ICON | Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby

I was so delighted to discover Ms. Cornelia Crosby today while looking into the history of Registered Maine Guides (as one does). Crosby, who was best know by her nickname "Fly Rod" was in 1897 the very first Maine Registered Guide. She was exceptional at fly-fishing (you'd better be if that's your name) who was witnessed to have caught 200 Brook Trout in a single day. But perhaps Crosby's best achievement was marketing Maine tourism to the rest of the country. She attended large outdoor trade shows in Boston and New York, wrote a syndicated column about her adventures, and advocated for railroads to be built to access hunting, fishing, and hiking in Western Maine. Quite a life, especially for a woman born in 1854. Looks like she even got some casting in with a young Theodore Roosevelt (photo below).

UNIFORM | Scout / Seattle Drift Jacket


Fall is here and that means one thing to my wardrobe: lightweight jackets. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yesssss! Easily my favorite closet staple and item to stalk online. Speaking of the later, Scout / Seattle, a company I admire hugely, has created one for the books. Their made-in-Seattle unisex Drift Jacket ($324) is made from a single layer of lightweight Japanese cotton. The subtle floral pattern adds a pinch of femininity to the utility of the jacket and I love the look of buttoning the top collar flipped up (below right photo) and I can't think of something this wouldn't go with.


WORD | Range Magazine


Launched this summer as a 20-page newsprint magazine by the creative agency Range, Range Magazine is a really smart outdoor-industry publication that discusses trends in apparel and reports on design. It's not only art directed beautifully, but the content is so good. My favorite page from issue one (which you can purchase or read online) is the flowchart that helps you decide if you're Normcore or Outdoor. Hilarious and spot on. Click here for their digital version and flip to page 18.


P.S. Speaking of the resurgence of print magazines: The Great Indie Magazine Explosion: A Survey.

SCENE | Found by National Geographic

Last year in honor of National Geographic's 125th anniversary, they launched a tumblr called Found, a stream of unpublished and rarely seen photos from the Nat Geo archives. It's updated weekly, so checking in on it today for the first time in a year was like rediscovering a whole new treasure trove. It's so vivid; an easy way to burn an hour of your time without realizing it! Have a great weekend! Keep up with Tomboy Style elsewhere: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK.

UNIFORM | Vintage Patches

Last night on Abbott Kinney Blvd in Venice, the menswear store Stag out of Austin, Texas officially opened their second location. In addition to a thorough roster of brands that have helped heritage menswear become the force that it is today, Stag had a big candy jar on the counter full of old trail patches ($5 each). I love putting patches on tote bags and canvas stuff, so I'm sure it won't be long before these guys find a new home. :]

GEAR | Tanner Goods


Tanner Goods out of Portland, Oregon has recently launched their first women's capsule. Their American-made leather belts and wallets go toe to toe with the men's side, but I have to say their Perennial Day Bag ($400) is my favorite. It's structural, it has great pockets, a hearty strap, and the hardware is substantial without being in your face. It holds an SLR camera, a jean jacket and a laptop with plenty of room to spare, but it's also small enough to look like a bag you'd take out.

[Photos of Alex Malloy's 1970 Jeepster].

SCENE | The North Island of New Zealand


Last month I was lucky enough to make it down to New Zealand, one of the last land masses to be discovered by humans and thus one of the most unspoiled places I've ever laid eyes on. I wrote a little essay for Huckberry Journal about the pure wildness of The Northland, about four hours north of Auckland. And while New Zealand is known for its natural beauty, the city life is nothing to sneeze at either. I fell in love with the country's capital city and wrote up my idea of a perfect day in Wellington for Vogue.com (thanks for all your suggestions on that!), which hopefully captured a slice of the incredible art, fashion, coffee and food scenes on offer. In conclusion: New Zealand is the best country ever.



UNIFORM | Ursa Major Signet Ring


I love when a designer takes something of utmost quintessence and still can add something different without taking away its essence or ruining it all together. The multi-talented Kate Jones of Ursa Major Jewelry (and formerly the creative director of Taylor Stitch) has done just that with the classic signet ring. Instead of initials being etched, she has created a signet ring with a raised monogram, and aptly calls it Not Your Grandfather's Signet Ring ($90-$690). Important note: If you happen to get caught up in a bar fight, this ring might leave "quite an impression"—if that's not what you're looking for, you may want keep it blank. Har har.

UNIFORM | Radcliffe College




Photos via Radcliffe yearbooks.

Did Normcore start at Radcliffe?

[Photo 1]: Garrett Leight Milwood frames ($285); Uniqlo silk blouse ($60); Keds Champion Originals ($45), beat up pair of Vans Authentics pictured, but I think she's probably in Keds). [Photo 2]: Bud Heavy; Snake Bite earrings ($130); J. Press Shaggy Dog sweater ($230). [Photo 3]: Ann Mashburn crewneck pullover ($295); vintage field hockey stick ($42); Chance button down oxford ($118); Levi's 501s ($88).

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SCENE | The Hand & Eye


New store alert! Maker-centric website The Hand & Eye, which features craftsmen and designers, just launched a web store. There are only a few products to date (more coming soon), but they are absolutely worth taking note of. Their collaboration tote with Brooklyn-based Mer Bags made from waxed canvas and lined with American truck tarp vinyl looks ideal for all seasons—but hello, perfect Fall bag! And their American-made bandanas, designed by Elsa Jenna and printed by Man vs Ink, are prettttty pretty great too. Looking forward to watching The Hand & Eye grow, they've obviously got a great eye and able hands to make things.

