19 Dec
2015

Outerwear

We all need a good jacket or coat in our life. In Denver we’re accustomed to the weather shifting from one extreme to another in a matter of hours, so having a solid pieces of outerwear that works in many different environments is essential. We’ve compiled a list of classic, and not-so-classic, jackets and coats that will keep you warm and fresh at the same time.

Benny Gold Stay Gold Nylon Jacket:

The classic coaches jacket silhouette looks good on anyone and works with nearly all looks. This piece is lightweight, but includes enough density with the soft fabric lining to keep you warm but not too warm.

Apolis Wool Chore Jacket:

Apolis is world famous for the finest construction details contained in their garments. The Wool Chore Jacket is no exception. This chore jacket is a beautiful fit with the silhouette of a french workman’s jacket. It has just enough weight for all seasons of the year.

Reigning Champ Heavyweight Fleece Varsity Jacket:

This jacket is extremely versatile. Versatile not only in styling, but also in environment and all settings. It’s a traditional jacket with a traditional fit. There’s no doubt that this piece can keep you warm with Reigning Champ’s durable and proprietary fleece while keeping in the heat with the perfect reverse flat locked seams.

I love Ugly Long Layer Jacket:

Here, I Love Ugly provides the definition of “classic with a twist”. The Long Layer Jacket will give you a classic mac silhouette yet being made from tech fleece fabric. It might be the simplest jacket you slip on but will consistently deliver on practicality with the most versatile fabric and form.

Carhartt WIP Ashton Jacket:

The Carhartt WIP Ashton bomber is a military inspired piece that can convince you that it came straight from the Army via Detroit. With all the great bomber options out there, this jacket is a no-brainer for a heavyweight version of a bomber that keep you warm and dry no matter what. The special thing about this jacket is that its design is so timeless that it’ll be one that you can wear for many years to come.

Carhartt WIP Anchorage Parka:

This Carhartt WIP parka might be the last coat you’ll ever buy. You’ll be surprised by every detail from the water repellent fabric, to the rib-knit cuffs, all the way to the adjustable hood with removable fur and fur lining. Not only that, but you’ll experience ultimate warmth paired with a timeless traditional style.


Here we are. It’s the time of year when we start gifting for the guys that we love… including ourselves. We thought we’d make it easy for you to find those well-made, high quality gifts.  We’ve combed through all of our favorite brands and found the

essential items at or under $150 that can enrich any guy’s life. We’ve selected some incredible tops, bottoms, and accessories that represent a well designed life and will each stand alone as unique and special pieces for a very long time.

Accessories | Of course, accessories should complete or compliment a look… but we also recognize that for the minimal man who has style, that an accessory shouldn’t be worth carrying if it doesn’t have function. We’ve assembled some items that can be used on a daily basis and are designed well enough for your curated life.
— Apolis x Steadbrook Denver Market Bag  |  We’ve joined forces with our good friends at Apolis to produce this tote bag that is not only beautiful, but also boasts build quality without compromise. It’s made from natural golden jute fiber harvested in Bangladesh and has a waterproof lining. It can be carried in an out of any environment while maintaining ultimate class.
- Reigning Champ Powerdry Gloves  |  These gloves are designed to be lightweight and nearly non-noticeable when worn. They’ll keep your hands warm with their Polartec construction and they’ll blend right in with your minimal aesthetic.
-  Han Kjobenhavn Paul Senior  |  Han Kjobenhavn Sunglasses are handmade and beautiful. Made with Italian acetate, Japanese nickel hinges, and Carl Zeiss optics. They’ll keep you looking good all throughout the year.

-  Carhartt Scott Watch Cap  |  An incredibly warm hat from Carhartt Work In Progress with the classic square patch label on the flap. To keep your head warm and styled at the same time.
-  Cereal Magazine Issue 10  |  This edition of Cereal Magazine features Chapters on Northern California, USA; Antwerp, Belgium; and Panama City, Panama. This perfect-bound publication looks good on anyone’s coffee table and contains articles about style and culture that never disappoint.
-  Apolis Transit Issue Table Candle  |  This candle has a beautiful aroma of Cypress Fig and was handmade in the USA. The sturdy vessel and the screwtop lid make it extremely easy to transport to into every area of life.
-  Miansai Black Anchor on Grey Leather  |  The black anchor bracelet from Miansai is infinitely adjustable and will complete any look.


