Swings & Misses

We all know that feeling of ‘missing out’, or #FOMO.  Whether it was procrastination or a flat-out miss, some things just get away.  What hurts the most – especially in the #menswear ethos – is that the good stuff never goes away.  Well, almost never.  Some of the good stuff is discontinued, and it’s heartbreaking.

There are quite a few goodies out there that have come and gone.  It’s a shame, but I missed them. Here are the five that are top of mind:

1. Billy Reid Quail Coat:

I’ve been a big Billy Reid fan for quite some time, and I completely spaced on getting this jacket.  I really liked it when it came out, but never pulled the trigger.  I saw a guy wearing one not too long ago, and it re-affirmed that I should have made my move – especially when East Dane had them at 50% off.  I actually reached out to see if they had any in stock in a warehouse somewhere, and to little surprise, the answer was ‘no’.

2. Ball and Buck X New Balance 574s

I’m sad I didn’t get these, but they sold out faster than Van Halen tickets on their ‘1984’ World Tour.  There are some available on Ebay for a rather large premium…even though I really love these shoes, I’m not there…yet.

3. Filson Fly Fishing Rod Carrier:


Full disclosure: I didn’t know these existed until I saw an Instagram post from David Coggins.  Being the unruly Filson fan-boy that I am, I must have one.  These are EXTREMELY rare, but every once in a while they show up on Ebay.  Trust me, my eyes are peeled.

4. Salmon Patagonia Stand Up Shorts:

Only because I would be the envy of every TFM Internet kid, who is obviously the heir to an oil fortune, owner of a 4000 acres quail plantation, and got a bid to SAE at ‘Bama during when he was in 8th grade.

5. The Game hats with team logos:

Seriously rare, and with a little extra icing for the original bar hats from The Game.  The mascot play on these was really cool, because the majority of them featured the old school logos.  I had a navy one with the Auburn War Eagle logo in college.  I loved that hat, and wore it to death.  As expected, the only place to find these is on Ebay.

What did you miss?  Let’s hear it…



  1. Seth
    10/13/2017 / 7:55 AM

    Awhile back, Quoddy let you customize their famous canoe mocc with a proper leather sole. Only Rancourt and Alden make a design like that now, but the Alden’s have too flimsy of a sole and Rancourt’s option is limited to a bunch of suede options that don’t include snuff. Big regret not ordering the perfect pair when I had the chance.
    I also regret not picking up a pair of the blue suede playboy chukkas from Sid Mashburn. I have the brown pair, but the blue are just a bit more special…

  2. JDS
    10/13/2017 / 9:53 AM

    Recently found a pair of the salmon patagonia stand up shorts at a local thrift store for $2 

  3. Nem
    10/14/2017 / 8:58 AM

    What’s with the auburn hat?  Assumed you were a UGA grad.

  4. Randy
    10/15/2017 / 2:52 PM

    Not sure if they are discontinued or just temporarily gone but I should have bought every Smathers and Branson visor. Or at least the dancing bear and martini hoisting elephant designs. 

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