STYLE | Chipp, Fall 1965

ChippFall1965A selection of outerwear from Chipp’s Fall 1965 catalog.

Just before the holidays, I snatched up a copy of Chipp’s 1965 fall catalog.

The venerable tailor, which survives today as Chipp 2/Winston Tailors, occupied a building between Madison and Fifth on 44th Street in 1965. As you can see below, the space had been renovated that year and departments had been expanded. Sidney Winston founded Chipp in 1947 after starting his career with J. Press. His son, Paul, joined the firm in 1961 and carries on today. Paul was the subject of a charming Times story in May 2008 and gave an excellent interview to Ivy Style in April 2009. You’ll also want to give this 1980s catalog, available over at Prepidemic Magazine, a gander.

At its peak, Chipp employed 30 tailors and a sales staff of 10. The Kennedys were among its customers. Today, as Paul noted in a blog post earlier this month, Chipp 2/Winston Tailors is in search of a new home as its midtown lease was not renewed.

But back to 1965.

Naturally, these pages prompt a good deal of nostalgia — not simply for much better prices ($18 for tassel loafers!) but also for elements of style that have faded away. The hat, which most believe died with the advent of the Kennedy administration, appears alive in the Chipp world of 1965. There’s lots to chew on here, so I hope you enjoy. These pages display fairly well in the gallery, but if you’d like to dowload full-sized versions, visit the Flickr set I’ve created.

GIFTS | The 2010 holiday list

KnotbeltA beer-themed belt from Knot Belt Co. is among the items in 2010 holiday gift list.

The holidays — ready or not! — are knocking. It’s time to get shopping. Here’s our second annual selection for just about anyone on your list. This was assembled with the help of contributing writers Will Briganti and Maxwell Eaton III. It’s a bit on the masculine side, but you’ll cope.

Happy shopping.

GreenBlazerDuds and headwear
Bottle-green blazer: The navy blazer, definitely a wardrobe staple, can be complicated by the rarer bottle-green version. For outfitting, we turn to O’Connell, Lucas and Chelf, Buffalo’s iconic men’s store. Their three-button sack model fits the bill. Made in the United States.From $350.

Tab t-shirt: A campus classic for decades that takes its cues from crew teams of yore, this is an essential piece of casual clothing. Naturally, we’ve selected the St. Lawrence model, on offer from the Brewer Bookstore. $16.95.

NewarkBearshatEbbetts Field Flannels ballcaps: Made in the United States — a strong compliment — these flannel ballcaps are a must have, especially as winter starts to show its frosty face. Given our New Jersey roots, we recommend the Newark Bears model. $35.

DaleDale sweater: No clothing item we can think of quite says winter like a Dale of Norway Sweater. De rigeur in all alpine precincts, we’ve selected the U.S. Ski Team issue in honor of Lake Placid’s Andrew Weibrecht, who a bronze in Vancouver. $295 from

Jytte hat: Nordic skiing requires the right gear. We’ve always liked the Jytte (pronounced you-tay) hats procured by the St. Lawrence ski team some years ago, and the Idaho-based firm will set you straight when it comes to headwear. Hand-made in the United States. From $18.

Filson shelter-cloth cap: Lined with wool, this cap comes recommended by outdoor correspondent Steve Reynolds, a long-time Filson devotee. The water-resistant outer lining sets this cap apart. As appropriate for bird shooting as its for cruises through the urban jungle. Made in the United States. $62.50.

Brooks Brothers dress shirts: That these have been selected will probably not be seen as a surprise or a unique choice by some. It had to be done. Made in the United States — North Carolina, we’re fairly sure — these are essentials. Ed bought three earlier this year and has been suitably impressed to include them here, despite being generally skeptical of the Brothers. You won’t go wrong with the original. $89.50 or three for $199.

REGlassesRandolph Engineering Ranger Classics: Everyone needs good eyewear for sporting-clay excursions. Randolph Engineering delivers with its Ranger Classics, which can be customized with a range of lenses. From $119.95.

