Corbyn’s: Amarillo’s Go-To For Prep

The other day, I visited with a gentleman named Eric Corbyn.  We sat down and got to know each other on a particular Saturday, and visited about a wide variety of topics while we watched that weekend’s PGA tour event on television.  Through our conversation, I learned that Mr. Corbyn is a straight shooter and definitely doesn’t pull any punches.  He tells it exactly like it is…which is how I found out several things…like how much he dislikes Tiger, loved the Beatles (mostly Lennon), and used to mix it up with administrators while he was attending college.

Without a doubt, Eric Corbyn is one of the most unique gentleman that I have ever met, and that only adds credibility to the reason that he has been so successful.  Corbyn has been a clothier for a good part of his life, but only until fairly recently has it been in his best interests.

    

After spending most of his professional career working for other local clothiers, about seven years ago, Mr. Corbyn grew tired of being the employee and decided to become the employer.  He started a retail clothing store that has become synonymous with good style and quite popular with the college kids who wish to dress properly.

Corbyn’s Classic Traditional Clothing is a men’s and women’s clothing store.  For the Prep out there, this is the final word in where to shop.  With brands like Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, Bills Khakis, Southern Proper, and Allen Edmonds, just to name a few, it’s no wonder that Corbyn’s has set itself apart from the rest of the pack in Amarillo, TX.

At first it becomes overwhelming just how much product Corbyn’s carries.  There are so many things to look at, that a person really needs at least three visits to properly take in the offerings at this establishment.  One of my favorite spots in Corbyn’s, and one I plan on visiting this weekend is the nook where Mr. Corbyn has the Smathers and Branson needlepoint key fobs.  When you take a look at it for yourself, make sure to ask Eric about the picture that hangs just above…see below.

 

For sure, there is a lot more that I could add to this article, but I think that we’ll leave it at that for the time being.  We will be sure to visit with Mr. Corbyn much more and talk about it here periodically, but right now, I think that you yourself need to go see what Corbyn’s is all about.  Trust me…the clothing is unforgettable and the conversation is killer!  Tell Eric that Panhandle Prep says hey.

Corbyn’s Classic Traditional Clothing – 2817 Civic Circle / Amarillo, TX

 

Columbia Fishing Shirts: Cold as Ice?

This weekend, with the gorgeous weather here, I got in just a bit of fishing.  Just like always, I put on my old Columbia PFG long-sleeve fishing shirt for the short trip.  This old shirt has been on a lot of trips and has seen its share of blood and guts.  I’ve worn it in Red River, New Mexico fishing for trout at Goose Lake in the pouring rain, and it’s even been on an offshore fishing excursion with me in the Bahamas.

Though things never really get as rough around here than they did on that trip in Grand Turk, I always wear it…I (as well as several others) learned my lesson there.  There is absolutely nothing in the world that can take the kind of abuse, get soaking wet and dry in a matter of minutes than a PFG shirt.  So no matter what, even if it’s just fishing off of the bank, that shirt goes with me.

Things may change soon though.  Seeing as how I don’t get to fish that much anymore and never really wear the PFG for anything other than fishing, it’s been quite a awhile since I’ve been in the market for one.  So when I took a look at Columbia’s website on a whim the other day, I saw what may have to be my new fishing shirt.

The Columbia Airgill Chill looks remarkable from the get go, and on closer inspection has some truly “cool” features.  From looking at it, I can already tell that the venting in this shirt has to be superior to my old PFG, but apparently it goes a step further.  While the new shirt has “Omni-Shield” like my old shirt, the new material that they are made of has a feature called “Omni-Freeze Ice”.  From reading the description on Columbia’s website, I gather that once the fabric gets wet, it instantly cools and that seems pretty interesting.

Okay, so the temperature of the shirt may not instantly drop to sub-ambient temperatures, but it looks like it might immediately release the heat that the fabric has trapped from being in the sun.  Nevertheless, it looks like something that I need to investigate…I’ll keep you all posted.

