July 15, 2013

Ricky Lewis

Ricky Lewis is a musician and an actor, and lives in Bushwick.  He grew up in Westbrook, Connecticut, a very small town that would triple in population during the summer, where he went to public school as one of just 54 students in his grade.  Ricky moved to New York City at 19 and studied acting at William Esper Studio, where Mary-Kate Olsen had previously gone.  He seems to be more focused on his music now, of which he says, “The songs are extensions of me, like my deranged little children.”  People, film, collaboration, poetry, and his dog Agnes inspire him.  The romance of his music resonates in his style, and the more I see what he wears, the more I see the actor in him, embodying different personas with different looks—the mark of a bona fide dandy.

Ricky Lewis in an Aspetto suit, vintage hat and shoes, and N. Hoolywood shirt

Ricky Lewis in an Aspetto suit, vintage hat and shoes, and an N. Hoolywood shirt

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vintage teacup and signet rings

vintage glasses, vintage Calvin Klein shirt, vintage ripped t-shirt, Levi's jeans, vintage shoes

vintage glasses, vintage Calvin Klein shirt, vintage ripped t-shirt, Levi’s jeans, vintage shoes

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the perfect black bucks

the perfect black bucks

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vintage marching band jacket

at his home studio in a vintage marching band jacket

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vintage tank top, vintage Moschino trousers, Converse shoes

Ricky Lewis in a vintage tank top, vintage Moschino trousers, and Converse shoes

vintage Moschino "pinstripe" pants

vintage Moschino “pinstripe” pants

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Agnes the pup

Agnes the pup

N. Hoolywood shirt, Uniqlo shorts, and vintage desert boots

N. Hoolywood shirt, Uniqlo shorts, and vintage desert boots

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July 10, 2013

Black Mesh

The thing about dressing in the summertime is that much as I want to stick to my idea of wearing just quality, investment pieces—I sweat through my clothes and the strictly curated wardrobe needs to be augmented with everyday filler pieces.  Amazon has become my new eBay as of late, and Summer 2013′s filler fabric of choice: black polyester mesh.  It’s amazing how breathable such a synthetic textile can be and how it drapes to quite a flattering effect.

A reversible basketball jersey, two baseball jerseys in different sizes, and basketball shorts in varying generic sports brands, all in black mesh.

A reversible basketball jersey, two baseball jerseys in different sizes, and basketball shorts in varying generic sports brands, all in black mesh.

I like to wear my jerseys oversize and unbranded.  There is an authenticity (and great savings!) to wearing the basic, generic versions of sportswear pieces contemporary designers render in fashion fabrics.

Augusta Sportswear black mesh baseball jersey, striped raffia shorts of my own design, all-black Converse Chuck Taylors. interiors (in progress) by Paul Morehouse

Augusta Sportswear black mesh baseball jersey, striped raffia shorts of my own design, all-black Converse Chuck Taylors. interiors (in progress) by Paul Morehouse

 


July 1, 2013

William Temple

William Temple is from Denver, Colorado, and does showroom sales for a company that represents European menswear in New York City.  He reminds me of those cool guys from high school—dressed clean and sharp, no frills and functional.  His greatest influences are his mother, his grandparents, and his mistakes, and his favorite date spot in NYC is Marlow and Sons.  Will continues to grow an impressive  collection of body art that makes me wish I’d have the guts to commit to one of my own.

Will Temple in a shirt by Won Hundred and Public School shorts

Will Temple in a shirt by Won Hundred and Public School shorts

necklaces by US BANK and Love Adorned

necklaces by US BANK and Love Adorned

#HOTBOY

#HOTBOY #tattoo

knuckle ring by Surface to Air

knuckle ring by Surface to Air

William Temple in a Lanvin jacket and Won Hundred t-shirt, jeans, and shoes

William Temple in a Lanvin jacket and Won Hundred t-shirt, jeans, and shoes

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vintage Ray-Ban sunglasses

vintage Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Won Hundred knit t-shirt and jeans, Nike shoes

Won Hundred t-shirt and jeans, Nike shoes

Won Hundred knit t-shirt

Won Hundred knit t-shirt

Giles and Brother narrow railroad spike cuff

“BE NICE,” says the Giles and Brother narrow railroad spike cuff.

