Archive | Prep RSS feed for this section

How To Tie A Bow Tie

9 Oct

The following is a nice step-by-step infographic on how to tie a bow tie via the gentlemen at Brier & Moss.

Are You A Preppie?

28 Jun


The Kentucky Derby 101

4 May
As you prepare to watch the 138th Kentucky Derby this Saturday, here’s a quick guide to one of the most famous sporting events in the world.Overview:
Held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, the sporting event is classified as a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. The top five finishers of the race receive a share of the purse. A garland of more than 400 red roses is awarded to the winner.

In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of William Clark of the Lewis-and-Clark-fame, visited the Epsom Derby in England. He returned to Kentucky and organized the Louisville Jockey Club to raise money to build quality, racing facilities. On May 17, 1875, about 10,000 people gathered to watch 15 horses compete in the first Derby.

“America’s Race,” “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” “The Chance of a Lifetime” and “The Run for the Roses”

The Triple Crown:  
The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is followed by the Preakness Stakes (held the third Saturday each May in Baltimore, Maryland), then the Belmont Stakes (held in June in Elmont, New York). A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown. Only eleven horses have ever achieved such a feat.

Churchill Downs:
Named after the original landowners John and Henry Churchill, the Louisville racetrack, with its recognizable twin spire grandstand, opened in 1875 and has hosted the 1¼ mile-long Derby each year.

Kentucky Oaks:
Held each year on the Friday before its sister race, the 1⅛ miles race, and the Kentucky Derby, are the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history. The winner gets a significant purse and a large garland of lilies.

The Kentucky Derby Festival:
First held in 1935, it’s now an annual festival held in Louisville during the two weeks leading up to the day of the Derby.

Participants are limited to three-year-old thoroughbred horses. The fastest time ever run in the Derby (at its present distance) was set in 1973 at 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds when Secretariat broke the previous record.

Derby Fashion:

Derby attire is known for its over-the-top use of pastel colors, seersucker, linen, madras plaid and hats – especially women’s hats. However, what you wear often depends on where you sit. Those in the reserved seating areas tend to go all out, while the infield crowd opts for more casual apparel.
The Mint Julep:

Officially associated with the Derby since 1938, the traditional cocktail consists of bourbon, mint, sugar and water. The historic drink should be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup, but most race-goers enjoy theirs in a souvenir glass.
via Bearings Guide and Great Lakes Prep

Rules of a Gentleman

30 Dec

1. A Gentleman is always presentable.

2. Live a passionate life, with a compassionate nature, and a dispassionate judgment.

3. Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

4. Opening a door for a lady is not optional.

5. A Gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

6. Nothing beats a good hat, so lon as it is removed when indoors.

7. Anything worth having, is worth working hard for.

8. A Gentleman will never instigate a fight, but he is permitted to end one.

9. A Gentleman reads and reflects.

10. The best suits are tailored (ties should never be a focal point).

11. A Gentleman means what he says, and says what he means.

12. Be gracious in manner, humble in tone, and thankful for what is given.

13. A Gentleman lives beyond his zone of comfort.

14. The line between confidence and arrogance is very thin, and a Gentleman is aware of it.

15. Drinks are not meant to be mixed.

16. A Gentleman can drive stick-shift.

17. A Gentleman can jump if need be.

18. Know the differences between courage and stupidity.

19. A Gentleman is observant, and takes action without delay.

20. To a lady, a Gentleman will readily offer both his coat and his hand.

Courtesy of The Gentlemen’s Society

Oak Street Boot Makers’ Penny Loafers

14 Oct

Recently, while having a sartorial debate, I was asked, “Who would want a pair of finely crafted shoes, made with hand-stitched moccasin construction, complemented with a  leather sole, stacked leather heel, having a form-fitting inner, waxed stitching and handcrafted in the USA?”

Me.  That’s who.

Enter Oak Street Boot Makers who does all of that and more. I have been on the hunt for some nice penny loafers for some time, and the let me tell you ladies and gents, these might be the finest in the land. These are offered in three colors: Blue, Brown, and Natural. I desperately want to slide my feet into a pair of these Beefroll Penny Loafers! (10.5D Natural, Thanks!)







