Tag Archives: Prints

Printed Matter

Printed Matter
Chinatown
Canal and Lafayette St.

I tend to be a monochromatic dress by nature, but lately I’ve been dabbling into shirts with subtle prints to create some variety in my wardrobe and find myself seeking prints and patterns more often as opposed to my usual leanings of solid color or plaid. I particularly like this print this guy is wearing as it’s floral but not too flashy or loud.

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Printed Tie

Printed Tie

West Village
Varick and Carmine St.

This tie stood out to me because of it’s subtle diamond print and how well the pattern is spaced out on the tie so that it doesn’t look too busy. I also like how it’s a jewel toned color blue against the navy suit.

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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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Flasback Friday: Love In The Village

Flasback Friday: Love In The Village

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and 8th St.

Here’s one for Valentine’s Day. I caught this couple last summer having a moment.

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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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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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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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Sweater Vest

Sweater Vest

SoHo
The Mercer Hotel

On any given day at Andre Balazs’ uber-hip Mercer Hotel, you can most likely find a huddle of paparazzi milling about waiting for an A-lister to enter or exit the hotel. It’s been a second home to Courtney Love, Marc Jacobs and is where Jay-Z and Kanye West rented out an entire floor to record part of their album Watch the Throne. I myself have encountered Johnny Knoxville, Sean Penn and Kate Moss while waiting for a friend in the lobby. Sometimes I like to sit on the benches out front, away from the pack of photographers, instead focusing on the unfamous. Not that I’m above taking pics of stylish celebs (I’d give anything to get shots of Justin Theroux who I think has great style), but when a guy like this steps out of the hotel, with his nod to the 80’s, New England preppy/fisherman fair ilse sweater, I find that more a little more interesting.

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Printed Polo

Printed Polo

Upper West Side
Columbus Circle

In honor of Columbus Day, here’s a shot I took near the Columbus statue in Columbus Circle. The print on his polo shirt has a tropical vibe. Nice detail of his scrunched up pants to reveal his boots.

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In Christ He Trusts

In God He Trusts

SoHo
West Broadway

A gold crucifix necklace is not your typical everyday fashion accessory. But then again, some things are beyond fashion

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Floral Tee

Floral Tee

SoHo
Prince and Greene St.

Full patterned and printed t-shirts are a great way to break up the monotony of solid colors, logos or t-shirts with singular pictures or designs. I never thought a floral t-shirt would be something I would be into, but after seeing this guy’s cool shirt, I may have to reconsider.

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Graphic Tank

Graphic Tank

Flatiron District
Broadway and 21st St.

I like how this tank is one that is less functional and athletic and has some design and personality to it.

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Fully Bearded

Fully Bearded

Greenwich Village
Thompson and Bleecker St.

This guy’s style reminds me of the rock n’ roll aesthetic of designer John Varvatos as well as the rock and southern style of designer Billy Reid, both whom design menswear in a somewhat similar vein. The sleeve tattoos are so cool, as well as his subtle printed, fitted button down shirt. The fact that he’s carrying his jacket on an a wooden hanger is a nice quirk and shows he cares about the condition of his clothes. His leather bag, belt and gold plated watch all have a vintage-y feel and slightly weathered look.

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