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Southern Scholar Holiday Gift Guide 2017
A Gift Guide for The Modern Gentleman

“Hey, gentlemen – Kevin Wohlman, founder of Southern Scholar, here. I wanted to kick off the week leading up to the holidays with a gift guide for the modern gentleman. This is basically a list of items that I personally can’t live without, written in a manner that looks like a list of gift ideas for you and/or your loved ones… If you’re anything like me; you tell yourself that you’re going to get all of your holiday shopping done early but, before you know it, Christmas is only a week away! My apologies in advance if I start to ramble on, but I’ve been enjoying a few of the items listed as #5 on this list this evening while watching Christmas movies and packing your January 2018 boxes!”

I hope you enjoy and, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any further questions regarding any of the items on this list. Here is my list of 10 must have items for the modern gentleman. Happy shopping!

#10 Thursday Boots – Honey Duke Suede Chelsea Boots

Thursday Boot Co. stood out to me for many reasons when I first discovered them. However, the biggest reason would have to be their story. The company was founded for many of the same reasons that I founded Southern Scholar. “Thursday Boot Company was built out of our own frustration. Clunky work boots or delicate fashion boots? Cheap boots that fall apart after a few wears, or boots that were incredibly overpriced? It didn’t seem right that we had to make these trade-offs. There had to be another option.” – There wasn’t, and thus Thursday Boot Co. was founded.

I founded SS for all the same reasons. When I was 23 years old, fresh out of school, and working my first “big boy job” in downtown Dallas I literally could not find dress socks that I liked. They were either tacky patterns, poor quality, itchy and uncomfortable, or fit like potato sacks drooping down my legs every three steps. Even when I shucked out big money at Nordstrom or Nieman’s (sometimes $35-$40/pair) I found myself laughing at the price tag when I pulled the socks out of the dryer after the first wash. Their “incredibly soft and durable 100% bamboo cotton material blend” came out shriveled and misshapen, I could see white fibers poking out through the colors, and the itch factor was at an all-time high due to an incredibly tight fit caused by the shrinkage that occurred and the lack of give that cotton provides. I thought “there had to be another option..” – sound familiar?

I now wear these incredibly durable and insanely comfortable boots just about any time I’m not wearing slacks and the weather here in Dallas is under 85 degrees. Whether I’m in jeans or chinos, my Thursdays are on my feet.

Just a side note, I recommend ordering 1-1.5 sizes under your dress shoe size.

Without a doubt, 100%,  best boots you can buy for under $200.

Get them here — > $199

#9 Bellroy – Slim Sleeve Wallet

Minimalist, no bulge when worn with custom /bespoke slacks or suits. Incredibly lightweight, compact, and stylish and still holds 12+ cards.

We all know a guy whose wallet could be used as a one-step ladder. It’s jam-packed with several expired coupon cards, his high school ID, and dozens of receipts dating back to when Mad Dog 20/20 was an acceptable purchase. Don’t be that guy.

I’m going to give you a 100% honest and true list of everything in my Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet at this. exact. moment.

  • Texas State Drivers License
  • Cabela’s Gift Card
  • Punch Card to my favorite Dallas burger joint (shout out to Village Burger Bar @ West Village)
  • 11 of my personal business cards
  • 3 personal credit/debit cards
  • 2 business credit/debit cards
  • 1 AAA card
  • $245 of United States currency

Give that a quick count. That’s 9 cards, 11 business cards, and some walk around money in a wallet that feels and looks so light. It really is a minimalist’s dream. And here’s the best part; I’ve had it for over four years and not a stitch is loose. I highly, HIGHLY, recommend this as one of the best gifts under $100 this holiday season.

