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Bonobos: Cool Calm and Collected 

It has been said there is not such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. After taking to the range I can attest that is in fact a true adage. I took to the range to see if I still had some range, in my golf swing as it has been quite a while. Well yes and no, My slice is back but I still have a little distance to feel good about. A nice warm spring day khakis or denim would have rendered a dreadful day. But shout out to Bonobos for making golf gear that is quite stylish and extremely comfortable. Light enough to be cool during the day but warm enough to keep you comfortable when the sun goes down, and in funky colors that works with my style. I call that a win. I wish I had these in my high school and college days. Whether you 're an avid golfer or a wannabe PGA'er. Golf, business, business casual,  casual wear at Bonobos is the diverse brand every man needs in their arsenal. 

One of the bigger problems with golfing in my opinion is being in the sun All day in conjunction with the heat. The sun burn issue isn't as much a problem for me as for some of my fairer skin colleagues, but it is still of concern none the less. The pants (Highland Tour Golf Pants) along with the M-Flex Golf polos pictured below, offer up to 50 UPF sun protection ratings, water resistant and quite breathable moisture wicking material. Providing a dry and comfortable round of golf day in and day out. Keeping you both cool in high heat yet comfortable on colder days. But of course the best is you're going to be looking grand. Whether conservative or more flashy, Bonobos has something from every person. Worst case scenario you will look like a pro even if you cannot hit like one.

 

 

Stepping with purpose 

What is better than a quality made product? A quality handmade product with a purpose. Oliberté is a unique handmade product that not only empowers it's wearer with a great handmade unique product; but furthermore teaching a man how to fish by providing skilled workers with jobs to take care of their families and encouraging free enterprise. Sourcing everything out of Africa, a land that is rich with natural resources and making it sustainable, by investing back into the culture, back into the land, and back into the people. 

 

Having never heard of Oliberté, I wasn't sure what to expect but their eclectic designs and good story drew me to them. I got my hands on the MOJOO x McNairy collab black horsehair boot. When I opened the box, the sweet smell of natural rubber and beautiful leather filled the room and what came out was in fact a beautiful well constructed shoe. 

I have been wearing the shoes for about two weeks, and I am far from disappointed. The craftsmanship will rival some of the worlds best and the comfortability cannot be matched. 

If you are looking for something sustainable, stylish, impeccable, and has a clear purpose look no further than Oliberté

 

 

A Bag to Carry your Dreams 

 

Personally I think any and everyone loves a good story. It always answers the most important of WHY. Gives that thing purpose, a vision, makes you apart of that story. So I always want to support and work with companies that give me that sense of why and inclusion. Will leathers is one of those companies. 

 

It all starts with a kid names Adler- Will Adler to be exact. What started as a necessity turned into a destiny Will Leather Goods has filled a void in the art of leather making using sustainability and giving back to the less fortunate. Bringing to the forefront amazingly and beautifully crafted products with a purpose a story and an art. No matter what you get from a zippo lighter cover to one of their amazing duffle bags when you open the box and see the products you are amazed from what you pull out and touch. 

 

Most of my friends and followers know I am a sucker for a good back pack. Being a professional musician turned Real Estate agent by day and daddy 24 hours a day; simply put I carry a lot of stuff depending on the day. Satchels are annoying, purses out of the question, briefcases also vexing and old - Backpacks to me just right. The perfect balance of form, function and usability. 

 

Being a back pack connoisseur [ if you will] I opted for for their Silas Backpack. To be honest, maybe I am jaded I never expect too much from any one company. But when that box hit my doorstep and I opened it to the delicious smell of fresh tanned leather and saw the beautiful cognac leather I almost shed a tear. Now in an attempt to not sound cheesy, Will Leather Goods understands a thing or two about making a great product, a great package and making the end user feel special when it comes out of the box. 

 

Minimalist in design and not over done it's the perfect bag for daily carry, travel adventures and definitely has become one of my top 3 bags that I carry regularly. With a sizable front pocket, generous main compartment and a padded laptop container that holds most laptops of today this is a perfect bag for school, work, play or jet setting adventures. The only negative is the laptop compartment does not hold my larger 15" laptop that I utilize for music. Other than that my air and iPad fit fine. I can continue to go on and on and on and tell you how great the company is but seeing is believing. Head over to Will Leather now and join the Adler Family. 

And if you hurry at the time of this writing you can get your very own bag for 50% off. 

 

 

 

 

Copy and Paste 

One of the joys of having a little one is the joy of being able to match and "twin". As fun as it is to match with the little it's difficult to find enough companies that support the desire to do just that and do it with quality. What happens when you are in the same predicament and you want it to change- you create it yourself. Enters Marlee Watch Co making high quality watches for the little ones and their parents also. With classic timeless designs perfect for a night out at Disney or just kicking around the park, these are perfect additions to daily wears for you and the kids. 