Tops | It’s no coincidence that Carhartt Work In Progress was our standout brand for button downs around this price point. They’ve been making quality goods for years and certainly didn’t waver with this most recent round of shirting. We’ve picked three classic shirts that each have their own unique flavor. 
– Shard Shirt | The WIP Shard Shirt is the perfect weight for the colder months along with the perfect allover print cool enough for any season. This shirt feels great while wearing because of the 6.6oz brushed flannel and the brilliant Carhartt construction.This shirt is casual and fun but also holds its own in upscale environments with its unique hidden button-down collar.

- Pitcher Shirt | The WIP Pitcher Shirt is a solid oxford shirt that has details that stand out from the rest. This is a baseball inspired button down that contains details from the classic varsity jackets you love. The cuffs are ribbed as well as the collar keeping the sporty vibe while also holding true to a traditional oxford shirt. 
- Bruce Shirt | The WIP Bruce Shirt is a 5oz twill flannel that will keep you warm and set you apart from the rest of the flannel donning men (or women) in your life. This shirt is a subtle gray that might not seem to stand out at first glance, however; it features two unique details can be noticed with further inspection. First, is a banded stand-up collar that doesn’t either add to, or take away from your minimal lifestyle. And next, is the contrast back insert that adds just enough plaid to the garment to catch some attention throughout the day.

Bottoms  |  A quality pair of pants in necessary for every man and we know just as well as anyone that construction and fit are key factors in finding the right pair. We’ve got three pairs that will not only hold up but will also fit just like a glove… Well, not like a glove, but you know what we mean.  
-  Sid Pant  |  The WIP Sid Pant is quite possibly the best fitting chino you’ll ever put on. We’ve found that no matter the guy, this pant has the unique ability to look good on any wearer. It’s made from a stretch-twill fabric that’s available in a variety of colors and featured here in navy blue. In addition to the fit, the pants will hold up to the test of time with barrack stitching at all of the vital stretch points.  

-  Vicious Pant  |  The WIP Vicious Pant is for the days that you can’t decide between a pair of denim and some chinos. It’s made from cotton, stretch twill, and durable T400 stretch fabric. Each of these materials make this pant incredibly durable, just as you’d expect from a classic Carhartt piece.  The fit is fairly “regular” with a slight taper all the way down.  
-  Aros Chino  |  The Norse Projects Aros Chino has been around with Norse since the very beginning, and they’ve continued to improve them with every new season. These pants are made from a heavyweight broken twill that was sourced from Italy and were constructed with the highest level of quality. The fit of these pants will be a classic higher-waist and a straight-leg the entire way down. These pants also feature a lot of hidden details that will surprise you every time they’re worn.


It is always easy to make fun of how unpredictable the autumn and spring seasons are in Denver. The weather is really all over the place. The Spring can be exceptionally taunting while coming out of the cold of winter. 80 degree days can lead you to think summer is here, then a 2 day snow storm will change that idea quickly.

Regardless of location, this is a general guide for addressing the mild or transitional weather. The key is versatility. Changing weather does not have to mean changing clothes, it just means wearing layers that will work with a wide range of conditions.  3 light layers can provide insulation and warmth in the cold.  Then when the temperature rises, opening the top 2 layers instantly cools.

Norse Projects Bendt Light Jacket
A light jacket is a piece that every one regrets not having when the sun goes down. Having a stylistic and functionally versatile outer layer is important because it is the first defense against sudden weather change, and creates a lasting impression with others. The Bendt Light features an overshirt cut from a compact nylon/polyester oxford fabric with a water resistant finish. Translated: the jacket looks like it would fit in a board meeting but begs to be worn while skating in the rain.

Carhartt Work In Progress Robert Shirt
As we personally curated all the brands in the shop, Work In Progress was one that we begged to carry from the beginning.  Progressing and translating clothing originating from quality workwear to the active urban lifestyle with a heavy influence from skateboarding is something we value immensely. The Robert shirt is a perfect mid layer both because of the weight and color, a nice tie in to the blue skies of spring.

Carhartt Work In Progress Sid Chino
Made with a blend of Cotton/T400®/Polyester Stretch Twill, the Sids are a WIP classic. Keeping it stylistically simple, these are perfect for just about everything.

ohw? Farrell Shoes
With most fits, we like to create color layers. The beanie and pants are different but lighter tones, separated by the overall darker middle. To tie in the the darker middle, but including the blue shirt, we went with a navy shoe, both for contrast and balance. The Farrell's are made in their own family owned factory with an approach to create contemporary and functional designs. Being mindful of the changing weather, these shoes are perfect for whatever might come. The thick gripped rubber sole provides a comfortable foundation if you find yourself going for a long walk around the city.

