No fall uniform is complete without a crisp oxford shirt. Taylor Stitch proudly designs, cuts, and sews its smart button-downs in California, where the label is based. Ranging from prim poplins to mellow Madras, each shirt features Massachusetts-made interfacing, domestically spun thread, and buttons derived from Amazonian corozo nuts.
GIVE A HOOT
Hit the library stacks in a cozy jacquard cardigan by Knowledge Apparel. Made from 100 percent organic cotton and emblazoned with a quirky parliament of owls, the shawl-collar topper invokes wisdom with panache.
GET A LEG UP
A good pair of slacks are great for dressing up or down and Bonobos’s boot-cut chinos are sure to please. Fitted with a curved waistband to ameliorate bunching and lined with a preppy gingham fabric, the NYC-made khakis come in four different inseams so you can wear ’em out of the box.
PUT A CORK IN IT
Leather belts are the undoubted leader on the pant-hoisting front, but they’re as ubiquitous as they are nondescript. Cliff’s line of 100 percent cork belts add a refreshing patina to the wardrobe staple. Plus, each belt is reversible and machine-washable, which is more than we can say for cowhide.
Trade those ratty sneakers for a modern, cruelty-free take on the traditional work boot. Fairly constructed in Portugal by Novacas for Brave GentleMan, each shoe comprises high-quality faux leather, a moccasin toe, and a durable lightweight sole that’s built to last.
TOPO OF THE MORNING
Corral pens, books, mash notes, and more in Topo Design’s daypack. Each one is handmade in an LEED-certified workshop in Colorado from 100-denier Cordura, a coated packcloth liner, reinforced straps, and military-grade-steel hardware. Bonus: Leather lash tags make it easy to secure extra gear or a bike light.