Get it here –> $79.95

#8 Banana Republic – Extra Fine Italian Merino Crew Sweater

A good sweater can go a very long way. I have 4 different colors of these and if you see me out on a Friday or Saturday night (which is rare because I’m typically working or packing y’all’s socks up) between October and February you can almost guarantee that I’m wearing one of these. I’m a simple man, especially when it comes to clothing, so my closet is primarily filled with shades of blue and grey. However, my favorite BR sweater is definitely the cranberry (which I’m not sure they carry any more) but I’m just being honest. My second favorite is definitely the Navy, and I know they still carry that one.

This sweater is incredibly diverse. It can be worn on its own, layered over a white or patterned dress shirt, or under your favorite blazer or overcoat. Incredibly durable, affordable, comfortable, and stylish. You really can’t go wrong with an essential like this.

Get it here –> $79.50

#7 Glasses/Sunglasses – Warby Parker

I’ve been damn near blind since I was 17 but didn’t figure it out until my freshman year in college. Even after learning that fact, I still refused to wear glasses when I wasn’t studying. My eyes never agreed with contacts but I forced them in there for almost 6 years because I hated how I looked in glasses. That is until I discovered Warby Parker. I’ve now had the same pair of glasses for about a year and a half and the only time I put contacts in is when I’m playing hockey. I love the way they look, the way they fit, and the price. For $95 you get the frames and your prescription lenses. Now, here’s the best part. They offer a 1-year warranty. I had an incident that destroyed my glasses and they replaced them for me for free. If you’re looking for prescription or sunglasses, whether prescription or not, these are your guys. I’m currently in the Whiskey Tortoise Seymours but they have a ton of styles to choose from.

Get them here –> $95

#6 Tevolo – Ice Sphere Molds

If you’re a whiskey drinker, these beauties are for you. Unless you mix your whiskey with coke, then move onto #5 on this list. Actually, move onto #4, you don’t deserve #5.

They keep your drink cold without diluting it. They freeze quick and can be reused as many times as you need, which I imagine to be a lot.

My brother got me these for Christmas a couple years back and let’s just say I’ve used them a time or two.

Great for whiskey, scotch, or gin on the rocks, or a good old fashioned or negroni. You can get a set of 2 for under $10.

Get them here –> $9

#5. Whiskey

Yep, I’m leaving it at that for now. Whiskey is an incredible gift for anyone who enjoys a stiff drink. I’m going to give you a few of my favorites for this one as there’s more than a few distilleries that I love.

Now, I’m more of a rye guy than a bourbon guy but I love them both. Scotch as well, but none of that glen-macallan-johnnie stuff that you think is amazing. Many of you are going to disagree with me here, and that’s okay, but these are the name brand scotches and, frankly, there’s much better stuff out there for the same price.

Forgive me, as this section is going to be extensive…

Below are my go-to Ryes, Bourbons, and Scotches.

Rye:

High West Rendezvous Rye –

By far the best Rye Whiskey I’ve ever had for the price. Incredible straight, on the rocks, or in a proper old fashioned – which are hard to find these days. At under $60 a bottle this is my go-to rye whiskey. Believe it or not it’s distilled in Utah of all places, but man is it good.

Learn more here –> $59

Whistle Pig Old World Cask Finish –

Yes, The Boss Hog is incredible, but I truly feel that the Old World is their best. It’s bold, it’s peppery, but it’s smooth at the same time. A great sipping rye and 12 year aged. The Farmstock is great too, so is the Straight Rye. You really can’t go wrong with this distillery. However, as I said, at $150 a bottle this is your best bang for your buck.

Learn more here – $159

 

Bourbon:

I left Pappy off the list as you’d be lucky to find a bottle at a price you’d be willing to pay.

Blanton’s Original Single Barrel –

Drink it neat, please just drink it neat. It’s 140 Proof by still, 62.5% entry proof, and a damn good bourbon. You’ll get hints of citrus, vanilla, and caramel. A great Kentucky straight bourbon for $50.

Learn more here –> $50

Basil Hayden’s –

A phenomenal bourbon with a light, smooth finish. Again, no need to mix this spirit with anything but ice. A great bourbon on a budget that’s far superior to your name-brand Jack, Jim, etc.

