As Seen on Filson: Tricks of the Trade

Max Wastler is a writer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Through his blog, All Plaidout, he strives to tell a uniquely American story through the people he meets, the places he goes. Today, he details the perfect way to pack your Filson. For business or pleasure, make sure to start your travels with these time-tested tips.

When I set to packing my bags for a week of travel, I flash back to a particular family road trip when I was six years old. As my father loaded up the family Jeep, I’d budge the luggage with what strength my little arms could muster, eventually giving up to watch my dad’s wizardly mechanics. He’d eye the pile in our driveway, calculating how to fit every suitcase, every knapsack, and the cooler, all the while reminding me, “Everything has a place.” It is a mantra for him, and it’s become one for me. READ MORE

The Modern Man’s Guide to Grooming

  • July 27, 2013 |
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If you’re a man of substance today, it’s not enough to be well-dressed. Yes, your socks match and your hair is combed, you’ve kept your oxfords in tip-top shape and your shirt is pressed to perfection. But, trust us when we tell you, a little good grooming goes a long way. READ MORE

Hand-Poured Personality

Faced with aisles and aisles of heavy, uninspired home fragrance, Jason Linscott decided to create something different. Something that more closely resembles life—the way a specific combination of scents can bring up a tangible and concrete moment in time or an old friend. And so, 2550º was born. “I had always kind of been sidelined by scent,” says Jason, who’d worked for years in the design and visual merchandising field, “And I saw that there was a limit in the field as far as what was available for men. If I wanted my home to smell like vanilla or fresh laundry, I could go out and get that easily. But I felt there was a void when it came to well-rounded, masculine scents out there.” READ MORE

Interview with David Moltz of D.S. & Durga

To create their line of small-batch colognes, D.S. & Durga go far beyond epithets like musk, green, and citrus. They use those terms as a sort of user’s guide, but behind each scent is much more: a textured, well-researched narrative that distills a moment in time, down to the exact location, the circumstances, the culture, the weather. Inspiration can come in the form of pre-Columbian healing rituals, circa 1200 CE, or the scent of a renegade trapper in the early 1800s. READ MORE

Get Ready

  • February 15, 2013 |
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The delicate art of the morning routine: spend too long and you’ll be late for your breakfast meeting, spend no time and you’ll end up looking haggard at said meeting. Our Master Barber, Charles Lenox, walks you through the essential steps for facing the day.

Wash Your Mug

In the interest of saving time, you may want to consider adding the face wash to your shower regimen. Charles recommends Baxter of California Daily Face Wash – it helps remove oil and dirt without giving your face that tight, plastic-wrapped feeling. Two times a week, throw in some of the Facial Scrub. READ MORE

The Home Fragrance Guide

  • December 11, 2012 |
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Whether you’re hosting your annual holiday get-together, putting up some relatives, or spending a cozy evening inside with your squeeze, a little home fragrance may be in order. From warm and woodsy scents to smooth and smoky, we’ve got a little something for everyone. Even better, each one makes for a quick and easy gift that just about anyone can use. READ MORE

Cold Weather Apothecary

If there’s any time of year when a little skincare TLC is advisable, it’s winter. Snow, sleet, and freezing wind can be hell on your skin, not to mention the necessary evil known as central heating. So, we’ve pulled together our favorite apothecary products for nourishing and protecting your skin this winter, because there’s nothing attractive about cracked knuckles, chapped lips, or a face that looks like it just came from an arctic expedition.

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Chicago Candle Co.

  • November 19, 2012 |
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We’re very excited to announce the arrival of one of our newest items, made right here in Chicago. Sara McMurray, one of the co-founders of Chicago Candle Co., started making candles as a hobby over the last couple of years, giving them away as gifts for friends and family. “At the time I was actually running a restaurant, but people would always ask why I didn’t sell the candles for a living,” says Sara, “We just started talking about how fun it would be to have them at the bar, and to put them in wine bottles.” And so, earlier this year, Sara and Fernando (her partner) learned how to cut and sand bottles to use as containers for her candles. READ MORE

Man of the World Magazine

An interview with the founder of Man of the World magazine, now in stock at Haberdash.

why did you start Man of the World?