Nike flyknits

Nike flyknits

New Era cap, Won Hundred hooded jacket, Adidas track pants, Nike x Undercover Gyakusou shoes

New Era cap, Won Hundred hooded jacket, Adidas track pants, Nike x Undercover Gyakusou shoes

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Nike x Undercover Gyakusou trainers

Nike x Undercover Gyakusou trainers

 


June 27, 2013

Blouse

I was reorganizing my wardrobe the other day, and noticed that I wear more blouses than shirts.  And by blouses, I really mean shirts that just happen to be a little loose and made out of typically womenswear fabrics like silk, rayon, cotton gauze, or, in this case, chiffon.  I, admittedly, am not the biggest fan of layering on myself, and any shirt that makes enough of a statement sans jacket is my best friend in the summer.  I designed this one with my tailor: I took a doily-print chiffon in blacks and beiges, and had him fashion me a shirt cut straight down from the armholes, with long sleeves, a slightly longer, almost tunic-like hemline, and a round open collarless neckline inspired by this shirt by The Sakaki, but with a deeper and wider scoop.

tailor-made chiffon blouse, Damir Doma pants, Adidas slide sandals

tailor-made chiffon blouse, Damir Doma pants, Adidas slide sandals

collarless scoop neckline

collarless scoop neckline

black, brown, and white diamond pavé ring set in rose gold, by Lanero

I’ve recently taken to wearing wide bands on my left middle finger as a bolder, though less comfortable progression from my signet pinky rings. This black, brown, and white diamond pavé ring set in rose gold by Lanero is an exercise in chaos and precision: the diamonds are placed in an almost random pattern, yet the craftsmanship–with the stones being set in a raised concave slope with a honeycomb backing–is immaculate.

These Damir Doma trousers with leather detailing on the pockets give just that little feel of luxury when you reach your hands inside them.

These Damir Doma trousers give me that little feeling of luxury when I reach my hands inside the lambskin-trimmed pockets.

Adidas slides, like what the cool boys in elementary school wore after soccer practice

Adidas slides, like what the cool boys in elementary school wore after soccer practice

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photographs by Drex Drechsel


June 25, 2013

Trail Mix

There are few things worse than finding oneself hungry at an odd hour and being left with no choice but to snack on something unhealthy, or worse, unsavory.  I am very oral—constantly reapplying my lip balm, fondling my burgeoning mustache from time to time, and always wanting to put things in my mouth—hence, it is essential that I always have a little baggie of treats to chew on.  My recipe for trail mix reveals a palate that is quite opposite from my tastes in clothing; this menswear minimalist has an appetite for bold flavors competing and contrasting with each other in harmonious disarray.

The ingredients for my trail mix: fresh basil, almonds, sesame seeds, dried cranberries, chopped dark chocolate, (not pictured: brown sugar, spices)

The ingredients for my trail mix: fresh basil, almonds, sesame seeds, dried cranberries, chopped dark chocolate, (not pictured: brown sugar, spices)

I dry-roast the almonds and sesame seeds in a heavy-bottom non-stick pan, constantly stirring until they lightly brown and release their natural oils.

I dry-roast the almonds and sesame seeds in a heavy-bottom non-stick pan, constantly stirring until they lightly brown and release their natural oils.

I then add the spices (salt, black pepper, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon) and stir them around the hot dry pan to wake up the flavors.

I then add the spices (salt, black pepper, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon) and stir them around the hot dry pan to wake up the flavors.

I scoop in some brown sugar with a tiny splash of water and stir until the mixture thickens and coats the nuts.

I scoop in some brown sugar with a tiny splash of water and stir until the mixture thickens and coats the nuts.

