Tag Archives: Socks

Black Camo Shorts

Black Camo Shorts

West Village
Hudson and Charles St.

Here we are back to shorts season and first out of the gate is a nice pair of black camoflouge, high above the knee and without all that bagginess or looseness that can make a guy’s legs look thinner than they are. Like most things on this blog, it’s all about the fit.

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Nike Socks

Nike Socks

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 29th St.

Black Nike socks pulled all the way up to the chins is all the rage in the city. I spot so many of them on guys that I could do a whole feature just on that. Truth be told, whenever I go for a run I do have the same socks and wear them constantly.

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Grunge

Grunge

Upper East Side
68th and Lexington

Back in the early 90’s the term and style of grunge was all the rage. Like all fads, trends, styles and fashions it’s due for an updated comeback. Not that I have seen enough evidence to support a comeback but this guy’s outfit with the loose flannel plaid shirt, baggy shorts and mismatched socks certainly reflects the style.

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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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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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Labeled Up

Labeled Up

Chelsea
Blue Bottle Coffee

Labels, labels, labels. This guy has aplenty.Even his coffee cup has a label. I think when an outfit is more athletic and sport related, there tends to be more of stamp with labels. His bike from Bianchi is pretty stylin’ in the white shade and he got a lot of compliments on it from people passing by.

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Flash of Socks

Flash of Socks

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 24th St.

What I appreciated about this guy was that as he was passing by, I noticed his checkered blue and pink socks as his pant leg lifted up. But also, the print of his tie, his subtle pinstripes on the suit, the white pocket square, pink spread collar shirt and shiny leather loafers with tassles all added up to a myriad of details.

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Gold Bar

Gold Bar

Little Italy
Gold Bar

Everyone who’s visited club/lounge/bar Gold Bar has an opinion about the place; see Yelp reviews, but here, the nightlife venue plays background to the guy sitting in front of it. His arms full of tats were what won me over.

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Book Break

Book Break

SoHo
Prince and Greene St.

It’s refreshing to see someone’s head buried in an actual book rather than an smartphone or iPad. He looks very dapper enjoying his solitude.

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Knee Pads

Knee Pads

Chelsea
Skate Park

Taking the necessary safety precautions before making the jump.

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Car Pose

Car Pose

SoHo
6th Ave and Spring St.

It’s all about the way he leans on the car and poses against it – forget driving it.

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Taxi Stance

Taxi Hail

Chelsea
8th Ave. and 20th St.

Taking pictures of guys with style, hailing cabs, is a God send, since you’re given an automatic stance and pose, not to mention it’s such a New York thing to be doing. I love the way this guy mixes his clothes and gives a sensory overload that clicks instead of clashes or overwhelms. From the colors, to the pockets, to the socks, the fade and wash in his denim shirt, the laces in his kicks and back wards cap – it’s thought out without feeling contrived.

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Ankle Focus

Ankle Focus

Upper East Side
Central Park

This duo is all about what’s happening below the chins. From two tone shoes, to patterned socks and rolled up cuffs, these guys show how to make ankles stylish without being so obvious about it. Also like how they mix solid colors, with each having the contrast of one light color against a darker color.

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Orange T

Orange T

Upper East Side
5th Ave. and East 81st St.

The simplicity of a solid colored t-shirt is a good way to stay classic. This guys fills his shirt out pretty well.

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