We are approaching the holiday gift-giving season, and for the men out there who flock towards the unique, that limited-edition piece, or a pop of fun, you’ll want to take note. I’ve collected a list of brands exclusive for stores found in Old Town Pasadena. Each line is well constructed and a definite conversation starter–perfect for all those holiday parties coming your way.
Heritage by Banana Republic
For guys with a casual yet put-together style, this brand is you. According to the Banana Republic website, “Our modern, limited-edition Heritage Collection is inspired by our legacy of exploration and discovery, and defined by craftsmanship and authenticity.” They’re not kidding. Try the Heritage Leather Jacket–100% leather, fully lined, in a rich brown–$625. Or the Heritage Slim-Fit Distressed Five-Pocket Jean for $98.50.
Monogram by Banana Republic
Men who prefer a dressier, more modern style should check out Mongram by Banana Republic. Sleek. Tailored. Effortless. The Monogram collection is “defined by exquisite fabrics, distinctive details and modern silhouettes.” Suites are made with Italian Wool–like the BR Monogram Black Italian Wool Suite Jacket, made from world-renowned Marzotto Group, “a small weaving mill founded in Valdagno, Italy in 1836.”
Alden Shoe Company, the oldest shoe company in New England: Exclusive line at J.Crew
Wing tips; oxfords; bluchers; the Alden Shoe Company, founded in 1884 by Charles H. Alden, has created a sleek, chic line of shoes exclusively for J.Crew. In gorgeous materials too–for instance, the Longwing Bluchers made with European leather for $533; and the Flex-Toe Chukkas in rich snuff suede and leather lining for $505.
Anonymous Ism at J.Crew
This Japanese label “was founded on ideals of making a variety of goods with top-quality craftsmanship and unique looks–in other words, things the creators want for themselves.” Find wool ties in fair isle ($75); and cozy acrylic/nylon/wool/poly blend socks with patterns like red and white zigzags ($28).
Mougin & Piquard: Exclusive for J.Crew
Watch company Mougin & Piquard (pronounced mooj-awe and peek-are) began in 1852 by the Mougin family, joined by the Piquard family in the 1920s. For years, the watch company closed its doors, making its watches collectors items. Now, thanks to “watch authority Tourneau,” Mougin & Piquard’s watches have been resurrected–just for J.Crew. We’re talking quality, here. Hand assembled in Switzerland. Swiss quartz movements. Date displays. Leather and stainless steal straps. For under $1,000. (Men who know their watches know this: this is a deal of a lifetime.) Other watches available:
• Grande Seconde watch in cream has a 41mm watch case, leather strap, and swiss quartz movements — $425
• Oceanique watch is a classic diver-style watch with a stainless steal bracelet, black face, and swiss quartz movements — $625
• Chronograph watch in silver is a versatile watch with a 40mm stainless steel watch case, black leather strap, date display and swiss quartz movements — $695