Online retailer and Oakland boutique Standard & Strange presents three gifts perfect for the important men in your life this Valentine’s Day.
Known for carefully curating their selection of high-quality menswear, and for putting an emphasis on sourcing, style and craftsmanship, Standard & Strange’s Valentine’s gift guide is sure to make every guy smile this February.
The quintessential Filson luggage item, their Original Briefcase is made in the USA from a water-repellent, 22oz oil finish 100% cotton twill fabric, with Bridle Leather straps and brass hardware. Well within the requirements for carry-on luggage with any airline, the Original Briefcase has enough built-in organization to keep your essentials in order, but not so much as to prevent you fitting larger items if needs be, and has a removable Bridle Leather shoulder strap for ease of carrying.
Says Standard & Strange co-owner Jeremy Smith, “This is the briefcase for guys--refined enough to take to the office, and sturdy enough for a lifetime of use. Timeless, durable, and handsome; it is consistently a favorite for our guys. We also use them, and love them, too. Upgrade that free messenger bag from GoogleTwitBook to a grown-up bag.”
Sometimes, you just need a simple thing – devoid of bells & whistles, and designed to perform it’s appointed duties effectively, and with no fuss. So, when we set out to design a wallet that would bear our name, this ethos, coupled with our love of American-made goods, led us straight to a group of craftsmen in Ohio and, after a couple of design revisions, to this simple, functional bifold wallet. With space for up to 8 cards, plus your actual cash money, it’s roomy enough to carry your essentials, but small enough to sit comfortably in your pocket.
JS: “We wanted to offer a solid basic wallet, and couldn’t find an American made wallet that we loved, so we made our own, working with an Amish workshop in Ohio. We start with great tanned-in-USA hides, hand-cut, and machine stitch them to make a great looking wallet that’ll be around for a long time.”
Made, like all of Reigning Champ’s wares, in Vancouver, BC, it features a nickel, full-length zipper, flatlocked seams and contrast taping around the back of the neck and down the front. The fabric is a midweight twill terry, which makes it perfect for either warmer climes or as a layering piece when the air is really chilly. It is cut to a trim, but not tight, fit and has angular ribbed side gussets for freedom of movement, in addition to two front pockets with angled entry.
JS: “Everyone loves a good hoodie, and this one is the best we’ve seen. The fit, fabrication, and details are all on point. My personal hoodie from their factory is going on 8 years old.”
All three picks, plus many more, are available online at www.standardandstrange.com or at their Oakland store: 484C 49th Street, Oakland, CA 94609.
ABOUT STANDARD & STRANGE
Founded in 2012, Standard & Strange began as a small-scale operation with an emphasis on American-made menswear with an eye on quality, style and craftsmanship.
While they carry a select few brands based in Europe or Japan when a comparable product simply is not available from a US source, around 90% of their wares are still proudly made in the USA and this ethos will always remain the heart & soul of the business.
Of course, there are many options for finding well-made menswear, designed to last, but what sets Standard & Strange apart is both their selectiveness in choosing which products to carry, and their excellent customer service. Standard & Strange strives to present customers with a carefully-curated selection of products that they truly believe to be the best in the field.