GEAR | Crisloid Backgammon Set

Photo by Slim Aarons, Acapulco, Mexico, 1972.
Backgammon is one of the oldest games in recorded history and culturally seems to span so many walks of life. From its Middle Eastern roots to the leisure class of Slim Aarons circles to cowboy bars, it's a game that seems to work everywhere. A backgammon attaché is such a great thing to have on hand as temps warm up. Play in the park, the beach, the pool, a canoe—you get the picture, it's just more fun than sitting and looking at your phone. I recently overpaid for a vintage Crisloid set on Etsy, and am kicking myself because I should have just purchased a handsome new Crisloid set ($150 and up) whose designs haven't seemed to change for over half a century. The boards are beautifully crafted and sturdy with gorgeous marbled checkers—all of this I had to find out the fact. Crisloid was founded in 1948 in Brooklyn by Alphonse and Lucky Lodato, they are now based in Providence, R.I. and proudly manufacture all their products in the U.S. of A. Gotta love that. And a gallery of images from the archives. Is there an intersection of tomboy style and backgammon? Maybe, just maybe. Keep up with Tomboy Style elsewhere: INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER.

UNIFORM | Levi's Vintage Clothing Spring/Summer 2015

The Levi's Vintage Clothing look books are always spectacular in the way they showcase their dedication to bringing back exact replicas of old designs, but the Icons Collection of the Spring/Summer 2015 look book is especially incredible because looking through it was like paging through my parent's college yearbooks. I almost forgot I was looking through something produced this year because it is so exact in its late 60s/early 70s styling. And in case you missed it, much of LVC is now available online

WORD | Chloë Sevigny

There are people that can truly embody an iconic style, and then there are those who create it. Does Chloë Sevigny read as a tomboy? Sure, but more so, she reads as Chloë—the downtown creative scene's muse for 20 years. Beginning in the early 90s when she modeled for Sassy Magazine and appeared in a Sonic Youth video, and then starred in the notorious 1995 indie film Kids, Sevigny became the avant-garde style personality of an entire generation.
The new book Chloë Sevigny ($35), which is available for pre-order and officially out April 21st, is full of personal photos, editorials, film stills, friend's photos and personal memorabilia that truly define the preppy-punk actress, designer, and model. Kim Gordon writes in the foreward, "Chloë was the reason for the reinvention of the horrible term it girl, her beguiling charisma  refusing to be reduced to 'sexy' or 'pretty' or 'cute' or any of the other tags the world uses to tell girls what they are."

GEAR | The Sabah Traveler Bag

I've had so much fun getting to know the great people behind Sabah shoes over the past few weeks that I wanted to also dedicate a post to the Sabah Traveler Bag. It's American-made from naturally tanned and minimally processed US leather in a small factory in Connecticut with high-quality brass hardware. The Sabah Traveler bag fits up to five days of clothing (depending on how you pack!), but because it's unstructured, it collapses down to work well for a weekend or overnighter, which is more my speed, I like wheels when I'm getting on a plane. What's really clever about this bag is the removable waterproof interior bag that can be used to hold wet or dirty clothes separately—genius.
The Sabah Traveler runs at $750, which in comparison to other similar quality leather duffles in the market, like Lotuff or Ghurka, is a no brainer. Sabah Traveler Bags are available to purchase by following the Sabah ordering guide.

TASTE | Wonder Valley Olive Oil

Almost a year ago exactly, we ventured into the home of olive oil expert Alison Altomari, to get a grip on the basics of the kitchen staple. We mentioned then that she and her husband Jay Carroll were working on their own oil and just weeks ago, it arrived. I bought a bottle of Wonder Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($33) immediately and have been enjoying it immensely ever since. It's grassy and fruity and buttery, and sometimes I just open up the bottle and inhale when I walk through the kitchen. It's that good. The Wonder Valley inaugural pressing yielded a first run of 600 bottles harvested in November of 2014 from hand-picked young olives. I'm already panicking about my bottle coming to an end, but at least I'll have that beautiful bottle to save and repurpose. Keep up with Tomboy Style elsewhere: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK and The Reed Shop is on Instagram now too!

SITE | The Reed

Hey guys! We're working hard over here trying to get The Reed Shop launched next month. Blogging might be a little more sporadic as things get closer, and things are finally getting closer—orders are coming in, the website is being built, products are being photographed. Here's a little sneak peek at some items that will be part of the vintage collection. Sign up here to get wind of the official launch! 

MOMENT | Esquire Magazine, April 1972.

When I found this image of Esquire's April 1972 issue, I thought, wow, she's clothed. I'm so unaccustomed to seeing a woman on the cover of a men's magazine with pants and a shirt on that I was taken aback. Instead of complain about the current state of magazine imagery (for both men's and women's magazines), I thought it'd be better just to point out how incredible this image of Laurie Bird is and how great a cover it made. And Two Lane Blacktop, if you don't know, now you know.

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NOISE | Don't Wanna Fight

The definition of not phoning it in.

UNIFORM | Levi's 501 CTs

As denim fads come and go, it's pretty safe to say that 501s always remain in style. Since they were introduced over 140 years ago, 501s have been a staple of so many closets around the world. And even though they've been around since the dawn of modern electricity, the jeans are actually subtly tweaked over the decades to keep up with changing silhouettes and styles. The cut has once again been tweaked with the launch of the 501 CT (customized taper). The CTs are feature a relaxed fit above the knee and a tapered fit below the knee—which is a really nice combo. Vogue collaborated with Levi's to create a limited-edition version made with deadstock denim from the jean maker's Eureka, California mill. But if you weren't lucky enough to snatch a pair of those last week, there's plenty of good stuff to choose from online—from a cottontail white ($64) to a old favorite blue ($98).

GEAR | L.L. Bean Tote Fauxnograms

Nothing really new about the fact that you can customize L.L. Bean's iconic canvas tote bags in any way you want, but I still get a kick out of it. So many opportunities for humor not taking monograms so seriously. Here are a few I'm mulling over before spring. Very important things to think about over the weekend.

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BASE LAYER | Mountain Ocean Skin Trip

We don't usually single out one single item when it comes to apothecary goods or beauty items because we're all so different and products effect people differently, and I never thought I'd have such a positive feeling toward a body lotion, but after discovering Boulder, CO.-based Mountain Ocean Coconut Moisturizer ($15) at Individual Medley, I decided this is my lotion for the rest of my days. Done. I'm half way through my first bottle and about to order another one because I don't want to be without my beloved Skin Trip ever (this may be an unhealthy attachment, but I don't care). It's light and not greasy, smells great but isn't perfume-y, and is ideal after sun, ski, surf, shower, shave, you name it. Check out more about the 41-year-old Colorado company here.

SCENE | Westerlind Shop Powder Mountain, UT.

Our good friends at Westerlind have officially opened up their second location. Last year they landed in Nolita (31 Spring Street, NYC) and now they're in one of their natural habitats, the snow covered mountains of Utah.  With an edited mix of vintage ski apparel and lesser-known international labels they are known to champion, the Westerlind mountain shop at Powder Mountain is making me want to book a ticket to SLC immediately. That's tomboy hero Alyssa Larson above (and below) modeling some of the Westerlind wares, most of which are available online as well, in case you won't be hitting the Rockies for some spring skiing anytime soon.