GEAR | Crescioni Accessories

Photos by Andrew Lee.

Crescioni is an accessories label rooted in traditional craft techniques inspired by the spirit of the American west. All pieces are handmade in California. And these collection photos knocked my socks off. They're too good.

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GIFT GUIDE | Kaufmann Mercantile Under $50

To start off gift guides this year, here are my picks from one of my favorite places to get gifts for friends and family: Kaufmann Mercantile (our fantastic sponsor for the season). All of these babies are under $50, and there's plenty more under $50 treasures than what you see here.

Clockwise from top left: Waterproof Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag ($48); Deerskin Palm Fingerless Gloves ($25 per pair); Scrappy's Lavender Bitters ($23); EDC Brass Key Ring ($10); Handmade Leather Key Holder ($49); Indigo Denim & Canvas Notebook ($32); Cedar Wood Boot Jack ($19); Armor Lux Socks ($20); Polished Horn Salad Servers ($49+); Waxed Canvas Travel Dog Bowl ($43); Brass Pocket Compass or Key Ring Compass ($45); Cast Iron Bottle Opener ($30); Magnesium Fire Starter ($36); Waxed Cotton Shoe Laces ($8 each).

UNIFORM | Filson Cowichan Sweaters

It's officially sweater weather, even here in L.A. (well, OK, at night). To usher in the season, Filson seasonally partners with members of the Cowichan Tribes of British Columbia to create limited edition knits. This year's Cowichan sweaters, made by hand using traditional Cowichan knitting methods of course, are pretty great looking. The technique combines traditional weaving with European Fair Isle techniques, and have been popular since the 1950s for ladies and dudes alike—especially this dude. Check out the entire Filson Cowichan collection, which includes scarves and mittens as well.

SCENE | Vere Verto in Rural Spain

It's perhaps more evident than ever: source and process are huge components when building a brand in today's market—consumers are more aware of where things are made, how they're made, and what they're made of. While there's been a lot of due praise given to heritage brands and manufacturers over the last seven or so years, I find it as interesting when a young label finds its way, and hits its stride, by teaming up with a storied manufacturer or artisan in the world. Case and point is Vere Verto, one of my most favorite leather bag makers. They recently returned from the leather tannery they work with in rural Spain and had a show-and-tell session with me. The business relationship they have with their tannery is not only a window into an ancient craft, but it's also a window into the Spanish soul. E-mail and phone orders don't cut it with a tannery like this that's been in business since 900 A.D., it's about face-to-face meetings (often with wine), tradition, heritage, pride, family, and respect. In short, tanneries in Spain are sacred and personal relationships are everything. Here are some shots from the tannery in a teeny village north of Madrid in the Castilla Y León region. All the processes the leather goes through to become piel curtida (a tanned hide), from drying to buffing to vegetable dying in giant bombos, are slow, storied, and, according to Vere Verto, perfect. It makes me have a whole new appreciation for my Mox.

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ICON | Nina Simone

Photo of Nina Simone by Jack Robinson, 1969.

"I'm a real rebel with a cause." —Nina Simone

GIVEAWAY | Wool & Salmon Skin House Shoes

Is there anything in the world that looks cozier than these Chilean-made wool and salmon skin house shoes ($59)!? These puppies make me want to make a Hot Toddie, light a fire, put on a 1990s rom-com and let the good times roll. They're made from the local soft hair of Patagonian sheep and tanned natural salmon skin, an up-cycled fabric made from what the fishing industry would otherwise throw away. Our amazing sponsor Kaufmann Mercantile (we're doing some really fun stuff together over the next few months, like this curated gift guide!) is giving a pair away. To enter the giveaway: leave a comment below! Winner will be announced Tuesday evening (11/11). Good luck!

***The winner is: Danielle Jamnik who said...Too cozy! I would love these.*** 
E-mail me lizziegarrett(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your slippers.


I'm super excited to announce a new project I'm working on with my friend Eva Goicochea called Reed. When this blog started in May of 2010, we weren't exactly sure who the tomboy of the 21st century was, or what she wore, where she went, or who her role models were. I'm proud of the exploration we've embarked on and the findings we've come back with. Reed will be a shopping destination and the new home of this blog (the blogging will continue) and other cool things that will launch in the new year. We know an online shop isn't reinventing the wheel as it relates to the current retail landscape, but I'm hopeful that we're putting together something really special and unique that will particularly serve you—me—us, in a way that other shops don't. Just like Tomboy Style, our goal for Reed is to search out quality, authenticity, adventure, and style and share it. More excitement and more news in 2015, but for now if you want to sign up for updates, please do: Please join Eva and me on the diving board before we jump in.

