Mill City Fineries Amore Seersucker Bow Tie

Portland brought us the Trail Blazers and a history of blowing top draft picks. It brought us a sign of where craft beer could go. And ultimately it brought us one of the newest bow ties from Mill City Fineries, the Amore Seersucker. Continue reading

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Relwen Airtex Madras Shirt

Like so many brands these days, I discovered Relwen on Huckberry. Because Huckberry lives in just a slightly different realm than Great Lakes Prep, there are a lot of brands featured on the site that I don’t typically run across. It’s especially useful for finding Midwestern brands as the outdoor and blue-collar aesthetic that thrives on Huckberry is heavily rooted in the region. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Summer Grilling

The Five Best on East Dane

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake

It is no longer enough to just make a big, burly stout, age it in bourbon barrels and call it a day. Instead copious adjuncts need to be added to stand out. It started with coffee, a natural pairing with the dark roasty flavors of a stout but has now branched out to the entire pantry. Continue reading

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Kiel James Patrick 1980’s Anchor Polo

Back when I started writing about clothing brands it seemed like every other day a new brand was launching with a polo. Uninspired entrepreneurs thought all they needed was a logo and a polo and they’d be the next Polo. Honestly I bought into the hype a little more than I wish I had and featured a few I now regret. So when you see a polo gracing these pages these days, you know it’s worked hard to cut through all the crap. Continue reading

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Old Nation M-43

In 2012, my father-in-law, brother-in-law and myself went to Detroit to drink beer and watch hockey. One of our stops found us at Detroit Beer Co. and we loved it, sipping delightful beers after a disappointing stop at Hockeytown. But when we returned to the city in 2015 to drink beer and watch basketball, we found a completely different brewery. Either we had just been too new to craft beer to know good from bad or things had seriously went downhill, but this was not the Detroit Beer Co. we had fell in love with the first time. Continue reading

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Bird Dog Bay American Labs Bow Tie

When I visited Bird Dog Bay back in 2014, the brand was manufacturing all of its bow ties overseas. The reasoning was that the quality of the printing was not nearly as good in the US as it was in China. In the meantime Bird Dog Bay has been on the hunt for artisans in the US that could match the quality and had found several for other parts of the business. Three years later they have finally found a domestic bow tie manufacturer that convinced them to bring production home, resulting in a new batch of homemade bow ties, including the American Labs Bow Tie. Continue reading

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Hudson Sutler Old Glory Commuter Duffel

The Old Glory Commuter Duffel follows in the well-established footsteps of several other American-themed duffels from Hudson Sutler. First there was the Yanks, then the Lake Placid (plus you could add in the Ross Cooler). The New York-based brand sure knows how to celebrate the USA and the Old Glory is no exception. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Long Days, Short Shorts

The Five Best on East Dane

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Bonobos Lightweight Chambray Shirt

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods wasn’t the only shocking move made last week. Buried beneath all that hype was Walmart’s seemingly random purchase of Bonobos. It was shocking to say the least (at least if you hadn’t heard the rumors it was happening a little while ago). There don’t seem to be two brands more dissimilar than the two, especially in terms of style.  Continue reading

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