The Moore & Giles Shoe Shine Kit

When you get older, you miss some of the things from your childhood. I miss the wooden box and shoe shine kit my mom had. All the essentials were inside the box and there was a place for your foot angled just so, on top. It was fun to use, plus I was able to make some good side cash as I polished shoes for my pops. Nowadays, they've modernized the kits a bit and this one, I have to admit, is pretty sweet. 

Made by Moore & Giles of Forest, Virginia, this lux shoe shine kit comes with one black and one brown jar of shoe polish, two small applicator brushes, one large buffing brush and one premium quality polishing cloth. It's missing the cool wooden box but that's okay, their fine brown leather case has me a bit weak at the knees. See all of Moore & Giles manly gear and bags, here.


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The Sidecar

Last week, I pitched an idea to my boss- a cocktail cart that I could wheel around the office for Friday afternoon Happy Hours. I promised to find an old cart at a thrift shop and stock it with some basic necessities and let it evolve from there. I'm happy to report, he replied with an enthusiastic "Yes!" But after seeing this Sidecar, made in collaboration by Moore & Giles and famed barman Jim Meehan, I really want this one. 

This made by hand beauty is a true labor of love. Crafted with Virginia black walnut, Tuscan leather, brass rods and polished brass handles, every single component was chosen for the cart's optimal ease and functionality. The tabletop includes two shelves coated in leather to deaden bottle sound and offer reinforcement while the brass handles are flush mounted to prevent interference with the server's shins. 

The Sidecar also doubles as the manliest showcase for one's prized collection of decanters and bottles. It's a conversation piece for sure and meant for the most serious of booze enthusiasts. I keep envisioning how amazing it would be to roll it down the hallways of my office... yet with a price tag of $13,500, that may be a bit of a tough sell. 


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When in doubt, buy a bag...

I know I'm a bit partial to bags, but- I do think a gorgeous, well made bag is one of the best gifts to give this holiday season. My absolute favorite bag is one that also just won a Garden & Gun Made in the South Award. It's this scrumptiously dreamy, oversized, super soft black leather bag by SE Sherrick and Imogene + Willie in Nashville, $600. I'm not sure I've ever loved something so much...

There never is one great bag, however. There are many. These include, from left to right: Peter Nappi Ennio Tote, $420. J Stark Franklin Bag, $450; Very Fine South + Ashley Woodson Bailey Pink Zip Clutch, $350;  Emil Erwin Jane Clutch, $295; Bexar Goods New Porter Satchel, $680; Andover Trask Madison Tote, $225; Ceri Hoover Platinum Pintuck Clutch, $195; Moore & Giles Urban Satchel, $775. 

The Makr Post Bag, $180 and Makr Fold Weekender, $165. Happy bag shopping...


Wallet and Man Bag Selects

Gift Ideas for the Boys

Here's a compilation of some of my favorite manly products of the past year. Some are new and some are oldies but goodies... Old Try state prints ($40); Sid Mashburn dark brown boots ($145); Blackberry Moonshine ($20); Moore & Giles belt ($150); Chiefs Energizing Face Wash ($17) Makr round wallet ($240).

Best Made Axe ($250); Picker's wallet ($31) Alton Lane Pocket Squares ($35, available in store only); Blue Claw iPad sleeve ($75); Otis James handcrafted tie ($110) *Otis will inscribe the name of tie wearer on the backside of the tie; Moore & Giles slim briefcase ($515); Edisto Oyster Knife ($300).

Ledbury gingham cashmere scarf ($155); Bexar Goods waxed canvas bag ($240); Hamilton Gingham shirt ($245); Elijah Craig Bourbon ($25).  

Witherspoon watch ($130); iPhone wireless handset ($110); Jack Rudy Tonic ($21), Piggy Bank ($125).

If you made a little extra cash this year and feel the need to really splurge, this may be the best manly gift yet. It's the Mahogany Mailbag by Emil Erwin in Nashville ($1250) and is based on the original satchel carried by postmen for most of the 20th century. It's so beautiful, I think we need a moment of silence...



Moore & Giles

If it's not yet obvious enough, I'm a fan of a good leather man bag. And lucky for us, there is no shortage of incredibly talented artisans in the South, crafting the most handsome and stylish of bags for our manly men...

Moore & Giles is an elite leather supplier based in Lynchburg, Virginia. For well over 75 years, they have sold their ever evolving line of high quality goods, which now includes messenger bags, briefcases, totes, belts, wallets and tech accessories. 

If a man wants to invest in one good leather item in their travel ware, a Dopp kit is a great place to start. And I like how Moore & Giles offer their version in a myriad of colors as it helps break up all that black and brown in a typical man's arsenal. 

Call me naive but I had no idea that cases made for just men's shirts or ties existed. At least not ones this stylish and fun. It makes me want to pack, and I hate to pack... 

I was happily surprised to see this leather work apron. It's a gift to last a guy a lifetime, as it will age beautifully with wear, tear and time. As stated on their site, "This vintage inspired leather apron not only pays tribute to the artisans and craftsmen of the past, but features a variety of well thought out details that make it functional for life today." Check out Moore & Giles to learn more...and happy Manly Monday.


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