This Father’s Day, it’s all about stuff that’s by dads and for dads. We talked to our friends at some of the coolest and most stylish companies around the country about their work, family, balancing their lives, and what it means to be a dad.

Not only that, but our friends over at General Knot & Co. have given us an awesome tote (made of vintage denim) to give away to one lucky subscriber. THIS BAG IS AMAZING! Learn how to enter at the end of the article!

Khalibre Mountain

Joe Schmieder, Founder & Dad to Micah (7) and Maddox (6)

Starting with a t-shirt back in 2014, Joe created Khalibre Mountain, an outdoor apparel company. Today they are the makers of exceptional wear ranging from flannels to wool jackets. Joe’s vision is simple—focus is on quality and style that will last for years to come and be worthy of passing down from generation to generation.

What’s the best thing about being a dad?

JS: Sharing the world with someone so curious about everything in it!

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about being a dad?

JS: Haha, so many things. My advice to any guys out there on the cusp of fatherhood … travel first!

How do you balance family and work?

JS: I sacrifice sleep. But seriously, I work whenever the kids are distracted and give them my time every evening. Once they are asleep I play the ‘how long can I keep my eyes open to get this done?’ game.

Our pick for Father’s Day:

Lined Flannel Shirt Jacket $229

NorthSouth Knives

Joel Adler, Founder & Dad to Meiora (8) and Ella (4)

What does a lawyer that happens to love to cook do in his spare time? He makes knives of course! In 2013, Joel created his first knife. While the result wasn’t restaurant quality, he continued to practice and perfect. A little over a year later, Joel was being asked to create knives for friends and family, and NorthSouth Knives was officially born. Each knife is created entirely by hand with a focus on US sourced materials.

What’s the best thing about being dad?

JA: There are really a lot great things, but the one that jumps to mind is this process of getting to know these new people that you made and continue to make. Before they are born, you see them on pictures, moving around in sonograms etc. and you know of them, and you love them. Then they are born and they are cute and amazing (exhausting) and you love them even more, but every stage you get to witness them growing and adding layers and complexity and really becoming  people. So now my 5 year old exercises with me in the morning and my 8 year old reads to me.  It’s pretty amazing.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about being a dad?

JA: I wish someone had told me (and it wouldn’t have mattered) how fatherhood changes everything in your life. All your priorities and all your hopes, everything gets totally reordered.

How do you balance family and work?

JA: Balancing work and family is really hard. My day job is pretty demanding, the knife business is busier than expected and I also practice martial arts. I don’t know the secret. I don’t watch TV and I don’t sleep too much!

Our pick for Father’s Day:

10” high carbon steel gyuto with Blackwood & cocobolo burl handle $550 (custom knives range from $150-1000. Contact Joel directly at northsouthknives@gmail.com

Joseph Abboud

Joseph Abboud, Founder & Dad to Lila and Ari

Joseph Abboud is a modern American lifestyle brand that was founded in 1987 and is best known for suits and luxury accessories for men. This year marks its 30th anniversary. Abboud started working in the fashion industry at the age of 16, and has since created a brand well known for helping guys find and embrace their personal style.

What’s the best thing about being a dad?

JA: Everything about being a dad is special. There’s a unique bond between father and daughter, and I try to be the best role model I can be.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about being a dad?

JA: How complex it is. Until you’ve experienced it, you will never know how it is to be a dad.

How do you balance family and work?

JA: Family is the most important. They come first. I love what I do but I love my time with my daughters more.

Our pick for Father’s Day:

American Flag Gray Wool Blanket (Limited Edition) $895

General Knot & Co.

Andrew Payne, Co-Owner & Dad to Stuart (21) and Oliver (17)

There is nothing cookie-cutter about General Knot & Co. Andrew and his wife, Ann, scout the globe in search of rare and unique vintage textiles and transform these finds into limited run, handcrafted pieces. Bowties, ties, wallets and bags are just a sampling of what they are able to create, each piece designed and produced in the USA.

What’s the best thing about being a dad?

AP: Honestly, there are too many from which to choose just one. With that said, music has always been something that we all enthusiastically share. From the sharing of my LP collection with my boys, to taking them to the “right” concerts, and of them sharing their discoveries of both new and classic music, we continuously build a fantastic common platform to share.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about being a dad?

AP: To stop and take notice of the day to day in the first few years. Considering the craziness of being a new father/parent it’s certainly easier said than done.

How do you balance family and work?

AP: Running our business from our home makes the balancing act of family and work a whole lot easier. The years of commuting to NYC just didn’t leave enough hours in the day to give our boys the time they deserved. Now, they have us 24/7- and probably pine for the good old days!

Our pick for Father’s Day:

Vintage Bleached Indigo Portfolio Tote $128

Helm Boots


Joshua Bingaman, Founder and Dad to Samuel (9), Ruth (7) and Josephine (4)

There are boots, then there are Helm Boots. With dozens of accounts throughout the United States and across the globe, HELM Boots has carved out a special position in the footwear space. Proudly American made and built to last, HELM combines those roots with a European influence to appeal to the modern, sophisticated man. Owning a pair tells the world you care about craftsmanship, community, style, and adventure. Your boots are trusty with just enough excitement to keep you interested. In essence, Joshua created a footwear line that speaks to his spirit and the spirit of folks he admires. True to form, many Helm styles are named after loved ones that encapsulate that brand ethos.

What’s the best thing about being a dad?

JB: Having a greater sense of purpose. And just seeing the kids develop and become who they are. Watching them play and hearing them talk and laugh is hilarious and entertaining and mind-boggling all at the same time. Sometimes it feels like my heart will burst.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about being a dad?

JB: That it would make things I really thought mattered a lot no longer matter at all. Would have saved me a lot of time and energy (and money) not working so hard and focusing so much on unimportant facets of life. But when I think about it now those were things that I needed then to support my ego and feel secure but now that my kids are here a majority of that is nonsense.

Our pick for Father’s Day:

Zind Boot $485

Jesse Pierpoint, Artist

Jesse Pierpoint, Artist & Dad to Kenneth (10), Ava (8) and Cienna (8)

Jesse has always loved to paint. He studied art and design in school and spent the last 17 years in the advertising/creative industry as a designer. About two years ago, he started spending more time in the art studio at night making art. His goal: to do a piece a week.

What’s the best thing about being a dad?

JP: The best part about being a dad is all of the little things. From what they make at school, the stories they share, to the smiles when you pick them up at school. I love creating an environment for them where they’re expected to make mistakes and encouraged to learn from them.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about being a dad?

JP: That you might learn more from your kids then they learn from you.

How do you balance family and work?

JP: It’s a daily balancing act balancing family and work. When I’m working, my focus and energy is there and when I am with my kids, I put that into them. It’s very intentional. This is a crucial time in their lives as they develop and grow in this scary world, and being there with them through that is really important to me as a father. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Our pick for Father’s Day:

“Chucks” Limited Edition Print $50

Enter to win below! You have until 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on Thursday June 15, 2017 to enter.