Posts tagged ‘Fashion’

Spring has finally arrived. The days of snow and 30 degree weather are officially over, well, at least I hope so.

Although I was counting down the days to warmth, I was really looking forward to the perfect boot weather. And spring is definitely the best time for boots. Why? Because the weather is cooperative, it’s not too cold nor is it too hot. So you don’t have to worry about freezing off your toes or having sweaty socks.

For the Well-Dressed Gent.

My favorite type of springtime boots, besides Chukka, is the Chelsea. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Chelsea boots at first, but eventually they grew on me and now they are pretty much a staple piece in my wardrobe.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the Doon Gore Chelsea boot by Florsheim. Crafted from buttery soft leather and molded into a sleek silhouette, the Doon Gore Chelsea boot is definitely a spring must-have. I don’t know about you, but when I look for boots the deal breaker for me is its transitional ability. You know, whether it’s easy to wear the boots from day-to-night or, in other words, from a casual stroll through Central Park to a dinner party on the Lower East Side.

For the Well-Dressed Gent.

As you probably guessed, the Doon Gore Chelsea boot passed the test. What I love about them the most is its handsome and modern minimalist aesthetic. When I first saw them it was an instant attraction. They come with the correct dose of sophistication, but also have a hint of attitude. If the Doon Gore Chelsea boot were a person, I would say they would be just like the actor Jason Statham (Fast & Furious 7, Transporter).

For the Well-Dressed Gent. For the Well-Dressed Gent.

I have always been amazed at how Florsheim manages to reinvent its footwear year after year—for over 120 years, while staying true to their legacy of classic styling and quality workmanship. Their footwear always flaunts a timeless appeal and the Doon Gore Chelsea boot is no exception. It is an essential for the well-dressed gent and the epitome of unparalleled sleek style.

So, what are you waiting for? Check ‘em out.

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Although scarf season is officially over now that the weather is finally in spring mode, I want to introduce you to Lieke van Opstal, this really cool Dutch brand that I came across a few weeks ago.

Founded by designer Lieke van Opstal, out of a fascination for textiles, the brand has been bringing innovative woven scarfs and accessories to the Netherlands for over 4 years; reminding the country, where the textile industry is slowly disappearing, that weaving is still key for people who love unique and transitional pieces.

What drew me to the brand was the striking weaving patterns and rich textures that adorn the scarves. Handcrafted from supple fabrics and designed with character, Lieke van Opstal proves to be a virtuoso when it comes to artistic storytelling. The pieces reflect how Lieke van Opstal looks at the world, going beyond the surface of what’s appealing to eye and molding statement making motifs.

Structures, Textures, and Textiles.

As men of style it is important to showcase your interpretation of what fashion means to you. It may sound a bit vague, but that is the beauty of style, you determine what it means. Lieke van Opstal says that she is inspired by the world, from structures in stunning architecture and tree bark textures to the construction of an insect wing. And this is reflected in her pieces.

Structures, Textures, and Textiles. Structures, Textures, and Textiles. Structures, Textures, and Textiles.

As you may know, I am always on the look out for new brands because I love incorporating different elements into my style, so I don’t limit myself to one particular look. Lieke van Opstal successfully conveys an urban-cool aesthetic through re-imagined structures, patterns, and textures–making it the perfect go-to brand for accessory connoisseurs.

So, what are you waiting for? See for yourself.

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Watches are a staple piece for every man of style; they fill that blank space between the break of your shirt, sweater, or jacket and your hand. Think about it. Have you ever forgotten your watch at home and felt as if your look was incomplete? Exactly, watches close that accessory void.

Since I don’t wear many accessories, if any, I am always on the lookout for new watches that I can use to accessorize my outfits. But, I love watches with a story. You know, a timepiece that brings something more than just a simple ‘face.’ So, when I came across the brand REC, I was instantly intrigued.

I fell in love with REC after reading about how the watches are created. The timepieces are made from the wrecks of vintage iconic cars—which is also the story behind the brand’s name—such as the original Mini Cooper. So, you’re technically wearing a car, not to mention a piece of ‘history,’ on your wrist. How cool is that?

A Vintage Transformation

Christian Mygh and Jonathan Kamstrup, who wanted to showcase how watches have evolved from simple timekeepers to important accessories that express one’s identity and style, created the Danish brand in 2013.

