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.
Some art stops us in our tracks, causing us to pause and take some time to take it all in. That's exactly what happens when I happen across a William McLure painting...
An artist ever since he doodled with his first crayon at a young age, William's artwork has evolved to include realism, sketches, abstract and drawings. Born in Louisiana, he now resides in Birmingham, Alabama where he is also a talented Interior Designer.
I'm currently in the hunt for large scale artwork so I'm swooning over these pieces. Large artwork by a few of my favorite southern artists is where I'd like to spend my money next year, if I'm blessed to have a good year. As a freelancer, I never quite know but I stay committed to the thought. As William has shared, "Splurge on antiques and art. They're an investment."
My favorite attribute of many manly goods is how they're built to last. At Dalman Supply Co. in Nashville, Tennessee, they are crafting "durable goods for the daily rider." And they're quite handsome too...
A few years back, Jon Dalman was in search of a basic bike lock that joined form and function effortlessly- and coming up short, he made his own. His shop launched this past Spring of 2016 and has expanded to include bike locks, padlocks, cables for motorcycles as well as leather keychains.
Bike locks are often fairly janky, weighty and aesthetically displeasing. The locks at Dalman are lightweight, waterproof and depending on the style, can stretch up to 41 inches for a bike or up to 5 feet for a motorcycle. Learn more, here.
Robert Watkins is a Master Barber from Florence, South Carolina. He's also a master at creating a career path that is on point and on purpose. After learning to cut his own hair, he quit his job as a barista at Starbucks and began cutting hair for friends- which turned into a job at the Trendsetters Barber Lounge. When he was exposed to the the reality of human trafficking and the role we all play in buying products that are made with cheap, slave labor, he decided to do something about it by crafting his own products in a socially, responsible way. He started the Mail Room Barber Company, which is all about quality grooming products made in small batches using fair trade and ethically sourced ingredients.
The first product he created was a high quality, functional pomade, which he now offers in three versions; Natural, Forest and Classic. The pomades range from a light to a thick hold that are as easy to sculpt as they are to rinse out. Ethically sourced ingredients like castor oil, soy wax, mango butter and coconut oil are meant to moisturize and soothe the hair and scalp. They have fantastic manly scents too- like a fresh forest, pipe tobacco or oak moss and cypress to name a few.
Robert's collection of manly wares for hair, beard and skin keeps expanding and because of his passion to source quality ingredients that help combat human trafficking, I can't help but want to buy each and every item for the guys in my life. See his entire shop, here.
This weekend, I visited Thomasville, one of my favorite Georgia towns. When you look for this town on a map, it's situated just above the Florida state line, west of Valdosta. You may assume there isn't much going on 'round there but you'd be dead wrong. Thomasville is a fantastic town with a real care and passion for the arts. And Sturdy Brothers is just one of the companies based there that you need to know about...
This is a long wallet with a v shape at the bottom, made to fit comfortably and effortlessly in your jean back pocket. Because of the shape, this wallet is able to hold a lot- three card sleeves, a quarter pocket (for change or a guitar pick) plus four large compartments for guy stuff. Love it.
As Daylight Savings begins to shorten our days and autumn leaves begin to fall, it's a tell tale sign it's November. So are the emergence of mustaches...
As many of you are well aware, The Movember Foundation offers a challenge to men to grow a mustache throughout the month of November while raising funds for men's health. It's a great cause with the fun side effect of seeing what type of mustaches guys will grow- or can grow. So it comes to reason, a newfound mustache to raise money also needs to be properly nurtured with a quality product. Beardbrand out of Austin, Texas is a perfect place to start...
Encased in a pocketable tube, the Beardbrand mustache waxes are made with all natural ingredients that include beeswax, lanolin and jojoba oil. And the scents are pretty great... from the smell of a lumber yard or grapefruit and spices to a backyard vegetable garden. And as beards often accompany a mustache, it's a good idea to check out their widely praised Beard Oils as well.
The Black Marble Beard Oil is for the beard aficionado as this high quality oil mix is touted to be the most premium beard oil on the market. You can also buy Beardbrand waxes in bundles of three, like the above Gold Line 3 Pack. As they instruct, "Scrape off a bit of wax with your thumbnail and warm between fingers. Once the wax has been warmed, apply it to mustache and be awesome." Happy Movember...
