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HouseOfMarleyMartialWatch

If you’re anything like me, you usually start bumping Bob Marley from your car once Summer is officially underway. These handsome timepieces from House of Marley are the perfect accompaniment to such revelry.

As affordable as they are stylish, the Martial Watch is made with reused materials like a recycled steel dial, low impact Ion Plating casing and REWIND fabric which consists of 30% Hemp, 30% Organic Cotton and 40% Recycled Plastic Bottles (RPET). 5% of House of Marley’s annual profits are donated to the 1Love Global Charitable Movement so you can feel good about looking so good. Check out more of their products online including headphones, audio systems and bags.

With that, cue the music!

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These guys just skyrocketed past Daft Punk as my official album for the Summer…

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell…the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

The film is available for download here, and the album can now be purchased on iTunes.

Check out one of the more rocking tracks “Politicians In My Eyes” as well as the official trailer below.

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I picked up a few Gatsby-inspired ties at the Salvation Army yesterday and really think I walked away with some stellar pieces. The first one that caught my eye was this great pink/blue/white combo that so perfectly referenced Gatsby’s suit. I also found a vintage gold/navy tie from Fred Roneker’s University Shop in Williamsville, a nice GANT Ancient Madder and this curious Prince Consort Button-Down Tie, which I have never seen before. After doing a little research online, I found this great ad for the tie in a 1954 newspaper.

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Blue Collar

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After my trip to Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop in Toronto, my good friends at KC You There told me about a new shop that had recently opened called Blue Collar. After checking out some pics on Facebook and Instagram, I knew I had to pay them a visit.

As the name suggests, the store has a very blue collar, industrial feel to it. Oversized lightbulbs adorn the ceiling, while old suitcases filled with vintage Playboys are casually placed throughout the store. Mounted deer heads overlook the checkout counter and distressed wood shelving houses the merchandise. It is, perhaps, one of the manliest stores in Buffalo. After looking around the shop for a while, I met with Michael (the store merchandiser) to gain a little more insight into BC.

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The store is generally geared towards the 25-55  fashion-forward male, who’s sense of style is more cutting edge with a keen eye for detail. These details are prominent throughout the store, as nearly every item has some small detail added to it. This causes the shopper to really explore the store in order to discover all that it has to offer. There is a definitely an “urban prepster” feel to a lot of the clothes, with more boutique brands like HoweMarshall Artist and Jachs. Some of these brands may not be as well known to Buffalo shoppers, but BC is looking to change that. Blue Collar will also soon be featuring Fidelity Denim, which is cut and sewn in the U.S – a requirement for any in-store denim by co-owner David.

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The store carries a lot of basics, but also several more fun, whimsical pieces – all at an amazing price.  Michael says they “love the whole Belstaff look. We wanted to offer something similar, but at a more obtainable price point.” For me, this is one of the things that makes Blue Collar truly great and separates them from the competition. With so few independent menswear shops in Buffalo, most of the items carried in these stores are accompanied with a hefty price tag. Don’t get me wrong, the stores are great, but not everyone can afford to shop there. Most button downs and pants at BC are under $80, blazers under $200 and everything in between hovering around that general area. For those looking to spend a little more, BC has you covered with several high-end offerings as well.

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I assemble two separate looks (one at the top of the page and the one right below), both showcasing some of my favorite pieces from the store. Needless to say, with their incredible prices and how awesome everything looks, Blue Collar is going to be most detrimental to my bank account.

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[Via Facebook]
Inspired by the rich history of manufacturing in Buffalo NY, BLUE COLLAR features contemporary designs for men with an American sense of blue-color style. As the name evokes, BLUE COLLAR’s mission is to blend the best ideas and unique elements into one boutique offering essentials for leading the life of todays modern blue-collar man. We pair well known brands with new unexpected designers focusing on classics that endure and contemporary items that inspire. We want to help men be properly dressed and properly served…We are the modern day general store for every man! Buffalo born and well traveled. 

Store Location:
1382 Hertel Ave, Buffalo

Store Hours:
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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The Chillsner

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One of the best parts of Summer are those lazy days out on the water/deck/pool/etc sipping an ice cold brew. Unfortunately, once the temps get kicked into high gear, it doesn’t take long for said bevy to warm up and loose it’s delicious cooling effect. Enter the Chillsner by Corkcicle. If you’re a man who prefers his beer like his women, then this handy invention is for you.

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The first ever in-bottle beer chiller that you can drink through, the Chillsner fits into any beer bottle. Delivering a smooth flow of perfectly chilled beer with every sip – even the dreaded last one.

Shipping begins in early June and includes 2 Chillsners, 1 Freezer Storage Case, and 2 Instructional Coasters.

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While relaxing on our friends deck last night, enjoying the warm weather and sipping our summery drinks, I glanced down to see my midsection protruding most undandy-like from my slim-fitting linen shirt. “This has gone on long enough…” I said to myself. I have to start working out again. The problem is, with a newborn and how fast paced out life is during the Summer, it is now near impossible to reinstate my P90X workout routine that did wonders for me last year. I hate to make excuses, but taking an hour and half to work out after work just isn’t possible right now, and there is no way being sleep deprived that I’m getting up 2 hours early before having to be at work. I did it once, it was awful. Thankfully, the NY Times has just released this article showcasing a scientifically proven, 7-minute workout which I am officially starting today.

Via NY Times:

An article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal does just that. In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.

“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article.

Work by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and other institutions shows, for instance, that even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.

Interval training, though, requires intervals; the extremely intense activity must be intermingled with brief periods of recovery. In the program outlined by Mr. Jordan and his colleagues, this recovery is provided in part by a 10-second rest between exercises. But even more, he says, it’s accomplished by alternating an exercise that emphasizes the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body. During the intermezzo, the unexercised muscles have a moment to, metaphorically, catch their breath, which makes the order of the exercises important.

The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, Mr. Jordan says. Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done.

Will this exercise routine provide the same rapid body transformation as P90X? Unlinkely. But it’s a start and a better alternative than just doing nothing. I’ll keep you posted on the results.

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With the upcoming release of its spring line, Concord Button Downs has joined forces with five additional clothing companies to help expand the importance of American made clothing. In partnering with these other organizations, Concord Button Downs has released a lookbook highlighting products exclusively made in the United States. The project has been coined, “The Made in America Collaboration.” Along with this new partnership, Concord Button Downs has introduced their new line of fine shirting, as well as a renovated website.

Just like their previous line of men’s shirts, Concord Button Downs’ founder, Dan Castelline, continues to produce quality products that are made in the United States. To help with “The Made in America Collaboration,” Castelline connected with: Collard Greens, an eco-friendly neck wear company located in North Carolina, Jack Donnelly Khakis, a Georgia based pant company, Lemon & Line, a bracelet brand founded in Rhode Island, Gameday Blazers, a South Carolina company producing colorful sport coats, and Orvis, a renowned sporting brand with headquarters in Vermont and Virginia.  All five companies seek to create products that represent the richness and history of American-made clothing.

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indian-madras

After waiting patiently since he first started dropping hints this winter, KJP has finally unveiled his genuine handloom Indian Madras Shirts to the world. The 100% pre-washed cotton shirts are slim fit, with an executive button collar and box pleat. Crafted in America, these hand-sewn summer classics are adorned in hand-carved scrimshaw bone buttons, honoring New England heritage and folklore. Father’s Day is coming up soon, right? Just saying. Available in the following below colorways.

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DukeAndWinston

A short time ago we were introduced to Philadelphia-based Duke & Winston and their Bulldog Bow Ties. As the weather finally starts heating up here in Buffalo, D&W quickly becoming one of our favorite brands for the Spring/Summer months. Not only because of their beloved top hat-wearing bull dog logo (Duke), but also because the brand so effortlessly covers all of your wardrobe staples. Polos? Check. Tees? Check. Hats, ties, even outfits for your pets?! Check, check and double check. The stuff is all handsomely designed, very reasonably priced and is the perfect balance of dress vs. casual. God save the Duke.

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