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Despite having acquired a number of bracelets, watchbands, and other pieces of wrist-ular ephemera over the last few years, I never moved far past my “NATO and those beads I got at Capsule that one time” phase. Nothing much behind it; just never found anything that stuck. Well, luckily enough, round 2 of the Sartorial et Al. worked out pretty well for me. Shawn from Form Function Form hooked me up with a couple of expertly executed, hand crafted pieces that I can safely say I’ll keep in rotation for a good long while.

First up, the bow shackle bracelet. Mine is made from Horween’s natural Essex veggie tanned leather, and finished off with royal blue cord, but you can also go for natural Chromexcel, plus a ton of other cord colors. As for the closure, well, that one’s pretty self-explanatory. (It’s a bow shackle.) It’s drawn its fair share of comments in the last few weeks—with good reason.

And part two? A shell cordovan watchband. “Oh, but that’s been done before,” you declare. Well, not exactly. Cut exactly to size and finished with a one-hole button stud closure, it’s a refreshingly understated take on the style. It’s also fucking awesome. Seriously. I want a backup, just in case some wristwear-obsessed criminal manages to abscond with it at some undetermined point in the future. Or, you know, just to have another color option (the current one’s natural).

Take a leap over to the site to see Form Function Form’s other styles, and hit up A Headlong Dive to check the rest of the coverage by the other guys from the Sartorial et Al. A massive thanks to Jeremiah for putting this all together, and to Shawn for supplying such fine product to work with.

—Jonathan

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(Note: This is part of a very cool project called A Sartorial et al. in which a bunch of style bloggers get together to offer a number of opinions on a certain subject. This time around, it’s Dockers slim fit khakis. You can see the whole list of people who participated over at A Headlong Dive. Many thanks to Jeremiah for putting the whole thing together.)


I recently added these khaki waders to my arsenal and I’ve gotta say, they’re a pretty solid pair of chinos. The fit is slim with a slight taper–7.5″ leg opening on a size 32–that works well with the intentionally ankle-length inseam.

They’re made of a nicely washed cotton twill, and details like a patch coin pocket on the left hip and angled back welt pockets are thoughtful and well appreciated. An impressive showing, especially considering the sub-$50 price point.

A note for the future to the folks at Dockers–I’d love to see a pair of these come out with a very slightly higher rise, and a deep fold-over hem (as opposed to the smaller, jean-like one on the current version). Just my $0.02.

I’ve actually managed to break these out a few times since I got them despite the cold weather thanks to the ankle-saving power of wool socks. Come spring, though, I fully expect them to become a consistent part of the rotation, probably along with my canoe mocs and a lighter-weight oxford like in the shots.

I went for the muted side of the spectrum with the pair shown here (in “Earth”), but there’s a ton of colors for the very similar SF Tapered fit available online. Green may be joining the rotation soon.

Now go check out the other coverage on A Headlong Dive, from the aforementioned Jeremiah, plus _The Momentum, Dreams of Perfection, Red Clay Soul, Gabe Alonso, and Dapper Demeanor.

—Jonathan

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