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    I was going through yesterday's 5 Favorites article on Dappered, as well as some of the archived ones, and it got me thinking about what my 5 Favorites would be. So I thought I'd share mine and open things up for other people to talk about theirs - as with the Dappered feature, your Favorites aren't limited to clothes but can be just about anything you want to share. Photos are a bonus but not required.

    Here are mine, in no particular order:

    Schnee's Hunter Boots

    I love cold. I love snow. I love winter. I love every kind of winter activity you can imagine, from skiing to snowshoeing to just shoveling the driveway. But I don't love walking around with icicles for feet, or wearing cheesy "tech" snow boots. Instead of the usual Bean-style pac boots, I prefer to go with a pair made by Schnee's, a company based right in my hometown.

    Chloe tie circa 1996

    A tie like this isn't for everyone. The floral pattern is decidedly dainty and far from modern. Still, I love this tie. My mom bought it for me when she was in London in 1996 (I'm still not sure why, as I was all of 10 years old at the time). I'll wear it with a suit every now and then, but my favorite way to wear it is to balance it with something overtly masculine like a racer jacket or a flannel shirt with dark jeans and tough-guy boots.

    Leatherman tool

    Another sentimental favorite. My dad is a retired Marine and volunteer fireman whose wardrobe consists of patched-up flannel shirts and Carhartts. As a result I don't really stand to inherit much from him in terms of clothing. But he did give me his Leatherman tool, engraved with his name, which I can carry with me every day. Pictured next to the Benchmade knife given to me by my brother.

    The French Chef with Julia Child

    Being an adult means knowing basic things like how to cook, but simply knowing how to cook isn't the same as loving it. I found cooking stressful and slightly intimidating until I started to watch Julia Child's classic The French Chef. She's goofy, personable, highly intelligent, unglamorous, and mostly unscripted - in other words, the polar opposite of today's TV personalities. She made a name for herself showing disgruntled '60s housewives how to love cooking again, but she is just as relevant today.

    Stormy Kromer hat

    This is another piece of winter apparel that I love. Unlike so many cheap acrylic winter hats, this wool and cotton one has a bit of turn-of-the-century charm as well as a brim to keep the sun out of my eyes and a flap to protect my ears from freezing wind.



    nice idea. I went to school at MSU



      Great idea and really tough to narrow it down to just 5. For me it would need to be stables that I just would not want to live with out and make my life easier, or me look better.

      1. Verizon Iphone 4.

      I have been a smartphone user since the early 2000's. I have owned a phone on nearly every OS, and the Iphone is by far the best.

      2. Timberland Earthkeeper Chukkas

      A recent pick up from Bonobos that I got for free after $50 worth of half off gift certificates and the $50 first time purchase. I have only worn them a few times since I bought them, but they are super comfortable and versatile enough to go with either jeans or chinos for business casual.

      3. Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic

      I have wanted a automatic watch for the longest time and when I found one of these in brand new condition for $300 I jumped on it. A great addition to my watch collection

      4. LEC gray cardigan

      I was told at a young age that conservative style never goes out of fashion. The cardigan is a stable in any man's cool weather wardrobe, and this is a fine example at an amazing price.

      5. The new Kindle Touch

      I don't have it yet, but as much as I read I see this as something that will be carried with me where ever I go.



        1) Gum. Currently this gum, which I consider to be the best ever made:

        2) Good greek yoghurt. If you are buying it from a supermarket, there is very little chance it is a good one. Get ye to a Mediterranean market or deli and look for stuff they are calling labneh or yogurt-cheese. This one is excellent:
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        3) Onitsuka Tiger ultimate 81's. I run in them until they are pretty dead, then switch them in for ultra casual street wear. I love my Grey/KW storm ones.[email protected]/2433220575/

        4) Beef Jerky. I make my own, using Alton Brown's recipe which is available here:

        No, I don't use the box fans. Not hardcore enough for that. I have a dehydrator.

        5) COFFEE!!!! Any kind, as long as it comes in a whole bean. I like flavored the best. My favorite kinds are from a local place that roasts their own:



          Wow, so almost all of my favorites are edible. Since this is an apparel blog, I'll mention some clothing items too. Gray military jacket from Old Navy, gray plaid flannel scarf from H&M, glasses from Warby parker (I have the Zagg model)



            BenR, I don't have five favorites off-hand, but I DO want to say that I think that tie is sweet. I want one.



