Happy Halloween With Free City Shades


I purchased these Moseley Tribes / FREECITY sunglasses recently from Oliver Peoples recently and love wearing them!  The styling is great, they are super comfortable and have transition lenses.   They are a collaboration of Nina Garduno’s FREECITY and Mosley Tribes  … a launch of limited edition series of sunglasses.

“Nina is one of the most influential and progressive women in fashion today. What she has created with FREECITY is inspiring. We have been long time friends and I am honored to work with her,” says Larry Leight, Co-Founder and Chief Designer of Oliver Peoples and Mosley Tribes, when talking about their first brand collaboration. The frames come in three color combinations—gold with blue lenses, gold with yellow lenses and silver with brown lenses (pictured below). The shape is a slightly squared off aviator and the co-branding is subtle and tasteful.

Double Bastard Arrogant Ale


Here’s what the company (Stone Brewing) says about their product

This is one lacerative muther of an ale. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory…and those around you would have little desire to listen to your resultant whimpering. Instead, you slackjawed gaping gobemouche, slink away to that pedestrian product that lures agog the great unwashed with the shiny happy imagery of its silly broadcast propaganda. You know, the one that offers no challenge, yet works very, very hard to imbue the foolhardy with the absurd notion that they are exercising ‘independent’ thought, or attempts to convey the perception it is in some way ‘authentic’ or ‘original.’ It’s that one that makes you feel safe and delectates you into basking in the warm, fuzzy, and befuddled glow of your own nescience. Why so many allow themselves to be led by the nose lacks plausible explanation. Perhaps you have been so lulled by the siren song of ignorance that you don’t even notice your white-knuckle grip on it. You feel bold and unique, but alas are nothing but sheep, willingly being herded to and fro. If you think you are being piqued in this text, it is nothing when compared to the insults we are all asked to swallow streaming forth from our televisions and computers. Truth be told, you are being coddled into believing you are special or unique by ethically challenged “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” marketers who layer (upon layer) imagined attributes specifically engineered to lead you by the nose. Should you decide to abdicate your ability to make decisions for yourself, then you are perhaps deserving of the pabulum they serve. Double Bastard Ale calls out the garrulous caitiffs who perpetrate the aforementioned atrocities and demands retribution for their outrageously conniving, intentionally misleading, blatantly masturbatory and fallacious ad campaigns. We demand the unmitigated, transparent truth. We demand forthright honesty. We want justice! Call ‘em out and line ‘em up against the wall… NOW.

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My take … very hoppy, caramely with a thick palate.  It’s a full bodied assault with a strong taste.  Not for the faint of heart!  Happy Halloween bitches!

Essential Reading: Esquire’s The Big Black Book


If you are looking for a Men’s style manual, look no further than Esquire’s Big Black Book for Fall / Winter.  Informative, well written, great layout, glossy images will minimal filler material.  About 10 bucks, it’s on the newsstand now and a great buy.

Following is a sampling of the contents within …

The Essentials suggests 8 great things and how to wear them: A statement suit, wool coat, velvet blazer, pebble grain gentleman’s boots, unlined Shetland blazer, double breasted suit, a tumbled leather bag and a winter linen jacket.

The Best Stores in America features shopping for men in America’s best shopping cities … New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.  The big names, independents, chains are all represented here.

Stop Hating the Hat is a nice guide to hats as they make their way back into the mainstream for a gentleman’s style.

The Best Hotels in The World … For the man who travels, BBB presents luxury hotels across the globe that fit the needs of discerning travelers.

A stylish man needs stylish wheels.  The New Classics presents the Nissan GT-R, Jaguar XJ and the Aston Martin Riptide!

How to Wear The Hell Out of a Watch … The one piece of jewelry that men can go crazy with this write up features timepieces that are classic yet stylish.

The Good Stuff shifts to liquor for special occasions, crafted in small batches …

And how to put your best foot forward.

A special plug to Clad for Men … a new online store opening for business soon.  Have to thank them for my free copy of BBB.  Merci Beaucoup Jennifer!  Looking forward to Clad’s debut.

Denim, Leather & Chrome … A Ride Through Malibu


Sunday, October 23rd … I was invited by my friend Navin to join the Santa Monica Bay Riders to ride through the Malibu Canyons, lunch in Oxnard and back on the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Monica.  1o bikes, 15 riders.  We met at Starbucks at 9am, for coffee, gassed up at Chevron and  off we went.  I rented a Honda Shadow VT-750 from Eagle Rider in Santa Monica.

Other sweet iron machines start rolling into the Starbucks parking lot shortly after 9am.  Check ’em out …

Abel’s Ducati

Warren’s Yamaha

Dave’s sweet Harley Nightster 1200 next to my Honda Shadow and Navin’s BMW

Harley Trike

And Eric’s cruiser

We took off around 9:45am through to Malibu Canyons and Mulholland Hwy … our first stop was just outside conservancy parkland.  Great scenery!

Next stop … the Rock Store

The Rock Store is one of the most famous motorcyclist and biker hangouts in the world. Frequented by moto lovers as well as celebrities and people in general.  It is located in the Santa Monica mountains, on Mulholland Highway (not Drive – that’s a different road).  The reason that the Rock Store has become a stop for motorcyclists is because of the varied roads that snake through the hills.

With Navin, the organizer of our ride.

Sweet looking Hell Cat …

MINIMALIST EXISTENTIALIST

Hello Captain America

Check out the Michelin dude (front tire) …

Hot Head … hell yeah!

Forty Eight Harley Sportster

Another custom Harley Sportster …

Sweet 3  … Triumphs

Lunch was at Fisherman’s Catch, a fresh affordable fish market and grill located in the Seabridge Marketplace located in Oxnard, Channel Islands. They pride themselves in serving fresh mouth-watering fish. Started by two commercial fishermen, the father son team specialize in catching fresh white sea bass, local halibut, crabs and lobsters.

The Santa Monica Riders at lunch

With vistas like these as you ride through the PCH … you gotta love living in So Cal 🙂  We had a great time!

Barker Black Fall / Winter 2011 Collection


Just received these images from Derrick Miller, Creative Director at Barker Black.  It’s their fall / winter collection for 2011.  These just arrived at their stores in New York and Los Angeles.  Sizes are limited.  Call them at 212-966-2166 in New York or 310-358-0293 in Los Angeles.

Archdale Plum Calf

Ashby Brown Calf

Chelsea Boot Brown

Chelsea Black Boot Calf

Death Glory Slippers Black

Desert Boot Chocolate Suede

Hitop Black Pony Hair

Hitop Sneaker Black

Houghton

Rothwell Chocolate

Shearling Boots

Straton Patent