Helly Hansen’s Foul Weather Style

Helly Hansen is one of those unique brands equally familiar to country club dwelling CEOs and street savvy urban hipsters. While originally designed to protect sailors from stormy seas, lashing winds, and brutal weather, this Norwegian brand has also conquered style-conscious devotes from Manhattan to Marylebone. In many ways, Helly Hansen has done for sailing gear … [Read more…]

J. Panther’s RucTote Special Fabrics Series

J. Panther Luggage Company is one of the most interesting bag makers in the men’s lifestyle space. While there are plenty of women who love J.P.L.C.’s elegant yet rugged tote bags and briefcases, the brand’s personality hits squarely a space occupied by men who both appreciate stylish functionality and possess a certain sophisticated wanderlust. We … [Read more…]

The Ice Block Bag Cometh: Mission Mercantile

The emotional pull behind the Mission Mercantile brand story is a interesting play on the heritage wares movement prevalent in menswear today. the company seeks to emulate the long lost local mercantile store that was once the heartbeat of any American frontier town. The mercantile was where one might find anything needed for a journey … [Read more…]

A New Spin on Underwear: The Eighth

Today’s men’s underwear is not your father’s underwear. In some cases, it’s even the underwear you’re currently used to. As with every other aspect of the menswear space, furnishings – underwear, undershirts, socks – are all being re-imagined. Blending new designs with high tech materials, today’s underwear option can keep you comfortable all day long. … [Read more…]

LINDBERG: Behind the Danish Luxury Brand (Part 2)

In our first post about OTC’s visit with LINDBERG, the luxury eye wear company based in Aarhus, Denmark, we focused on the brand and background of this remarkable company. This second post will ruminate on the influences that design and Danish cultural influences have on LINDBERG’s philosophy and products. Perhaps more than than in any … [Read more…]

We Recommend: The Watch Winder from Barrington

If there is one downside for those who love automatic watches, it’s keeping them wound and running. Automatic timepieces, those which require the regular movement of the wearer to keep an internal engine running, are wonderful accessories and often deeply personal talismans. Their daily upkeep, however, can be a bit of a pain. For the … [Read more…]

Blank Label Suiting is all About You

Our initial visit to the Washington, D.C., outpost of Blank Label was an experience that reinforced our understanding of what makes this brand so interesting and refreshing. Now, it’s time to take a look at the finished product, and think about what this brand brings to the table in terms of quality, detail and wardrobe options. … [Read more…]

11 Things You Need to Know About Man Bags

Guest columnist Daniel Chamier, founder of Chapman Bags, lays out eleven key points about the importance of knowing your bag and what it’s made of. Why eleven? One word: This is Spinal Tap The Movie. As OTC readers may know, Chapman is a manufacturer of authentically British made bags and luggage for men and women, … [Read more…]