May 26, 2015
On a whim, I booked a flight to Manila, and swung by LA for a few days. The last time I visited was about four years ago, and I thought it was the vapid city they said it was: hard to get around, with mediocre food, poorly dressed people, and generally not much to do. All of that has changed, and I’m working on finding ways to spend more time in the City of Angels. I flew home to Manila filled with wonderful food, and inspiration I never expected to find in that city. Here’s what I saw, ate, and did, in LA and Manila, on film and nothing more high-fi than an iPhone 6 camera.
palms on 35mm film
and on my phone
One of the most inspiring buys for both menswear and womenswear at Mohawk General Store
LA dad weekend looks
spices in Silverlake
day 2: meal 1 of 5
I love sauce
people study here
in Pilgrim and Loose Leaf
backs at 12/10
CJ in CJ
crazy little party girl
ant-infested JC, top by Filipino designer Rhett Eala
“This is the part where I break free” – Ariana Grande
April 22, 2015
Gregory Bourke is the assistant to the Director at Marlborough Chelsea Gallery in New York, a former actor and dancer, and a creative who dabbles in film photography. He grew up in a 100-year-old haunted Opera House in Georgia, and he counts Alex Da Corte, Haim, Larry Clark and Veladya Chapman as his biggest creative influences. Greg’s history in the theatre and with dance seems to very much influence his artistry, and reinforces my recent resolution to take up new hobbies and active pursuits to nourish my creative soul. In terms of style, what’s been inspiring me lately isn’t really fashion with a capital F, but rather the notion of wearing ordinary pieces in a subtly modern way to create a look that is as intriguing as it is approachable. He says he has a specific weakness for a 1950′s rebellious high schooler in Idaho vibe, and he pulls it off pretty well.
Gregory Bourke in a Nike top, Levi’s jeans, and Converse shoes
small tattoo envy
vintage sweater, leather jacket, and leather pants, Adidas Stan Smith shoes
Obey cap, vintage cheerleader jacket, basketball jersey, and leather pants
Opening Ceremony rainbow ombre shirt, Hanes waffle top, vintage Levi’s
black briefs by 2(X)IST
vintage red motorcycle jacket, Gap t-shirt, Sandro jeans, Vans shoes
cut-off hems and Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers
vintage Adidas t-shirt and 2(X)IST control shorts
April 1, 2015
Spliced together a bunch of photographs of my travels to Singapore, Manila, New England, and my life here in New York City. And fashion week, too. They don’t all seem to make sense together, but I’d like to think everything falls into place, in the bigger picture.
The Breakers, Newport RI
feeling like a Kennedy, in Barbour and AG
a wedding-themed birthday
the last day of summer
the general idea
15 – Taylor Swift
March 17, 2015
I’m not going to stress about the importance of a good white shirt–the cornerstone of every great tailored outfit, or any fresh, handsome outfit for that matter. What I will tell you, though, is that the ones they make at The Tailory New York are perfect. The fabrics are of great quality, the fit is impeccable, the detailing is modern, and the ladies who run the shop are just lovely. I like to keep a good tailor in every city I spend time in, and though I’ve always had one for expert alterations, I’m thrilled to have this place for my collaborative tailoring projects.
shirt by The Tailory, boxers by Donn Mason
a newfound love for short spread collars
Lanero ring, Skagen watch, and a name only few know
photographs by Michael Dodd
January 30, 2015
I’ve taken to wearing a uniform this winter. I admit I’m not the best at layering, but I’ve developed some sort of formula for when layers are necessary for survival. I start with a band mandarin-collar shirt under a round-neck sweater, relaxed dark trousers, woolly socks, chunky black shoes, sunglasses and gloves. I throw on my jacket of the week, or a heavyweight winter coat and scarf, as needed. I find it best to keep everything covered, in loose, relaxed layers, to avoid looking like I’m being swallowed by winter gear. And to save me from seasonal depression, I keep myself entertained with cheeky gloves, a collection of pins, among a few other cold-weather distractions.
Garrett Leight sunglasses, vintage Barbour Jacket, Reformation sweater, vintage American Eagle shirt, Bird leopard gloves, Yohji Yamamoto pants, Vans shoes
Garrett Leight sunglasses
tree-snuggling in McCarren Park
a collection of vintage pins
January 8, 2015
Many of you who follow my style closely know that I do a complete wardrobe overhaul somewhere every four to six months. I may hold on to key pieces a little while longer, but there’s always a conversation going on in my head about the image I want to portray at each specific point in my life, about gender, economics, my body image and my emotional state, and this always comes through in the way I dress. I’ve been experimenting with a new look–a little more pared-down, a little more masculine–at 29, I feel less of a need to make a splash with fashion statements, and ultimately just wear what makes me feel good. Current influences are: military classics, California, The New Order, and the pervasiveness of dadcore. Happy New Year.
Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme military coat, Hardy Amies blazer, Jungmaven henley, AG Jeans, Tim Hamilton x Guidi boots
Capital Eyewear x Allen Edmonds glasses, Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons whale pin
the return of the accent sock
November 18, 2014
This is not a story on the hottest new jean trend on the streets; this is a story about how I fell in love with jeans again. I’ve gone months without wearing denim. I found black trousers to be infinitely more exciting than the staple black skinnies favored by many a downtown NYC boy, and I bought black pants in all shapes: slim, pleated, drop-crotch, palazzo, and parachute. Dark denim just didn’t feel right at the moment, and I didn’t even think to consider all the other colors. But there was something about the idea of classic men’s stonewash denim, dad jeans as dubbed by most, that seemed to appeal to where my style is at the moment: comfortable, pared-down, masculine, and a tiny hint nostalgic. I searched far and wide for the perfect pair, and after trying on pairs that were too whiskered, too distressed, unflattering, or just the wrong color, I found love in a pair of AG jeans two sizes too big for me. I wear them with an elastic belt, with all the cozy black things I like to wear in the winter—SO comfortable, I know what I’m wearing on the plane home for the holidays.
