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
October 22, 2014
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.
Brooks Brothers glasses
Saint Laurent shiny leather lace-up boots
Margaret Howell coat, Margiela shirt, Carhartt jeans, Grenson boots
Carhartt jeans and Grenson boots
Acne women’s dark gray leather jacket, J. Crew henley, Carhartt pants, Buttero boots
Buttero suede boots
October 17, 2014
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
grosgrain belt and sheer back
Nike Frees and a chain-link ring
October 14, 2014
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
Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots
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
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 Dr. Martens shoes
Patrik Ervell hat, Supreme New York Nairobi shirt, Stone Island t-shirt, Dickies trousers, and Nike Air Max Plus TN trainers
Patrik Ervell hat, t-shirt, and jeans, Nike Huarache trainers
Huaraches and “original hems”
Patrik Ervell sweatshirt and a Supreme pin
October 7, 2014
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
Black onyx and coral Japa Mala by Karma Mantra
October 6, 2014
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
a few subtler ties
miniature beadwork and a hand-embroidered wave pattern
bow ties covered in chains, loose beads, dead flowers, among many other things
an art piece by Jonathan Meizler, ties on dissecting trays
photomosaic of an elderly man, on a silk scarf
September 29, 2014
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 top
Hood by Air top, Rick Owens shorts, Air Jordan Retro 1′s
with BLK DNM bomber
detail on the Rick Owens shorts
Nike Air Jordan Retro 1′s
Daniel Jackson for Topman jacket, Rick Owens top, Nicolas Andreas Taralis jeans, Dr. Martens boots
silk muscle tee by Rick Owens
Rick Owens DRKSHDW coat and jeans, Asher Levine top, Air Jordan Retro 11′s
Asher Levine long t-shirt
custom ID necklace by Drawn & Quartered
Air Jordan Retro 11′s
At home, with his portraits of trans men. Jil Sander t-shirt, Calvin Klein boxer briefs
Alpha Industries jacket, BLK DNM sweater, basketball shorts
September 22, 2014
I’ve had a rough summer—sleeping in many different cities and eventually coming home to the toughest of them all; work and play, and the blurry lines in between; projects, people, and promises lost and found—I am looking forward to the cozy, good and faithful feeling of fall. Elsa Schiaparelli once said, “In difficult times fashion is always outrageous.” I suppose I am going against fashion this time, favoring classic men’s pieces, perhaps still with little offbeat touches here and there but all very luxe, soft, and subdued. I’m veering away from the camp severity I used to be fond of in my younger years, and I find myself dressing more for me than for an audience. Here are a few things I’ll be wearing.
Bottega Veneta intrecciato document case in Ardoise, a dark gray somewhere between charcoal and black, what I’d dub as a glorious “soft black.”
The military detailing and the angry little puppy on the sleeve can be quite misleading, this vintage unlined Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme coat fits like a snuggie.
These AG Jeans in the Matchbox fit are great basics and are the softest black jeans I own, and the pinstriped Yohji Yamamoto tuxedo pants are comfy and cropped– just the right amount of weird.
custom black fox stole, wore high on the neck as a scarf, with boxy sweaters or sweeping high-necked jackets
Marsell mules in washed leather, also in a soft black shade, to be worn with soft, nubby socks in the colors of fall
September 17, 2014
I once read somewhere that every man should own a tuxedo, but these days, I think a dark suit performs the same functions as a tux, with much more versatility. But how many black suit iterations can a man own? Indochino had offered to make me a suit and I decided to go for the tuxedo: a little shrunken, a little cropped, with a peculiar double-breasted scoop-neck vest, vests being a thing of mine as of late. The folks at Indochino were very kind, and accommodating, and covered all the alterations that needed to be done when the suit arrived a little too large. I’m looking at my calendar, planning out the next couple of formal affairs I’ll be attending and I will probably be wearing a smoking jacket and a black suit to those two, respectively, but this tuxedo I will wear as a surprise. Dinner perhaps? Late Wednesday drinks? Brunch.
Indochino tuxedo vest and pants, Title of Work organza bowtie, Prada shirt, Paul Evans shoes
the full suit
Title of Work organza bowtie, rings by And Other Stories and Lanero
Paul Evans cordovan lace-up shoes