The Harvard Business Review did a number of studies of the perceived business of Americans and in each one, the busier someone appeared to be, the higher their perceived social status. It seems that somewhere along the way, being busy took on a new meaning: It’s not that you can’t manage your time well or that you have a lot going on, but rather that you must be really important because your time is in such high demand.

Lack of downtime leaves me feeling depleted, both physically and mentally. Plus, let’s face it: Life is meant to be enjoyed! I don’t want to look back 30 years from now when my kids are grown and wish I would have spent less time vacuuming and more time playing with them. I also don’t want to look back and wonder what happened to the goals and dreams I was passionate about but had to set aside because I poured everything into everyone else. To avoid those feelings of regret, I’m proactively taking baby steps to become less frantic and more present now so that I can enjoy (or at least calmly manage) the craziness that surrounds me. Are you ready to do the same? Continue Reading

 

It sounds like the name of a fighter jet, so no surprise that the B1 Hellcat from Bozeman is inspired by the infamous F6F Hellcat of WWII, a U.S. Naval fighter plane that proved to be the most successful in aircraft history. Bozeman’s latest timepiece, a blend of modern and vintage style, features 25 Jewel Swiss movement, 28,800 BPD and water resistant to 330 ft.

The Bozeman B1 Hellcat was nicknamed the “Wildcat’s Big Brother,” and of course Montana – home state of the watchmaker – has more than its share of wildcats, namely the revered student athletes, the Montana State Hellcats hockey team.

If you’re going to build a sleek timepiece inspired by a legendary fighter plane, Bozeman picked a damn good one with the F6F Hellcat; the aircraft successfully brought down 5,271 enemy fighters in the second half of WWII. That right there alone demands a cool watch to commemorate it’s aviation awesomeness.

This watch, with its big, terrific dial, has a robust pre-production pricing of $4,600. The first 200 B1 Hellcat watches will be part of a limited edition for 2011. The Bozeman B1 Hellcat wristwatch sure aint cheap, but damn it looks nice. [via acquire]

 

Ronnie Fieg’s Clarks Originals Desert Boots are great, aren’t they? I can’t get enough of Clarks–like a lot of people out there, to be honest–and the slate blue ones are a good choice when it comes to bridging the gap between blacks/greys and colors for shoes. Matching slate blue laces are the finishing touch here, leaving these both denim-friendly and a pal to well-worn casual pieces. The shoes still haven’t gone on sale yet, so you have your chance to pounce, unlike some of the pieces we’ve spotted that are only available in limited sizing or that have sold out. These will be available on April 8th at Davidz.com (10 a.m. EST)… start your engines?

The choice of slate blue is a good one, since it provides a glimpse of the nap. With soft uppers and with an even softer color, the Slate Blue Clarks Originals work for adding some pep to basics. The best things about Clarks’ new Ronnie Fieg shoes is that they don’t require you to take a chance on innovative shoes that simply aren’t as comfortable as they’re billed to be. The Clarks Originals are a safe pick, but they aren’t a boring one. [via selectism]

 

Luxury shoes always fall on the side of “buy,” but the shopping list would get too lengthy, too fast if we really planned on getting every single pair we saw. However, the H?Katsukawa Tokyo Silkprint Collection might be something that you actually want to track down, budget for, beg for, whatever suits your fancy. Certainly for the dapper man, the Tokyo Silkprint Collection has derbys and oxfords available with an antique-looking finish. Black round laces look superb on the pairs, of course, but so do the skinny light-colored laces shown above–or both.

Paying more attention to the soles and outsoles of these marvelous shoes, I can tell that they’re worth the time I spent scrutinizing the shots–and the moola. Muted upper colors with a dash of pattern (including stripes and stars, in addition to the checked option) make these shoes some of Eiichi Katsukawa’s best. This shot shown above is from Style Savage, which offers great insight into the images:

“Katsukawa makes hand made, eye poppingly colourful and patterned brogues, along with wonderfully textured distressed Nibe leather brogues from his studio in Tokyo. […] Katsukawa is currently focusing on his eponymous collection and his offering is growing with each season.”

We can see why, and sharing these images is much appreciated!

