On February 8, 2013, in Bowties, Contests, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Dogwood Black

After a Ravens Super Bowl win on Sunday, and a huge celebration on Tuesday, the state of Maryland is still in a bit of a purple haze.  Though we still prefer college sports to the pros, we’ve definitely found ourselves caught in the moment and have managed to work in a little purple to our look a few times this week.  That being said, we thought it’d be fitting to cap off the week with a purple bowtie giveaway.  Thanks to our friends at Dogwood Black, someone is going to be the winner of their great looking Plum Bow Tie.

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America Traditional Hat by State Traditions

On February 7, 2013, in Hats, by Ryan & Ben

Image: State Traditions

Yesterday we watched high school kids from around the country sit down behind a line of hats, pick one up, and tell the nation where they’d be heading to play college ball.  As two guys who were far from D-I (or II or III for that matter) caliber athletes, the closest thing we have in common with most of these guys is that we too enjoy a good hat from time to time.  One of our favorites as of late is the America Traditional Hat from our friends at State Traditions.

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Tipping Point Sweaters by Bonobos

On February 6, 2013, in Sweaters, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Bonobos

Before we know it, it’ll be time to start shedding the layers we’ve been piling on for the last few months.  That being said, we definitely like the look of an extra layer from time to time, and even as the weather begins to warm up over the next few months we’ll still be adding a light sweater pretty frequently.  Luckily for us, Bonobos just released the latest additions to their collection of Tipping Point sweaters.

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