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Gentleman Essentials – Brooks Brothers – Umbrella

Brooks Brothers Umbrella

Brooks Brothers

As unusual as it may seem, it is not uncommon to observe a certain breed of  gentleman, seemingly oblivious to the weather conditions around them, forgo the necessary accoutrements that grant protection and comfort from Mother Nature. Residing in Michigan, where the winter season is frigidly unflinching, I have spotted many men commuting to and fro, absent the requisite gear such as a hat, a pair of gloves, and even a coat. My humble opinion: That practice is simply insane. So, with spring headed our way, I am here to endorse a gentlemanly essential that should not be ignored – the gentleman’s umbrella. Yes, I have even spied gentlemen, leisurely strolling without a care as they are completely drenched by pouring rain. Don’t be that guy. Perhaps an umbrella is too old-fashioned nowadays. Well, I’ll just be old-fashioned, and comfortably dry. Maybe you will join me.

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Gentleman Essentials – Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project – Wooden Suit Hanger

Hanger ProjectYour suit jacket rightfully deserves a support system that mimics a gentleman’s shoulders when it has been retired to the closet. Wire hangers are too meager to provide the proper drape. Maintain the body of your suit jacket, upgrade the hangers in your closet – if you have not already. You will be pleased with the results.

Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project

Standard Recommendations – Suede & Nubuck Cleaner

Suede Eraser BrushYes, it is official, the time has finally arrived when the gentleman can confidently retire his snow boots; at least until Polar Vortex 2014-15 commences later this year. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, now is the time to welcome and appreciate our current spring weather. Sure, it will be a little rainy, but given what some of us experienced from December 2013 until late March 2014 – we won’t complain. That being stated, stylish gentlemen everywhere are more than ready to emancipate their suede walking companions from their shoe boxes, priming them for daily jaunts around the city. Now, more likely than not likely, a few scuffs and smudges will discreetly materialize over the course of your many excursions around the block. As with your calfskin leather kicks, the necessary maintenance must be employed to keep your suede looking fresh and new.

Readily available at any reputable shoe store or department; a nubuck & suede cleaning kit should be able to properly address the occasional scuff. Because, as you very well understand – scuff happens. The kit should contain a small brush with stiff bristles and a gum eraser – sometimes both are offered as a combination 2-in-1 tool. The eraser is equipped to clear away marks and scuffs, and the brush is purposed for fluffing the nap and removing dirt. The result: suede that looks almost as good as when you first lifted your shoes out of the box. If you have suede shoes (we’re sure you do with the plethora of colors out now), it would be wise to have this nifty kit in your possession. It will cost you no more than 6 to 8 dollars for this gentleman cleaning essential. And that is small cost in the promotion and extension of healthy suede, so ensure you have a kit in your possession if it is not already there.

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