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Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Causegear.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

I believe in long-lasting, quality goods. I also believe in goods that improve the lives of the individuals of those who create them.

Each one of us has an opportunity to live a life considering the ‘other.’ How often do we think of the people that make the products that we use every day? Browsing the internet and shopping online inhabits everyone’s lives. What if you knew the story behind the man or woman that created the jacket you just purchased? What if your purchase impacted the life of an individual all the way across the world? That is exactly what Causegear offers.

“Handcrafted for freedom.”

Causegear supplies many options of bags, guitar straps, and goodies that provides livable wages for the people that make the products. Causegear is addressing poverty in a real, empowering way. I love how each bag is printed with the woman who created the bag. For the first time as a consumer, you start to build a relationship with the employee. I love that!

Causegear is a stellar brand making a difference in this world. Be sure to check them out. And next time you go to purchase something online, consider the person making those products.


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Urban Pack

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Hebrews 13:16

Comfort is Crucial.

Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Beckett Simonon.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

In high school I was a huge sneaker head. I remember saving all my money to buy new Nikes. I was a little obsessed. Now in my mid 20s, I’ve grown a new love for leather shoes and boots. A more sophisticated look. Whether it be monk straps, oxfords, or chelseas - I love the more mature aesthetic.

I love to walk places. Downtown, to the store, or even a little stroll in a garden. So it is crucial to find a pair of shoes that is both appealing and don’t leave my feet full of blisters. Luckily, I’ve found a pair truly satisfying.

My feet have been blessed with a new pair of shoes. The Dean Oxfords from Beckett Simonon. Beckett Simonon is a direct to consumer brand changing the way premium shoes are offered. The process is an ease and joy to go through. Flipping through their online catalogue and finding a superior shoe never was so simple.

The Dead Oxfords are truly a game changer for me. I love that all the shoes are hand-crafted one at a time! The leather is fantastic. I did apply a little leather protection as I do with all my leathers. I appreciated the added dust bag to keep my shoes clean. AND they are unimaginably comfortable. I find it difficult to find a dress shoe that is ageless in style and don’t leave my feet aching. The Dean Oxford does not do so. It will surely become a staple item to my outfit.

Don’t just sit there admiring, shop for your new Beckett Simonon!!


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Dean Oxford

Photography: Stefan Ton

Get Out More.

Erik Engstrom

sponsored by: Fisher + Baker

thoughts are my own.

My life in Chicago has been on constant go. From starting school again, running to meetings, introducing myself to people, to traveling downtown for drinks and a comedy show. It has all been crazy.

The adjustment has been real.

So much has been happening. I once lived in a place where the outdoors was always an access. Now here, I’m discovering endless facts about living in urban places again. Even with the rush of opportunity, struggle, and hustle of Chicagoland - I have to come to the realization that this is now home.

I just wish my home had a little more outdoors.

Recently, I’ve collaborated with Fisher + Baker to encourage my adventure bug. To say it simply, I’ve been out of balanced. My life has been consumed with the American thought of ‘go.’ But where is the rest? Fisher + Baker aims to bring balance back into gentlemen’s lives.


Combine fashion with function. Combine work with play. Combine city with outdoors.

I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors, yet find myself constantly in urban environments. It’s the place I live, it’s the jobs I pick up, it’s the people I meet. But I need a weekend at the cabin. I need a couple days up north. I need a place of solitude.

Excitingly, I’m getting ready to plan a trip away. Within the next month I’ve decided to travel to a ‘camp’ in Wisconsin for a little getaway. Maybe I’ll take a canoe out in the morning and watch the sunrise. I’m a romantic. I love beauty. I’m expectant that Fisher + Baker will encourage me to get out more and find balance.

Function + Quality

Let’s get down to the details.

Fisher + Baker truly pack the punch on all of their products. They are built for any circumstance.

My Chelsea Trench coat is packed with goodies. It’s windproof, waterproof, breathable, and has lifetime warranty. I’ve worn it during a downpour and I stayed dry. It’s the real deal. A trip to the PNW is much needed now.

Their products are all paired with timeless fashion. Which means you are getting quality gear that looks great.

Be sure to check Fisher + Baker out. They’re dope.


Shop Fisher + Baker Look:

Camden Shirt
Chelsea Trench

oh , that i had the wings of a dove! i would fly away and be at rest.