Yohji Yamamoto coat, CP Company sweater, AG jeans, Allen Edmonds x The Dandy Project custom shoes
AG Dylan jeans in 17 years orbit
CP Company “dad sweater,” AG “dad jeans”
These shoes are a collaboration with Allen Edmonds: I wanted a pair of classic clean American black oxfords, and had them done in the finest smooth black leather, with rubber soles for comfort. I’m giving away a pair to the lucky reader who e-mails email@example.com with his shoe size and a sentence explaining why we should pick you. May the odds be in your favor.
photos by BJ Pascual
November 13, 2014
Jimmy Jimeno is a store manager for Opening Ceremony, and Joey Jimeno is a freelance writer, and head barista and back of house at Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market New York. The brothers were born in Baguio, Philippines, and have lived together and separately in Northern Virginia, Berlin, San Francisco, Toronto, London, and New York—a background that has refined the two as creatives, and strengthened their bond as brothers. “Moving quite frequently growing up was one heartbreak after the next, at least initially,” says Jimmy. “One way I coped with the trauma was developing a sense of humor.” Joey, on the other hand, tends to think that everything he affords is based on his romantic longing to construct a notion of ‘home.’ I used to follow the brothers many years ago when they would post their outfits on the forum Superfuture, and had always been fascinated with the way they conveyed new ideas through their style. It was a different time then, with the volume of user-generated fashion media being only a fraction of the size it is now; it may have been elitist, and a little scary, but it was a creative hotbox for the people who were in it. “The way you deal with fashion elitism,” Jimmy says, “is giving ZERO fucks…because there are far more important things to worry about than WDYWT and brand synergy.” Like many of us kids of the early fashion Internet, the Jimeno brothers have matured in style, and have gone on to do things that hold influence in the world, but what keeps me looking to them for inspiration is that they’re two brothers who are very close, with one really cool hobby.
Jimmy Jimeno in an Agnes B floral shirt, RRL jeans, and Doc Martens 50th anniversary shoes; Joey Jimeno in an Epaulet x Liberty shirt and Taylor Stitch trousers
Joey and Jimmy Jimeno
Jimmy in a Raf Simons sweater, Lift Label jersey, Number (N)ine jeans, and Tim Hamilton Boots; Joey in a Uniqlo turtleneck, Sunny Sports Clothing chore coat, APC New Standard Jeans, and Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens shoes
Tim Hamilton x Guidi, Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens
Jimmy in an old Supreme NY fitted cap, custom marble dye Champion sweatshirt, RRL Jeans, and Nike Airmax 2003′s; Joey in a Kenzo bucket hat, Opening Ceremony oxford shirt, Junya Watanabe Man blazer, Patrik Ervell jeans, and Steven Alan derbies
vintage David Letterman Late Show Letterman jacket on Jimmy Jimeno
Joey in an Interwoven scarf, Rising Sun and Co. Jacket, Brooklyn Denim Co. chinos, Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens shoes; Jimmy in a vintage YSL denim jacket, Engineered Garments shirt, RRL jeans, and Dr. Martens shoes
Jimmy in a vintage Christian Dior robe and custom Opening Ceremony soccer shorts; Joey in a Pigalle jumpsuit and J. Crew sneakers
The Dandy Project: What inspires you today? Jimmy: Too many thangs! Lately though? Definitely my friends and my Playstation 4.
Art Direction Assistant Michael Dodd
November 9, 2014
I’ve decided that my look for this fall would be “cool university professor’s young dad son”–a look that I thought would be best topped off with the Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch sponsored by the lovely people at Socialstars #AstronElite. I’m not getting any younger, I’m even graying, and I find myself drawn to things that are less weird, and less overtly slick. There is something sexy about looking like you could provide for a small family, change diapers, and manage to pull yourself together with quiet elegance: it’s a skill that young Williamsburg dads, my muses of the moment, seem to have down pat. This fall, I’m going to read a lot, and write poetry; you’ll find me dressed in khakis and dad jeans, big knits with funnel necks, and an air of maturity that I hope to catch up on in real life.
Stephan Schneider scarf, Barbour International Jacket, Seiko Astron watch, COS sweater and khakis, Church’s socks, Number (N)ine shoes
The Seiko Astron, a cool, quiet, complicated watch, uses GPS signals to identify the time zone, time and date data, and is powered by all types of light.
Number (N)ine creepers
photos by BJ Pascual
November 4, 2014
Not too long ago, GQ had urged men to ditch the going-out shirt: ill-fitting, ugly, and worn untucked with boot-cut jeans, it’s apparently the bro’s uniform when he goes to clubs, house parties, and worst of all, dates. Having grown up in Southeast Asia, where it’s too hot to wear a jacket for most of the year, I’ve always worn some sort of going-out shirt–not necessarily ill-fitting, or ugly, but something easy, that looks good in the nighttime lights. I’ve had many of these shirts in dark velvet, or crisp, fitted, architectural white, but I’m currently quite fond of this one, a funny old vintage silk shirt that drips with 90s Gianni Versace vibes. It might be a very womenswear thing to have clothes for the day and clothes for the evening, but I’m with the bros on this one. I love a shirt that is as comfy as it is loud, but gentlemen, I’ll leave the boot-cut denim to you.
rings: AC+632, Lanero, and A Land, Marsell mules