Top 5 Most Wanted – June 2011
Consider these to be power rankings. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or a quick upgrade for yourself, expect these to come around about once a month. The best of the best, which you may or may not have seen already. Agreements, disagreements, and additions are more than welcome in the comments section below.
5. Knot Cufflinks by Link Up (set of 15) – $28.00 via Gilt
Stumbled across these on Gilt a few weeks back so there’s a decent chance that they might reappear. A lot of us are headed to weddings this summer wearing french cuff shirts. Silk knots are a great way to brighten up your suited look while keeping it formal at the same time.
4. Mike Konos Italian Made Dress Loafer – $139.95
Damn. That’s how you do a dress loafer. Leather sole, perfect toe, and a subtle penny loafer type strap across the top. They’re made in Italy by the DSW house brand Mike Konos, which so far, has a decent track record.
3. Rag & Bone Boater Hat – $39 ($140) | BOSS Black Wool Bow Tie – $26.59 ($55)
I, personally, am not a hat guy. Nor am I a bow tie guy. But if I WERE… they’d look something like this. Hat is made in the USA, Bow Tie is made in Italy. Both incredibly reasonably priced.
2. Banana Republic Tailored micro-stripe blazer – $150.00 (but on sale a lot)
There’s got to be a promo code or site wide sale coming somewhere around the corner. Sizes are starting to get limited on-line, but these seem to have been well distributed to the B.R. brick and mortar stores. Currently at the tailor, full review coming. It’s a real nice lighter color/weight blazer that can work deep into the fall.
UPDATE: And overnight Amazon has jacked the price up by more than $100 to $276.25. Which is bizarre. Three other similar options are still well under $200. For now. Credit Mike for noticing the price jump.
They say you can’t please everybody, but this watch probably gets as close to everyone-approves as possible. It’s an automatic, so those fanatics will be satisfied. The dial has just enough detail, and the dark outer ring gives it a good sport feel without making it look too casual. The stainless links? A perfectly spaced with little shine layout. Even those who always reach for a leather band watch should be happy with this one.