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November 18, 2014

Dad Jeans

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

Yohji Yamamoto coat, CP Company sweater, AG jeans, Allen Edmonds x The Dandy Project custom shoes

AG Dylan jeans in 17 years orbit

AG Dylan jeans in 17 years orbit

CP Company "dad sweater," AG "dad jeans"

CP Company “dad sweater,” AG “dad jeans”

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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 press.dandyproject@gmail.com with his shoe size and a sentence explaining why we should pick you. May the odds be in your favor.

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 press.dandyproject@gmail.com with his shoe size and a sentence explaining why we should pick you. May the odds be in your favor.

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photos by BJ Pascual


November 13, 2014

Jimmy and Joey Jimeno

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

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

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Joey and Jimmy Jimeno

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Jimmy Jimeno in a Raf Simons sweater, Lift Label jersey, Number (N)ine jeans, and Tim Hamilton Boots; Joey Jimeno in a Uniqlo turtleneck, Sunny Sports Clothing chore coat, APC New Standard Jeans, and Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens shoes

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

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Prada keychain

Prada keychain

Tim Hamilton x Guidi, Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens

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

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

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vintage David Letterman Late Show Letterman jacket on Jimmy Jimeno

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

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

Baguio brothers

Baguio brothers

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Jimmy in a vintage Christian Dior robe and custom Opening Ceremony soccer shorts; Joey in a Pigalle jumpsuit and J. Crew sneakers

Jimmy in a vintage Christian Dior robe and custom Opening Ceremony soccer shorts; Joey in a Pigalle jumpsuit and J. Crew sneakers

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TDP: What inspires you today? Jimmy: Too many thangs! Lately though? Definitely my friends and my Playstation 4.

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

Fall Dad

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

Stephan Schneider scarf, Barbour International Jacket, Seiko Astron watch, COS sweater and khakis, Church’s socks, Number (N)ine shoes

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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.

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.

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Number (N)ine creepers

Number (N)ine creepers

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photos by BJ Pascual


November 4, 2014

A Going-out Shirt

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.

vintage silk shirt, Allen Edmonds x Capital Eyewear sunglasses, vintage fur, Damir Doma pants, Marsell shoes

vintage silk shirt, Allen Edmonds x Capital Eyewear sunglasses, vintage fur, Damir Doma pants, Marsell shoes

sunglasses by Capital Eyewear for Allen Edmonds

sunglasses by Capital Eyewear for Allen Edmonds, ring by AC+632

lion

lion

rings: AC+632, Lanero, and A Land, Marsell mules

rings: AC+632, Lanero, and A Land, Marsell mules

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October 22, 2014

Peter Meckel

Peter Meckel is a buyer for Barneys New York and a one-time fashion blogger with a penchant for classic, everyman menswear and a knack for putting things together in an unexpected way.  I was drawn to the subtly novel and thought-provoking ways he wears otherwise normal items of clothing, almost as an antidote to the faltering normcore trend—the prevalence of layering ill-fitting over unflattering, or worse, the cheap styling trick of putting Birkenstocks on an outfit and calling it progressive has all become disconcerting.  “I prefer dressing for day than night, because I like to be subtle – with a small detail making the outfit different or my own,” says Peter.  On his brief flirtation with fashion blogging, he recalls, “I felt very exposed and unprotected, but excited, too, because I felt it was very true to myself.  It was exhausting and at times I wasn’t sure what I was doing it for.”  Settled and geared towards years of growth in the numbers-driven field of fashion buying, Peter manages to do one thing many of today’s bloggers only aspire to do, which is to inspire someone to think about clothes.

Peter Hunter Meckel in a Dickies jumpsuit, Saint Laurent boots, and Henschel bucket hat, in hand.

Peter Hunter Meckel in a Dickies jumpsuit, Saint Laurent boots, and Henschel bucket hat, in hand.

Peter Meckel

Peter Meckel

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Brooks Brothers glasses

Brooks Brothers glasses

Saint Laurent shiny leather lace-up boots

Saint Laurent shiny leather lace-up boots

Dickies

Dickies

Margaret Howell coat, Margiela shirt, Carhartt jeans, Grenson boots

Margaret Howell coat, Margiela shirt, Carhartt jeans, Grenson boots

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Carhartt jeans and Grenson boots

Carhartt jeans and Grenson boots

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Acne women's dark gray leather jacket, J. Crew henley, Carhartt pants, Buttero boots

Acne women’s dark gray leather jacket, J. Crew henley, Carhartt pants, Buttero boots

