Monthly Archives: December 2013

Last One

Last One

Lower East Side
Chrystie and Rivington St.

I have a cigarette about once every three months. I cannot wait for my last one of 2013. I’m going to enjoy it like I did this year. Thanks for helping me to build this blog this year. I couldn’t do it without you and why would I want to?

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For Jules

For Jules

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 15th St.

I recently re-connected with my old college friend Julie whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. It was like no time had passed at all during our reunion. On one of our recent outings together we spotted this super cool looking dude. That hat, that leather and those shades mixed with the hoodie and tight black jeans cemented the swagger he was pulling off that day and of course Julie was quite enamored by it all so I dedicate this post to her.

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Mixed Plaids

Mixed Plaids

Lower East Side
Essex and Hester St.

As a huge lover of plaid this shirt has my name written all over it. I’m dying over the mixture of plaids merged into one shirt, from the torso to the pockets and the sleeves – it’s a great shirt that I covet.

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Dylan Ostrow on Kenmare

Derek on Kenmare

Nolita
Kenmare and Mott St.

I stopped Dylan on a Sunday stroll and asked to take his picture. He was up for it. I mainly like his green denim that matched his camo backpack and that he was wearing bracelets as well. His outfit was centered around earth tones which is great if you’re going for more subtle color.

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Flash of Red

Flash of Red

Greenwich Village
5th Ave. and 12th St.

Red is one of the best colors to pick up the drab winter weather wardrobe as displayed by this guy. It just gives it that nice pop and is best done through the accessories – hats, gloves, layering piece etc.

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Fur Trimmed Hood

Fur Trimmed Hood

Greenwich Village
Greenwich Ave. and Christopher St.

There’s something about that fur hood that makes his Canada Goose coat way more appealing. I probably would not have taken his picture without it. It’s what is known as a deal breaker in the picture selection process 🙂

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In Love

In Love

Nolita
Prince and Lafayette St.

Happy Holidays to all my faithful viewers and followers. My blog is about style, but it’s also about the love of people. I owe a lot of thanks to all the guys I encounter and meet on the streets and all the people who like to see how I capture them and who take the time to read my posts. This blog wouldn’t exist without your help!

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Man and Manhattan: Sean Avery

Man and Manhattan: Sean Avery

Sean Avery
Nolita/Cafe Gitane

I spotted former New York Rangers, HHL star Sean Avery having brunch outside Cafe Gitane on a warm December day this past Sunday. I’ve always viewed Mr. Avery as the epitome of the “man about town” – young, cool, stylish, urbane, handsome, always seemingly has a beautiful woman on his arm (currently engaged to Victoria’s Secret model Hilary Rhoda). He is famous for sure, but is no world superstar, so he blends in perfectly with other New Yorkers and is not one of those tacky celebs. Sean is not your typical jock since he’s well known for his cool sense of style and ties to the fashion world and his ability to dabble in worthy projects. He has interned at Vogue, guest judged on Project Runway, has helped to open cool downtown restaurants that New Yorkers actually eat at, not tourists, is a huge supporter of marriage equality and gay rights and upon googling him, one of his best pals is gay icon Andy Cohen. Sunday’s brunch outfit was a black and white combo with his tats showing to take advantage of the spring like temperatures.

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Mixed Martial Arts Artist Chris Rini

Chris Rini
Harlem

Purchase a Chris Rini limited edition poster and t-shirt:

http://rinimma.myshopify.com/,

http://eastcoastmma.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=Renzo+Gracie&product_id=566

Last summer artist and columnist Chris Rini sent me a message on Facebook complimenting my blog and introducing me to his work. As a fine artist, his focus is on illustrations on woodwork featuring the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, while as a columnist he contributes regularly to The Fightland division of Vice magazine (http://fightland.vice.com/author/chris-rini) writing about the historical moments in mixed martial arts. Our correspondence lead him to invite me over to his studio to take pictures of his work and the space where he creates. Meeting someone who has a keen interest in MMA and who merged it to his work as a visual artist was quite interesting and seems very fitting since MMA is a mix of fighting disciplines and styles. Viewing Chris’ work I was struck at how poetic and fluid he made the tough sport seem through his drawings and use of color. Hearing him describe his pieces was fascinating as there was so much back story behind each one and the way he illustrated each piece gave such a visceral effect since he employs several techniques to bring his work to life.