[via hypebeast via Style Savage]

Nautical Schmautical’s 2018 collection is sparing and simple, evoking a quiet spirit of the past. A cocked navy cap might seem to be a bit much, and it would be in real life, but the collection’s spread, including black and white shots, has a grainy feel to it as though it were pulled off a Super 8 roll. Family vacation photos, maybe, if your cousins are that handsome. Nautical Schmautical’s model lineup includes Cole Mohr and Yuri Pleskun, and they have a fisherman’s-son-on-vacation feel when they’re all ganged up together in the “lifestyle images” released by the company.

But on to the collection. It would be good to stock up on, and it has a certain appeal, as though the pieces were pulled from your dad’s trunk or maybe spirited away from a roommate. They’re everyday wearables, from the hooded sweatshirt to the printed tees, and worn with high boots when on display. Hoodies, shorts, and zip-up sweatshirts are paired with Nautical Schamutical’s signature t-shirt in heathered red and blue. If you continue to browse their looks, you’ll see a few pieces with heavy militaristic inspiration for their lifestyle spread just for kicks. But there is some bad news: if you have been coveting that beany ($45), it’s currently sold out on Nautical Schmautical’s website. [via the fashionisto]

 

We salute the simple awesomeness of the Bermuda Short, in particular this nice pair from Paris-based designer Hartford. Available in brown or light blue, this particular classic lightweight cotton Bermuda short features five external pockets and a buttoned internal pocket, a button closure, zip fly and belt hooks.

Priced at $165, these shorts require only a crisp, white T-shirt and some killer sandals to complete a mostly perfect look for those hot summer days. Mr. Porter (our favorite new site) suggests a Calvin Klein T-shirt and Polo Ralph Lauren sandals.

But the beauty of the Bermuda shorts is that hey are versatile. Oh so very versatile. And that’s why it’s vital to have a rockin’ pair on hand.

A side note about Bermuda shorts: they are identified as Bermuda shorts by the fact that they end above the knee. They are so called because they were originally popular in the British territory of Bermuda, accepted as formal wear in the hot weather if worn with knee-length socks.

Okay, back to the shorts. Feel free to throw on a light sweater if the temp dips when the sun goes down. The Bermuda Shorts says ‘Bring it on – I go with anything!’ [via mrporter]

 

As with much of menswear, there exists a sliding scale of the formality of footwear that the obsessive can get caught up in if he so chooses. I think this is generally to sacrifice the beauty of personal expression to the uniformity of correctness – a correctness that doesn’t exist today and, much to the disappointment of many, never existed in the first place. (It is a similar disappointment to the revelation that Italians don’t dress particularly well as a whole, very few Englishmen wear the good suits their country is famous for, and Americans wear Ralph Lauren polo shirts but otherwise singularly fail to look like Ralph Lauren.)

However, there are some differences in shoes that are worth remembering. Here they are.

Some shoes are entirely inappropriate for some occasions, even today. You wouldn’t wear an out-welt cordovan boot to a black tie dinner, and you wouldn’t wear a velvet slipper to go tromping through the countryside. Those are probably the two ends of the spectrum of formality, and the key thing to notice is the difference in delicacy. Formal shoes are delicate, casual shoes are rough. Just like worsted and tweed, or satin and knitted wool. The point is universal.

Apply this to every type of shoe. A derby is more casual than an oxford because it has two humping facings strapped across the instep. A brogue is more casual than a whole cut because, well because of the broguing. It breaks up the line of the shoe and makes itnjagged. A leather sole is more formal; a thinner sole is more formal; a closer-cut welt is more formal. You get the idea.

This is worth remembering because there is an actual, noticeable difference in the formality of a derby with a double sole, broguing and outwelt stitching, and an Oxford, lace-up whole-cut. It’s the kind of difference that someone will notice at a job interview. Perhaps not consciously. Plus if you have ignored this part of your outfit, doubtless other elements are just that little bit too casual and unconsidered. It makes an impression.

So that’s worth being aware of. What it’s not worth losing sleep over is whether a derby can be worn with a worsted suit. For a start, there are many many types of derby. Some have just two holes and the facings are cut so high you barely see them under the trouser leg. They present merely a glorious, shiny expanse of very-formal leather. Smarter than a rubber-soled Oxford half-brogue certainly. Stating that it is not correct to wear a derby with worsted (because it is a casual, country shoe suited only to tweed or – at the most – flannel) is to draw a misleading hard line.

