• The History of Boast

    Prep Essentials  

    Nantucket doesn't let you sleep in. At least not in Siasconset. The Sun rises at a quarter past five over the eastern bluff the sleepy village teeters on (one house has already tumbled down the eroding cliff with a handful more sure to follow). Let there be no mistake, I'm of the ilk that enjoys Nantucket by way of work, not exclusively by way of play. But such are most of my travels. I'm hardly interested in jetting off anywhere unless it involves a business write-off.

    I pop into Murray's Toggery Shop, the birthplace of Nantucket Reds, to pass some time before my buddy Jon Terbell and I begin building out his summer pop-up shop, One Orange. It's what one would expect from a small town sportswear clothier. But after I wander into the back room (where there is everything you could ever imagine in Nantucket Red) I notice a small stash of Boast piqué polos hanging in the corner. While certainly a fan of the brand, their fit left a little to be desired since I last pulled on the "Japanese Maple Leaf" a couple years ago. Rumor had it Boast revisited their polo's fit* recently and I secretly hoped it to be true. The arm holes are higher, the body sits closer to the torso while the tennis tail hits at just the right part of your backside. I happily left with one in Carolina Blue. Back in play, as they say.

    Never heard of Boast? Enjoy this animated abridged history of the irreverent squash inspired sportswear company to get up to speed.

    *It would seem as if Boast embraced vanity sizing as where I was once a medium, I now wear their small (I'm 5'11", 175lbs)

    May 8, 2013 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    T2 left a comment on 5/16/2013 at 11:18 PM:

    You learn something everyday.  Thanks Fred.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/16/2013 at 10:33 PM:

    @T2—For what it’s worth, the very name “Boast” is taken from a squash shot played to the front wall via a side wall or the back wall.

    T2 left a comment on 5/16/2013 at 9:03 PM:

    While the Yale squash team and other squash players might have wore Boast, Bill St. John is an avid tennis player.  Taking into account that Rene Lacoste designed this type of shirt, I would say that it is a tennis inspired company.  I know that this is a minor point; however, it seems more correct.  It’s nice to see some coverage for a fairly under the radar company.


  • Icons of Men’s Style

    Music & Books  

    Bill Blass said it was a matter of instinct.
    Richard Eberhart claimed it was the perfection of a point of view.
    But Edna Chase declared you can’t buy it.

    They were musing about style. And while style is what you have and not what you buy, it remains elusive to most men. This sartorial pandemic can partially be attributed to most men’s lack of style icons—individuals or characters (past and present) you are drawn to. Personal style starts there though...icons. Amanda Brooks sums it up perfectly when she observes, “Style does not come to you unless you pay attention to it.” It is something one develops through a constant looking process. That looking process will be in vain though if you’re closet is full of clothes your mom or ex-girlfriend picked out for you. Icons of Men’s Style can help you with that. The thorough encyclopedia examines the most important menswear staples (the duffle coat, the polo shirt, the penny loafer, the diving watch, etc), their provenance and history, the stories of their design, the brands that started it all, and how the iconic pieces shaped the way men dress today. Now you can know, and knowing is half the battle.

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  • Shades of Blue

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Ray-Ban aviators, monogrammed engine turn buckle, Lazyjack Press tie. Patrick is one of the founders of Lazyjack Press, a men's accessories brand that embodies Italian luxury and an American sense of humor.

    May 3, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Elizabeth left a comment on 5/10/2013 at 4:45 AM:

    The pink tie is what really says “spring” here, I think.


  • May 2013 Playlist

    Music & Books  

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    Orgastic Future left a comment on 5/4/2013 at 1:24 AM:

    Nothing like waking up in the morning to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky!”

    valerie left a comment on 5/3/2013 at 12:46 PM:

    Thanks! I always enjoy your playlists.

    ari left a comment on 5/2/2013 at 11:38 PM:

    I always love these - I’ve found some of my favorite songs from your playlists!

    Davis left a comment on 5/2/2013 at 2:59 PM:

    Hummingbird // Local Natives. Excellent.


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