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GIFTS FOR THE MODERN MAN

With Father’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would offer up some great options for Dad that could work together as well as be great individual gifts.  My choices are targeted for the dad that likes simplicity and quality and prefers to keep his style modern and manly. Father’s Day gifts can be extravagant or inexpensive and fun; I’ve got some great options for both from Shop Bop’s male counterpart, East Dane. Launched just at the end of 2013, East Dane offers a great assortment of fashion and accessories for their male customers including fashion forward options as well more conservative options. Take a look at some of their assortment in my list of gifts for Dad and go and check out more ideas on their website.

Originally published in Japan in 1965 as a collection of candid photographs shot on campuses of America’s elite Ivy League universities, the book focuses on men and their clothes from this era. I always say the Japanese do America better than we do, and this perspective on academic fashion of the 1960′s is a perfect example. I personally love men dressed in classic and preppy styles and looking through this book you could easily think it was from today as the look is so timeless. Buy the book here.

Every man needs his man bag and this is a great option for a briefcase or a day trip bag. Made in the USA, Filson is a great classic brand for men’s travel needs. Crafted by hand from the brand’s industrial-weight, paraffin-treated cotton twill, it features bridle leather trim accents and handles. Buy this bag here.

There is nothing more classic than a pair of Ray-Ban Aviators and I love these with the gold rims and green tint for an update to the classic style. These sunglasses say “Man” to me more than any other style, and channel every man’s inner Steve McQueen. Buy this great pair here.

Made from 13 oz Nihon Menpu japanese selvedge denim, this straight leg version from Baldwin denim will be a special treat to any man looking to improve his modern look. I’m very particular when it comes to men’s denim, and the most important quality is that it is USA made. Buying selvedge denim is an investment that will only wear better over time and will fit a man in all the right ways. Buy this great pair here.

This Australian custom bike shop has a collection of clothing that goes right along with its lifestyle. This tshirt is a fun and inexpensive gift for all the motorcycle lovers out there. Buy it here.

One of my favorite brands for men and women is Rag & Bone and I love this lightweight jacket in army cotton for any man. A perfect season-less layering piece, the style is classic and channels just the right amount of modernity with zip pockets and a brushed weave fabric. On sale for a great price, buy it here.

I love this cuff by Giles & Brother for any man as an accent piece. A bent railroad spike made in brass isn’t too feminine for the manly man and gives him just the right amount of flair. This is a great price for a special piece that could be a daily keepsake. Buy it here.

Another favorite Rag & Bone item from East Dane is this mid length straight leg short in a micro-stripe pattern. This chino-style conjures up just the right amount of Ivy League and keeps his look classic and modern. 100% cotton and a brushed twill, these cuties are made in the USA. Buy them here.

Apolis is a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide through advocacy of industry. These great sandals are perfect for summer and although casual, keep your man modern and updated and also tell a great story. If you want to give a gift that also empowers other people and supports global communities, these Apolis cowhide sandals are perfect. Buy them here.

 

I love a good hat on a man as it shows confidence and personality. This woven straw version from Rag & Bone is the perfect summer accessory to keep your Dad feeling fashionable and ready for any summer fun that comes his way. This one is a classic and merchandises perfectly with all of the other items on my list. Buy this great hat here.

Father’s Day is only two weeks away, so start your shopping now! East Dane offers free 3 day shipping and returns so you couldn’t ask for a better place to do your online shopping. I suggest buying a few items from my list (they all work together to create a great summer wardrobe), and let your kids choose which one they want to give to Dad.

 

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