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Causegear.

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.

erik.

Shop the Brand:

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!!

erik.

Shop the Shoe:

Dean Oxford

Photography: Stefan Ton

Spring Layers.

Erik Engstrom

I love styling layers. The Winter's brisk air makes layering an easy task. However, come springtime it's not that easy. Especially when you live in Minnesota. One week can be perfect 50 degree weather and the next day a snowstorm can hit instantly. I'll trade my layers for a paid vacation to the Caribbean any day. 

However, I live in bipolar Minnesota. I haven't been able to put away my winter jackets just yet. And the days it is warm, I tend to need a jacket by nightfall. 

So here are a few tips for bipolar Spring (especially for you Midwesterners). 

  1. Light tops - Your body needs to breathe! Put away your flannels and fold up those itchy wool sweaters. This is not the season for those tops. Pick fabrics that are light. Don't have too many bells and whistles on your clothing. Keep it simple. I picked up this Oxford from Gap the other month just for Spring. It really comes in handy on those hot, steamy days. Roll up the sleeves and feel the breeze. Pairing it with a light blazer (from J.Crew) is a perfect combination. 
  2. The jacket - This is the tricky one. Find a jacket that can combat any weather. My Orvis jacket is excellent for those chilly nights by a bonfire, running through the April showers, and light enough when leaving the house. 
  3. No comfy clothes - I know it's simple for people (especially Midwesterners) to fall into the trap of sweatpants, yoga pants, and a sweatshirt. Just because it's cold doesn't mean you need to change your entire aesthetic. Mama Engstrom would not approve. Neither does your love interest. You know she loves when you look good and dressed up. So keep her happy. 

erik.

Shop the Look:

Orvis Barn Coat
Gap Oxford Shirt
Gap Clean Khakis
J.Crew Chore Blazer
Red Wing Heritage Classic Mocs

Photography: Jed Cranor