Another stop on our summer tour was the famous Nebraska roadside attraction, Carhenge. This quintesentially American attraction is a replica of Stonehenge erected by artist Jim Reinders as as a tribute to his father, who farmed the land on which Carhenge was erected. Unable to import the same henges from England, Reinders used junked cars instead. All irony aside, Carhenge has a singular mystical quality that stands as a lasting comment on American car culture. To bridge the fashion gap between mystical awe and Nebraska Sandhills cowboy attire, we chose the Alberto Double-dyed Vintage Twill jeans, which made the transition to a cafe in nearby Alliance, Nebraska an easy one.
So what’s a guy who uses reading glasses gonna do?
Enter the Eye Loop, a sleek update of the nerdalicious pocket protector of the FORTRAN era. The Eye Loop is a small, stainless steel loop that attaches to your shirt via a non-destructive little magnet, allowing you to hang your glasses from your shirt, even if you don’t have a pocket to protect.
It’s freakin’ brilliant! Now you can look fabulous and get your nerd on at the same time. Or at least read the menu and order the Osso Bucco instead of the Orso Bruno. Although, well, we’d take both. Buy the Eye Loop now on our web site. It will be the best twenty bucks you spend this week.
Stone Rose’s fall collection is out. Sorry for the delay in adding them to our web site, but it took us a while to pick our jaws up off the floor.
These are some of the designer’s finest shirts yet. Their cotton fabrics have a crispness that contradicts how absolutely sweet they feel when you put them on. The best of both worlds, we’d say. We’re also impressed by the deepness of the colors: Stone Rose combines cobalts, reds, purples and blacks in striking patterns that look fantastic on their own, or layered.
We took our intrepid Alberto Pants bulls to another place we love, Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho. As amazing as this place is for skiers in the winter, we found the summer enchanting! Warm days, cool nights, great food, superb mountain biking, fishing, hiking — what’s not to like?
Robert Graham has released a limited edition shirt for fall called Toffer Man. We’ve been marveling at the shirt since it arrived at His Favorite Shirt a few weeks ago. You might say it’s become a favorite. But one of our Shirt Guys wondered, “Who the hell is Toffer Man?” There was no description on the shirt tag. Robert Graham’s catalog wasn’t much help, either.
So we started searching for clues to explain this mystery.
Another of our Shirt Guys offered, “James Joyce. He used the word ‘toffer’ in Finnegans Wake. Or maybe it was Ulysses. And if he didn’t, he should have.” But no, not Joyce. We searched, we struck out.
Another Shirt Guy said, “Dudes. Toffer is, like, the Swedish rapper. Must be him. He’s pretty badass, like the shirt.” It is possible Toffer rocks Robert Graham’s “Toffer Man” under his hoody, but there’s no proof.
The usual Internet sources lead us down an alley we’d rather not visit. According to slang dictionaries, “toffer” appears in Victorian times as a pretty serious insult, variously referring to prostitutes, or fundamentally useless guys. Urban Dictionary offers up this puddle of wonderfulness as a definition:
1. A useless, pathetic individual who has more woes than friends. He deliberatley [sic] annoys people to an extent, in which the victims are nearly forced to assault him. A Toffer generally has no talents yet is in belief that he is a young form of god. He also talks as if he is a private businessman, yet he has attended special ed schools his entire life.
So, we wondered, let’s assume Urban Dictionary is correct. Why would Robert Graham ever name a shirt “Toffer Man?” Especially a limited edition shirt? We had a brilliant idea: contact Robert Graham. It turns out that there are collectors of Robert Graham shirts out there (no surprise). Some of them collect a lot of Robert Graham shirts. And the designer occasionally invites their big collectors to name shirts. That’s the case with “Toffer Man.” Unfortunately, but understandably, Robert Graham is not going to go out of the way to publicly identify these people, so we were unable to contact the collector who came up with “Toffer Man.” The mystery continued.
The James Joyce Shirt Guy, who searched the entire text of Finnegans Wake and Ulysses for the nonexistent usage of “toffer,” had a brilliant idea: The Oxford English Dictionary. And there we found it. The perfect definition to fit this incredible shirt. OK, it applies to the word “toff,” but close enough. The OED says “toff” can be “Sometimes applied in compliment to a person who behaves ‘handsomely’.” And then it cites a 1906 newspaper article from The Daily Chronicle
One of the witnesses…spoke of a generous employer as ‘a regular toff.’ ‘Toff’ is perhaps the highest compliment, or the bitterest sneer, according to the tone, that a man who does not make any pretence to magnificence can aim at a man who does.
Love it! Not only does the shirt “Toffer Man” make pretence to magnificence, it nails magnificence right between the eyes. The noirish tone of the print combines with the embroidered dead-guy fiddle player, and the luxurious collar details to push “Toffer Man” right over the top. And the embroidered “Rats, the Musical,” inside the cuffs?
That’s another mystery.
While we’re researching it, check this track from Toffer. Or just order the shirt.
Sometimes, the middle of nowhere is definitely somewhere.
We took our Alberto bulls to one of our favorite places, Oregon’s remote, pristine Steens Mountain. At the base is the tiny town of Frenchglen, pop. 11.
The Frenchglen Hotel was built in 1917 and is now operated by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, which preserves the hotel as a historic site. The proprietors, John and Kelly, served us a delicious cowboy breakfast of flapjacks and bacon. We were rocking a pair of Alberto Klassik T400 Denim jeans, which are as at home in cowboy country as they are on the dance floor.
Alberto pants’ slogan, appropriately, is “Pants We Love.”
At HFS we decided that we were overdue for a classic American summer road trip. So we’re packing pants we love (ahem, that would be Albertos) and hitting the road to some places we love. The Alberto bulls are coming with.
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Buying our men’s shirts can be like buying a work of art. They are all limited edition with specific design elements which are one of a kind. This being said, our shirts sometimes cost a pretty penny. These shirts are an investment. They make a statement and should last as long as you need them to. So in this blog, we will help you care for your shirt the way that they are intended to be taken care of, to ensure your shirt retains its beauty.
Surprisingly enough, many of our shirts can be machine washed! In fact, all but Robert Graham and Bugatchi Uomo say they can be machine washed.
The key to remember is to wash according to the material. Cotton, more often than not, can be machine washed on a cold cycle. Cotton can also be washed in warm water, but shrinking can occur as well as bleeding dyes. We always recommend washing your shirts in cold water because warm water can weaken the fabric fibers in the long run.
Silks, linens, and blends containing these fibers should be hand-washed because these fibers can be more delicate than cotton. Cold water is always recommended for these shirts.
As far as drying goes, the safest bet is to hang dry your shirt. More heat and more agitation will weaken the fibers and sometimes cause discoloration with the dye or buttons. That being said, sometimes a shirt comes out of the washer wrinkled or will dry stiff, but a good steam (not press) will return the shirt back to its glory.
Ultimately, the people who know how to take care of your shirt the best are the ones who made it, so check the label.
Hopefully these tips will help you care for your shirt in the proper way to ensure its long life!