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…]

        Aviator Style with AVI-8 Watches

        We are big fans of classic style reworked for modern life. Although this approach to fashion and accessorizing sounds fairly simple, the reality is that blending the two can be a challenge. Try too hard to be overly “authentic”and the outcome can be a look or a product that feels cliche’ or reductive. Equally disappointing, … [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…]

            Chapman: Bag Maker for the Field or the Commute

            Balancing practical yet stylish function with the increasing casual-ization of the workday wardrobe is an increasing challenge for men. What we tend to wear for work these days is clearly shifting in a less formal direction. While this is not necessarily a bad thing – indeed, it allows for more creativity and mixing high and … [Read more…]

              Everyone Needs Some (Blue) Suede Shoes

              Men’s footwear is on a bit of a tear right now. After a lifetime of limited choices when it comes to dressing one’s feet, current fashion and lifestyle trends – from athleisure to vintage/retro, urban to small batch specialty – are giving guys new options for expressing personality and meeting practical footwear needs. Our favorite … [Read more…]

                Railtek Belts: Smooth Operator

                Belts a necessity of daily life, but they are also an opportunity to express one’s style, personality, love of design, or appreciation of luxury craftsmanship. For those of us who fall into the dreaded “in-between” space of belt sizing, finding a belt that fits can be a particular challenge. We recently tested out the ratcheted … [Read more…]