See full collection here.

 


One of the best things about Denver is the weather. We only get 8 to 15 inches of precipitation annually and during the winter, the average temperature is 45 degrees. The mountains take up most of the clouds and snowfall, but every so often, one will sneak over or come from the east making it hard to plan for all the variance the weather can bring throughout the day.

After experiencing the bright colors of fall, the winter weather brings more muted tones that can feel like a drag, but we say have fun with it! The cold weather mixed with some light flurries, a dark color palette and a cup of coffee can feel quite classy if you prepare enough to feel comfortable. The main idea behind this guide is the perfect mixture of aesthetics and functionality.

As the winter progresses and we get though our storms, a cap like our navy Corduroy/Cotton Twill 5 Panel can be the easiest option to add on to provide some warmth while not going full on with a beanie. We love mixing navy with greys and blacks as a subtle contrast while keeping the overall dark tones and staying consistent with the inspirational winter palette.

Brand new to the shop we are really excited to introduce Apolis to the mixture and combine with the other phenomenal brands we represent. Their Moleskin Button Under is made with Japanese cotton and has been hand washed making it incredibly soft and warm. A key part of the outfit versatility comes into play as it can be used as an over shirt or a primary shirt, and features 2 handy military chest pockets.

Norse Projects comes through as always with their unbeatably simple yet intriguingly complex pieces. The Thomas Slim Wool chino has an updated fit that is slim, but the wool blend allows it to the flexible and comfortable, not to mention warm. Their Thor Light Cotton jacket embraces the same principals by providing a light shell that blocks the wind and moisture while being incredibly light.

With a navy top and dark pants, it is easy to finish any outfit with some black shoes. The finer textures of the jacket and wool pants provide a nice foundation to then add a bigger texture pattern. The hand woven toe cap on the Thorocraft Ross adds a simple variation to the textural composition that can really only be truly appreciate and noticed at a personal level, thus adding depth to the experience.



Fall in Denver is upon us!  It's probably our favorite time of year simply because the weather is really starting to cool down, skateparks are empty during the day, and the brief time when the the leaves change is breathtaking.  Mornings can shock your system with the cold, afternoons can be very comfortable, then the temps dip right back down in the evening with the ever so earlier sunset.

The colors of the season are very inspiring, so why not use that as a color guide for layering?  God always likes to make it easy by showing us how it's done, so look outside, pick some colors, and go for it.  For this guide, we simply picked up some leaves we found on the ground, grabbed some clothes that matched, added some black because it goes with everything, and done!

A beanie might be the most versatile and helpful piece of clothing during the fall.  The H Beanie by Han Kjobenhavn is deep enough to cover your ears and neck when it's cold, but light enough where you won't sweat.  A black beanie is a true staple simply because you can throw it on with anything.

The Bubble Camo button down by Jiberish is perfect for fall.  Not only does the sewn in pattern match so well with the fallen leaves on the ground, but the weight and fit is perfect to layer over.  A very notable detail is that this cut allows it to not bunch under hoodies, sweaters, or jackets.  Considering the custom fabric, Jiberish has made it very affordable as a bonus.

Without needing to throw on winter coats just yet, the Gustav crew neck by Norse Projects works extremely well as an outer layer.  As the winter rolls in, it works equally well when worn under a jacket.  Made with cotton on the inside for comfort, and wool on the outside for warmth, Norse Projects has produced an extremely functionial sweater that amazes us every time we put it on.

With enough color on the top, its nice to keep the rest simple.  Tying in with the beanie and the new Lowe sneakers by Thorocraft, the Norse Projects Aros Slim Heavy Chino provides both warmth and versatility.  The slim cut allows it to work in the most formal situations, and the heavy construction provides a durability just in case you find yourself getting out of the city, and going for a hike in the beautiful golden aspen trees.



Summers in Denver are experienced by plenty of direct, intense sunshine.  The dry, semi-arid climate allows for escape from the heat in the shade, but it also makes the temperature change drastically when clouds roll in or the sun goes down.  This variance makes it possible to have some fun with layers.

For the other guides, the colors were inspired by the landscape and the changing color scheme occurring naturally.  This one pays tribute to tradition and the ideals surrounding the holiday that occurs in the hottest month in Denver, the 4th of July.  From the bright summer sun, to the colors of fireworks in the dark sky.

A lot of times it is easiest to start choosing your wardrobe with a good t-shirt.  Our newest release of t-shirts features a tri-blend material which means they are super soft.  The Broadway Denver Stacked tee serves as that comfortable base even when you need to add to it.