Learn more here –> $35

Scotch:

Glenfarclas 25 –

One of the best sherried whisky bottles out there (aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks). I’ve seen articles and forums comparing this bottle to Macallan 25 and I can’t help but giggle. The complexities of this scotch can’t be compared to such a simple-bodied scotch like Macallan 25. Get yourself a bottle and see for yourself.

Learn more here –> $135

Balvenie 12 Year DoubleWood – $50

As far as bang for your buck, this is my guy. Single malt, rich, and also aged in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, then transferred to large oak vessels for a few months to “marry”. You can’t go wrong with this scotch whisky.

Learn more here –> $50

#4. Best Self Journal –

For the entrepreneur or organization freak. This journal is what allows me to run a company entirely by myself. It provides daily, weekly, and monthly task and goal sections. It keeps me on track and I know it can do the same for you.

Get it here –> $32

#3 Alton Lane Navy Herringbone Overcoat – 

Now, you may be thinking “you’re kidding, right!?”. But, let me tell you, the price is far worth it. The difference that custom makes is incredible, and when it’s cold outside there’s nothing worse than throwing on an over-sized, bulky coat to stay warm. It ruins your entire look and takes away from the beautiful suit you have underneath. If you don’t have an Alton Lane in your city, find another custom suit shop and get one made for yourself, you’ll forget about the price tag as soon as you put it on.

Get it here –> $2,350

#2 Toro Luna Ventalló Watch –

Believe me when I tell you that this is the best minimalist watch you can buy for under $200. I own 8 of them and they are my daily go-to watch. The beauty is the simplicity. You can dress them up or down and add a bit of class to any look. They’re a brand new company, just like us, and already making waves in the timepiece sector. I’m not sure what they do different with their bands but they are so comfortable you’ll forget you have it on. I find myself stepping into the shower or getting into bed forgetting it’s still on my wrist. Like I said, I own 8 of them, and a couple haven’t even been worn. In fact, let’s have some fun. Signup for our Newsletter by emailing us at info@southernscholar.com with the subject “TORO LUNA” and we’ll enter you into a drawing to win one of my brand new Toro Luna watches. Winners announced after the New Year. You won’t be disappointed.

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Autumn Accents –
From Summer to Fall, we’ve got you covered!

These last few months have been a whirlwind. Business trips, weekends in the country, friends getting married—sometimes all three at the same time. Summer is a lot of fun and more than a little crazy, which is why I think our light blue zigzags, pink and blue stripes, and lavender arrow socks fit the season to a tee. So much so that it’s hard to believe that it has already come and gone.

Now, I for one love autumn, and not just because of college football and spending cool nights enjoying whiskey by the fire. I really enjoy breaking out my classic grey and navy suits and being able to layer shirts, sweaters, and jackets. However, I know a lot of guys that are in denial and try to rock their tan linen suit and white bucks well into November. For me, that’s a no-go.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s still room for color in your closet during the colder months. I mean, our upcoming styles include a navy and white polka dot, a hunter green stripe pattern, a four color multi-stripe sock, as well as red polka dot , dark green stripe, and royal purple patterned styles – so life isn’t all grey and black. The key is to find the right spots—no pun intended—to feature these colors.

That’s why socks become an even more important part of your wardrobe during this time of year. When you’re working a dark suit or sporting a pair of heavy chinos, the best way to break up the muted shades of fall is with your choice of socks and footwear.

Match colors and contrast patterns with your tie, shirt or even your pocket square, and you’ll pull together a look that’s seasonally appropriate while also showing off the fact that your individuality didn’t disappear with the patio parties and outdoor weddings.

