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How to Prep for Winter Semester

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. After spending months in the middle of nowhere, the shared commonality of most boarding school towns, you head to the family compound in Stowe or your grandparents’ pad in the Upper East Side. Vintage wine older than your brother who got kicked out of Pomfret getting caught with a backpack of empty tins last year. Bud lattes with the boys by night. It’s a great respite from the demanding day-to-day rigors of prep school.

Between explaining to your uncle how blockchain will help Trump win again in 2020 and hiding your exam scores from your parents, you don’t have much free time to think for yourself. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of putting together a shopping guide for your December return to campus.

Beretta GU421 Thornproof Jacket

Three points here:

1) Beretta is an older brand that represents far finer craftsmanship than your run-of-the-mill Barbour field jacket.

2) You can wear the jacket like a backpack on unseasonably warm days (see interior straps).

3) Look at how many JUULS could fit into those shell pouches

Filson Mackinaw Cap

If you don’t know what this hat represents, grab yourself a copy of this book, because it’s probably in next year’s literature curriculum.

It was banned for over two decades for being too vulgar and features a speculatively communist undertone.

Book safe

Because your old Latin teacher won't be searching your room, and your dorm parent doesn’t know you withdrew from Latin last semester to study Mandarin.

Hudson Sutler Weekender Duffel

We're big fans of Hudson Sutler. In fact, one of our original sponsors started Hudson Sutler in 2012. More on details on our friend, to come. In the mean time, this is the perfect bag for road trips with your school's ski team.

Ugg Tasman Slipper

The G.O.A.T. endorses them. Perfect slipers for the dorms. Leave the Allbirds to the experimental magnet school students in San Fran.

Patagonia Better Sweater Vest

Patagucci vests: a preppy staple and the official @midtownuniform.

Four Luxury Hermes d'Orange Verte Gift Soaps From Hermes Paris

‘Why on earth would I spend $70 on 4 bars of soap?’ You might ask. I will tell you why… Because 3 bars will last you through the spring. This works even better for any school that can be represented by that classy Hermès H. Looking at you Horace Mann, Hotchkiss, Hopkins, and Holderness.

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