Introducing the Emporio Armani Windbreaker

When I first saw this silver windbreaker from the Emporio Armani EA7 collection, I knew that it was going to be a must-have. Not only do I love the way it fits to the body, but this windbreaker also has an edgy appeal. From the shiny shoulder lining to the elastic waist and wrist bands, the EA7 windbreaker easily stands out from more traditional windbreakers. Although the windbreaker is silver it is very versatile–can be easily paired with a variety of colors and outfits.   

Silver Windbreaker | Emporio Armani

Sunglasses | Ray-Ban

Gray Crew Neck T-Shirt | Ermenegildo Zegna

Tan Loafer | TOD’S

Blue Denim Jean | Ermenegildo Zegna

It Is All About the Shawl


Shawl cardigans are one my favorite clothing items for the fall. They have a sophisticated appeal to them, which make shawl cardigans perfect when you want to dress casually dapper, but is unsure of how to do it. What I love most about shawl cardigans is the shawl collar. It brings more attention to your face and overall look. Thus, making you stand out from the crowd.

Navy Blue Shawl Sweater | Patriza Pepe Firenze

Blue Scarf | Yves Saint Laurent

Blue Pinstripe Trouser | Sisley

Black Long Sleeve V-Neck Shirt | Ermenegildo Zegna

Glasses | Levis

Tan Loafer | TOD’S

Trench.

Every man should have at least one trench coat in their closet. Trench coats are the epitome of elegance and can make men look like gentlemen. In addition, the way they are cut to fit the body add to its overall appeal. 

Black Trench Coat | Burberry Prorsum

Gray Pinstripe Vest | Ermenegildo Zegna

Blue Denim Jean | Ermenegildo Zegna

White Loafer | Salvatore Ferragamo

Orange Bracelet | Bottega Veneta

True Gentlemen Wear Leather

Whether it is a jacket, briefcase, or loafers, leather represents sophistication, and a true gentleman is nothing if not sophisticated. However, with a lot of clothing companies selling “Genuine Leather,” it is important to know how to identify good quality leather from its cheap counter part.

First, it is important to know what kind of leather you are getting. For the most part Leather comes from animal hides such as cow, deer, lamb, ostrich, and crocodile. However, the most commonly used are cowhide and deer skin. Although cowhide is less expensive than other hides, it has high durability and a very soft feel. This is important when looking for a leather coat that will last at least 5 years. In addition cowhide does not stretch easily, which allows for repeated wear.

Deer skin, on the other hand, has a very soft feel, which makes it difficult to keep clean. In spite of this, deer skin is also extremely durable and is resistant to ripping, fading, or snagging. It is for this reason, deer skin is often used in boots and gloves. Deer skin also ages smoothly. The more it is worn, the darker the leather becomes, which gives the leather  an authentic look. However, the downside of deerskin is its elasticity. Wearing deer skin too often can stretch the material, giving it a droopy look.

There are three types of leather that you should know about:

Grade 1- Full Grain: This is the highest quality leather and is not only the strongest and most consistent in color, but it is the smoothest of the three grains. What I like about full grain leather is that the natural grain and imperfections are untouched, which contributes to its smooth feel.

Grade 2- Top Grain: Although top grain is of high quality, it is not as good as full grain. This type of leather is less consistent in color, has been sanded, and given a finishing coat.

Grade 3- Corrected Grain: This is the lowest quality leather; all imperfections have been sanded away, thus causing the leather to have a stiff feel.  In addition, because the leather has been treated it lacks the natural look, which requires artificial patterns to be stamped or pressed back onto the leather.

Black Leather Briefcase | Valextra

Limited Edition Brown Leather Loafer (Made for Zenga by Sutor Mantellassi) | Ermenegildo Zegna