Our editor empties the pockets of his Barbour
Here at He Spoke Style, we believe that true style exists in the details you don’t necessarily see. What men carry with them every day says as much about them as the clothes they wear. Our Pocket Dump series gives you an intimate look at the things men love — and the stories behind them. Today, we’re pleased to feature contributor Casper Lundmose. Take it away, Casper! — HSS
I know it might seem a little dramatic, but I like to surround myself with and carry as much history around with me as possible every single day. To show you what I mean, I’ve emptied out the pockets of my Barbour. Enjoy!
There is certainly no getting around this one these days. For the last decade or so I have opted for the iPhone for several reasons. I like the design. I prefer the iOS operating system. It just feels like me. Aside from that, I’ve found it to not only be a great work tool but it also does it’s primary job well too — i.e. keeping in touch with friends!
2. Seiko Lasalle Watch
Some of you probably know me as a watch guy. And if there’s one thing about all of my watches, it’s that they come with a personal story attached. This Seiko Lasalle was my father’s regular watch throughout the mid-1980s and early 90s. He bought it at the Osaka airport in 1985 during a business trip to Japan. I love feeling that connection each and every time I put it on my wrist.
3. Car Keys
…in this case, for my Alfa Romeo Stelvio (a.k.a the family car). Our second vehicle is an Abarth 595. Our household is an Italophile one, and our cars offer a clear indication of this. Our current lineup is as close to being my (attainable) dream garage as I can come and I am grateful for that! My car keys are held together with a keychain I was given on Father’s Day from my daughters engraved “Far” – always with me.
4. Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife
I can’t understand why these little knives aren’t as common as they used to be. I only have one other friend who is a frequent pocket knife carrier. A small Victorinox Swiss Army knife is something I remember both my grandfathers carrying, and this particular knife was my grandfather’s. I can remember like it was yesterday how they’d pull out these handy tools for the smallest daily “obstacles” — opening a letter, a package, cutting an apple, tightening a loose screw. And I admit to carrying on that tradition. Similarly to the feeling I have wearing my father’s Seiko Lasalle, I love being able to carry a memory of my grandfather with me every single day too.
I have a thing with wallets and own several that I rotate between regularly. Every time I visited Italy in the past, I would spend probably too much time searching for the perfect wallet. You know the one, right? Not too big, not too small. Just the right amount of room. And the leather had to feel and smell just right. This particular wallet you see here I purchased at a local market in Cavallino, Italy. However, lest you think I’m content, I’ll be searching for a new one this summer — that is, if I can find the one that ticks all the boxes…
6. Sony A6000
I rarely leave the house without my camera. I use the Sony A6000 with a Sony 50mm F1.8 mounted. It’s a perfect size and I’ve used it for several years, so I know it inside and out. Yes, the cameras in your phone are great — however, when it all comes down to it, I prefer the Sony over the phone any day. But it wasn’t always that way and those with kids will understand all too well.
Prior to owning this camera, I had a different DSLR that was much bigger than the Sony. But when we had kids and had to start packing all of their stuff with us every day — parents, are you with me? — I started to leave the big DSLR home out of necessity. However, as the girls grew up, I started to miss photography — though I needed a smaller camera that would fit perfectly in my pocket, but still be something a bit “more” than your average point-and-shoot. And that’s why I think the A6000 is perfect.