The Boucle shorts by Jiberish are made from a Japanese boucle cotton/tweed.  The fit of these shorts allows for movement as well as appropriate ventilation to keep everything cooler.  The material is comfortable enough for the biking adventures through the city, and is durable enough to withstand overnight camping trips.

Even in the hottest month of the year, when temperatures can break 100° F, nights can still drop below 60° F.  It is always good to be properly prepared to throw on a layer to keep comfortable while watching the bombs bursting in air.  The Yale Blue Casual Long Sleeve shirt by I Love Ugly is a very study, durable shirt built for whatever comes your way in the adventures of summer.

Another absolute summer essential is a good, light hat.  Though different textures, the Polo Chambray cap of ours plays well alongside the varying visual textures of the heathered t-shirt and the boucle shorts.  The weight of the cap, along with the unstructured fit is built for comfort and class.  The 6-panel construction and the simple color scheme make it an easy addition to any wardrobe, as well as a good fit for any activity under that blasted hot sun.



07 Jul
2014

A Year in Review

As we look back, it is hard to imagine that one year has already gone by. It goes to show that time really can fly–especially when you’re so passionate about all that you’re working on, learning, and living. It seems just like yesterday we were dreaming up the idea of what Steadbrook could become; a space that could be a gathering place for our friends, a place to have fun, discover new ideas, new relationships, new perspectives and to send people out to enjoy this lifestyle together. Now we’re here, already a year later, reflecting on how Steadbrook has become all of these things and so much more.

We have always had the desire to build a place where we can be honest–like the tree houses or forts that we knew from when we were kids. Even more, we wanted a place removed of exclusions, a real place we would be proud to bring anyone, and everyone could have their part.

Now we are one year into this crazy roller-coaster ride, and we owe every ounce of our success to the people who came together to form what Steadbrook has become. Our old friends, new friends, loved ones and supporters–all of who we are proud to call our Family. Thank you.

What the shop looked like before we put a little elbow grease into it.

What the shop looks like now.

At our 4th of July BBQ, our good friend and daily visitor John Camalick (aka Super Fresh) became our grill-master.

Sometimes we practice nose manuals in the shop. A few drywall patches later, we’ve gotten much better.

We usually start each day with pour over coffee, but on special days we just might have a cappuccino.

We made friends with a band called Run River North. Sally picked up our Collegiate Floral Crew before playing at a venue in Colorado Springs–we of course had to go see them live.

We now have a few shop dogs competing to become our mascot. Some of our favorite pups: Atlas, Coast, and Lucy.

As well as a dog that made a special visit while traveling across the country.

Maddie and her owner, Theron, were on a cross country book tour, sharing stories and meeting new people with the hopes of showing how great adopting dogs from shelters can be.

We’ve had old friends and new friends visit from out of state to take a picture in our #steadbox. Including a few members of the band Local Natives...

and the team from Self Edge and 3sixteen. Check out our Instagram for more #steadbox photos.

One of our biggest events of the year was our collaboration with VSCO. We had the opportunity to create a Capsule Collection with imagery from four photographers who inspire us. Read more about the collab here.

Last but not least, we had a party to celebrate our being in business for one year and the launch of our anniversary collection.

Thanks to Sweet Action Ice Cream, Great Divide Brewery, Peach Street Distillery, Rocky Mountain Soda, and Root & Field for helping make the night awesome.

And of course, to all the amazing friends and family who came to celebrate with us–we wouldn't be here without you!


It's hard to believe that a year has already passed since we opened the doors to Steadbrook. Inversely, looking at the community that we celebrated this year with makes us feel like we've been around for much longer. It's that spirit and perspective that guided our anniversary collection and sets a precedence for how we plan to continue moving forward.

Collaborating with three of our favorite brands, who simultaneously have been heavy supporters of Steadbrook, we present to you our Anniversary Capsule Collection composed of a 9 oz. shirt by 3sixteen, followed by a lightweight poplin cap with black satin under visor by Ebbets Field Flannels, and rounded out with a 400 gsm heavyweight organic ringspun cotton sweatshirt by Jiberish.

For each piece we wanted to do something very timeless while still adding unique and functional details that play into our lifestyle. The cap by Ebbets Field is constructed over a super light weight matte poplin fabric making it much more wearable during the summer months when a traditional wool cap can often simply be too hot. The cap also features our signature SB lockup in white felt appliqué, a black satin under visor and a black leather closure.