I lay the mixture out into a greased cookie pan and sprinkle a generous heap of basil to stick to the nuts and slightly wilt.

I lay the mixture out into a greased cookie pan and sprinkle a generous heap of basil to stick to the nuts and slightly wilt.

When the nuts cool, I fold in dried cranberries for tartness and chopped dark chocolate for a touch of indulgence.

When the nuts cool, I fold in dried cranberries for tartness and chopped dark chocolate for a touch of indulgence.

I like to carry my trail mix in a lucite box lined in canvas.  The fabric shown is from an old white shirt that I tore up to line my clear boxes.

I like to store my trail mix in a lucite box lined in canvas. The fabric shown is from an old white shirt that I tore up to line my clear boxes.

Carry it on its own as a minaudiere of munchies or fasten it with a grosgrain tie and stick it in your bag to snack on, as needed.

Carry it on its own as a minaudiere of munchies or fasten it with a grosgrain tie and stick it in your bag to snack on, as needed.

 


June 17, 2013

Logan Jackson

Logan Jackson is a photographer and a model born in Bermuda and raised in Arkansas.  He finds inspiration in fashion, package design, Internet culture, sculpture, miniatures, and people who start businesses, and loves the work of artists Viviane Sassen, Bela Borsodi, and James Barsness.  I had first taken notice of Logan when I Instagrammed a photo of him modelling Lee Roach at the London Showrooms in New York; I thought, what an interesting, unusual face to photograph.  We met through a common friend soon after, and I grew fascinated with this budding photographer’s raw, youthful aesthetic.  He is emblematic of the Bushwick generation—young, wild, and weird—and this seemingly arbitrary nonchalance that shines through in his modelling, and in his photographs can only come from a place of keen mindfulness.

Logan Jackson in layered t-shirts by Oak, Uniqlo pants he cut into bermuda shorts, Geoffrey Beene socks, and Opening Ceremony shoes

Logan Jackson in layered t-shirts by Oak, Uniqlo pants cut into bermuda shorts, Geoffrey Beene socks, and Opening Ceremony shoes

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Logan Jackson in a vintage t-shirt, Nike athletic pants, and Opening Ceremony shoes

Logan Jackson in a vintage t-shirt, Nike athletic pants, and Opening Ceremony shoes

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Forfex x Opening Ceremony crepe-sole creepers in mesh and plastic

Forfex x Opening Ceremony crepe-sole creepers in mesh and plastic

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shorts suit by Claire Christerson

shorts suit by Claire Christerson

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vintage hat, LPD New York shirt, Muji backpack, American Apparel pants and waist-tied shirt, Generic Man shoes

vintage hat, LPD New York shirt, Muji backpack, American Apparel pants and waist-tied shirt, Generic Man shoes

"Donatella" t-shirt by LPD New York

“Donatella” t-shirt by LPD New York

an earring on an otherwise plain canvas Muji backpack

an earring on an otherwise plain canvas Muji backpack

Calvin Klein hooded shirt, Parke & Ronen swim shorts

Calvin Klein hooded shirt, Parke & Ronen swim shorts

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June 13, 2013

Palazzo Pants

I smiled so hard the first time I tried on these palazzo pants from Comme des Garcons Homme Plus Fall 2012—they draped marvellously but hung high and a little rigid as I walked in them—they were elegant and clownish at the same time.  I’ve worn them with sleek black sweaters, and oversize white button-downs as they can seem a little more Yohji than Rei, but in the late days of spring, I like to wear them with silk, sequins, and sneakers.

Comme des Garcons Homme Plus cropped palazzo pants.  I love the fitted high waist and the almost triangular shape they make side-view.

Comme des Garcons Homme Plus cropped palazzo pants. I love the fitted high waist and the almost triangular shape they make side-view.

vintage silk t-shirt, Walter Van Beirendonck sequin "watch" bracelet, Comme des Garcons palazzo pants, Converse sneakers

vintage silk t-shirt, Walter Van Beirendonck sequin “watch” bracelet, Comme des Garcons palazzo pants, Converse sneakers

This Stephan Schneider double-faced large scarf doubles as a shawl for mildly chilly days and as a blanket for the plane.

