Monthly Archives: May 2013

One Arm Sleeve

One Arm Sleeve

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Bleecker St.

This guy got “sleeved” – that’s tattoo parlance for getting an entire arm inked. What actually drew my eye to him originally was his all grey ensemble which is one of my favorite shades, but on closer inspection I realized his sleeve was an added bonus. His shirt is from the British label All Saints which deals heavily in greys, blacks, browns and other earth tones.

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Layered Up

Layered Up

SoHo
Spring and Crosby St.

I’ve realized that the best way to layer clothing is to mix different types of garment styles to give your look texture. For example, this guy mixed a tab front leather jacket with a regular spread collar button down shirt, as well as a henley. Not only that, but each garment is a different color which adds heft, in a good way. I also love how each of the top garments have varying lengths.

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Blue Camo

Blue Camo

NoLIta
Prince between Mulberry and Mott St.

I never thought of myself as a camouflage kind of guy. Well there was that one brief spell in the mid-aughts when I fell victim to that trend when it was all the rage, but ever since, I thought I retired that look. After seeing this guy and his cool camo blazer/shirt jacket hybrid in blue with a subtle pattern, I may have to re-think my thoughts on camo.

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Man At Work

Man At Work

Hell’s Kitchen
Hudson Hotel

I enjoy catching people in the act of doing their jobs. One of the doormen at The Hudson Hotel in midtown, seen here, grabbing cabs for hotel guests in his uniform of black shirt, dark jeans, two-way radio and casual, relaxed attitude on the job. Don’t forget to tip your doorman.

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Nipped In The Waist

Nipped In The Waist

Midtown
8th Ave. and 33rd St.

The way this guy’s belt is snatched firmly at his mid-section really accentuates his V-shape body type. The belt seems to be not only used to hold pants in place but to show off his waist.  Love his details – the gold watch, slim fit pants, horizontal striped tie, tie bar, rolled up sleeves and shades. He looks cool and professional at the same time.

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Nothing But The Clothes On His Back

Nothing But The Clothes On His Back

TriBeCa
Varick and Beach St.

No iPhone, no smartphone, no cell phone, no earphones, no headphones, no jewelry, no watch, no sunglasses, no eyeglasses, no accessories, no hat, no bag, no backpack, no gym bag, no shopping bag, no water bottle, no coffee cup, no book, no iPad, no dog, no excess. This guy literally has nothing but the clothes on his back and it looks amazing. Travel light, travel far I say.

In New York, we tend to carry around so much stuff on our daily travels, so how refreshing to see someone so unencumbered with nothing but his confidence and swagger. I always feel my best walking around the city with no accoutrements to weigh me down because people should notice me, not things that distract them from me. I see a lot of people throwing on all kinds of things to get noticed and to be looked at, but if you have confidence, you don’t need anything but that to grab people’s attention. That is the ultimate attention grabber. Less really is more.

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Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys

West Village
Greenwich Ave. and Perry St.

A couple of guys having lunch on a bench and everything is halted when a beautiful woman comes their way. Yes, this is how we men operate when we see something desirable, in a word – distracted! Notice how these two are in practical unison each cupping a sandwich with both hands, beverages on the ground between their legs, mid-chew and both staring up at the Louis Vuitton clad female approaching. Clothes wise they’re both even sporting colored khakis, button down shirts and watches.

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The Girl Who Got A Free Pass

The Girl Who Got A Free Pass

TriBeCa
Greenwich and Desbrosses St.

This blog is primarily about guys in New York, but there are some girls who deserve to be included in the all boys club. This is one such girl. Feminine, pretty, sexy but not trashy,beautiful skin, great hair, nice overbite and her dress is sexy, but still classy. Oh and she’s got great legs.

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North TriBeCa I Love You

North TriBeCa I Love You

TriBeCa
Greenwich and DesBrosses St.

North TriBeCa is considered a micro-neighborhood; that is a small ‘hood within a larger neighborhood. This is one of my favorite micro-hoods. It is so because the streets are cobblestoned, there’s not much traffic, it’s not too crowded or dense, it’s quiet, it’s right by the Hudson River and it has amazing, albeit expensive real estate. New York has so many neighborhoods that are bustling all the time, so this enclave is a refreshing alternative. It’s very civilized.

