Friday, June 27, 2008

Pushing the Right Buttons

Yesterday, the New York Times' Jim Larkin wrote a piece about button stances, talking about the extremes between dressing like Fabio and Steve Urkel. Luckily, all of our shirts occupy a very comfortable middle ground, as you can see from our Apolis Activism Military Woven.

Unlike sleeve length or fit around the chest, there's no way for your tailor to change the button stance on a shirt, so the next time you come in to try stuff on, double-check to make sure that you like how you look buttoned up and undone. And if one doesn't work out, don't forget that we've got a ton of other brands, from the easy fit of James Perse's shirts to the more tailored look from Shirt by Shirt.

In Good Taste

Artificial Flavor polo in gunmetal and periwinkle, $60 each

We've got another batch of Artificial Flavor's signature polo in today, this time in a deep gunmetal and a bright periwinkle. Referencing leisure shirts from the 60s and 70s, this polo has an over-sized collar and a snap-close placket for a modern take on an old classic. Double-chest pockets and the assymetrical shoulder strap are the finishing touches on one of the softest shirts we carry.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Round of Modern Amusement

West End Worker shirt, $125

The ideal button-up for summer, this shirt is loaded with details. Double-buttoned barrel cuff and two button-down chest pockets with tonal stitching. If you've been feeling the heat in your usual shirts, think about grabbing one of these lightweight pieces to help you cope.

Springer shirt, $98

A short-sleeved shirt with serious style. At first glance, it's just a charcoal button-up, but look closer and you'll notice that the collar and placket have subtle stitching all over.

Clash board shorts, $88

These are the Holy Grail of summer shorts. Fully reversible, you can wear it with the vertical stripes or the exaggerated check. A fluorescent color palette adds a shot of attitude. Snap button closure and velcro fly.

Shoes crew neck tee, $50

We've also gotten more of Modern Amusements Graphic Art tees. As always, they're done in 100% cotton from Peru for extra comfort.

Volt tee, $50

Crowlusion tee, $55

Jet Set tank top, $48

Ditch the sleeves and head out in this tanktop with a great all-over geometric print and contrast ribbing at the neck and armholes.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

New Ties for Old School Charm

Gytha Mander's humorous and fashion-forward bowties have arrived in the store and we love the quirky flare they add to any outfit. Whether you're just heading out for brunch or hitting up a summer wedding, these fully adjustable bowties are a great alternative to a necktie. $58 each.

The adjustable tab system means that Gytha Mander's bowties can accomodate everyone, ranging from a neck circumference of 13.5 inches to a full 16.25 inches. And it's just as easy as finding your size and tucking the adjustable end in.

Gytha Mander bowtie in navy/red. Reversible; depending on which bow you put in front, you can either wear it with the navy/red striped pattern or the dotted pattern.

Gytha Mander bowtie in black/green. Reversible

Gytha Mander bowtie in black/pink. Not reversible.

And in case you don't know how to tie one of these, here's a great instructional video. The real trick is to think of it just like you're tying your shoelaces.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Tying Up Loose Ends

REVL, Gytha Mander's more casual offshoot, has brought us some great thin ties for summer. Made out of 100% silk, these ties measure 2 inches at their widest. $48 each.

REVL tie in black; beautifully woven silk gives this black tie a subtle texture throughout

REVL tie in grey stripe; grey with bold navy and white stripes for an understated look inspired by preppy school uniforms

REVL tie in charcoal; features embroidery throughout for added texture and depth

REVL tie in dark purple; the embroidered crests are reminiscent of school uniforms, but the bold purple with black stripes give it a unique flair

REVL tie in red stripe; beautiful deep red with navy and white stripes for contrast

Also included in this shipment is the Put 'Er There shirt, for $38. Dusty grey t-shirt in 100% cotton hand-printed with a bear trap graphic. A great simple statement tee.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sales for Summer

WeSC Claes shirt, on sale from $96 to $57

If you still haven't moved out the dark colors of fall from your closet, there's no time better than our Spring Clearance to pick up some brighter threads for the season. A funky Swedish take on the classic western shirt, the Claes shirt is a 100% cotton lightweight button-up feels and looks perfect for summer. Done in an eye-catching all-over plaid with beveled cuffs and logo embroidery on the sleeve, it's the perfect answer to the sunny skies we've seen lately.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tip to Cyclists

