UNIFORM | Western Rise

Here's a new label to take a look at: Western Rise out of Colorado. Launched just yesterday with their Spring 2015 collection, Western Rise caters to outdoor enthusiasts who like a clean classic look. The apparel was designed by fly fishing guides, ski instructors, mountain bikers and the like, but the most notable detail is that they employ a water-repellent DryRise which keeps water off your skin and out of clothes while still protecting you from the sun. Seems ideal for fishing. They're offering quite a bit more for men than for women currently, but that unisex Bitter Creek Anorak ($299) has already got me interested. We'll look forward to following Western Rise and see where they go. .

SCENE | TOM & BOY travel the world

About a month ago we launched a really fun little collaboration hat with our friends at FairEnds by creating some colorful TOM and BOY hats. Since then the hats have traveled the world, from London to Australia, Brooklyn to Yosemite—one even made its way into the new Tradlands lookbook! Thanks for all the support and thanks for posting your hats on Instagram. As we make room for The Reed Shop's incoming inventory (launching *we hope* next month!), we're offering a deep discount on the few remaining hats left.

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GEAR | Crisloid Backgammon Set

Photo by Slim Aarons, Acapulco, Mexico, 1972.

Backgammon is one of the oldest games in recorded history and culturally seems to span so many walks of life. From its Middle Eastern roots to the leisure class of Slim Aarons circles to cowboy bars, it's a game that seems to work everywhere. A backgammon attaché is such a great thing to have on hand as temps warm up. Play in the park, the beach, the pool, a canoe—you get the picture, it's just more fun than sitting and looking at your phone. I recently overpaid for a vintage Crisloid set on Etsy, and am kicking myself because I should have just purchased a handsome new Crisloid set ($150 and up) whose designs haven't seemed to change for over half a century. The boards are beautifully crafted and sturdy with gorgeous marbled checkers—all of this I had to find out after the fact. Crisloid was founded in 1948 in Brooklyn by Alphonse and Lucky Lodato, they are now based in Providence, R.I. and proudly manufacture all their products in the USofA. Gotta love that. Crisloid also makes custom boards, in fact our good friends over at Pierrepont Hicks show us how great a bespoke Crisloid board can look.  And a gallery of images from the archives. Is there an intersection of tomboy style and backgammon? Maybe, just maybe. Keep up with Tomboy Style elsewhere: INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER.

UNIFORM | Levi's Vintage Clothing Spring/Summer 2015

The Levi's Vintage Clothing look books are always spectacular in the way they showcase their dedication to bringing back exact replicas of old designs, but the Icons Collection of the Spring/Summer 2015 look book is especially incredible because looking through it was like paging through my parent's college yearbooks. I almost forgot I was looking through something produced this year because it is so exact in its late 60s/early 70s styling. And in case you missed it, much of LVC is now available online

WORD | Chloë Sevigny

There are people that can truly embody an iconic style, and then there are those who create it. Does Chloë Sevigny read as a tomboy? Sure, but more so, she reads as Chloë—the downtown creative scene's muse for 20 years. Beginning in the early 90s when she modeled for Sassy Magazine and appeared in a Sonic Youth video, and then starred in the notorious 1995 indie film Kids, Sevigny became the avant-garde style personality of an entire generation.
The new book Chloë Sevigny ($35), which is available for pre-order and officially out April 21st, is full of personal photos, editorials, film stills, friend's photos and personal memorabilia that truly define the preppy-punk actress, designer, and model. Kim Gordon writes in the foreward, "Chloë was the reason for the reinvention of the horrible term it girl, her beguiling charisma  refusing to be reduced to 'sexy' or 'pretty' or 'cute' or any of the other tags the world uses to tell girls what they are."

GEAR | The Sabah Traveler Bag

I've had so much fun getting to know the great people behind Sabah shoes over the past few weeks that I wanted to also dedicate a post to the Sabah Traveler Bag. It's American-made from naturally tanned and minimally processed US leather in a small factory in Connecticut with high-quality brass hardware. The Sabah Traveler bag fits up to five days of clothing (depending on how you pack!), but because it's unstructured, it collapses down to work well for a weekend or overnighter, which is more my speed, I like wheels when I'm getting on a plane. What's really clever about this bag is the removable waterproof interior bag that can be used to hold wet or dirty clothes separately—genius.
The Sabah Traveler runs at $750, which in comparison to other similar quality leather duffles in the market, like Lotuff or Ghurka, is a no brainer. Sabah Traveler Bags are available to purchase by following the Sabah ordering guide.

TASTE | Wonder Valley Olive Oil

Almost a year ago exactly, we ventured into the home of olive oil expert Alison Altomari, to get a grip on the basics of the kitchen staple. We mentioned then that she and her husband Jay Carroll were working on their own oil and just weeks ago, it arrived. I bought a bottle of Wonder Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($33) immediately and have been enjoying it immensely ever since. It's grassy and fruity and buttery, and sometimes I just open up the bottle and inhale when I walk through the kitchen. It's that good. The Wonder Valley inaugural pressing yielded a first run of 600 bottles harvested in November of 2014 from hand-picked young olives. I'm already panicking about my bottle coming to an end, but at least I'll have that beautiful bottle to save and repurpose. Keep up with Tomboy Style elsewhere: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK and The Reed Shop is on Instagram now too!

SITE | The Reed

Hey guys! We're working hard over here trying to get The Reed Shop launched next month. Blogging might be a little more sporadic as things get closer, and things are finally getting closer—orders are coming in, the website is being built, products are being photographed. Here's a little sneak peek at some items that will be part of the vintage collection. Sign up here to get wind of the official launch! 

MOMENT | Esquire Magazine, April 1972.

When I found this image of Esquire's April 1972 issue, I thought, wow, she's clothed. I'm so unaccustomed to seeing a woman on the cover of a men's magazine with pants and a shirt on that I was taken aback. Instead of complain about the current state of magazine imagery (for both men's and women's magazines), I thought it'd be better just to point out how incredible this image of Laurie Bird is and how great a cover it made. And Two Lane Blacktop, if you don't know, now you know.

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UNIFORM | Levi's 501 CTs

As denim fads come and go, it's pretty safe to say that 501s always remain in style. Since they were introduced over 140 years ago, 501s have been a staple of so many closets around the world. And even though they've been around since the dawn of modern electricity, the jeans are actually subtly tweaked over the decades to keep up with changing silhouettes and styles. The cut has once again been tweaked with the launch of the 501 CT (customized taper). The CTs are feature a relaxed fit above the knee and a tapered fit below the knee—which is a really nice combo. Vogue collaborated with Levi's to create a limited-edition version made with deadstock denim from the jean maker's Eureka, California mill. But if you weren't lucky enough to snatch a pair of those last week, there's plenty of good stuff to choose from online—from a cottontail white ($64) to a old favorite blue ($98).