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June 3, 2010

The New Bohemian

This summer, I’ve developed a liking for a more bohemian look—a fresh one though. It isn’t about shoelace-necklined kaftan tops and wooden buddha beads, rather, it is a look that is worldly, characterized by collecting clever knick-knacks from places visited, it’s about breaking rules on how men should dress.
silver “reed” ring from Barcelona, DIY coral bead ring by my brother, “Mexican hat” ring from Barcelona, Rolex from my grandfather
Ray-Ban aviators, DIY McQueen shirt, Cheap Monday jeans, The Kooples boots
I like the accessories piled upon each other: one statement piece flanked by a flock of smaller, yet equally interesting pieces. I think they go very well with crazier clothes (e.g. hand-print shirt shown above), and they add a dandy touch to more characteristically masculine clothes such as sharply tailored suits, or even something mildly western-inspired, such as double denim:
DIY band-collar denim shirt, Cheap Monday jeans, Tod’s loafers
I finally found that wide silver cuff I had previously blogged about. This one’s extra-wide and it’s got elephants etched on it—never a bad thing! Bearded fellow from the Sartorialist, you continue to inspire me. I want to grow up to be just like you.
wide silver cuff from the Waterlooplein market in Amsterdam, silver ring from Barcelona, DIY coral ring
Barcelona was the perfect place to stock up on those knick-knacks; La Rambla, the main shopping street, was lined with locally-made accessories stores teeming with really interesting design.
accessories booths on La Rambla
Besides accessories, there are many more things to see and buy on La Rambla: stalls selling art, plants, food, and pets; cafes, tapas bars, street performers. Here are a couple of snapshots:
You can buy rubber chickens… and real chickens.
a street performer getting ready
I’m off to see the Margiela exhibition at the Somerset House. London friends, do check it out and tell me what you think!


  • vinsai
    June 3rd, 2010 at 6:48 am

    You inspire me in every blog you post! thanks!

  • Ario Achda
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    dig those rings and that silver wrist-cuff!!!

  • Tom
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Oh my I am so envious! I want to see the Margiela exhibit too!!!

  • Anonymous
    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I love the DIY McQueen shirt! What kind of paint do you use on fabric?

  • Izzy
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Anonymous: I use acrylic paint or textile paint. A little warning though, both end up cracking and peeling after a few washes, but I quite like the effect.

  • R. Gratz
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I definitely love your DIY McQueen shirt! And man I am totally all over your brother's redbeaded ring… I think I may try venturing into one myself- its the right amount of subtle pop.


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