The shirt is 3sixteen's signature 9 oz. jersey fabric that's custom knit for them in Canada. The material is then cut and sewn in San Francisco, CA in the same factory where their jeans are made. The tee also features a triple needle coverstitched never-sag collar and were finished locally in Denver with the STEADY appliqué. Working with this shirt silhouette we were able to create a piece that stands the test of time aesthetically and physically by enduring the wear and tear of our daily activities and always looking great.

This collection is a tribute to the Steadbrook community. It's our responsibility to provide the highest quality products that stand the test of time and allow each and every person to express their individuality while still knowing they're equally a part of a collective that is much greater. These pieces reflect that promise to you, and our diligent pursuit to move forward in a calculated, never wavering, steady manner.

Working with Jiberish, we wanted to tap into their legacy of producing some of the best fleece pieces in the game. We realize that releasing a 400 gsm sweatshirt in June doesn't make sense for most people. But for us in Colorado who get up to the mountains, you know that mornings and evenings still require proper layering. Or for our friends on the West Coast where the June gloom means crisp mornings and brisk evenings, this piece was made for our lifestyle and assuredly because of our principles in creating this collection, it will still look great once winter comes back around.

We're honored, humbled, and beyond grateful for the community that have made this year possible, and we feel very responsible to continue to do all we can to serve you and bring relevant and reliable products to make this lifestyle we all enjoy even better. Thank you for everything, we can't wait to share what's coming next. The entire collection is now available in our shop right here.                                                                                                                         photography by Luca Venter


We had the opportunity to partner with VSCO to create a Capsule Collection with imagery from four photographers who inspire us. On November 15, the VSCO x Steadbrook Capsule Collection became available for purchase in store as well as online here. A portion of the proceeds will go towards VSCO's photography scholarship fund.

The following imagery was captured by Luca Venter to create a stunning lookbook for the collection. Utilizing some spectacular Denver locations Luca was able to showcase the pieces from Marat Shaya's brilliant floral, through the Ebbet's Field caps and the powerful capture of Jordan Butcher in a captivating visual narrative.

Don't forget to check out the whole collection available for sale in the shop.

Also follow the work of Luca on his VSCO GridInstagram, and Twitter.


Though it has not quite happened yet, soon all the leaves will have fallen off the trees and cleared off of our yards. For the majority of the winter Denver is not covered in snow, but rather the greyed out muted ground colors of cold weather along with the bold colors of the obnoxiously early yet remarkably beautiful mid afternoon sunsets.

With daylight hours occupying less of our day we have to think about how we can dress more intentionally for colder temperatures while still holding tight to our approach of clothing as a curation of art pieces. This particular collection brings together wears from Spain, France, Canada, and New Zealand in an aesthetically pleasing and surprisingly functional way. When the cut of each layer is well planned, the full fit can be remarkably nimble.

Canadians know winter. The Muttonhead Cycling Dress Shirt, out of Toronto, is very fitting and impressively agile. The shirt is made with light recycled hemp which not only adds to its durability, but because hemp is a hollow fiber it traps heat to make it a great insulator. The collar and upper are made of a cotton oil cloth that looks incredible from behind the other layers.

The TwoThirds Pluvia shirt makes a reappearance this week with a different color way simply because it is such a great mid layer. Coming out of the sailing and surf culture of San Sebastian, Spain, the shirt has a little more room so it fits nicely on top of the Muttonhead shirt without sizing up, but not too much room so it will not bunch up or twist under the outer layer. The pattern lays nicely against to solid colors and provides an intriguing yet clean stand alone when the jacket is removed.

Most of the winter days in Denver do not require a heavy duty coat, especially when we are layering on top of two warm shirts. The Tucson Blazer by Sixpack France provides plenty of warmth with a sherpa lining while keeping it sharp with a blazer style button up. It features a convertible mao collar to add another layer to the neck if needed.

We love the Muttonhead Cycling pants because of the way they combine comfort, quality, and style. Made out of an organic cotton twill trouser fabric, these are not to be confused with sweatpants. They feature an elastic waist and ankle that help to stay comfortable while trapping your own body heat inside the pant.

 As the winter solstice approaches and the days continue to shorten, don't let that seemingly dreary mentality degrade your dress in method or purpose. A small interjection of intentionality can dramatically change your winter presence.

 Whether you're in a high desert climate like Denver, dealing with the frigid conditions of New York, or are in a relatively unchanged San Francisco, we're all dealing with these shorter days and being prepared while remaining styled is something we can all unite in.