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
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