I have a bunch of boys to buy for this holiday season and although the guys aren't always the easiest to buy for, they are my favorite. Men's gifts tend to be less trendy- but with a classic design meant to last and be stylish no matter the year. Like this navy felt slipper by Sid Mashburn, $135.
The color navy is masculine and strong. The sky and sea are blue, representing depth and stability, and navy blue adds the attributes of expertise and stability- so it's a perfect travel color for the guy on the go. Moore & Giles of Forest, Virginia, perhaps my favorite leather company, has a line of scrumptious masculine bags in navy you need to know about...
The Titan Milled Navy Collection is a mix of small to midsize bags perfect for a work or weekend trip. It includes all the essentials- two dopp kits, a weekender, duffel, backpack and briefcase. The bags are all made of the highest quality Italian leather with a process that combines chrome and vegetable tanning.
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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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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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 holidays is a good excuse to buy something leather and scrumptious for the men in our lives. Here's a few of my faves from Southern craftsmen. From top left to right, each row: Emil Erwin Shell Cordovan Billfold $275; Makr Flap Slim Wallet $80; Makr Round Wallet $88; Il Bussetto Bifold $88; Colsen Keane Micro Wallet $90; Colsen Keane Card Sheath $60; Il Bussetto Bifold $88; Barrett Alley Disciple Wallet $95; Makr Horizon Three Wallet $72; Emil Erwin Trifold Wallet $100; Emil Erwin Shell Cordovan Card Wallet $95; Makr Cordovan Angle Wallet $96; Twelve South Book Book for iPhone $59.99; Makr iPhone Wallet $96; Moore & Giles iPhone case and wallet $60.
Peter Nappi Double Pocket Messenger $530; Tucker & Bloom Canvas Messenger $137; Moore & Giles Slim Portfolio $235; Moore & Giles Taylor Lord Duffel $690; Blue Claw & Co Frankfurt Field Brief $190; Emil Erwin Satchel $750; Bexar Land Carry $160; Bexar Leather Cruiser Roll Top $270; Makr Canvas A Strap Tote $68; Blue Claw & Co Catalina Weekender $225; Emil Erwin Mahagany $975; Colsen Keane Tote $450; Blue Claw & Co Barajas Backpack $245; Makr Button Tote $132; Colsen Keane Classic Satchel $810
Colsen Keane iPad Mini Sheath $75; Tucker & Bloom Laptop Sleeve $75; Moose + Pine Laptop Messenger in Tweed $159; Peter Nappi iPad Case $145; Willow & Co iPad Air Case $40.50; Moose + Pine Plaid iPad case $75; Makr iPad Case $192; Colsen Keane MacBook Pro Case $160.
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).
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...
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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