Tag Archives: Boots

Good On A Bike

Good On A Bike
Chelsea
8th Avenue and 23rd St.

Biking around the city is often times geared towards more athletic clothing since it can feel like more of a sport than a leisurely mode of transportation. I’m more of the camp that would wear my work or going out outfit on the bike rather than carry a bag and change once I got to my destination. This is New York! Who has time for all of that.

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White Jeans

White Jeans
West Village
Hudson and Christopher St.

It’s officially summer in the city and bring on the slew of white jeans. I personally can’t bring myself to go this white, so I’ve opted for a stone, grey, light wash that feels less vibrant white. I didn’t realize how much wear they would get, but I’ve been seduced by light jeans.

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Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

West Village
Greenwich Ave and 10th St.

How nice to see a proper hat in sea of baseball caps. His accessories game is pretty tight with this ensemble and he’s even sporting some colored nails.

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Blue Vest

Blue Vest

SoHo
West Broadway and Broome St.

A vest is something that is just not in my own personal wardrobe vernacular and yet having seen this one it inspires me. I don’t necessarily want one, but seeing how this guy makes it look so fly is worth pondering the purchase of a vest should I ever find one that looks right for me.

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Classic Ralph

Classic Ralph

Greenwich Village
5th Avenue and 10th St.

No matter which way the winds blow in fashion, style or trends, there are some things that never seem to be impacted by trends. The iconic Ralph Lauren polo player logo seems like it will always be a solid fact of life, just like the Nike swoosh. I certainly don’t see it as much as back in the day, but whenever it does appear it’s like an old friend you’re always happy to see.

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Black Levi’s

Black Levi's

SoHo
Prince and Sullivan St.

With all the great premium denim out there from Rag & Bone, to J Brand, to A.P.C. et al., sometimes it’s nice to stick to the tried and true classics like Levi’s. As long as you nail the fit and wash, you’re good to go.

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Color Block Jacket

Color Block Jacket

Hudson Square
Varick and Charlton St.

Color blocking is a nice way to break up the monotony of solid color apparel. The red and blue on this jacket is a nice compliment to each other. I also like that the hood is actually being worn and being utilized.

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Military Leather

Military Leather

Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and 9th St.

This is one of my favorite leather pieces of seen on the streets. What can I say? – I’m a sucker for the four pocket jacket.

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Burgundy Coat

Burgundy Coat

SoHo
Broome and Lafayette St.

I’ve actually seen this type of double breasted coat all over town all winter but only in shades of black, brown or navy. The monotony finally gets broken up with a rich wine hued burgundy shade that this guy wears with a matching tie and even the boots. Nice touch.

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Neon Sweater

Neon Sweater

SoHo
Broome and Lafayette

I was inside the menswear store Odin in Soho perusing the racks of drool worthy clothes and labels and afterwards, when I stepped out I ran into this visitor from Australia who let me talk his picture after I complimented his waffle like, bright neon sweater. He even urged me to peek at the tag on the back of his sweater to read the label since he couldn’t remember where he got it offhand and lo and behold it was from the British brand Folk who were prominently displayed in Odin. I guess it was kismet.

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Uniform Dressing

Uniform Dressing

SoHo
6th Ave. and Spring St.

Blue button shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Check. Fitted blue jeans worn in just so. Check. Brown desert or chukka boots. Check. All of these add up to a uniform way of dressing for me personally. It’s not about wearing the same thing everyday, but having a simplified way of knowing what works well and having a variation of that same look. It makes life easier.

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Coffee & Cigarettes

Coffee & Cigarettes

SoHo
Prince and Crosby St.

The ultimate break time combo – caffeine and nicotine on display here. The aqua green color of his printed shirt, grey jeans and tan boots are another great combo.

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Urban Lumberjack

Urban Lumberjack

NoLIta
Prince and Mulberry St.

I think the title of this post is very apropos. It’s the perfect mix of Maine and Manhattan. Those frames on his face look great and a white henley peeking out from all those cold weather layers is so fresh.

