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…]

        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…]

            The Vesper Polo From Mack Weldon

            While the polo is a classic staple of most men’s wardrobe, rarely does this iconic shirt get an updating worth noting. The new Vesper polo from Mack Weldon not only updates this versatile shirt with a slim and slightly retro fit, their micro-mesh fabric gives it a lightweight performance feel that also looks crisp and smooth … [Read more…]

              Jack Erwin Driving Mocs: Outstanding Shoes, Bargain Price

              Jack Erwin has made a name for itself as a Warby Parker-ish online brand built around classic styles, a fair price, and strong personality brand-building. The designs are classic, but updated for modern city-dwelling customers who want some infusion of contemporary styling as well as eye-catching practicality. With their new Parker Driving Loafer, Jack Erwin … [Read more…]