Chris is a native New Yorker from Ridgewood Queens who studied at F.I.T who to earn his Bachelor’s degree at Hunter College in Fine Art. Most of his time was devoted to doing figurative work and he also studied sculpture. A meditation retreat lead him to an epiphany about marrying his love of MMA with his skill at drawing as an artist. It’s work that he passionately draws and writes about, so much so, he fortuitously wrote some posts on the site Reddit.com, where Vice magazine reached out to do a feature on him, which in turn led to an invite to write a bi-weekly column for Fightland at Vice. When Chris informed me that a t-shirt of one of his illustrations of legendary fighter Renzo Gracie was being produced by East Coast MMA  I knew it was a perfect tie in to my blog. Him being a Manhattanite, his great art featuring masculinity, and a t-shirt styled from his work is yet another great mix.

Follow Chris: Twitter: @Chris_Rini, Instagram: @Rinimma

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The Contractor

The Contractor

Greenwich Village
MacDougal and Minetta Lane

Another great tattoo sleeve, this time courtesy of a contractor taking a break from building out a store in the Village. It was pretty cold that day, but it was still t-shirt weather for him.

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I Want

I Want

SoHo
Prince and Crosby St.

I want that shirt he’s wearing, I want those jeans, I want those boots, I want those shades. Hell, I don’t like bags at all, much less carrying a camera around, but I have to for this damn blog (just playin’), and I want his bag. I even want a strand of hair to fall on my forehead just like his.

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Garrett McCarthy for Bonobos

Garrett McCarthy
Bonobos Guideshop, 35 Crosby St./SoHo, NYC

Once again, give it up for Garrett. Doesn’t Garrett make a great model for Bonobos? This was yet another case of him making it hard on me to decide which shots to use, since there were many to choose from. I guess there are bigger problems to have. I will say anything where we shot with that handsome couch I was partial to, but for variety sake we worked the whole room.

I do have to mention the great staff at the Guideshop who were very hospitable, helpful, friendly and allowed us a fun afternoon to play dress up. Lindsey, Regan, Giulia and Jon gave us room and autonomy in their work environment and entertained us with easy tunes that Garrett seemed to know all the words to. Lindsey, a Bonobos guide was helpful in helping Garrett match some items to create a great look. I pitched in as well by choosing the denim, but maintained that whatever he wore, it had to be Garrett’s choice since my blog is about men’s personal style and my dictates have to kept to a minimum at best. Erin came down from the offices in the Flatiron District to lend her support and to meet the man of the hour. All in all it was a great way to spend a rainy, snowy Tuesday afternoon.

To say that Bonobos is a fun, hassle free place to pick up some last minute gifts is an understatement. They take the guess work out of choosing great items for the guys in your life. It’s inclusive, stylish, functional with great fit being an integral part of making guys look super dapper. I must reiterate that if you’re down in Soho, doing some shopping or browsing, go check out their awesome Guideshop at 35 Crosby Street.

Shop and check them out on all their links:

http://www.bonobos.com/

http://www.bonobos.com/guideshop

Instagram: @Bonobos @Bonobosguides

Twitter: @Bonobos

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Garrett McCarthy At Bonobos Guideshop

Garrett McCarthy
Bonobos Guideshop, 35 Crosby St./SoHo, NYC

For anyone who doubts that hastags actually work, my blog is living proof that they do. The very gracious and beautiful Erin Grant who is a Public Relations Associate for the menswear e-commerce brand Bonobos found me via a Bonobos hashtag I used for the original post I did on Garrett McCarthy who’s featured on my site. She reached out to me with a nice email and extended an invitation to their holiday party at the brand’s Guideshop on Crosby street. Meeting her in person was even better than our email correspondence since she showed nothing but enthusiasm for my work and the guys and style on the blog. The woman is encouragement personified! Erin went one step further and invited me to shoot pictures of the store and of course I had to choose Garrett to be featured in those shots since he was the catalyst that connected us. If you’ve seen Garrett’s prior posts you know he brings it and he does not disappoint here. He and Bonobos fit like a glove. He certainly does the brand justice with the way he wears it and vice versa. This will be the first of two posts today with him rocking Bonobos, so stay tuned later this afternoon. Garrett, like me, is also a fan of the brand and from a business standpoint has admired the way they have grown the company and is even fraternity brothers with CEO Andy Dunn at Sigma Chi.If you want to purchase anything you see Garrett wearing, click on the photos for all the details.

