Beyond the Basics – The Navy Blazer

“All the boys down at Yale wear navy blazers.” This was a variation of my mothers ongoing mantra of how the “boys at Yale” should guide one’s sartorial and cultural life. This also applied to haircuts, as Yalies apparently sported only crew cuts. Leaving aside the fact that her view of Yale life was frozen … [Read more…]

Making the College Professor Look your Own; Timeless Style that’s Always Current

If there is any one style that best defines East Coast, Ivy League, or OTC’ “house look,” for that matter, it is that of the iconic college professor. When most people think of college professors, a singular image often comes to mind: tweed and corduroy, grey flannel, well-worn leather shoes, a beat-up satchel, and some … [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

LINDBERG: Behind the Danish Luxury Brand (Part 1)

LINDBERG is perhaps best described a brand well-known to those who know. Based in Aarhus, Denmark’s culturally rich second city, the company’s eyeglasses are a favorite of celebrities, world leaders, and dedicated customers who appreciate LINDBERG’s obsessive focus on quality, design, and service. Prized for being elegantly crafted frames devoid of screws and unnecessary ephemera, … [Read more…]

Summer Lovin’: How to Look Good With Leather

OTC recently got together with the folks at British country goods brand A. Hume to come up with some stylish advice for blending leather into your summer wardrobe. Not only do we get to pass along some great advice from an outstanding company, it’s also a chance to use British versions of certain words – … [Read more…]

Father’s Day Brain Freeze? We Have a Few Ideas…

FRANK + OAK CLASSIC LEATHER BACKPACK Everyone needs a solid, reliable, classic, and well-loved backpack. And, as it so happens, backpacks are very much a “thing” right now. A few things to bear in mind: no, they never works with suits. Blue blazer and khakis? Sometimes and with the right backpack. Decide what you’re looking … [Read more…]