 

Marlee Watch Company

 

 

Key[e]s for Change 

Robert F. Kennedy said, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”  I was always taught that one man can make a difference. One drop in the pond makes a ripple and one ripple can make a huge difference and when everyone does something you can create enough ripples to overlap and create change. As I have grown more as a person, I try to live with purpose to do little things to make a change in everyone's life and I love supporting companies that do the same. JoJo Rings has taken something seemingly insignificant and gave it purpose. JoJo Rings takes old discarded keys and transforms them into works of wearable items that give back to the community to make a change. From vintage car keys to old home keys; JoJo transforms these discarded items into beautiful unique pieces. Not only do they look good and are conversation starters, but they are doing a bit of good one key at a time. With philanthropy at the forefront, JoJo Rings chooses a new charity every month to partner with. With every ring sold they donate five dollars to the charity to make a change. The charity for the month of November is as follows:

Our November Partner is Teen Cancer America. Founded by legendary rockers Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend, Teen Cancer America (TCA) raises the awareness and financial resources needed to help hospitals across America create specialized services and build state-of-the-art, 'teen focused' units that concentrate on the clinical and psychosocial needs of teens and young adults with cancer. 

At a critical developmental stage in their life, TCA Cancer units deliver a venue where teen cancer patients can be medically treated with their peers. These units also include a TCA lounge where teens can escape from the harsh realities of cancer and interact with outside friends and family.

 

Learn more at https://www.teencanceramerica.org/

 

It has been said it is better to give then to receive... but it never hurts to do both. Check out JoJo Rings and get one for yourself. 

https://www.jojorings.com

 


Is the Briefcase Dead? 

With the advance in technology and people moving away from old way traditions it seems as though some things from the good old days are fading away. It is as if three-piece suits, cuff links, tie bars, a rolodex (remember those?), and most of all briefcases are part of the old world and seemingly fading from the face of the earth. But with all of our beloved devices how do we keep up with them in an organized fashion? Briefcases? too old world said the millennials. Backpacks? That's for the kids. How about your hands? With a cell phone, iPad, wallet and what other various things we carry that makes no sense. When there are so many world problems who is there to solve them? Well my good friend Joseph decided to take the old and make it new with The Breton Company. What happens when you take the functionality of a briefcase mix it with the functionality of a back pack and create it in a form all it's own? You get the the modern day briefcase. Now for those of you reading this that know me, know I am as bad as any woman when it comes to bags. I've gone through almost every brand on this planet scouring the earth for the best bag for every day carry as well as the perfect bag for travel. I have found 3 that I rotate between for different scenarios and the Breton bag is my every day business bag. Large enough to hold my 15" laptop, charger, 2 cell phones, black book, a few pens, phone chargers, a sweater, keys, iPad, and I think that's it. Comfortable on the back, even better in the hand. The construction is soft enough to stretch, rigid enough to hold it all together, and enough compartments to stay organized and make finding things expeditious.  In understated color ways that go with a dressed up or dressed down approach this bag is definitely one to add to your collection and make it apart of your every day life. The ultimate in form and function. See pics after the jump.

The Breton Company

 

 

 

 

It's all in the details 

"The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line." - Arthur Erickson

It's pretty rare where you find a brand and a team that pay attention to every detail and do not cut corners to save the bottom line. I am so impressed with this brand it's hard to formulate into words how much of a fan I am of BeSelectiv. They have spent countless hours sourcing the best materials, creating clothes that fit well, look great, and function well. It is the best balancing act of form and function that I have seen in a long time. The materials are comfortable for multiple situations. The pants can be dressed up or perfect for the street. The sweat shirt is nothing short of amazing, warm, unique and eye catching. In the sea of monotony where every one is pining to be the same; Selectiv Has just the pieces to make you stand out and showcase your individuality. I cannot say enough good. If you want a product that looks and performs well look no further than Selectiv. You can thank me later. 

Make a statement. #BeSelectiv

See more @ www.BeSelectiv.com


 

Rodd and Gunn  

I was invited to a special after hours preview at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza and I surprisingly won a little contest to win an outfit from Rodd and Gunn. It would be remiss of me to say that at first I wasn't very excited. What appeared to be a clothing line for middle aged white men my initial thought was "oh boy lucky me". However, I do my best to not be only open minded but to make the best of every situation. After I received the clothing I was immediately shocked by the quality of the goods. Still skeptical I tried it on and the fit and finish was quite nice. The pants by far are my favorite, the material is soft, they breath well and the fit is perfect. What I appreciate about this brand is that it is perfect for multiple situations. I can wear it to the office and dress it up with the sweater. I can wear it out with the little one and it's still durable and comfortable when running around town. Also perfect for when I show property and need to dress more professional with out having to wear a full suit. The jury is still out if I would add more Rodd and Gunn to the wardrobe. But from what I have received I am very impressed with the quality, fit and finish of this brand and would recommend it for the Professional Dad.

Check more from Rodd and Gunn @ www.RoddandGunn.com