abitofcolor

Menswear, denim and accessories that reflect my personal style of mixing contemporary casual and tailored apparel...all with a bit of color.

"To be noticed without striving to be noticed, this is what elegance is about" -Luciano Barbera

We Give Thanks For Bourbon 

We have a rather large annual Thanksgiving gathering of the clan that now includes the ritual of bringing a bottle of bourbon. There being a healthy bit of male competition amongst us you don’t just show up with anything. So, in my quest to be properly prepared I thought it best to consult with a professional. Yesterday, I paid a visit to master mixologist Brian MacGregor of Club Wingtip in San Francisco for his suggestions. 

Brian has industry connections that allow him to acquire extremely rare bottles of bourbon and scotch for the enjoyment of Wingtip club members (Good luck finding a 21 year old bottle of Elijah Craig at BevMo). So after showing me the club’s stash of virtually unobtainable bottles of limited release Parker’s, Michter’s, Stagg, etc., we focused on what I might acquire with some diligent research at better bottle shops. 

With Kentucky no longer having legal control over the name “bourbon” it was a pleasant surprise to find that two of the more impressive and available bourbons, Breakers and Colorado Straight Bourbon  are from California and Colorado. And for those of us who maintain loyalty to the Bluegrass state for some of our spirits there is Willit’s and Rowan’s Creek

Come Thursday, post Thanksgiving feast, we will breakout the bottles, crystal glassware and let the tasting begin. We will see which state and brand is crowned “best” . 

Shine at JA Razor Club, San Francisco

Shine at JA Razor Club, San Francisco

John Allan’s JA Razor Club - San Francisco

 Located off San Francisco’s Union Square and above the John Varvatos store is the  JA Razor Club. This hidden retreat offers a unique, masculine grooming experience to the Bay Area. 

 As I entered the hardwood and exposed brick loft setting the friendly receptionist welcomed me with a robe and introduced my stylist and manicurist. For just a moment it almost seemed like too much. Did I really need a shampoo, scalp massage conditioning treatment, haircut by a stylist, manicure, steaming hot towel facial cleanse and shoe shine?  Let’s just say that once you try them, they will become your new essentials.

 After the shampoo and conditioning my stylist, Alandria, offered me a scissor buzz cut. (The only other times I’ve been given that option were in Milan and Paris). During my haircut the manicurist asked, “Would you like a high gloss or matt? “ I was then offered a drink while I relaxed to the sound of classic jazz and rock. After my haircut I reclined with a soothing hot towel facial. I didn’t want to leave.

 Most club members come from using a local barbershop, Supercuts or their girlfriend’s hair salon. Many say, “I never thought I would ever get a manicure”, and most never knew this level of services even existed for men. But John Allan has been successful at converting guys to his grooming services in New York for over 20 years and has since expanded his clubs to include Washington DC, Chicago, Toronto and Beverly Hills. (Members get to use the services at any club in any city).

 In addition its professional staff and services, what impressed me about my visit to JA’s Razor Club was the integrity of the experience. This isn’t some concept heritage barbershop or a pretentious setting. It is geared towards guys who want to come in, relax in a cool setting, have a drink and leave looking and feeling their best. 

 The JA Razor Club is located inside John Varvatos on the second floor at 152 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108, Mon-Sat 11:00AM-7:00Pm, To schedule an appointment telephone (415) 398-2707 or email  jarazorclub@johnallans.com  Gift certificates are available as well as a full line of John Allan grooming products. 

Handmade in Oakland, Cone Denim Jeans – Limited Time Sale Price Only $125

 In October, Bay Area blogger Brokeandbespoke wrote a story on Oakland based Camillo Love and his handmade jeans Red Cotton Denim. You can read that story here. 

 Camillo has a limited amount of inventory remaining originally priced at $198 but is now on sale for only $125.  He has sizes 28 through 38 but when gone the new prices will be well above $200.

 These jeans are handmade, in Oakland, from start to finish, by one experienced, hardworking guy. For five years Camillo has been cutting, sewing and refining his patterns to achieve an ideal fit.

 Red Cotton Denim jeans are made from 12oz. American Cone selvedge denim. They have a slim, straight cut through the leg, four pockets and a heavy leather label hot iron branded by Camillo. Here is the link to the size and fit chart. They are perfect for anyone looking for a clean, trim look. And, you are supporting a true, local artisan denim tailor. 

 Contact information for Camillo Love and Red Cotton Denim is on the website here.

 -Gus Walbolt


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Ten Menswear Wardrobe Essentials
 We all have favorites that we can mix and match to feel comfortable and look our best. On any given day I am wearing some combination of these clothes and accessories. This is my look and personal style.
 What are your ten wardrobe essentials? Send your replies and I will post some next week.
 
 1) Blue Blazer- this one is a cashmere herringbone from Napoli Su Misura
 2) White Oxford Cloth Button Down shirt - Brooks Brothers
 3) End on end blue spread collar shirt- My Tailor
 4) Gray wool flannels - Salvatore Ambrosi
 5) Levis - 1947 LVC 501XX
 6) White linen pocket square - A Suitable Wardrobe
 7) Croc Belt - Polo Ralph Lauren
 8) Silk Knit Tie - Luciano Barbera
 9) Navy Crew Neck Cashmere Sweater- Borrelli
 10) Suede Cap Toe - Crocket & Jones
-Gus Walbolt

abitofcolor:

Ten Menswear Wardrobe Essentials

 We all have favorites that we can mix and match to feel comfortable and look our best. On any given day I am wearing some combination of these clothes and accessories. This is my look and personal style.

 What are your ten wardrobe essentials? Send your replies and I will post some next week.

 

 1) Blue Blazer- this one is a cashmere herringbone from Napoli Su Misura

 2) White Oxford Cloth Button Down shirt - Brooks Brothers

 3) End on end blue spread collar shirt- My Tailor

 4) Gray wool flannels - Salvatore Ambrosi

 5) Levis - 1947 LVC 501XX

 6) White linen pocket square - A Suitable Wardrobe

 7) Croc Belt - Polo Ralph Lauren

 8) Silk Knit Tie - Luciano Barbera

 9) Navy Crew Neck Cashmere Sweater- Borrelli

 10) Suede Cap Toe - Crocket & Jones

-Gus Walbolt

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