Personally, I think no man over the age of
24 should ever use a backpack as his daily carry. But hey, that’s just me.
The sling bags I carry are mainly messenger
bags, like the ones used in the movie Premium Rush. My favorite brands are
www.timbuk2.com and www.chromeindustries.com. And if could afford it, I’d
definitely get a www.tumi.com and www.victorinox.com for daily business use.
I own one special-use backpack; a
www.deuter.com with hydration bladder that is designed specifically for
mountain-biking. But if I ever had to use a backpack, I’d go for
www.goruck.com, www.maxpedition.com, and www.arcteryx. All are designed to be
practically bomb-proof, with clever technical details.
I’ll narrow down the list to what I keep in
my cabin bag on long flights (at least 5 hours), with a one hour transit:
– A shemagh, also known as a Palestinian
headscarf. It’s basically a manly version of a pashmina.
– My Android phone, preloaded with books
– On-ear headphones; easier to take on and
off, and wear on neck.
– In-ear monitors; lightweight and also
serve as earplugs.
– A single AAA battery flashlight, like the
– A bladeless multitool, like a Leatherman
– Duct tape wrapped around a lighter or old
plastic card (as lighters are prohibited in flights in China).
– Hand sanitizer. I don’t even want to
imagine the germs on flights.
– Antangin sachet. “Masuk angin”
is not a real ailment, but that stuff is the best way to knock yourself out.
– Lip balm. Cabin air is very dry.
– Powerbank and cables.
– A pen, for filling out immigration cards.
– Mints and a Snickers bar.
– Foreign currency.
– Passport and travel documents
Regarding sunglasses, I just wear a pair of
Ray Ban Aviators (like in my avatar). I like them because it’s a classic style
that will never go out of style, and comes from a brand with heritage and
history. And if you don’t lose or break them, the initial investment is worth
it as they will serve you for years. Like my watch, I’m pretty sure I’ll be
wearing it twenty years from now. Oh, and don’t bother buying KW sunglasses…
those things will snap on you within a a couple of months. Been there, done
Crossbody bags.. I think you mean messenger
style bags, right? That’s the way to go for any male over the age of 25. It’s
time to put the backpack away when you reach that age. I use a black
www.timbuk2.com bag that comes with a lifetime warranty. Not cheap, considering
that it looks like any local Eiger or Export bag, but I had one that lining
started to crack after 5 years. I emailed them a picture, and they replaced it
with a newer better one; no questions asked. I also use a Chrome Citizen
www.chromeindustries.com messenger bag for cycling. It’s an excellent
bomb-proof bag that will last me forever, but it’s meant to be worn on a bike.
Not recommended for daily use, because of how it sits on the back. You should
check out www.carryology.com.. it’s a very comprehensive site on men’s bags
with detailed reviews.
Daripada beli trendy bags at some hip
bookstore di mall for sejuta rupiah and use it for 2 or 3 years, it’s better to
pay a little more for a bag that’s built (and designed) to last you 10 years.
Since I’m unfamiliar with the brand, I had
to ask Piring about it and do some research. Apparently it’s all the rage among
the hipsters now, isn’t it? Well, I won’t comment on the design as that’s very
subjective. But it seems like the marketing hinges on the changeable NATO
straps. I’m rather curious how that just caught on, as NATO straps have been
around for decades. And that is independent of the watch brand itself, you can
switch straps on any watch you currently own.
So the price ranges from 2 to 3 million
rupiahs. I don’t know how important this is for others, but from my research,
the brand has no provenance. It has no heritage. And I thought hipsters were
all about “authenticity” and “Since 1862” and stuff like
that. That in itself is fine… but think about it this way: Seiko, Casio, and
Timex are all brands rich with history and heritage. And most of them are
priced under 3 million rupiahs. So you hipsters could be wearing a watch brand
that was conjured up 6 years ago and made in China. And Daniel Wellington might
be some made-up character, for all you know.
No, not all watches must have history and
heritage. But when you price it in that range, there are options that do.
Example: Bell & Ross watches are in the 60 – 150 juta range. Do you know
when that company was started? 1996. There is no story or history to the
brand.. it’s all marketing. Why the hell would you want to spend that much
money on a brand that is younger than you, when there are watch brands that go
back to the 1800s?