Ray-Ban Caravans: For your everyday sunglass needs, nothing beats the Ray-Ban Caravan. Nothing.Modeled on aviator frames that are still standard in most branches of the U.S. Military, these are Ed’s favorite sunglasses barring his grandfather’s Bausch and Lobs. And, for the benefit of our “Mad Men” fans, if they’re good enough for Don Draper, they damn well ought to be good enough for you. $125 from J. Crew.

Patagonia vest: Ed’s never recovered from the loss of his Morristown-Beard ski team vest, which was left by a friend at a Canton watering hole. He took solace for most of college in borrowing Furnary’s instead. A must-have layer. $149.

LiddesdaleShooting vest: We chose Barbour’s very fine model because it offers padding on both shoulders and because we doubt it’ll ever wear out completely. $199 from Orvis.

Barbour Liddesdale: The gold standard for a smart, country-styled coat for the winter. As common on the streets of Manhattan as its Beaufort and Bedale cousins, the Liddesdale is an affordable and stylish alternative. It’s also pretty cozy, which we’ll take. $149 at Orvis.

Henri Lloyd’s Breeze Performance Jacket: Contributing writer Will Briganti writes, “This is my best purchase of 2010 this far.” An avid sailor, Briganti’s word is bond on this choice. Versatile for coastal and urban activities. $69.

MinnetonkaMocsMinnetonka Driving Moccasin: In Dark Brown – perfect for the ski lodge or casual Fridays at the office. Invest in only one pair, the more worn in, the better. $56.95 from Holly Woodworking of Old Forge, N.Y.

Justin Ropers: As appropriate for a day on the farm as they are in any situation where dress shoes aren’t required. The basic cowboy boot from Justin is a staple we can’t deny. From $99.

Bean boot: More than one pair (one being the shorter moc-version) is essential to make it through the mud, rain and snow. We like the new, shearling-lined model. Made in Maine as always. From $149.

Vasque Sundowners: Essential for any long trips in the woods. $170.

Accessories and housewares
GouchoBeltArgentinian polo belt: One snappily dressed reader is never without his. These are downright swell and are apparently standard on the polo fields of Argentina. In regimental and school colors from Gaucho Belts. $51.

Nantucket red socks: The genuine article, only for your feet. From Murray’s, the Island’s primary haberdashery. $17.50.

Billykirk and ACL & Co. canvas briefcase: A collaboration between A Continuous Lean.’s Michael Williams and Billykirk, this olive-drab canvas case is based on a World War II bag issued by the U.S. Navy. Made in the United States. $325.

Vice holster: This Etsy item caught my eye a few weeks ago. A holster that will hold a flask, a phone or a pack of smokes, it’s the perfect hideaway for your vices be they booze, texting or tobacco. On offer from Four Chamber Forge. $95.

Smathers and Branson flaskNeedlepoint flask: Rare is the time when a tipple isn’t welcome. Indulge in style with this needlepoint-covered numbers from Smathers and Branson. Customizable with monograms, too. From $65.

Cordial Churchman velvet bow tie: We picked the rust-colored option from the Cordial Churchman, the charming bow tie emporium run by Ellie LaVeer Stager. Made of 100-percent cotton velveteen, the tie is presented in the traditional butterfly pattern. Charming. $26.

Knot beer belt: Knot Belt Co.’s belts are simply charming and this fall’s beer-bottle is now exception to that rule. Made in the U.S.A. by a Laurentian, Nick Mannella. $55.

J. Press braces: When it comes to dressing somewhat professionally, do a little growing up and embrace braces. J. Press has a versatile offering from which to choose. Keep it conservative. $59.25.

Housewares and other gear
Chip and dip: One of Mrs. F.’s favorite pieces of serving wear is a glass chip-and-dip engraved with a Buffalo. It comes from Pitt Petri the venerable purveyor of all things proper in Buffalo, N.Y. These also come monogrammed. From $84.

whiskeystonesWhiskey stones: It’s frustrating, to say the least, when good whisky is diluted by the ice that chills it. Whiskey Stones to the rescue. Handcrafted from Vermont soapstone, this set of nine, properly chilled for four hours in a freezer, offers the right temperature and the right consistency for the holy water. $19.99.