SCENE | Departures & Arrivals

Photo of Mick and Bianca Jagger at London Airport (now Heathrow) by David Stroud, 1972.

When we think of air travel in the 20th century, stylish images of well-heeled passengers flood our minds. Today, when I think of air travel, I immediately think of dressing strategically. Here's a look back at some tomboy style in the departure and arrival terminals decades before TSA had its way with our outfits. And in case you missed it: the Tomboy Style x Paper Chase custom luggage tags based on airline tags of the 1960s.

Above photos: Mae Pearl Bailey 1966; Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen at Orly Airport 1973; Paul and Linda McCartney and family at Copenhagen Airport 1972; Althea Gibson at London Airport 1957; Jane and Serge at Heathrow 1977.

UNIFORM | Duckworth

The first time I heard the phrase sheep-to-shelf was in conjunction with the new outdoor clothing base-layer brand Duckworth out of Bozeman, Montana. There's "assembled in the U.S.A.", there's "made in the U.S.A." and then there's Duckworth—"grown, spun, knit, and sewn in the USA." They're the only wool company with its entire supply chain inside the country. From a sheep ranch in Montana to a mill in South Carolina, you may think this company is old-fashioned for the sake of it, but Duckworth is not group of luddites, they are about innovation and new construction—their goal isn't a certain look or aesthetic, it's to simply create the lightest, warmest fabrics in existence. Consider me converted.

UNIFORM | Córka Rybaka Beanies

I'm not sure which I love more, the origin story of Córka Rybaka or the actual beanies—they are both so great. Córka Rybaka, which means fisherman's daughter in Polish, is a hand-knit unisex beanie label out of Warsaw. Monika Kucel hand-knits each and every Hemingway-esque beanie herself from 100% Peruvian Highland wool in her apartment in Poland. I mostly love how she is focused on one product, just one, and mastering it. The beanies (€65 / $82), which if treated well are claimed to last a lifetime, are shipped worldwide. You can shop the 2013 collection online. Now, if you're interested, check out the origin story here!

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ICON | Françoise Gilot

Photos of French painter and author Françoise Gilot in her studio in 1953 via AFP.

"For me, style is essentially doing things well. If you want to be outrageous, be outrageous with style. If you want to be restrained, be restrained with style. One can't specifically define style. It's like the perfume to a flower. It's a quality you can't analyze." —Françoise Gilot

UNIFORM | The South Pacific

Photo of unknown military personnel on Fassarie Isle, Ulithi Atoll by Carl Mydans for LIFE.

Being currently in Hawaii and having just finished the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, I keep looking at the ocean and the islands trying to imagine them 70 years ago when the world was at war and incredible and horrific things were happening on tiny islands all over the Pacific. Finding photos of women in uniform during WWII has always struck a chord, especially this one. I just wish I knew more about her.

Fair Ends Olive Waxed Cotton Cap ($48); Garrett Leight Milwood Sunglasses ($315) or similar Warby Parker Edgeworth Sunglasses ($95); Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($7); Madewell Cargo Workshirt ($55).


S.D. Evans out of Brooklyn is creating some incredible heirloom-quality quilts and wall hangings that are so great I can barely stand it. Each quilt is a handmade, one of kind piece made from natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, vintage yukata cotton, and leather. The quilts clearly honor traditional patterns, but S.D. Evans has effortlessly added a contemporary aesthetic. I think of these pieces not only as utilitarian crafts but also 21st century Americana at its finest. Prices start in the low $100s and go up from there. Keep up with Tomboy Style elsewhere: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK.

CONTEMPORARY | Sierra Prescott

Photos via @sierra_prescott.

Can we all please take a moment to acknowledge the radness that is photographer Sierra Prescott in Instagram? Lady can shred.

[Thanks Aja]

DESIGN | Coasters

Every year as gift giving season approaches (earlier and earlier), I find myself less and less prepared and more and more filled with panic. In attempt to get ahead of the game and simplify, I've decided there's one item that seems to work for everyone: a nice set of coasters. They are easy, fun, not too personal, one-size-fits-all, and work really nicely for a host/hostess gift (and can be cheaper than a bottle of nice wine). Here are a few I really like in case there are some people here that like to get it done early or also are suffering from pre-holiday anxiety. And, who doesn't need a drinking buddy, amirite?

Clockwise from top left: Merino Wool Felt Coasters ($24 for a set of four); Karen Kimmel Leather Moon Coasters ($36 for a set of four); Kilim Coasters ($30 for a set of six); Mazama Leather Coasters ($20 for a set of four); Geometric Coasters ($15 for a set of six); Fog Linen Coasters ($30 for set of six).