Untuk jaket kulit pria, saya paling suka
www.belstaff.com. Jaket Belstaff Trialmaster dulu dipakai oleh Steve McQueen
dan Che Guevara, dan juga dipakai Will Smith di film I Am Legend. Saya pribadi
kurang suka model motorcycle jacket, tapi yang paling pertama dan bagus adalah
keluaran www.schottnyc.com. Jaket Schott Perfecto itu terkenal karena dipakai
oleh Marlon Brando di film The Wild One, dan kemudian menjadi semacam seragam
untuk band2 seperti The Ramones dan The Velvet Underground.
Apakah Indonesia memproduksi jaket kulit
yang bagus? Sepertinya ada… tapi untuk brand2 luar negeri. Dengan kata lain,
hanya untuk ekspor dan kita tidak akan bisa beli disini dengan harga lokal.
Kalaupun saya bisa pastikan jahitan, desain, dan cutting bisa bagus, saya tetap
tidak bisa mendapatkan kulit dengan kualitas seperti merek2 yang saya sebut
Kalau mau jaket kulit murah meriah, coba ke
www.ra-leather.com. Itu workshop di Garut, dan bisa pesan online. Saya pernah
iseng pesan dengan kasih gambar dan ukuran detail, hasilnya ya not bad lah ya.
Soal kualitas kulit, ya di Indonesia pasti itu2 saja. Dan jahitan, well.. can’t
really expect too much. Sesuai harga saja.
Oh definitely. I’m sure you’ve owned a pair of shoes that still look good, and then after a few rainy days they start to come apart at the stitching between the soles and uppers? That simply doesn’t happen with Doc Martens due to a proprietary method of fusing the uppers and soles. As long as you keep the leather polished/nourished and away from direct heat sources, you can literally wear a pair sampai sol-nya tipis and it will never come apart. I have a pair that I’ve worn for 7 years, and I don’t see it failing anytime soon.
If you define “investment” as
something that rises in value over time resulting in a profit… no, it’s not
an investment at all. But like comic books and paintings, of course there are
watches that appreciate in value over years.. but no, it’s not something you
want to bet the farm on.
Ultra-luxury watches like Patek Phillipe
and Glasshutte lose 10% of it’s sticker value within a year of purchase, but
have better chances of appreciating due to (unproven) practices of Patek
repurchasing their secondhand watches to maintain a high secondary market.
Luxury watches like Rolex and Panerai lose 20% of sticker value within a year,
and medium-luxury brands like Omega and Breitling, around 25% to 30%.
I think the most cost-effective way to
enjoy watches is to buy a secondhand watch that is 2 to 4 years old, wear it
for a couple of years, and sell it for another used watch. If you have a good
eye and know what to look for, you might not even “lose” any money on
each transaction, AND you get to enjoy a nice watch for a year or two.
But yeah, if you want to invest… go buy
Reksadana and use the profits to get a nice secondhand watch. 🙂
Disclaimer: Just because I discuss watches,
in no way is it implied that I own any of the aforementioned brands.
Some guys carry a handkerchief as part of their EDC (Everyday Carry), and some don’t. I belong to the second category. But I always make a point to use a handkerchief as a pocket square when I’m wearing a suit. Why? Because it’s visual trick to look slimmer. An accent on high up my chest leads the eye up and away from my thicker midsection and gives illusion of height.
Besides, it comes in handy to staunch a
bullet wound, or as a tourniquet in case of a snake bite. And how else do you
comfort a woman in tears with such panache and style?
For more casual wear, I suggest a bandana
instead. You can wear it around your neck rakishly like a cowboy, or have it
casually hanging out of the back of your jeans pocket like Bruce Springsteen.
And if I ever own a Labrador Retriever one day, he’s gonna wear a blue one
around his neck.
Boots (6 hole or chelsea)
Black straight cut jeans
– Left back pocket: AAA flashlight, mini multitool
– Right back pocket: wallet, folding knife.
Black or Midnight Blue or Gunmetal Grey
Watch (stainless steel dive watch or leather strap dress watch)
“Role model” sih ngga ya…
karena saya bukan fesyen desainer.
Tapi kalau nanya siapa desainer yang saya
suka, here are a few: