No matter what you buy for the men in your life, you’re the real present. Follow the guide below to make sure you don’t get returned.
Get to Necking
When it comes to ties, there’s really not one: Brooklyn Tailors makes slim versions with a “free-floating interlining” and “hand slip stitching and bar tack.” Pick a woolen plaid, check, houndstooth, or tweed. You’ll both look like winners.
Split the Bills
Ironically, a camo-printed bifold wallet, handmade by Greenpoint’s Maxx & Unicorn Co. from a single piece of calfskin, does anything but blend in. Swing by Hickoree’s for solid-color horsehide alternatives.
Sweeten Him Up
For a sappy sentiment go with a jug of organic maple syrup made in New Hampshire and brought down by local ax purveyor Best Made Company. A vintage-inspired constellation wall map from The Municipal Prints Company will put stars in his eyes; letterpress HTML Code Cards printed in Brooklyn let him thank you later.
Make Pillow Talk
In the colloquial sense, Brooklyn-based Vanilla Medallions’s Nike Air Jordan 1 pillows will make his crib look clean. Find them (and other iconic plush kicks) at Reed Space. Step it up a level with a copy of Max100, a limited-run, clothbound volume artist Matt Stevens devoted to his favorite athletic shoe.
Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve
Two pop-ups for Pops. Snag utilitarian jackets and cashmere accessories from Aether Apparel’s Airstream trailer (parked in Soho through December 31). Patagonia has two tin sheds uptown (1491 Third Avenue, at East 84th Street; 2625 Broadway, at West 100th Street) through April 30, 2012, filled with goods for the outdoorsman.
Looks like someone’s a keeper.
Photos: Courtesy of Brooklyn Tailors; Courtesy of Hickoree’s Hard Goods; Courtesy of Reed Space; Courtesy of Aether Apparel