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“Loving On The Weekday” by Justin Stein

Justin Stein
Chelsea/Maritime Hotel

“Loving On The Weekday” is the catchy new tune from soul-stained pop/R&B singer/songwriter Justin Stein produced by Vaughn Elsas. Meeting Justin and his girlfriend Julia has been a real treat. I got to see his his makeshift studio in his apartment, hear his music in progress, as well as raid his closet to style and take some upcoming pictures for the blog. Some of his highlights from his bio include touring the country in his teens as the opening act for the likes of Raven-Symone, Jordin Sparks, Jesse McCartney and Corbin Bleu, being invited to attend the Clive Davis of Recorded Music program at NYU and headlining The Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert featuring Questlove of The Roots.

Justin’s tunes are pretty infectious and there was one unreleased track he played me that was pretty darn sexy. The guy’s got soul, pipes, style, the look, charisma and moves. All the ingredients that I hope will have his star rise deservedly so.

Check out the track on Soundcloud and follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

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Mixed Martial Arts Artist Chris Rini

Chris Rini

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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 ( 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, 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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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:
Instagram: @vapv


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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: &
Supporter of:
Garrett’s Blog:


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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 –, 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

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Man and Manhattan: David Spiro

Man and Manhattan: David Spiro

David Spiro

The Stats:

Occupation: Founder of Elevatr (
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:

Twitter: @spiroD123
Instagram: SPIROD123

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Introducing David Spiro

David Spiro

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 ( 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 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.

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

Check him out in Time Out New York magazine:

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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:

Instagram: @patrickwvdv, likes @High Men Style
Time Out New York:

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 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:

Please check back later today for another post on Patrick

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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 –

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

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Introducing Cavan T. Valance

Cavan Valance

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:

Please check back later today for another post on Cavan

For more information on Cavan please email

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