The Friday Faction: 04/20/12

Here’s to a great weekend.  Get out and make some memories!

Longines: The Admiral

I’ve been waiting to post this article for some time now, and really can’t believe that I was able to keep myself from slipping up and leaking this information.  Well, now is the perfect time.  Why you might ask?  It’s simple.  For the second year in a row, Longines is the official timekeeper and watch of the Kentucky Derby, and with our Derby Party coming up, I thought it was about time to highlight the brand of watch that they will be wearing in the Winner’s Circle this year.

 

After visiting with Longines several weeks ago, I recently received a package in the mail.  When I opened it, I was blown away.  Inside was a Longines Admiral…one of the biggest and baddest watches that I have ever seen in person.  At 42 mm, this watch is definitely there, and after the initial shock of not wanting to touch it wore off, I finally decided to try it on.

To feel a watch of this quality on your wrist is quite surreal.  The heft is definitely noticeable, and you can’t help but look down at it and marvel at its beauty.  This particular model features hours, minutes, the date at 3 o’clock, a 24 hour hand as well as a second time-zone mechanism.  The stainless steel bracelet with black ceramic links has one of the best ideas for a clasp that I’ve seen.  With its triple safety folding clasp, the bracelet has to be buttoned twice, ensuring that you don’t lose your timepiece in rough seas!

Having never owned a watch with a self-winding mechanical movement, it was definitely odd to hear the mechanism working to power up the watch after it had set for several hours throughout the night, but somehow assured me that I was wearing a watch that was crafted by perfectionists who produce a watch for the person who wants the very best.

If you’re going to wear a watch this good-looking, you want a nice backdrop for it.  After some thought, I  decided that Tom James was up to the task.  Paired with my green and lavender plaid sportshirt, I believe that this is the perfect combination.

The Admiral is amazing, and something to behold.  If you own a Longines, we’d love to see it!  Send us some pictures and we’ll post it on our Facebook page.  Until then, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Longines.

Patio Weather Protocol

Warmer weather is here.  Before long, the days are going to reach the dreaded triple digits, and that means that it’s time to start thinking about dressing appropriately.  With Lands’ End new offerings in linen, cool and comfortable is the name of the game.  The new long sleeve shirts by Baird McNutt are made from 100% Irish Linen, and will keep you cool as well as add some protection from the sun. 

To finish off the look, I’ve thrown in some ideas from Jack Donnelly and Martin Dingman.  Of course (as always) I’ll leave that up to you, but for me personally, I can’t think of a better outfit to hit the patio with.  Enjoy.

 

1. Land’s End Long Sleeve Traditional Fit Irish Linen Shirt - $70

2. Martin Dingman Keel Belt - $85

3. Jack Donnelly Dalton Flat Front Short - $72

Kentucky Derby Party Information Overload

To keep pushing our Kentucky Derby Party on all of you, I wanted to highlight some of the items that will be up for grabs in our silent auction.  We also want to explain just what else you can expect at the event.

With some of the names up above, I think that you can see…this is going to be a pretty good silent auction.  We have a wide selection of clothing, gear, art, rounds of golf and skin care products.  More items are coming in every day, so stay tuned.  I also want to offer people not able to attend the opportunity. to call in and bid on silent auction items.  If you are interested, send me an email. and we can discuss the process.

As for what else the party has to offer; here is a short run-down. 

As most of you know, The Kentucky Derby isn’t the only race ran at Churchill Downs on May 5th.  In fact, it’s not even the last race of the day there.  To show you what it’s really like to be at Churchill on Derby Day, we will have several flat screen televisions showing the races throughout the day.  There will also be daily racing forms available so that you can do some research and pick your favorite horse for a particular race.  Yes, there will be some fundraising done for the races.

At our party, we are expecting people to dress the part.  Gentlemen, we need you to don your best Derby Attire.  Ladies, we need to see those Derby Dresses and Hats, because we will be having a “Best Derby Hat Contest” where the winner will be awarded the coveted Crystal Vase.