UNIFORM | Tradlands Volume Four

It's been so great to watch the American women's shirting company Tradlands grow and evolve over the past year and a half since their launch. From start-up to a now fully-fledged brand, they've just today released their fourth collection, and it's no doubt their best ever. From their outdoorsy flannel Arapahoe shirt to their more staid Northhampton oxford pop-over (a Tomboy Style collab), their newest collection of seven shirts really runs the gamut in the best way. Each shirt is named for a street or place from a famous college town, so you may recognize a few of the shirt names. Made in the U.S.A. by thoughtful human beings and intended to stay in your wardrobe for decades, I can't imagine a better shirt to for going back to school, whatever "school" might mean to you now.

GIVEAWAY | Upstate Sarong

I am such a fan of Brooklyn-based Upstate and their hand-dyed wares, I have one of their kimonos and constantly get compliments when I wear it. Their clothing and accessories just add that perfect pop of rich color and pattern. So, I can't think of a better accessory to bridge the gap from summer to fall than one of their raw silk sarongs ($225), which can be used as a beach sarong, beach towel, a scarf, a picnic blanket, bed cover, whatever you want!  It's super multi-functional, 44" x 76", and we love each one of the seven colors they come in.

To enter to win a sarong of your choice: leave a comment below and tell us how you'd wear it or use it, and take a peek at the Upstate Instagram feed while you're at it—cool stuff going over there. Winner will be picked at random tomorrow (9/16) at 6:30pm PST. Good luck!

***The winner is: Cait who said "Beautiful! I would wear it as a wrap skirt all summer. I haven't had a sarong since I was a little kid. Perfect for New Zealand Summer". E-mail me: lizzie(at)gmail(dot)com!***

ARTIFACT | Gertrude Ederle's Swimming Goggles


Photo of the swimming goggles worn by Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926 via The National Museum of American History.

With the crazy heat we're having in L.A., I happily spent some downtime indoors, and a solid chunk of that time was spent looking through the collections of the National Museum of American History. I don't know how I found Gertrude Ederle's goggles, but I quickly became in awe of them and her. Ederle swam the English Channel in August of 1926, and not only was she was the first woman to complete the swim that just five men had been able to do before her, but she also broke the time record by almost two hours. The goggles really tell that story visually I thought. The way the museum makes their collection photos available online is pretty great, if you can't bring yourself to the museum, bring the museum to you. Some other artifacts of interest: Women's Suffrage flag, Teddy Roosevelt's bottle opener, a Stetson, an old pair of Keds, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Althea Gibson's tennis outfit.





GEAR | Tomboy Style x Paper Chase Luggage Tags


Photos by Katrina Dickson.

You may remember a recent post about the Los Angeles paper press Paper Chase, a second generation printer founded in Los Angeles in 1976. Some time after that studio visit and before Nicole asked if I wanted to collaborate as part of their Paper Cuts series (T Magazine blurbed about it when it launched), I came up with an idea to make luggage tags based on old designs of legacy and now bygone airlines. Airline logos, and even more specifically luggage tags and gate check tags, have been something I've collected for a little while—so the opportunity to create customizable tags with Paper Chase seemed like absolute kismet.

I based the designs off of three old tags, one Swiss Air and two KLM tags. You can probably spot two of them in the above photo. The red one (which I think might be my favorite) is based on an old KLM Airline tag, and the Paper Chase version similarly includes three numbers across the top—but instead of just printing a random string of six numbers, we subbed in the atomic numbers for silver, gold, and platinum as a play on airline status brackets (nerd nerd nerd alert!).



Each tag is customizable, front and back (and don't worry, that's not my real address or phone), you can monogram, add your last name, business, or whatever  you'd like. The tags are tied with waxed cotton stings and are printed double thick with colored edges and matte lamination. Get 'em while they're hot >>> Tomboy Style x Paper Chase luggage tags ($25 for a set of five).

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MOMENT | Gap's "Dress Normal" Campaign


The Gap has recently released four videos directed by Academy Award-winning director  David Fincher in conjunction with their "Dress Normal" campaign. I went on CNN on Tuesday morning (it's not online, thankfully!) to discuss the idea behind the campaign and the #normcore trend. Initially you might think there's nothing simpler than an idea of "dressing normal", but when filtered through blogs and magazines, opinion pieces and branding, it can quickly become really complicated. Is it a statement of defiance? Is it a joke? Is it oblivious conformity? Is it a reaction to labels? Is it a reaction to the escalation of unattainable fashion? Is it 90s nostalgia? It it about practicality? All of the above? What came first, the chicken or the egg? Why don't you just tell me the name of the movie you selected? Although thinking deeply about normcore is not my idea of a good time, I think these videos are really smart, light, and fun, and their tag lines are definitely playing into the idea's complexity:

Let your actions speak louder than your clothes.
The uniform of rebellion. And conformity.
Simple clothes for you to complicate.
Dress like no one's watching.

Here are the two other campaign videos: Kiss and Stairs. And just in case the song Wait A Minute by The Newday gets stuck in your head from the top video, here's the full song.

p.s. Just a quick PSA: I will repost the luggage tag collab that was up last night and this morning, tomorrow. I lost track of the date when I scheduled it earlier this week and took it down this morning out of respect for 9/11 victims and their families—it was the wrong thing to be celebrating on such a hallowed day for the country and New York City.