Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sporty Bomber

Sporty Bomber

West Village
Hudson and Morton St.

I spotted this guy while sitting across the street in the West Village with his girlfriend. Classic Air Jordans, a straight brim baseball hat and bomber jacket with logo all adds up to a sporty, casual look on a Saturday afternoon

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Squint

Squint

NoHo
Lafayette and Great Jones St.

Somebody get this guy some shades. Aside from his lack of sun protection, what he does have going for him is those hefty Red Wing boots which are the perfect combination of rugged yet urban. They are easily identifiable from their signature rusty brown/orange hue.

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Preview: David Spiro

Preview: David Spiro

David Spiro
Nolita

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. I’ll only be doing one post today as it’s a holiday but will be back tomorrow for more. For now, here is a preview of the very stylish David Spiro. Please check back Tuesday, December 3rd at 10:30 a.m. EST for a full profile on Mr. Spiro.

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Selfie

Selfie

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 24th St.

I caught this guy taking a selfie on his phone. The reason I knew it was a selfie and not him taking a picture of something else was because he kept primping, preening and posing with different facial expressions to get it just right. I admire that he did it so openly at such a busy intersection. I guess people also need an audience as well when they take pictures of themselves. But hey, he looks good so it’s all good.

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Grey Cardigan

Grey Cardigan

Lower East Side
Allen and Rivington

Yesterday’s post Clean Lines was just one example of how I would dress and here’s yet another example of an outfit that would suit me. What can I say? I love my blues, greys, shawl collars, button downs and dark denim.  I’ll also take brown footwear any day of the week.

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Clean Lines

Clean Lines

Nolita
Lafayette and Kenmare St.

This gentleman is my style twin. I even own the exact pair of J.Crew suede boots he’s wearing. Give me monochromatic in different shades, a good pair of sunglasses and jeans and some decent boots and I’m good to go. I like to keep it clean, simple and effortless just like my twin.

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Driving Shoes

Driving Shoes

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Bleecker St.

Driving shoes or driving moccasins are soft loafers with little rubber bumps for soles. They are very leisurely. I also equate them with being very Italian because the luxury label Tod’s from Italy makes the best and ahem….some of the most expensive pairs. I feel they instantly add that European touch as evidenced by this fellow.

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Cavan Valance On The Highline Part 2

Cavan Valance
The Highline

As promised here is Cavan on the Highline, this time wearing his navy shawl collar sweater that preps him up a bit. I noticed that as he was taking the sweater on and off to showcase him against different back drops, his hair kept re-arranging itself which gave him a different look in various shots. I was partial to the look where his hair made him seem slightly boyish; I’ll let you figure out which one that is. We did both agree that our favorite pick was the shot with him sitting down with his shades on, smiling. Even though all of these turned out great, sometimes you gotta have a fave.

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Black Jackets

Black Jackets

Midtown West
Columbus Circle

Yesterday’s post Texture was a great all black ensemble. Today’s post shows how to punch up a black base coat of black with some color and some contrast. The all black look can be sharp, sleek and even tough, but pairing black with different hues makes it more relaxed.

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Texture

Texture

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 23rd St.

It’s all about the detailing of texture here with this fellow’s ensemble. The quilting on his leather jacket, the lining at the knees of his motocross pants and even the netting on his cap are a great way to get playful without overstating or being loud with patterns or prints. His outfit is all black, but with all that texture it saves it from being bland. Digging the white Converse kicks and Gucci belt as well.

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Cavan Valance On The Highline

Cavan Valance
The Highline

Cavan and I spent the earlier part of a Sunday afternoon in early November shooting up on the Highline. I was a little wary of choosing that as a location since it has become such a tourist magnet, especially on the weekends, but logistically it was a good place for us to meet. Thankfully it wasn’t as mobbed as I thought it would be since the New York City marathon was taking place that day, so I think most of the crowds convened uptown much to my relief.

As per usual, wherever Cavan goes, there his trusty Martin Little guitar follows. It was put to good use as many of the people that passed us were intrigued to hear him sing his heart out and it was an idyllic setting to hear someone play live music. The shoot and the day felt pretty informal and Cavan dressed appropriately casual. His outfit consisted of a great vintage army jacket that he swiped from one of his brothers, a solid pink oxford button down shirt from Gap, form fitting jeans and a great pair of Ted Baker shoes. He swapped out the green jacket for a grey waist coat and I was surprised how one tiny piece of clothing made him look much more polished and somewhat of rock star in an instant. He also brought along a shall collar sweater that I was tempted to throw on myself since it was windy up there. That sweater can be seen in Monday’s post of him. For now, enjoy the view from the top. Top of the Highline that is.

