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Ministry of Supply.

Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Ministry of Supply.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

A couple of years ago my brother and I witnessed Ministry of Supply for the first time.

We were invited to a fashion show on the top of a hotel in downtown Chicago. After a night of a few drinks, meeting people, admiring the engineering behind the clothes, and watching the fashion show - I quickly fell in love with the brand.

Of course, Ministry of Supply was that clothing brand. It was my first taste and see experience. The sleek dresswear functioned better than any other I had seen before. My first product I owned was Supply socks. I wore them for years, they were some of the most comfortable socks I’ve worn.

Today, I am excited to partner with Ministry of Supply.

My workweek always looks a little different. Day by day, I don’t know what to expect. Full time student, working in a church, and photography. My schedule and lifestyle can be anything from casual to dressy. I found myself constantly needing something to match my organic way of life. Ministry of Supply offers advanced engineered clothing to fit just that.

For the past couple of weeks I have been trying the Aero Dress Shirt and the Momentum Chinos.

The Aero is a perfect shirt for a professional day at work and a quick transition to play. The shirt supplies the perfect comfort and feel for an active day. Whether running around work or a night on the town. I hate dress shirts that cannot handle the heat. NO ONE wants to see pit stains. In the weeks that I have had this shirt I have had zero stains, and it’s been like 80 degrees here in Illinois. The ventilation in the armpits allow great airflow to enter into the easily heated areas of the body. I could talk so much more about the the softness and collars. It’s hands down a wonderful shirt.

The Momentum Chinos are probably my favorite of the two products. They literally are built for it all. From cycling to walking and running. I have full movement in these pants. After work I have played a little basketball in these trousers. While I don’t recommend always doing so, they worked. They are incredibly comfortable as well. Feel like lightweight sweatpants but built for the workday. It’s easy to dress the pants up for a day in the office or a few drinks at a bar.

If you too want to try these highly engineered products be sure to use my discount code: THEAMERICANSWEDE20


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!!


Shop the Shoe:

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.