I’ve been a huge fan of Bonobos since their inception back in 2007 and I’ll never forget one of the rare sample sales they held in their former office digs years ago, where I scored a braided belt that I still wear to this day for ten bucks plus some polos that have become my go-tos when I don’t want to think about what to wear. Also the fact that they served free beer while you shopped won my loyalty to them. It is a great guy-centric menswear brand that has mainly had an online presence but have since expanded to brick and mortar Guideshops throughout the U.S. For those in New York, I highly recommend visiting the Crosby street store, since the staff there is amazing and so hospitable. You can make an appointment or walk in, but either way it feels like you’re trying clothes on in a cozy living room as opposed to your typical retail environment.

Bonobos, both online (http://www.bonobos.com/) and at the Guideshops (http://www.bonobos.com/guideshop), is a great place to pick up any last minute gifts for the men in your life or to my male readers, to score some nice threads for yourself to look great at all your holiday festivities and to keep you looking good all winter. Their gift bundle packages are a superb idea and well designed. Specifically for the Guideshops, here is some easy info:

    • Guideshops:
      • Electronic Wish List– Bonobos Guides will make an electronic wish list from your most coveted items, complete with photos, prices, sales, and link. They will send these wish lists to you personal contacts of choice!
  • Seasonal Bundles Curated by Bonobos designers
    • Guideshop gift card experience– gift cards can ONLY be purchased at Guidehshops. Everyone likes a new/exciting experience, so give your guy a Guidehsop gift card and book him a time where you can both go in and pick out/ get fitted in some new duds.
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Cavan at Wooster St. Social Club

Cavan Valance
Wooster St. Social Club/SoHo

It was one of those rare Friday nights when I had nothing planned for the evening, so it was to my surprise when Cavan hit me up with a text the minute I walked into my apartment from a long day at work to invite me to a party at the Wooster St. Social Club a few blocks away from where I live. He just got off work himself which was located down the street and since I was super close myself, I decided to drop by.

The occasion was for a great cause. His good friend Tatiana was an organizer of an event hosted Global Humanitaria USA co-sponsored with Miami Ink and NY Ink star Ami James of the two hit reality programs on TLC. The party was for the launch of the “Brick by Brick” Children’s Shelter Campaign to support the fight against child sexual exploitation in Cambodia. A worthy cause if there ever was one. So many people came out to support the event and I was moved by the speeches given by the organizers/partners and Mr.James himself offered a great testimony as to why he felt the need to support it through the notoriety of his tattoo shop. Since it is the holiday season and if you’re feeling the need to donate to a worthwhile campaign please visit Global Humanitaria’s website for more information and a complete rundown of what they do (see link below). Being generous and having an open heart is always in style and is not relegated to just the holidays!

http://www.globalhumanitariausa.org

To view more posts of Cavan, click the tag below with his name.

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Matching Hat

Matching Hat

SoHo
Crosby St.

A hat person, I am not, but I always admire guys on the street who wear them well and make them look cool such a this guy. Here he matches his hat to his shirt but there is this nice offset with the wild pattern, seemingly paint splattered and colored sneakers. The one rip in his jeans on the knee, also seems to be strategically placed.

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Coffee & Briefcase

Coffee & Briefcase

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Bleecker St.

Love the way this guy is two fisting it in the more professional manner with a coffee and briefcase from Jack Spade. It’s common sense and somewhat of an unwritten style rule, but blue and brown are two of the best colors to pair together that compliment each other well.

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Unzipped Boots

Unzipped Boots

Lower Manhattan
City Hall

Not only did this fellow have his jeans tucked into his boots, but the boots themselves were zipped all the way down so that the top half flopped around. A unique way to anchor the look to say the least. I’ve also never seen a quilted jacket like his with lapels instead of the standard stand up collar or hood.