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Buttero suede boots

Buttero suede boots

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Greenpoint


October 17, 2014

Vest

One thing that keeps me interested in dressing up is the idea of taking items of clothing that have fallen out of favor and finding new ways to make them work.  I love a good vest– it’s an easy way to add some structure to an outfit, and a low-commitment addition that keeps you a little warmer.  I guess I’ll always have a soft spot for waistcoats: they were a thing back when I had started blogging, and I wore them with American Apparel t-shirts and skinny jeans and bowler hats, and when the trend went sour, I was left with a sizeable number of vests in my closet, all without suits to match.  This linen halter waistcoat by Damir Doma is a remarkable piece because of the unusual cut and detailing.  I like to wear it over thin sweaters, almost like a puffy vest but for milder weather.

Oakley sunglasses, Damir Doma linen halter vest, Uniqlo heattech sweater, Damir Doma drop-crotch cropped pants, Nike shoes

Oakley sunglasses, Damir Doma linen halter vest, Uniqlo heattech sweater, Damir Doma drop-crotch cropped pants, Nike shoes

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one-button halter

one-button halter

grosgrain belt and sheer back

grosgrain belt and sheer back

Nike Frees and a chain-link ring

Nike Frees and a chain-link ring

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Oakley Frogskins (c/o Coastal)

Oakley Frogskins (c/o Coastal.com)

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October 14, 2014

Rhamier Auguste

Rhamier Auguste is a manager at Opening Ceremony, and a freelance stylist and creative consultant.  There is a subversive sense of humor in his style that is tempered by an impossible sense of cool: I look at him and I don’t see a fashion plate, just a guy with great style, who seems like someone cool to talk to.  I was even more thrilled when I came to his Bed-Stuy apartment to shoot, and found a very tightly curated wardrobe of mostly crazy pieces, with a smattering of a few basics.  “Everything goes with anything,” Rhamier quotes stylist Lori Goldstein, who he’s previously worked for.  I questioned my notion of what is essential in a wardrobe: as I trekked to my favorite consignment store hauling bags filled with the perfect Comme black jackets and must-have white Thom Browne shirts in every version, I thought, what a pleasure it might be to get dressed in the morning picking through a very concise wardrobe of clothes you love.

Rhamier Auguste in a Patrik Ervell cap, XXBC sweatshirt and sweatpants, and Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots

Rhamier Auguste in a Patrik Ervell cap, XXBC sweatshirt and sweatpants, and Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots

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Opening Ceremony X Timberland boots

Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots

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Citizen watch in blue and gold

Rhamier Auguste in a Raf Simons sweatshirt, Supreme New York x Champion warm-up pants, Ice Cold New York socks, and Raf Simons x Adidas trainers

Rhamier Auguste in a Raf Simons sweatshirt, Supreme New York x Champion warm-up pants, Ice Cold New York socks, and Raf Simons x Adidas trainers

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everyday jewelry

everyday jewelry

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Ice Cold New York 3M reflective socks and Adidas x Raf Simons shes

Ice Cold New York 3M reflective socks and Adidas x Raf Simons shoes

Comme des Garcons coat, Uniqlo oxford button-down, +J by Uniqlo trousers, and mismatched Comme des Garcons x Doc Martens shoes

Comme des Garcons coat, Uniqlo oxford button-down, +J by Uniqlo trousers, and mismatched Comme des Garcons x Dr. Martens shoes

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Patrik Ervell hat, Supreme New York Nairobi shirt, Stone Island t-shirt, Dickies trousers, and Nike Air Max Plus TN trainers

Patrik Ervell hat, Supreme New York Nairobi shirt, Stone Island t-shirt, Dickies trousers, and Nike Air Max Plus TN trainers

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Patrik Ervell hat, t-shirt, and jeans, Nike Huarache trainers

Patrik Ervell hat, t-shirt, and jeans, Nike Huarache trainers

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double Ervell

double Ervell

huaraches and "original hems"

Huaraches and “original hems”

Patrik Ervell sweatshirt and a Supreme pin

Patrik Ervell sweatshirt and a Supreme pin


October 7, 2014

Bright Blue Suit

As someone who tends to favor restraint and the subtlety of non-colors, getting so much wear out of my bright blue suit from Reiss comes as a surprise.  I’ve worn it three-piece with a crisp shirt buttoned all the way up to attend a few fashion week shows (thanks, Highsnobiety and Huffington Post!), two-piece with shirt unbuttoned to dinner, and with a long shirt and a silver hair piece to a friend’s dance party at Le Baron.  I felt invincible wearing it, and nodded fervently when a few days after, The Cut put out that piece on Italian men wearing bright blue suits as a symbol of power.  Powerful as it seems though, there is a gentle benevolence to the color blue that seems to work even when applied all over a suit in full saturation.  This time around, for the blog, I thought I’d wear the suit in the spirit of an archetype I always go back to: the young maharajah.

