WTWW – Men’s Edition: re-souL sneakers

Sometimes you need a shoe that does it all. For men, it can sometimes be a daunting task. You want to look good but you want to be comfortable too. Let us introduce to you the re-souL leather sneaker collection. Leather uppers are dressy enough to get away wearing them to work but comfortable to walk in all day. Here is how we suggest wearing them. re-souL_WTWW_mens_re-souL_sneaks_ss16_green

On occasion, you want to have the ease of no laces, especially at the airport. You can keep your cool through security and look put together for your trip at the same time. We would wear our green “Lance” slip-ons with our favorite denim.

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Too hot to wear pants but not really into wearing sandals? A simple solution is to wear your favorite cargos and a light t-shirt with our tan “Larry” lace-ups. That way you can walk for miles and still look perfectly put together.

Thank you for stopping by. You can find both of these styles in our shop or on-line at resoul.com.  Have a great rest of the week! ~ team re-souL

 

3 Carry-all Canvas Bags for Men

Men’s bags have come a long way. “Man-bag” stigma no more, it is perfectly acceptable for gentlemen to carry bags. With the busy lives we all lead and the ability to work from anywhere (thanks to technology), bags are a necessary item in a busy man’s life. So let us show you 3 different lightweight styles that are perfect for hauling your gear around town.

The Duffle
We not only like this old school style because of its practicality, but its functionality as well. This Owen & Fred duffle is the perfect weekender or gym bag. Rugged enough to carry all your stuff, ample space, and handsome enough for everyday use. Speaking of handsome, have you seen the coordinating Dopp kit? It’s awesome, right?

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The Tote
Sometimes the most functional bag is a simple tote. But not just any tote will do. This Winter Session “Garrison” bag is handmade in Colorado with coated canvas and natural leather straps. Carry your water bottle, files, and laptop in a convenient carry-all. It’ll look good on you!

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Book Bag
Lightweight and minimal, this new book bag from Poketo is the perfect solution to when you just need to carry a book, a tablet or a magazine to read. Throw in your wallet, phone and keys and you have an awesome commuter bag. Man bag? Um, yes. But don’t worry, it’s still manly.

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Want to see more?  Check out our re-souL accessories page here. Have a great week!

Image credits: Owen & Fred, Winter Session, Poketo

Proud to Present: Bellroy

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Here at re-souL we have always had an eye out for quality, distinctive and conscious products. It’s part of why we exist in the first place and one of our key driving principles when choosing what we sell in our store. So of course we were absolutely thrilled when we started carrying Australian brand Bellroy in our little Seattle shop.

Started in 2010 by surfers Andrew and Hadrien who lived between Bells Beach and Fitzroy, (hence, the name Bellroy) Bellroy is a combination of the two worlds. Wallets designed to function between work and play, taking inspiration from the lifestyles of an urban town like Fitzroy and the coastal surf town of Bells.

Bellroy’s main goal is to help you slim your wallet through inventive and just downright cool ways of storing your cards, receipts and cash. But just slim isn’t enough. They strive for their products to look elegant, be functional and fun to use.

They have 5 insights that guide them in the design process.  Here is what they have said about these key things as quoted in Opumo.

1/ Work & Play are merging – more than ever, our social and business lives intersect. We need to have toys that can make these transitions with us.

2/ Guys carry more stuff – men and women carry more technology and items more than ever before. We need new ways to protect and access these, without compromising on size or style.

3/ We want deeper brand relationships – no longer do we want to just be sold to. These days we want brands that have strong values, brands that engage with us openly and honestly, with social and environmental considerations a must. This stuff is not easy to live up to, but it’s worth trying for.

4/ This is not for a sedentary lifestyle – it’s nice to be able to ride to work, run for the bus, or take off on an impromptu surf trip. Our products are made to adapt to anything you throw at them (well, maybe not the kitchen sink – but can you even throw a kitchen sink?).