In Style,

Kevin Wohlman
Founder & President
Southern Scholar

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“Before we produced our first pair of socks for sale, I created dozens of samples using countless material blends…”

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kevin Wohlman and I’m the Founder over here at Southern Scholar. I began working on the concept for Southern Scholar a few years back, when I was 23 years old and fresh out of college, for two main reasons. One, I loved socks. Two, I hated socks. In my opinion, the perfect pair of dress socks can not only heighten your outfit but your mood as well. And, to that same effect, a poor pair can ruin your look and your day. Everything I could find on the market lacked at least one necessity. They were soft but poor quality, uncomfortable but durable, unique but tacky, what have you. I didn’t think we should have to settle for this style of hosiery, so I did something about it.

Before we produced our first pair of socks for sale, I created dozens of samples using countless material blends, sizes, and cuts and sourced them from over 30 manufacturers. For the most part, I wasn’t impressed. They would stretch out and lose shape, bunch up and slide down, get wet and smelly (I’m looking at you cotton), and even fall apart. Sometimes I could even see the white undyed fabric strands woven through the socks so that I didn’t even have to put ‘em on to know they weren’t going to work. Other times I would notice the colors beginning to fade after just a few wears or washes.

It was halfway dumb luck that I discovered what I have found to be the ideal material blend for socks. It took over a year of sampling, research, and trial-and-error but in the end I found the “secret sauce” to what I consider the perfect sock.

It starts with the super-soft polyester that we use which has the perfect amount of give, softness, and lightweight feel a proper dress sock should have. I then uncovered a high-quality nylon spandex that was strong yet supple allowing it to stretch while keeping its fit and durability. The moment I felt them I knew I had found the one and, after several variations and a lot of trial and error, I created a sizing cut that allowed the sock to sit comfortably on your calf and stay in place. By playing around with the combination of these two threads, as well as the cut, we created a special-made blend that’s perfect for socks—it fits snug yet comfortable, it moves with you and it keeps its form. Plus, it’s long-lasting and moisture wicking to keep sweat and odors at bay.

All of our socks here at Southern Scholar are made with that unique blend of high-quality super-soft polyester (yes, it is actually called super-soft polyester) and nylon spandex. Comfort is king, especially when it comes to something that is worn every day for hours on end.

After choosing the material, the cut, and a supplier we could trust, we made sure that every thread was custom-dyed before the socks were knit. This made for a more vibrant and more consistent color throughout.

So, why don’t other companies use this material? Because it’s hard to source, more expensive to use, and most suppliers and manufactures don’t want to deal with it unless you are making thousands of pairs of each design. Plain and simple, they don’t go the extra-mile for comfort, style and durability. We do. But hey, we love socks – and we think you’ll love ours too.

In Style,

Kevin Wohlman
Founder & President
Southern Scholar

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“Though it seems like a lifetime ago, it was just under two years ago that we shipped our first pair of socks.”

Though it seems like a lifetime ago, it was just under two years ago that we shipped our first pair of socks. We are forever grateful to everyone that has been with us since the beginning and welcome anyone who is new to the brand! Without the support from each and every one of you this beautiful journey would not be possible.

For those who haven’t tried our service, or are wondering what we’re all about, don’t let the name fool you. Although we design every sock with a subtle elegance, paying tribute to the classic style of the south, our members are from all over the world and of all walks of life. What they share is a desire to dress with the same class and dignity as their fathers and grandfathers before them but with a modern twist all of their own. In short, they put a lot of thought into their wardrobe, be it business or casual. By not only creating socks that are unique and professional, but by also providing styling recommendations for each pair we create, we’re honored to help each and every one of our members get the most out of their look.

Since our launch back in November of 2015, the response we’ve received from our members as well as our fans on InstagramTwitter and Facebook has been overwhelmingly positive and that’s why we’ve created this newsletter and blog—to take our relationship beyond photos and 40 characters.

