Style to Your Door: Bespoke Post

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Curated and customized style boxes delivered to your front door via subscription are very much a thing right now. As with most brands competing in a commoditzed market, first movers have the advantage of establishing themselves as brand names which often represent the whole segment. Some services are spot-on, some average, and some forgettable.

With its cleverly themed boxes, quality products, and interesting collaborations, Bespoke Post stands apart from others.  They refer to themselves as a”box of awesome.” We have had our eye on this New York based company for some time and recently had a chance to try out its updated “Sweat” box.

More Midtown racquet club than college gym, this box is a good example of actual curating and thinking through details. As with most of Bespoke Post’s boxes, the contents are meant to tell a story and set a mood, both in style and personality.

See what goes into the making of the Bespoke Post Blue Claw Co. duffel.

With only two components, a fantastic duffel in which to carry your workout gear from craft bag maker Blue Claw Co., and a on-trend camo workout towel by lululemon (yes, they actually carry some excellent workout wear and gear for men), you might expect to feel a bit shortchanged. Not so.

Bespoke_Post_LogoThe bag and towel are both substantial and solidly crafted, and the combination is just enough to keep things classy in the gym. In fact, while the Blue Claw duffel clearly can handle the gym, it’s easily nice enough to be a casual work bag. Each box also comes with a crisp and clever booklet that gives you details and information about your new goods.

The simple combination creates a feeling of potential – workout in style or upgrade your commute. Or both. As a side note, we were particularly impressed with both the quality of the products and creative way in which they are positioned in each box’s story, including the fluid nature of the advertorial messages – like the product booklet.

While the workout towel is actually very cool, the star of this show is the heavy duty 15 ource navy canvas bag. With a whipcord striped lining and nylon taped seams, heavy nickel plated hardware, and beefy cotton webbed handles, it’s pretty amazing. This bag is actually an update from the one first offered as part of the Sweat Box, and possibly one of the nicest small duffel bags we’ve come across, period.

With each box running an even US$45.00 as part of a monthly subscription, and guaranteed to contain at least US$70.00 worth of interesting stuff, you are bound to be happily surprised. Skip a box whenever; and if you happen to like one but don’t want to be bothered with a subscription, no worries, they are only US$55.00 a la carte.

Bespoke Post even has an online retail store front filled with a carefully orchestrated selection of manly gear, ranging from leather knife rolls for calming your inner Tom Colicchio, to authentic casino playing cards, to spearmint basic scrub soap.

So, if you are looking for a good Valentine’s Day gift for your guy, Bespoke Post is a pretty good place to start.

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The Noble x Bulleit Barrel-Aged Jeans Project

As many of you may recall, OTC is part of a very cool experiment being conducted by craft distiller Bulleit and premium jeans maker Noble Denim.

Cincinnati, OH, based Noble made us a pair of their fantastic jeans that were then specially aged in well-worn barrels, located somewhere out in the Tennessee woods, normally used for making Bulleit whiskey. This project is especially fun because while the idea was a great one, no one had any clue as to what the end result would be.

These jeans were made in a very small limited-edition batch, and we should be receiving the final product soon. We are particularly excited because, frankly, we have no idea what to expect. Once the jeans were assembled, into the barrels they went for a couple of months. When we get these truly unique jeans in our hands and see how they turned out, we’ll make sure to show them to you.

We are also happy to announce that in addition to their classic 13.75 Cone Mills denim hand-cut and sewn in Tennessee, Noble will be offering a Holiday limited edition jean made from a 15 oz. Japanese denim, available in the Truman Regular and the Earnest Slim fits.

We would be remiss if we did not also point out that Bulleit Bourbon, Rye and 10-Year also make great gifts and stocking stuffers. The Bulleit brand continues to set the bar for rye-forward whiskeys that are perfect for sipping on the rocks or mixing into classic holiday cocktails.

Check out some great images from the Noble Denim x Bulleit Barrel Aged project:

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Jose Cuervo Drink

Summer cocktails are many, varied, refreshing, and always looked forward to.  When Jose Cuervo approached us and asked that we tell you about a favorite OTC summer cocktail that included, of course, tequila, it was excellent timing.

First, what cocktail worth its salt, so to speak, doesn’t contain tequila?  Second, we had recently rediscovered a favorite drink made famous by a famous D.C. institution, the Hotel Tabard Inn.

Jose Cuervo Tradicional 750mlThe Tabard Cocktail is warmer and cozier than most other “summer” cocktails, but it fits perfectly the context of how this unique concoction plays into our day.  As prepared by OTC, the Tabard Cocktail is built on the smooth and subtle complexity of Jose Cuervo’s 100% blue agave Tradicional Reposado tequila and the deep honey-infused scotch whiskey tones of Drambuie.

It’s perfect for sitting back in your leather club chair, or gathering with friends at the end of the week, and slowing down a bit to appreciate life.  It’s a sipping cocktail and a thoughtful drink.

Created by Chantal Tseng, the Hotel Tabard Inn’s head mixologist, the Tabard Cocktail feels like a throwback to the age of classic cocktails like the Sidecar or the Manhattan.  Tseng, a certified sommelier and founding member of the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild, says she is inspired by seasonal ingredients from the kitchen and garden as well as old cocktail books and forgotten recipes.

The Tabard Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. Amontillado sherry
1/2 oz. Drambuie
Dash of orange bitters
Ice cubes
Orange Peel
Fresh Thyme Sprig

You will need a mixing glass and strainer or a shaker with a straining top.  The drink is served in a cocktail glass.

Add the ice cubes into the mixing glass and stir the tequila, sherry, Drambuie, and bitters.  Strain into a cocktail glass. Twist orange peel over the drink to release its oils, float it on top, then top with a sprig of fresh thyme.

To help tell the story of Jose Cuervo’s “History in a Bottle” campaign, watch this great tongue-in-cheek take on the company’s impact on some of history’s most iconic moments from the last 219 years.

For example, did you know Jose Cuervo invented the Margarita (yet another timeless cocktail) and even inspired beach volleyball?  Are either of those claims true? Eh, who knows – sit back and have another sip.

Thanks to Jose Cuervo for sponsoring this post.

 

History in a Bottle? Fun With Tequila

While it won’t hold up in history class, this new commercial / web video from the folks at Jose Cuervo Tradicional make timelines, and the history of this mixologist’s staple,  a bit more fun.

OTC is partnering with the iconic maker of world class tequila to bring you our favorite cocktail. Stay tuned for that upcoming article; as you might expect, it has a decidedly urbane bent to it.  So, while we work away in our stylishly secret private lounge, imbibe in this tongue-in-cheek take on some of history’s most iconic moments from the last 219 years.

 

Danish Short Film, “The Trench”

True Love Video is a small collective of filmmakers and creatives based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Dedicated to exploring, “beauty and the human place in the Nordic nature,” they have released the first in a series of short films that capture iconic outerwear and the humans beneath.  The series, entitled UDE, begins with that most traditional of menswear garments, the trench coat.

An art house styled short, Trench is slightly moody, narrated in Danish, and doesn’t even have a guy in it.  What it does do is convey the ubiquity of menswear and its easy movement between intended purpose and daily life, like a thoughtful, solitary stroll along the quay.

True Love Video producer Emilie Bredtved Hansen told OTC, “We want you to think of these works as morning walks.  As Something simple and pleasant and without any higher purpose.”