Please check back on Monday morning for the second part of Cavan on the Highline.

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Throwback Thursday: The Beautiful Ones

Throwback Thursday: The Beautiful Ones

West Village
Bleecker and Perry St.

Last spring, there was one particularly gorgeous day where it seemed every third person I passed was worthy of the blog. This real life Ken and Barbie epitomized the quality of goods I was encountering that day. Just a typical spring day for them, strolling down Bleecker, looking like they stepped out of GQ and Vogue, respectively.

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Black Nylon

Black Nylon

Lower East Side
The New Museum

Sometimes describing a look as very “downtown” can sound so arbitrary. Yet at other times that phrasing can also hit the nail on the head. I’d say it’s applicable here with this fellow and the typical use of words in reference to downtown style – hip, cool, urbane. A spade is just a spade sometimes as well.

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Electric Blue

Electric Blue

SoHo
Spring and Sullivan St.

I don’t even like hats or electric blue for that matter, so why do I now want one after seeing how well this guy wears his? Such is the inspiration I see on other guys that gets me to change my mind. Never say never is the lesson here.

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Camel Coat

Camel Coat

Flatiron District
Broadway and 21st St.

Today is the first day I’m breaking out my top coat for fall. In honor of that occasion, I’m posting the first top coat shot I’ve taken this fall. This gent’s is slightly boxy which makes it look and feel more enveloping, a bit like a blanket. The tie of the scarf is excellent as well as are the frames of his glasses. He definitely likes his shades of brown.

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Man and Manhattan: Patrick Van Der Veen

Patrick Van Der Veen

The Stats:

Occupation: Sales
30,Lives in Amersfoort, Netherlands
6 foot, 180lbs, in a long-term relationship
Interests: Windsurfing, Skiing, Canyoning, Traveling – Austria, Corsica, Milan, Paris, New York

The Goods:

Favorite Brands: Suit Supply, Levi’s, Zara
Motorcycle: Honda VFR, Ducati
Grooming: Hair product – Joico paste, haircut every four weeks

The Links:

Twitter:@patrickwvdv
Instagram: @patrickwvdv, likes @High Men Style
Time Out New York: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/shopping/street-fashion-with-ehren-david-edralin-masculine-manhattan-blogger

Quote: “I love the easiness of being a guy”

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Introducing Patrick Van Der Veen


Patrick Van Der Veen
Lower East Side/SoHo

I had the good fortune of spending a Saturday afternoon with Patrick and his beautiful girlfriend Louise in SoHo and the Lower east side. The three of us went shopping and stopped along the way to take pictures of Patrick, who apparently cannot take a bad picture. This guy has no bad angles! In editing Patrick’s pictures, I was reduced to just cutting out the ones where the camera caught him blinking. But besides that, deciding which shots to use from this photogenic gentleman was a daunting task as they all seemed worthy of being posted. He bears a slight resemblance to reality star Bill Rancic of Donald Trump’s show The Apprentice or rather, I should say, Bill resembles him.

I met Patrick through the Time Out New York magazine piece I guest edited, where we stopped guys on the street to be featured in the street fashion column for the style section. He and Louise were strolling throughout Soho at the time and we exchanged info and re-connected a few days later. Upon our second meeting I noticed Patrick’s great shoes. Apparently before we met that day, he picked them up at a vintage store en route to see me. He took them off at one point to show me the label and lo and behold they were Allen Edmonds and he paid the bargain basement price of $15 for them. It was funny to realize he didn’t know that for a vintage store find, he actually chose some pretty prestigious shoes and according to Louise, he didn’t even like them at first, but she urged him to try them on and when he saw them on his feet he understood their wow factor. Patrick and I bonded over our love for the label Suits Supply which is actually native to his hometown of the Netherlands where he and Louise are from. They met when he was eighteen and she sixteen, at a bar and have been together for eleven years. They were visiting New York for a week and generously lent me a few hours of their time in the city to profile Patrick. We weaved in out of the quieter streets of the neighborhood and visited various boutiques unique to New York and besides Suit Supply, avoided any chain stores.

