I’m gonna bust open the door and tell you the reasons I love 20jeans right away. You know – so there’s no confusion.
1) They’re cheap.
2) They’re comfortable.
I literally brought 2 different pairs of jeans with me, one from 20jeans the other from Pac Sun; at the end of our tour through the UK – I lost my Pac Sun pair (don’t really care about that anyways – they were falling apart) and now I’m just with my 20jeans pair – and honestly – they’re holding up like a champ. But really…you all should know…when it comes to style…this guy doesn’t like to spend too much. Expensive clothes are great – and I love them, but I don’t see the point in them right now for my life. All 20jeans are around $25 – $30 per pair. Yea…that’s a price I’m willing to pay.
This is what they have to say about their jeans:
“Call us minimalists, call us bad capitalists… we just don’t believe in gouging anyone, for any reason. Great jeans are of course the highlight – maybe even the purpose? – of life, but even so… The way we see it, there’s no need to blow their price point out of proportion. With this in mind we design and produce our inventory, then connect it directly to you, the customer – thusly making dual “nice saves.” One, our precious commodities from retail Purgatory. The other, money – both on our side and yours.”
Another good thing about my pair of 20jeans is they’re not super tight and allow for movement. Which I love in pants. I hate when I try to bend over, and my pants do want to comply. Freaking annoying. But I haven’t experienced that with my 20jeans.
So click on the website – get yourself a pair of 20jeans before they become popular and start jacking the price up.
Sometimes people ask me why I like to dress nice. First – let me be honest…I don’t dress nice all the time. If I’m headed to the grocery store for one thing, and I don’t feel like taking a shower or dressing up…I’m not going to. But most of the days I like to look good. Mostly because its a daily confidence booster.
Another reason I started caring about the way I dress was because I wanted to be taken seriously. I wanted to be perceived as more of a savvy businessman instead of long bearded hipster – so I dressed accordingly and trimmed the beard. I may not be a serious businessman right now, but since I dress the part…people sometimes automatically assume that I am. It’s almost manipulating people’s minds into getting what you want them to think. Could almost call it first appearance social engineering. The clothes I wear don’t really tell you who I am as a person, but they give you a thought as to who I might be. If that makes sense.
Continue to read “Thoughts On Style” after the jump…
T82 intrigued me right from the beginning. They started following me on twitter, and I was super curious about what it was about. At that time it didn’t have a real definition on what it was, and their website was just a splash page. I looked, but couldn’t find anything on what T82 was – so my inner detective told me to email them and ask the burning question “What is this?” Shortly after – I got a reply from Jordan, the creator and founder, letting me in on the secrets behind T82. I decided that it would be pretty cool for him to answer a few simple questions regarding T82 and it’s process of becoming a brand.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jordan, and I created T82. By day I am an Art Director at a creative agency based in Soho, New York City. I love what I do, and I’ll never stop doing it.
What is T82?
T82 is a project/brand based out of New York that I’ve been planning on launching at the end of this year. The initial idea of T82 is to release capsule collections (possibly 2 a year) that revolve around specific lifestyle themes/needs. These collections are inspired by the young entrepreneurs that have a great eye for fashion both business and street. Our tumblr is a running moodboard that captures the inspiration as well as the vibe we love.
The first capsule is entitled “Clockwork,” and it revolves around the traveling entrepreneur. As you may have seen, we are soon releasing the Tiger Stripe Camo Document Holder, and that is going to be the first product released within the capsule. Other products that fit the theme will soon be released as well (bare with us, we are literally just getting off the ground!) Although the first product released is a document holder/pouch, I don’t plan on just creating accessories. I plan on creating other types of clothing (hats, shirts, jackets, etc) that will compliment those accessories.
Read more of the interview after the jump…
Usually when I’m thinking of expanding my wardrobe I peruse the interweb for some ideas. Pinterest is a big help with that, and so are the 20 or so style blogs I follow. If I end up seeing something I like – I save the picture to Evernote or Pinterest – and next time I’m clothes shopping I’ll look for something like that…because let’s be honest…some style people think everybody has money to spend on clothes, and that’s just not the case.
