August 17, 2015
I always enjoy visiting Spain, perhaps it’s the colonial connection to the Philippines, or the fabulously laid-back siesta culture. How I wish I could’ve spent more time in Valencia, with its sleepy streets and the most perfect oranges ever. There was a certain haze all over Andalusia—Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba; spending a few days in the three major cities of the region was like stepping into a sweaty Sunday afternoon novel where the sun glowed red, and everyone made passionate love, and nobody got anything done. Also, I’m convinced that all Spanish food is laced with melatonin.
Grandma’s house in Valencia
tailor-made shirt, COS jeans, Vans
the cathedral in Seville
palace gardens in Cordoba
tailor-made tunic, Ines de la Fressange x Uniqlo pants, Dries van Noten satin espadrilles
June 24, 2015
I must confess, I didn’t think much of Switzerland before I planned a trip there last month, mostly because I didn’t really know much about the country. I thought it would be a sober, sensible start to an extended Europe trip, but one thing I’ve learned in my travels is that many times, it’s the places I’m not particularly looking forward to visiting that defy expectations. My friends who live there often describe certain things as being “very Swiss”, which I’ve come to realize denotes something wholesome, benign, and aesthetically cute, in the style of that region. Switzerland, in addition to being comfy, clean, and safe, is artistically inspiring, and is home to genuinely satisfied, happy, creative people.
Lucerne in the spring
Yohji Yamamoto jacket, Uniqlo turtleneck, COS jeans, rings by Lanero
Pascal in the kitchen
the best fish soup I’ve ever had
the library at B2Boutique Hotel
Town and Country vibes on my favorite jeweler
Nautica Rainbreaker jacket, vintage top, COS jeans
the ceiling at Volkshaus
with Prada briefcase and Vans slip-ons
June 9, 2015
Dashiel Brahmann is the first person I’ve profiled on this site twice. If you take a peek at my last post of him, you’ll see the change his style has undergone; shooting him again was like profiling a new person. I found a kindred spirit in Dash whose sense of style seems to be an ongoing conversation in his head–I change my style every so often, and from the dark, faintly glamdrogynous aesthetic we both used to be into, we now both seem to favor a look that is more honest, natural, and masculine. He just started a clothing line called Looseleaf, a line completely composed of natural fibers, focusing on essential garments with a bit of a creative flair, casual pieces you can work or lounge in. Dash grew up three blocks from the beach and has always been involved in surf culture, which apparently, is a lot about personal style. His favorite surfers—people like Craig Anderson—are known for their smooth, graceful style. He says, “I want that to be the feeling that my clothes emote, effortlessness.”
Dashiel in a vintage Yohji Yamamoto Costume D’Homme coat, Looseleaf shirt and lazy pants in navy striped linen, Vans slip-ons
Dashiel Brahmann at work in a Looseleaf windowpane shirt and matching pants
Troentorp Monet clogs
Looseleaf indigo shirt, Levi’s Red picker jeans
vintage linen blazer, vintage Flax by Jeanne Engelhart linen shirt, Looseleaf black washed linen trousers,
vintage Per Spook hat, Vans slip-ons
Dashiel Brahmann in a Looseleaf shirt, tank, and pants, all in washed linen, Vans slip-ons
Loose Leaf is available at Pilgrim Surf + Supply.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with his shoe size and a sentence explaining why we should pick you. May the odds be in your favor.
photos by BJ Pascual