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SUCKS TO DIE ALONE...

Mondaysuck is local brand based out of San Diego, California. Mondaysuck is heavily influenced by streetwear culture and the West Coast Vibe. They as a brand strive on the idea of delivering original and simplistic pieces that belong in your closet.

U N C V L I Z D

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UNCVLIZD is a menswear brand dedicated to offering quality selections of ready to wear cut and sewn garments. They believe that fashion should be UN-standardized so they don’t believe in producing seasonal collections nor mass-producing any of their designs. They believe that clothing is power and they are here to equip us.

Their latest collection Winner's Circle is a mini collection that takes inspiration from 90's fashion and style with a pop-culture flare. Designed in California. Their designs always have a casual and comfortable feel for those who favor form and function.

Midtown has a new Heartbeat

Off the tourist path in the Midtown Aertson mixed-use project, Kimpton Aertson Hotel is swaying to an uncommon tune. Their industrial-chic design celebrates Nashville's innovation with steel and stone, concrete and Carrara, and commissioned artwork everywhere you turn. Relax by their double-sided ceramic fireplace, or at the seasonal rooftop pool as you toast the Nashville night with a handcrafted whiskey cocktail from the award winning restaurant & bar Henley a modern American brasserie. All in a walkable neighborhood where locals live, work, dine and play.

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Day 1.

After being asked to showcase the Kimpton Aertson Hotel and its amenities and the neighborhood surrounding it, I immediately called up Ashley & Heather Combs to join me for photo taking and photo joining. They are both amazing fun ladies always up for adventures, so this trip was perfect for all of us to take this challenge on. On the morning we flew from Charlotte to Nashville we were getting hit by a snowstorm and even though our plane boarded on time, we had to wait about 2 hours on the plane in a line of others to get de-iced. So we finally land in Nashville and immediately head to the hotel to get checked in and unpack and figure out food and plans for the evening. From the first moment we arrived to the hotel we were blown away  at the aesthetics, decor and customer service of the place. The staff in addition to the details of the hotel were 5 star! So up to my room I went to unpack my luggage unpacked and my bathroom essentials to get my face and beard refreshed before we headed out to grab food before I get tattooed. At home and when I travel I stick to a normal routine of skincare from Lab Series Skincare for Men for everything from my eyes to the skin under my facial hair, and for my beard I use a mixture of products from Beardbrand which are great form wash to conditioning to styling. My teeth and gums and mouth always stay nice and clean thanks to my travel friendly Goby electric toothbrush. I love commemorating cool trips with little souvenir tattoos so luckily Nashville has Chad Koeplinger at Adventure Tattoo on the east side. We met up and he had drawn up a cowboy boot with "Broadway" underneath it to tribute to the famous strip to where so many famous musicians have played or been discovered.

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Day 2.
Waking up in the Deluxe King Suite with the sunrise peaking into my balcony windows wasn't the hard part, it was getting up and out of the most comfortable hotel bed I had ever slept on. I woke up refreshed and even braved the 10 degree weather to open my balcony door to capture the sunrising over the city's downtown skyline. Ashley & Heather were meeting me for breakfast at Henley where Jake was also gonna join us for the morning and afternoon to shoot us as we ventured around downtown to see the Tennessee War Memorial Auditorium and other sites. After we got back to the hotel it was then time to get ready for hangs with the head bartender of Henley, Mr. Jonathon Howard, who in just a short time in Nashville was already making big moves to put Nashville on the map of intense bar programs not to overlooked by anyone visiting the city in search of a great cocktail. Following our amazing experience of handcrafted cocktails and small plates at the bar, Ashley, Heather & I headed off to the Bridgestone Arena just 1.5 miles from the hotel right on the Broadway strip to watch the Nashville Predators NHL team take on the Arizona Coyotes. The game was nothing short of electric! Fans were decked out in Preds gear and chanting all of the songs and cheers to let the team know they were rooting for them all of the way. It came down to a shootout in which both teams scored and were denied goals, but on the very last shot of the shootout by the Predators the took victory over Arizona to an almost sell out crowd. WOW, what a game.

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Recap.
Nashville is rockin'. Everyone we met was incredibly hospitable and welcoming. The Aertson Hotel redefined lodging to the max on every level. Food & Cocktails are no joke to this city and neither is hockey. From myself, Ashley & Heather, thank you for all that you are.