We hope you’ll join us on our journey as we tell you more about our brand and product; get to know some of our subscribers (stay tuned for member features!); take a closer look at classic men’s style and fashion; introduce design competitions; and explore people, places and products that share the Southern Scholar mentality of advancing tradition by bringing it into the 21st century.
Stay tuned and until then …

Kevin Wohlman
Founder & President
Southern Scholar

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Southern Scholar Holiday Gift Guide 2017
A Gift Guide for The Modern Gentleman

“Hey, gentlemen – Kevin Wohlman, founder of Southern Scholar, here. I wanted to kick off the week leading up to the holidays with a gift guide for the modern gentleman. This is basically a list of items that I personally can’t live without, written in a manner that looks like a list of gift ideas for you and/or your loved ones… If you’re anything like me; you tell yourself that you’re going to get all of your holiday shopping done early but, before you know it, Christmas is only a week away! My apologies in advance if I start to ramble on, but I’ve been enjoying a few of the items listed as #5 on this list this evening while watching Christmas movies and packing your January 2018 boxes!”

I hope you enjoy and, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any further questions regarding any of the items on this list. Here is my list of 10 must have items for the modern gentleman. Happy shopping!

#10 Thursday Boots – Honey Duke Suede Chelsea Boots

Thursday Boot Co. stood out to me for many reasons when I first discovered them. However, the biggest reason would have to be their story. The company was founded for many of the same reasons that I founded Southern Scholar. “Thursday Boot Company was built out of our own frustration. Clunky work boots or delicate fashion boots? Cheap boots that fall apart after a few wears, or boots that were incredibly overpriced? It didn’t seem right that we had to make these trade-offs. There had to be another option.” – There wasn’t, and thus Thursday Boot Co. was founded.

I founded SS for all the same reasons. When I was 23 years old, fresh out of school, and working my first “big boy job” in downtown Dallas I literally could not find dress socks that I liked. They were either tacky patterns, poor quality, itchy and uncomfortable, or fit like potato sacks drooping down my legs every three steps. Even when I shucked out big money at Nordstrom or Nieman’s (sometimes $35-$40/pair) I found myself laughing at the price tag when I pulled the socks out of the dryer after the first wash. Their “incredibly soft and durable 100% bamboo cotton material blend” came out shriveled and misshapen, I could see white fibers poking out through the colors, and the itch factor was at an all-time high due to an incredibly tight fit caused by the shrinkage that occurred and the lack of give that cotton provides. I thought “there had to be another option..” – sound familiar?

I now wear these incredibly durable and insanely comfortable boots just about any time I’m not wearing slacks and the weather here in Dallas is under 85 degrees. Whether I’m in jeans or chinos, my Thursdays are on my feet.

Just a side note, I recommend ordering 1-1.5 sizes under your dress shoe size.

Without a doubt, 100%,  best boots you can buy for under $200.

Get them here — > $199

#9 Bellroy – Slim Sleeve Wallet

Minimalist, no bulge when worn with custom /bespoke slacks or suits. Incredibly lightweight, compact, and stylish and still holds 12+ cards.

We all know a guy whose wallet could be used as a one-step ladder. It’s jam-packed with several expired coupon cards, his high school ID, and dozens of receipts dating back to when Mad Dog 20/20 was an acceptable purchase. Don’t be that guy.

I’m going to give you a 100% honest and true list of everything in my Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet at this. exact. moment.

  • Texas State Drivers License
  • Cabela’s Gift Card
  • Punch Card to my favorite Dallas burger joint (shout out to Village Burger Bar @ West Village)
  • 11 of my personal business cards
  • 3 personal credit/debit cards
  • 2 business credit/debit cards
  • 1 AAA card
  • $245 of United States currency

Give that a quick count. That’s 9 cards, 11 business cards, and some walk around money in a wallet that feels and looks so light. It really is a minimalist’s dream. And here’s the best part; I’ve had it for over four years and not a stitch is loose. I highly, HIGHLY, recommend this as one of the best gifts under $100 this holiday season.

