Letter from the Editor
When the evenings begin to grow darker, light fall shorter, and air bite sharper, you'd be forgiven for assuming most would stay home. That, rather than venturing out, we'd turn inwards and remain quiet and reserved.
In reality, though, we behave much differently. We invite friends, family, and colleagues into our homes and we celebrate the few remaining moments of a year well-spent. We imbibe, we eat, and we reflect.
In other words, we gather. In a time most conducive to being alone, we open ourselves to others, we dress well, and we focus on what's most important in our lives.
For December's collection, it was this sentiment that informed our decisions. We latched onto the simplistic beauty of gathering and we found the best tools to equip the discerning gentleman.
Helping fulfill the vision, JerSean Golatt returned as our photographer and partnered with Trey Tucker for modeling.
Have a wonderful holiday season.
Matt Alexander, Founder.
Double-Breasted Trench PeacoatJiberish x Woolrich
As much as it pains men to admit, it's cold outside. In some cases, it's extremely cold outside. And, bluntly, your puffy mid-nineties ski jacket — although warm — is not doing you any favors. (We won't even re-tread the collegiate fleece route.)
You need a warm, detailed, and storied coat befitting the season. Typically, though, such requirements would be prohibitive. Most up-and-coming brands have beautiful designs, but lack in warmth, whilst their well-established counterparts select wonderful fabrics, but offer mundane designs and cuts.
Well, fret not. Jiberish — who you may remember from Need's inaugural collection — have partnered with 183-year-old brand, Woolrich, Inc, to create a limited-run capsule collection of top notch products befitting the season.
The double-breasted trench, featuring rich grey wool, beautiful buttons, subtle stitching, and an extremely good fit, is an ideal choice. It marries the beauty of Woolrich's fabrics with the genius of Jiberish's design clout.
The result is an extraordinarily versatile (not to mention head-turning) coat. And it's one that'll only be available for an extremely brief time, so act quickly. (For sizing context, our model, Trey, was wearing an extra large. He's six foot two and fairly slim and the coat fit him perfectly.)
(The coat will begin shipping on Friday, December 13.)
$395.00Add to Cart
MacMillan Slate BlazerHugh & Crye
These days, blazers are fairly ubiquitous. It's easier than ever to get ahold of a basic, stylistically inoffensive blazer for work or play.
The trouble, though, is that sizing has become increasingly generalized.
Traditional fits frequently aim for the broadest subset of the market, thereby requiring significant tailoring to achieve the proper fit. And, as you might guess, the vast majority of gentlemen prefer not to deal with a tailor.
In an effort to solve this problem, our friends at Hugh & Crye have created remarkably well-fitting blazers — without sacrificing on quality — by defining their own sizing guidelines. Although eschewing the typical numbering system is slightly unorthodox, the result is a refreshingly great fit with no requirement for tailoring or any other such hassle.
This is a blazer that, upon arrival, will be ready for you to wear out the door. It's fully-lined, well-made, and eminently valuable for the modern man.
(Available to order on Wednesday, December 11.)
$225.00Out Of Stock
LD 1.0Kitmen Keung
At Need, we've tasked ourselves with a few outset goals for the coming year. First and foremost, we want to provide a dignified and reliable resource to help find the very best products. Elsewhere in the list, though — and ranking very highly — is the indefatigable desire to coerce men into wearing watches again.
Before you say it, your phone does not count. You ought to be wearing a watch. It's a core staple for the discerning gentleman — one that's fallen into inexplicable disuse.
In an effort to rectify this situation, we present the LD 1.0 by Kitmen Keung. Otherwise unavailable in the U.S. — and made only in extremely limited quantities — the LD 1.0 is a breathtakingly minimalistic time piece.
The face holds two dials, each of which can be configured to show a different time zone. At this time of year, as we travel to family and friends, there couldn't be a more beautiful means to keep track of time.
The watch is water resistant to 5 ATM (although we'd recommend keeping it mostly dry), warrantied for two years, and covered with a hardened crystal mineral lens to combat scratches. In other words, despite its stunning looks, it's also an exceptionally functional piece.
As with so much in this month's collection, the LD 1.0, whilst beautiful, is available only in limited quantities. So, whether you're shopping for yourself or another, we'd advise haste.
