Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
It’s everything you’d hope for from the masters of that relaxed-yet-still-thoughtfully-Kempt look. Exposed beams augment a smartly curated collection of tailored jackets, printed tees, madras shirts and chunky wool knits.
Custom-fitted displays are dotted with oddities from their home collection, select reading, bags and accessories (bonus: a glass-encased Shinola display in shop).
Scene: Brooks Brothers’ Madison Avenue flagship store; a beach made with imported sawdust; a beautifully made (if impossible to wear) Black Fleece lace blazer (yes, for men); penny-farthing critter pants; collaborative Kiel James Patrick bracelets; a white shawl-collar linen blazer; espadrilles and shorts made from an old scarf pattern; madras, madras everywhere.
Heard: “California Dreamin’”; that the set was inspired by Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Total beach bums, those guys.
Scene: Eyebeam in NYC; fashion editors sipping on Heineken and Cheerwine, Nick Wooster catwalking a cobalt jacket with zebra shorts, a few rubber duckies and lots of camo.
Heard: A very appropriate hip-hop remix of “Stayin’ Alive” keeping pace for the models, and at least two people realizing “That’s Pusha T!” during the final look.
Scene:Eyebeam in NYC; a murderers’ row of impeccable tailoring; handsome wristwear from IWC; sexy suede jackets in an array of I’ll-take-them-all colors.
Heard: “I want that.” Over and over again.
Scene: Industria Superstudio; streetwear enthusiasts bearing witness to the brand’s NYFW debut, which plays to the high-end sweat trend. Prints and colors are bold, fits relaxed, with a handful of contrasting tailored elements.
Heard: The soft pitter-patter of a bouncing medicine ball, metallic rasps of a bench press in motion and club kid beats courtesy of DJ Franco V.
Scene: The Stage at Lincoln Center; lots of cranberry and navy tones, more pleated trousers, no less than nine different plaids and one exceptional peak-lapel jacquard jacket.
Heard: The heady breakbeat stylings of Michna, and at least one person mumbling, “Is that the Jonas Brothers?” (It was.)
Scene: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music; three-piece short suits; one handsome silk Hawaiian shirt; the (triumphant?) return of pleated trousers.
Heard: Nick Waterhouse (pictured, right, with the designer). Like, in person, with his band. Yes, it was as fantastic as that sounds.
Scene: Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop; fashion editors ogling Raleigh’s first denim jacket.
Heard: Chill tunes from DJ Brendan Fallis (who also did J.Crew’s presentation later on).
Tumblr. It’s a vast and mythical land of handsome #menswear, impossibly cool gentlemen and achingly beautiful photography. The problem is, so much good stuff in one place can get mighty overwhelming.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Story: The varsity jacket obviously isn’t a new concept, but this version’s grown up a bit (not to mention, been a hit both on and off the runway). For that, we can probably thank a modern, slimmed-down profile and the covetable calfskin sleeves. Also a lack of block print.
Who to Channel: Redford as Roy Hobbs; the coolest guy grabbing a beer on a Saturday afternoon.
When to Wear It: Let’s say anytime from September until May—the quilted interior should keep you warmed up as the temperatures drop.
Degree of Difficulty: Low, as long as it’s paired with some simple selvage or a pair of heavy chinos (as pictured). Extra-low, if in uniform.
Today marks the official start of the NFL season and New York Fashion Week.
So we’re connecting the dots by taking a look back–all the way back, to the 1920s–at the most stylish NFL players of all time. (And yes, we’re grading on a steep curve here.) So, without further ado:
Another glorious summer is winding down.
And, we must say, it has been one hell of a handsome ride. Especially on the Internet—where street style abounds. So, to celebrate, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite shots in memoriam to summer street style (ladies included). Cue the “Candle in the Wind.”
UrbanDaddy Miami has tipped us off to the opening of Cottage, a first-of-its-kind menswear shop in the heart of Sunset Harbor. Meaning a triumphant win for all of our sartorially minded followers hailing from the Magic City.
Until now, the Miami style scene has relied heavily on department stores and e-commerce imports. The mastermind behind this new brick-and-mortar, Ariel Burman, seeks to change all that, aiming to bring the beachy-yet-dapper awareness of Nantucket, Malibu and Biarritz to his hometown.
He’s curated the place much like he would his own closet, resulting in a healthy mix of American and European designers all playing nicely under one laid-back (and canoe-lined) roof.