Get it here –> $79.95

#8 Banana Republic – Extra Fine Italian Merino Crew Sweater

A good sweater can go a very long way. I have 4 different colors of these and if you see me out on a Friday or Saturday night (which is rare because I’m typically working or packing y’all’s socks up) between October and February you can almost guarantee that I’m wearing one of these. I’m a simple man, especially when it comes to clothing, so my closet is primarily filled with shades of blue and grey. However, my favorite BR sweater is definitely the cranberry (which I’m not sure they carry any more) but I’m just being honest. My second favorite is definitely the Navy, and I know they still carry that one.

This sweater is incredibly diverse. It can be worn on its own, layered over a white or patterned dress shirt, or under your favorite blazer or overcoat. Incredibly durable, affordable, comfortable, and stylish. You really can’t go wrong with an essential like this.

Get it here –> $79.50

#7 Glasses/Sunglasses – Warby Parker

I’ve been damn near blind since I was 17 but didn’t figure it out until my freshman year in college. Even after learning that fact, I still refused to wear glasses when I wasn’t studying. My eyes never agreed with contacts but I forced them in there for almost 6 years because I hated how I looked in glasses. That is until I discovered Warby Parker. I’ve now had the same pair of glasses for about a year and a half and the only time I put contacts in is when I’m playing hockey. I love the way they look, the way they fit, and the price. For $95 you get the frames and your prescription lenses. Now, here’s the best part. They offer a 1-year warranty. I had an incident that destroyed my glasses and they replaced them for me for free. If you’re looking for prescription or sunglasses, whether prescription or not, these are your guys. I’m currently in the Whiskey Tortoise Seymours but they have a ton of styles to choose from.

Get them here –> $95

#6 Tevolo – Ice Sphere Molds

If you’re a whiskey drinker, these beauties are for you. Unless you mix your whiskey with coke, then move onto #5 on this list. Actually, move onto #4, you don’t deserve #5.

They keep your drink cold without diluting it. They freeze quick and can be reused as many times as you need, which I imagine to be a lot.

My brother got me these for Christmas a couple years back and let’s just say I’ve used them a time or two.

Great for whiskey, scotch, or gin on the rocks, or a good old fashioned or negroni. You can get a set of 2 for under $10.

Get them here –> $9

#5. Whiskey

Yep, I’m leaving it at that for now. Whiskey is an incredible gift for anyone who enjoys a stiff drink. I’m going to give you a few of my favorites for this one as there’s more than a few distilleries that I love.

Now, I’m more of a rye guy than a bourbon guy but I love them both. Scotch as well, but none of that glen-macallan-johnnie stuff that you think is amazing. Many of you are going to disagree with me here, and that’s okay, but these are the name brand scotches and, frankly, there’s much better stuff out there for the same price.

Forgive me, as this section is going to be extensive…

Below are my go-to Ryes, Bourbons, and Scotches.

Rye:

High West Rendezvous Rye –

By far the best Rye Whiskey I’ve ever had for the price. Incredible straight, on the rocks, or in a proper old fashioned – which are hard to find these days. At under $60 a bottle this is my go-to rye whiskey. Believe it or not it’s distilled in Utah of all places, but man is it good.

Learn more here –> $59

Whistle Pig Old World Cask Finish –

Yes, The Boss Hog is incredible, but I truly feel that the Old World is their best. It’s bold, it’s peppery, but it’s smooth at the same time. A great sipping rye and 12 year aged. The Farmstock is great too, so is the Straight Rye. You really can’t go wrong with this distillery. However, as I said, at $150 a bottle this is your best bang for your buck.

Learn more here – $159

 

Bourbon:

I left Pappy off the list as you’d be lucky to find a bottle at a price you’d be willing to pay.

Blanton’s Original Single Barrel –

Drink it neat, please just drink it neat. It’s 140 Proof by still, 62.5% entry proof, and a damn good bourbon. You’ll get hints of citrus, vanilla, and caramel. A great Kentucky straight bourbon for $50.

Learn more here –> $50

Basil Hayden’s –

A phenomenal bourbon with a light, smooth finish. Again, no need to mix this spirit with anything but ice. A great bourbon on a budget that’s far superior to your name-brand Jack, Jim, etc.