For those inclined to traverse the bay on two wheels, Cool Hunting has just done a feature about five stylish (and safe) options when it comes to covering your cap. The one above by Bern is the Baker and they even come in eleven different colors. Head over to Cool Hunting to read more.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dad Deserves Better Denim

WeSC Standard, $98

If your dad is stuck in dad jeans (you know the type, high-waisted, light blue wash, way too many pockets), then think about grabbing him a nice pair of raw denim. Certain to evoke memories of jeans from an earlier age, raw denim like the WeSC Standard – as well as our Cheap Monday and Good Society jeans – are dyed with real indigo and washed once for shrinkage. Natural wear and tear will rub out the indigo at specific places, give dad a wash as unique as he is. Also, the darker indigo color makes for a more grown-up pant. Now if only you could get him to give up his sweater vests, too.

For the Dad who has Everything...

(Call for pricing)

People always forget about the great art that hangs on our walls, courtesy of Cassandra Auker, one of the folks at our neighboor Form Modern Vintage, one of the best furniture stores in the East Bay. In addition to slinging mid-century chairs with the best of them, Cassandra's an accomplished artist in her own right and all of the pieces that you see are available for sale. If you're looking for something a little more unique than a sweater or tie, come in and talk to us about getting one of Cassandra's pieces.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Quick Debriefing

James Perse boxer briefs in black, white, and olympic; $28 each

If you're going to be rehauling dad's wardrobe, you've got to start with the basics. James Perse boxer briefs are made from an ultra-comfortable blend of 95% pima cotton 5% lycra for stretch. These skivvies are cut perfectly – not too loose, not too tight – and are a great way to introduce a little luxury into dad's closet.

For Dangerous Dads

Brave Soldier Crash Pack, $15

If your dad is prone to reckless adventuring (motorcycles, skydiving, and whathaveyou), the Brave Soldier Crash Pack is the ideal stowaway first-aid kit. An all-in-one travel pack, it's a complete set of all the supplies you'll ever need in an emergency including:
  • One (1) Antiseptic ointment
  • Two (2) wound dressings
  • Two (2) surgical sponges
  • Two (2) pieces of burn gauze
  • Four (4) bandages
  • Two (2) butterfly cut closures
  • Two (2) antiseptic pads
  • Two (2) antiseptic towelettes
  • Two (2) Advil tablets

All with a detailed set of instructions for treating a wound all wrapped up in a waterproof mylar bag.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

(French Connection ties, clockwise from top right: Grey blurred tie, blue placed stripe tie, grey and red striped tie, and gold split personality tie; each $48)

If your dads are anything like ours, the majority of his tie collection probably dates to the earlier parts of the 20th century. Give Dad an update this Sunday with one of our French Connection ties, skinnier for a more modern silhouette. Whether he's in a full suit at the office or just in a rumpled button down at brunch, these new ties are sure to please.

Featured in: Thrillist

We're super excited that Thrillist – the daily scoop on what to eat, where to go, and what to buy – has decided to feature Dapper's spring clearance sale on The List. Click here to see more great finds by the folks behind Thrillist.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Kicking Back for Father's Day

PF Flyers Windjammer in white, $60

A classic silhouette for summer, PF Flyers' Windjammer is a low-top lace-up in pristine white canvas with dark blue trim around the midsole. Naturally, these feature PF Flyers' patented rigid wedge for arch support and proper posture. And after years of Dad telling you to stand up straight, its high time you returned the favor.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Keeping Your Dad Cool

Brixton Castor in tan, $45

Pun intended. As the days get hotter, Dad is going to need some shade from the sun and what better way to help Dad chill out than one of Brixton's classic straw hats like the Castor? Made of completely natural straw, the Castor is banded with a multi-colored stripe for a shot of extra color complete with Brixton's signature letter pin. Lined in gold silk, this is the perfect combo of looks and luxury for Dad.