Tag Archives: Ties

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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Suit & Shorts

Suit and Shorts

TriBeCa
Hudson and Leonard St.

I passed by menswear designer Thom Browne’s store in TriBeCa and noticed this worker inside and was thrilled to see him a second time a few hours later out on the street as I was running errands in the neighborhood. For anyone unfamiliar with the design and aesthetic of Thom Browne, he’s known for his suits in grey palette which tend to be shrunken or very fitted to the body. The designer himself is ubiquitously known for sporting a suit with pants where the hem reveals a lot of ankle or shorts such as this employee who acts as a model for the modern Mad Men twist of the label.

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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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Perfect Part

Perfect Part

Lower Manhattan
World Trade Center

The precision and execution of a well done side part is a thing to behold. Not everyone is destined for the side part, but for those can, please do.

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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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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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End Of Work Day

 End Of Work Day

West Village
Hudson and Grove St.

When it’s all over at 6pm for the office workers in the West Village, it’s a great walk in that beautiful area. Nice way to end the day.

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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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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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Prada on Park Ave.

Prada on Park Ave.

Midtown
Park Avenue and 56th St.

I spy with my little eye Prada.

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Tiffany’s Doorman

Tiffany's Doorman

Uptown
Tiffany’s/ Fifth Ave. and 57th St.

The thing that struck me about the Tiffany’s doorman is that his scarf and tie were cleverly matched to the color of their infamous “Tiffany’s blue” on the store’s boxes and bags. Tiffany’s is certainly not the most masculine store, as it seems to cater more to women who in my experience go ape shit for anything that comes in that blue box, but they do actually sell men’s jewelry. The great thing is that the items they do have for men lean towards classic and simple.

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Lunch Hour

MMLunch Hour
Midtown East
Park Avenue and 55th St.

You want suit action in New York? Stand on Park Avenue in the 50′s any weekday during lunch hour to get an embarrassment of riches. I wasn’t even looking to take pictures while I was on my way to an appointment in the area, but the suits were coming at me from all sides

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Charcoal Overcoat

Charcoal Overcoat

Flatiron District
Flatiron Building

How you top off a suit is just as important as the suit itself. Invest in a good overcoat!

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Setting The Tone

Setting The Tone

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 22nd St.

Forget resolutions in 2014 but question the tone you’d like to set in the new year. Like this gent, I’m interested in being more in command of how I present myself to the world, which is a sign of respect to others around me. Looking your best is a gift to others.

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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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Coffee & Briefcase

Coffee & Briefcase

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Bleecker St.

Love the way this guy is two fisting it in the more professional manner with a coffee and briefcase from Jack Spade. It’s common sense and somewhat of an unwritten style rule, but blue and brown are two of the best colors to pair together that compliment each other well.

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Coat less

Coat less

TriBeCa
Warren and West Broadway

It’s pretty cold out in New York, but even with the frigid temperatures, you’ll always find the guy who defies the weather and puts style over comfort. It was interesting to note that most of the people walking by him and surrounding him were bundled in heavy black and/or puffy coats but he stood out.

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Throwback Thursday: Fur Shawl

Throwback Thursday: Fur Shawl

SoHo
Spring and Crosby St.

When I began compiling pictures for the blog last winter, this was one of the first guys I shot. No matter what your attitude towards fur, you can understand why I was immediately drawn to his coat and collar. The color combo itself deserves a thumbs up.

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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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Men in Black

Men in Black

Nolita
Prince and Mulberry St.

I couldn’t resist the play on words as it seemed to be very apropos. I found these two to be quite identical yet very individual at the same time. Just goes to show that no matter how uniform a look, each guy can make it his own.

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Handsome Is As Handsome Does

One Stripe Tie

TriBeCa
Walker and West Broadway

This guy has sort of a Clark Kent/Superman thing going on with the square jaw, suit and eyeglasses. I think his tie does it for me, with one black diagonal stripe against the muted plaid and the grey/black contrast. Handsome tie for a handsome fellow.

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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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Fashionable Couple

Fashionable Couple

West Village
7th Avenue South

What’s even better than taking pictures of guys with a good sense of style is when their significant other is just as equally stylish. Two for the price of one. This couple was strolling in the West Village, both looking very put together. For him, it’s yet another example of how every guy should own a navy blue suit. It’s fool proof.

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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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Diagonal Striped Tie

Diagonal Striped Tie

SoHo
Broome and Crosby St.