Patrick lives in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. He works in sales for the company Facilicom. I found him to be a very cheerful, laid back, friendly guy. A guy’s guy who rides a red Honda VFR motorcycle with a look to upgrade to a Ducati. A guy who likes to drink beer with his friends and is prone to watch any superhero movie. He even told me that he loves the easiness of being a guy and prefers stubble on his face because he feels it’s the mark of a man. Keeping in shape for him is a mixture of lifting weights, running and partaking in skiing in the winter and windsurfing in the summer. He and Louise let me in on the fact that he has a bit of a domestic streak as he likes to cook, bake and even enjoys cleaning the house.

Patrick’s style is very clean, a bit preppy and he likes to mix the casualness of jeans with the formality of blazers and dress shoes. His go to jeans are his Levi’s 508s but he sometimes switches gears by wearing colorful pants. With work it’s all about suits and one of his favorite pieces is a double breasted jacket from Suits Supply. Like me, he’s an informal, infrequent shopper, where there’s no specific goal or aim with clothes, but if he happens upon something that he likes, he’ll definitely scoop it up. He’s also a bit of an online shopper and visits the site Martkplaats.nl which is the Dutch version of eBay. For inspiration, he scouts the pics of High Men Style on Instagram and he hails the style and fashions of the men in Milan, praising their elegance and refinement. While in New York he emphasized the streets of SoHo as an area littered with great style. I find that very fitting, since that’s exactly where I encountered him in all his stylish glory.

Check Out Patrick in Time Out New York: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/shopping/street-fashion-with-ehren-david-edralin-masculine-manhattan-blogger

Please check back later today for another post on Patrick

For more information on Patrick email MasculineManhattan@gmail.com

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Pink Tee

Pink Tee

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 24th St.

Today was a pretty balmy day in New York. I saw coats, blazers, and sweaters all come off in favor of the first layer of clothing. I even saw a few tank tops today! Some people are extremists. This guy is the perfect example of removing the warmer layer to take advantage of warmer weather.

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Two Of A Kind

Two Of A Kind

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 23rd St.

With these fellas, they are both giving us the slim fit, straight leg jean look in a dark shade. On bachelor number one, the shade is navy and he pairs it with a graphic tee, gold watch and sneakers, while on bachelor number two, the shade is a black/blue and he sports it with sunglasses, a short sleeved plaid button down shirt and boots. Two dudes, similar denim, their own unique twist.

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Untucked

Untucked

Midtown South
7th Ave. and 28th St.

I was shooting a guy for the blog the other day and he asked me whether he should have his shirt tucked in or untucked. I told him that’s a loaded question because so many factors come into play – the type of shirt, outfit, pant, layering piece you wear with it etc. It’s all about proportions and theme of the outfit. This look is more casual, he’s wearing an everyday pair of jeans, so untucked looks more appropriate.

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The Opening

The Opening

West Village
Bleecker and Bank St.

A little ventilation keeps you cool if you tend to run warm. I like this shirt jacket with the double breast pockets. The way he has it opened up slightly towards the bottom creates an ease about the look. Nice touch with the way he flips the collar

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Cuffed

Cuffed

East Village
Third Ave and 12th St.

I’m a fan of a long sleeved button down shirt where you flip the cuffs and it displays a different pattern or print. On his shirt I also notice the subtle detail of the plaid on his chest pocket and placket in a diagonal direction.It’s a small detail but it saves the shirt from being just another plaid shirt.

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Throwback Thursday: CollegeHunks.com

Throwback Thursday: CollegeHunks.com

SoHo
Broome and Thompson St.

This is why I love New York. You step out of your door and you don’t get but a few feet when a bright orange truck labeled CollegeHunks.com is staring you right in the face. That’s what happened to me this past summer. I found out it is a moving service where the movers are students and their motto is “The University of stress-free service”. HUNKS stands for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable, Students. I got one of their “hunks” to pose for me in front of the truck and he was super chipper about it, even though it was so humid out and he was drenched with sweat after a big move. Service and picture taking with a smile.