If you have ever visited downtown New Orleans along Charles Avenue, chances are you've seen the Meyer The Hatter shop. It's the South's largest hat store established in 1894 by Sam H. Meyer. Five generations later, the shop is still all in the family, still going strong...
It's certainly a treat to visit the classic shop in person, but they do sell many of their top sellers online and the prices are great. And no matter your preference- a fedora, wool derby, leather cap, a porkpie or a deerstalkers hat, they truly have it all.
When you don't know what gift to give a guy, a knife is usually a safe bet. There are some beautifully made ones available and ones you can even help to craft yourself. This Scrimshaw Knife Kit takes the early American art form of Scrimshaw that originated from the whaling industry in the late 1700's and lets you recreate that art form to make your own original knife.
As the story goes on the Mollyjogger site based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, "During the many idle hours at sea, a whaler etched drawings of nautical themes on items that were readily available to him such as sperm whale teeth and bones. His primary etching instrument was a sail needle, nail or pocket knife. After he scratched his art work into the surface of the bone, he would rub lamp black or tobacco juice into the scratch to reveal the drawing."
The Scrimshaw Knife Kit includes a natural bone handled pocket knife and all the tools to add an image- including dozens of graphics that can be traced and etched yourself. For manly guys, ages 16 and up...
I like a man in a bracelet. And if I had to choose a type of bracelet, the sterling silver and brass cuffs by Consider the Wldflwrs would be near the top of the list...
Each bracelet is adjustable with one size fitting all and all are handmade in their Nashville studio. Emily Eggebrecht is the founder of Consider the Wldflwrs and she started her business in 2013 with a mission to create simple staple pieces.
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.
Walking into the Sid Mashburn men's shop is always a delight. The men are dressed beautifully, the tailors are hard at work and there is always a plethora of items to drool over. So for today's Manly Monday, I'm picking 11 things that recently caught my eye. But truth be told, I love it all. See their entire online shop, here.
If you're in the hunt for a good guy gift, my friend Thomas Wages of Atlanta has some of the best manly accessories in his shop. One of my favorites is this brass Bottle Opener. I've seen it tucked into a bartender's front apron pocket and it just looks cool. The simple yet highly functional design is is by architect Luke Smith-Wightman.
If you purchase anything by credit card inside Thomas Wages, you'll be using the Karas Kustoms pen to sign your receipt. You often don't realize you could use a good pen until one is placed in your hand and upon using it, you don't want to ever let it go. This writing implement is so smooth and weighty and perfect. I'm getting one for my dad for Christmas and I know he'll love it. This Misc Goods Co. Flask is a gem too, beautifully crafted in Louisville, Kentucky.
There's a lot of quality items to find in Thomas' shop, many of which I've purchased before as you want your man gifts to mean something and have distinction. My dad loves the stainless steel Chicago Comb I bought him last year and this Fulton & Roark solid cologne is pocket size with a fresh, brisk scent that is great for the everyday gentleman. So much to see, so much to like... check out Thomas' entire collection, which includes quality clothing, bags and footwear, here.
For over twenty years, ever since I first saw Lyle Lovett in concert, I've been an avid fan. If you've seen him in concert, you know the feeling well. Lyle is so talented, gracious, funny and dapper. He always looks like that well put together man on stage ... so how can you not love that he's partnered with Hamilton Shirts of Houston, Texas to create a line of western shirts for men...
The western style shirt is making a comeback as we've seen various designers create their own version as of late. A western shirt typically has a yoke which covers then neck and shoulders, snap buttons and details like piping and embroidery. The modern western shirt we're now seeing takes an ordinary dress shirt and just makes it a bit more interesting.
Lyle teamed up with Hamilton Shirts which is known for their high quality, customized shirting for men. As Lyle has been a client at Hamilton for over a decade, the partnership was an easy, organic fit. Lyle played a significant role in the design of his western shirt- deepening the curve of the yoke, styling the pocket flaps to match, creating a trim fit and adding natural horn buttons and three button cuffs.
Hamilton Shirts and Lyle have created 23 different fabric options of their western shirt, so it's hard not to find a favorite or two. I love this collaboration and love that Lyle has found a way to share his great style with manly men everywhere...
A good knife, expertly crafted, is a treasure for any tool kit or kitchen. Luke Snyder of Bloodroot Blades in Arnoldsville, Georgia has had a unique chance to hone his craft over the years. This is a family endeavor as growing up, his father worked at a historical farm as a resident blacksmith and woodworker. So he's had a lot of practice...
