Today’s Tie and Pocket Square
Barney’s Fall Sale
Barney’s New York is having their annual fall sale right now with discounts up to 40% off and there are a lot of great items available. For starters, there is a large collection of Crockett & Jones shoes that are priced under $400. Most of these shoes are on the 348 last, which is one of the sleekest lasts available, so they might not be for everyone. Still, I’m particularly fond of these suede oxfords Hallams. They are priced at $349 and there are quite a few sizes still available.
In addition, Barney’s also has the Crockett & Jones Coniston boot on sale for $399. While the Coniston boot is normally made of scotch grain leather, it appears that this version of the boot is actually made with smooth brown calf, which gives it a more formal look.
San Francisco Menswear Events
If you live in San Francisco, there are two fantastic menswear events that you can attend tomorrow evening.
1. StyleForum X John Allan’s Razor Club
John Allan’s Razor Club is hosting a StyleForum meetup, which looks to be one of the best this season. John Allan’s will be providing complimentary beverages and appetizers as well as some services such as shoe shines for all. Afterwards, there will be a no host dinner event at Maxfield’s Pied Piper in the Palace Hotel. If you never been to a StyleForum meetup, I would highly recommend attending. Not only are the people really nice and incredibly friendly, but it gives you an excuse to wear all those Drake’s ties that you’ve been hoarding.
The StyleForum event is reaching its capacity, but there are a few spots left. To RSVP, reply to this thread.
2. Goorin Brothers Prohibition Party
Goorin Brothers will be hosting a party in its North Beach store to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. There will be some complimentary beverages and food (whisper the code “Scofflaw” and you’ll get a secret cocktail).
Guests can take a look at Goorin’s latest releases of wide-brim fedoras, luxurious knits and fine flat caps and everyone will receive a complimentary Repeal of Prohibition button. To RSVP, go here.
Scotch Grain On The Rocks
While you could wear them any time of the year, I think shoes made with scotch grain leather look best during the fall and winter. Scotch grain, which is also referred to as pebble or country grain, is leather that has been embossed with large rollers to give it a distinctive textured look that is similar to a pebble walkway.
According to Kingsmere Crafts, a Scottish tanner accidentally invented scotch grain two hundred years ago when he discovered that his pebble cement floor had embedded its pattern into one of his hides lying on top of it. When the tanner attempted to remove the pattern by rolling it, it served only to enhance the look on the leather. A local shoemaker then saw the hide and decided to make it into a pair of hunting boots.
Kingsmere Crafts also mentions another story that says that scotch grain is actually a misnomer and that the correct term is “Scots Grain” (or “BruichLaddich Grain” for those who can pronounce it). In this version, Scots developed Scots Grain by layering vintage charred oak barrels with Highland cattle skins and leftover mash from whisky distillation. After aging for twelve years, these hides would eventually develop the pebbled texture of scotch grain.
The Bold Italic and Google Local San Francisco - A Moveable Feast On The F-Line
“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” - Ernest Hemingway
Last week, I had the pleasure of riding another historic F-Line Streetcar throughout San Francisco while enjoying live jazz and delicious food and drink. This time, The Bold Italic teamed up with Google Local San Francisco to put on a free party for people who signed up for their Google City Expert program.
Stag Dining and Derby Cocktail catered the event and crafted some magnificent appetizers and drinks inspired by the neighborhoods of San Francisco such as pho with shaved venison and Moscow Mules made with Kaffir lime vodka. Meanwhile, the Panique Trio kept us entertained with some upbeat gypsy jazz that made it feel like we were in Paris in the 30’s. It was a splendid affair that concluded with the entire train singing along to the jazziest version of “Don’t Stop Believing” as we pulled back into the Castro Station.
Becoming a Google City Expert is quite easy - all you need to do is write 50 reviews and then you’re in. The reviews don’t need to be particularly long either, just 3-4 sentences that are helpful and balanced about businesses that you’ve been to. Once you’re in, you’ll be able to attend fun, exclusive events such as this in your local area.
"I’ve waited 8 years to be here, talking with you people and sharing our denim with people who are as passionate as we are…" the Gustin team brought Style Forum into their studio last night for an epic roof party.
Thanks Josh and Stephen! Congratulations on your success.
(Thanks Edwin for the photo of me)
More fun from last night
Last night, Gustin hosted a terrific StyleForum meetup over at their headquarters in the San Francisco Mint Plaza. They had many fantastic products on display including loom state denim, loop-wheel sweatshirts, wallets, and more. I was very impressed with the quality of all their products and am now looking forward to placing an order with them (hopefully that neutral denim comes back in stock soon).
Their office also had a fantastic patio with an amazing view of the city and a fire pit to keep everyone warm while we sipped on delicious cocktails and ate food from La Mediterranee. A big thanks goes to Josh and Stephen for hosting the event, Gus for helping to organize it, Fok for donating a $200 gift certificate (congratulations Martin), and Dave for being a great bartender. This was probably my favorite StyleForum meetup and it was great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
Mr. Porter Global Style Campaign - Get The Look
Once again, Mr. Porter is having their Global Style Campaign where they invite individuals from all over the world to share their style. I was reached out to by Details Network to enter the contest and share my style based on items in Mr. Porter.
I decided to use this photo of myself, which I feel represents my fall style rather well, especially in terms of layering. It’s also an outfits that I seem to be wearing more and more as the weather gets colder in the Bay Area.
Outerwear: Belstaff Roadmaster
Jacket: L.B.M. 1911 (Similar by Oliver Spencer)
Shirt: Brooks Brothers OCBD
Tie: Drake’s of London Black Knit Tie (Similar in grey)
Pocket Square: Victory Square by Rubinacci
WIWY (Halloween Edition) - Hipster Spider-man
Sometimes It’s best not to take yourself seriously. On a side note, my “web-shooters” shot kale chips and PBR at people.
Cap - Oliver Spencer | Jacket - Aspesi | Shirt - From an Arcade Fire Concert | Jeans - Levi’s | Backpack - Everlane | Camera - Fujifilm x100
Photography - Adam Silverman
Bob’s Donuts & Pastry Shop
I spent Saturday afternoon hanging out with my friend Megan of Style Girlfriend, who was in town for the annual Nike’s Women Marathon. We went to Bob’s Donuts & Pastry Shop to help her prepare for the big race and I believe her chocolate sprinkle cake doughnut helped improve her overall time in the marathon.
Bob’s Donuts & Pastry Shop
Some things in life are best left uncomplicated.
While many doughnut shops rely on novelty ingredients like bacon and breakfast cereal, Bob’s Donuts & Pastry Shop lets the quality of their doughnuts do the talking. Located on the corner of Polk and Sacramento St., the San Francisco landmark has been making no frills doughnuts since the 60’s. In fact, much of Bob’s remains unchanged from when it first opened. Inside, you’ll find a large plain counter with bar stools, batches of old-fashioned doughnuts constantly coming out of the fryer, and a stack of pink cake boxes in the corner waiting for customers that order a baker’s dozen.
The selection at Bob’s isn’t extravagant. Other than the giant birthday doughnut, there are no gimmicks. The shop has an offering of simple but delicious pastries including cake doughnuts, apple fritters, and maple bars. This might seem like standard fare at any other doughnut shop, but it is the quality of the pastries that sets Bob’s apart.
Pike Place Market - Night