The thin white stripes against navy on his tie is a great contrast. Also like the silk texture, his purple shirt and brown cords.

 

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Sharp Pants

Sharp Pants

SoHo
Grand St.

I’m so about how well these pants fit on this gent. I love pants that mold to a body and have a precise fit. His shirt is just as fitted as well and because everything is fitted, it all looks expensive even if his clothes came from H&M (Which I highly doubt, but just sayin’).

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Pastel Tie

Pastel Tie

Midtown
Park Ave. and 53rd St.

Nothing like a good solid colored pastel tie to give a dark suit a lift. It gives just the right amount of contrast.

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Cross Walk

Cross Walk

Upper West Side
Broadway and 72nd

And then there are some guys that can even make waiting for the light to change look good.

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Wind Blown

Wind Blown

Lower Manhattan
Courthouse District

Nothing like capturing a good “wind” shot.  Great fit all around on his business casual look.

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Flashy Shades

Flashy Shades

Midtown
Park Ave. and 52nd St.

I like how he’s sporting a sharp Midtown suit, with a handsome briefcase but loosens it up just a tad with his flashy oversize sunglasses and just a bit of a break in the pant legs. I never associated Park Avenue with being cool, but he shows how to work it in.

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Briefcase

Briefcase

Upper East Side
Madison Ave. and East 65th St.

I don’t own, nor have ever owned a briefcase in my life, but if I ever purchased one, something tells me it would look like the one this gentleman is carrying. The color is bold yet tasteful, the leather looks rich, soft and sumptuous, the design is elegant and classic and it looks bloody expensive which any great briefcase should look like.

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Mr. Clean

Mr. Clean

Upper West Side
Broadway and West 67th St.

Clean cut, preppy with the suave hair and square jaw to match.

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Nipped In The Waist

Nipped In The Waist

Midtown
8th Ave. and 33rd St.

The way this guy’s belt is snatched firmly at his mid-section really accentuates his V-shape body type. The belt seems to be not only used to hold pants in place but to show off his waist.  Love his details – the gold watch, slim fit pants, horizontal striped tie, tie bar, rolled up sleeves and shades. He looks cool and professional at the same time.

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Backpack

Backpack

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Murray St.

To many people, a backpack paired with a shirt and tie would be considered a fashion faux pas, but I’ll be damned if he isn’t somehow making this combo work!

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Model Behavior

Model Behavior

West Village
Hudson and Clarkson St.

Some people just look like they’re models. I would say this guy qualifies. He actually resembles a particular male model that I often see in ads in men’s style magazines, but since male models tend to remain more anonymous rather than their female counterparts, I couldn’t tell you who I’m referring to. Regardless, he just has that model look.

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Barbour Man

Barbour Man

Union Square
Union Square East and 16th St.

Barbour is the British label primarily known for making outdoor wear. Their waxed jackets are considered classics as seen here on this gentleman who leaves his half zipped to reveal his shirt and tie. The jacket is also identifiable by the zipper and it’s circular pull tab. I like the way he dresses up a rugged, outdoor jacket.

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Same Block, Two Lapels, Sharp Shoulders

Midtown

Park Ave and 48th St.

Different types of lapels are a matter of preference. I couldn’t decide which of these two types I liked more, the narrow or classic. But why debate about such trivial matters. Some days you feel narrow, others you feel classic. The one thing I did notice in both of these jackets is the sharp shoulders. The narrow lapel jacket is higher and tighter in the shoulders, while the classic lapel jacket slightly slopes, but still frames well. Either way, they both look great.

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Bow Tie

Bow Tie

Financial District
Nassau St.

Notice how all the lighter colors of this guy’s outfit are on the top half, while the darker tones are on the bottom. A bit of an even contrast here. I personally never like to wear a bow tie unless it’s for a formal occasion, but some guys don’t need a tux to wear bring one out. Might I add, he’s also exemplifying some great posture. Being and looking cool doesn’t always have to result in being slouchy, hunched over or slovenly. Standing upright commands respect and authority. Is that what our mothers meant when they told us to stand up straight as kids? I think I just answered my own question.

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Contrast

Contrast

Financial District
Wall St.

Purple is a color I rarely see on a guy, so it was refreshing to see it displayed here on this guy’s tie contrasted against his grey suit. All it takes is that one bit of contrast to perk a suit up. Pretty cool haircut he’s sporting as well and added bonus to see a guy smiling for a change.

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