Bespoke Post Review: Does It Deliver The Goods?
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Bespoke Post's quality of products, interesting monthly themes, and flexible subscription options, make their boxes a worthy complement to your monthly masculine lifestyle, and a fantastic gift option.
“Where’d you get that awesome bag?”
From my uncle Bespoke, of course.
“Wow, that’s a sexy looking Dopp.”
Yeah, that’s because I’ve got a secret weapon.
Bespoke Post. Limited lineups, ever-changing swagger, and a constant influx of gear that makes it look like you know what you’re doing.
No one has to know that you really don’t.
Unlike a lot of other boxes where you get what you’re given, Bespoke Post offer themed boxes that you can either run with, or choose to skip for the month in your account settings.
No gimmicks and no playing coy. It reminds me of that phrase ‘take it or leave it.’
Why do I always seem to hear that phrase when I really don’t want to ‘take it’?
Luckily with Bespoke Post, I usually do want to take it. All of it. But still, I’m all about the cherry picking.
But first, a few notes on the company itself.
What Is Bespoke Post?
Based in New York, the brand is run by a group of guys and gals who know a thing or two about curating cool products for the modern man.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are you the kind of guy who resists hitting your local home goods store, but knows you could do with a few more ‘home goods’ type items around your house?
- Do you know that you’re going to be completely unprepared should you need to mix a drink for an unexpected female visitor?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, or if they simply intrigued you, then Bespoke Post could be for you.
Each month, Bespoke Post crafts custom boxes with different items, all relating to a select theme. You can claim one box per month for your subscription cost.
The catch is that they output more than one new box a month on average.
If you’re any way indecisive, good luck and Godspeed.
Just try pulling the trigger on which one to get. I couldn’t decide. So I got two.
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Bespoke Post Weekender Review
There comes a time in every man’s life when he needs to stop using his highschool backpack as his main form of luggage.
I’m guilty of this. I’ll admit it.
I’d been looking for a great weekender bag that didn’t break the bank, looked good, and could hold up to an airport sprinting session, but nothing I found checked all those boxes.
I brought this bag with me everywhere for a week, and during that time I put it through more tests than I’d even hoped to.
My new bag and I even fell down a hill together.
Here’s why the Line of Trade Weekender bag from Bespoke Post is my new favorite travel buddy.
Unboxing and First Impressions
Coming home to the signature blue and brown Bespoke Post packaging is exciting. It feels like there’s a present waiting at your door.
I knew that the Weekender bag was the main event in my box, but I was curious to see what else was packed alongside it. Bespoke Post makes an effort to give you the experience of opening a care package, so even if the box features one high-value item, they’ll throw in some extra goodies.
There were a few Kind bars in a muslin pouch packed alongside the bag in the Weekender box. While I wasn’t expecting anything big, the granola bars didn’t quite compliment the bag as I’d hoped.
The bag, however, lived up to the hundreds of positive reviews. I could tell it was quality as soon as I opened the box.
For our review, I started with a tough choice. The Weekender bag comes in olive, navy, black, gray, and natural (off-white). I liked the color options and waffled between the natural canvas and olive.
But with certain matters there isn’t a choice. If pizza is on the menu, it’s going in my belly. And if it comes in olive, I’m going to wear it.
So, yeah, I went with olive.
The bag is from Line of Trade, an in-house sub-brand of Bespoke Post.
Genuine leather handles and buckle straps are riveted along the top of the bag which gives the Weekender its old-world workman vibe.
A stitched cotton adjustable strap is included if you want to toss the bag over your shoulder instead of carrying it.
There’s a side pocket stitched in the bag that will fit smaller toiletries, but it doesn’t quite have the clearance to fit bigger bottles of hair product or cologne.
A reinforced bottom helps keep the bag flat and rounded bolts ward off wear and tear on the canvas. A two-ply aluminum frame runs around the inside of the bag, which stood up to the bend test. It also stood up to the old ‘fall down a large hill’ test.
In fact, let’s talk about that ‘test.’ The Weekender took a beating and still looks great. While shooting some photos, I tried to take a shortcut down what seemed like a manageable hill. I slipped and rolled a good twenty feet down the hill, tossing and slamming this Weekender bag all the while.