I stumbled onto Club Monaco‘s new line through ACL, and I couldn’t stop saving pictures to pinterest for later reference. I stole some of the pictures and added them on here for your enjoyment, but if you want more check out their site. I’ve never heard of Aaron Levine, designer of the line, before…but you can be damn sure I’m gonna keep tabs on him from now on.
Following a successful column in Esquire magazine, in 1964 Hardy Amies wrote the ABC of Men’s Fashion, a witty guide to gentlemen’s style and etiquette. Today, some of the world’s most influential people involved in fashion and creativity give their own view on style and the essentials of men’s fashion.
Dutch production company Dough’Nut has produced some amazing videos for London based clothing company Hardy Amies. This ABC web series is dedicated to showing off a good sense of style and the guys that try to make themselves look a cut above the rest.
Watch the 4 episodes after the jump…
Really loving the style of Need Supply Co.‘s new lookbook of clothes they’ll be selling for Spring 2012. It has the vintage ivy feel of a Wes Anderson movie, even with some Bill Murray comedy thrown into the mix. The fashion they’re showing off is top notch…a little on the spendy side for poor college students…but still top notch none-the-less.
Need Supply Co. is a boutique in Richmond, Virginia that likes to “incorporate the culture and style of the city into [their] mix and attitude.”
Check out more of the stunning lookbook after the leap…
Great tumblr find today. Style Illustrated takes a different approach to street style by drawing out the different parts of the outfit. That way it let’s you visualize what parts you can carry into your own style and which ones wouldn’t work with you.
Very cool idea. Give the blog a follow.
If you haven’t noticed…I’m all about men’s style. I owe to that Kyle…for making me want to dress right and the power of actually putting a little bit of hold in your hair – a little bit goes a long way. I think a guy should dress as he wants to be perceived. If you want to be seen as a grunge hippy, by all means – go ahead, but if you want to be respected by strangers and taken seriously at a business pitch…you’re gonna need to throw away your old closet and start adding some new pieces.
I’ve been trying to do this for the last several months, wearing button ups instead of a t-shirt to go outside, putting on nice pants instead of paint covered holey jeans, grabbing a little bit of gel and slipping it into my hair before walking out to start the day. I don’t dress the best by any means…I just like to feel comfortable and confident…and honestly know that I look good. Sounds egotistical…I know…but that’s what we all want when we walk out the door.
One way I’ve found to help in my quest to dress better is JackThreads.
JackThreads is an exclusive member-only club that has amazing apparel at an extremely low rate. Started by Jason Ross out of his house in 2008, JackThreads has become a standing stone in men’s fashion and apparel for the last couple of years, doubling their membership and selling more clothes then ever.
I’m not rich…so the clothes that I actually want to buy are way out of my budget – so I discount shop. JackThreads has cheap prices…in my price range…where I can actually afford to dress nice. There’s really no excuse not to buy a couple things off the site.
They just released their first private label, Goodale, only for member’s of JT. Here are a few pieces that are on sale right now on the store for only one more day.
I’m in love with the whole collection and with the price too.
The bummer of some of the items they sell on the site is that there is a small window of oppurtunity to buy, because most of the sales last 48-72 hours. I know it’s tough when buying clothes on the internet, because you don’t know exactly what you’re getting, so it takes time to wrestle with the idea to buy or not buy. Not every men’s-wear company can be like the Trunk Club.
I say – if you’re wavering on a decision…go with what the cute barista girl would want.