This Stephan Schneider double-faced large scarf doubles as a shawl for mildly chilly days and as a blanket for the plane.

Walter Van Beirendonck sequined "watch" bracelet

Walter Van Beirendonck sequined “watch” bracelet

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photographs by Sophia Callahan


June 10, 2013

Hand Scrub

I really like my hands—hence all the rings, and the occasional accent-painted nail.  People ask me what I do to keep them baby-soft and photo-ready, and the truth is that they are just naturally this way.  But beauty is fleeting and so I’ve devised a weekly habit to nourish and cleanse two of my most important appendages.  It is my take on the classic salt and oil hand scrub, enriched with all my favorite flavors and substances, and this is how to make it.

Hand scrub with extra virgin olive oil, Himalayan black sea salt, green tea, tobacco, and sandalwood extract

Hand scrub with extra virgin olive oil, Himalayan black sea salt, green tea, tobacco, and sandalwood extract

Sprinkle about a third of an inch of a cigarette into the olive oil.  Tobacco, as an herb, and not smoked, has a surprisingly wide range of health benefits.  In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Sprinkle about a third of an inch of a cigarette into the olive oil. Tobacco, as an herb, and not smoked, has a surprisingly wide range of health benefits. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is regarded to have anti-inflammatory properties, and is used to treat colds and even rattlesnake and insect bites.

Add the same amount of green tea and let it steep for about 20 minutes.  The caffeine in the green tea stimulates the skin, and the antioxidants in it are just plain good for you.  This one is blended with some peppermint, which feels zesty on the hands.

Add the same amount of green tea and let it steep for about 20 minutes. The caffeine in the green tea stimulates the skin, and the antioxidants in it are just plain good for you. This one is blended with some peppermint, which feels zesty on the hands.

Crush the herbs with a spoon to release the oils and let everything amalgamate.  Add the black salt after mixing so as not to pulverize the grain.

Crush the herbs with a spoon to release the oils and let everything amalgamate. Add the black salt after mixing so as not to pulverize the grain. This Himalayan salt is black because of natural charcoal, which has purifying qualities.

Add the sandalwood extract last.  Two drops will do; it is precious and highly potent.  The scent of sandalwood, by way of Le Labo Santal 33, has been one that people associate with me.  I thought it would be apt to mirror that note on my hands.

Add the sandalwood extract last. Two drops will do; it is precious and highly potent. The scent of sandalwood, by way of Le Labo Santal 33, has been one that people associate with me. I thought it would be apt to mirror that note on my hands.

Spoon the mixture on to your hands, rubbing thoroughly.  I try to get the salt grains in and around my cuticle, for a haphazardly painless version of a manicure.  Rinse with water, and pat off the excess oil.  I'd rather not wash my hands at this point, but rather, let the oil absorb into the skin.

Spoon the mixture on to your hands, rubbing thoroughly. I try to get the salt grains in and around my cuticle, for a haphazardly painless version of a manicure. Rinse with water, and pat off the excess oil. I’d rather not wash my hands at this point, but rather, let the oil absorb into the skin.

Enjoy your dandy handys.  Vintage rose ring with ruby drop, skull band by The Great Frog NYC

Enjoy your dandy handys. Vintage rose ring with ruby drop, skull band by The Great Frog NYC


June 3, 2013

Dashiel Brahmann

Dashiel Brahmann is a young menswear designer and former architect-in-training from a tiny beach town in New Jersey called Longport.  Shooting Dashiel last weekend was reviving; his enthusiasm and experimental spirit got me excited about menswear again.  (This past month had been a tremendously slow one, and in the blogosphere particularly, and I found myself more involved with projects in interiors and art.)  The son of an architect and a painter, he has a keen eye for beauty and a deft hand—favoring an aesthetic he describes as a balance of “masculine and effeminate”, and he makes many of the clothes he wears.  In the taxonomy of style sensibilities, I think Dashiel and I are very much related.