After brushing the mud off (and checking if anyone saw—they did… they all did), you couldn’t tell the difference. The aluminum frame didn’t bend, the buckles didn’t break, and neither the leather nor the canvas had a single scratch on it.
While I don’t plan on falling down many more hills in my lifetime, it’s good to know my bag is up to the challenge.
I took this bag with me to the gym for a day hitting the weights. In the locker room, a kind old man said “nice bag.” I was just getting ready to hit the shower myself, so there’s a chance he was talking about something other than my Weekender. In any case, I’m adding the compliment as another point for Bespoke Post here.
The design was based off the tool bags stone-masons used back in the day. Line of Trade kept the bag straight-forward—no zippers or extra pockets. The only flair is the embossed leather patch near the handles. The simplicity was what originally drew me to this bag, and I think anything extra would only cheapen the design.
The measurements on this bag are (L)20”x (H)12” x (W)8”. Here’s what that means.
I was able to fit a pair of shoes, two pairs boxers, two pairs socks, jeans, shorts, two t-shirts, a button down, a book, sunglasses, and toiletries in this bag. Note that I went full Marie Kondo with my folding. If you’re the kind of guy who thinks of folding as a dying ancient art, you may fit a little less.
The Weekender works nicely if you’re planning a two or three day trip. Anything beyond that is a stretch. But think of the name. If your weekends are longer than three days, that’s called unemployment. You’ll need a bigger bag for that.
For the Bespoke Post subscription rate, the value of Weekender is hard to beat. I took a look through the reviews for other similarly priced bags, and there weren’t any reliable options. Sure, there were stylish bags, but they had zippers that broke on the first use or pockets that came unstitched.
Like I said earlier, simplicity is this bag’s strength. I know first hand how durable the canvas is. No unnecessary frills mean Line of Trade can match value and durability, which works for a clumsy person like me.
Bespoke Post Refresh Review
When you hit your late 20’s, no one tells you that you’ll be going to weddings, baby showers, and house warming parties every weekend of your life.
It’s time to end the madness.
If you’re a bright-eyed 26-year-old, hear this. Your late 20’s and early 30’s are coming.
You will celebrate. Constantly.
You’ll want to have a solid Dopp kit to haul your toiletries. Mine was frayed by weekend after weekend of travel.
And then Bespoke Post’s Refresh came to my door.
Could it be my home away from home? Check out my full review below.
Unboxing and First Impressions
Refresh comes with a Dopp bag from Blue Claw Co., Mitch Shampoo + Conditioner, Mitch Construction Paste, Maapilim Face Cleanser, an all-natural bar of Base Light soap, and a tube of Marvis toothpaste.
I tested each of these products for a few days. Here’s what I thought;
The Dopp Kit
The highlight of Bespoke Post’s Refresh kit is the Blue Claw Co. Dopp.
The bag is made from 15 oz waxed canvas and has Blue Claw’s signature royal-blue ballistic nylon lining. There are four different color options available—tan, grey, navy, and olive.
I resisted the urge to go with olive, and instead chose tan. I thought the color combo would match well with the olive Weekender bag. What do you think?
Blue Claw Co. crafts their Dopp in the US with canvas sourced from American mills. I’m happy to see something homegrown with such an influx of overseas products coming in every day.
Homegrown or not, a good Dopp needs to be sturdy. Because let’s be real—it’s going to take a beating throughout its life. Enough airport security lines and car trunks will put any bag to the test.
I like how sturdy Blue Claw’s Dopp feels given the tall order ahead of it. The waxed canvas and ballistic nylon are a solid duo that will protect my luggage if an accidental spill happens. I tugged at the stitching along the bottom and zipper as a strength test, and the Dopp passed. There was no budge in the stitching at all.
Blue Claw riveted in a leather handle which is a nice touch. The leather, brass, and canvas play well together stylistically while making the bag more convenient to carry and use.
After looking into similar Dopp kits, there wasn’t anything else I could find that offered the same durability and value. I found a Dopp that had the same construction quality, but triple the price. I found others in the same price range as the Blue Claw Co. Dopp, but not with the same durability.
