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Style Director Selects: Holiday Guide Edition

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This is around the time of year when your inbox gets FLOODED with Holiday Gift Guide ideas as friends family, and loved ones scramble to finish up their holiday shopping before it really gets out of control. Remember that scene in Mean Girls when Regina George exposes the Burn Book and all hell breaks loose? Well that's what I imagine the malls and shops to be like as Christmas nears.

So sit back, relax and allow me to offer up some sensible gift ideas for the holidays.

1. Carhartt Beanies

Hamilton Carhartt launched his namesake brand in Detroit in 1889, and the brand has produced comfortable, rugged workwear ever since. The Work In Progress division of Carhartt was born in 1997, under the lead of Swiss Importer Edwin Faeh, featuring classic workwear pieces modified and refitted to suit contemporary styles.

The Acrylic Beanie from Carhartt is a classic. Worn by the likes of Nas and Action Bronson, Carhartt WIP beanies are guaranteed to keep your head warm during the colder months. Shop the styles here.

2. Bellroy Wallets

Wallets are always a great gift, especially when it's a Bellroy wallet.

When frustration had surfaced at design school, seeing people sit crooked with ugly lumps in their pockets, Australian based brand Bellroy took notice and decided to do something about it.

Chewing through ideas and thrashing their concepts, Bellroy searched for the magic insight that would transform how we carry our everyday things. Bellroy brought together some talented friends, set up Carryology and Bellroy, and threw themselves deep into carry geekery.

And so Bellroy's quest began – improving the way people carried their wallets. Whether buying a morning coffee, cycling in the rain, a city commute or a weekend away, Bellroy knew that when they've got the right things on hand they're more willing to roam. And this is when you really experience what the world has to offer.

By making our most used cards the easiest to reach and tucking away what we rarely use, Bellroy reengineered a fundamentally flawed design. Shop the collection now.

3. A.P.C. Denim

Like most great things in life, A.P.C. denim came about when Jean Touitou simply could not find a good fitting pair of jeans. Just like their apparel, the cult-Parisian label extends their clean, minimalistic aesthetic to their range of denim – which for some remains the only option for fabric and fit.

The Petit Standard is a slimmer, more contemporary cut than the classic New Standard, with a slight taper to the ankle and a lower rise than the New Cure. The original 5-pocket standard fit jean is made from premium red tape selvedge Japanese raw denim. The New Standard Jean feature an engraved 'A.P.C. Paris rue Madame près du Luxembourg' detail on the top button. Having collaborated with brands such as Supreme, Kanye West, and Carhartt to name a few, A.P.C remains a true modern classic.

 4. Engineered Garments Navy/Red Big Plaid Flannel

I love a great flannel, especially when it's made by Engineered Garments.

Engineered Garments took its brand name from a pattern maker hired to draft the first round of patterns. She claimed that the clothes were not designed but engineered due to the vast amount of detailing involved in each garment, to which Daiki Suzuki agreed.

Details from American sportswear, outdoor clothing and military uniform are all included in the collection and give Engineered Garments unique and practical detailing missing in much clothing today.

Made in U.S.A. out of 100% cotton, the staple EG shirt is based on the classic Big Yank work shirts with two chest utility pockets, reinforced elbows, curved hem and single button cuffs (so you can really roll up your sleeves).

5. Common Projects

From articles from GQ, Esquire and so many more, Common Projects has slowly become a household name in the menswear arena.

Continuing their "quiet" revolution on the world of overly branded footwear, the sportswear inspired Retro Low silhouette from Common Projects builds on the signature model for the new season, crafting in in a calf skin box leather. The leather has a subtle sheet with a sharp, crisp appearance, punctuated by the brand's solitary gold stamped branding to the heel. The Retro Achilles Low in Black Boxed Leather seen above is a versatile pair that can be dressed up or down, perfect for almost any occasion.

Shop the entire Common Projects collection now.

 

 

 

 

 

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