With an 13.5oz Turkish denim these jeans are going to need some work breaking in. For my 3rd pair of Nudie’s I want to let you know that this one is unlike the first two I reviewed. The Grim Tim Dirt Dry Organic was stiff when I first got them, but nothing like the 46 Dips Grim Tim. This one is hardcore.
If you are looking for a jean to wear everyday and work on, this would be it. The jean feels so tightly constructed with tight Turkish denim. The denim is dark (darker than Dirt Dry Organic or Dry Open Selvage), it is a way tighter fit, and is shorter than the Dirt Dry Organic. It is the same length as the Dry Open Selvage and I think its because Nudie knows that you will stretch these out after a couple of wears.
I have mentioned this before in my earlier posts and I’m not one to just wear one pair over and over while breaking them in. I love raw selvedge denim looking to purchase a couple to rotate. With these, I feel that I need to wear these out a bit to give it a good stretch.
Luckily the waist is high and not low waisted, otherwise these would have been returned. The thighs are very slim and tight when you first put them on, but loosen up with time. The knee stretches out well every time to sit down and the rest of the leg feels close to your skin. The 46 Dips will definitely take more time than the Dirt Dry Organic or Open Dry Selvage.
I would compare the stiffness to a brand new pair of A.P.C. New Cure jeans when you first get them and times that by 2. Yes they are that stiff.
Don’t let that deter you away from getting your true to size waist. I do not suggest sizing down on these, and if you are on the fence I would even recommend sizing up one.
Overall these are amazing jeans. The cut is the slimmest of Grim Tim’s I’ve tried on. Comparable fits would include Levi’s 511, Apc New Cure but with a slimmer below knee cut silhouette. Naked and Famous Skinny Guy is a almost identical fit, but Grim Tim has a tad bit lower crotch and higher waist.
Summer is here and its the season of bright colors to represent the warm sun and hot weather. With that being said, you gots to have a cool pair of flip flops to slip on when you are on the go.
As a fan of loud and bright colors Havaianas are definitely the ones for me when I look for sandals. They are reasonable in price and I love the collaborations they have. For example, The Muppets, Batman, and Superman.
Another reason I choose Havaianas is that they are super comfy. Its like walking on a memory foam bed. The thong part of the shoe does not eat up between your toes either which is always a positive thing.
Here are some of my favorite picks from them.
Looking for something to spice up that casual outfit? Check these Kevlar Smokejumper Belts from Best Made Comapny.
I love the triangular alloy steel parachute harness as the belt clip. The colors are bright and can really be that small attractive detail to complete any outfit.
Belts really are important. They make you feel confident and complete when you wear a suit, so why not throw on a cool one when you are in casual wear.
Check out www.bestmadeco.com for some more information.
The Paul Smith Wallet
I was never a wallet kind of guy. I used to carry money and cards in my pocket all the time. I some ways I still do. The reason I was never a wallet guy I think was because I thought most wallets out there were boring. None where colorful, and most them blasted brand names on them that just didn’t interest me.
But my mom and wife insisted that I carry a wallet for all my cards so I don’t lose any of them. I understood them. So after holding off as long as I could, my mom surprised me with this wallet.
She said she thought it would be perfect for me. It was bright, hip and it just looked cool when you pulled it out. The inside lining where you put your money was also a bright purple on both sides. This wallet has lasted me many years, and while the color on the outside is fading with a mixture of denim blue ink it still has its qualities.
Paul Smith always has great quality products. First they are all attractive colors, and very attentive to detail. They are strong and have designs that are perfect for today’s times. I have carried this for over 2 years and still going. No rips or holes anywhere and it actually gets better with age.
I personally wouldn’t have purchased this for myself, but as a gift I will gladly take it.
Bed Stu definitely has some heat coming out for the summer. These are perfect to wear with rolled up jeans or khakis and even shorts. I like the worn out vintage look to it, and the colors are perfect for the warm weather. Light colors for summer yet a flare of color to add some detail. Bed Stu always is a great shoe, and overall pretty comfortable. They don’t need to be broken in and are ready to be worn out of the box.
Dress these with some funky socks or go sock less with some khakis and you are ready to hit the warm summer nights.
Bed Stu Orleans Saddle Shoe @ http://www.nordstrom.com for $98.00
I recently received a Herschel Supply Little America back pack for Father’s Day as a gift from a good friend. I have always been a fan of their products and went to go check back on their website what else they got going on.
To my surprise, their line up has signifigantly increased from last Spring when I was first introduced to them. Herschel is a company founded by two brothers who wanted to create a timeless yet detailed oriented product for everyday use. I agree with their vision and applaude them for excuting it.
The great thing about Herschel is that it goes with everything. They have a set of colors that are more standard with the grays, blacks, and blues, but also for the spring line they have brought out some very colorful bright selections as well.
Their line up now includes a variety of backpacks, sidebags, wallets, and laptop/ipad cases
What I love about them the most is the subtle look on the outside and the detail inside the bag. My gray Little America has brown straps on the outside that are actually magnet straps that you can lift without unbuckling. Easy and quick for packing or unpacking. The top compartment is very large with room for a 15″ laptop with soft padded material inside. Room for a cell phone with some leather detail.
Overall its very roomy and very comfortable to carry due to the padded back and more modern straps. I like the overall appeal that this bag has to offer since its can be worn both professionally and candidly.
Check them out at http://www.herschelsupply.com or any other department stores.
Wow, just checked out Toms.com and saw there new sunglasses for the summer. Love the new colors they are pushing out and the new styles also. For mens they offer you four styles. Two of them are reminiscent of the Ray Ban Wayfarer one being a smaller style frame (show above), and the other two styles are aviator type sunglasses.
The men’s overlap into women’s options with an additional two more styles offered.
My favorite are the Wayfarers for men. I love the detail on all the ear pieces where it has different color tips. The colors are vibrant and fun and make these stand out. The overall construction of these glasses are solid also, and not flimsy or cheap material used.
As with any Toms product, they always find a way to give back to people in need. With there One for One campaigns they are helping with either medical treatment for eyes, prescription glasses, or eye surgery.
So if you are looking for sunglasses this summer, consider Toms. The prices are reasonable and its always good to give back.
I grew up in the 80’s but I don’t remember this. Possibly because I was too young to even know what fashion was, but I can imagine how much this stuff would go for on eBay today.
Nothing like sneakers to brighten my day and night, especially these Tretorn Skymra Sneakers! Love the lime color and the subtle detail stitching on the side of the shoe. The back also has a contrast of color blocks that complete an already flashy sneaker that sits on a low profile sole.
$69.95 at Nordstroms
I am terrible with sunglasses. I am lucky if I can go 4 months without losing them. My wife thinks I lose them on purpose so I can get new ones. This year alone, I have lost 2 Ray Bans and a pair of Carerras fell in a public toilet. ( I consider that a total loss )
So for Father’s Day my wife and daughter purchased a new pair for me. Since I always purchase the same colors which are grays and blacks for sunglasses, they picked out something different for me to get through the summer.
I like these a lot. Very comfortable and a good weight on my face. Not light and flimsy. Constructed well. I especially like the frost frame. Its been a while since I have added a variation to my choice of color. The only complaint I do have is that I wish the lens color was a bit darker, but overall I’m a happy camper.
These are from a company that inspires from skateboarding culture called 9Five. The style is called the Watson and was purchased from Zappos.com for $64.00