May 14, 2012
The Academy in Long Beach is probably the greatest store I’ve ever visited and it’s owned and operated by some of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Please stop by their shop next time you’re in the LBC.

The Academy in Long Beach is probably the greatest store I’ve ever visited and it’s owned and operated by some of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Please stop by their shop next time you’re in the LBC.

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November 2, 2011
Two days ago We Are The Market published a great interview with Russ Gater of Heritage Research. Read it here.

Two days ago We Are The Market published a great interview with Russ Gater of Heritage Research. Read it here.

June 15, 2011
The Academy | Long Beach

I originally intended on coming to The Academy in Long Beach for the Gourmet and I Heart Pies event. When I got there, I Heart Pies was already set up outside the shop, and so was Taco Nara, but the guys from Gourmet didn’t show up. I heard they got caught up with something and they might make up for their absence with another event later this Summer. I made the best of it and enjoyed the rest of the evening with the great people from The Academy, I Heart Pies, and Taco Nara, who helped me forget why I was even there in the first place.

The Academy is a great shop. The decor, displays, and products they carry set them apart from the wave of boutiques and specialty stores popping up everywhere. Instead of strictly focusing on menswear, they also sell a broad range of clothing, shoes, and accessories for women. This new location hasn’t been around too long, but the three brothers who run The Academy have been in business for the last seven years. Based on what I’ve seen from these guys so far, they’re going to be in business for a very long time!

Visit The Academy next time you’re in Long Beach and tell them I sent you!

The Academy
433 East First Street
Long Beach, CA 90802



June 12, 2011
The Common | San Francisco

The Common on Valencia Street in the Mission District is one of the most unique stores I’ve ever visited. I stumbled upon it on my way to Benny Gold's new shop and, to say the least, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found there. They carry a nice selection of brands and products, all of which are of the utmost quality and are made in the USA. Some of the brands you'll find at The Common are: Grown & Sewn, Yuketen, Tellason Denim, Red Wing Heritage, and their in-house brand Taylor Stitch. Taylor Stitch offers a thoughtfully crafted ready-to-wear collection and custom tailored shirts for those who enjoy the exclusivity of wearing something that’s one-of-a-kind. If you’re a fan of quality menswear, or quality products and design in general, definitely visit The Common next time you’re in San Francisco. Tell them I sent you!

The Common
383 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA

Visit The Common’s site for more info. You can also learn more about Taylor Stitch HERE.

May 3, 2011
…or pink?

…or pink?

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May 3, 2011
Blue…

Blue…

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April 26, 2011

I love everything about this video. The Comune is a great brand.

April 26, 2011

Clae went all out on this video, showcasing one of their new Spring ‘11 models, The Gregory.

Clae’s Spring ‘11 collection is available now in their online shop.

April 22, 2011
The Essential Cap

I like simple things, but I’m also a fan of detail, and there’s plenty of it on The Essential Man's cleverly named 5-panel, The Essential Cap. This thoughtfully crafted and individually numbered piece is made of high quality grey raw denim and is accentuated with contrasting white vents and a woven label on the face of the cap. Definitely an essential product!

The Essential Cap and other TEM products are available now in their online shop.

April 19, 2011
My homie at The Essential Man just launched his brand’s online shop with some quality products, including this grey raw denim 5-panel that I just ordered! Do yourself a favor and check it out. http://www.thessentialman.com/

My homie at The Essential Man just launched his brand’s online shop with some quality products, including this grey raw denim 5-panel that I just ordered! Do yourself a favor and check it out. http://www.thessentialman.com/

April 11, 2011
My friend Lorenzo Diggins (@essentialman_ld) just relaunched his site, The Essential Man. Check it!
http://www.thessentialman.com/

My friend Lorenzo Diggins (@essentialman_ld) just relaunched his site, The Essential Man. Check it!

http://www.thessentialman.com/