Recently I have stumbled upon a site called Trunk Club. To say this site makes a lazy shopper’s life easier is an understatement. I found the site using one of my favorite pastimes and time wasters called StumbleUpon.com. Once you arrive at the website you are basically presented with a very modern looking men’s clothing website where you simply tell them what kind of clothes you are into and they send you a box within a couple days with about 6-10 pieces in it. I signed up immediately! They do ask for a credit card number to hold to make the purchasing process easier. You simply keep any of the pieces in the box when it arrives and send it back and they charge your card for what you keep. I very much enjoyed the process and selection they sent me so I thought I would do a pros and con list for people to see if this is something they would like to try.
1. Very quick service
2. Very attractive
3. Every piece of clothing I received after filling out a short survey was a piece I would wear (they have their questions down to a science of what to send you)
1. On the more expensive side of the spectrum ($50-$200 pieces of clothing)
2. I wish I could come up with more to make it an even 3 and 3 on pros and cons, but they are a solid business.
I suggest everyone at least try the Trunk Club once to just have the luxury of having a personal shopper that sends you exact clothes you would wear. Overall I am very happy with their customer service. I actually have a call with my personal representative to talk about how the clothes fit and what will be in my next trunk.
Let’s be honest, guys. Whenever we watch Mad Men…a little part of us wants to be Don Draper. Or maybe a big part of you…depending on how much you like the show. I know I wouldn’t mind strolling around in his shoes for a day – especially living in the 60s. To celebrate the return of the new season – MR PORTER, the “men’s style destination,” with inspiration from the AMC hit show – took several photos worshipping the Mad Men style.
I love these pictures, which were shot on location at the London Hotel, and I also love the style. If only these suits were more affordable.
Hammarhead Industries hit the nail on the head for me.
I like having a backpack that has a lot of pockets on it for when I fly or travel a lot, but I don’t like to carry it around during my daily life. That’s where the simple Day Pack would come in. It’s simple…not too much…just right for what you need to carry during the day.
“The Hammarhead Day Pack resulted from our search for a minimal bag suitable for riding and capable of holding the tools of modern life.
Constructed from waterproof waxed cotton, black leather and parachute hardware, the backpack features a roll top closure and the interior sleeves for a 15″ laptop, iPad, and Kindle. The Hammarhead Day Pack is perfect for the daily commute or weekend ride.”
What do you like to carry on a normal day? Would the Day Pack be enough for you? Let me know in the comment section.
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On any given day I visit on average several websites religiously. They range from political, finance, and style & grooming websites. The list is below:
1. Drudge Report (a conservative political news page)
2. Seeking Alpha (a terrific site that gives you news on EVERYTHING investing)
3. AskMen (an informative website for everything manly)
4. Valet -Thanks Steven for showing me this gem (similar to AskMen, but more of a sophisticated style site that doesn’t give off the Men’s Health vibe as AskMen does.)
5. My newly added favorite website: Grooming Lounge. This site has inspired me so much that I feel the entire blog post should be about it.
The Grooming Lounge, according to it’s about me section, is “the country’s premiere solutions source for men’s grooming”. How can you go wrong with a having a key mission to help make men “even more handsome.” On the site’s about us page they describe who is behind the Grooming Lounge with this statement: “The Grooming Lounge was conceptualized in 1999 by gents with a lifetime of experience in the men’s grooming and fashion industry. After serving as the “un-official grooming gurus/suppliers” to their regular-guy buddies for years, the duo decided to make it official by creating a grooming brand incorporating stores, a web site, a catalog and custom-blended grooming products. Now led by Founder Michael Gilman and the company’s team of Grooming Experts, the Grooming Lounge is committed to setting new industry standards via the best in customer and technical service.”
Upon visiting the website you are greeting with a classy logo and dark themed barber shop layout with a modern twist. At first glance I knew I had stumbled upon the holy grail of grooming products. The headers cover every aspect of looking your best and even a section about embarrassing issues that most sites shy away from. When hovering over each header such as Shaving, Hair Care, or Skin Care a drop down menu appears with sub genres and also advice on each issue. This seems to be the most important issue with me because not only am I looking for great products (that are old school and are proven to be still useful after all these years compared to these new age products such as Axe, new Old Spice, and whatever companies are spending more time on advertising than on making a tested and true product.), but also how to use them to solve any issues that I may have.
