It used to be that slots for collar stays were limited to the realm of bespoke shirts but these days almost any brand seems to have them. And while most of them come with collar stays made of plastic eventually you lose them because well, they’re not very nice. When you’ve run out of collar stays you want to look for a replacement and nothing is better than ones made with mother-of-pearl. They’re beautiful to look at and exude an understated elegance. It’s made of natural materials so every piece is unique. It doesn’t matter that people don’t see what holds up the collar of your shirt. What matters is that the collar stays you’re using are as beautiful as everything else you’re wearing.
The combination of a diver watch and a NATO strap has been around for quite some time but it’s only now that I felt like stepping up my watch game. Black hardware is what I’m attracted to lately so I picked up an Orient Ray Raven. It’s made by Orient, a Japanese company reputed to have a more accurate automatic movement compared to Seiko. It doesn’t feel cheap for a watch that retails above PHP 9,000. I got it at a discount which makes it a much better value.
Beautiful things aren’t made overnight and are quite difficult to acquire. There isn’t a local retailer carrying the brands I am looking for so I am forced to look for a retailer abroad. When I saw that Kapok, one of my favorite Hong Kong retailers, was bringing in the Italian leather goods brand Il Bussetto I inquired if they were going to carry their line of card holders. I placed my order three months ago in January for a dark green card holder and it arrived last week. It cost me HKD 530 (approximately PHP 3,000) including shipping via FedEx.
Last year I started slimming down my wallet in an effort to avoid back pains associated with bulky wallets and also to project a sleek appearance. Receipts and rarely used cards were out. I only kept cash and a few cards I frequently used. This worked for a while until I realized that the wallet I was using would never become more slim than it currently was because it was never built that way. I searched online and found the Slim Sleeve Wallet by Bellroy, a maker of wallets based in Australia. Back then a new wallet wasn’t that high on my list of things to acquire so I passed on it. Fast forward to March and after a short trip to Singapore I purchased the item at Cumulus.
Cumulus is a shop that retails luggage, bags and accessories from a few brands and is the only physical store outside of Australia carrying Bellroy products. This was an opportunity not to be missed as I’ve always liked to see and feel the goods in person rather than buying based on a few well-taken photos. The Slim Sleeve Wallet is available in two colors: tan and black. I chose tan as black is quite common and sometimes a bit boring. The leather Bellroy uses are vegetable tanned – a tanning technique that avoids the toxins associated with chrome tanning. They are also dyed semi-aniline which will make the leather age more gracefully. Finally, the leather is much thinner than most wallets out there – a key ingredient in creating a slim wallet.
Buying a Bellroy product is kind of like buying an Apple product. A lot of attention has been given to the packaging. What follows is an unboxing. Continue Reading
I saw this video about the history and manufacturing process of L.L.Bean’s Boat and Tote Bag so I decided to look it up on their website. When I saw the price tag of USD 21 (PHP ~920), I simply couldn’t pass on an opportunity to own one. I knew my aunt was arriving from the US and asked her to buy one for me so she could bring it back.
I ordered mine medium-sized in Regatta Blue with regular handles. Medium is the perfect size for every day use; the Regatta Blue trim looks great whether you’re in the city, at the beach or on a boat; and regular handles are just right as I don’t plan on carrying them on my shoulders. The canvas is thick and the handles are sturdy enough to carry almost anything that could fit inside. It’s perfect to use on weekends when visiting the Salcedo or Legaspi markets or bringing along a few magazines or books to read at a café.
L.L.Bean Boat and Tote Bags are available at L.L.Bean’s website. Price varies by size. A model with zipper is available at a slightly higher cost.
A shoehorn is one of the things a man needs to have but doesn’t realize he needs it until he buys a good pair of shoes and has a hard time getting his feet into them.
There are many shoehorns available on the market. Most of them are made of either plastic or metal. Both do the job but I find the plastic ones cheap and the metal ones a bit tacky. Plastic ones will break and metal ones will corrode. I knew there were better shoehorns out there that are elegant and will last me for years to come. It was just a matter of finding the right one.
While I was at the Legaspi Market one Sunday, I bought this beautiful shoehorn made of a buffalo’s horn. Buffalo horns are known to be very hard and will not break easily so it makes it the perfect material to use. You can see the horn’s beautiful and unique characteristics when looked at closely. It has a long handle that makes it easy to lever in your feet unlike most shoehorns out there.
A buffalo horn shoehorn is a strong yet elegant piece of equipment that is a worthy addition to your daily arsenal.
The buffalo horn shoehorn is available at one of the stalls at the Legaspi Sunday Market held every Sunday at the Legaspi Park in Legaspi Village, Makati City.