Campbell cashmere hoodie from NAADAM.  I can’t speak to the quality of these items, since they haven’t been released yet, but they’re fair prices if the quality of the cashmere is good and just about their entire line speaks to me, but it’s hard to find an affordable cashmere hoodie in particular.

Campbell cashmere hoodie from NAADAM.  I can’t speak to the quality of these items, since they haven’t been released yet, but they’re fair prices if the quality of the cashmere is good and just about their entire line speaks to me, but it’s hard to find an affordable cashmere hoodie in particular.

Nautical tie by Wall + Water.  Wall + Water is actually Gilt’s house brand, so listing it as discounted from a retail price is a bit disingenuous and I’m not sure if it’s a deal at $65 when for not much more you can get something that’s a more known quantity.  It is 100% silk and made in Italy, though, and I’m loving that texture and print.

Nautical tie by Wall + Water.  Wall + Water is actually Gilt’s house brand, so listing it as discounted from a retail price is a bit disingenuous and I’m not sure if it’s a deal at $65 when for not much more you can get something that’s a more known quantity.  It is 100% silk and made in Italy, though, and I’m loving that texture and print.

Camel hair sleeveless cardigan from Drake’s.  Way out of my budget, but this would look great under an odd jacket for extra warmth or without a jacket for transitional spring weather.

Camel hair sleeveless cardigan from Drake’s.  Way out of my budget, but this would look great under an odd jacket for extra warmth or without a jacket for transitional spring weather.

Every suit Robert De Niro wore in Casino.  Neat.

Every suit Robert De Niro wore in Casino.  Neat.

Lamp from the flea market, lampshade from Target.  The room has a lot of white and light colors in it, so I I like the base of the lamp and the lampshade having some darkness and texture, but without matching too closely the framed burlap you see a corner of here.  Capped it off with an LED lightbulb and I have a mixture of an old lamp and cutting edge technology.  $45, all told.  

Lamp from the flea market, lampshade from Target.  The room has a lot of white and light colors in it, so I I like the base of the lamp and the lampshade having some darkness and texture, but without matching too closely the framed burlap you see a corner of here.  Capped it off with an LED lightbulb and I have a mixture of an old lamp and cutting edge technology.  $45, all told.  

Cotton anchor bracelet from Cindy’s Shelf.  I’m not much for bracelets on men, but some of these bracelets look like they could be a nice finishing touch for the impending warm weather.  And of course, the anchor fastener is terrific.

Cotton anchor bracelet from Cindy’s Shelf.  I’m not much for bracelets on men, but some of these bracelets look like they could be a nice finishing touch for the impending warm weather.  And of course, the anchor fastener is terrific.

Canvas aprons from meyertextileco.  Some great options here for all sorts of tastes.  It can be tough to find an apron that is masculine, but without being some cheesy “King of the Grill” style item.  I like that they come in varying lengths and are hard-wearing canvas, too.  I could see using them not just in the kitchen, but in a workshop, barbershop, or just for messy eaters.

Canvas aprons from meyertextileco.  Some great options here for all sorts of tastes.  It can be tough to find an apron that is masculine, but without being some cheesy “King of the Grill” style item.  I like that they come in varying lengths and are hard-wearing canvas, too.  I could see using them not just in the kitchen, but in a workshop, barbershop, or just for messy eaters.

Riviera bath sheet by MATTEO.  It looks like all of MATTEO’s products are made in the US — bedding, towels, clothing, and more — and good luck finding any other brands of bedding and towels made in the US.  These are actually made to order and are extremely costly (this bath sheet is $95), but their bedding popped up on Gilt today, so keep an eye there.

Riviera bath sheet by MATTEO.  It looks like all of MATTEO’s products are made in the US — bedding, towels, clothing, and more — and good luck finding any other brands of bedding and towels made in the US.  These are actually made to order and are extremely costly (this bath sheet is $95), but their bedding popped up on Gilt today, so keep an eye there.

1940’s cast iron bridge lamp from Mercantile Los Angeles.  I’ve largely given up on floor lamps.  Vintage ones are very costly if ready to go or time consuming if they have wiring issues or are missing pieces.  Tabletop lamps seem to be pretty clearly the better deal, but I still love the look of some of these older bridge lamps, rust and all.

1940’s cast iron bridge lamp from Mercantile Los Angeles.  I’ve largely given up on floor lamps.  Vintage ones are very costly if ready to go or time consuming if they have wiring issues or are missing pieces.  Tabletop lamps seem to be pretty clearly the better deal, but I still love the look of some of these older bridge lamps, rust and all.

The Freeman by Freeman.  The rainy weather here is reminding me how hard it is to find an affordable rain jacket that has a flattering cut.  Whether $300 constitutes affordable is debatable, but at least it’s made in the US, fits a bit trim, and comes in some great colors.

The Freeman by Freeman.  The rainy weather here is reminding me how hard it is to find an affordable rain jacket that has a flattering cut.  Whether $300 constitutes affordable is debatable, but at least it’s made in the US, fits a bit trim, and comes in some great colors.