5/ Modern Craft is not an oxymoron – we want to combine modern progress and insights with the joy of the craft world. Beautiful pieces that tie these two places together.

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With a narrow focus, constant learning, agile processes and creative thinking, they continually improve the solutions to the perfect carrying wallet and having your pocket contents adapt along with you. Making them the ideal wallets for the individual who seeks different alternatives to the standard bi-fold.

To see more styles and find the perfect match for you visit resoul.com.

 

WTWW: Fiorentini + Baker G04 (Men’s Edition)

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. 

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For this week’s What to Wear Wednesday we thought we would feature a boot for the guys. Men typically like to wear shoes, not boots. An oxford seems the safest option for most men. But the right boot is just as versatile as a shoe if you know how to play with materials and proportions. Pants that are narrower in cut and heavier in weight, easily can make the transition to an ankle boot. This Fiorentini and Baker G04 boot would be great with a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt and a quilted jacket. For a more casual/dress option, a heavy flannel trouser with a plaid shirt and blazer would be another winning combination. So gentleman, we encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try wearing some boots!

Featured re-souL items:

> Fiorentini and Baker “G04” leather ankle boot, made in Italy.
> Men’s Stance “Alpaca” socks, wool blend. Imported.

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

What do I wear with JD Fisk “Cadet”?

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?” It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers.
This week we feature the JD Fisk “Cadet”  for men.

What to Wear with: JD FISK Cadet (Men's Edition)
Hello gentlemen. This week we pay some attention to you guys for “what to wear Wednesday”. We know you like  your chucks and sneakers because they are easy to wear, but what if you could have the same comfort level and look stylish too? This sneaker by JD Fisk with its clear vulcanized sole and leather upper is comfortable as well as handsome.  Wear them with your favorite Fall staples;  jeans, denim jacket, sweaters and a quilted vest or jacket.

Featured re-souL items:
> JD Fisk “Cadet” black leather sneaker.
> In God We Trust “Wednesday” leather bracelet, contact for availability.

Inspiration images via Falconari and The Sartorialist . To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

Men’s Fall Essentials: The Lace-Up Boot

Men's Fall Essentials: The Lace-Up Boot

1. Le Freres Joachim looking great in his camel coat, “Addison” 1000 Mile boot by Wolverine. 2. Image of Barbour quilted jacket via  Manolo.se and “Bolter” boot from Bed|Stu Cobbler collection. 3. Image of grey layers via SDouble Design Shop with Style #56301 boot by MOMA. 

This Fall there are plenty of  men’s trends that are worth a look, but if we were to pick one shoe to add to a gentleman’s closet, it would have to be the lace-up boot.  A timeless staple that can be dressed up or down, this silhouette is a must-have for any guy’s wardrobe.  We have paired them with 3 different key menswear looks to show the versatility of this classic style.

1.  The Camel Overcoat – Sharp and versatile, a classic camel coat is timeless. What better way to accessorize your coat than with a pair of Wolverine “Addison” boots.  The cognac brown color is rich and it can make a wool suit look a little bit more relaxed.

2. The Quilted Jacket – Puffer coats have been on the scene for a few seasons, but its sleeker cousin is the right jacket to wear for those crisp fall days.  Throw it over your favorite heavy sweater or blazer for extra warmth and  wear it with your favorite jeans. To finish the look we like the “Bolter” boot by Bed Stu, an urban work boot that’s big on style and very practical.

3. Gray on Gray Layering – A fresher way of layering than wearing all black, the gray on gray color scheme works well because of the different textures and patterns. Notice the gray herringbone tweed over the gray melange sport coat and fleece shirt? Of course to finish this look you need a pair of boots from MOMA. This boot is rugged and polished at the same time and subtle antiquing of the leather gives them timeless style.

So what are you guys thinking? Ready to move away from zippers yet?

To see more menswear inspiration, checkout our Pinterest board Style: The Gents.