In some ways, this is very NOT my style and in some ways, it totally is. Typically, I would never go for any pre-distressed denim because I see that as sacrilege and disrespectful but this whole jacket is chalked full of that. Made from light weight denim and cotton fabric typically found in henleys, 3 top stitched pockets, 1 interior pocket, non-uniform notions. This reeks of modernized Americana. Love it!
Food from the first time I visited New York. Before I even moved here.
1. Pork belly on top of grits and broccoli. Cafeteria. Great cocktails and good good here.
2. Deconstructed apple tart. wd-50. The infamous Wylie Dufresne’s restaurant. Needless to say, fuckin great meal.
3. Roasted chicken on top of spinach. Cafe Select. Solid food all around. Mixture of multiple European cuisines.
4. Braised pork belly banh mi. I honestly can’t remember where this is from. Let’s take a second here and note that come from California, where we have a HUGE Vietnamese population (arguably the largest in the U.S.), New York has some banh mi game. Granted less authentic, but LEAGUES better. Check out Banh Mi Zon for what I think is the best banh mi in NYC. I’ve only been here a month though so there’s that.
5. Classic shrimp and grits. Peels. ‘Only the good die young’, as they say. Peels is closed which is a shame and a travesty. Arguably my favorite dining experience in NYC because of the decor, atmosphere, food, everything. All of it had a Southern charm.
6. King salmon, 1 of 15 pieces from the Omakase we had at Yuba. I cannot stress this enough about this place, it’s super low key and doesn’t look like much, but their Omakase is fucking amazing (and affordable). They don’t get caught up on formalities or snobbiness. They score the shit out of any fish they put sauce on to take in a lot of the sauce. Still balanced and delicious. This place is a prime example of ‘don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it’.
7. Dancing spicy ramen at Zen6. Really interesting and really tasty. Whoever thought about putting fried calamari in ramen is a mad man.
I learned to love broccoli rabe on this trip. Tasty.
Goodbye to my favorite shoes. I really loved these things. When I bought them, I didn’t know of any brand loyalty and marks or signs of quality, I bought them purely for aesthetic value and nothing else. Frankly, I didn’t really care about clothes or a wardrobe until I bought these. The brand that made them (Alfani) doesn’t produce soles for these shoes anymore so I can’t get them resoled… It’s been a good 5 years but it’s time to say goodbye.
Also, moving to New York City on Tuesday! So goodbye to California for a bit I suppose.
14oz of slubby, indigo dyed denim. Indigo dyed threads as well so the stitching should change as the denim itself does. Minimal and elegant stitching so these are constructed around the denim itself. I’ve worn these for… 5(?) days now and the slubby parts are already fading.
Computers still broken! More posts in higher detail and quality coming soon.
All my NYC pick ups! Taken from my iPhone. Once I repair my computer at home I’ll post more detailed pictures of the denim, cap and camo jacket. As much as I love the jeans, I think my favorite pick up was the cap just because I’ve never really owned a cap before this. Anyways, see you soon California!
The Ultimate Hand-me-down! My brother isn’t a huge fan of these so their mine now. Just some ‘before’ photos. I’m currently soaking them because they really show the dirt and muck on them… Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the cut, but other then that, no complaints!
So after wearing my awesome 14.75oz RGTSK's for about 3/4 of a year. This is what we're dealing with. Truth be told, I stopped keeping track of how many times I wore them sometime during the Summer. I bought them March 30, 2013 so I figured I'd just say I wore them that many times since purchasing them, after all, I wear them practically every day. I really love how everything is fading so far. You can tell what I keep in my pockets from the fades and how it's breaking the denim so that's fuckin rad. I'd say my favorite part of the fading process so far on these jeans is the back left pocket. I keep my cellphone in there so the edges and the corners of the fades are really brutal.
I’ve been temped to soak ‘em just to make the fades go a bit faster but I doubt I’ll do it. At the very least, I’ll try to make it to one year.