Holiday Gift Guide! November 23 2016, 0 Comments
It’s Christmas-time again! At Brick & Mortar we’re trying to help you make it easier to find amazing and unique gifts for your friends and loved ones, so we’ve put together this gift guide. As a men’s clothing boutique we are constantly scouring the market for one-of-a-kind, independent, local, “can’t find it anywhere else” items, so you know that a gift from Brick & Mortar is going to be special! And while you already know we’re the place for the coolest clothing, shoes and accessories, did you also know we carry an assortment of gift items like candles, books and ornaments?
Check it out! You can find all of our GIFT GUIDE ITEMS HERE!
Fancy Pants Gifts
Wanna impress someone this year with something nice? We’ve added a limited selection of cashmere sweaters and accessories to our stock this season. These softer than soft pieces are not only luxurious to the touch, but are cool and modern. This ain’t your grandma’s sweater. Or maybe jewelry is the way to go? We carry a huge selection of sterling silver and precious stone jewelry from King Baby and ChanLuu, plus a few of our own custom Brick & Mortar designs you won’t find anywhere else!
Books & Candles
This year we’ve teamed up with everyone’s favorite book producer, Taschen, and have selected some amazing titles that are flying off the shelf. The Big Penis Book, Tom of Finland series, Keith Haring, and Jeff Koons plus art and design books and comic collections! There’s sure to be something for everyone. And if none of that sounds right, you can’t go wrong with a candle. Amazing scents and beautiful designs from Paddywax and Skeem. (Sorry, but books and candles are only sold in-store.)
Sunglass aficionado in your life? Why not try gifting a pair of Proof Sunglasses. With their amazing slick designs and eco-friendly mission, these shades are knock-outs for sure! Their wood frames are made from either recycled wood (like recycled skateboards!) or from sustainable wood sources. Plus a portion of each sale of Proof sunglasses goes to non-profit charities so your gift is already giving it forward!
If you haven’t checked out Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger bags yet, you don’t know what your missing. These felt structured messenger, duffle and backpacks are designed by an architect which gives them their beautiful, structural look. Pops of neon or bright colors make for exciting accents and most bags come with a removable laptop pouch inside that buttons in!
It’s a tradition in our house. (I don’t know why, it just is…) We buy each other underwear for Christmas. If it’s a tradition for you as well, we have you covered. A huge selection of Diesel, 2Eros and Supawear are sure to fill the bill, as well as socks from Happy Socks.
The Gentleman’s Gift
Class it up a little with a gifted tie, bowtie or wallet. dha1 ties come in a gift box ready for wrapping and feature amazing fabrics that add a pop to every outfit. Or try a wallet from J Fold or Kiko, all genuine leather and worthy of your back pocket.
And of course, t-shirts. A graphic tee is a no-brainer for any guy on your list. And we have a slew. Choke, Junk Food, Poster List, Curbside and Brick & Mortar originals will put a smile on any gift recipients face.
Last but not least, can’t make up your mind, or fearful they won’t like your pick? Brick & Mortar offers gift cards in multiple denominations that can be used online or in-store. So make us a stop on your shopping excursion, and Happy Holidays to everyone!
Brick & Mortar Trending: Motocross August 25 2014, 0 Comments
Motocross, a runway trend from a couple years ago, has made it’s way to mainstream and is showing up in a big way this year. We couldn’t be more excited! Last week at Project (the twice yearly fashion event for contemporary menswear in Vegas) we saw motocross elements in everything from jeans and jackets to sweatpants and sweaters. The motorcycle influence was clearly on-trend.
Motocross is the bad-ass brother of biker style. The biker jacket has always been an edgy statement of coolness; a classic piece that says “I’m awesome”. It was a big hit last year and is still rocking this fall/winter. Look for the asymmetrical zipper, zipped sleeves, and epaulettes for the classic “kick-ass” look. Motocross differs slightly. Some elements, like leather and zipped sleeves, remain the same, but look for reinforced shoulders, side panels, and ribbed stitching on the sleeves. The wide lapel of the biker jacket is done away with for the thin mandarin style collar that fastens at the neck with a strap or button.
Motocross inspired pants are the statement piece for many of the lines we saw. Marc Jacobs has done some very literal racing pants, with blocked panels and big graphic treatments. But the more subtle elements have crept into other designers’ collections, and we love it. In denim, look for blocking and panels, as well as stitched, reinforced knees and a slim fit throughout. The overall look is tough and structured. In joggers and sweatpants, those same elements really elevate the look. Zippers near the cuff, blocked stitching and patched knees bring the motocross look to life.
Keep an eye out for elements of motocross in sweatshirts and shirts too. Reinforced, padded detailing on sweatshirts; panels on hoodies with zippers running up the side, back and sleeves. I bought a really cool black sweatshirt in Sweden this summer that has subtle reinforced padding across the chest and flanking the sides. It makes me feel like I’m wearing armor (without the weight I would assume.)
I think motocross is an easy trend to integrate into your wardrobe. Pick a piece that your comfortable with and just go for it. Try a new fabrication, like neoprene (HUGE for next year, fyi). Just keep in mind, motocross is inspired by bikers and motocross gear, which is made to protect the body and fit like second skin. So your motocross inspired look should fit right and be tailored to your body; slim, tailored and comfortable.
My Edgy Valentine February 06 2014, 0 Comments
Do you ever feel like saying "I Love You" without the sappiness or the cliche of roses and chocolate? How about something that implies love but says, "You Rock!" Maybe it's time you mixed things up a bit and get him something totally different. We love these industrial heart romance necklaces from King Baby. They are the perfect blend of the quality of fine jewelry with a masculine hard edge. This jewelry is all hand made in Santa Monica California and is all .925 sterling silver. The Industrial Heart necklace is a heavy piece of jewelry with a thick 24" chain so it's not for the subtle or the faint of heart. The Corazon De Luz charm is more subtle - a smaller scared heart pendant on a 24" onyx bead chain. Whichever piece you like, both pieces make a statement and and would never be promoted by Jane Seymour - that's a good thing.
Check out all our jewelry here!
Shawl Neck Cardigans December 19 2013, 0 Comments
I haven't blogged in a minute, mostly because I just brought home this bundle of joy, Otto von Bismark:
And here's Maddie giving him the side eye:
So, briefly I wanted to talk about Shawl Neck Cardigans. It's been actually quite nippy here in LA and I broke out this vintage red shawl neck cardigan for Christmas party we went to and I forgot how BEAUTIFUL it is.
I threw it on over a t-shirt and it was instant CLASSY! There's something about the cut of a shawl neck cardigan that makes you feel/look smarter, richer, more sophisticated. It's a great alternative to wearing a coat, offers warmth and gives you infinite layering options. FashionBeans recommends (as do I) layering over a denim jacket (CUTE! I'm so doing that...) or Oxford shirt and V-neck sweater.
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