The Dopp comes fully loaded with all sorts of goodies. I was surprised to see a large bottle of shampoo packed in along with everything else.
I gave the Mitch Double Hitter 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner a try. The shampoo had a nice, fresh scent which lingered for an hour or so. I have fairly short hair, so I didn’t notice a significant difference between using Mitch shampoo and my regular brand.
As a side note, the shampoo comes in an eight-ounce bottle, so it’ll have to be left at home or packed in checked luggage if you plan on flying anywhere with it.
My Dopp also came with a peppermint and sea salt soap from Base Light. I often make my own soap at home (yeah, I’m that guy), so I’m used to the gentle cleaning of all-natural soaps.
With olive and coconut oils as the main ingredients and no unpronounceable chemicals, the Base Light bar got the go-ahead for shower use.
I’ve had peppermint soap experiences where the cooling effect was so strong I felt like someone was holding a leaf-blower straight to my crotch—so, not gonna lie, I was a bit worried seeing the Base Light had added peppermint.
I liked the mild-cooling effect from the added peppermint. It wasn’t nearly as strong as some other peppermint soaps I’ve tried. Rather than over-the-top, leaf-blower strength minty, the soap left me feeling refreshed.
Mitch Construction Paste
If you didn’t think I was weird for making my own soaps, I’ll surely get you with this one—I make my own hair product as well.
My hair is a tough beast. No one can cut it right. No product seems to tame it right. So I’ve had to go it alone and learn these things for myself.
I have curly and wavy hair, so the hair product I use needs to hold everything in place without looking greasy. I was skeptical of using a new hair product, but since Bespoke Post recommended it, I knew it was worth a shot.
The Mitch Construction Paste dried matte with a firm hold. After the paste dried, there was a bit of a crispy feeling to my hair, but I worked my fingers through and the shape held.
The Construction Paste is on the runnier side, and a nickel-sized dollop should be enough to style your hair. This product would work well for guys with straight to wavy hair.
Maapilim Face Cleanser
I gave the Maapilim face cleanser a try, and I found it worked double-duty. While it’s great as a cleanser, it can also act as a fragrance.
The cleanser is scented with bergamot, jasmine, and cedarwood oils, and the fragrance lasts for a few hours. I used it during my morning shower and skipped the cologne that day. As an addition to a Dopp kit, this face cleanser almost eliminates the need to bring along a fragrance.
Some might view the strong fragrance as a negative because it could clash with a signature scent, but I took it as a positive given that it goes with a travel kit.
The Blue Claw Co Dopp is the perfect size for traveling. At (L)10” x (W)6” x (H)4”, the Dopp can hold everything mentioned above plus a razor, a small shaving cream, and a toothbrush.
With those items, you’ll have a snug fit. I think a great Dopp needs to strike a balance between fitting all your essentials while taking up as little space as possible in your bag. This Dopp does just that.
As I get older, I’m starting to see my purchases in a different light. I have no problem spending a bit more on high-quality products that will last me years.
The Blue Claw Co Dopp is worth every bit you spend. In fact, I wouldn’t mind spending even more given that this Dopp will likely last a lifetime. The fact that the Dopp came filled with products I can use for travel only makes it a better value.
My Thoughts Overall On Bespoke Post
How to Subscribe to Bespoke Post
Getting started with Bespoke is quick and easy. They’ll throw ten multiple choice questions at you with three answer choices for each.
You’ll then fill out some details about your account, shipping and billing information, and you’re good to go.
Each of their pages load quickly on desktop and mobile. They walk you through each step with helpful info along the way. You’ll spend maybe three minutes in total.
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Managing Your Bespoke Post Subscription
Bespoke Post is all about choice.
As part of your subscription management, the brand offers you multiple boxes to choose from monthly.
On the 1st of each month, you’ll be notified via email that the new lineup is ready.
You’ll see new boxes as well as some boxes carried over from the previous month. But it’s all pretty refreshing stuff (this also gives you a chance to grab a box that you wanted last month when you opted for another after agonizing on the decision for 11 minutes).
