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Bonobos Spring ’15 Presentation

Soho, Dune Studios
Bonobos Spring ’15 Presentation

I always love attending the Bonobos presentations. They always feel like warm, intimate, personal affairs rather than perfunctory, clinical fashion shows. The spring showing took place a stone’s throw away from my apartment in Soho at Dune studios with stellar models, some covet worthy pieces, hors d’Oeuvres and beer, wine and cocktails. Now that’s my idea of showing. As per usual, my favorite person in the room was PR rep Erin Grant who always keeps me fully up to date on the brand and all the ways they are refining it. This spring they are doing great things with knitwear, so much so that I really wanted to get a singular shot of the model sporting my favorite sweater and was fortunate to get Erin in the shot as well. I really enjoyed how pared down all the looks were with hints of details whether it be suede fabrication, Nike kicks, pops of color, flashes of print, a pocket square in a denim jacket or taking a lightweight piece and mixing it with a heavier layering piece. Suffice it to say, even though fall just began, spring can’t get here fast enough.

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Cardigan

Cardigan

SoHo
Thompson and Broome St.

Today felt like the first hint of fall with a slightly cool breeze that warranted a light jacket or sweater. I like this time of year when you can still wear t-shirts, but have that one extra layer like a jacket or sweater and keep it unbuttoned or unzipped. For me, it’s an open cardigan all the way.

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Khaki Suit

Khaki Suit
SoHo
Prince and Sullivan St.

A khaki suit is just so perfectly summer even though it still covers you up, aesthetically, it looks so lightweight. It’s also the perfect type of suit to wear to a wedding or formal occasion during the warmer months.

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Shirt Over Shirt

Slow Week 433 copy

SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

I totally advocate a short sleeve t-shirt underneath an open button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. It’s one of my summer uniforms and favorite ways to layer, with the need for that extra layer for all that hardcore air conditioning and once venturing back out into the heat, you can just wrap it around your waist.

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Royal Blue

Royal Blue

SoHo
Prince and Crosby St.

Sometimes it takes seeing a particular color on someone else to make me re-think my opinion of it for myself. A royal blue kinda guy I am not, but now I think what do I know, since I’m now in the market for a shirt in that hue, no thanks to this guy turning me out 🙂

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Summer Whites

Summer Whites

SoHo
Prince and Broadway

I have this slight dread of wearing white or light colored clothing as I’m afraid to get them dirty and have marks or stains show up on my pristine whites. I must get over that as white looks so good against my skin tone. It actually looks good against any skin tone as it magically makes you look less pale if you are so and more tan if you have darker tones.

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Blue Suit

Blue Suit

SoHo
Spring and Thompson St.

Sometimes a navy blue suit is the safest bet you can make. Even as the tie is absent, the crisp shirt underneath still makes it all look so pulled together.

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Slick Part

Slick Part

SoHo
West Broadway and Spring St.

Hair that is so black, so slick, so perfectly parted. So well coiffed is the man.

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Navy Tee

Scoopneck

SoHo
Prince and Mercer St.

Every summer there seems to be one item that I wear the hell out of and ponder why I buy so many summer clothes when I always end up wearing said item. This summer it’s my navy crewneck stretch t-shirt from Theory. That shirt has been my uniform piece and looks good with shorts, jeans, khakis, sweats (the nice kind). As seen here on this man, it’s usually best paired with a lighter color on the bottom.

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Scoopneck T-Shirt

Deep Scoop

SoHo
Broome and Wooster St.

Lately I’ve been toying with adding scoopnecks to my collection of t-shirts. I’m partial to a good old fashioned crew neck, but I’ve realized the wider neck adds more ventilation during those super hot days. The key is finding the right width and depth since too much dip tends to make those types of shirts too feminine looking. I think this guy finds the happy medium where it’s not too wide and not too deep.

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Red Tie

Red Tie

SoHo
6th Avenue and Spring St.

I love a splash of red in a suit ensemble, but only in the form of a tie or a pocket square. Ok a red watch band or bracelet would suffice as well.

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Thin Stripes

Slow Week 142 copy
SoHo
Mercer and Prince St.

This fella gets his proportions. The short sleeves fall perfectly at mid bicep, the hem is just below the waist, and the cuff of his shorts rises right above the knee. Everything is fitted, cut to his body and frame but not tight. Let this guy be your guide on how to do the t-shirt and shorts combo without coming off as though you look thirteen years old with bad cuts, too much fabric and unflattering loose fits.

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Maroon Shorts

Maroon Shorts
SoHo
Prince and Mercer St.

I’m digging the color scheme of this outfit with the blue shirt, black sunglasses, maroon shorts and white kicks, all mononchromatic. Bonus for the way he cuffs up his shorts above the knee so they look more well proportioned.

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Square Buckle

Square Buckle

SoHo
Prince and West Broadway

I’m on the hunt for the perfect square buckle belt. I’m finding that either the metal of the buckle is not up to par or it’s that the leather is not as quality as I’d like it to be. I like how this fellow’s looks a tad worn it, so I guess this is one time I have to go for vintage.

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Dog Days

Dog Days

SoHo
Spring and Sullivan St.

Sometimes it’s just about sitting on a stoop, chillin’ with your pooch. New York can be overstimulating and always on the go, so it’s nice to see dudes just pause.

