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Arrested Dishevelment

From the cookbook to the button-down, everything you'll need to achieve the lifestyle.

 

The Pocket Knife
2.5-inch Dogleg Slipjoint Folder by Aaron Wilburn
A man must be prepared for everything, from opening a FedEx box to skinning a rabbit in the outback.
$595 at WilburnForge.com

The Belt
Mat Brown
Not only did craftsman Mat Brown recently move here from New York (extra street cred), but the leather of his belt is Belgian, the thread is hand-dyed with indigo, and it's all made in the USA. (In other words, there's plenty to talk about.)
$88 at HalfHitchGoods.com

The Denim
1947 Levi's 501 Selvedge
Denim cognoscenti know that 1947 is the year when jeans became fashionable. Which means that this pair is a classic—key word.
At Levi's, 300 Post St. (at Stockton St.), 415-501-0100

The Drink
Vintage Photo
A cocktail with obscure ingredients is a must, such as this one with rum, banana cordial, and West Indies tincture. "We chop big cubes off an ice block with a chain saw," says Josh Harris of Trick Dog. "It's man shit."
$10 at Trick Dog, 3010 20th St. (near Florida St.), 415-471-2999

The Shoe
Kirkwood Cordovan Cap Toe by Alden Shoe Company
"It takes one horse to make a pair of these boots," says salesperson Jared Boyd, who explains that the leather comes from the subcutaneous layer that covers the equine posterior.
$720 at Unionmmade, 493 Sanchez St. (at 18th St.), 415-861-0690

The Cafe
The Station S.F.
Nestled in architect-y Jackson Square, this cafe sells both Blue Bottle espresso drinks and Taylor Stitch clothing, for the ultimate one-stop shop.
596 Pacific Ave. (near Kearny St.), 415-291-0690

The Cookbook
"Tartine Bread" by Chad Robertson
From the city's stylish baker, this book is impressive whether you bake or not. "People were obsessed with it in Tokyo," says Jonathan Kirby, Levi's VP of global men's design. "They're into the freedom that America speaks to."
$40 at Williams-Sonoma.com

The Shirt
Gitman Vintage button-down
"Gitman cuts only one form, and that form fits like magic," says Jenny Chung of Acrimony. "Not to mention, girls love the look."
$180 at Acrimony, 333 Hayes St. (near Gough St.), 415-861-1025

The Cut
High Fade
"The tight, cropped fade, with the hair longer on top, is a classic style," says barber Alder Hockett at FSC Barber. "It looks sharp at the office, can be played up with pomade for a night out, and looks tough outdoors on the weekend."
$40 at FSC Barber, 696 Valencia St. (at 18th St.), 415-621-9000

Uniformed men of San Francisco: Make sure you have access to all of the above when wandering the streets of the city, or you might be kicked out of the tribe. It's all about the old-fashioned, exclusive look these days. Here is how you find a way "in."

Originally published in the March 2013 issue of San Francisco

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