It was nice to see this great looking couple strolling down Greenwich St. For the guy, his clothes are a great fit to his body and frame. Having your clothes tailored or fitted to your body makes them look more expensive whether that is the case or not. I’m one of those guys that gets everything from suits to t-shirts taken in. His green t-shirt is a nice shade and blends in with the wall behind him. He’s got some nice slick hair, simple jewelry, rolled up cuffs from his khakis and bright sneakers to stand out a bit. Everything with him is in the details.

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Frats In The City

Frats In The City

Lower Manhattan
South Street Seaport

Ok, I don’t know if they are actual frat guys, but they have that way about them. It’s collegiate, mid-western, not so much about style, but swagger and identifiable through the baggy cargo and cut off jean shorts, the backpack and the Abercrombie & Fitch look.  Coincidentally I watched them walked into that very store across the street after I took their pic which I found very appropriate.

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Lower Fifth Avenue
5th Ave and 16th St.

Some guys just look like they are into health, nutrition and fitness.

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Untied

Untied

TriBeCa
Citigroup Building

How appropriate that this shot was taken at 6:30 p.m. on an early weekday. A whole slew of workers were filing out of the Citigroup building with the work day behind them. Out of all the people I saw, this guy with his bow tie undone really captured the “after work/happy hour” vibe of a long day. Is it just me or do bow ties look much better untied?

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Stripes

Stripes

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Murray St.

It seems as though the horizontal stripes trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I’m not a huge fan of trends and particularly this one, but to all you stripe lovers, this one’s for you.

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Coffee & Coordination

Coffee & Coordination

TriBeCa
Citigroup Building

I spotted this couple on a coffee break during the middle of the work day. Not only do they have matching iced coffees, but their shades of light purple match in their respective attire. For the gentleman, I personally love a dress shirt where the cuffs are turned upward and stand up. It gives ease and relaxation to a proper dress shirt.

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Black & White

Black & White

Lower Manhattan
South Street Seaport

The black and white combo is always a safe bet and is such a crisp contrast. I’ve said it in a previous post, that when it comes to the t-shirt, it’s all about the fit. Not too tight, not too loose and most definitely not too long.

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Backpack

Backpack

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Murray St.

To many people, a backpack paired with a shirt and tie would be considered a fashion faux pas, but I’ll be damned if he isn’t somehow making this combo work!

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NYPD

NYPD

Financial District

Sometimes even the cops in the city like to display their personality. This is not your typical coffee and doughnut officer as he looks more like a personal trainer,although right before this shot, I did spy him wolfing down a bag of those long, stringy, neon colored sour candies. But hey, we all have our vices. Check out the cool tattoo over his bicep.

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Classic Polo

Classic Polo

West Village
Hudson and Barrow St.

Nothing beats a classic. A classic saves you from having to think. You just throw it on and head out the door – simple. Polo shirts can be found anywhere and everywhere, but there’s something about a Ralph Lauren one that makes you feel you’re wearing the real deal. This guy’s pink version is a great fit.

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Model Behavior

Model Behavior

West Village
Hudson and Clarkson St.

Some people just look like they’re models. I would say this guy qualifies. He actually resembles a particular male model that I often see in ads in men’s style magazines, but since male models tend to remain more anonymous rather than their female counterparts, I couldn’t tell you who I’m referring to. Regardless, he just has that model look.

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Beltway

Beltway

NoLIta
Spring and Mulberry St.

I love shooting on the narrow side streets of NoLIta. It’s close enough to my neighborhood of SoHo, but a totally different vibe. In this shot you can tell there’s hardly anyone around which is a nice change of pace from the madness and manic crowds that is Broadway, just a few blocks away.

It’s a rarity to see a guy with a coat where it’s belted at the waist. Notice how he ties it at the side, rather than the front. It’s also a bit of a military look with the glasses to match.

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The other Wall St.

The other Wall St.

Financial District
Wall St.

Not every guy on Wall St. rocks a tie or suit. It is also a residential neighborhood, so you have your locals, like this guy, grabbing coffee, and most likely not going to an investment firm. I have an oxymoron for you: loose fitted jeans. What I really mean is jeans that aren’t too baggy or too fitted. They fall in that perfect middle ground. I think this guy nails it with his grey jeans. I’m also a huge fan of grey jeans and plaid shirts. It’s a bit of a uniform for me.

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White Out

White Out

West Village
Hudson and Leroy St.

