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wonders never cease Friday, June 17, 2016

Mr. Reliable

This week's installment of Proper Style Picks,  by our own Mr. Reliable, Jake:

With Father's Day this weekend, I'm thinking about how glad I am to have three fatherly figures in my life: my dad, my stepdad, and my mentor. While I've had my ups and downs with all of them (but who hasn't, especially as a teenager?), they have always been reliable.

With their reputations of reliability, they deserve gifts with the same reputation this Father's Day.

I already expounded on the quality of Lisa B. socks in a previous post (but you should definitely give dad some); here are some other favorites you can rely on.

Rustico leather products are all hand-crafted in Utah, ensuring their reliability for years to come. (I use one of their Departure leather wallets and can report that it's worn in beautifully.) I like the idea of sharing special memories in a brag book, making a date to spend time outdoors with a golf or fishing log, or writing a travel itinerary and wrapping it up with a passport cover and luggage tag.

Is there a more reliable summer hat than one made from panama straw? (The answer is no.) Always hand-woven in Ecuador, panama hats come in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles. My personal favorite this season: the Winnick.

A good book is always a reliable gift, and the shop has a really great selection this summer.  Some of my choices include topics like whiskey, fashion and lifestyle. But perhaps the most reliable on all fronts: a mash-up of  Shakespeare and (arguably) the most reliable Star Wars film: The Empire Strikes Back.

Finally, there's nothing more reliable than a good card with a handwritten message inside to tell Dad how much you really appreciate him.

Happy Father's Day!

- Jake


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