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Throwback Thursday: Actor Dean Winters

Throwback Thursday: Actor Dean Winters

SoHo
Broome Street

I captured the great character actor Dean Winters strolling so freely around the corner from my apartment. I’ve actually been spotting him for years in SoHo, but I never had a blog back then, so it’s fitting that my latest encounter with him last summer be featured here. Do you have a favorite Dean Winters role? I’ve loved him in Sex and the City as Carrie’s fuck buddy (that’s the first time I’ve used the f word on the blog :)), Liz Lemon’s ex-boyfriend, Duffy on 30 Rock and even as the advertising character “Mayhem” in the All State insurance commercials. Ultimately though I will always choose him as Ryan O’Reilly in HBO’s cult prison drama OZ. If you haven’t already, I suggest a binge viewing of that show. Here, he rocks the all black look and I love how he’s without sunglasses, bags and not holding a phone. Go Ryan! I mean Dean. Lol

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Man and Manhattan: Cavan Valance

Cavan Valance

The Stats:
26, from Glen Cove, Long Island
Lives in New York City
Occupation: Retail management/Musician
6’1, 202 lbs
Interests: Cooking, Songwriting, Cross Fit – Swim/Bike/Run

The Goods:
Favorite Brands: Ralph Lauren, New Balance, Vintage, Tommy Hilfiger
Haircut: Barber’s Blueprint
Grooming: Hair – American Crew grooming cream, Cologne – Polo Black
Guitar: Martin Little 1x1e

The Links:
Twitter – @gleanermusic
Instagram – gleanermusic
Soundcloud – http://www.soundcloud.com/cavan-t-valance

Quote: “It’s important to be confident in the things you do”

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Introducing Cavan T. Valance


Cavan Valance
SoHo/TriBeCa

I met Cavan while he was strumming his guitar on Mercer St. in Soho. I was on my way to an appointment, as he was on a break from work. I noticed him playing and I asked to snap a few shots, while he sang and he agreed. Conscious of the time, I quickly said thank you while making a mad dash, but before I could get away he stopped me to take my info so that I could send him the pics. Realizing that he’d be a perfect subject for my site, I’m glad he chimed in before I left without a proper introduction as it would have been to my detriment because Cavan has turned out to be the consummate collaborator. We’ve met a few times and each time he has been so game, so open, fun loving, carefree, full of energy and willing to try anything. For example, I wanted a few shots of his tattoos, so he ripped his shirt off and we laughed at the absurdity of him being in a drafty alleyway in Tribeca on a brisk fall day with him shirtless like he was at the beach. There were hardly any serious or smoldering looks in that series of shots since the situation only warranted laughter. Suffice it to say, he totally brings his A game to the table and is very easy going. Taking so many photographs of Cavan, it’s obvious that the camera loves him (somebody get this guy a modeling contract stat!) But he’s more than just good looks. He’s got a lot of substance and enthusiasm and a very relaxed attitude.

Cavan is an aspiring musician/singer/songwriter. His music leans towards acoustic and rock and his aim is storytelling through song. It’s a passion of his that literally travels with him everywhere since I feel that his guitar is always by his side. It seemed to be the one constant fixture in our meetings. He grew up in Glen Cove, Long Island, the oldest in a set of four siblings in a big Italian/Irish family. Family is a big deal to him and speaks highly of his and of the one he’d like to one day create. He’s currently in retail management in Soho. Not that he can be put into a box, but Cavan has that all american vibe going on and he openly refers to himself as the “flip flops and tank tops guy”. He’s not big into high style or fashion as his wardrobe is a mix from the likes of Hollister to the more refined Ted Baker, but he’s just more prone to whatever appeals to his eye whatever the brand and is not a label snob. Designer wise he likes Ralph Lauren, specifically the Double RL line which is more rugged, rough and playful and is more his speed. He wears a suit well, but I get the sense that he likes clothes he can move in and not be so restricted since he’s very athletic. Hearing him talk of his mornings up at 5 a.m. to work out and how a marathon is too one note for him and that he prefers triathlons for more variety made my need for 9 hours of sleep a night seem a bit indulgent.

Fitness is very important to him and with six tattoos scattered around his torso, all the more reason he likes to keep his frame in shape. People who have tattoos attach meaning, stories or sentiment behind each one and the theme I noticed with Cavan’s ink was the poignancy of family. His tattoos range from one named after and commemorating his grandmother and great grandmother Virginia Rose, to an anchor with the letter M, which refers to mother, as she is his anchor and to the word Veritas, which stands for truth. The truth about Cavan is that he’s open to all the possibilities and takes advantage of every opportunity that comes his way.

Cavan’s tunes: http://www.soundcloud.com/Cavan-t-valance

Please check back later today for another post on Cavan

For more information on Cavan please email MasculineManhattan@gmail.com

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Boxer

Boxer

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 19th St.

I found this guy bypassing a slew of open cabs that all stopped to catch him as a fare, only to find that someone was picking him up as they hauled this box into the trunk. Him standing on the street gave me enough time to take a decent amount of shots. This is a great cold day outfit with his toggle coat, hat and scarf. I prefer dressing like this on colder days as opposed to any sort of puffy coat or bubble jacket.

