Essential Camping Gear

Who doesn’t love a bit of camping? Getting close to nature, sleeping on the ground, building a fire (well trying to build one). Summer is a great time to get out and make use of the weather (and lack of snow). So what exactly do you need to go camping? Besides the obvious like a tent, sleeping bag, light, food. There are tons of other items you need to be prepared for anything the wilderness can throw at you.

Buzzfeed actually has a great list of camping items you need including basics like water, tarps, camp shower, cooler, firewood, and more.

AeroBed PakMat
$114.99
Inflatable camping bed, perfect for any tent or under a sleeping bag.

Brook & Hunter Premium Mo-Tool Axe
$38
More than just a multi-tool, also includes hammer and axe.

DIY Solar Powered Cellphone Charger
$20
This is something you can buy or make on your own. If you love working with your hands, try making this charger which will provide juice for your electronics while camping.

DIY Camping Shower
Cost of materials
If you aren’t looking to spend a ton on your camping trip, try making your own camp shower!

Camp Chef Everest Stove
$117
If you’re worried about making your own fire, try this gas camping stove.

Men’s Blazer Types

Infographic from Real Men Real Style

There isn’t just one of anything anymore. There are different types of socks, different computers, different chairs. This is especially true for fashion. When you’re shopping for a blazer, have you noticed all the subtle differences in the styles? There are sport coats, blazers, suit jackets, those fancy cigar jackets, tuxedo jackets. It can be tough to figure out which blazer is which, and what you should be wearing for your next event. You wouldn’t really want to wear a tuxedo jacket to a business meeting (maybe unless it was a black tie affair). It’s a good idea to read up and see the different styles. The talented team at Real Men Real Style have created a handy infographic (above) to help show you the different types.

Mens Summer Fashion

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Summer is here! Well in Florida we don’t really notice a difference, we didn’t have much of a winter luckily. But with summer comes a change in attire. Men will start wearing more loose fitting outfits, shorts, boat shoes, hats and sunglasses. As a guy, what should you be wearing this summer? What are the summer fashion do’s and don’ts? We’ll walk through some of the basic clothes you should be sporting for summer.

Boat Shoes
Boat shoes are the quintessential summer shoe. They’re not just for boats anymore, but are more often seen on men wearing shorts. If you do plan to sport boat shoes, make sure you don’t wear socks! This is a definite don’t for these shoes.

Stylish Sunglasses
Now is the time to invest in a nice pair of sunglasses that will last. If you’re going for a classic look, aviator shades are always in style. Head to Sunglass Hut and test on a few pairs. Stick with dark colors like black and brown. Colors like white, orange, yellow stand out, but don’t fit a man trying to look sophisticated.

Bring out the pastels!
Don’t drab down your wardrobe with dark colors like grey, black, brown. It’s summer! Celebrate with bright colors. These lighter colors will also make you feel cooler in the sun. Go for some yellows, aqua, orange, lime, even pink if you’re feeling confident.

No ties needed
Summer is a time for relaxation. So undo that tie and let your neck breathe! If you plan to go out on the town, try going for a blazer and button down combo sans tie. Combine this with a pair of tan or white pants (if you can pull them off).

Roll up your pants
It’s summer, and it’s hot! You can roll up those pant legs just a bit during this time of year. Just make sure you are wearing shoes without socks like loafers. This style doesn’t look good with socks.

Jewelry for Men

There are tons of jewelry options for men out there, though it may seem like everything is for women. You just need to know where to look! Pinterest and Instagram are great sources of inspiration for style. Men don’t need to stick to just watches. There are bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings that men can sport with confidence. Here we’ll list a few of our top picks for men’s jewelry to get you started.

Lashbrook Rings
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These rings were made for men! They offer minimalist rings, as well as ones for those interested in baseball, the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

David Yurman

David Yurman has quite a few options for men including this leather bracelet. These can be worn casually or under sleeves.

Spine Bracelet (Etsy)

This brass bracelet looks stylish and is also minimal. It’s also made in the US. The item is sold by a creator on Etsy.

Whiskey Barrel Tie Clip and Cufflinks

Who says cuff links and tie clips aren’t jewelry? This stylish matching set is affordable and looks great! These are made by a wood worker named Donald J. Fuss.

The Best Wallets for Men

Every guy has a wallet, or is in search of the perfect one. Bulky wallets are out, now is the time to find a slim wallet for your cards and money. At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we value fashion and functionality. We searched the web to find our favorite minimalist wallets for guys. Check them out below, leave a comment and let us know your top pick.