New York in a Bag: A charming set of building blocks fashioned to resemble such architectural New York city icons as the Chrysler Building, the Guggenheim and MoMA’s original 1939 structure. From the MoMA store at $19.99.

Cocktail coupes: Exploring Westchester County’s Rivertowns — Ossining, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry — this summer, we happened upon a very nice rummage sale at the Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry. Lots of take could have been had, but we settled on a nice little set of vintage coupe glasses. For $2, they were a bargain. You can shell out a bit more at CB2 for adequate stand-ins. $5.95 each.

Olivewood cheese server: There’s no denying it. Ed and Mrs. F. have yet to find a piece of artisanal cheese they couldn’t palate. They often enjoy their curd on this olivewood cheese server from Williams-Sonoma, a gift from Mrs. F.’s grandmother. $59.

Cast iron grill: While we love Weber’s Smokey Joe, it pales in comparison to this hearty cast-iron offering from Lodge Cast Iron Cookware. Made with pride in the great southern state of Tennessee. $139.95.

Stanley Thermos: For the early morning call when you’re hitting the trail, the slopes or the road, keep your caffeinated fuel warm with this Stanley thermos, an undeniable American classic. My grandfather used one and so, too, should you. $48 from Urban Outfitters.

Books and stationery
Colonel Roosevelt“Colonel Roosevelt”: Edmund Morris’ third volume in his epic biography of Theodore Roosevelt. It’s worth re-reading “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,” (1979) and “Theodore Rex,” (2001) in anticipation. Morris looks at the last chapters of the 26th president of the United States. From $19.25 at

“40: A Doonesbury Retrospective”: It wouldn’t be an gift list with out a coffee-table book. Take home this one for the reader in your life. A 40-year retrospective of Doonesbury, the iconic strip by Saranac Lake’s own Garry Trudeau. From $59 at

“Coming home to Glory”: David Eisenhower’s memoir of life with his father Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States. A must for every baby-boomer father. From $18.48 from

Moleskine notebooks: For writing, for jotting, for doodling. Can’t get enough of these tough little buggers. Made in Italy. $9.95 for a set of three from the MoMA store.

BELTS | Coming soon to a Brewer Bookstore near you

ScarletandBrownBeltKnot Belt Co.’s Scarlet and Brown belt, created exclusively for the St. Lawrence University Alumni Executive Council’s SaintsWear line.

As many readers now, I have the privilege of serving as secretary of the St. Lawrence Alumni Executive Council, the 40-member governing body of the University’s Alumni Association.

The Council, which funds a range of programs for current St. Lawrence students and supports activities for alumni, raises funds through an affinity credit card and SaintsWear, a growing line of Scarlet and Brown clothing and accessories. SaintsWear is sold via the Brewer Bookstore, St. Lawrence’s college store.

The newest addition to the line — which already includes a Barbarian rugby shirt, Louis Garneau cycling jerseys, SmartTurnout socks and accessories from Sara Langley — is a belt designed by this writer and Nick Mannella, proprietor of Knot Belt Co.

You may remember Mannella — we did a profile interview last fall. Nick is also a Laurentian and graduated from St. Lawrence in 2006.

The belt features four St. Lawrence motifs: An Adirondack chair, evergreens, the University shield and the clocktower of Sykes Residence Hall.

It will retail at $38 and should be available online later this month. In the meantime, you can order your belt directly from Knot.

Note: The classic St. Lawrence Leather Man Ltd. belt is not being discontinued.

BOOKS | ‘Take Ivy,’ at last

TakeIvy‘Take Ivy,’ the iconic collection of photography that is considered a bible of classic American style.

At last. For those of us unwilling to tender bids of as much as $1,000 on eBay, there is salvation. ‘Take Ivy,’ the iconic collection of photographs that is considered by many as the bible of traditional American style, is at last available for the masses. My copy arrived in today’s mail.