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Fanning Out

Fanning Out

David Spiro
Lower east side/ Extra Place and 1st St.

I was a huge fan of this coat worn by Mr. Spiro on one of our outings. The length, the color, the fabric, the cut and lapels all appealed to my taste. I also dug the fact that he paired it with some black jeans to contrast the lightness of the coat. Also, check out those killer boots he’s wearing.

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Urban Cowboy

Urban Cowboy

TriBeCa
Hudson and North Moore

This fellow is giving his best urban western look with that denim shirt and scarf underneath. It’s part city slick and city cowboy.

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A Pair of Red Wings

A Pair of Red Wings

Greenwich Village
Thompson and Bleecker

Red Wing boots are functional and stylish at the same time and are simply a great winter boot period. I wouldn’t even mind if a friend of mine was wearing his at the same time. Not into the twins look, but for Red Wings I’d make an exception.

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Shipley & Halmos Pop Up Store

Shipley & Halmos
385 Canal Street/ Open until February 23rd

The American menswear brand Shipley & Halmos is the eponymous line of Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos. It has a great laid back feel with a very west coast vibe mixed with an east coast aesthetic. I’ve always loved the cut and quality of their clothes and they are the rare brand that fits right off the rack for me, requiring very little tailoring. I’ve been a huge fan of their gear ever since I first discovered them in Barney’s back in 2009; so to stumble upon their pop-up store a few blocks from my apartment was a sheer delight.

Shipley & Halmos won me over even more when I walked into their temporary digs to discover that the store takes its cues from and models itself after the surrounding neighborhood of Chinatown, particularly Canal Street, which is littered with tons of souveneir/hole-in-the-wall/tchotchke stores. For natives and visitors who have spent time on Canal Street and experienced store after store of cheap retail chaos, the S&H mimic is pretty great, albeit more serene. The playful irony makes the store fun, but once you see the threads, that’s where things gets serious! Their current spring line, handsomely and neatly displayed on the racks and tables most definitely put me in the mood for higher temps. I brought along model Tony Divirgilio who kindly volunteered to bring the clothes to life and he did not disappoint. The tanks, pastels and beach inspired looks with flourishes of nautical for the summer is specifically tailored to Tony’s sense of style. Both he and I were raving about each piece of clothing between shots in the changing room.

As I mentioned, the store is temporary, so take a gander down to 385 Canal Street to see what an actual Shipley & Halmos store could one day look like. I hope there are plans for a real brick and mortar location since this pop up is pretty inventive, a fun novelty and provides a great foreshadow .

Check back later this afternoon for another post on Shipley & Halmos featuring Tony Divirgilio.

See also: http://www.gq.com/style/blogs/the-gq-eye/2014/02/store-spotlight-shipley-halmos-canal-street-pop-up.html

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Man In The Middle

Man In The Middle

Lower East Side
Bowery and Houston

This is a nice variation on the traditional peacoat with the side zipper. I like the way he winterizes the rest of his look with the hat, fingerless gloves and boots.

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Head Gear

Head Gear

East Village
Bowery and 2nd St.

For these serious temps, you need some serious coverage and this guy goes all out in this hat/hood hybrid. Is there a name for this sort of thing? If so and you know it, let me know.

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The Trinity

The Trinity

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Bleecker St.

This was a bit of a miracle shot to get all three of these very stylish guys aligned and unobstructed as they were crossing the street. All three of them are nailing their own individual look with such nonchalance. They’re all very inspiring.

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Bundle Up

Bundle Up

Greenwich Village
5th Ave. and 11th St.

Today feels truly cold in New York. The most frigid in a long time and yet I’m still able to capture stylish cold weather looks. Layering heavily is the way to go if still want to look your best while shielding yourself from the elements. I particularly like the shawl collar on this guy’s pea coat and contrasting the blue with the light hat and scarf.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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