              @ Ben - Go 'Cats!

              @ bremersm - I'm totally jealous of your Hamilton. I'm not one to spend big bucks on pricey watches, but I've made a promise to myself to buy a Jazzmaster after graduating law school and getting my first (real lawyer) job. IF that ever happens. Also, I've been eyeballing the new Kindle Fire. Might be on my Christmas wish list.

              @ Big_Scooter - There's nothing wrong with loving food. I almost put my little $50 portable grill on my list since it's so useful and convenient.

              @ MagM - Thanks man, I feel like it's a tie that people will either love or hate. But just as real men wear pink, real men wear florals, too. :-)

              Keep the lists coming, it's fun to see what people's favorite things are!




                @Big_Scooter, I am of middle eastern decent, and I always have a tub of Labneh in my fridge. In fact I had some this morning for breakfast lol. I love my cultured foods Cant do without it.




                  I went with the H325150. White face with silver case. It came with a brown leather band. I bought a black band to put on it. It is a great dress watch. If you want to compare it to something I would also look at the Tissot Visodate.



                    This was harder than expected. I had a list of about 10 that I narrowed down. Each of my items is pictured in this album:


                    Links to the product pages are also posted where available. In no particular order:

                    1. Kenton Sorenson Leather Dopp Kit. Expensive, but I got it as a gift and I love it. Having owned it for awhile, I would spend the money on it. But that is just me.


                    2. Sperry Top Sider suede boat shoe. They have quietly become one of my favorite pieces. I wear them all the time. I'm not sure if these are quite the same, but they are close.

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                    3. Banana Republic shawl collar toggle cardigan. Thick, cable knit 100% wool. Elbow patches. The whole deal. I wear this often in place of a jacket. Closer photo attempting to show the detail of the pattern and cable knit. Can't find online, from a couple years ago.

                    4. Duluth Pack large sportsmans duffel in khaki. Made in USA, lifetime warranty. And just look at it. I love this bag.


                    5. Red Wing Iron Rangers. Look better now than the day I bought them (a few years ago). A bit scuffed up as I haven't oiled them in awhile. Can take a beating and the leather cleans up nearly perfectly.


                    I'm getting the sense that my new AE Daltons will make their way into this list soon.

                    "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano



                      @ Greg_S, that duffel is nice. I've been waiting for an affordable Saddleback duffel alternative and this may be the next best thing. The Dopp Kit is also interesting. For those of us (me?) that can't pull the trigger on that, I bet it wouldn't be too hard to make something using the resources Glen posted in the belt thread.

                      My Measurements: 6' 1" height, 35" sleeves, 41-42" chest/jacket, 35" waist, 34" inseam, 11.5D/EEE shoes, 200 lbs



                        @ Yacko, I'm fairly certain that Duluth pack also makes an all leather duffel. I'm not sure how the price would compare to saddleback, but it would still probably be cheaper.

                        "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano



                          Yeah, just looked. The Duluth pack is $200 cheaper for all leather than saddleback for a larger bag. Makes me want another bag...


                          "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano



                            I have avoided this thread becasue its too tough to think but I am gizmo freak...

                            1) Ipad 2

                            2) Iphone 4 Jailbroker and unlocked

                            3) Samsung Netbook

                            4) Tweed driving cap

                            5) gigham anything (this ones a copout cuz i just couldnt narrow selection down to one thing) lol

                            "The key to Success is the Quality of Execution"



                              Yeah, same here, but okay, I'll give it a shot:

                              1) iPhone 4 - it does everything for me from directions to weather to gaming when I have to sit and wait or just need a break

                              2) Rayban RB3343 Sunglasses - I may look this Christmas for another pair of sunglasses that are more "vintage" looking to go with my look, but for the last couple years these have been on me every day the sun is out. I have a tough time finding sunglasses that look good on my face, but these do.

                              3) A driving cap - I have a couple I switch out based on the color of my outerwear, but I usually have one of them

                              4) My Cole Haan Chestnut plain-toe oxfords - This is where the obsession began like 5 months ago. I fell in love with these shoes and had to have them, then I had to figure out how to dress well enough to go with them.

                              5) Macbook Pro - Okay, so I have one at work and one at home... and another old one at home... So maybe I wouldn't have to grab one in case of fire, but it'd be on my short list.

                              @Maxman, where'd you get the tweed driving cap? I'm looking for one in a nice mid-brown to go with my overcoat