I feel I can’t give this site an A+ just yet because I have not ordered a product from there and have not tested their customer service and timely delivery just yet. But I can assure you that after visiting this page for about 10 minutes I’m completely sold and will be ordering from them as soon as I run out of products that I’m currently using.
I wanted my first post to be an introduction as to what I’m all about. I am a firm believer in a daily routine, good hair, and nice clothes that won’t put you out on the street. As part of my first post, I wanted to share five things that I try and not leave the house without doing or just simply without. This does not include a cellphone since this day and age they are literally an extra appendage on our bodies.
1. Hair – Hair is an extremely important part of the way we present ourselves. I, being in my mid twenties, realized quickly that a trend is reoccurring. Most of us in our 20’s and unfortunately some in the 30’s are still stuck with our same old high school haircuts. These range from the popular shag that to me took too much effort to maintain for hair that was suppose to look unmaintained! There is also the Caesar cut, or snowboard jump as most of us called it in junior high and high school. Now as most of us enter the workforce as adults trying to separate ourselves from college it’s time to change our look to a more adult oriented haircut. My favorite is the side part made famous again by the Mad Men series. I plan on going over hair products in the future that will help you maintain this style, but you can’t go wrong with styles that are timeless such as that. I currently use Lock Stock & Barrel LS&B Pucka Grooming Crème which goes for about $10 online, which should last you about 8-10 weeks. This is constantly changing since I love trying new products so be on the lookout for that.
Click ahead for the other four…
I’m used to hearing Jesse Thorn’s voice on his talk show “Sound Of Young America” now called “Bullseye.” His voice is distinct and perfect for radio…that’s why he’s dubbed himself “America’s Radio Sweetheart.” I never actually took the time to google and see what he looked like though…I just had this image in my head of how he looked and I was ok with that. Usually I am…then when I find out what they really look like I’m either shocked or mildly close.
I was way off with Jesse Thorn. Not really about the way he looked, but the way he dressed. I imagined him dressing in a sweatshirt and jeans. Maybe the occasional button down. Nope – I was wrong. This guy has swag.
No offense to the people on the radio, but it’s surprising to see a radio person with good style. Jesse’s got style, and he’s sharing his knowledge with us through his video podcast called “Put This On.”
It’s web series, each episode under 12 minutes, about dressing like a grownup.
I think there comes a time, where a person looks in the mirror and changes the way they dress. For me, I’ve been getting more and more used to the idea of how to dress right. I saw the way I dressed as a statement of who I was, and for some people, a first image of who I am. It’s funny, because ever since I started taking care of my clothes and grooming right (not that I wasn’t before…let’s get that clear…just not as much) – people have taken a notice and have changed who they are around me. You feel more confident with walking out the door, or even talking to the opposite sex.
That’s what this show is all about. Style, confidence, and how to dress your best.
The first ever episode was about Denim. How to wear it, when to wear it, why wear it, how to take care of it, etc…Jesse visit’s Rising Sun Co., a clothing company that focuses on making the best jeans possible.
There’s a whole slew of video’s and interviews on their iTunes podcast – which for some odd reason they release to us for FREE. It is really a fun show to watch. They keep it interesting for the viewer, but also make it jam-packed full of information that is relevant on style.
Also click ahead for some BTS pictures of one of their recent shoots in NYC.
I went to see “My Week With Marilyn” with my friend Andrea the other night, and I’m not going to review it – I’ll leave those up to Rick (have you seen his latest 2 movie reviews? Check ‘em out if not).
The thing that struck me the most about this movie, even though it had a strong story line, fantastic acting, and striking cinematography…the style is what stuck with me. 1950s-60s were the time of suits and slicked back hair, and it’s completely inhabiting this film. The researchers in charge of costumes did their homework.
