The Shoppist Gift List, Day Five: Forage Haberdashery Ties


Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

I know, I know: Ties are such an obvious gift choice for guys, but Forage Haberdashery’s hand-crafted versions  are anything but blah. The Philly-based company has a cult following for its limited-edition neckwear, especially its just-released ‘black tie’ line. My pick: the unfussy—but still just-dressy-enough—black dot necktie, a dark chambray with white pinpricks. In other news, I have my gift-wrapping inspiration for this year.

Click here for price and where to buy.

The Edit: 10 Stylish Winter Vests For Guys


Now that we’ve gotten a harsh introduction to winter (have you looked at it out there?), it’s time to talk layering. For an extra layer of warmth, opt for a down filling (check out the Canada Goose option above). For style purposes, a thinner wool or cashmere waistcoat instantly upgrades the look of a button-down. Here are 10 top picks—available locally and online—to help you welcome winter in smart sartorial fashion. (Psst: For our women’s picks, go here.)

Click here for price details and where to buy.

6 Best Finds At The (Surprisingly Awesome) New Timberland Store


The interior of Timberland on Walnut Street.

When I heard that Timberland was coming to Walnut Street, I was less than excited. I wasn’t even moved when the press reps referred to the store with words like ‘lifestyle,’ ‘concept,’ ‘revamped,’ ‘luxe.’ Luxe, I scoffed. Timberland is the tan work boots that J.Lo wore. Timberland is not luxe.

And then I went to the opening party and ate my words (along with very good hors d’eouvres butlered by handsome woodsy-looking guys).

The rugged, industrial store, sandwiched between Bluemercury and Stuart Weitzman, is packed with shoes (mostly in the back of the store), clothes (men and women, though there are more men’s things here), and accessories. (Who knew Timberland made cute little bags? They do!)

I shopped around, and here’s what I found that you should add to your shopping lists now. (Psst: It includes a $1,000 men’s leather jacket, from their “Premium Collection.” Timberland makes $1,000 leather jackets!)

See the best fashion buys here.

Monday Obsession: How Men Should Wear Scarves


There are a few things we can borrow from the boys: their button-downs, oversized sweaters and chunky belts. Add scarves to this list, especially if these scarves are by Ikiré Jones.

I’ve written about Walé Oyéjidé’s Philly-based menswear line before (remember that gorgeous linen jacket?), and I’m still coveting it now. How I plan to indulge—without racking up a sky-high alteration bill? One of his wool/silk tapestry scarves, which are really more like art than accessories.

Read more here.

Beer And Boots At Benjamin Lovell Tonight


Here’s a great way to kick off your weekend: beer, boots and a sale.

It goes down at Benjamin Lovell Shoes‘s Rittenhouse location (119 South 18th Street) and it starts right now. So close up shop and head over there. Hey, it’s a long weekend. Might as well kick it off early.

Here are the details: From 4pm to 7pm tonight, you’ll get free beer and 20 percent off all men’s shoes and boots. Sounds pretty good, right? We’ll see you there.


Monday Obsession: The Best Pair Of Men’s Jeans. Ever.


Years ago, my dad came down the stairs in a pair of jeans. I wasn’t there, but my mom swears they were as close to acid-wash as you could get. And they were baggy.

“They were $9.99 at Walmart,” my dad said in feeble protest when I called him to demand an explanation for the offending pants. My dad is a man who does not see the benefit in spending lots of money on clothes. If $3.99 jeans existed, he’d buy them. (I don’t need to tell you that I did not inherit my shopping habits from him.)

My husband is of the same mindset. It was all I could do to drag him into Banana Republic a few years ago and get him into a pair of slim-cut jeans; he balked at the price (“$79? For jeans?” It was charming. And also a reminder to hide the receipt for my latest pair of bell-bottoms, which were most certainly more than $79).

But for the guys out there who understand cost-per-wear analysis (men, I applaud you) and who are desperately seeking the perfect pair of jeans, I’ve found them.

Guys, click here for the best pair of jeans ever.

Chris Bosh Has Designed a Line of Ties with Philly’s Armstrong & Wilson


The luxe collection of neckwear debuts this fall. | Photo via Armstrong & Wilson.

It’s one of the many brands that makes me wish—if only for a second—that I was a guy, or that I was a girl who could pull off wearing a pocket square. Armstrong & Wilson‘s collection of bow ties, tie-ties and pocket squares is like a garden party in a box, all pastel plaids and rainbow paisleys—for summer at least. (Oh, and speaking of their summer squares, you can get them all for 40 percent off here. But I digress…)

A peek at A&W’s Instagram reveals a star fan base: LeBron James, Al Roker, The Roots’s Black Thought, Derrick Brooks, London Fletcher, Michael Smith, Chris Bosh. And Bosh is such a fan that he’s collaborating on a tie collection with them.

More details below.

Market Report: Facekinis, Crop Tops and Flower Beards: Summer 2014 Trends In Review

  • MR22Summer is officially over. Let’s make ourselves feel better about this by looking back at some of summer’s worst fashion trends that we’ll hopefully never have to see again. (Distressed jorts and sheer maxi skirts, I’m talking about you.) [Styleite]
  • This roundup of 15 ultra-chic ear piercings is enough to make anyone want to take a trip to Infinite Body Piercing now. [Refinery29]

Up next: Guess which J.Crew men’s shirt has its own Instagram account?

Watch What Went Down at Shoppist After Hours Last Week!

Last Thursday, we kicked off our new Shoppist After Hours series, a semi-secret, underground shopping event that will pop up every so often at Philly’s best boutiques. We started off celebrating the guys at Ps & Qs on South Street. They dished out huge sales on new merch, Hennessy was there pouring its latest limited-edition collaboration with Shepard Fairey, and style whisperer Sabir Peele talked men’s trends for fall (Hawaiian prints, the “shacket,” backpacks and joggers).

See the pics here!

Reminder: Huge Shoppist Party This Week That You Don’t Want to Miss!


It’s almost here! Our new shopping series, Shoppist After Hours, kicks off on Thursday at Ps & Qs—and you don’t want to miss out on this.

Here’s what’s going down: Attendees will get 30 percent off all apparel and footwear at the shop (this is huge, guys, as merch at the store hardly ever gets marked down that steeply). Hennessy will be there pouring its special-edition Shepard Fairey cognac, and Sabir Peele of Men’s Style Pro will hosting a talk about men’s trends and how to wear them.

Get the details here.

« Older Posts