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6 menswear brands that should be on your radar right now
Plus, see them in person next weekend.
A fragrance that lives rent-free
I hate when fragrances overpower a room.
If you gotta spray that much, it’s probably not that good. The idea is to spray as little as possible with a scent that lingers in the best of ways. That’s how I feel about the Fulton & Roark’s parfums—the kind of rent-free we all want.
Their discovery kit is the best way to find your scent, but my personal favorite is Sterling. Check ‘em out.
The Sprezza NYC popup shop is next week
We’re one week away from the first-ever Sprezza holiday shop in NYC, where I’m curating some of my favorite independent menswear brands and letting you shop their collections.
This is a one-day-only event and I’m teaming up with the good folks at Huckberry to make it happen. I’d love for you to be there. Anyone is welcome: family, friends, kids, coworkers, lovers, cousins. You know the drill (probably no pets, though).
Date: Saturday, November 11th
Time: 11am-5pm ET
Location: 255 Canal Street (3rd floor) NY NY 10013
RSVP if you don’t mind, that way I’ll know how many to expect—
6 brands to know about
Oh, they just happen to also be the SIX BRANDS SHOWCASING THEIR PRODUCTS at next week’s holiday shop in New York. Very excited about that.
Each one represents a different aspect of menswear, and they’re all crushing it in their respective lanes. Here’s a primer on each one—
1. Small Talk Studio
Small Talk is led by creative duo, Nick Williams and Phil Ayers. These guys have built a loyal following by making insane 1-of-1 custom garments that are quirky, artistic, and playful.
They’ll take any garment you’ve got—like trucker jackets, denim pants, T-shirts, and button-ups—and customize it into a walking piece of nostalgia. Whether hand-painted, hand-drawn, embroidered or patched, they’ll design something you’ll want to hand down to your kid.
2. Wythe New York
Peter Middleton’s Wythe is a brand built on the icons of the past, drawing stylistic inspiration from the greats, like Miles Davis, James Dean, and Paul Newman.
They’re reinjecting life into the classics, from oxfords and pearl snap westerns to crewnecks and t-shirts. The updates still honor the heritage of what’s come before.
Teamwork’s brand journey begins this fall.
Founders Brooks & Erin Reitz from Charleston, South Carolina make aprons and chore coats from beautiful Japanese-milled seersucker fabric, offering a mature, thoughtful approach to hospitality workwear.
Their inaugural collection is the right blend of elegance and functionality in a uniform, and it invites clean, minimal style to have a place in the kitchen.
4. Good Form Vintage
Chicago-based vintage dealer Cale Darrell of Good Form is one of the best curators I’ve ever met. He sources and sells American sportswear, from deadstock military cargos and vintage Levi's OG Ralph outerwear and retro collegiate apparel.
You can feel the love and care he puts into each drop he does. There’s a level of quality you just don’t find with many other dealers. He sources only the best.
Tim Marvin’s GLOR is a severely under-the-radar brand. Based and handmade in California, Tim and his team turn vintage Moroccan textiles into beautiful one-of-a-kind chore coats.
Outside of the coats, Tim also makes dad caps, tote bags, shoes, and blankets, and everything is uniquely made in Moroccan motifs—a blend of craftsmanship and sustainability.
Manresa merges the elements of skate, outdoors, and workwear, and classic American pieces into one brand. A customer of theirs once articulated, “If Nike ACG and LL Bean made a baby, Manresa would be the love child.”
A fitting description.
The brand is rooted in New England sensibilities, and they offer everything from graphic tees and technical fleeces to Detroit-style coats and hoodies. It’s a reflection of founder Mike McLaughlin’s ideas and passions.