For the past five or so summers, I have started the season off on a quest to find the perfect, simple, non-in-your face logo trainer. A trainer so versatile that allows me to wear it on the weekends and if I wanted to feel like a rebel, I could rock them with a sport jacket at the office or even better, with a suit when I am presenting to the board of directors. Each season I start this quest and end up having to chose from the normal cast of charters, the New Balance 574, the Converse Jack Purcell Signature, or the adidas Original Rod Laver. I am happy to say this season, even thought we are 3/4 of the way through it, I found a new brand and style to choose from.
Nike, just 1 year into their 5 year deal with the NFL, revealed the new 2013-2014 Pro Bowl uniforms the players will be wearing. To go along with these new uniforms, a new draft-style format will be used to fill the rosters spots, so it will no longer be the traditional AFC vs. NFC we have grown so accustom too.
One team will be sporting the grey/electric lime and the other team with the white/orange combo. With the new uniforms and the new roster filling format, the NFL is really pushing to drive some excitement around the Pro Bowl. They started this idea a few years back when the date of the Pro Bowl was moved to be played before the Super Bowl, hoping to make it more relevant in the minds of the NFL fans.Some are saying the new uniforms are to similar to newly designed Oregon and Oregon State uniforms. You be the judge.
This past week Allen Edmonds, the 91 year old footwear brand out of Port Washington WI launched a small collection of apparel. There are enough pieces to create 8-10 classic looks, which can be seen below, but what is most important about this launch is that 90% of this collection was made right here, in the USA.
Paul Grangaard, the brands President and CEO states ‘This is all about great American styling combined with American manufacturing authenticity…Allen Edmonds has proven that world class shoes can be handcrafted in America. Now we’re going to help show the world that it also can still be done in amazing clothing and leather goods.’ With the manufacturing of this line, Allen Edmonds, along with their production partners were able to create and fill more than 280 skilled labor jobs, all filled by the american worker.
Along with this launch, the company has also re-braneded themselves and have picked up the tag line, ‘An American Original’. The logo is clean, simple and classic, which really speaks to the brand and their offering.
The Vans Authentic is my spring/summer shoe. It’s simple, classic design allows it to be worn with anything and more importantly it allows me to feel younger than I am, without looking like a total poser.
I’m a traditionalist and always purchase the Navy or Off-White, but these Black Chambray versions on Steven Alan caught my eye. While still classic, it takes the Authentic to a whole new level and expands their wearing occasion. The only thing better than black chambray would be grey, or true indigo. For only $52.00 they are a worth a try.
In the January 2012 edition of 2nd Magazine, the editors feature a profile on the great American writer Ernest Hemingway. Taking photos from the numerous books about Papa, they explore the classic style that he embodied. The trench, the charcoal suit, chinos and the classic white trainer. All pieces that were valid then and still relevant today. What really make this feature stand out is how the editors go one step further and feature brands that currently carry these pieces. Allowing you to purchase your own piece of Hemingway style.