At $24.95, the book, published yesterday by Powerhouse Books, is an affordable winner. Originally published in Japan in 1965 by Fujingahosha, the venerable magazine concern, ‘Take Ivy’ is a journalistic exercise. Photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida and reporters Shosuke Ishizu, Toshiyuki Kurosu and Hajime Hasegawa. In their forward, the authors write:

… Here is a report entitled “Everything About the Ivy League” with photos that our team of reporters collected during our one-month fact-finding trip.

As the name suggests, the classic buildings on Ivy League campuses are literally adorned with green ivy. Tranquil school grounds are covered in lush grass. Dormitory lights remain lit until late at night. Classrooms are compact to accommodate a small, but elite group of brilliant students. The vast dining halls accommodate hundreds of hungry students at one time. Our camera successfully captured scenes of typical and beautiful American campuses in both lively and tranquil times.

Each Ivy Leaguer wears clothes in his own way while maintaining an appropriate student look. The meaning of freedom can be found in what the students wear at their residential campuses. [We] believe that this book serves an invaluable documentary of appropriate dress codes on campuses. …

‘Take Ivy’ accomplishes that mission, but we already knew that. Several excellent blogs, including The Trad and A Continuous Lean., posted images from the original Japanese editions ages ago. Men of Dartmouth, Brown and Princeton figure most prominently, as do a lovely collection of ‘old boys’ navigating the concrete and granite canyons of Manhattan.

I suppose the joy of the book is that it’s a book, by which I mean that I still enjoy the process of turning pages and assessing photography as editors intended. On the whole, I would say it’s the third-best catalog of 1960s photographs I own, behind Slim Aarons’ oeuvre and Bill Eppridge’s “As it Was: Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties.”

One disappointment is that the color reproduction seems poor, especially when compared with the images I’ve enjoyed at the aforementioned blogs. I’m sort of motivated to splurge for an original copy to make a comparison. For example, in the scans I’ve seen elsewhere online, the Dartmouth green is decidedly green. In the Powerhouse edition, it often seems black. Still, other frames, particularly in the section on Bermuda shorts, seem to reproduce beautifully.

The glossaries, on the upside, are charming. They include brief discussions of the Eight, anecdotes about the raising of Old Glory over each campus, President Kennedy and the the tradition of working and playing hard. The Japanese authors also offer a dissertation on Ivy League vehicles that includes a note on the 1960s obsession with vintage vehicles.

And, finally, of course, is an outline on traditional style, at its apex in 1965. Going barefoot, school colors and madras are all discussed in brief before the authors present a nice little guide to the wardrobe essentials.

So, reproduction issues aside, get thee to a bookstore!

‘Take Ivy’
Powerhouse Books
First English Edition, 2010

DUDS | For Canadiana, it’s Red Canoe

RedCanoeBlanketThis blanket, inspired by the Royal Canadian Mounted and Northwest Mounted Police, is on offer at Red Canoe.

Leif Skodnick Contributing Writer

The other night, longing for the cool summer nights of the north and wanting to procrastinate against having to read more cases for law school, I happened to discover the website of Red Canoe Brands, a clothing company founded by Georgian Bay native Dax Wilkinson that focuses on Canadiana and aviation-themed apparel and accessories.

Those that know me know that, while able to dress up for nearly any event, my personal fashion sense tends toward the polo/sweatshirt/jeans mode, a more rugged yet not earthy look that what this website’s editor tends to favor.

That said, Red Canoe’s stuff is, in a word, tight. Since I live in a climate where I seldom need to wear more than a sweatshirt, the RCAF full-zip sweatshirt would more than meet my need for winter outerwear. It’s the right color (my girlfriend, and likely anyone who knows me well, will tell you that the vast majority of my clothing is blue,) and has a clean but gentle military look, with the Royal Canadian Air Force roundel on the right shoulder and the Canada rocker and Maple Leaf emblem on the left.