This was one of the last shots I took during an afternoon of shooting on the west side. The sun was setting, the light was fading, but a pop of white caught my eye as I was about to call it a day. I’m one of those people that loves white clothing, owns a fair share of it, but it gets relegated to the back of the drawers or closet because I’m more concerned that it will get dirty easily, rather than enjoying the clothes. After catching this pic, I’ll be sure to lose that idiosyncrasy. There really is nothing like a white long sleeved crew neck t-shirt. It’s one of the only few items that looks good with jeans, shorts, khakis, work out pants and even swim trunks.

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The Plaza

The Plaza

Plaza Hotel
5th Avenue

Luxury meets punk.

In honor of the new punk exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

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Black and Slick

Black and Slick

Upper West Side
Broadway and 62nd St.

I found this European gentleman shopping on the Upper west side with his girlfriend, speaking Italian. His Gucci belt was a nice nod to Italy. Yesterday I posted a picture of a guy in an all black and slicked hair ensemble which was an extreme and slightly formal look. This is a similar look, but more casual and broken up by jeans, a t-shirt and some white sneakers. The leather jacket has some nice detailing in the stitching on the side of the arm, the curved hem and the collar. His slick black hair is a good match to the jacket.

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All Black and Slick

TriBeCa
TriBeCa Grand Hotel

It’s interesting to see people doing their jobs in the city and if they look good doing it, all the better. I noticed the doorman of this hotel trying to hail a cab for a guest and good thing for me he was out there a while with no luck, as a lot of cabs were taken or off duty because I was able to get a few shots of him. That is some mighty slick hair he’s sporting matched with his all black ensemble. My favorite part is the big, oversize scarf he’s wearing and the way he ties it. It has the proportions of a mini blanket. I definitely gotta get me one of those next winter.

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Barbour Man

Barbour Man

Union Square
Union Square East and 16th St.

Barbour is the British label primarily known for making outdoor wear. Their waxed jackets are considered classics as seen here on this gentleman who leaves his half zipped to reveal his shirt and tie. The jacket is also identifiable by the zipper and it’s circular pull tab. I like the way he dresses up a rugged, outdoor jacket.

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Star bright

Starbright

Lower Manhattan
Barclay and Church St.

Those pants he’s wearing with all the zippers sure are a nice alternative to the trendy cargo pants spotted all over town and the military green color is pretty sweet. I noticed this guy from a good distance on the strength of his incredibly star burst bright hat. It became a focal point as I walked closer to him and what made it better as I approached and was able to get a clear shot, was that he was wearing a cool plaid shirt jacket, a maroon henley and of course those great pants. I rarely wear my pants baggy, but if I did, this is how I would do it. He’s got a bit of an urban fisherman vibe about him. He carries it well.

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Profile and Peacoat

Profile and Peacoat

SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

I caught this photo on the fly as my back was turned to this guy as he was walking past. When I turned around, I was able to capture a side view profile and his navy blue pea coat. I own a black, cashmere/wool blend pea coat with a stand up collar that I purchased at the menswear label UNIS in Nolita (a downtown New York neighborhood). I wore the hell out of it for a few years and now it’s stored away and I only wear it a few times out of the year during the colder months. It’s a classic and will always be in my wardrobe. Some things in your closet, you just don’t get rid of, no matter what the condition.

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Same Block, Two Lapels, Sharp Shoulders

Midtown

Park Ave and 48th St.

Different types of lapels are a matter of preference. I couldn’t decide which of these two types I liked more, the narrow or classic. But why debate about such trivial matters. Some days you feel narrow, others you feel classic. The one thing I did notice in both of these jackets is the sharp shoulders. The narrow lapel jacket is higher and tighter in the shoulders, while the classic lapel jacket slightly slopes, but still frames well. Either way, they both look great.

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Bow Tie

Bow Tie

Financial District
Nassau St.

Notice how all the lighter colors of this guy’s outfit are on the top half, while the darker tones are on the bottom. A bit of an even contrast here. I personally never like to wear a bow tie unless it’s for a formal occasion, but some guys don’t need a tux to wear bring one out. Might I add, he’s also exemplifying some great posture. Being and looking cool doesn’t always have to result in being slouchy, hunched over or slovenly. Standing upright commands respect and authority. Is that what our mothers meant when they told us to stand up straight as kids? I think I just answered my own question.

