• Lazy Brim Fedoras with Makins Hats

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    Makins Hats was started by Marsha Akins in 1974 in her one-room, 4th floor walk-up in New York's East Village. Using a Jiffy Steamer, she molded the raw hat bodies over her own specially designed wood blocks and then baked the hats dry in the apartment oven before trimming them. Now, more than 40 years later, Makins still makes all of their hats the old fashioned way...by hand. Under the new ownership of Satya Twena (a new near and dear friend), Makins Hats still takes great pride in their craft and hard work, making the finest handmade hats in New York.

    We pitched camp in the Garment District factory for a couple days talking iconic silhouettes, playing with 50 year-old hat blocks, and grooving to Frank Ocean. Indiana Jones served as a huge inspiration—the Boy Scout turned college professor turned treasure hunting archeologist feels as good now as it did when we were kids. We felt like we could get into some trouble in these and escape with the Cross of Coronado...or at the very least our dignity. The brim is a little wider than a traditional fedora, kept on the lazier side, and finished off with vintage military laundry pins, pheasant feathers, varsity pins, 70s union buttons, and military ribbons.

    Available at the 111 Charles Street pop-up shop in Boston's Beacon Hill, the capsule collection ranges from $297-$397 and is available in olive, chocolate, camel, and grey.

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  • November 2014 Playlist

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  • Technically Speaking

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    Technical outerwear is having a moment, a shining moment...literally. In fact, the shinier the better. We like that it pairs really well with the hardy tweeds, scruffy herringbones, and woolly flannels we're wearing this winter. While goose down parkas and puffer vests over tailored clothing isn't necessarily virgin territory, what seems to be feeling really good right now is layering on a lacquered piece.

    Moncler, known for its signature lacquered nylon (you know, the down jackets you can practically see your reflection in), has been preaching this gospel for some time now. RLX has been following suit. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of high design and technical peak performance apparel, their commitment to technical performance wear as of late is impressive.

    Photograph by Andrew Arceri

    If for only layering, like this lightweight down vest, opt for a bright hue. It's just at home under your jacket as it is over it (and don't worry about your jacket peeking out from under the vest). Just keep it low profile and fitted, but not tight. The matte and luster contrast creates an interesting dynamic with visual depth that highlights your rig, not hijacks it. Shine on.

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  • Happy Halloween 2014

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  • JACK SPADE x GapKids

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    There is no better play date happening right now in kids fashion than the one between Jack Spade, Kate Spade, and GapKids. The quirk and childlike imagination inherent in the Spades' DNA are a natural fit for the American brand that is singlehandedly dressing kids like grown-ups with timely design at accessible price points. The boys and I loaded up in a '70s Ford Bronco for a top down autumn afternoon with Fletcher, the Westie (who happens to be a fan of the hand scarf). While the entire limited edition collection* channels the Spade ethos, highlights for the boys include the geo camo jacket and the coated backpacks.

    *courtesy of GapKids

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