In today’s marketplace, you rarely find content that caters specifically to men who value style, travel, food, art, and culture. Man of the World is tightly focused on that group; it doesn’t try to be all things to all people. It’s for a sophisticated male niche audience, and it’s somewhere they can go for consistent, compelling, informative content. While it has global appeal, it’s edited from an American point of view. READ MORE

The Perfect Shave: Products

  • October 25, 2012 |
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Hot shaves now available Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome but not guaranteed. Call (312) 646-7870 to make an appointment.

According to our master barber, Charles Lenox, “Once guys come in for a shave, they realize how much they’ve missed it.” Well, the best way to experience the glory of a hot shave is, of course, by coming into Haberdash EDC for an appointment with Charles. But, for the times when you can’t make it in, we’ve got some amazing products for you to try to recreate the experience at home. READ MORE

Q&A with Barber Charles Lenox

  • September 26, 2012 |
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Hot shaves now available Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome but not guaranteed. Call (312) 646-7870 to make an appointment.

In an effort to officially kick off our new schedule for hot shaves at EDC, we sat down with our skilled barber, Charles Lenox, who’s been doing this for the last 26 years. “I’m in my own world as soon as I turn a pair of clippers on. I feel like I’m an artist, a tonsorial artist.” It’s only been a couple weeks since Charles first landed at EDC, but he’s already deeply entrenched in the store and the neighborhood. “It’s such a great mixture here. There’s so much energy,” says Charles. READ MORE

Juniper Ridge

All natural soaps and scents made by extracting essential oils from wild plants using a repurposed whiskey still.

Using old world techniques to extract and condense naturally occurring oils from wild plants, Juniper Ridge makes a variety of soaps, perfumes, incense and other amazingly fragrant products with a uniquely transformative quality. Made entirely from fresh flora harvested in the deserts of the Southwest and woods of northern California and the Pacific Northwest, the intense aromas transcend anything that could be found in synthetic alternatives. READ MORE

Introducing Archer

  • August 28, 2012 |
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“It may not be a man’s world, but it can smell like one.” That’s the ad line being tossed around by Berk Wasserman, Todd Durston, and John Bleeden, the three guys behind this high-end line of men’s “air care” now at Haberdash. One look at the highly designed packaging for Archer (combined with witty one-liners like the one above), and it’s not hard to guess that all three Chicago natives work in advertising/marketing.

As men and self-proclaimed “hyper-aware consumers,” they noticed a glaring hole in the home fragrance market – a market that is saturated with super-feminine scents and man-repelling packaging. And while there is a small segment of products geared toward man caves, the majority of these products tend to come across as a bit jokey. (If you wanted your apartment to smell like stale beer, a gym bag, or an ashtray, you could probably pull that off without the help of a scented candle.) Enter Archer: The first premium air freshener designed for men. “We want our line to represent a more epic and premium take on masculinity. Think 1970s Maserati.” READ MORE

D.S. & Durga

I’m late; which is a great way to start my first interview in New York. I timed it out all wrong, underestimating the amount of traffic and stops that it would take to get to Brooklyn from Manhattan. David rings to check in and see if I am still on my way—which I share  that I am completely lost but hopefully somewhere near his location. We finally link up outside what looks like an abandoned warehouse (doesn’t every warehouse in Brooklyn?). He’s on the phone with what sounds like someone important. They discuss orders, customized scents, and a special item for a customer. I patiently pace back and forth, periodically stopping to snap a shot of David deep in thought while on the phone. I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous. I’ve been an admirer of D.S. & Durga scents since their beginning in early 2008. Their scents, to say the least, are the most unique I’ve ever experienced. READ MORE

Hypebeast Magazine

We are very excited to announce a new arrival at Haberdash: the brand new Hypebeast magazine, an in-print extension of one of our favorite blogs. What will go into Hypebeast’s upcoming publication? Two hundred pages of glossy features, rich interviews, and photo spreads, not unlike the material you’ve enjoyed on Hypebeast, released quarterly. According to the Hypebeast website, “Relevant to what is contemporary and pleasing in its simplistic layout design, the Hypebeast magazine is your source for understanding fashion, culture and lifestyle.” They’ll be on sale at Haberdash on Monday, July 2. READ MORE