If you happen to be a hat guy (or girl, personally, I like chicks that wear hats,) Red Canoe has a vast selection of hats featuring the roundels of the U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force (a maple leaf replaces the red dot of the RAF roundel,) and the Royal Australian Air Force, where a kangaroo replaces the maple leaf. Also notable are a hat featuring the 1970s era CBC “gem” logo, which most know as that absurd exploding circle thing on the left of the score bug during Hockey Night In Canada, hats featuring the flags of all 10 provinces and three territories, and several provincial Trans-Canada Highway logos.

Equally sharp looking, if perhaps a tad pricey, are the canvas bags adorned with the logos of the RCAF and the Royal Canadian and Northwest Mounted Police. The larger kit bag, which resembles the boxy shape of a hockey bag with sewn webbing straps and a brass zipper, would be good for trips to the cottage or a weekend roadie, while the shoulder bag would be great for carrying books across campus, unless you’re a law student and have to wrestle 1,000+ page casebooks on a daily basis.

Red Canoe has a unique, sharp-looking product line that any Canadaphile would enjoy.
Red Canoe Brands

DUDS| Thinking thin this spring with vintage ties

thinkthinI picked these three vintage Brooks Brothers ties up at a vintage shop in Tucson. They’re likely from the very late 1950s or early 1960s.

Tucson was a revelation in a number of ways. Besides being enchanted by the scrub and saguaros of the Sonoran desert and the rollicking factory of fun that is the Hotel Congress, I was struck by how sophisticated and cosmopolitan the place was. This surely has something to do with the University of Arizona, but the types we saw on our four-day tear through the place seemed a bit more interesting that your average beer-slugging undergraduate.

If it were a math problem, it might be sorted out this way: Burlington, Vt.+Williamsburg, Brooklyn+Desert=Tucson. In short, it was crawling with hipsters. Say what you will about those champions of ironic kitsch, they support economies of good taste. All along Fourth Avenue, which runs from the University district to the city center, are terrific vintage shops, bookstores, saloons and restaurants of every sort. No tourist trap, Fourth Avenue simply has some really great stuff.

Among the best of that stuff is How Sweet It Was, a remarkably thorough vintage and thrift shop. I don’t normally go in for vintage stores — in the metro market, they’re often terribly overpriced. Not so with How Sweet it Was, where I spent a half-hour combing through the tie rack. I came up for air with three selections, all from Brooks Brothers and all thin, clocking in at 2 and 1/2 inches wide. One is paisley, another foulard and a third striped shantung. I’d date the trio to about 1958 to 1966 or so. They’re terrific and, at about $9 each, they were at a price point I could accept.

As I was checking out, the especially hip clerk asked me if I was a fan of “Mad Men.” When I replied in the affirmative, she went on to complain that Betty Draper’s character had been overdone in the second and third seasons and that she hoped season four would focus more squarely on Sterling Cooper Draper Price.

Thin ties have been on my mind all spring. Brooks revived a number of striped patterns in its spring collection and has since added a nice range of madras offerings. J. Crew is in the thin game, too, and has been since they got interested in knit ties a few seasons ago. And, of course, Gitman Bros., the made-in-the-U.S.A. shirt maker, has launched a lovely line of thin madras ties that take a cue from the company’s Vintage shirt line.

Though none of the old Brooks ties I bought are especially summery, I don’t particularly care. They’ll still make the rotation. Instead of latching on to a revival, I’ve gotten my hands on the real deal.

How Sweet It Was
419 N. 4th Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85705
(520) 623-9854

BOOKS| ‘Take Ivy’ re-release available for preorder

Take IvyThe cover overleaf of “Take Ivy,” a collection of photographs taken of the 1960s that focus on Ivy League style.

Aficionados of classic American style rejoice: “Take Ivy,” the coveted photographic collection is due to be released, it seems.

As was earlier reported tonight over at Ask Andy, the compendium of photographs taken on Ivy League campuses by Japanese photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida in 1960s is now available for preorder at An August 31 release is set for the title, which is currently on offer for $24.95.

