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January 28, 2013


pouch in hand-woven bamboo, embellished with semi-precious stones and handcrafted gold seed beads by Adante Leyesa

I picked up a clutch when I was in Manila a couple of months ago—one in woven bamboo decorated with large, heavy semi-precious stones bordered with tiny iridescent gold beads that shone like little lights.  There was something cosmic-punk about it, with the planet-like stones and hammered gold plates that looked like oversized studs.  Add to that the sparkle of the beads, the island warmth of the woven bamboo, and the ease and casualness of the zip-top pouch style, and I was set on adding this beautiful little thing to my collection.  Adante Leyesa is an emerging accessories designer from Lipa, Philippines, independent and self-taught.  Tribespeople from the Cordillera mountains weave the bamboo by hand, then a group of out-of-school youth from Lipa meticulously works on the embellishments, the entire process taking two weeks to finish.  You’ll see me toting this around in the warmer months, with my pocketless pajama-like pants and sneakers in shocking colors and patterns.

January 28, 2013

Tillmann Lauterbach x AnOther

AnOther Magazine teamed up with designer Tillmann Lauterbach on a titillating new partnership.  It’s a competition, which will run for two weeks from now; readers will have the opportunity to win a new menswear SS13 wardrobe selected by top AnOther Mag editors by entering their email addresses on the competition page.  The winner will be selected at random.  Check out the competition here, and in the meantime, enjoy these Tillmann Lauterbach backstage images shot exclusively by AnOther.

Tillmann Lauterbach Spring 2013 sketches

monkey Noma

Paul Boche


photographs c/o AnOther Magazine

January 13, 2013

Ziggy Chen

Shanghainese designer Ziggy Chen so succinctly embodies the mood I am in right now: dark, loose, and masculine—quite comparable to established greats Yohji Yamamoto and Paul Harnden, but set apart by his work with texture, a keen eye for proportion, and a painstakingly refined Eastern influence.  For Fall 2013, Chen drew inspiration from Shanghai circa 1900-1920: silhouettes inspired by workmen, monks, herders, and soldiers, and textures reminiscent of the finishing on buildings built back then.  Rendered mostly in unassuming black and a few dark neutrals, the result is an expertly mellowed exercise of a timeless Asian aesthetic.

This look took my breath away. The most perfect long black fall coat with a subtly dramatic pleated back, the almost dress-like tunic shirt, and the strong, square pants are all both striking and unassuming.

The texture on this Ziggy Chen coat is reminiscent of old concrete.

The raw, frayed hem brings a feeling of lightness to this heavy wool funnel-neck coat.

two expertly layered Ziggy Chen looks: one in browns, and one all in black

Though I don’t see myself wearing a double floor-length coat look, the combination of the prints and the silhouette is remarkably regal.

Two layered black looks: one more voluminous and samurai-like, and the other a blazer over a long sheer top—a vaguely South Asian look that I’ve always loved to wear.

Ziggy Chen is represented by Stealthprojekt Showroom in Paris.

photographs via Stealthprojekt

December 27, 2012


Netpage is an iPhone app which allows users to clip any page of a magazine, purchase featured items, and even play easter-egg videos by simply holding camera phone over magazine.  I’m highly skeptical of any new fashion app, but because Hearst is putting its money on it, I thought I’d give it a try.

Esquire on the Netpage interface

Esquire has partnered with Made Collection to curate the “Great American Things Collection,” and these products featured in the magazine are easily shoppable on Netpage.  Here are my favorites:

the perfect, most unassuming pair of burnished brown oxford shoes by Allen Edmonds

a handsome khaki overcoat by Southwick

They even sell Rappahannock River Oysters, grown out of Topping, Virginia.


Clipping pages sure is fun, and it’s amazing how the app manages to generate high-resolution versions of the clipping while you casually hold the camera over any page, without having to read a barcode.  I do wish they soon include Instagram on their share platforms, as I spend a large percentage of my social media life on there nowadays.  I wonder if this act of holding a camera over a magazine is going to stick, but the wonderful part of this old media/new media saga is watching it rapidly and creatively evolve over time.

Photos via Netpage.  Download Netpage here.