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Coat less

Coat less

TriBeCa
Warren and West Broadway

It’s pretty cold out in New York, but even with the frigid temperatures, you’ll always find the guy who defies the weather and puts style over comfort. It was interesting to note that most of the people walking by him and surrounding him were bundled in heavy black and/or puffy coats but he stood out.

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Military Peacoat

Miltary Peacoat

Flatiron District
Broadway and 23rd St.

It’s pretty much black coat weather/season this time of year. The streets are blanketed with it. If must wear basic black at least make it a bit stylish with some details like this guy – double breasted, military style, slanted flack pockets, a nice collar and of course a good fit.

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Throwback Thursday: Fur Shawl

Throwback Thursday: Fur Shawl

SoHo
Spring and Crosby St.

When I began compiling pictures for the blog last winter, this was one of the first guys I shot. No matter what your attitude towards fur, you can understand why I was immediately drawn to his coat and collar. The color combo itself deserves a thumbs up.

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Well Suited

Well Suited

SoHo
Broome and Thompson St.

A polka dot tie and a pinstripe suit make for one of my favorite combos. I think a suit should be well tailored yet playful as this guy demonstrates.

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Grocery Day

Grocery Day

West Village
West 4th and Barrow St.

There is some great layering going on with this fella’s outfit. Different colors, patterns and textures all add up to weight and heft in his outfit without the bulk. The green,blue and brown combo also give nice visual stimulation.

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Man and Manhattan: Andrew Parietti

Man and Manhattan: Andrew Parietti

Andrew Parietti
West Village

The Stats:

26, from Seattle, Washington
Lives in Williamsburg
Occupation: Partner in label Outoor Voices

The Goods:

Favorite Brands: Nike, Robert Geller, Norse Projects, Alexander Wang
Shops at: Totokaelo, Odin, Bird, Assembly and Saturdays Surf
Favorite Bar: Basik
Favorite Restaurants: ABC Kitchen, Mission Chinese, Peter Luger Steakhouse
Interests: Running, coffee and attending live music shows
Coffee Spot: LaColombe in TriBeCa
Inspired by: Artist Paul Octavious, people watching in Tompkins Square Park, everyday street fashion and the individuality of Nick Wooster

The Links:

http://outdoor-voices.com/
http://qc-wc.com/
Instagram: @vapv
http://totokaelo.com/

 

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Chilly in Chelsea

Chelsea
10th Ave. and 19th St.

I was gallery hopping on a Saturday afternoon in Chelsea and it was frigid out. I was surprised to find this French gentleman sitting outside without a coat working on his laptop. He was a very friendly Frenchie who was all smiles, polite and cheerfully agreed to let me take his picture while he tapped away on his laptop. He even said “my pleasure”. Most of my French friends are the most stylish friends I have, but rarely are they as sunny as this one.

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Stand Up

Stand Up

Union Square
18th and Broadway

I was with my subject Garrett from the blog (Hi Garrett) when I spotted this fellow. Good thing he was there as I was distracted talking to him and we both saw him and all I remember was Garrett barking at me “get him, get him” with my camera. The consensus between us was that his monk strap shoes were pretty solid, while I personally liked the collar of his four button peacoat and the maroon color of his pants.

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Man and Manhattan: Garrett McCarthy

Garrett McCarthy
Lower East Side/Union Square

The Stats:

Occupation: EMT, Firefighter, Emerging Menswear Designer, Model
23, 6’3”, 180lbs, lives in Murray Hill
Originally from Chicago, Illinois
Attended Wabash College, Indiana

The Goods:

Favorite Brands: Older, heritage, Americana, Classic -Barbour, L.L. Bean, Brooks Brothers, Kiel James Patrick, Gant by Michael Bastian, Gant Rugger, Jack Spade
Garrett’s Own Label: Fargo Boulevard – Coming Soon!
Favorite Neighborhood: West Village
Favorite Restaurants: Waverly Inn, Red Rooster, Villard Michel Richard
Teams: Chicago representin’ – The Cubs, The Bears, The Blackhawks
Sports: Hockey, Lacrosse
Interests: Design, Menswear, Tech, History, Architecture

The Links:

Garrett has a huge social media presence and is quite active on all his platforms. Add to his number of followers, fans.

