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Style Guide: Mid-Century Man

Too often people attribute the resurgence of mid-century modern design to something as simple as one great tv show or the supposed cyclical nature design. Neither of these are satisfactory explanations. What is more likely is that many of the designers from the 1960s, people like Dieter Rams, Arne Jacobson, and furniture designers like Charles and Ray Eames actually touched on something essential with their work. Or, put another way, it never really left us in the first place.

The prevailing style of the 1960s was one that was interested in pairing down products to what was most essential, but it wasn’t above creating forms for its own sake. This same approach, whether self-conscious or not, is still alive and well today. Look at any piece of consumer electronics or a newly designed office and you’ll see the influences. This, in large part, is why it can be so easy and fun to add items of clothing or carry to your wardrobe. While a particular style of suit, EDC pen, or a watch may hail from a different time, they in some very fundamental way still belong in the present.

Timex Marlin

A striking dress watch pulled directly from Timex’s archives. Featuring a genuine leather lizard grain pattern strap and mechanical movement that drives three hands around the watch’s silver sunray dial marked with Arabic numerals – the Marlin has an authentic mid-century style that feels perfectly at home on the wrist of a modern guy.

Purchase: $199

Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen

Released in 1954 this ball-point pen from Paker Pen Company quickly became one of the most popular ever produced. The pen’s wide appeal (over 750 million have been sold since it was first released) made it popular among everyone ranging from students to artist, executives, and even John F. Kennedy.

Purchase: $14

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass

What is a 1960s buyer’s guide without a little bit of boozy influence? While maybe not quite an office essential nowadays, this German made crystal whiskey glass is perfect for enjoying a fine single malt at home or with a friend.

Purchase: $48

Alice Made This Jasper Brass Cufflinks

Simple, beautiful, high tech; all things that can be said of these brass cuff links from Alice Made This. Made in a British factory with aerospace-grade equipment they’re both paired-down and precise. An ideal addition to any formal outfit.

Purchase: $150

Stetson Runabout Packable Fedora

Fedoras are not something that just anyone can get away with. This risky accessory has to be conscious and meld well with the rest an outfit. If you’re confident in your ability to gauge whether you’ve passed that bar – we’d suggest wearing a Stetson fedora. Not only are they made right here in the U.S., but their quality and construction is legendary and heirloom-worthy.

Purchase: $161

Dunhill Herringbone Slub Mulberry Tie

A great grab for guys looking to stay sharp either at work or for more formal occasions out of the office. Made from a herringbone woven silk and woll blend, this tie is perfect for finishing off any tailored look.

Purchase: $210

Ray Ban Clubmaster Aluminum

Just about the most classic pair of sunglasses ever sold. The unmistakable silhouette is made from a combination of a brushed aluminum, black acetate, and polarized Green classic G-15 lenses.

Purchase: $243

Paul Smith Berty Leather Oxford Brogue

These Italian dress shoes from Paul Smith boast a deep black leather upper with attractively perforated toes. And of course, because they’re from Paul Smith, the shoes feature playful stripes of color on the insole.

Purchase: $475

Suit Supply Lazio Brown Plain

A smart, slim fitting two button wool brown suit featuring two flap pockets and a left breast pocket. The top quality pure wool S120’s fabric makes the suit ideal for wearing during the fall or winter.

Purchase: $500

Montblanc Meisterstuk Leather Briefcase

We’ve got a lot of love for backpacks – but frankly they’re not always the best bet for carrying documents into a more formal setting. This briefcase from Montblanc, however, is perfect for the task. Made by some of the most skilled artisans in the world it boasts impeccable build and an enviable style.

Purchase: $1,095