The book, authored by Kensuke Ishizu, Toshiyuki Kurosu and Moto Hasegawa, was first published in 1965 and has since been released a couple of times. The book, whose title plays on Dave Brubeck’s classic “Take Five,” plays on the Japanese affinity for both jazz and classic American style. It remains unclear if the book’s text will be translated to English but no matter. The photographs, which you can explore over at The Trad, speak volumes themselves about enduring style.

To give you a sense of both perceived value and demand for the book, I turned up a used copy this evening for $2,000. This reprint is welcome news for the thrifty.

“Take Ivy”
From $24.95

GEAR | Old Moriarty hat has enduring Olympic spirit

Moriarty hatThis Moriarty-style hat was made for the Lake Placid games.

In 10 days the games of the XXI Winter Olympiad will begin in Vancouver. As we are every four years, Mrs. F. and I anxious for their arrival. While we call the wilds of the suburban jungle home, our hearts are still anchor in Lake Placid, the only city to host the Winter Games twice. As longtime readers know, I’ve got a penchant for relics from Lake Placid’s Olympiads and this old Moriarty-style hat is the latest acquisition in my collection.

Moriarty, of course, was a Stowe, Vermont institution. Founded in 1956, the family business became a cottage industry, churning out hats and sweaters for generations of skiers. It died rather quietly in the course of the last few years. I don’t know if this hat is a Moriarty — there is no tag — but is exactly the same in design. The center-peak ski hat is a little dated but I plan on rocking this bad boy during the Vancouver games to support the dozen Placidians and Saranac Lakers who will compete.

Much more on the Olympics TK.

FIND | Celebrate your literary heritage, casually

TshirtThis shirt from Out of Print celebrates Fitzgerald’s “Tales of the Jazz Age.”

“Atlas Shrugged.” “Moby Dick.” “1984.” “Of Mice and Men.” Classics of American literature, they’ve become enshrined on a new line of T-Shirts.

Resolved to “celebrate literature through fashion,” the shirts come from Out of Print of Brooklyn. Distressed and softened for comfort, Out of Print’s line pays tribute to classic works of literature and would make the perfect shirt for any English major who spends Sunday morning lost in the folds of the Book Review.

The shirts are graphically beautiful. John Held Jr.’s cover for “Tales of the Jazz Age” is a classic, as are the covers of “Of Mice and Men,” “Lolita,” and “Wisdom of the Heart.” For $28, you’re not only getting a wonderful shirt, you’re also sending a book to Africa, as Out of Print has partnered with Books for Africa.

GIFTS| The 2009 holiday list

FWaterFallingwater, the centerpiece of LEGO’s new Architecture series. See below.

With only nine days until Christmas, you’d better hustle to get all the presents you need for all the dear friends and relatives on your list.

Here are some gift recommendations from your writer:

• Ceramic New York City coffee cup: Iconic and happily non-disposable, this ceramic version of New York’s ubiquitous coffee cup preserves the classic 1963 design while being friendly to the environment. $12.

McAllan• MacAllan Cask Strength Single-Malt Whisky: We got into this the other night after a party and we probably shouldn’t have. With notes of cheese and chocolates, it’s a tasty aperitif. From $55 at your local liquor store.

• Monogrammed double old-fashioneds: Serve your cocktails in style with these terrific glasses from Buffalo’s Pitt Petri. $45 for a set of 4.

• Newburyport seat: Designed in 1928 for use in rumble seats, this wooden folding seat is a design classic. Crazy Creeks, so popular in camping circles, owe their design heritage to this beauty. $54.99.

• Wooden backgammon set: While we don’t play nearly often enough, Mrs. F. and I love our wooden backgammon set. The granddaddy of all board games, it’s well worth learning. $68.99.

• Personalized cheese server: We received one of these as a wedding present and it’s one of our favorite serving pieces. Perfect for preserving a beautiful triple cream, this covered glass piece will serve you and yours for years. $49.

Tote• Filson log tote: My father won’t relinquish his old canvas L.L. Bean tote, so I’ll have to settle for this terrific Filson product. $69.50.

• LEGO Fallingwater set: Embrace your inner child while paying tribute to an architectural triumph. LEGO’s architecture series is geared toward nearing-30 former LEGOheads like your writer. $99.

