The Union Street Camera and Laptop Messenger Bag for ONA’s the kind you have to hide from your friend with the huge messenger bag collection, for obvious reasons. It’s a bag you can easily justify; it’s got a simple look to it that’s matchable; it works for both cameras and laptops (together!); it’s grime-resistant and you can fit your DSLR, a 15″ laptop, and up to 3 accessories/lenses inside. Isn’t that convenient–and doesn’t that make it so much easier to work that ONA bag into your budget?

Waxed canvas adds a little water-resistance to your laptop/camera bag without leaving it super-slick and sweaty, and the bag has five customizable dividers inside to fit everything you need. Three cheers for the ousting of the traditional (and ugly) camera bag! Plus, since this one holds your laptop, you’ll be able to find more places to carry it around than just when you need your camera and the goods. At $279, it’s not exactly cheap, but camera bags always hang around forever before biting the dust. I wouldn’t call this an “investment piece,” because that just seems ridiculous, but at the same time, you won’t be wasting your money on something you’ll use a couple of times. [via hypebeast]

Oak finds! Oh, how fun. My weekly Oak stalking resulted in finding two nice “just in” pieces on the site: the Cold Method Navy Pieced Chambray Shirt, and the Electric Moto Jacket. One will be useful just as soon as it arrives at your doorstep (spring showers, unexpected gusty weather), and the chambray shirt can be worn on its own or layered come those cold-in-the-morning summer days that later get scorching. Unlike the nylon, your chambray from Oak is 100% cotton–breathable!–and has great drape. Don’t forget that you can pop that chambray into the dryer with a sheet or two to get it softer, and that it will get smoother and softer with age.

Oak’s Cold Method nylon jacket is a keeper for a long time to come. It’s black, has two front welt pockets, and a pocket on the upper left arm. Totally classic, and something that, just like the chambray shirt from the same designer, should come in handy for future seasons as well. If you’re in a more temperate climate, you’ll be singing this jacket’s praises three seasons out of the year. Cold Method delivers! [chambray is $136 at oak; electric moto jacket is $256]

Nudie Jeans is doing their bit to help the planet, and we’re happy to see what they’ve got in motion. Similar to the Levi’s WaterLess campaign, Nudie is trying to cut down on cotton waste that comes along with the jeans manufacturing process. Many of their jeans have been produced using a small portion of recovered cotton, and Nudie points out that the former waste is now recyclable, thanks to new technologies. Aren’t you glad that more and more companies are finding new ways to reduce their impact?

The new collection is appropriately called “This Blue is Green,” and it will become available in April. Smart earth-savers can market their recycled/reclaimed/sustainable work to the end of the earth and back, and I wouldn’t fault them for it. Anything to get the word out! The jeans also feature organic trims and pocket linings and are made from 78% “conventional cotton” and 20% recycled cotton, plus a touch of 2% elastane. If you’re not in the market for a new pair of jeans, you’ll be happy to know that you can also look for This Blue Is Green pieces that aren’t jeans: they’ll also have men’s separates available. I’m not sure if those pieces will include organic cotton, but I hope so. [more pics at denim geek]

These all-around terrific deadstock belts, long ago standard issue for soldiers in the Swedish army, are not easy to find. But lucky for us the team at Inventory searched high and low and ultimately secured a small collection of the vintage – real vintage! – Swedish Army belts.

The first round of belts sold out pretty damn fast, which you might have assumed, but somehow Inventory’s number one source for belts (apparently) had a couple more stored away in the basement. So lucky for us they are back: the sturdy natural tan leather is the perfect size, combined with simple details, nice hardware and a solid build.

I will gladly pay $75 for my own military-style belt. I’d pay even more this vintage belt. Made with that awesome, natural tan leather with reinforced clasps, the belts scream rugged and hard to destroy, which is what you want in a belt. Sure, it’s great for military battle, but hey, also looks great with your favorote pair of jeans!

These battle-tested Swedish Army Belts can take a licking and keep on looking good and doing their belt thing year after year. And hey, it’s going to work with just about every outfit I can put together. And if you had no clue Sweden even had an army, well they do – and they wear kick-ass belts! [via uncrate & inventorymagazine]

Austin-based Criquet delivers us the ‘Perfect’ Pique polo, cut from 100% certified organic pique cotton that’s not too heavy, not too thin…just right. At $55, the polo is part of Billy Nachman and Hobson Brown’s vintage-inspired collection of fine-looking polo shirts; good for the golf course, good for the bar after the golf course.

The duo went about their apparel plan by tapping Billy’s architecture background and Hobson’s creative wizardry; the pair set off to design a vintage-inspired shirt, combining old-school preppy with a splash of hipster, that would put an end to their ongoing search, while also aligning with a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

The Criquet team boldly says: The quest for the perfect polo ends here.

You have to love the confidence. They want you to know these organic cotton, subtly-detailed and vintage-y Polos are going to make you extremely happy. And you’re going to have them in your wardrobe for a long time.

The Pique Polo is available in six colors, each featuring a two-button thin placket, classic fit with slight drop tail and chest pocket w/ embroidered grassy C. Preppy with a dash of the hipster magic, the shirts are a great find for those of us who worship at the Polo altar. [via valet]

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the Academy Award-winning performance by the legendary Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, Oliver Peoples has debuted a very classic, very cool Gregory Peck frame.

