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Thursday
Sep082011

Summer Kit Nº10 – A Monsoon in NYC

This is a summer kit by name only, since we in NYC have entered fall/monsoon season. As a response to that, this is what I wore the other day to battle downpours on a trip to Penn Station.

Mt. Rainier Design Mountain Parka
I was lucky enough to pick this up at a steep discount last week off of Superfuture, and I put it right to use. The herringbone camo lining is perfection. Note on sizing: you can definitely size down, this is a M.

Oak Street Bootmakers Hunt Boot
Bought these brown pebbled leather version of the Hunt boot at the Pop-Up Flea last fall, and have worn the hell out of them ever since. This week marked their first appearance since May.

Esckuche Kassette Headphones
These are a nod to the original Sony Walkman headphones, which I am old enough to have worn the first time around. Lightweight and with surprisingly good sound, I like that they'll hang around your neck when not on your ears.

North Face Purple Label Backpack
A solid bag I picked up at nanamica while in Tokyo last year.

The Cold Six Thousand — James Ellroy
Ellroy is a beast. I'm halfway through this trilogy that focuses on the behind-the-scenes shadiness of 1960s America.

Case Mate iPhone 4 Signature Leather Flip Case
After shattering my (unprotected) iphone while dropping it from a height of approximately 14 inches, I vowed to do better with its replacement. This case covers both front and back and is made well. I thought the piece covering the screen would be an annoyance, but I've come to appreciate it as it even allows a bit of extra privacy on the train.

Uniqlo Vintage Khakis
Nothing too exciting about these khakis, but they get the job done for a great price and the fit is on point.

LL Bean Signature Rugby
I like the details on this rugby, for example the buttoned cuff, and you really can't go wrong with navy and white stripes.

Reader Comments (9)

Ellroy just beats out the Mt. Rainier for best piece in this kit. Just finished "American Tabloid," is "The Cold Six Thousand" as good? Just picked up "L.A. Confidential."

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

My grandpa used to wear the LL Bean Rugbys, then my Dad started when he got older. Now I'm wearing them too. Timeless classic.

What do you think of those Oak Street boots? I saw them at Pop-Up Flea as well but was more focused on other things.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA. Frankel

Great kit Neil, I didn't know Free/Man had writers in NYC.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicolas

The addition of Ellroy elevates any kit, summer or otherwise. Just watch out for Blood's A Rover, the concluding volume of the Underworld U.S.A. trilogy -- It is the only disappointment of his entire catalogue.

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhil Donohue

Alex,
I'd say it's not quite as good as AT, probably because it only continues the story but with a focus on different characters. Still very good though.

A.,
The Oak Street boots are really well made, I'm very happy with them. Great guys over there at Oak Street as well.

September 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterNeil MacLean

Nicolas,
I only write once in a while, I mainly stick to art directing. But yes, I'm in Brooklyn.

Phil,
thanks for the heads up, it'll be a while before I get to that trilogy anyway.

September 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterNeil MacLean

Blood's A Rover is the book that proceeds The Cold Six Thousand. American Tabloid is the high water mark of the trilogy.

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhil Donohue

Phil,
Didn't realize that was the name of the trilogy...hah! It's pretty epic, I guess Ellroy had trouble maintaining the level of intensity and quality as it went on.

September 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterNeil MacLean

Just found this post linked from Street Etiquette. Nice kit. I've had my eye on Oak St. for a little while now, and I'm glad to hear good stuff about them. As for Ellroy, I liked American Tabloid, but then I found his style too affected to continue with The Cold Six Thousand. The earlier stuff (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, etc.) is very good, and the writing doesn't have that hyper-clipped style that drove me away.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

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