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Fully Bearded

Fully Bearded

Greenwich Village
Thompson and Bleecker St.

This guy’s style reminds me of the rock n’ roll aesthetic of designer John Varvatos as well as the rock and southern style of designer Billy Reid, both whom design menswear in a somewhat similar vein. The sleeve tattoos are so cool, as well as his subtle printed, fitted button down shirt. The fact that he’s carrying his jacket on an a wooden hanger is a nice quirk and shows he cares about the condition of his clothes. His leather bag, belt and gold plated watch all have a vintage-y feel and slightly weathered look.

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Contrast

Contrast

Financial District
Wall St.

Purple is a color I rarely see on a guy, so it was refreshing to see it displayed here on this guy’s tie contrasted against his grey suit. All it takes is that one bit of contrast to perk a suit up. Pretty cool haircut he’s sporting as well and added bonus to see a guy smiling for a change.

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Solo

Solo

Lower Manhattan
World Trade Center

I happened upon this builder on the World Trade Center site having a smoke all by his lonesome while hundreds of people scurried around directly in front of him walking to and fro the entrance of the eternally busy New Jersey Path Train station which he sat right in front of. The contrast was interesting. In a sea of people, he was an island unto himself. I was one of those people, dodging the rush of the crowds to capture his image.

I like the fact that although he works in a somewhat hazardous outdoor environment, he still manages to enact a cool look with his scarf, slim fitted pants, dark specs, stubble and of course sometimes a cigarette in one hand adds to the cool factor. Most laborers who work down at that site are your typical outer borough, salt-of-the-earth types, so once again, he displays more individuality.

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Subtle Stubble

Subtle Stubble

Flatiron District
5th Ave and 21st St.

This is stubble done right; well maintained and subtle. I also want that haircut he has. It seems like a great spring haircut with little product needed to style it. I am so copying it.

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Sheen

Sheen

Financial District
Wall St.

This gentleman’s suit is pretty slick because there is a hint of sheen to it and navy blue and brown is one of my favorite color combos. There are so many great details here with the polka dot tie, juxtaposed against his checked shirt, the white pocket square and the added layer of the vest and the tan brown wingtip shoes, yet in no way does it look too busy. Even the wall he’s standing against matches!

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Stand Out

Stand Out

TriBeCa
Church and Cortlandt St.

There’s nothing super remarkable about this guy’s suit, but all it takes is one stand out accessory to give an otherwise staid suit a bit of a lift. It’s a subtle thing, but it makes a world of difference. His choice of plaid tie really perked up the suit and saved him from landing on the cutting room floor. Too bad he’s looking down at his phone. I can’t tell you how many pictures of guys I take with their heads buried in their smartphones. I’ll address this matter in a later post. For now, he gets a free pass for his choice of tie.

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Pop of Color

Pop of Color

Midtown
Park Ave and 46th St.

This is a pretty sharp grey suit with a pop of color from the tie, held together by his tie bar and finished off with a white pocket square. He looks like he’s brown bagging it for lunch. Now this is how you do lunch people. Take note

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Spring Clean

Spring Clean

Financial District
Dutch and Pine St.

Spring is in the air. There are some men in New York who throw on shorts and t-shirts the minute it gets above 50 degrees (you know who are). For some other men, there is a gentle ease out of the heavier winter gear and an appropriate transition to lighter clothes and colors. The guy in this photo is a good example of slowly shedding layers as the temperature rises and incorporating lighter colors. His palette of pastels and khakis is a great contrast to his dark shoes. The hand in one pocket and coffee cup in the other makes him look like a catalog model. I mean that as a compliment.

Scruff

Scruff

TriBeCa
Greenwich and Duane St.

Some guys can just nail the scruffy look like nobody’s business. This is a good case in point. What caught my eye with this guy was his cool tattoo on his forearm. Remember the days when guys would get tribal tats around their biceps? This tat seems like a better long term investment.

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Missoni Man

Missoni Man

TriBeCa
West Broadway and White St.

The luxury Italian Brand Missoni is the creator of this ubiquitous print seen here on this gentleman via his scarf. It’s a classic, non-trendy print, somewhat like cheetah print. Fashion comes and goes, but certain styles are timeless. A lot of this outfit is timeless in fact – the navy pea coat, the straight leg denim and brown wing tip shoes.

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