Twitter: @GarrettMcCarthy, likes @CollegePrepster
Instagram: @GarrettMcCarthy
Company: FargoBoulevard.com & Facebook.com/FargoBoulevard
Supporter of: KielJamesPatrick.com
Garrett’s Blog: Goodpeoplegofar.com

 

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Introducing Garrett McCarthy

Garrett McCarthy
Lower East Side/Union Square

The words preppy, waspy and plaid immediately spring to mind when describing Garrett. That’s not to say he can be summed up with just three words, but those three most certainly suit Mr. McCarthy as I can easily picture him conducting his daily routine in some preppy east coast enclave reminiscent of the back drop of a glossy Ralph Lauren advertisement, be it Nantucket, Greenwich, Connecticut or Newport, Rhode Island. The truth is Garrett is actually a well mannered, even keel, down to earth guy from the Midwest (Do they make them any other way out there?). Also, the guy may dress preppy, but he does it in a way where he doesn’t take that label too seriously and where it comes across as relaxed, urban, classic and not a caricature. It’s what suits him, he wears it well and to each his own.

Garrett is a man of many hats. His varied interests include history, technology, religion and philosophy, he’s a voracious reader of books, has a head for business and has impressive taste in restaurants for someone relatively new to the city. He works part time as an EMT for Central Park, is also a fire fighter and takes great pride in his ability to save lives. He studied development neuroscience at an all male university, yet has a strong passion for design and menswear, as he appreciates the aesthetic of men’s clothes. He is currently working on building his own label/menswear line entitled Fargo Boulevard, with a slow roll out beginning with ties, while he’s also on his way to interning at a reputable design house where he hopes to learn more about the craft and trade he clearly has an eye for. A blog that he publishes – Goodpeoplegofar.com, focuses on architecture and design that he connects to apparel, since he states that “clothing is architecture that you wear”. His aesthetic taste leans towards older, heritage or classic brands with an emphasis on academia. His other part time job at the Gant Rugger store in Nolita connects him to two men he admires in men’s fashion – Christopher Bastin, creative director of Gant and Michael Bastian who designs an eponymous line for Gant.

Shooting Garrett has been a breeze, since he has done some modeling, I just let him do his thing – a smile here, a lean there and literally the rest takes care of itself. The one thing I did notice in editing his shots was that he possesses the ability to look youthful and slightly baby faced, yet at other times more mature, smoldering and a bit of a matinee idol from the 1950’s. As I mentioned above, plaid is one of his signatures. He even jokes it’s his favorite color. I did make a reference to him in an earlier post a few weeks back about how I was discussing shooting him in something other than plaid, but he declared he loved it so. I get that, as he was preaching to the choir, since he and I could have a plaid contest to see who owns more, though something tells me he might edge me out a bit, but not by much.

Garrett will be featured in the blog periodically. Check back later this afternoon for another post on him.

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

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Casual Plaid

Casual Plaid

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Canal St.

This is the type of outfit I would wear on my day off or walking around the city running my errands. I have way too many plaid shirts for my own good, but whatever, I look good in all of them. This guy is perfectly encapsulating how to be laid back, cool and casual.

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Man and Manhattan: David Spiro

Man and Manhattan: David Spiro

David Spiro

The Stats:

Occupation: Founder of Elevatr (Elevatr.com)
23, Lives in Murray Hill
Attended University of Michigan

The Goods:

Favorite Brands: Luigi Bianchi, Topman, Paul Stuart
Grooming: Barbershop at 8 Rivington, Hair product – Natty Paste
Favorite Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, Lower East Side, DUMBO
Bars: The Wayland, Experimental Cocktail Club, Raines Law Room
Drink: The Banjo at the Wayland
Restaurants: Freeman’s, La Esquina, Parisi
Music: 80’s/90’s Hip Hop – Gang Starr, Slick Rick, KRS One, Nas, Jay-Z (Reasonable Doubt years), Big Daddy Kane
Interests: Anything Tech, exploring neighborhoods
Sports: Basketball and Baseball

The Links:

