What’s in my pocket?
Although I’m leaving the house a little less often these days, I still have a number of items I must have with me at all times. As the name implies, everyday carry (or ‘EDC’) is what you carry with you, well, every day!
Of course, what that looks like depends on your lifestyle and job description. It’s something some guys get really into it. In fact, there are whole blogs and movements dedicated to the subject. I’m kind of in the middle, myself, and lean minimalist.
So, here’s my EDC, updated for 2020.
1. iPhone 12 Pro
I recently upgraded from an iPhone X to the iPhone 12 Pro. I’ve always been integrated in the Apple product suite, but (unlike Rob) you won’t find me waiting in lines for the next release. What really did it for me, though, is the camera. The 12MP camera and the variety of focus options help me to capture a ton of different shots. Actually, we’ve been shooting a lot of the overhead shots on our YouTube channel with the iPhone!
SHOP HERE: iPhone 12 Pro
2. AirPods Pro
Another Apple upgrade here, but this time courtesy of my wife, Robin. I didn’t hop on the train when they first came out, but now I understand the hype. The silicone tip secures snugly in your ear even more so than earlier versions, and the better fit creates a noise-cancelling effect so I can concentrate on what I’m doing.
SHOP HERE: AirPods Pro
3. Goyard Card Case
A carry-over from the first video we did on everyday carry, this is a little piece of luxury in my pocket. I find larger billfolds uncomfortable in the back pocket, and tend to disrupt the clean silhouette we look for in menswear. And, if you carry a large wallet, you will find stuff to put in it. Carrying a wallet (or card case) with a slim profile is more my style.
SHOP HERE: Goyard Card Case
Why not have a mask with style? I’ve been wearing this one by Michael Andrews Bespoke, which you can find in the HSS Shop. Our masks are inspired by bespoke suiting and shirting and come in two-ply cotton and 100% wool. The subtle plaid is a big step-up from the ubiquitous blue ones we all started wearing earlier this year. The chin cup and bendable wire nose bridge offer a secure fit and full coverage, and the elastic bands at the sides are adjustable as well.
SHOP HERE: HSS x Michael Andrews Mask
5. Parker Jotter Pen
Even in a digital age where we tap out notes and sign checks from our phones, I’m a little old school in keeping a writing instrument with me. One I’ve been enjoying is the is Parker Jotter. It’s got a great feel in the hand–light, but smooth. Bond fans may know this is as the pen Q gives James Bond in Goldeneye that is covertly a Class 4 grenade. Three clicks to arm it…and three to disarm it. Indeed, the pen is mightier than the sword. (Especially when it’s a grenade.)
SHOP HERE: Parker Jotter Pen
6. Field Notes Notebook
I like to carry a notebook as well and if I’m not carrying around a bag, this little Field Notes notebook is just great for slipping in a pocket. As I’ve mentioned before, I like to write ideas down when I have them and doing it in the phone is a surefire way for me to never see them again. Writing them in a notebook is a much better method of keeping track of things for me.
SHOP HERE: Field Notes Notebook
7. Omega Speedmaster
A watch of any kind is an everyday essential for me, but the one making this list is my new Omega Speedmaster. Now, I never thought I’d be a Speedy owner, but this “First Omega in Space” has won me over. It’s a great case size and easy to pair with any number of outfits. The watch looks fantastic on a variety of straps, but I’ve found it looks particularly good with a suede number.
SHOP HERE: Omega Speedmaster
8. Pocket Comb
It’s cold out now, which means I’m wearing a hat a lot more, which means that when I take my hat off that I need to fix my hair. So I always have with me this little pocket comb. It’s made by Abbeyhorn for us–as you can see we have the HSS monogram on the comb as well as the leather sheath. We’re currently sold out of these but there are still some of the larger dressing combs available.
SHOP HERE: Abbeyhorn Dressing Comb
9. Ettinger Key Ring
Another little upgrade here for my keys–this is a leather key right by Ettinger. It’s a British brand so it uses what is considered the most traditionally English of leathers–bridle hide in a beautiful green color, which is a great pairing with the gold hardware. The shape of the D ring here is actually inspired by the handle anchors of Ettinger’s traditional attache cases. And on the end of those bulbs, a really great detail, with the etched Ettinger monogram.
SHOP HERE: Ettinger Stirrup Key Ring
10. Muyshondt Beagle Torch
Speaking of upgrades, I did splurge a while back and pick up a Beagle torch from Muyshondt. It’s got serious heft and feels great in the hand. It’s got five beam intensities, which are easily toggled between with a half-push of the power button.
SHOP HERE: Muyshondt Beagle Torch
So, what’s your EDC? And, how many items is too many? Leave a comment and let me know.