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
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
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
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
"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 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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