Brewing into Fall style

Handcrafted beer & coffee, inspired by art and informed by science. That's the formula behind Hyde Brewing & The Suffolk Punch. The newest additions to Charlotte's ever growing craft beer and food scene landing a great spot right on the LYNX light rail on the edge of South End. These couldn't have come at a more perfect time of the year than right when the temps start to cool off in the evenings into the mornings, making it a perfect spot to grab one of their Nitro grass fed milk latte's on tap while surfing the web or grabbing a delicious pint of your favorite brew while chatting it up with friends over great dishes under the stars. The aesthetic is pleasantly different from your typical raw wood and steel breweries that decorate the city. Succulents and air plants hang, drape and inlay every spot of this place, that reminds you no detail was left out in the design process of the space.

Shop the items:
Fossil Summit Backpack
Vans Old Skool Sneakers
Nike Tech Fleece Jacket
Nike Tech Fleece Pants
Welly Merck Watch
MR COMPLETELY Trafford Painted Denim

Photography by: Ryan Barnett

10.Deep X Rothco

Not all collaborations between brands are a win win, however, the most recent collab between 10Deep and Rothco knocks the Vintage M-51 Fishtail Parka in a faded Woodland Camo out of the park. Rothco's Vintage M-51 Fishtail Parka is a new twist on a true military classic. The 100% washed cotton creates a vintage look and feel, while maintaining the silhouette of the iconic M-51 army fishtail parka. The jacket features a sturdy brass zipper and snap closure storm front to protect you from the elements. In addition, the parka has two front pockets with flap & snap closures, drawstring hood, and adjustable button cuffs. The liner of the vintage camo parka has been removed making it the perfect coat for spring and fall.

 

Rebel At Heart

THOMAS SABO

Created by hand with precision craftsmanship, made from blackened 925 Sterling silver and with hand-picked, precious stones: the iconic Rebel At Heart line by Thomas Sabo is characterized by the special feel for masculine design codes. The subtle mix of materials and the detailed signature characterize the unique aesthetics of the collection.

In 1984, entrepreneur Thomas Sabo laid the foundations for a company that was to become the embodiment of high-end silver jewelry within a period of just a few years. Since then, the brand has internationally made a name for itself with hand-finished creations and a constantly-growing watches segment. With around 1,800 employees, more than 300 points-of-sale and a sales and distribution operation that includes more than 75 countries (status: 2016), the THOMAS SABO Group is today one of the leading premium-sector jewelry and watch suppliers. This position is strengthened by the in-house E-Commerce operations as well as long-term relationships with well-known jewelers and business partners throughout the world.

Shop the items:
Skull Ring
Feather Bracelet
Skull Bead Bracelet
Rebel Spirit Chrono Watch
Maori Skull Bracelet

MAHI LEATHER

MAHI Leather think's consumers get a raw deal from high street stores and expensive designer brands. That's because numerous middlemen along the way inflate prices while contributing very little to the end product. This means higher prices for you, less money for the craftsmen, and ultimately, poor value for money. MAHI's mission is to connect consumers with craftsmen, offer unmatched value, and hopefully do some good along way. $1.50 From every MAHI is donated to Clean Water Causes. MAHI Leather takes its name from the Mahi River in India.  For many this is a sacred river and in a country where 103 million people lack safe water its significance is more than symbolic; that’s why MAHI Leather donates $1.50 from the sale of each bag to FRANK Water, a UK based charity which has helped over 300,000 people gain access to clean water since 2005.

 

Shop the items:
Classic Black Leather Duffle
 

MASON CUSTOM

It's time for a new era in custom clothing. For everyone. For the businessman wanting custom shirting befitting his personal style. For the college graduate needing to put his best foot forward in the interview of a lifetime. For the man who can't shop 'off the rack' for any- and every reason under the sun. For the fashion-forward and the fashion-nightmare. Custom clothing doesn't have to be a pocket-emptying dream. With Mason Custom, we're helping you find that perfect fit, that 'You Style', that attitude and swagger which comes from wearing a unique design, made expressly - and only - for you. At a price you won't believe. Mason Custom is changing the game. For everyone. For you.
 

Photos by: Ryan Barnett
Video by: Kiefer Andrew