Learn more here –> $35

Scotch:

Glenfarclas 25 –

One of the best sherried whisky bottles out there (aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks). I’ve seen articles and forums comparing this bottle to Macallan 25 and I can’t help but giggle. The complexities of this scotch can’t be compared to such a simple-bodied scotch like Macallan 25. Get yourself a bottle and see for yourself.

Learn more here –> $135

Balvenie 12 Year DoubleWood – $50

As far as bang for your buck, this is my guy. Single malt, rich, and also aged in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, then transferred to large oak vessels for a few months to “marry”. You can’t go wrong with this scotch whisky.

Learn more here –> $50

#4. Best Self Journal –

For the entrepreneur or organization freak. This journal is what allows me to run a company entirely by myself. It provides daily, weekly, and monthly task and goal sections. It keeps me on track and I know it can do the same for you.

Get it here –> $32

#3 Alton Lane Navy Herringbone Overcoat – 

Now, you may be thinking “you’re kidding, right!?”. But, let me tell you, the price is far worth it. The difference that custom makes is incredible, and when it’s cold outside there’s nothing worse than throwing on an over-sized, bulky coat to stay warm. It ruins your entire look and takes away from the beautiful suit you have underneath. If you don’t have an Alton Lane in your city, find another custom suit shop and get one made for yourself, you’ll forget about the price tag as soon as you put it on.

Get it here –> $2,350

#2 Toro Luna Ventalló Watch –

Believe me when I tell you that this is the best minimalist watch you can buy for under $200. I own 8 of them and they are my daily go-to watch. The beauty is the simplicity. You can dress them up or down and add a bit of class to any look. They’re a brand new company, just like us, and already making waves in the timepiece sector. I’m not sure what they do different with their bands but they are so comfortable you’ll forget you have it on. I find myself stepping into the shower or getting into bed forgetting it’s still on my wrist. Like I said, I own 8 of them, and a couple haven’t even been worn. In fact, let’s have some fun. Signup for our Newsletter by emailing us at info@southernscholar.com with the subject “TORO LUNA” and we’ll enter you into a drawing to win one of my brand new..

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Autumn Accents –
From Summer to Fall, we’ve got you covered!

These last few months have been a whirlwind. Business trips, weekends in the country, friends getting married—sometimes all three at the same time. Summer is a lot of fun and more than a little crazy, which is why I think our light blue zigzags, pink and blue stripes, and lavender arrow socks fit the season to a tee. So much so that it’s hard to believe that it has already come and gone.

Now, I for one love autumn, and not just because of college football and spending cool nights enjoying whiskey by the fire. I really enjoy breaking out my classic grey and navy suits and being able to layer shirts, sweaters, and jackets. However, I know a lot of guys that are in denial and try to rock their tan linen suit and white bucks well into November. For me, that’s a no-go.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s still room for color in your closet during the colder months. I mean, our upcoming styles include a navy and white polka dot, a hunter green stripe pattern, a four color multi-stripe sock, as well as red polka dot , dark green stripe, and royal purple patterned styles – so life isn’t all grey and black. The key is to find the right spots—no pun intended—to feature these colors.

That’s why socks become an even more important part of your wardrobe during this time of year. When you’re working a dark suit or sporting a pair of heavy chinos, the best way to break up the muted shades of fall is with your choice of socks and footwear.

Match colors and contrast patterns with your tie, shirt or even your pocket square, and you’ll pull together a look that’s seasonally appropriate while also showing off the fact that your individuality didn’t disappear with the patio parties and outdoor weddings.

