Ascent Windstopper Down Jacket by L.L. Bean

On January 21, 2014, in Outerwear, by Ryan & Ben

Image: L.L. Bean

Well, if the National Weather Service is right, we’ll be getting more snow today than we have in quite some time.  Of course, around here, that means that stores are sold out of bread and milk, and that as soon as the first flake falls traffic will instantly gridlock.  That said, if things to come to fruition, we’ll be left wishing we had added a true winter coat to the collection this year.  If we lived in a colder climate, or if it actually snowed as often as the local weatherman said it was going to here in Maryland, our pick would be the Ascent Windstopper Down Jacket from L.L. Bean.

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Engraved Winston Set by Harry’s

On January 20, 2014, in Grooming, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Harry’s

After a weekend of relaxing, letting our beards grow, and not doing much of anything, we were almost looking forward to getting cleaned up this morning.  Almost.  Regardless, ever since we made the switch from drug store disposables to Harry’s razors back in April, shaving has become much less of a chore.  We love the original Winston set that we’ve been using, but now that there is an engraved option, it looks like it’s time for an upgrade.

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Revisited: Graham Slackers by Bonobos

On January 18, 2014, in Pants, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Bonobos

We do our best to not feature the same brand twice in one week here at Bowties & Boatshoes, but with Bonobos offering Jim Harbaugh ten pairs of their chinos and a $10,000 donation to his favorite charity, we’re breaking our own rule this weekend.  We all know the Niners coach loves some ill-fitting khakis, and, according to recent reports, apparently his wife hates them just as much as we do.  In honor of the #GetHarbaughinBonobos campaign, we’re revisiting the first piece we ever featured from Bonobos, a pair of Graham Slackers.

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Davie Stripes Quad Bow by R. Hanauer

On January 17, 2014, in Bowties, by Ryan & Ben

Image: R. Hanauer

For both of us, the first bowtie we ever tied on was a repp stripe.  After a quick poll of friends, it seems that we are far from the only ones who started this way. Though our horizons have broadened significantly over the years, you’ll still find us sporting repp stripes regularly.  Today’s pick is a bit of a twist on a traditional repp stripe bow, it’s the Davie Stripes Quad Bow by R. Hanauer.

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The Cunningham by Ledbury

On January 16, 2014, in Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Ledbury

As much as we try to stick with the basics, we find ourselves constantly smitten with things that are just a bit out of the ordinary.  Yes, we know that we won’t be able to wear most of these pieces for more than a year or two, but sometimes you just have to go for it.  That’s what we’re doing with the Cunningham from Ledbury.

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Sparrowfield Sweater by Bonobos

On January 15, 2014, in Sweaters, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Bonobos

This time of year, we’re always on the hunt for a couple of new sweaters.  Sweaters that are heavy enough to wear over the next few months, yet could still work well on a chilly Spring night.  That’s just what we found when we laid eyes on the Bonobos Sparrowfield Sweater.

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Holiday Blackwatch Wool Sportcoat by Canvas Lands’ End

On January 14, 2014, in Jackets, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Lands’ End

While we were sorry to hear the news that Lands’ End will be shutting down Canvas in the very near future, we are enjoying a few of the final deals of this once promising off-shoot.  In fact, our we may have just identified what may be the final piece of Canvas clothing that gets added to our wardrobe.  Now available for under $100, the Holiday Blackwatch Wool Sportcoat is calling our name.

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Fenmore Weejuns by G.H. Bass & Co.

On January 13, 2014, in Footwear, by Ryan & Ben

Image: G.H. Bass & Co.

As much as we love a good deal, we’re also firm believers that a “Made in the USA” label is worth every additional penny.  From smaller companies who are going to great lengths to ensure that every one of their products proudly sports an American flag, to larger companies who are bringing some of their manufacturing back from overseas, there are some absolutely fantastic products being turned out in this great country of ours, and we’re proud to wear them.  Soon, we’ll be adding another pair of made in the USA loafers to our collection.  Now that G.H. Bass is making Weejuns stateside again, how could we not pick up a pair?

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From the Archives: To Dixie With Love T-Shirts by Old Try

On January 11, 2014, in Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Old Try

Every time we talk about t-shirts, we find ourselves comparing the new additions to our collection to the old classics that we go back to time and time again.  Over the last two years, there has been one t-shirt featured on this site that has truly become a go to for us.  It’s traveled just about everywhere we have over the last 24 months, and seems to be the choice more times than not on low key weekends at home.  That shirt is the original To Dixie With Love tee from our friends at Old Try.  The post below originally ran on February 25, 2012.

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Image: Southern Tide

Did you know that the record for most bowties being tied simultaneously is 417?  We didn’t either until our friends at Southern Tide reached out to tell us about Tie Us Together, a fantastic event they are sponsoring down in Columbia, SC next month.  In an effort to raise money and awareness for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, the famed Brittons is putting out the all-call for bowtie lovers to head down to their neck of the woods, and tie on a bow for a great cause.  Their goal is to double the current world record! With less than one month to go before the event, we have a feeling people are already trying to decide which bow they will be wearing for the festivities.  Odds are there will be more than a few Southern Tide Shrimp & Grits bows in attendance when the day arrives.  Whether you can make it or not (if you can, register here), Southern Tide wants to give one lucky Bowties & Boatshoes reader a Shrimp & Grits bow of their own.

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