December 17, 2012

Agi and Sam

scenes from the Agi and Sam x District MTV film, featuring Agi and Sam Spring 2013

London design duo Agi and Sam just made a little film in collaboration with District MTV and I think you should watch it.  It’s short and delightfully absurd, with the storyline loosely based around the pair’s experiences of visiting their grandma’s house and being forced to watch detective TV series’.  The film beautifully showcases the delicious prints of Agi and Sam Spring 2013.

photos and video via District MTV

December 6, 2012

So Many Adventures

I styled an editorial in the current issue of I.T Post magazine, shot by Alex Kirzhner.  I was inspired by the many odd pairings of people in my life, and I wanted the spread to look like self-shot wedding photos of the most eccentric couple.  We got to play with beautiful clothes from Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Adam Kimmel, and Robert Geller.  This was my first time styling womenswear for print, and though I wouldn’t say it’s any more or less difficult than menswear, it certainly is very different.

“So Many Adventures Couldn’t Happen Today” shot by Alex Kirzhner, styled by Izzy Tuason, for I.T Post

sunglasses by Robert Geller, mock turtleneck and knit blouson by Adam Kimmel

on her: jacket and skirt by Thom Browne, shoes by Rag & Bone; on him: sunglasses by Robert Geller, sweater, jacket, and pants by Adam Kimmel

on her: hat by Robert Geller, turtleneck, dress, pants, and shoes by Rag & Bone

all clothing by Rag & Bone

headpiece and dress by Thom Browne

hat, hooded sweater, and shirt by Robert Geller, sweater (on shoulders) by Rag & Bone


on him: hat and hooded sweater by Robert Geller, coat by Rag & Bone; on her: hat by Robert Geller, dress and gloves by Rag & Bone, fur stole, stylist’s own

 photography: Alex Kirzhner

styling: Izzy Tuason

models: Justin Passmore (RED) and Amira Ahmed (NEW YORK)

assistants: Marnee Litton and Emily Lopez

I.T Post is available at Page One

December 4, 2012

Six Lee

I had the pleasure of meeting the Hong Kong-based, Antwerp-educated designer Six Lee when I was in Hong Kong.  After graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts Antwerpen in 2009 and working in the Alexander McQueen menswear team shortly after, he started his namesake line which I find to be an experimental and strikingly dramatic take on traditional tailoring.  I had a cup of tea with the designer, then headed to Joyce Boutique for a little game of dress-up.

Six Lee at Joyce Boutique, Hong Kong

An attached fringed scarf trails from the back of a Six Lee coat I tried on.

This plaid flannel cummerbund with tails is a prime example of Lee’s highly dramatic experimental pieces.

chunky gold buttons on the designer’s own jacket

a Six Lee jacket and ring on the designer’s injured publicist

Six Lee’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection is entitled “We’re all at the end” and is inspired by the desire to share one’s most memorable and priceless moments with one’s beloved in the advent of an apocalypse.  These are my favorite looks from that collection:

Round glasses pierce through a felt hat to create quite a sinister gray tailored look.

The designer often gets compared to Thom Browne, but the multilayered elements of this look and the juxtaposition of straight and squiggly lines suggest a looser, more romantic aesthetic for Six Lee.

This plaid pullover jacket is a pain to put on, but makes for quite an interesting clean silhouette.

This rendition of the short jacket + high-waisted trouser combination is sharp and spot-on.

Six Lee FW12, photographed by Jaime Martinez


special thanks to Six Lee, Dean Luk, and Elam Chan

November 29, 2012

Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo is a Chilean hyperrealist painter who came to Manila in the 1960′s to do portraits of characters of Philippine high society, and even today, I find his work timelessly inspiring.  I had the honor of experiencing a private viewing at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila through the kindness of my dear friend Rajo Laurel, and viewing these portraits in an empty gallery at night was as close as I could get to having a conversation with the late artist.

Note the fine hair detail in Claudio Bravo’s portrait of Tessie Ojeda Luz.

In addition to the fascinatingly hyperrealistic manner by which he draws hair and makeup and other facial features (the full exquisiteness of this is best seen in person), Bravo had an interesting way of bringing his own touch to the pictures he paints.  Long before these days of everybody being a stylist, Bravo was heavily involved in picking out the outfits, favoring looks in the vein of old Balenciaga and Halston.  If he didn’t like any of the clothing options, he would drape a cloth over his subjects, or sketch them only to their bare shoulders.  Back in the 60′s, a commissioned portrait was said to be the cost of two houses.  If I had lived in that era, I only wish I had many houses to spare to have my picture painted by the legendary portrait artist.

Claudio Bravo paints the young tycoon Inigo Zobel and his mother Rocio Zobel Urquijo.

I fell in love with Inigo’s belt buckle initialed “IZ”, which I thought was vaguely Prada-esque. An Izzy could wear that too.