Wally Stick-On Wallet for iPhone
This isn’t your ordinary wallet! After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Wally wallet became a hit. It’s a minimal leather add on to your iPhone that has space for money and cards. It’s the perfect way to keep everything together.

 

AtelierPALL Minimal Wallet
This slim wallet can fit 2-3 cards on each side and has a center pocket for cash. It’s made of leather and will age beautifully.

Armoury M Slim Wallet

This slim wallet is made of walnut hardwood with a blue band. It can hold 4-5 cards and cash. It is extremely minimal in design but does its job.

Ugmonk Minimalist Wallet

We love the look of this wallet, especially as it gets used. It has two interior pockets, and can hold 8 cards and cash.

Men’s Style Blogs You Should Follow

The best place for finding style inspiration is on the streets of the world’s major cities. Walk around London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, or New York City and you’ll get inspired by every outfit you see. But if you happen to live in a smaller town, finding the sort of style you love out on the streets is tough. Luckily the internet is full of style blogs to fill this gap. Check out these top men’s style blogs to feed your aesthetic needs.

The Houndstooth
A DC based street-style blog

Gentlemen’s Brim
Don’t knock them just cause they’re hosted on blogspot. This site features photos of guys looking their best.

Modern Fellows
Another DC based style blog. They have photos as well as feature articles.

He Spoke Style
One of the few Baltimore based blogs, features articles on style, an ask column, and more.

Why You Mad
Austin takes time to answer fashion questions and showcases his personal style

The GQ Eye
The best of GQ Magazine’s style

Put this On
“A web series about dressing like a grownup”

Fratelli Rosseti

FRATELLI ROSSETTI

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we strive to provide our clients with the highest quality, most fashionable items. We curate our showroom with the best accessories around from ties to cuff links to shoes. Especially shoes! We carry Fratelli Rossetti shoes, because we know they make the perfect pair.

These shoes are true Italian classics. The company was founded as a workshop in the late 1950s and has since grown to the well known brand it is today. But it has kept its handmade origins. It’s amazing to see a pair of shoes still crafted by a person. The level of detail in each shoe is well thought out and thoughtful. Take a look at this video of their handmade process. Once you see the craftsmanship put into just one pair of shoes, you’ll understand why they are so sought after.

The company is still family-run. It was started by Renzo Rossetti in 1953 and is now run by his sons Diego, Dario, and Luca.

If you don’t believe us, come try a pair of Fratelli Rossetti shoes for yourself! We offer a variety of styles at our Fifth Avenue Showroom so you can see the difference in quality of these shoes.


 

Are you interested in how Fratelli Rossetti makes its shoes?

LEATHER PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES 

TOLEDO

This is a technique which involves applying the colour straight onto the uppers. The colour is hand buffed onto the untreated leather, originally “blank”, creating a polished finishing effect. For the antique version, the finish is also enhanced with shading which transforms each shoe into a unique one-off.

ALL OVER

This is a special finishing process in which each part of the shoe is the same colour as the uppers. First the master artisans paint the welt with a brush, then they paint the sole edge and buff it with wax to underscore the colour; lastly, they paint the sole so it matches the other elements.
This type of production technique creates effects with different shoe models and tones, ranging from the most classic to the boldest types. It results in shoes that combine a passion for detail with the tongue-in-cheek approach of those that know how to be elegant without taking themselves too seriously.

GENESI

This is a refined, handcrafted technique which conceals the stitching so it is only visible to the keenest eyes. It is the more luxurious version of the Toledo which requires a production process made up of many stages: the eponymous “genesi” leather – a crust leather which is finished on the uppers – is treated with a special dyeing and buffing procedure, creating a shoe which is sophisticated right down to the more hidden details.

SHOE PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

BLAKE

This is a production technique using a machine which can contemporarily sew the uppers and the insole together to ensure the sole lasts longer.
This type of technique is divided between Blake leather and Blake cowhide. The first, which ensures the shoe is flexible and light, and is therefore suitable for the summer collections, features a leather insole of minimal thickness and a natural cork covering; the second, with more structured results, requires a slightly thicker cowhide insole.

GOODYEAR

With an end to attaining the utmost resistance over the course of time, this procedure has been created to sew the welt together with the insole and uppers and then to the sole. In this way the body of the shoe is longer lasting. A cork filler is inserted into the space created by assembling these parts, making the shoe breathable and preserving the anatomy of the form and at the same time adapting it to the foot. The Goodyear technique, which has become more and more refined thanks to the use of the latest machines and materials, makes it possible to produce shoes that are well structured, comfortable and made to last the test of time.