It’s fixing to be your new go-to stop for everything from washed trousers to all-weather knits to grooming basics and all manner of suiting/accessorizing in between, tapping brands like A.P.C., Band of Outsiders, Saturdays Surf NYC, Michael Bastian and Todd Snyder, along with a slew of other gentlemanly powerhouses.
Fall is so close, we can taste it (very spiced-cider-y this year already). So, in anticipation of the monumental shift in your wardrobe, leisure activities and general state-of-mind, we’re dedicating this week to preparing you for all of your upcoming autumnal endeavors…
In this new series, we analyze the sartorial risks and rewards of the moves taken by men far bolder than your average menswear enthusiast. Results may vary.
Zachary Quinto showed up to the TCA Fox All-Star party in a typically dapper three-piece suit by John Varvatos. Except he ditched the shirt and tie for a plain charcoal T-shirt. That’s right, a T-shirt and three-piece.
Tumblr. It’s a vast and mythical land of handsome #menswear, impossibly cool gentlemen and achingly beautiful photography.
The problem is, so much good stuff in one place can get overwhelming—which is why we, in our infinite wisdom, took it upon ourselves to travel the seemingly endless expanse of reblogs, product drops and street style photography to bring you a succinct recap of the last month in Tumblr-dom.
This might sound odd, but we know you’ve been getting these urges lately. Really strong, burning desires to sit back, get a little wet and stroke…
We’re talking about rowing, obviously. Wait, was that not clear?
Now, these impulses are perfectly natural. And trust us, getting yourself into a canoe (or kayak, if that’s your style) will definitely help assuage them. But, of course, just because you’re dying to navigate America’s waterways the old-fashioned way doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do so in style. So we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a handful of attractive options, to help you get the most out of your next aqueous adventure.
Lately there’s been a lot of scholarly debate over the current state of menswear on the Internet.
At this point we’ve already entered the backlash to the backlash stage of things, and it had us wondering how we all got here. In fact, it seems the answer is simpler than you’d expect. And it has a lot to do with timing, the unique advantages of the Internet age and the not-so-unique evolution of personal style.
Spending six decades in the public eye is not an easy thing—especially when you’re as outspoken as Harry Belafonte.
The man is 86 years old and still ruffling feathers when speaking his mind. This week he’s beefing with Jay (no hyphen) Z. Last week, he was protesting “stand your ground” laws in Florida.
He’s going on six decades of this sort of brashly wise righteousness. And, might we add, he’s been doing so while managing to look quite dapper in the process.
Belafonte shot to stardom in the era when just being a famous African-American was seen as a political statement—let alone his insistence on being at the forefront of the civil rights movement (Martin Luther King famously planned a few legendary marches while holed up in Harry’s apartment). Over the years, he went from the open-shirted calypso crooner to the slim-tie-and-sharp-suited activist to the dapper old man in turtlenecks and gun-check blazers we all aspire to be one day. It’s been quite the run. And he shows no sign of letting up.
“We believe in the beauty of industry. The glory of manufacturing. We know there’s not just history in Detroit. There’s a future.” —from the Shinola website
“Detroit may be bankrupt, but if Shinola is any indication—and I think it is—the story of America’s great city’s revival has already begun.” —David Hershkovits, Paper
“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood.” —Daniel Burnham
As we speak, the David Whitney Building (a 1915 architectural treasure constructed by Burnham’s firm) is being converted into a downtown Detroit boutique hotel. And Shinola, a two-year-old Detroit watch- and bicycle-making outfit, is settling into its shiny new flagships in the Motor City and NYC.
Today we bring you a treasure trove of leather, shirting and sundries (gracious wink and finger-gun-trigger-pull to our friends over at UrbanDaddy National).
Yes, the gents from Boston’s Ball and Buck have launched a new website and online shop, stocked with exclusive collaborations from the likes of Rancourt & Co., Tellason and Allen Edmonds, along with their own house label.
It’s basically what would happen if a fox hunter teamed up with a tannery run by a barber with an affinity for well-tailored menswear. It’s all glorious, and it’s all made in the USA.
Ah, August after dark: perfect for romance, bonfires and waxing nostalgic about your pre-desk-job days as a lifeguard.
Why would you ever waste the time indoors?
But the thing is, once the sun sets, it has a way of getting pretty darned chilly out. And since nothing can ruin a beautiful beach day’s epilogue like a set of chattering teeth, we’d like to advise you to take the necessary precautions and invest in a bit of lightweight knit protection. That way, you’ll be able to focus more on achieving the perfect s’more-char and less on maintaining your body temperature.
Or your date’s, for that matter.
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