Taking a minimalist design approach, these timepieces add a smart and refined look to any outfit by delivering strapping style with a classic-cool manner. What’s even more interesting about REC is that no two watches are alike. Since the timepieces are crafted from the metals of vintage cars, imperfections such as rust add a unique characteristic to each watch.

A Vintage Transformation A Vintage Transformation

As men of style, we need timepieces that elevate our wrist game with sleek sophistication. We need watches with a timeless appeal that puts an of-the-moment spin on casual charm. REC watches does just that. This brand delivers off-the-grid style and defines classic minimalism.

So, what’s the hold up? Check ‘em out.

REC Watches

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Springtime DenimThe denim jacket is the one of the most valuable pieces that every man should have in his closet. This quintessential all-American classic is a jacket that works for every season, especially spring. Boasting true functionality, the denim jacket is a wardrobe essential that can amp up any outfit and by “any,” I mean everything. From suits to sweats, the options are virtually endless.

I own several denim jackets in different styles. They are a classic favorite and look better with age; after all it is fact that broken-in denim is always the best. So, if you don’t already have one, get on it as soon as possible. Now that spring is getting even closer, you’re going to want to keep your look elevated and ultra-cool. Denim jackets can help with that.

Simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity.

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If you want to achieve a refined aesthetic, then loafers are the way to go. Not only do loafers provide a sophisticated balance of casual and formal, but also functionality; they are great for transitional weather. I think it’s safe to say that loafers are the epitome of classic chic. Why? Think about it. Crafted with handsome leather and streamlined to emphasize charm, what else could be better? In addition, loafers can serve as that signature styling piece for everything from proper-cuffed denim jeans to tailored suits.

There are many brands where you can get loafers, but my choice for the past 5 years is G.H. Bass–creator of the original penny loafer. I can always count on their footwear to make a dashing impression as the classic appeal of their loafers are fit for mobility and poise.

Cool and Classically Polished

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Spring is officially 17 days away, which means the beginning to the end of snow and frigid cold! But, let’s be honest, showing off our new spring wardrobe is what we’re looking forward to the most; at least I am. In fact, I am more excited to showcase the spring footwear that I curated over the last few months, especially the MIPACHA sneakers that I scored a couple weeks ago.

I came across the Peruvian inspired brand at the Agenda tradeshow in New York City last month and I fell in love. MIPACHA— Quechua for “My World”— ventures in a different path in the footwear arena, drawing inspiration from the color and symbolic motifs of the local textiles found in the artful country of Peru.

When I finally got my hands on a pair of their eye-catching sneakers, I was impressed with its versatility, high quality, and ability to rev up the everyday with handsome, bold print.

A Bold Take on Footwear

MIPACHA footwear has been handcrafted in Cuzco, Peru, since its launch by Nick Bresser over 2 years ago and had been noted as a leader in ethical footwear. In addition to making great sneakers, I love the brand’s efforts at giving back to the community that brings their shoes to life. MIPACHA created a special program where unemployed women in Cuzco, Peru are trained to become skilled professional artisans.

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With a burst of bright Incan prints, MIPACHA gives a stylish structure that embodies the shared sense of vitality for Peruvian Culture. So, cure your wanderlust with MIPACHA’s invigorating sneakers and opt for a look that’s as cool as it is on-trend.

As the brand motto goes: “It’s a good thing to stand out in a crowd.”

A Bold Take on FootwearA Bold Take on Footwear

So, what are you waiting for? Check ’em out:

MIPACHA

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Men and makeup, while it may sound a bit odd at first, it’s one of the biggest not-so-secret secrets out there. By that I mean, it’s not really that talked about. Sure, you have television shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race and America’s Next Top Model where you see men wearing makeup, but that’s expected.

In Drag Race the men are wearing makeup to dramatize their features as part of their quest to become “America’s next drag superstar,” while in Top Model the guys are models, so it’s typical for them to wear makeup—right?

I am talking about guys who aren’t in those positions. You know, the guys like you and me. For many of us, wearing makeup is just not something that we think about doing and if we do, we’re probably too embarrassed to actually walk into the nearest Sephora and look for our perfect shade of color.

Well, I am here to tell you that it is totally fine for men to wear makeup. A lot of men do, from Ryan Seacrest to Charlamange tha God. I am not saying that you have to get your “Kim Kardashian” on. But, a little makeup won’t hurt. I, for example, wear concealer to hide the dark circles under my eyes as well as those pesky zits that always seem to pop up at the wrong time. I even know a guy who uses mascara to fill in his beard and another one who uses an eyebrow pencil to ‘sharpen’ his hairline. So, using makeup is nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s more common than you think.

