Sometimes thickness counts. And in the case of these new frames from MOSCOT, it does. The iconic sunglasses brand has taken four of their favorite Originals frames – the Grunya, Lemtosh, Nebb and Shayna – and reworked them for SS2014. Bolder and thicker than their originals, the two tone models are by far my favourite; this kid has always been a sucker for tortoise. The Summer 2014 “Sun” collection is now available in MOSCOT shops and online with a retail price of $295.
If you are well dressed man then you have at least one pair of Converse in your closet, if not, you better reevaluate what you consider style. Converse should be a staple in everyman’s wardrobe – classic black chucks are a must. Remember, wearing your chucks with your suit has been cooler much longer than those ugly bright coloured sneaks you are still rocking. After the first pair, you will want to add some more. This just might be your second pair.
If you have been reading this blog than you already know all about Hancock VA, that British brand I keep mentioning that makes some of the finest, contemporary waterproof outerwear. Period. They have now team up with Converse for Spring 2014 line. That’s right, your chucks with be waterproof. The Hancock VA Jack Purcell Mid will be available in blazing yellow, dark navy and chateau grey, using the same bonded rubber fabric found across their line of coats. The blazing yellow is perfectly obnoxious the navy blue is the safe bet; skip the grey – that ain’t no chateau. You will be able to find all three superb models at Up There Store from March 15.
There has been a huge resurgence in sateen bowling jackets – Hedi Slimane has been all over them over at the House of Saint Laurent. But I don’t know about you but I am not ready to spend kind of money on a shiny jacket and the Saint Laurent Jacket is just un peu trop much for me . Enter G Star Raw. This jacket is the perfect modern update of the classic bowling jacket in a great colour – Bullit. And at a fraction of the price, $276.
I always get best swimwear advice from my friends who live in the south; when you spend most of your life in warm weather, you learn to cultivate a great swim wardrobe. That is how I was introduced to TIMO. What I love most about TIMO is their approach to function and prints. Tailor made in Thailand with custom prints.
photos courtesy of Timo
I am well aware that blue seems to be making a comeback of sorts this Spring, I mostly find it amusing because blue has never left my closet, especially the darker shades – indigo, midnight, marine…
There is something I love about wearing the same pattern on your blazer, shirt and pants, now this can usually end up meaning a crazy all over print that can be tough to swallow. But when the print is subtle, and dyed in deep indigo, like in this Wings + Horns suit, it is fashion perfection.
slightly overexposed so you can see the pattern
In the world of Ugly Pretty Sneakers, Raf Simons just kicked everyones ass. Sorry Valentino, your camo combos are overplayed. And Giuseppe Zanotti please step aside, Raf has entered the building. The white high tops are pretty sick but nothing beats the gold spat low tops – Michael Jackson anyone? This is ugly shoe porn at its finest. Men, feel free to indulge.
I will admit that I am not a huge fan of snakes but there is something beautiful about a well done snake print. Marcelo Burlon County of Milan takes it one step further by creating a graphic optical illusion snake print for his SS2014 collection. And you know how much I like a good printed short short; these are the ones that will get you through any situation- from a dip in the ocean to a day in the sun. You know I will rock these as everyday shorts with a black button down. Green and black snakeprint swim shorts from Marcelo Burlon County of Milan, $265
photos courtesy of SSense
They boys of Public School NYC have been a busy lot as of late. They win a few accolades and all of a sudden they are being offered collaborations with everyone and anyone. Enter The Generic Man. If you aren’t ready to buy into the Public School NYC brand through their mid priced luxury goods, you are a fool but I digress, you can own a piece of the cool through these shoes.
I have an affinity for using a weekender bag as my gym bag. That’s right – you should never accept that free gym bag with your membership – you look like a style neophyte with your over-priced shoes and free nylon bag. (And why are you a walking billboard for a place you just paid membership fees to?) But not to worry, I am here to save your day.
The Weekendtaske bagfrom Leather Projects (Copenhagen) is a classic style with a twist, unlike the usual zipper hardware, this one has a double belt enclosure lopped around the body of the bag. The leather is cleanly cut and stitched with bold seams, making for a simple yet bold look.
The Hockey Bag from M0851 (Montreal) has been my go to bag for years. It is made with amazingly supple leather that last for years and only gets better with age. I have had mine for over 10 years and it just keeps getting better; as this bag ages, it gets softer and slouchier – perfection.
The Deurne 48 Hr Getaway Duffel from Want: les essentiels de la vie (Montreal), is the perfect size for a gym bag. Inspired by a vintage London doctor’s bag, the Deurne updates a historic, utilitarian piece for the 21st-century. The leather is soft and supple but thanks to the construction of this bag, it always holds its rigid modern shape.
Varsity Jackets have been all over the runway over the past few seasons, it’s definitely a classic look but it’s a little too traditional Americana Prep for me. I’d rather a baseball jacket; that’s right, a baseball jacket, bet you didn’t know I was such a jock. And the perfect baseball jacket comes from Public School NYC. The soft Italian Lambskin and the perforated mesh back sets this jacket apart from the competition. These boys have been getting a lot of attention ever since the won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (and their CFDA/ Swarovski Menswear Award) but trust me, it’s well worth it ( and worth every penny of this $2497 jacket). Made from Italian Matte Lamb with Mesh Woven Back.