$480.00Add to Cart
Dean FlannelRye 51 x Need
Each year, at the company Christmas party, you're presented with the unparalleled opportunity to demonstrate — with irrefutable evidence — that you actually exist beyond the bounds of your workday charcoal suit. (Or, for those of us in the creative community, you are capable of something more formal.)
And yet, with the cold weather, there's often a compromise to be made. Whether it's between wearing just the right shirt with the wrong coat or vice versa, this is invariably a frustrating barrier that many come up against.
With this in mind, Need partnered with Dallas' Rye 51 to marry the warmth and softness of a flannel with the distinguished design of a tailored shirt.
The result is the Dean Flannel. It's the ideal solution for the evening partygoer. It provides for extra warmth, whilst also looking exceptionally good in virtually any situation.
The shirt was made in extremely limited quantities and is available exclusively from Need.
$137.00Add to Cart
Grim Tim OrganicNudie Jeans Co.
Last month, we wrote of Nudie's Grim Tim jeans by simply stating, "Nudie’s Grim Tim jeans ought to be a staple of any and all men's wardrobes." And that's something we'd like to affirm this month.
The Grim Tim fit is classic, exceptionally well-made, and is sure to garner praise wherever you tread. The gold stitching encompasses crisp denim in a manner that allows you to make them utterly your own.
Sporting a dark tone and a subdued back-pocket design, the Grim Tim remains one of the very best options for men looking for denim to wear in a broad variety of scenarios. Paired with a blazer or a casual flannel — as we showed this month — the Grim Tim fit is right at home, bringing the entire look together.
$179.00Add to Cart
Madison Wool NecktieGraham Withers
Whether you work in a staunchly corporate office or a creative co-working space, there's always a good excuse to wear a great tie. It's a basic touch — sometimes even a compulsory one — that can bring an entire outfit effortlessly together.
The trouble is, though, there's an increasing proliferation of poorly-made and ocularly-offensive neckwear in the marketplace today. Designs are churned out with little care for the season, let alone the quality of the product.
So, locating the signal amongst the noise, we hunted down the Madison Wool tie. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York by the charming independent brand, Graham Withers, the Madison is one of the most attractive ties we've ever seen. It measures 2.75 inches across, thereby sitting between the hyper-skinny and excessively-broad. It's a versatile piece — both in size, fabric, and tone — for the season.
The tie is beautifully constructed, tonally subdued, and, generally speaking, an altogether fantastic item for the modern gentleman. Again, though, the Madison is available only in extremely limited quantities and is available exclusively through Need.
(We'll throw in a Need tie-bar — as pictured — while supplies last, too.)
$92.00Add to Cart
Harvard Mid-Calf Sockhook + ALBERT
Socks are, probably, the most under-appreciated elements of menswear today. Granted, they are fairly unseen, but your underwear isn't exactly on constant display either and you still buy carefully there. (Or, if not, you should. We'll revisit this topic.)
There's certainly nothing wrong with plain socks — they're versatile and universally available. And, in some more formal situations, they're often a necessity.
When heading out for a holiday party, though, a unique sock choice could prove to be one of the wisest decisions for your evening. In that spirit, this month, we highlighted the red and navy Harvard sock by hook + ALBERT.
Sitting between dark jeans and brown brogues, you'll immediate attract the attention and praise of your friends and co-workers. It's a bold and faultless sartorial decision — one that can make your entire outfit pop.
That's not even to mention the fact that the Harvard is incredibly comfortable, well-made, and comprised of seventy percent pima cotton. Treat yourself. You won't regret it.
$30.00Add to Cart
Pompeian Red Shoelacehook + ALBERT
Much like a good pair of bold socks, bright shoelaces can make all the difference in an outfit. They can revitalize any shoe, whilst also giving you an extra spring in your step each day.
These bright colors provide a subtle — yet important — infusion of confidence and positivity. It's an inexpensive way to spruce up your appearance. And you'll garner a huge amount of praise in doing so.
Unlike last month's laces, these are sized to fit dress shoes all the way up to chukkas. They're 32 inches in length and made entirely of waxed cotton.