Essentials: Burnished

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Despite its unfortunate affiliation with steampunk culture, burnished and copper colorways are a mighty fine way to gear up for fall. And why not, there’s class with copper and pride in patina that we just can’t ignore. Which is why we opted for copper-themed essentials to help carry us through the final throes of fall and into the cold cask of winter’s relentless fury. Hold tight.

Not yet sold on the idea? How about a fine American-made waxed canvas weekender bag, durable flipper pocket knife, and a pair of classic Red Wing boots? Yeah, the decision was an easy one for us as well. So, why not take a break from black and get geared-up with some burnished gear while you still can — we can ensure no steampunk had any influence on our decision making.

Kershaw Natrix Knife

Complete with a drop-point blade built from D2 steel, the all-new copper Natrix knife is one durable piece of everyday carry. Additionally, the stonewashed blade pairs quite nicely with the patina-bound hefty copper handle. It’s all accessed via Kershaw’s KVT ball-bearing opening while their patented Sub-Frame Lock keeps everything secure. We can’t ignore the custom-designed deep-carry pocket clip for good measure either.

Purchase: $95

Spine Copper Minimalist Wallet

An essential no matter how you slice it, a wallet is a must-have for any daily getup. However, if the bulky bifold isn’t of a particular preference, try this copper minimalist wallet on for size. Each USA-made piece is slated to develop a deep patina over time, hosts a sturdy elastic band, integrated bottle opener, and the capacity to carry up to 10 cards.

Purchase: $30

Taylor Stitch Slim Chino

Whether your day requires a blazer and loafers or just a T-shirt, this pair of slim chinos from Taylor Stitch is sure to look the part. Each pre-shrunk pair is made from 9.5oz brushed Spanish twill with mercerized yarns for added durability and hosts a custom YKK shank and brass zipper.

Purchase: $79

Tactile Turn Copper Mover Pen

There’s just something about the classic clipper pen that keeps us coming back for more. Pepper in a tellurium copper construction, a stainless steel pocket clip, machined groove grip, refillable ink cartridge and, well, we’re sold through and through. Oh, each Copper Mover Pen is also built in the USA to boot.

Purchase: $89

Silver Piston Indian Nickel Zippo Lighter

Piggybacking on what many thought was an impossible-to-improve American classic, Silver Piston just upped the ante of Zippo’s heirloom quality lighters. This particular iteration hosts a soldered-on carved Indian nickel, a unique oxidized finish, and, yes, starts off as an authentic brushed brass Zippo lighter.

Purchase: $100

Bradley Mountain Weekender Duffel

Sourced and handmade right here in the USA, Bradley Mountain’s waxed heavy canvas weekender bag is one straightforward piece of travel-friendly gear you simply can’t leave home without. The Weekender comes equipped with copper rivets, a UCAN zipper, and weighs a modest 1.8 pounds on its own. The entire bag’s dims measure in at 20 inches x 11.5 inches, perfect for a couple days away from home.

Purchase: $179

Lacoste Hooded Twill Jacket

Just light padding, dual pockets, and a hood — because nobody said keeping warm had to be complicated. This fine pick from Lacoste also hosts a pair of ribbed accents at the waistband and sleeves, subtle branding, and a drawstring hood. Need we say more?

Purchase: $225

Red Wing Classic Moc Boot

Nothing tops a classic — especially in the world of boots. And this pair of Classic Mocs from Red Wing tells the tale of their midcentury design thanks to its Oro Legacy Leather, nickel eyelets, Goodyear leather welt, and Traction Tred outsole. These Red Wings aren’t just for winter, either, they’re suitable for year-round wear and tear.

Purchase: $280

Original Grain Brigade Watch

Recently, Original Grain dropped a reclaimed military collection pulling from actual military wear and gear for the construction of their watches. The Brigade is one standout, in particular, boasting a wood dial from reclaimed ammo wood crates and a strap built from reclaimed olive drab army tent canvas. That, combined with a 316L gold stainless steel case, sapphire crystal glass and reliable Japanese Miyota Citizen Quartz movement makes this a fine piece of military memorabilia indeed.

Purchase: $329

Salt Optics Trevor Sunglasses

Keep that pesky sun out of your eyes — even if it’s not as persistent this time of year. The Trevor lenses from Salt Optics are a stylish piece of outdoor gear complete with a slim profile and a set of polarized CR39 deep brown lenses.

Purchase: $430