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Grey Denim

Grey Denim

Union Square
17th St. and Broadway

I have the perfect pair of grey jeans from All Saints I bought last summer that I have yet to take to my tailor. After stopping this guy to take his picture with his nice slim pair, hopefully it will light a fire under me to check it off my to do list. I also like his charcoal bomber jacket and how he slides in the color with his green plaid shirt and burgundy boots

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Sunday Morning Coffee Run

Sunday Morning Coffee Run

West Village
West 4th and 12th St.

I took this shot early Sunday morning on my way to a breakfast meeting. What I love about his look is that it’s the perfect casual weekend day look. He didn’t step out of his apartment to grab coffee in some lazy sweats or worse, pajamas. He still made the effort to look put together but in a relaxed sort of way. It feels thrown together without much thought or effort for a Sunday morning errand, but it still manages to look presentable and not sloppy or slovenly.

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Labeled Up

Labeled Up

Chelsea
Blue Bottle Coffee

Labels, labels, labels. This guy has aplenty.Even his coffee cup has a label. I think when an outfit is more athletic and sport related, there tends to be more of stamp with labels. His bike from Bianchi is pretty stylin’ in the white shade and he got a lot of compliments on it from people passing by.

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Men in Black

Men in Black

Nolita
Prince and Mulberry St.

I couldn’t resist the play on words as it seemed to be very apropos. I found these two to be quite identical yet very individual at the same time. Just goes to show that no matter how uniform a look, each guy can make it his own.

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Striding Down Kenmare

Striding Down Kenmare

Nolita
Kenmare and Cleveland Place

Some guys can stroll down streets better than others.When you think about it, for most of us the streets are the only runway that we’ll ever get to walk and the passersby are our audience, so might as well give them something nice to look at. I honestly feel if you’re dressed well it changes your molecules and something happens to your gait, your posture, your stride, not to mention the attention you get.

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Natural Body

Natural Body

Upper East Side
75th and Lexington

I like how the wording on his t-shirt is modeled after the Superman logo, naturally 🙂

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Noise Blocker

Noise Blocker

Chelsea
Chelsea Market

Today is a particularly grey day in New York, so I wanted to post a pic with color for some pick me up. I spotted this gent on his phone and his stance seemed all too familiar with him covering his ear while trying to converse to cancel out the racket of loud trucks that were on the street. I feel whenever I have to make a phone call outdoors, I have to find a quiet side street. But enough carping. I like this guy’s arm game with the tatts and the gold watch. It’s also been a while since I’ve seen a t-shirt tucked in the way he does. It’s a rare feat to be able to pull that off, but somehow he gets the proportions right.

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One on One

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Lower East Side
Chrystie and Houston St.

The competition was pretty fierce among these two. It was fun watching them try and kick each other’s asses. The trash talking was hilarious as well. For the sake of diplomacy, I won’t reveal who was the better player or who scored more points. I’ll leave that between the three of us.

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Fitted Hoodie

Fitted Hoodie

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 19th St.

Now this is my kind of hoodie – fitted and shapely as opposed to baggy and oversize which is how most people tend to wear them. It can still be a casual, throw on piece, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be unsightly.

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Grey Day

Grey Day

NoMad
Madison and 27th St.

Grey is a neutral that I love. I like to pair it with color. The coloring here comes from his skin tone and his tattoo.

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Black Quilted Vest

Black Quilted Vest

Midtown East
54th and Lexington

Typically midtown is swarming with business casual looks and suits. The obligatory button down shirt with slacks combo leaves not much room for diversity, so as it gets colder, it’s up to the warm layer gear to do the work . The quilted vest here with various pockets, zippers, snap buttons and stand up collar, adds texture to his conservative outfit.

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Mad For Plaid

Mad For Plaid

SoHo
Broome and Crosby St.

I was in the GANT Rugger store yesterday in Nolita talking to two guys I’ll be photographing about planning outfits and I asked them both if we could do shots where they’re wearing something other than plaid. One of the guys said “But I love plaid”, the other fellow agreed and I too fell in line with that declaration. So much for variety!

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Kept In Check

Grey Plaid Blazer

Upper West Side
72nd and Broadway

I like how he takes this blazer in grey plaid to punch up a very common look of shirt and jeans. Nothing like a little lift to elevate an outfit. This is also my second post of catching a guy with the rarity of earrings. Maybe they’re making a comeback.

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