In Style,

Kevin Wohlman
Founder & President
Southern Scholar

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“Before we produced our first pair of socks for sale, I created dozens of samples using countless material blends…”

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kevin Wohlman and I’m the Founder over here at Southern Scholar. I began working on the concept for Southern Scholar a few years back, when I was 23 years old and fresh out of college, for two main reasons. One, I loved socks. Two, I hated socks. In my opinion, the perfect pair of dress socks can not only heighten your outfit but your mood as well. And, to that same effect, a poor pair can ruin your look and your day. Everything I could find on the market lacked at least one necessity. They were soft but poor quality, uncomfortable but durable, unique but tacky, what have you. I didn’t think we should have to settle for this style of hosiery, so I did something about it.

Before we produced our first pair of socks for sale, I created dozens of samples using countless material blends, sizes, and cuts and sourced them from over 30 manufacturers. For the most part, I wasn’t impressed. They would stretch out and lose shape, bunch up and slide down, get wet and smelly (I’m looking at you cotton), and even fall apart. Sometimes I could even see the white undyed fabric strands woven through the socks so that I didn’t even have to put ‘em on to know they weren’t going to work. Other times I would notice the colors beginning to fade after just a few wears or washes.

It was halfway dumb luck that I discovered what I have found to be the ideal material blend for socks. It took over a year of sampling, research, and trial-and-error but in the end I found the “secret sauce” to what I consider the perfect sock.

It starts with the super-soft polyester that we use which has the perfect amount of give, softness, and lightweight feel a proper dress sock should have. I then uncovered a high-quality nylon spandex that was strong yet supple allowing it to stretch while keeping its fit and durability. The moment I felt them I knew I had found the one and, after several variations and a lot of trial and error, I created a sizing cut that allowed the sock to sit comfortably on your calf and stay in place. By playing around with the combination of these two threads, as well as the cut, we created a special-made blend that’s perfect for socks—it fits snug yet comfortable, it moves with you and it keeps its form. Plus, it’s long-lasting and moisture wicking to keep sweat and odors at bay.

All of our socks here at Southern Scholar are made with that unique blend of high-quality super-soft polyester (yes, it is actually called super-soft polyester) and nylon spandex. Comfort is king, especially when it comes to something that is worn every day for hours on end.

After choosing the material, the cut, and a supplier we could trust, we made sure that every thread was custom-dyed before the socks were knit. This made for a more vibrant and more consistent color throughout.

So, why don’t other companies use this material? Because it’s hard to source, more expensive to use, and most suppliers and manufactures don’t want to deal with it unless you are making thousands of pairs of each design. Plain and simple, they don’t go the extra-mile for comfort, style and durability. We do. But hey, we love socks – and we think you’ll love ours too.

In Style,

Kevin Wohlman
Founder & President
Southern Scholar

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“Though it seems like a lifetime ago, it was just under two years ago that we shipped our first pair of socks.”

Though it seems like a lifetime ago, it was just under two years ago that we shipped our first pair of socks. We are forever grateful to everyone that has been with us since the beginning and welcome anyone who is new to the brand! Without the support from each and every one of you this beautiful journey would not be possible.

For those who haven’t tried our service, or are wondering what we’re all about, don’t let the name fool you. Although we design every sock with a subtle elegance, paying tribute to the classic style of the south, our members are from all over the world and of all walks of life. What they share is a desire to dress with the same class and dignity as their fathers and grandfathers before them but with a modern twist all of their own. In short, they put a lot of thought into their wardrobe, be it business or casual. By not only creating socks that are unique and professional, but by also providing styling recommendations for each pair we create, we’re honored to help each and every one of our members get the most out of their look.

Since our launch back in November of 2015, the response we’ve received from our members as well as our fans on InstagramTwitter and Facebook has been overwhelmingly positive and that’s why we’ve created this newsletter and blog—to take our relationship beyond photos and 40 characters.

We hope you’ll join us on our journey as we tell you more about our brand and product; get to know some of our subscribers (stay tuned for member features!); take a closer look at classic men’s style and fashion; introduce design competitions; and explore people, places and products that share the Southern Scholar mentality of advancing tradition by bringing it into the 21st century.
Stay tuned and until then …

Kevin Wohlman
Founder & President
Southern Scholar

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