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!
Sports Luxe - Out of the Gym and Onto the Street February 04 2015, 0 Comments
You’ve most likely seen it by now: “dressy” sweatpants, fleece bomber jackets, or sparkling clean running shoes paired with a suit. If you haven’t, then let me introduce you to Sport Luxe (or Sporty Chic). It first appeared in a major way on the runways in 2012 when designers like Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang showcased sportswear elements into their shows. By mixing the best of sportwear (the comfort of sweats, the structure of fleece and vinyl) and pairing it with modern slim cuts, in more traditional colors you can create a look that’s appropriate for the street and inspired by the gym. From FashionBeans August 2012 article on Sports Luxe: “The element of luxury lay in the fabric and the cut, with garish neons being replaced with well placed zips and asymmetrical lines.” And now, in 2015 it’s still on and evolving.
Let’s start with gym pants, or sweats. They’re no longer resigned to lifting weights or running! Instead their appearing in clean, slim cuts with meticulous tailoring and details. Paired with a denim vest or an oversized graphic tee, they’ve now moved into the realm of high street fashion. The fit is most important when trying to achieve the Sport Luxe look. This is not sloppy or lazy. A slim tailored cut will provide a modern, clean look that remains comfortable. I’ve seen some great motocross hybrid action happen in the sweatpants realm. So look for reinforced stitching in the knees and cool zippers along the cuff.
While we’re on pants: there’s some great things happening in shorts in Sports Luxe as well! Again: modern slim fits, cut above the knee, but in sporty materials. We’ve seen some great mesh shorts with sublimated tonal graphics coming down the line this spring. And what’s great about Sports Luxe and shorts is that you can mix things like sweaters and button-down shirts with shorts to make a totally appropriate Southern California street styled outfit!
Another key look to come out of the Sports Luxe trend is the bomber jacket. Not just for the varsity team, these short cropped jackets with ribbed waist and cuff are totally fashion forward in materials like vinyl, leather or floral and animal prints. Pair a floral bomber with a slim pair of black sweats with a white button down for a perfect Sports Luxe look.
The final key to making this look work is the right accessories. Leave your headband and old tennis shoes at home for this look. Make sure to have clean, pristine sneakers or a pair of cool boat shoes. Leather or animal print (but not garish) baseball caps are definitely part of this look. And don’t forget long pendant necklaces and/or beaded and leather bracelets. It’s all about the juxtaposition of gym to luxury.
The Checked Pattern October 20 2014, 0 Comments
The check pattern (gingham, plaid, tartan) has been around for centuries, so it’s great to see this classic look back in street fashion in a big way! For a while, the plaid shirt was a symbol of rednecks and geeks, but it’s found way back onto the main stage and is showing up everywhere from shirts and pants to blazer and detailing. And with so many variable in the check pattern, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
After seeing the checked pattern on the runway at so many of the shows this last season (well not seeing them in person, just in other blogs and magazines J) it was no surprise to see so many brands incorporating them into their fall/winter looks. And in the tradition of everything old becomes new again, it’s a subtle nod to 90’s fashion; the best of grunge! Let’s take a look at some of the differences.
One of the big (literally) trends of the checked pattern this season is big, block checks. Look for wide checks with classic base colors of black and grey. These make excellent, audacious statement pieces in blazers and jackets. Pair it with solid chinos or jeans and tee and let the check stand out!
We all know plaid. It instantly speaks of woodsman and the outdoors, flannel and lumberjacks. It’s a beautiful, masculine pattern and has become a versatile classic. So it’s not just for the outdoors anymore! Plaid traditionally consists of vertical and horizontal lines of multiple colors that cross each other (with 2 major base colors). Look for plaid dress shirts and pair them with a solid bowtie. Layer a plaid shirt over a long tee and pair it with denim and boots for a classic fall look.
Gingham checks have been super popular for the last couple years. And while you might remember this pattern from your grandmother’s tablecloth, gingham is a classy, subtle way to bring the checked pattern into your wardrobe. This tight, square check design consists of two colors; white and a contrast color. The most versatile of the patterns, pair it with everything! Get creative and experiment with mixing patterns (gingham being a slightly more subtle pattern, the chances of looking trendy rather than crazy are much better!)
The check pattern is here to stay. Fun, versatile, masculine; it can be a head-to-toe look or just add a needed touch of pattern and color to an outfit. There really is something for everyone, and very little risk! Enjoy!