I’m captivated by style in the 50s and 60s, just because everybody looked good before heading out. It wasn’t like now where people leave the house without looking in a mirror. Girls weren’t the only ones getting up early to get pretty – guys were doing it too. Ties were not just for special occasions…they were a daily accessory to your outfit. Style was relevant everywhere.
We’re going to write about style more often on here – not just vintage 50′s style – just in general. I’ll share my thoughts of it on another post…for now just enjoy the pictures of “My Week With Marilyn.” Go see it if you haven’t already. It really is a great movie.
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There’s something about seeing what a person carries on them at all times. I like it because I get to see a glimpse inside the mind of a creative, and possibly take something away and start carrying it myself to start improving my life to the MAX.
Essentials: Quang Le
Probably my favorite “Essentials” I’ve found so far…just because I’m like him and carry a bunch…you just never know when you’re gonna need something. And I like the backpack…a whole heck of a lot.
Essentials: David Beckham
I like this route as well. Not carrying much at all. Really – just the “essentials.”
If you click on the names – it’ll take you to their Essentials tag page and Hypebeast has neatly numbered and shown us everything that we want to know about the pictures and what exactly they carry.
It’s kinda cool.
Gant Rugger‘s pre-fall collection hit web and stores today, inspired by old math clubs back in the 60′s. Its funny to me, really, how mathletes 50 years ago were not considered sexy or fashionable by any sense, but if they would be transported to now – they would be classy and trendsetting.
The New Haven Math Club, which is the theme/title of the the line, was heavily influenced by photographs of a Yale math club from the mid-’60s. “It just blew me away, because there are these super geniuses, the top guys at math at the time, and they were all super preppy,” designer Christopher Bastin says. “It was like taken out of Take Ivy madras blazers, button-downs—they looked really, really sharp.”
Ruggers created a 3 minute video showcasing some of their better pieces in the collection. It looks like this whole video was shot, edited, and then put into Instagram for color correction. I love it.
If you want to see more of the collection and some of the inspiration behind the line…click MORE…
Jay Z does it again. Well he hasn’t really done anything like this before…but what I’m trying to say is that he’s awesome. That’s the message here.
He recently launched Life + Times, an online lifestyle magazine, which he personally will curate.
This is internet gold.
If you follow our Vimeo group…you might notice that I posted like 3 different videos on 3 different denim creators and purveyors. I thought they were all equally inspiring so I decided to give them a blog post all to themselves. One by one. The first one up is Raleigh Denim, a small manufacturer from North Carolina.
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“Sartorial Sounds integrates both music and style, two elements embedded in every culture past and present. We think it’s important to remember that everyone is an artist in their own right. And it’s the life experiences we encounter that provoke what we splash on our own blank canvas. We assembled seven individuals to partake in this editorial. The finished product incorporates their individual talents such as spoken word, rapping, singing and tap.”
Mara Hruby marahruby.com
Joshua Bennett joshuabrandonbennett.tumblr.com
Joekenneth Museau joekenneth.tumblr.com/
Theo Martins imjusttheo.com
Jesse Boykins III jbiiimusic.com
Rinaldy Alarez twitter.com/rinaldy
Directed by Dr.Woo twitter.com/DrWooArt
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“A hooded bomber jacket in cotton nylon canvas with thermosensitive liquid crystals, the garment changes colour according to the temperature. The fabric of the heat reactive jacket is treated with a thermo-sensitive coating that changes colour at high temperatures. Beginning at 27 degrees the molecules within the micro- capsules of the external strata undergo a rotation modifying the light course. The colour of the garment gradually begins to morph from the dark colour of the surface coating to a much lighter and brighter surface colour. When the garment returns to a normal temperature it recovers to its original dark coating colour.”
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The Sartorialist is a mix between photography and street fashion. Scott Schumann, with 15 years of the fashion industry under his belt, started the blog because he simply wanted to “to share photos of people that [he] saw on the streets of New York that [he] thought looked great.”
This mini documentary invites you into the process behind The Sartorialist.