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Bike Style

SoHo
West Broadway and Prince St.

Now that the weather has warmed up and it’s frequently sunny, I’m starting to notice more bikes on the streets. Where there’s more bikes, there’s more bike style. I’m happy to see the re-emergence of the short sleeve button down shirt for spring. These types of shirts only look good if the arm holes are fitted and close to the body and well above the elbow.

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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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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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Black Biker

Black Biker

SoHo
6th Ave. and Thompson St.

There are two occassions where an all black ensemble is very appropriate – the first being super formal in a tuxedo, the second being badass in some leather, jeans and riding a motorcycle. From the helmet, to the gloves, to the shades and the Ducati he is dipped in black but just to break things up a tad I love the red swoosh on the Nikes.

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Green Tee

Green Tee

SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

There are only so many ways you can change up a t-shirt, so I like it when it boils down to the subtle details to make it stand out just a bit. With this t-shirt, all it takes is the stripes on the pocket to give it a slight lift.

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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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Gearing Up

Gearing Up

SoHo
6th Avenue and Spring St.

There’s always this specific time of year when spring is officially here, but the temperature only slightly upticks. For some people after a brutal winter, that small increase in warmth is a enough to throw on shorts, despite the lingering chill in the air. Such was the case this past weekend where I saw an onslaught of shorts on guys who were definitely pre-spring attired.

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Noir

Noir

SoHo
Broome and Thompson St.

The heft and weight of all those black layers mixed with texture makes for a standout look. Those are also some cool leather pants.

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Black Jeans

Black Jeans SoHo
6th Ave. and Spring St.

Last year was all about my grey jeans as my uniform staple which I proceeded to wear the hell out of. I think this spring it’s definitely going to be about a good pair of black or charcoal jeans that I’ll once again allow to mold to my body as I wear them frequently. Here’s an example of a good mold.

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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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Knit Cap

Knit Cap

SoHo
Prince and Lafayette St.

He is wearing his knit, cream colored fisherman’s cap very well. His hooded army green coat and denim on denim outfit are also pretty solid.

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Lapel Vest

SoHo
Prince and Mercer St.

This was quite the unique vest this guy was wearing with lapels and all the pockets. I love how thrown together he looks and the small accessory details of his tortoiseshell frames, bracelet, watch and key chain..

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Well Suited

Well Suited

Acustom Apparel/SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

I was waiting for a friend outside of the SoHo Grand Hotel when I noticed these two gents on a smoke break looking very dapper in their respective suit and blazer. They both work at the suit store Acustom Apparel and it got me thinking of wanting to work at a suit store as well to give me a reason to dress like that on a regular basis.:)

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Lessons From A Collar

Lessons From A Collar

SoHo
6th Ave. and Vandam St.

I was consulting a friend the other day about clothes in his closest and when he put on his pea coat I suggested he turn the collar up. When he looked in the mirror he couldn’t believe what a difference it made and how much cooler it made him and the coat look. I’m going to send him this shot to give him another example.

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This One’s For Me

This One's For Me

SoHo
Prince and Lafayette

I generally don’t play favorites with outfits or pictures I take since I’m very diplomatic, but this guy’s ensemble is a stand out for me. Something about him nailing the spread collar, the lapels and color of the jacket, the hint of red in the pocket square, the brown knit tie, the shades, the cuff of his jeans and monk strap shoes. His precision is off the charts. I hate shopping, but this makes me want to go and replicate this look.

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Flashback Friday: Summer Soho Sunset

Flashback Friday: Summer Soho Sunset

SoHo
Broome and Watts St.

For all this cold, debilitating weather we’ve had this past week in New York, I am reminded of one of the best sunsets I witnessed in my ‘hood last summer and as the light was going down, I was fortunate to capture one last shot of the day in the form of this fitted henley.

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Belstaff

Belstaff

SoHo
Spring and Thompson St.

Belstaff is the classic British brand best known for their waterproof jackets. It is a great heritage brand that has been acquired by the Italians and recently re-branded itself to create a sexier, jet-set vibe with the designer Martin Cooper at the helm. This quilted jacket with the stand up collar is evidence that it has lost some of its stodgy presentation.

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Throwback Thursday: Above The Crowd

Throwback Thursday: Above The Crowd

SoHo
Prince and Mercer St.

This guy’s height alone made him tower over the typical Saturday afternoon crowds in SoHo. This was taken last spring on one of the first really warm days after the winter which is something I’m jonesing for. I love a great fitted, simple grey sweatshirt-like crewneck like his. It’s one of my uniform pieces in my wardrobe and is worn as such.

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Cigars at The Mercer

Cigars at The Mercer

SoHo
The Mercer Hotel

If you’re going to have a cigar outside, I can’t think of a better place to stand outside of and have one. Check out that ski sweater

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Flashback Friday: Crisp White Tee

Flashback Friday: Crisp White Tee SoHo
Blue Ribbon

With all this talk of a Polar Vortex engulfing much of the U.S. and Canada, I’m reminded of simpler days of the summer where the only layer you need is a solid tee. A simple, classic white t-shirt is a wardrobe staple. I like the way he pairs it with blue chinos, blue vans and even his bike is blue. I noticed him right outside Blue Ribbon restaurant right up the street from my apartment last summer. Look close and you can see my reflection in the glass.

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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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