blue suit by Reiss, Karma Mantra necklace, vintage tunic, Guidi shoes

blue suit by Reiss, Karma Mantra necklace, vintage tunic, Guidi shoes

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Black onyx and coral Japa Mala by Karma Mantra

Black onyx and coral Japa Mala by Karma Mantra

AC+632 ring

AC+632 ring

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sidewalk sultan


October 6, 2014

Title of Work

I paid a visit to the Title of Work showroom, where designer Jonathan Meizler showed me his art, and took me through an extensive selection of accessories that I could only describe as gentlemen’s couture.  Ties are beaded and embellished with silver and rough diamonds, bowties covered in tulle and fringed with chains.  His aesthetic gravitates towards the darkly esoteric, and lends itself well to the little accoutrements that add interest to man’s look.  Fall/Winter 2014 is all about beauty in decay: holes burnt through a tulle overlay and outlined with beads, embellishments of dried flowers, old men, and shots of deep blood red.

Title of Work's tie couture: red silk tie with burnt and beaded tulle overlay, black silk tie fully covered with matte black glass bead fringe, black silk charmeuse tie with dried flowers under beaded tulle overlay

Title of Work’s tie couture: red silk tie with burnt and beaded tulle overlay, black silk tie fully covered with matte black glass bead fringe, black silk charmeuse tie with dried flowers under beaded tulle overlay

a few subtler ties

a few subtler ties

miniature beadwork and a hand-embroidered wave pattern

miniature beadwork and a hand-embroidered wave pattern

ties covered in chains, loose beads, dead flowers, among many other things

bow ties covered in chains, loose beads, dead flowers, among many other things

an art piece by Jonathan Meizler, ties on dissecting trays

an art piece by Jonathan Meizler, ties on dissecting trays

bleeding beads

bleeding beadwork

photomosaic of an elderly man, on a silk scarf

photomosaic of an elderly man, on a silk scarf

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September 29, 2014

Nick Blumenthal

Nick Blumenthal is a visual artist who does mostly photography, but dabbles in painting and some mixed media.  He counts memory and psychological tension as his greatest inspirations, and unrequited love on occasion.  Nick recounts the most romantic thing that has happened to him in New York: “An ex of mine who royally fucked up took a 10-hour bus ride to show up at my work, teary-eyed with apology roses.  Granted it didn’t work out, but seeing the girls on my train home passing glances, whispering about the lucky girl who I was bringing them home to, was entirely satisfying.”  There is a melancholy romance that drew me to his photos, as if the teenage angst of a once Myspace-emo kid had been distilled into something much more pure and refined. We share a very similar creative path: his work is mostly personally driven, rather than politically or otherwise, and seeks to apply this personal material into a universally digestible narrative.

Nick Blumenthal in a Hood by Air sweatshirt

Nick Blumenthal in a Hood by Air top

Hood by Air top, Rick Owens shorts, Air Jordan Retro 1's

Hood by Air top, Rick Owens shorts, Air Jordan Retro 1′s

with BLK DNM bomber

with BLK DNM bomber

detail on the Rick Owens shorts

detail on the Rick Owens shorts

Nike Air Jordan Retro 1's

Nike Air Jordan Retro 1′s

Daniel Jackson for Topman jacket, Rick Owens silk muscle tee, Nicolas Andreas Taralis jeans, Dr. Martens boots

Daniel Jackson for Topman jacket, Rick Owens top, Nicolas Andreas Taralis jeans, Dr. Martens boots

silk muscle tee by Rick Owens

silk muscle tee by Rick Owens

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Rick Owens DRKSHDW coat and jeans, Asher Levine top, Air Jordan Retro 11's

Rick Owens DRKSHDW coat and jeans, Asher Levine top, Air Jordan Retro 11′s

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Asher Levine long t-shirt

Asher Levine long t-shirt

custom ID necklace by Drawn & Quartered

custom ID necklace by Drawn & Quartered

"BLU"

BLU

Air Jordan Retro 11's

Air Jordan Retro 11′s

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At home, with his portraits of trans men. Jil Sander t-shirt, Calvin Klein boxer briefs

At home, with his portraits of trans men. Jil Sander t-shirt, Calvin Klein boxer briefs

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Alpha Industries jacket, BLK DNM sweater, basketball shorts

Alpha Industries jacket, BLK DNM sweater, basketball shorts