Essentials: Floe

Jan 31, 2019

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True to its form, a floe is defined as a drifting ice sheet that has previously broken off from a larger glacier or icy land mass. And while none of us here in the Lower 48 reside atop this type of drifting phenomenon, it sure has felt like it in some parts of the country this week. Bone-chilling temps, frozen ground, and frostbite-inducing wind chills are all the rage. Welcome to the cold hard truth of late January.

From here, we often find ourselves torn between either cowering to the cold or staring these frigid temps in the face —pushing forward in our day-to-day — because there’s always work to get done and we shouldn’t let winter’s grip get the best of us. So, as the saying goes, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” And that’s what we’ve gone ahead and done with a roundup of icy gear positioned to keep you warm throughout the floe of polar vortexes sweeping down from the Arctic and into our backyard.

Iron & Resin Hemlock Shirt

One key to keeping warm during the winter season is layering. That said, Iron & Resin’s Hemlock Shirt, therefore, acts as a superior mid-layer for the winter commute. And since odds are the temps within the office aren’t sub-zero, there’s just enough casual professionalism here to remain on-brand with the typical workday getup. It’s all thanks to an 8oz 100 percent organic cotton brushed back fleece construction, double needed felled seams throughout, and the complementary likes of chest patch pockets along with a button cuff and sleeve placket.

Purchase: $99

Iron & Resin Midway Jacket

As a superior piece of outerwear, the Midway Jacket from Iron & Resin hosts just the right elements to keep you sheltered in frigid temps. Each jacket is built from hefty 9oz 100% cotton jungle cloth, is lined with 10oz 100% polyester Sherpa fleece, hosts a zippered front with a button snap and inner drawcord, and gusseted shoulder seams for enhanced mobility. Can’t go wrong here.

Purchase: $230

Opinel NO. 8 Trekking Knife

Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or simply looking to get your hands on one of the most trusted — and affordable — pocket knives in the everyday carry niche, Opinel’s No. 8 Trekking Knife is a fine fixture to scoop up. Each piece hosts a 12C27 Sandvik stainless steel blade, a handsome beechwood handle, and a Virobloc safety ring.

Purchase: $18

Stanley Classic Flask

Let’s face it, nothing works quite like a fine whiskey to help keep us warm in times of need. And for when the time is right, Stanley has just this flask — sturdy in nature, iconic in design — to get the job done. Each piece features a lifetime warranty as well and is built from 18/8 stainless steel, is BPA-free, and houses up to 8oz of your preferred booze.

Purchase: $25

Alex Mill Alpaca Fingerless Gloves

Because there’s nothing worse than frozen hands in the wintertime, A pair of Alpaca wool gloves could be a good look this season. This pair, from Alex Mill, hosts a fingerless design, are ribbed for additional warmth, and knit with incredibly soft cashmere yarn.

Purchase: $40

Red Wing 6” Moc Toe Boot

It doesn’t get more iconic than Red Wing. These USA-made boots known across the country and beyond as durable pieces of well-made Americana. This 6” Moc Toe is no exception. With this pair, you’ll enjoy their classic Traction Tred outsole, an all-around Goodyear welt, Puritan triple stitch, oil-tanned leather with UV protection to prevent fading from sun exposure, and seven eyelet lacing. Not a bad setup if you ask us.

Purchase: $65

Mr. P Ribbed Brushed Wool Beanie

Fact of life: you can’t go wrong with a 100 percent wool beanie come wintertime — especially when that piece is part of the ever-growing Mr. P collection. Each beanie is also built with care in Scotland and brushed for softness because comfort, after all, is king.

Purchase: $70

Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet

A slimmed-down version of their classic bi-fold wallet, this high-quality, full-grain vegetable-tanned leather wallet is built the house to 11 cards, hosts a currency pouch for bills, a pull tap for frequently-used cards, coin pocket, and three quick-access slots.

Purchase: $90

Retrosuperfuture Paloma Classic Havana Sunglasses

As one of their oldest yet most adored silhouettes, this pair of blacked out sunnies is a stylish essential no matter what time of year. Each pair hosts a classy design with soft curves, straight lines, and a pair of ZEISS sports lenses in black. Comfortable, functional and sleek as hell. Need we say more?

Purchase: $159

Imogene + Willie Barton Slim Jeans

Made right here in the USA from 13.5 oz Cone Mills selvedge denim, this pair slim-fitting jeans from Imogene + Willie will surely keep you in line with the merits of modern style this season. Each pair hosts a proper moderate slim-straight fit, a patterned cut, and button fly for good measure.

Purchase: $235

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