I could only dream of having my portrait be as handsome as this one of Antonio Roxas in a white turtleneck, accented with a slick-back and a skinny dog.

Even the headpiece on Bravo’s mysterious “Boy in a Turban” drawing is hauntingly current.

Rajo admires this portrait of Regina Dee looking effortlessly glamorous.

The long bob, top-lined eyes, and strapless top would look so fresh on a beautiful young woman today. (portrait of Maria Luisa Prieto Lovina)

The vivaciousness of his portrait of Elvira Manahan has made it one of his most popular pieces.

The most breathtaking of them all was the one of philanthropist and society dowager Imelda Cojuangco looking glorious in this confection of heavy purple silk. Legend has it that to the puzzlement of his subject, Bravo stopped painting the portrait at its current state, and declared with pride and contentment, “It is finished.” Over the years, it has become Mrs. Cojuangco’s most favorite portrait of herself.

Claudio Bravo’s portrait of Imelda Cojuangco, up close, alongside two other iconic portraits of his: Baby Fores, and former first lady Imelda Marcos. (via Mairey)

Special thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila for this wonderful experience.

November 21, 2012

The Dandy Project x Allen Edmonds

It is with great pride that I share with you my most recent collaboration: a pair of shoes I designed with Allen Edmonds, a shoe company with 90 years of rich American heritage.  Allen Edmonds, still based in Port Washington, WI, and still producing everything locally, prides itself in making shoes for the officers of World War II to wear with their dress uniforms and in being the shoes that presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton wore to their inaugurations.  My shoes came to me impeccably finished, and as a testament to their craftsmanship, I wore them out to the East Village for the first time and felt nary a pinch on my feet clad only with thin foot socks.

The Dandy Project X Allen Edmonds shoes: black custom calf with black suede cap-toes with natural tan soles

I wanted to design the perfect black shoe: classic, versatile, subtly unforgettable. I played around with leather swatches and thought that a suede cap-toe would beautifully punctuate a shoe in smooth leather. For a bit of punch, I chose to do the sole in tan, a sole typically reserved for lighter-colored shoes. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

I can see these shoes working as well with a big black coat and relaxed trousers in the dead of winter as they would with a beige seersucker suit in the summer.

tone-on-tone suede cap-toes and a tan leather sole


Thank you, Allen Edmonds, for this wonderful opportunity.  Let’s do the perfect brown shoe soon?

The Dandy Project x Allen Edmonds shoes are available via special order; you can get in touch with Allison Meyer for more information.

November 14, 2012

Moustache Hong Kong

Moustache is a menswear shop in the captivatingly creative area of Sheung Wan in Hong Kong.  Partners Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger opened up shop in 2009 with the vision of building a brand of bespoke tailoring, ready-to-wear, accessories, and other things, all to create a complete wardrobe for a modern man in the tropics.  I had the pleasure of meeting the darling duo on several appointments at their shop on Aberdeen, as well as at the party they throw regularly at Salon No. 10 in Central, so delightfully soigné.  Their take on dandyism, though in many ways very different from mine, is fresh and honest, and original.  It’s like they took their references not from the same old books and magazines every other bow tie merchant gets his inspiration from, but from way deep in their own convoluted minds.  I tip my hat off to people with such dedication to their craft and dignity in their design.

Moustache Hong Kong. The numbering on Aberdeen Street is confusing; you’ll probably miss this sign, as I did, having already visited the shop a little over a year ago.

A handful of jackets were on display, for purchase, or for order as a made-to-measure piece. I thought this dark red one with an unexpected lime and white lining was suprisingly handsome as a suit.

candy lining and a fur pouf bouttoniere

ruggedly textured blue velvet and touches of paisley

What looks to be a tweedy red plaid jacket is actually made out of linen, half-lined for utmost practicality in the tropics.

This took my breath away when I saw it: the “lounge lizard” jacket, cut sharply out of deadstock vintage jacquard fabric in shades of sapphire, emerald, and muddled amethyst, interwoven with metallic threads, was their antidote to Hong Kong’s formulaic black-tie.

the Moustache Hong Kong “lounge lizard” jacket up close

Alex and the technicolor patchwork silk dressing gown

trying on the amazing dressing gown at a fitting

piped pajamas by Moustache Hong Kong

the Moustache guide to Hong Kong

magazines Fantastic Man and Ha Wan Pao

Alex Daye of Moustache Hong Kong

My warmest thank-yous to my new Hong Kong friends Alex and Ellis.  Check out the Moustache blog here.