Company: Elevatr.com
Twitter: @spiroD123
Instagram: SPIROD123

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Introducing David Spiro



David Spiro
Nolita

There’s a well known quote from Woody Allen where he states, “Eighty percent of success is showing up”. I feel that quote can be applied to Mr. Spiro, but I would amend that statement and adjust it to one hundred percent for David as he was always on point and sharply dressed for our mutual 1 p.m. lunch hour meetings to take shots of him. It was a pleasure to get David in front of the camera because his style is very playful, whimsical and he has the guts to mix things up. I admire his inventiveness to color outside of the lines where his style is concerned because I am more traditional and uniform in my way of dressing. I like simple, monochromatic, quality and easy. I like to know that all my items can be thrown together without much thought where I look good and can simply get the eff out of the apartment! So to see someone like David go a bit against the grain in his manner of dress was a treat.

David is the founder and operator of the company Elevatr (elevatr.com) which is an innovative app whose aim is to help get start ups off the ground and build and mold them into reputable companies. He strikes me as that polite Jewish kid from Livingston, New Jersey but with a slight edge as he loves early 80’s and late 90’s hip hop music. You would think that he pores over copies of and studies GQ and Details religiously and obsessively checks the deals on GiltMan.com just by looking at him. But nothing could be farther from the truth as he is a self-professed tech junkie who actually spends most of his time developing his business and a lot of his spare time reading tech magazines and websites that I’ve never heard of. Sites such as Hacker News and Union Square Ventures fall out his mouth more easily rather than the latest, hottest menswear designer of the moment. It just goes to show, that you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

He regaled me with stories from his youth about trips into the city on the weekends from the suburbs to purchase items that would not be worn by his mall attired classmates in high school and how he continued his flair for originality throughout college to a certain degree. What I came to understand about him is that he naturally has this gravitational pull towards some of the more in-the-know brands. A great story he told me was how he was encouraged to go to a sample sale by a friend and he showed up during the latter end of it where at that point, as any hardcore sample saler worth their salt knows, you’re more likely to find slim pickings and things you wouldn’t even give the relatives that annoy you as gifts. To his luck, he spotted a mixed patterned blazer, tried it on and it fit him like a glove. That blazer, to be seen in a future post, was from the super hot menswear label Ovadia & Sons. David didn’t have an inkling who they were and because it fit his frame and he liked the style he purchased it. Such is just one instance where that seems to be a regular occurrence with him.

Sometimes during his lunch breaks he heads over to his favorite neighborhood, the Lower East Side and checks out the one-off stores and boutiques where he knows they aren’t mass producing items. When we get together, and he tells me where he found one of his pieces, it’s always from one of those highly curated stores featuring cult labels. His wardrobe, like most of us in New York has sprinklings of the big chains, but he prefers to stick with lesser known labels to set himself apart. He does that with ease. So much so, I purposely used full body shots with him because one of his signatures are his rolled up pants to reveal his patterned or colorful socks. I refer to him as the sock man, because his sock game is no joke. It’s a fun thing he likes to do to make things pop below the knees. I think it’s safe to say that clothes wise, with David, everything pops.

I do have a bit of history with David as I actually shot him on the street last spring (see link below), way before we were officially introduced. To be able to capture him more in depth is a cool full circle moment. He will be featured in the blog periodically with several upcoming posts.

http://masculinemanhattan.com/2013/07/01/buttoned-up/

Please check back later this afternoon for another post on David. For more information on David email MasculineManhattan.com

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

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Calvin Dutton

Calvin Dutton

West Chelsea
10th Ave. and 27th St.

As I was walking up Tenth Avenue on my way to watch a friend’s football game, I noticed a slew of people unsuccessfully trying to hail cabs as it was that particular time of day when the shift changes. Such a circumstance led me to stumble upon Calvin also making the attempt. I noticed his bright yellow Nike high tops from across the way and dashed traffic to his side of the street to ask to take his photograph which he kindly agreed to. I love the way Calvin mixed his grey top coat with a cool and casual outfit underneath and gave a splash of color with his kicks and they way he rolled up his jeans to give them full exposure. I guess there is an upside to the no cabs quandary we in the city find ourselves in from time to time.

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