Finding the perfect gift for the guys in your life can be tougher than a fruitcake. So check out this list of can't-miss gift ideas and bask in the bliss of stress-free shopping. Whether it's your son, your dad, your husband, or your boyfriend, he'll lavish you with loving gratitude after he tears apart that Christmas wrapping paper.
This Saturday, UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will strut into the Octagon rocking a shirt designed exclusively for him by Affliction. Rampage will trade shots with "Sugar" Rashad Evans in one of the most anticipated MMA fights of the year.
And a few weeks later, Rampage will appear on the big screen as the lovable B.A. Baracus in this summer's feature film remake of the A-Team.
Whether you're a fan of '80s pop-culture or the union of fist and face, be sure to check out one of the most sought-after Affliciton tees.
Rogues Gallery's nautical story is rugged, yet urbane.
Rogues Gallery takes preppy sailor style and beats it over the head with Captain Ahab's harpoon. Covered on tastemaking fashion blogs from Fashionista to Selectism.com, the line has cultivated a passionate cult following.
Overdyed vintage tees form the heart of the collection. With woodcut fonts and nautically-inspired graphics, the tees evoke 19th century New England culture. My favorite features a vintage diving helmet that lends the tee a sense of Victorian futurism a la Jules Verne.
KaZuO: Check for hidden iPod pockets, headphone jacks and reversible pockets on each piece.
Imagine finding a huge closet of clothes that you absolutely love, but all of the pieces are two sizes too small. What's a guy to do?
Joel Knoernschild, designer and creative director of KaZuO menswear, found himself in just this predicament. While living and working in Japan, he fell in love with Japanese street fashion but couldn't find clothes he could wear. "The problem is, as cool as it is and as much as I like it, it's made to fit the Japanese body, not mine," he says.
Out of this dilemma, KaZuO (renamed K.Z.O. come Fall '08) was born. "There's a saying," Joel explains. 'Here we're corn-fed; there, they're rice fed.' It's a different body type. I'm making rice-fed fashion for corn-fed bodies." Based in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles, K.Z.O. fuses precisely engineered construction with minimalist design. Joel utilizes details like knife pleats and French darts to imbue his Japanese inspired line with a sense of high-end fashion.
Born to a German-American father (who brought Billabong to the US from Australia and co-founded Hurley) and fiercely stylish Japanese mother, Knoernschild draws on his international background for inspiration. The line is even named for his maternal grandfather, Kazuo. For KaZuO's Spring '08 debut, Knoernschild also turned to his experience as a music video director to create a military-inspired narrative. The collection, which earned him a coveted spot on Los Angeles Magazine's prestigious "Tastemakers" list, was designed in collaboration with Japanese designer Nozawa and was manufactured by the team that produces Paul Smith and A.P.C.