The retro-inspired design includes an exaggerated keyhole bridge and genuine horizontal plaques on the frame front and temples. The discreet but recognizable Oliver Peoples logo is laminated at the temple end.

Anthony Peck, son of Gregory Peck, had the original optical frame worn in To Kill a Mockingbird in his possession for many years. With the 50th anniversary of such a great American film around the corner, he sought out Larry and Dennis Leight, the founders of Oliver Peoples, to discuss the classic frames – an ideal time to recreate this iconic style.

The glasses ‘look’ very cool, a perfect honor to a movie star such as Gregory Peck. And you don’t even need a three-piece suit to go with a pair (though it might help).

In the end, a great pair of glasses are never out of style.

The new frames ($315), available everywhere in May, arrive in four muted colors and made from a transparent acetate that resembles tortoiseshell with a bit more polish. All proceeds to the Peck Family from this project will be donated to the Los Angeles Public Library. [via hypebeast]

I admit I’m not always down with the floral print apparel. But that doesn’t mean my wardrobe can’t make room for one as sweet as the floral print design coming from Epaulet. The standard slim-fit shirt, made up in a nice printed UK cloth, shows off a likable tight pattern of floral, making it a shirt I can easily match with jeans or chinos.

And maybe because it’s getting warmer out, but the shirt just has a spring-y, summer-y vibe working. The floral short features a mid-length tail, which looks good looks good tucked or un-tucked. Its 100% Pima cotton fabrication is soft and comfortable. The shirt’s barrel cuffs close with a single button. A left chest pocket is perfectly matched to the shirt body.

The Brooklyn-based Epaulet opened in 2008 featuring all sorts of men’s and women’s boutique apparel and accessories.

The Red Floral Shirt runs $140 (get it here). You could make the case the floral shirt design is too loud, but I feel it’s subtle enough overall not to freak anyone out when you walk into the bar – beach or city. Spring is in the air, and the more I look at it the better I like it. [via por homme]

Do you worship at the altar of the Polo Shirt? Is the ubiquitous Polo Shirt ruler of your closet? If this answer is ‘yes’ to these questions then you might be interested in a recent Lands’ End survey of avid golfers from the Golf Digest database; over 80 percent of respondents said the polo shirt is the most versatile item in their closets and over 50 percent own more than 20 polo shirts.

The polo shirt: it’s all about expectations and having those expectations met from your polo designer of choice.

“Building a high-quality polo shirt is something we’ve been doing at Lands’ End for roughly 30 years,” said J. Henley, Lands’ End men’s design director.

Quality is a key factor most men search for in a perfect polo shirt. It’s no surprise that nearly every polo expert surveyed (95.8%) can tell the difference between a good-quality polo shirt and a poorly constructed polo shirt.

Well, Lands’ End has a new polo out and they promise a no-curl collar that will lie flat on its own or under a blazer after numerous trips through the wash.

Game on, Land’s End!

Experts say the number one polo pet peeve is poor construction (98.9%), followed by curling collars (94.3%) and fading fabric after washing (89.5%).

The survey also found that when not on the golf course, polos are most often worn by guys around town on the weekends (98.1%), followed closely by dinner engagements (94.9%).

That sounds about right.

These might be too simple for some folks, but considering how beat-up all my cases get, this should do just fine for me. The Landmark & Lions Phone Cases are still quite smart, but they have a certain handmade quality, not over-polished. The topstitching here makes the case less fancy and more casual, but so do the contrasting linings of felt wool.

The best part about Landmark & Lions’ phone cases is the glow. That lambskin leather glow, with a fine grain, that looks like it’s been cared for by someone with possibly too much time on their hands. Of course, that’s natural, which lazy-bones will find attractive. Color combinations include brown and pink, brown and grey, black and red, & black and blue. Another version is made entirely of felt wool for those not interested in leather, and all cases fit a variety of smart phones. [via selectism]

Are you feeling the heat yet? Miami is in the mid-80s already, and I’m scooping up advice on dressing for hot weather wherever and whenever I can get it. This Seven Homme spread with model Stas Svetlichnyy, styled by Oka-Z, provides enough inspiration to keep you dipping back into your closet for new combinations, even if you’re not blessed with a walk-in that features Comme des Garçons and a lot of Barneys select pieces: lightweight jackets, cardigans, and double-breasted silhouettes. We can’t forget the cropped stuff and shorts, either, plus nautically-flavored shoes.

We could easily come up with a few looks of our own, which is a testament to Oka-Z’s good selections. His relaxed looks included roomy pieces and lots of layers, so there are plenty of techniques and color additions that could be used to your advantage. An example of the transitional creative journey: jeans with two cardigans for cool beach nights, cloaks and cape with shorts, colorblocked outfits, liberty prints with utility jackets, collegiate styles in summer weights, plaid with pastels, scarves, ties and casual coats, and contrasting white buttons on outer layers. I wouldn’t mind the odd canvas bag for additional gear and a pair of shoes with white rubber outsoles. [via modeman]