Editor’s Picks 2010, Part 1

What can I say? It’s been a hell of year. And I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Gratitude for all of the brands that have trusted me to feature their goods. Gratitude for the bloggers that have linked to me, tweeted me, tumbled me, and become friends. And gratitude for you, my readers, as you all are the lifeblood of this website. Thank you, everyone, you’re all great. An extra special thanks goes out to Valet, You Have Broken The Internet, The Choosy Beggar, 10engines, and Archival Clothing for the (continued) support, and, to my endlessly patient girlfriend for being the best editor I’ve ever known (both of me and the site). To mark the year’s end, I’ve decided to round-up some of my favorite Weekly Features from 2010. The first batch is below, the second batch will be up on Wednesday. Enjoy, and once again, thanks.

Label Spotlight: Epaulet
Epaulet co-owner Michael Kuhle is a visionary. Plain and simple. He’s also a hell of a writer. Combine the two, and you’ve got one of my all-time favorite Label Spotlights. Which is fitting, as Epaulet is one of my all-time favorite brands.

A Closer Look: Stanley & Sons
I still use this bag on a regular basis, and, I’m happy to report that it’s only gotten better with age. It’s also the most inquired about item I own; every time I leave the house with it, at least one person stops me to ask where it’s from. Definitely one of my best purchases of the year.

On Good Authority: An Affordable Wardrobe
In addition to being one of the very first bloggers to link to me, Giuseppe Timore (the one-man-band behind An Affordable Wardrobe) was also my first ever guest blogger. Unsurprisingly, he set a very high bar for all of those that followed. This still remains one of my favorite pieces to appear on the site. And I can’t thank him enough for doing it.

Happenings: Pierrepont Hicks
I don’t know where I’d be without Kat from Pierrepont Hicks. She’s been one of the greatest friends this site has had, and a constant source of inspiration. She and her husband / business partner Mac deserve every bit of success they’ve had, and then some. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2011.

Tent City Archives
Jason McKenzie’s Tent City Archive posts have become some of the most popular on the site, and with good reason. The man’s got an unparalleled eye for great product, and an encyclopedic knowledge to match. My debt to Jason, and the rest of the good folks at Tent City is deep. BTW, a number of the pieces from previous posts are still available. So, if you see something you like, don’t hesitate to send an email.