Dashiel Brahmann in a quarter-length sleeve, ankle-length cotton gauze summer shirt/jacket and linen drop-crotch trousers of his own design and Lanvin sandals in rust suede

Dashiel Brahmann in a quarter-length sleeve, ankle-length cotton gauze summer shirt/jacket and linen drop-crotch trousers of his own design and Lanvin sandals in rust suede

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"beaten" ring in sterling silver by Stephen Einhorn

“beaten” ring in sterling silver by Stephen Einhorn

Lanvin rust sandals and a charming rip on the hem of his raw-edged tunic

Lanvin rust sandals and a charming rip on the hem of his raw-edged tunic

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Dashiel Brahmann layered t-shirt, Roberto Cavalli necklace, Robert Geller textured shorts, and Burberry Prorsum shoes

Dashiel Brahmann layered t-shirt, Roberto Cavalli necklace, Robert Geller textured shorts, and Burberry Prorsum shoes

This Cavalli feather necklace is a fabulously Miami version of the popular Ann Demeulemeester plume piece.

This Cavalli feather necklace is a fabulously Miami version of the popular Ann Demeulemeester plume piece.

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Dashiel in a Damir Doma jacket, Ivan Grundahl dress, Dashiel Brahmann silk satin trousers, and Dior Homme crepe sole boots

Dashiel in a Damir Doma jacket, Ivan Grundahl dress, Dashiel Brahmann silk satin trousers, and Dior Homme crepe sole boots

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shield and cushion signet rings by Tom Wood Jewellery, oval signet ring by Tiffany, vintage pinky ring

shield and cushion signet rings by Tom Wood Jewellery, oval signet ring by Tiffany, vintage pinky ring

Ivan Grundahl dress

Ivan Grundahl dress

Damir Doma sleeveless t-shirt, Dashiel Brahmann silk satin trousers, Siki Im x Teva sandals

Damir Doma sleeveless t-shirt, Dashiel Brahmann silk satin trousers, Siki Im x Teva sandals

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These Siki Im Tevas in black grosgrain were my favorite shoes at New York Fashion Week.  Dashiel wears them with black dress socks for a sleek summer look.

These Siki Im Tevas in black grosgrain were my favorite shoes at New York Fashion Week. Dashiel wears them with black dress socks for a sleek summer look.

with a women's Rodebjer long blazer

with a women’s Rodebjer long blazer

Dashiel's favorite jacket: Dior Homme blazer with the keyring detail

Dashiel’s favorite jacket: Dior Homme blazer with the keyring detail

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worn over a Dashiel Brahmann long t-shirt


April 30, 2013

Drawn & Quartered

Drawn & Quartered is the work of Australian silversmith Jake Andrew.  The aesthetic is stark, and dark, with a bit of fantasy, which I love—odd pieces of silver jewelry that I would like to wear all at the same time, bumping into and buffing each other with wear.  Jake enjoys working on custom projects as much as his own line, and in his first visit to New York, he came bearing special pieces that I will treasure very much.

It might be a little jarring to see me in a bow tie nowadays, but here is one that harmonizes quite well with my everyday look. Jake took the little bow tie in my logo and carved it into an oversize signet ring in solid silver, and created quite a handsome piece.

It might be a little jarring to see me in a bow tie nowadays, but here is one that harmonizes quite well with my everyday look. Jake took the little bow tie in my logo and carved it into an oversize signet ring in solid silver, and created quite a handsome piece.

I'll be using this to wax-seal my handwritten notes.

I’ll be using this to wax-seal my handwritten notes.

There is also this thumb ring, adorned with nothing but the tiny dents and inclusions it incurred in the creation process.

There is also this thumb ring, adorned with nothing but the tiny dents and inclusions it incurred in the creation process.

Secretly engraved with the letters of my real first name.

Secretly engraved with the letters of my real first name.

The Drawn & Quartered shop