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In Support of Lumina Clothing Co.’s Kickstarter Campaign

Posted on May 15, 2012

It seems like we’ve been talking about Kickstarter projects quote a bit lately and it’s true, they’ve somehow waltzed into our lives in a pretty big way. Not only did the Eliot & Eads campaign launch using our video and promo images but our new friends over at Lumina Clothing Co. have launched theirs as well and need your help. These guys run an awesome company out of North Carolina making solid menswear staples in neighboring South Carolina at a pretty amazing price point for being made in the USA. We met Lumina at Confirmed Stock in Baltimore and were smitten with their honesty and…well…the affordability of their sharp-looking products.

The rewards available on Lumina’s Kickstarter page are pretty incredible, especially some of the bigger ticket items. My favorite within the everyman buying range is the $135.00 price point which gets you your choice of a button down and pocket square or t-shirt, and a tie, bow, or tote, and a handful of stickers. If you were to buy that stuff from a big box retailer you’d shell out $200+ for something made in Mauritius. If you’ve been looking at giving your wardrobe a little revamp, this will help you pick up some of the basics. There’s also some other staples in the works like a pair of pants and a deconstructed jacket. All things you should probably have in case the need arises.

Do bear in mind that Kickstarters are time sensitive and there are only a few days left to partake in the offerings listed here. As of the posting of this article, there are 24 days remaining.


Steve and I headed out of the city limits a ways with our good friend Dan (of Mt. Vernon Book Co.) to snap a few photos of one of their shirts and ties in action. This is the Classic Oxford in Royal Blue and the Chatham tie. Dan’s a pretty built guy having done construction on the weekends for most of his life and the slimmer fit of this shirt seems to suit him just fine. The shirt fit me pretty well, too (seen in the white background shots). All around, it’s a great cut. We’re looking forward to seeing what Lumina puts out in the future and certainly hope their Kickstarter is successful.

Click here for Lumina Clothing Co.’s Kickstarter page.

Click here to check out Lumina Clothing Co.’s website.

Notes From the Field: Wardrobe 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Posted on October 24, 2011

A good friend of mine, Kasey Klimes who has guest posted here before, is traveling/working in Europe currently and sends me photo updates every once in a while of things I might like. Today’s comes from Copenhagen where he discovered a shop called Wardrobe 19 featuring presumably mostly menswear goods. A visit to their website tells you not a whole lot about what they do there and their brands list is clearly either out of date or has some very eclectic items on it. Judging by the photos that Kasey sent over, I’d say they’ve updated their stuff and currently stock some things worth checking out.

Regardless, Kasey’s photos are awesome and I’m jonzing for one of those duck cloth Sandqvist bags right now (see above). As Kasey said in his e-mail to me, it seems like they’re taking notes from what many American shops are doing to feature smaller brands making higher quality goods. If you ever find yourself in Copenhagen, among the other ridiculously cool design related stuff to do there, make sure to swing by this shop. Thanks to Kasey for the submission. Check the rest of the photos by clicking below.

“Bad As Me” by Tom Waits Preview Video

Posted on October 18, 2011

If you neglect to watch anything else over the coming week, give this video a view. Let’s be real, most of the other malarky floating out there right now just ain’t worth your time and by skipping all of that and watching this instead you might just increase productivity for yourself. And truthfully, we could all use that. So just when you think Tom’s rambling and the video’s losing focus, the scene changes and things get a boat load better. Such is Tom’s style, I guess. So take a look at the promo video for one of my all-time favorite artists, Tom Waits and his upcoming record “Bad As Me”. Out on October 24th, 2011.

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Notes from the Field: 2B Groomed in Philadelphia, PA

Posted on June 7, 2011

I’ve lived in Philadelphia for three solid years and have gone through nearly six barbers within the first two; my hair takes a talented hand to manage and a clipper cut just won’t do the trick. I found a spot right in beautiful Washington Square West called 2B Groomed specializing in men’s hair and keeping things classic. Jazz is constantly playing from the speaker system in the tiny two-chair shop adorned by wood shelves, books about menswear, and tons of old-school grooming products you’d be challenged to find anywhere else. Let’s preface the whole thing by mentioning that they’ve been written up in Playboy and Maxim magazines.

Diego Rivera, mentioned below (the best barber I’ve ever had), has opened his own shop in Center City Philadelphia. Make sure to check him out at The King of Shave at 12th and Pine

Click below to read the writeup.