• Adirondack Pillow: With designs that summon the beauty of postcards from the 1930s and 1940s, Catstudio’s line captures the spirits of states, parks and resorts around the country. While we’re particularly fond of the Adirondacks, Catstudio is sure to have products for your favorite destination. $149.

• Monogrammed matchbooks: Calling cards in their own way, these are a great little mementos. I’ve relied on Party Basics, a Buffalo firm, for these for years. You won’t be disappointed. $31 for a case of 100 books.

• Hudson’s Bay Blanket: Winter’s here and well, warmth is key. Nothing will keep you warmer than a Hudson’s Bay Blanket. An investment, to be sure, but a very, very good one. $349.

• Grosgrain watch straps: From the source, Central Watch Station, a wonderful watch-repair and retail kiosk in the 45th Street Passage of Grand Central Terminal, these nylon ribbon bands are classics. Easy to clean and comfortable, they’ve been a staple for me since the mid-1990s. Five for $29.95.

• Filson vest: A perfect, traditional layer for a cold day in the Adirondacks or anywhere else. $105.

Socks• Collegiate socks: Show your school pride with these cozy cotton socks from Smart Turnout in Britain. $24.

• Ribbon Belt from Knot Clothing: Tie a bit of whimsy around a loved one’s waist with a made-in-New-England belt from Knot Clothing. They’re a sure bet. $35.

• Zippered cigarette bag: For your smokes, your phone or that notepad where you store your Don-Draperesque ideas, this bag is it. From the recently-launched ACL and Co. line from A Continuous Lean.’s Michael Williams, it’s based on a World War II U.S. Army-issue sack that kept GIs’ luckies dry and toasted. $32.50.

• Caravan aviators from Ray-Ban: When my father served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the 1970s, he wore Caravan-shaped eyeglasses and sunglasses. Keep your retinas healthy with a pair of these American icons. $119.

• Mad Bomber: The warmest hat I’ve ever owned is a navy-blue Mad Bomber I got as a present about 12 years ago. Lined with rabbit fur, it’ll keep your noggin and your ears better than warm. The Mad Bomber is an absolute must for winter.

Hat• Dale of Norway hat: If fur hats aren’t your thing, then you might opt for the Dale of Norway Vail hat. Show your support for the U.S. Ski Team. $49.

• Barbarian Rugby Shirts: The perfect alternative to that ratty sweathshirt you should have retired during the Clinton Administration, the Barbarian Rugby shirt is one of the best thing that’s ever happened to me. The St. Lawrence version, sales of which benefit the Alumni Association, can be had here. $59.95.

Reads and other media
Pano• San Francisco Panorama: Newspaper loves everywhere are singing the praises of the Panorama, a one-time print paper from the folks at McSweeney’s. Bringing together some of the best writers, designers and artists working today, the Panorama is a celebration of the power of print. $16.

• “The National Parks”: Ken Burns’ latest opus is comprehensive and, if nothing else, a love letter to some of the nation’s greatest natural treasures. From $69.

• “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”:Exploring the value of enduring charm of the city’s neighborhood businesses, authors James and Karla Murray shed light on an increasingly endangered species. $65.

• “Neil Leifer: Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Baseball”:
The glorious photographs of Neil Leifer, taken in the heyday of America’s pastime, are sights to behold. A must for sports and photogrpahy buffs alike. From $27.

• “Bullet Park”: John Cheever’s 1969 novel about the lives of two suburban men, one named Hammer and the other Nailles, will seem a bit familiar to fans of “Mad Men,” as both the author and the book have inspired parts of the hit television drama series. From $10.

• “The Speakeasies of 1932″: Al Hirschfeld’s atlas of New York’s watering holes in the final year of Prohibition is a must for any cocktail fan or lover of the old city. It’s a favorite of mine and always gets pulled off the coffee table when guests visit. Complete with cocktail recipes. From $24.95.

• “Mad Men”: Season Three: While it’s not yet available, you can pre-order your DVDs of the third season of television’s finest show. $31.99.

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