Below is an image of me wearing concealer. The left side is how my face looks before I apply to the makeup and the right side is how my face looks after. What do you all think? Should more men explore the use of makeup or should it be left alone.

Of Men and Makeup

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Whether it’s in-person or through my blog, I love meeting new people. Why? Because you never know what they can teach you or the ways in which they can inspire you.

With that being said, I’d like to introduce you all to Jana, a London-based fashion illustrator and the tastemaker behind the blog Le Completiste. I met Jana through my blog—she commented on a post, I responded, looked at her blog, and the rest was history.

I was so impressed with her work that I asked Jana to create a sketch using a few photos from shoots that I’ve done. I was blown away by the results:

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Jana’s ability to effortlessly construct alluring sketches from just looking at a photo, defines luxe creativity. I am most impressed by the sleek contour detailing of each sketch, which not only adds compulsive-edge, but also makes an artful statement in the realm of fashion illustration.

Le CompletisteLe CompletisteI wanted to get a better sense about Jana and how she came about creating her blog, so I asked her a few questions:

Why did you start “Le Completiste?”

“I was about to turn 30 and feeling completely frustrated that I wasn’t doing anything creative. I studied design for years, I loved designing and I just felt my talent slipping away. So, I decided to start the blog as a creative outlet. I also loved fashion illustration and wanted to see how good I could get if I practiced, so that was part of it too. Now it’s a kind of online visual diary for me, and I love that because it’s public, I’m motivated to keep creating (otherwise it’s just too easy to get lazy)!” 

What is your source of inspiration?

“Is it too easy just to say everything? Seriously though, I work in fashion, I constantly surround myself with it and I find inspiration everywhere. I would have to say my biggest source is definitely photography (I love Bill Henson and also the work of people like Garance Dore) as well as architecture (Modernist and Brutalist in particular).”

Who would be the dream person in fashion that you would love to meet? Why?

“I can’t limit this to just one:

  • First, would be Alexander Wang—I am in awe of what he has achieved (we are the same age and I am quite a way behind him!). I would love to pick his brains and watch him work. He also seems really down to earth and like he’d be really great to work with/for.
  • Second, would be the guys from Proenza Schouler. I saw them speak at last year’s Vogue Fashion Festival and they also seem like they’d be amazing and inspiring to work with/for. Especially their process around developing textures and prints—they work in the same way I do and I would love to watch it in action.
  • Third, would be Phoebe Philo because well…the woman is amazing! She has single-handedly changed fashion and continues to do so. I think she’s a genius.”

 

So, what are you waiting for? Check her out:

Le Completiste

 

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I am always on the lookout for new brands. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like to venture outside the usual style outlets that I go to. So, when I came across the men’s brand J.J. Threads, I knew that I was on to something.

Customize Your Style Customize Your Style

J.J. Threads describe themselves as an unconventional shirt-maker and I agree. Why? Because they leave the designing to you and what’s even better, you don’t even have to design a shirt; there are pre-designed styles that you can choose from. This comes in handy if you’re having trouble making up your mind or if you just want something right away.

Customize Your Style

I selected a black precision-cut shirt with eye-popping print and high-impact color, which if you ask me, reminds me of the nebula galaxies. The shirt was high quality and well crafted, which is a great formula when looking for the perfect shirt. Not to mention, it lends a fresh, modern feel to the classic dress shirt.

Customize Your Style

With that being said J.J. Threads is a trend-right brand that effortlessly captures the eclectic spirit of made-to-measure and polished perfection. So, what are you waiting for? Check ‘em out:

J.J. Threads

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“I love boots, boots, boots, boots;

Boots I do adore”

Yes, I had to give my rendition of “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Jay-Z. Why? because I love boots, haha.

Anyhow, as it gets colder and the threat of snow finally hit, at least in New York City, I’ve been wearing every pair of boots that I own. However, there is one pair in particular that I wear so often, I decided to write about it.

Unparalleled Statement Style

I first came across Clarks’ Montacute Lord in London about two years ago. When I saw them I became obsessed and bought them instantly. The Montacute Lord solves the equation for contemporary boots with versatility and sophistication. From polished leather upper to traditional wingtip detailing, the Montacute Lord is the perfect blend of rugged and refined.

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So, when I saw that they have finally been released in America, I knew they would be a hit. Why wouldn’t they? These boots add handsome distinction to any look–from trousers to jeans.

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