As for food and drink, we have that covered as well.  Mint Juleps will be offered, and beer will be available for those less ambitious.  Derby fare will be served as well as some Texas style cooking.

So remember, save the date for May 5th and show up around 1 pm!  Tickets are $20 and this event will raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

An Experiment In PIP

I’ll be out-of-pocket today, so there won’t be much going on here.  In an effort to not leave you hanging, we’ve turned on the “Picture in Picture” at Panhandle Prep (yeah, we didn’t know we had that either).  Simply click on the smaller image above and enjoy!  See y’all tomorrow!

Oh, and PHP is featured on Great Lakes Prep today! Please check out this great blog!

The Friday Faction: 04-13-12

We hope that all of you have a great weekend!  Please make sure to take a look at our Kentucky Derby Party Event on our facebook page, and let us know if you’ll be close enough to make a trip on over!

 

A Conversation With Hudson Sutler: Part II

A couple of weeks ago, we visited with Grant Hewit of Hudson Sutler and learned about what drives the man.  Today, we are going to visit the product.  Right now, Hudson Sutler makes one thing and makes it well…duffel bags.  With their classic looks, these bags are somewhat of a throwback to better times gone by.  They remind us of a time when things were made here, and made to last.

After receiving one of the HS Cummuter Duffels a few weeks ago, I decided to give it another Panhandle Prep stress test.  To accomplish this, there was only one place that I could think of that would offer me the tools to perform such a test, so naturally I headed to a place where you and your equipment had better be built to last…CrossFit806.

When I showed up at CF806 with the bag in tow , it passed the first test with flying colors.  Jason Rel at CrossFit806, is something of a bag geek.  When I walked in the front door, he didn’t even look at my face…I could tell he was staring at the Commutter Duffel.  There you go.  It’s eye-catching, and has apparently upstaged my usual Saturday morning arrival.  One down, one to go…It’s nice to see you too Jason!

The next test was to see just what the bag could withstand.  After initially receiving the bag and giving a thorough inspection I was already impressed.  YKK zippers.  As a son of a Dry Cleaner owner, I’ve come to know zippers, and YKK is without a doubt the best there is.  I was very happy to see that, but how about the construction?  The exterior of the duffel is heavy (and I mean heavy) canvas, but could it take two 53 lb kettle bells?  We were about to find out.  The contrasting white straps on the bag are made of a heavy cotton braid, and the snap-hooks that attach the shoulder strap are not of the wimpy wire variety.  They seem to be built to last as well, because the bag held 106 lbs of hell and never even groaned.

At the end of the WOD, Clayton Young seemed like a good rack to hang the HS Duffel on...thanks Clayton!

Stress test passed? Check.

If I were more sadistic, I’m sure that I could have come up with some more brutal trials to put the duffel through, but this thing just looks so good, and I’m not willing to maim this one.  No, I’ll be keeping it looking proper.  With its amazing interior of plaid, this is sure to turn heads for years to come.

The long and short of it is this.  You need to own one of these great pieces of American construction.  Check out the Hudson Sutler website, or visit with Grant yourself.  You’ll be glad you did.

Let’s Try This Again Shall We?

 

Almost immediately after we started to advertise the 2012 Panhandle Prep Kentucky Derby Party, we ran into a huge problem.  Sometimes communication isn’t always the best at government ran entities, and that was the huge problem.  Needless to say, the venue that we had been given permission to use was suddenly no longer available.

Well, after weeks of some serious scrambling, I’m proud to say that the party is back on!  Above is the new flyer, that lists the new beneficiary of our fundraising efforts here in a few weeks.  I encourage you to consider attending if you will be anywhere close to Canyon, TX on the first Saturday in May, but also ask that you consider a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital even if you won’t be attending our event.

For more information, you can visit our Facebook page (just click the cool picture above), or you can email me with any questions you might have.  We are so happy that we are going to be able to keep this party going, and thank all of you for your efforts in helping us find a new location (you know who you are)!

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