In November, our intrepid photographer and designer, Julia Cooper, went on two road trips with her dog, Toki.
From a brief stint in Marfa, TX to a snow-bound trip to Colorado, Julia captured some striking images of the American landscape. And, as a bonus, she brought along some of her favorite Winter-friendly Rye 51, Moore & Giles, and Drakes of London products.
Why did I go? There are several reasons. One was a sense of urgency that I'm in my late 20's and still haven't traveled much. I've somehow made it this far without having seen Colorado and not visited one of the most iconic Texan art installations.
As another, I am quite literally running away from my problems, seeking solace and some sort of peace. While I'm doubtful as to whether or not I've achieved that, it's nice to get away from the city and recalibrate my mind by going on an adventure.
Thirdly, everyone should go on a truly solo vacation at some point in their lives. By striking out independently, you're at the will of only your own, free to explore new restaurants, hiking trails, and adventures.
There is a lot you can learn about yourself. (For example, I like to waste time by taking too many funny face selfies the world will never see, and I'm not afraid to spend Thanksgiving alone.) I can enjoy my own company and I learned that it's okay to be selfish at times because I deserve it. I also thoroughly enjoyed that random free steak I got at the Cooper Lounge inside Union Station.
Still trying to figure that one out.
Though maybe I wasn't entirely alone; I had my buddy, Toki.
He's a lot like George Clooney (i.e, a handsome lady's man with a bit of sophistication). Everywhere I take him, people stop to inquire.
In fact, he's literally stopped traffic in Deep Ellum and drawn crowds at Neiman Marcus. He is assertive, opinionated, confident, classic, protective, bold.
He makes me want to be a better human being. He is my doggy.
Being a Japanese Akita, his loyalty to me is second to none. He has been through my heartbreaks and life-changing decisions.
So, it was about time I repaid him for his patience and loyalty by taking him to Colorado to play in the snowy mountains and climb up to the top of a glacier.
He absolutely loved being in snow up to his chest; it was like he was a puppy again. (I met him when he was 3 weeks old. He was such a sweet little Akita potato.)
It would take a human lifetime to repay Toki for every smile, lesson, and moment of love I've received. Unfortunately, I only have twelve-ish years with him, so I wanted to make the absolute best of it by paying him back for his unconditional love by taking him to Marfa and Colorado.
In the end, I accomplished every bucket-list item I set out to pursue, which was extremely satisfying. (And I did it entirely on my own).
I admired Prada, witnessed the Marfa Lights, spent the night in a vintage Airstream, climbed a mountain, visited Vail, played in the snow, and explored Denver.
I went with no companion but my dog. I may not have found all of the inner-peace and healing I so desperately sought, but I am so glad I went.
A piece of Marfa and Colorado will always live on in my soul whenever I smell cedar and sagewood or see the snow flurries fall from the sky.
Ragland Varsity Duffel
So, you need a refined duffel bag, but you want something unique and resilient. Something you won't necessarily see on everyone else at the gym or on your next weekend trip.
Well, we have you covered.
For your consideration, we submit the Moore & Giles Ragland Varsity Duffel. Featuring a variety of pockets, a convenient size, and a beautiful Nubuck Bison Tan leather, it's one of the finest men's bags on the market.
Don't miss it.
- Allow for an extra few days for delivery.
- Variety of pockets on the interior and exterior to keep smaller items well-contained.
- An extended zipper closure also allows for easy interior access and ease of packing.
- Includes a 53” adjustable/removable padded leather shoulder strap.
- Exterior Pockets: One includes a zipper finish and the other an open top. (Both pockets are 5”L x 4”D.)
Burgundy Medallion Print Wool Scarf
Warm but elegant, this timeless medallion print scarf reverses to a plain cloth. Ideal for pairing with a dressier outfit on one of winter's colder days.
Made with 100% wool and hand-printed in Italy, Drake's scarves are a true sight to behold, immediately separating you from the cornucopia of plain grey scarves in the world.
- 100% wool.
- Printed in Italy.
Ribbed Lambswool Beanie
Drake's beanie was knitted in Scotland from wonderfully soft and warm lambswool. It has a pleasingly thick ribbed texture that will keep your ears well-protected when the temperature plummets.
Available with blue, rust and khaki flecks, blue, grey, and red.
The Cooper Sweater
Made with a technical fleeced cotton, the Cooper Sweater is a lightweight, borderline-ridiculously comfortable option for the warmer months.
It's thin enough to be worn as a layer below all manner of outerwear, but warm enough to be worn alone on a colder evening.
And it's all done with our traditional attention to detail and construction.
- Made in America.
- True to fit in an athletic cut.
- Dry clean only.
The James Club Bag
Whether you're embarking on an overnight trip or need something more refined for your gym attire, the James Club Bag will not let you down.
Made with a water resistant interior and Italian leather, the James is a striking object to behold. (Not to mention a resilient one that'll last you a lifetime.)
- Allow for an extra few days for delivery.
- Water resistant interior.
- Interior zip pocket.
- Two interior pockets.
- Includes a luggage tag.
- 53" adjustable/removable padded leather shoulder strap.
The Wilbur Flight Vest
$ 245.00 $ 146.00
For those in-between days, we've produced the Wilbur Flight Vest.
Well-constructed and nicely lined, the Wilbur is a perfect layering piece for the cooler months.
Worn with jeans or with your suit to work, you'll have an easy piece of outerwear that'll carry you well from morning well-into night.
Made in an incredibly small batch, the Wilbur is sure to go quickly.
- The shell is 79% polyester, 19% rayon, and 2% spandex.
- The inner-lining is 100% polyester with poly-fill.
- Sale items are ineligible for use with discount codes.
Wine Spot Print Wool & Silk Scarf Scarf
$ 215.00 Sold Out
These beautiful, printed spot wool and silk scarves are something of a Drake's classic.
Easily worn with almost any outfit, dressy or casual, they'll instantly add an air of character to your appearance with the smallest of efforts.
- Spot Print.
- Pin Fringing.
- Reversible tubular design.
- 70% wool. 30% silk.
- Printed in Italy.
Silo Vintage Denim
If you're looking for something well-worn, soft, and ready to throw on at a moment's notice, look no further.
Featuring all of our traditional fixings — gold stitching, leather patch, and the like — our Vintage Denim comes pre-washed and broken-in.
Available in our Silo style, our Vintage is slim without being too skinny, ensuring you have a great light-colored solution to differentiate from your go-to dark denim look.
- Made in America
- Tailored, but not skinny.
- All inseams are 34 inches.