Private White VC, originally founded by Victoria Cross recipient Private Jack White, is a British label that makes absolutely beautiful, well-crafted clothes for men. They have put together a handsome lookbook for their Fall/Winter 2012 season. Drawing on inspiration from military influences and traditional menswear, this is a brand that has retained their devotion to their founding father. I love the strength and masculinity of this collection, and I strongly believe that every man should own at least one well-made, classically-styled jacket/coat that can be worn year after year without losing its timeless appeal.
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The looks pictured above are part of J.Crew Men’s Cashmere, 7 Ways feature. I chose these particular looks because I’ve always been a huge fan of cardigans on guys, and while the styling doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, it’s quite sharp and easy to draw on as inspiration. The first look works well for the office, date night, and basically any occasion where you want to look sharp but casual. The pop of color is very in, and the non-matchy tie is great too. The second look is something I would wear to weddings and does well as a modernized three-piece suit. The key for both looks is fit – not just for the cardigan but for every single piece of the ensemble. The cashmere is currently sold a J. Crew for just under $250 (here), but if you have a nice cardigan already, you can easily pull off the same looks.
See all 7 looks here.
Saturdays Surf, NYC is a brand that I enjoy browsing quite a bit. They focus on surfing + life in NYC, and what results is a wonderful offering of thoughtful, well-made basics. The S/S 2012 lookbook showcases how casual weekend dressing can be so effortless and very well done. Using pieces that should be familiar to most guys (sweats, chino shorts, etc), even if you don’t own these specific items, the looks are easy enough to replicate. The Jailbreak Board Shorts (pictured left, link) comes in a variety of colors; personally, I would have preferred the gray or the navy version, but the black/white combo provides an eye-catching statement. The Bowery Crewneck Sweatshirt (pictured right, link) is a nice shade of maroon – I’m always an advocate for jewel tones – and brightens the entire ensemble; a small but key detail. Important to note that the success of these looks lie in the fit. Although these might be sweats and such, these are not baggy sweats or saggy chinos. No, the proper fit translates to sharp and put together looks, even on the weekends.
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I love the sleek and sophisticated look of this cardigan from Outlier. The color (mid-gray is pictured above) is a great neutral and easily wearable as a sports jacket (vs. your traditional knit cardigan). Made from double-faced, Superfine 18.8 micro merino wool (read: super duper soft and comfy), merino naturally regulates body temperature by wicking the moisture from skin and staying warm when wet. It’s also odor resistant – simply magical! Looks great and performs in all temperatures, this is a solid piece to own.
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I found this store through my daily instagram browses, and I was immediately obsessed. Not only do they offer fantastic reconstructed pieces and original artwork, the store is also based in Ann Arbor, Michigan – a place that will forever and always hold a special place in my heart. I’m featuring the reconstructed button-downs (pictured above), which is very now in men’s fashion and sold at a very wallet-friendly price. A t-shirt version is also available, but the store offers so much more – original t-shirts designs, accessories, and a sweatshirt that I’m wondering how I can get my hands on (here). Avtomobile, I love you!
ASOS is one of my favorite places to shop. The site is full of goodies – and their no minimum, 2-way free shipping policy is so sweet (and dangerous on the wallet). I took a quick browse through their latest arrivals and immediately spotted some must-haves. Everyone is playing with pocket details it seems. The Pocket T-shirt by Reclaimed Vintage (top left) is trendy without feeling forced – the Aztec print on the pocket is a winner for me. The People’s Market Slim Chinos (top right) has a nice slim fit silhouette and is available in my new favorite menswear color – purple/plum. Fitting right into my obsession with bracelets, the ASOS Brass Skull and Leather Bracelet (bottom left) is a total steal at less than $15 for the entire pack! Last but not least, I think the Oxford Short Sleeve Shirt by The Quiet Life (bottom right) will be a good and easy alternative to the popular chambray shirts that I love.
From top left, the items can be found here, here, here, and here.
Most days, I want to be the preppy dude with a generous dose of style. Today, I want to be a BAPE man. In the past, I didn’t find this brand to be great fit for my personal style, but the editorial of BAPE’s Spring/Summer 2012 looks by SENSE had me doing double takes left and right (and it’s not just because I thought the model was Ryan Gosling for a second). There’s a certain maturity to this collection that I find appealing, and the styling in every frame of the shoot is amazing. Almost too cool to be true!
Red must be on my mind because of the 4 items I favorited from Oki-Ni’s latest arrivals, 3 of them happen to contain red or a hint of red. I love the square-fronted collar detail on the Marc Jacobs T (top left). The red/white stripes are a nice alternative to my usual navy/white striped favorites. The Uniform Wares 200 Series watch (top right) is everything I want a watch to be – it even has a discrete date display! The Hybrid Rec Sneakers by Common Projects (bottom left) is a mash up of the Derby shoe with a sneaker sole – casual luxury goes a long way. And finally, given my current obsession with cool stacked bracelets, the M. Cohen 4 Wrap Sterling Silver Waxed Cord (bottom right) is a perfect addition to my decorated wrist.
From top left, these items can be found here, here, here, and here.
I was all about those Pendleton collabos for awhile, and then everyone started doing them so I sort of lost interest. But!! These varsity jackets from Kith + Pendleton are making me fall back in love with the brand’s famous navajo-inspired wool prints again. I love the timeless varsity jacket shape, the leather sleeves, and pairing of the prints in the front. A total of 4 styles are available. My favorite of the four is the kilim green edition (featured above). Great color combos, and the dark brown leather is fantastic for winter. See the rest of them on the KITH site (here).
The down vest is a winter staple that I am excited to see brought back every year, and honestly, no one does down better than Moncler V. Offered in a variety of colors, the vest features shoulder panels based on a Tibetan pattern from chenille, a neat fabric that adds a great deal of interest to the rest of the piece. The removable hood is nice for days when a bit of layering is key but no protection from rain or wind is necessary. Also removable are the inner suspenders (or the dutch army internal suspension system, as Union LA calls them). Nice looking piece, very functional, and of course, as with all Moncler V, high quality.
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