Second, any rule would be self-defeating, even if it were easy to define. A derby shoe is just as appropriate as a wool tie. Denying both and confining a man to worsted, silk and Oxfords is to defeat the self-expression that lies at the heart of good dress. No one who plays entirely by the rules has ever been considered a good dresser – and not because they merely stood out by innovating, but because to be a good dresser, to develop style, you have to be encouraged in your dress and feel free to revel in it. Otherwise you are merely the man in the grey flannel suit. It doesn’t matter how much I love grey flannel (and I do, oh I do), if everyone wears it and I’m being told to wear it then it cannot be stylish.

Understand the rules so you know how to break them. Understand the formality of shoes.

 

Acronym’s iPad Bag costs basically as much as an iPad, and when I first saw it, I thought that maybe you got the iPad, and the bag came for free. Wrong, but that could be a cool partnership. The Acronoym Circdiscover iPad Bag has a swivel design that’s so ingenious. You’ll want this if you love your iPad, without a doubt, using it while you’re standing on the street corner, in line, or meandering through the park (but just make sure the area’s clear of iPad bandits).

Here’s the thing: this bag, available at Havenshop.ca, is currently sold out. I want it; you probably want it, too. Let’s hope they restock, because this bag can be slung on your back when you don’t need it, and then hovered in front of your chest, in multiple different positioning options, for the best angles. Havenshop describes its usefulness as such: “Shift freely between horizontal and vertical modes; tec sys webbing allows further customization.” It should say “Go jogging. Use your iPad,” because seeing how this bag works makes me wants to really test its capabilities. The Acronym iPad bag can also hold a Moleskine XL Soft Notebook, although that seems less exciting. [via acquire]

 

My interest in the Royal Family and the upcoming Royal Wedding is minimal. While I do find the history of the British monarchy interesting, the idea of royalty nowadays feels rather antiquated. I suppose I see the larger picture of why the Royal Family are still useful; a harmless necessity I guess. But that Kate Middleton is something to look at, am I right?

I already know way too much about the 29-year-old fiancee to Prince William and what she might be wearing on her wedding day (and that includes underneath her wedding dress – thanks US Weekly!), but she is a very attractive young woman, future queen or not, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t present a carefully curated photo gallery of the princess-to-be.

Kate Middleton is not a perfect beauty. Not to say anyone is, but I mean she’s not just drop-dead gorgeous and case closed. Maybe that’s part of her broad appeal; she actually resembles a real person who doesn’t always look perfect in every photograph, like some flawless creature that is more mannequin than woman.

But she’s very pretty; a nice mix of the sophisticated and the sexy.

Among the hundreds of photos I’ve looked at of the princess-to-be, it was nice to see that Middleton enjoys fun of the nighttime variety, a party girl not afraid to sex it up for a night on the town. This royalty thing will surely scrub all the late-night sass for a more proper way of living, at least in the public eye.

Let’s hope William still gets a glimpse of the party girl Kate once their hitched. I like to think from time to time, when the days’ royal itinerary is complete, the two will just break out the comfy, non-royal clothes and let loose. Maybe ring up Prince Harry, because you know he’s always ready to get down and have some fun!

William and Kate will tie the knot April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London.

 

I’m not sure how I feel about these shoes, but they are good for kicking around if nothing else. I think they’re stale for Yohji Yamamoto, especially with the colorway and upper style of this sort. There’s an unfinished seam along the tongue of the shoe that leaves it looking unfinished or rough somehow, and that’s yet another detail that probably could have and should have been refined in the design process. Nothing says “cheap” like a serged-seam something posing as finished.

That said, I can imagine getting these shoes and dragging them through the mud, really wearing them out. If the serged-tongue detail is curling and frayed, and the outer eyelet panel looks less stiff, I would like these more. These are shoes that you are welcome to destroy, because they’ll get better with age. These Yohji shoes are kept secure on the feet with a hidden elastic strap. [via hypebeast]