David Van Wyk has joined Luke to apprentice and learn the craft as well. The pair have garnered quite the reputation, known for their use of recycled metals as they spend many an hour scouring auto yards and junkyards for acceptable materials. There is a long waiting list to receive a knife from these two as each knife is a custom order, made for each customer's wants and needs. Every knife is hand forged, one of a kind and they use no patterns or jigs.
The Bloodroot handles are just as impressive as the metals. Materials have included antler, Pecan, Maple, Walnut and Beech trees to name a few, My favorite is their impressive skill of layering cloth and resin to create knife scales. They have crafted handles made with a Woolrich plaid jacket or a Colombian coffee bag. These above knife handles were made with a customer's father's military jacket and some firefighter pants. How cool is that?
To learn more about Luke and David's extensive and impressive knife making process, just click here.
When I lived in Hermosa Beach, a lot of my guy friends had longboards and I miss seeing them pass by me on the sidewalk every day. Skateboards are so perfect for beachside living (and city living too). Luckily there are a plethora of new artisans crafting boards, both short and long, that are as functional as they are well designed... like these beauties, by Salemtown Board Co. in Nashville.
Salemtown Board Co. was founded by friends, Jacob Henley and Will Anderson with a mission to employ, train and mentor the neighborhood urban youth. As many of the young men in their community of Salemtown in Nashville were growing up without a male role model or father figure in their lives, the pair felt a strong desire to create a business model that could create a lasting brand and also begin to change the lives of young men in the neighborhood. Now owned by brothers Will and his brother, Schuyler, Salemtown Board Co. employs two male teens, teaching them important life skills that empower the teens with a sense of pride and purpose- and a good paycheck.
Based on looks alone, this one is my favorite. It's The Thunderstick cruiser, shaped from solid Middle Tennessee oak
With an entrepreneurial spirit, the guys have slowly expanded their offerings to include home goods, tee shirts and hats- all with a very cool, minimal and clean aesthetic. Check out the entirety of their shop, here. And if you have a moment, watch this video about their endeavors from CBS Sunday Morning.
I'm always wanting all the men in my family to wear stylish socks. My dad is in his 70's and has just started to embrace this - as has my nephew, Johnny. It's still a work in progress with the others. The good thing is I have another great link to email and bug the boys with as Dead Soxy of Dallas, Texas has it going on...
The team behind Dead Soxy stand by their claim that these will be the best socks you will ever own. The socks are guaranteed to never slip during wear, nor will they ever shrink or fade. And the best part is they're super soft.
It's worth a shot to try...and the nice thing is they make socks for women too. Perusing their site, I can't help but love their Groomsmen Wedding Pack of 10 pairs of stylish socks that can be individually personalized. Now that's a wedding gift that will be put to good use. Check out all the Dead Soxy socks, here.
Batch has curated goods from all across the South for this Grilling Set- including quite a few from Nashville which is well versed in concocting tasty, hot and spicy chicken. See all the Batch gift sets available, here.
Cambria Harkey was born in New Mexico and raised in Texas. Her summers spent on a ranch in New Mexico brought a love of horses as well as the feels and smells of leather. She learned how to saddle stitch in 1996 and has been expertly honing her craft ever since.
Cambria's Dopp Kits are some of the most dapper and stylish I've seen. Available in black or brown, you can customize the color of the hand painted interior as well as the trim and if you so choose, add your initials.
The Martin is Cambria's take on a classic, functional duffle bag. Made with hand aged cowhide and lined with royal blue pig suede, it's just another creation by Cambria that catches your eye from afar, but cause you to pause in complete and total admiration close up. See her entire shop of handmade leather goods which includes wallets, belts and camera straps, here.
Recently the Garden & Gun's Editor's Choice award went to Tom Beckbe & Co. based in Birmingham, Alabama for this durable, manly jacket that is inspired by the deep South...
The Tensaw Jacket is made with a rugged, water repellant and waxed cotton outer shell- meant for the outdoor enthusiast as it can take a beating and a thrashing with ease. It has ample room in its pockets (even a top side pocket that's perfect for a flask) and comes in two colors, Hardwood and Tobacco.
Created by Birmingham local, Radcliff Menge, the Tensaw Jacket's best feature is the interior lining which is individually dyed with Alabama clay. It's an everyday jacket with a classic design that will endure for years. Learn more about the Tensaw Jacket, here.