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The New Dude Essentials

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  • Weekender waxed canvas bag by Blue Claw Co.
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Being a middle-age guy means not hitting the road with a bag that looks like you got it for opening a checking account. This one is both classic and functional. Weekender waxed canvas bag ($380) by Blue Claw Co, from martinpatrick3, 212 Third Ave. N., Mpls., 612-746-5329, martinpatrick3.com
  • Black onyx cufflinks from Heimie’s Haberdashery
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    The right cufflinks can elevate a ho-hum outfit; the wrong ones make you look like a guy who forecloses on the elderly for fun. I like these for their understated elegance. Black onyx cufflinks ($120), from Heimie’s Haberdashery, 400 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-224-2354, heimies.com
  • Silk Tie by Seaward & Stearn, from Heimie's Haberdashery
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Silk tie ($110), by Seaward & Stearn, from Heimie's Haberdashery, 400 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-224-2354, heimies.com
  • Stitch Billfold Wallet, by Tiffany & Co.
    Tiffany probably isn’t the first place people think to go for leather goods, but I like how the simplicity of this wallet is offset with the cool blue stitch detail. Stitch billfold wallet ($250), from Tiffany & Co., Galleria, 952-922-0066, tiffany.com
  • Render K pen
    Render K pen ($45), by KarasKustoms, karaskustoms.com
  • Leather double ring belt by Tanner Goods
    Photo by Caitlin Abrams
    Belts are an easy way to make even the most stylish dude look like he dressed in the dark. Your best bet is to go with something timeless, like this leather double ring belt. Leather double ring belt ($150), by Tanner Goods, from Mend Provisions, 2719 E. 42nd St., Mpls., 612-724-4272, facebook.com/mendprovisions
  • Master of All Trades Multi Tool
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    This is perfect for guys like me: Don’t-do-it-yourselfers who still want to feel like they have a modicum of usefulness around the house. Master of All Trades Multi Tool ($40), by Gentlemen’s Hardware, also from martinpatrick3
  • Jazzmaster Traveler GMT, by Hamilton
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Leave the hubcap-sized watches to astronauts and bond traders. This Hamilton is unfussy and substantial—without looking like it’s trying to compensate for something. Jazzmaster Traveler GMT ($1,245), by Hamilton, from Scheherezade, Galleria, 952-926-2455, sjewelers.com
  • Wool and angora overcoat by Private Stock
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    One absolute guy necessity for surviving six months of Hoth-like conditions: A really good overcoat. This one is functional and fancy without being, you know, too fancy. Wool and angora overcoat ($1,998), by Private Stock, also from martinpatrick3

Like a lot of guys on the north side of 40, after decades of buying—and destroying—piles of watches, coats, and bags, I’ve finally come around to the less-is-more notion of buying stuff: That it’s better to invest in the few essentials every adult guy needs than to throw money away year after year on stuff that doesn’t last.

Winter Luxuries

Perks of Minnesota living: It’s easy to justify cashmere and leather.

Gold Standard

Sequins and Sparkle will always hold a place in my heart, but it’s the rich, warm glimmer of gold on my vanity or in my makeup bag that makes me (momentarily) feel like an Upper East Sider.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you wonderful things from sparkling parties to beautiful resolutions.

Raise Your Game

It’s time to take things up a notch in the kitchen, time to turn the burner to high and really dig in on what it means to be a foodist.

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