- Jan 2, 2013
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StyleForum Vendors Gift Recommendations
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Unsure about what to purchase for the holiday season? Tired of buying terrible gifts that wind up in the garbage or shoved in a closet? Sick of gift receipts? Have no fear, StyleForum (no surprise here) comes to the rescue – our affiliates have been generous enough to comb through their stock to find gift recommendations that will work for almost everyone. Worse comes to worse, just keep everything for yourself. That’s the StyleForum spirit.
If you are lucky enough to need a gift for your: Father
1) United Stock Dry Goods Brushed Tartan Flannel
Recommended by Syndey's
I doubt your dad is going to wear this flannel in it’s intended environment – hewing wood, rescuing virgin princesses from grizzly bears, growing an epic beard – but it still looks authentic, and isn’t appearance the only thing that matters?
2) Gustin Denim
Recommeded by Gustin
The phrase “dad jeans” exists for a reason – and I’d wager good money that your dad has a pair of buttugly, faded baggy Levi’s moldering away in his closet somewhere. Break into his dresser and replace those atrocities with a pair of Gustin denim – manufactured in the U.S.A. in small batches, with universal fits and great detailing. The Cone Pima Fire fabric is our pick, but really any of the fabric options will hit it out of the park.
If, in your family "Secret Santa", you drew the name of your: Brother
3) Something in Cashmere
Recommended by eHaberdasher
eHaberdasher specializes in luxury goods at a killer price, and this season they recommend not a specific item, but rather a fabric: cashmere. Cashmere is the ultimate winter luxury fabric, and is great in literally any form – jacket, blanket, polo, and even (washing concerns aside) underwear. You can buy the underwear, we won’t judge.
If you are lucky enough to need to get a gift for your: Son
4) Edward Green Chelsea in Black
Recommended by Skoaktiebolaget
When your son finally decides to stop mooching around your house and get a proper job, he will need a pair of decent dress shoes for his job interviews, and what’s better than a pair of Edward Green Chelsea to make a good first impression? Just imagine how proud you will be when he gets that first job and gets off your couch.
5) Blue Flannel Check Buttondown
Recommended by Breyburn
Appearances can be deceiving. While this check flannel buttondown from Breyburn may look like another shirt, albeit in an interesting pattern, it’s actually a ticket that can transform your son from a dowdy IT geek to the guy people awkwardly approach, visibly nervous, and ask where he got his clothes from. While sadly this shirt can’t help him once he opens his mouth, it’ll make everything up to that point smooth sailing.
If you are lucky (and resilient enough) to need a gift for your: Significant Other
6) Made-to-Measure Flannel Trousers
Recommended by Luxire
Your wife/girlfriend/girl you can’t stop looking at in the coffee shop probably has no idea that an entire world of online made-to-measure services exist, or that these services actually make women’s clothing too. What better way to declare your love (or even your passing interest, in the case of coffee girl) with a custom pair of flannel trousers? Now, how you get the necessary measurements is its own story.
If you have a bit or a lot left over for your: Self
7) Riga Halfzip Hoodie in Grey
Recommended by John + Elliot Co.
There’s hoodies, and then there’s hoodies (imagine fireworks and a cannon going off). Why wear a boring, stretched out $15 hoodie you bought from the campus bookstore seven years ago after sleeping off a rough hangover, when you can upgrade to something that actually looks like you know what you’re doing? Made from American-made French Terry fabric and featuring top-of-the-line RiRi zips – if you don’t know what RiRi means, you should hand in your StyleForum member badge right now – the Riga Halfzip perfectly walks the line between “schlub pullover” and “GQ wannabe who wears a hoodie and a tie.”
8) Bespoke Necktie
Recommended by Passagio Cravatte
What better gift to yourself than a bespoke necktie? This one-of-a-kind tie, made from a vintage hand-printed silk (like all Passagio Cravatte ties) is perfect for any occasion, and can save you from making a bad impression during an important meeting – nobody will notice how ugly your two-sizes-too-large Jos A. Banks suit is, they’ll all be too focused on your magnificent tie.
9) Draper's Cashmere Houndstooth Tie
Recommended by Yellow Hook
Neckties are a personal thing, and it only makes sense to pick one up for yourself when you’re blowing your budget buying gifts for others who are only going to give you Starbucks gift cards in return. My favorite is this Cashmere Houndstooth, made from Draper’s fabric, it manages to scream “winter” and “ballsy corporate hitman” all in one fell swoop.