Find them here


How To Tie A Bow Tie

22 Jul

The bow tie is an invaluable accesory for a man to own. Similar to the sport coat, keeping one close and accesible can prove to be a quick and easy way to dress up any outfit. I have even seen a bow tie folded in half and placed in the left front breast pocket of a sport coat as an impromtu pocket square. My favorite bow ties can be found at Brier & Moss. I must agree with the opening line from the Details  video below, “There is no excuse for a pre-tied bow tie.” Follow these steps and learn how to tie a proper bow.

Cleaning your Sperry Top-Siders

12 Feb

With winter coming to a close, it is once again that time of year. Time for spring cleaning. This weekend I treated my favorite pair of shoes to a good scrubbing. For me and most of my friends, Sperry Top-Siders are a go to shoe almost daily. What’s great about these show is how versatile they are: dress them up with a sport coat or dress them down with jeans or shorts. And they fit comfortably everywhere from the country club to the boardroom, dockside to barside. But what happens when they have bourbon and Budweiser stains all over them and begin to smell? Follow these steps and reclaim your Sperrys!

1. Brush all large pieces of dirt and grime off.

2. Untie the leather laces and remove insoles (if possible) and give them a good scrubbing using warm water and dish soap.

3. Submerge your Sperrys in warm water. (Yes, submerge them. The shoes were meant to be worn on boats, therefore they were meant to get wet.)

4. Use a scrub brush and some dish soap then proceed to scrub them down. If there are certain stained areas that need more a little more attention, use a cotton ball and nail polish remover to “spot” clean them.

5. Squeeze and shake out all the excess water. Fill from the toe to midsole with newspaper and gently shape the leather to your liking. Set them out to dry in a cool place. Remove the newspaper on day two of drying, replace insoles when both are dry, and set in sun to warm the leather back up.

6. Enjoy your reclaimed Sperrys.

The Yacht Week

21 Dec

I wish I could write about The Yacht Week  by first reflecting on a personal experience. However, I can’t. And sadly, other than proximity flying, this is one thing I wish I could say I have done.

Here is a short excerpt from The Yacht Week  website:

“The Yacht Week provides an exhilarating experience of sailing, regattas, entertainment and much more… Gather your friends and be part of an epic voyage on Caribbean waters in the spring, Turkish, Croatian and Greek waters in the summer. Simply choose a sailing week and a yacht to accommodate you and your friends. We welcome sailors of all abilities and can provide you with an option to sail with a professional skipper.”

What is included in the price? The rental of the yacht with personal skipper, yacht equipment, all taxes, end cleaning, GPS and nautical charts, a dinghy equipped with an outboard motor and gasoline, sheets, blankets, towels, and a booming stereo system! Expect to eat dinner out two to three times during the week. Also, if you choose to dock the yacht at night, instead of drop anchor off shore, there will be a small docking fee.

The following videos will give you a great idea of what The Yacht Week is all about. Book your bachelor party now!

For more information check out

The Monk Shoe

9 Nov

There is not much to be known about the monk shoe. It is a moderately formal shoe, closing the gap between the black-tie oxford, and the six o’clock mass derby. Monk shoes are known for their lack of laces, with a strap and buckle closure. If it has a capped toe, it is usually brogued. Personalize yours with different color straps, different types of metal buckles, and the addition of wingtips.

The following are a few of my favorites:

FIRST PLACE: The Ralph Lauren Double Strap Monk Shoe

It may be the fantastic photograph, or the slightly darker leather brogued toe and the gold buckles. These monks are excellent.

SECOND PLACE: The John Lobb Redmire from the prestige collection.

Bespoke capable and available in mahogany. What more can you ask for?

THIRD PLACE: The Alden Monk Strap Shoe

LAST PLACE:  The Dr. Martens Saxon Duncan Monk Shoe

Sometimes even the thought does not count. Reserve your efforts for dressing Sid Vicious and the members of the Misfits. Thanks for trying.

Winter Hand Warmers 2.0

28 Oct

Wool-Blend Beer Cozy

With the winter months settling in, and plenty of football to be played, one might need to look past their go-to beer koozie and step up with the Orvis Wool-Blend Beer Cozy. Orvis states that this koozie is “Perfect for tailgating, ice fishing, or any other wintertime activity,” and I could not agree more. This hypermasculine koozie would make Freud think twice about his mother.  This wool/nylon based koozie retails for $9 and you can get yours through Orvis here…

%d bloggers like this: