Way before this blog started, before there were #hashtags, there were a few stores that I frequented. One of those was Orvis. I had one of their original shotgun shell belts, but it had the actual Winchester shell on the loop rather than the Orvis logo’ed version they carry today. I wore that belt out, and eventually had to put it to bed. I kick myself every day that I didn’t keep that original shell loop.
Orvis has kept a consistent, unique drumbeat that’s refreshing in the flash-in-the-pan #menswear world. I consider them in the same categorization as Filson, Red Wing, and Barbour. They just keep doing what they are doing, and know that ‘cool’ will eventually come their way. I have 100% respect for this, and remain a loyal Orvis customer.
Now that it’s Fall, the Orvis catalog carries a lot of weight. There is so much good stuff in there…here’s what I’d bring home with me:
From top left:
1. Donegal Notch Crew Sweatshirt: I wear a sweatshirt out every Winter. And by ‘wear out’, I mean it gets stolen by my better half. Hello, 2014 version.
2. Trigger Finger Uplander Gloves: There isn’t a huge need for gloves in Atlanta, but there are a few mornings when that steering wheel is like grabbing ice. I like these with the open trigger finger. Sure, it’s good to pull a trigger, but it’s also perfect for pressing ‘ignore’ on your smart phone when a call comes in.
3. Barbour Tapton Jacket: I like the dressed up look of this quilted Barbour. The herringbone collar and the trimmer fit make this one great as a replacement for a tweed coat. Wear this one over a cashmere v-neck.
4. Battenkill Gun Case: If you’re going to spend the money on a good gun, why would you put it in a cheap sock? Do it some justice. And spring for the monogram.
5. Fleece Sweater Jacket: An OUTSTANDING alternative to more expensive options out there. This fleece is as good as there is, especially considering the easy price tag. Minimal logo-ing is even better. Think of this as the ‘dog walker’.
6. Cavalry Bison Leather Belt: You know I love a good belt; especially one with a cool buckle.
7. Luxury Cotton / Merino Wool Shirt: These cotton and wool blend shirts are great. The key is to wash and half dry them. Then hang to dry the rest of the way. Give it a quick steam iron, and then wear it…extremely soft and warm.
8. Field Chronograph Watch: There are a ton of alternatives out there, but try and beat this one for $150. It looks great, and wears very well.
9. Shotgun Shell Coasters: Because why not.
10. Gokey Heritage Duffle: A secret Ebay obsession is vintage Orvis luggage…and it looks like they beat me to the punch.
11. Gokey Sandanona Pull On Boots: Some of the coolest boots out there. The rubber soles make them comfortable for all day wear…after all, they were made for walking the field. This reminds me: I need to recondition mine…maybe worthy of a post?