You’re given from the 1st until the 5th to decide what you want. If you’re not interested one month, that’s okay. Give it a skip.
Access your account settings, and just skip the box for that month. I really, really like this feature. Many other subscriptions would force you to cancel outright in this spot.
About the Bespoke Post Shop
The brand also has a shop on their site where they feature other items that don’t form part of their subscription boxes.
The Bespoke gents keep that online store in the same philosophy of their monthly subscription. Quality. Nothing but quality.
It’s all hand-selected items, curated by their team. Take a peek, there’s some cool stuff there.
This isn’t Pandora radio. There’s no penalty for skipping every single month if that’s what you really want to do.
You want to skip for the whole year? Feel free to do so (I don’t know why you would want to, but to each his own).
Join the club. It’s a fast world, we forget things from time to time. Bespoke Post does their best to help remedy the situation. They’ll either halt the box before it ships and issue you an immediate refund, or send out a return label as soon as possible.
Hold onto the box, don’t open it, slap the label on, and kick it out the door like that brother-in-law you regret opening your couch to.
Hold the phone, compadre. Sometimes it takes a bit.
Depending on where they’re curating from, you may have to pump the brakes.
Boxes ship between the 6th and 15th of each month. Once sent, they arrive at your door pretty quickly.
Spit it out already. You want to pick up a box as a gift but you’re not sure which one he’d want.
No worries. Get him a gift card.
These work really well because they’ll entitle your main man in question to either any monthly box, or he can apply it to the online Bespoke shop as store credit.
Much more thoughtful than cash in an envelope. But a whole lot less stressing over the decision. Win / win.
Bespoke Post Competitors: How Do They Compare?
Bespoke Post has been around longer than a lot of the competition, and I think their focus on quality and flexibility is a big reason for that.
Where some others focus solely on fashion, BP maintain an assortment.
While the below aren’t replicas of Bespoke Post, they’re popular services competing in the men’s subscription box space.
SprezzaBox shoots for 5-6 items each month, both in men’s fashion and men’s lifestyle, with a lean toward accessories.
SprezzaBox is about half the price of Bespoke Post, and while you’ll get five to six items in every box, you don’t get anywhere near the same level of quality.
Bespoke Post may comparatively put less items in each box, but it’s because they focus on high-end quality over quantity.
SprezzaBox is an awesome box, but it’s more suited to guys looking for a great way to pad out their sock, tie, and general accessories collections.
I had to put this here as a cautionary tale: don’t waste your time. They try to compete with Bespoke Post, evening offering the same “Skip by the 5th” option. JustFab prices themselves at $40 per month just to compete.
But it isn’t enough. Terrible customer service, well over 1,000 horror stories about them online. It was a mockery attempt to make a subscription service, attempting to copy the same fundamentals of Bespoke Post. Avoid at all costs.
Is Bespoke Post Worth It?
If you enjoy choice and quality in your subscription services, then Bespoke Post deserves your attention.
Yes, every once in a while you may receive an item or two that you can’t find practical use for (no matter how hard you try). And this may make you question your monthly spend on that one particular box.
But on the plus side, due to Bespoke Post’s overall quality, choice, and flexibility, this is a rare event. And it becomes even rarer as you get used to the service and a feel for their offerings.
This flexibility shines through with their single-month box option as well. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift that most guys will appreciate, you’ve found it here.
Remember, these boxes are more for men’s lifestyle, not necessarily clothing. The items are themed and they’re curated to improve various aspects of your life through home goods and functional items, so if you’re looking for strictly a men’s clothing subscription box, this isn’t what you’re after.
I believe that your goal with any subscription service should be either to try new things, to automate your shopping habits, or to simply add value in your life.
If you open your mind a little, you really can achieve all three with Bespoke Post.
After two boxes, I’ve upgraded my Dopp and added some quality grooming supplies, and replaced my old weekender bag with a new and improved one.
But the best part? I’ve had fun doing it.
So, is it worth it?
My head says yes. My heart says yes. And while it’s not the case for every decision I make, those are all that matter for this one.
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