June 25, 2013
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)
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 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.
When the nuts cool, I fold in dried cranberries for tartness and chopped dark chocolate for a touch of indulgence.
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.
June 17, 2013
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 cut into bermuda shorts, Geoffrey Beene socks, and Opening Ceremony shoes
Logan Jackson in a vintage t-shirt, Nike athletic pants, and Opening Ceremony shoes
Forfex x Opening Ceremony crepe-sole creepers in mesh and plastic
shorts suit by Claire Christerson
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
an earring on an otherwise plain canvas Muji backpack
Calvin Klein hooded shirt, Parke & Ronen swim shorts
June 13, 2013
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.
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.
Walter Van Beirendonck sequined “watch” bracelet
photographs by Sophia Callahan
June 10, 2013
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
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.
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.
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
June 3, 2013
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
Lanvin rust sandals and a charming rip on the hem of his raw-edged tunic
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.
Dashiel in a Damir Doma jacket, Ivan Grundahl dress, Dashiel Brahmann silk satin trousers, and Dior Homme crepe sole boots
shield and cushion signet rings by Tom Wood Jewellery, oval signet ring by Tiffany, vintage pinky ring
Ivan Grundahl dress
Damir Doma sleeveless t-shirt, Dashiel Brahmann silk satin trousers, Siki Im x Teva sandals
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
Dashiel’s favorite jacket: Dior Homme blazer with the keyring detail
worn over a Dashiel Brahmann long t-shirt
April 30, 2013
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.
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.
Secretly engraved with the letters of my real first name.
The Drawn & Quartered shop
April 26, 2013
The utility of big shorts in the warmer months is unparalleled. After wearing out quite a few pairs of big blacks in the last couple of years, I thought I could create something that was a little bit more of a statement. I saw this black and tan striped raffia at Mood one day and thought it would look great fashioned into a pair of big shorts.
Assembly New York hooded sweater, raffia shorts of my own design, Guidi shoes
I thought it would be funny to design a pair of basketball-esque shorts in a material used to make baskets. Full circle. Also of note: the fabric is marked as an Oscar de la Renta fabric, and I have seen this turned into a women’s trench at Burberry Prorsum. The design process was easy, really. I saw these long pleated tulip-shaped Ann Demeulemeester shorts on LN-CC, took print-outs to my tailor, mocked up the measurements on my body with measuring tape, and after a few adjustments, I had my favorite new statement shorts.
Shorts with sharp lines—creases and pleats show up well on the fabric but I wish I had the time to have this lined; wearing them without under-shorts is a bit like having a nail file in your inseam.
The nubby pilled thick cotton, wide neckline and generous hood all make this Assembly New York piece the perfect spring pullover.
with kangaroo leather Guidis
and Illesteva Leonard wood sunglasses
photographs by Sophia Callahan
April 16, 2013
Landon Miller lives in Brooklyn, works in PR, and is a new men’s fashion blogger. He has a gift for delving through thrift shops and curating an extensive wardrobe of cool and easy vintage pieces. Shooting him was a treat—often the subject of photo projects, Landon was both curiously shy and boldly generous, reminding me of how much I love to do portraiture. His look is emblematic of the borough in which he resides, and let this post be one that celebrates Brooklyn, the place which I, too, now call home.
Landon Miller in a vintage shirt and sweater, Levi’s jeans, and Cole Haan boots
Landon in a vintage shirt by National Geographic
vintage wildlife + Nat Geo
a vintage Native American jacket and a D.A.R.E t-shirt
with Calvins and Timbs
vintage sherpa jacket and boots, Blank NYC jeans
April 5, 2013
Call it a sign of maturity, or perhaps just a wavering aesthetic, but I’ve been gravitating towards smaller, precious pieces of jewelry now, as opposed to my usual big baubles. I like the idea of minimal but storied rings implanted on each of my fingers, and this silver Sliced Stack, a lovely gift from Autoctona, has comfortably made my right pointer its home. The ring is made by slicing up the ring to create a thinner slice to accompany the main piece. It is a play on the notion of heavy and light, a charming imbalance that looks just as good stacked as it does askew.
The Sliced Stack, in brushed solid sterling silver with the polished inside, is one of my favorite pieces from Autoctona’s 2013 line. I like to wear mine slightly askew to reveal the disparity between the two components of the ring.
Autoctona Sliced Stack ring with a DIY overdyed vintage DKNY knit top
The smaller piece can easily be assigned to the role of thumb ring: my little nod to the 90′s.
photographs by Mikee Tuason
March 26, 2013
Organza is fast becoming a favorite fabric of mine. Originally shunned for its use in mother-of-the-bride half-assed demure cover-ups and amateur confections in cotton candy colors, the new organza, light and matte and floaty, is finding fantastic applications in menswear. This black organza shawl-lapel long jacket from my dear friend Rajo Laurel’s latest holiday collection, is subdued, sensual, and razor-sharp—a fine example of organza done right for men. It has served me well in the colder months as an indoor piece under a coat or a leather jacket, and I look forward to wearing it as a next-to-nothing summer jacket with shorter shorts and sandals.
Rajo Laurel organza long jacket, American Apparel nude big tank top, Damir Doma pants, Guidi shoes
The craftsmanship is impeccable; I was impressed with the precision by which they finished such a tricky fabric. Such construction turns the jacket into almost like a smoke-tinted glass box for showing off pristine white tops, or even prints. But for its debut, I thought it would be funny to wear nude underneath, as if I were naked.
The double vents take great advantage of the floaty nature of organza, which, when I move, are like tentacles of fabric.
rings by AC+632 and Triskaidekaphobia
photographs by Sophia Callahan