Anyone who has been following this blog for some time knows about my huge appreciation for the classic pieces with a modern twist consistently coming from the brothers Ovadia. Along with that you should also know the Young J. Chung is the master at making clothes seem more than they are in every setting. See Team Americano.
When these two come together it’s always a treat; Ovadia product and styling added to Justin’s eye for capturing sprezz will usually get the attention of the #menswear fanboys and actual menswear elite alike. Since I fall somewhere in the middle, dressing well and loving fashion but can’t cop every Thom Browne piece ever (I’m not Austin Wong over here), I’m going to start starving now, this next level shit ain’t gonna pay for itself
The French tend to have a sensibility and a calm to their nature that can never be shaken. This idea is not lost on AMI designer Alexandre Mattiussi, one of the leaders of menswear’s cool kid table. With a knack for tailoring and classic sportswear AMI has bridged the gap between urban gentleman and and classic business man. I imagine Bruce Wayne sporting AMI on his days off and shit.
Everything about the spirit of this brand resonates as easy wearing, not a single piece seems forced or pretentious. AMI is pretty much your best dressed friends closet, yeah the one that has no idea what #menswear is.
In recognition of AMI terrific styling Mr. Porter has teamed up with the brand for a 13 piece capsule collection which has probably already released if you’re reading this on Tuesday 21st. At more than reasonable pricing nothing should stop you from scooping up a couple pieces. My personal favorites are the field jacket, nautical shirt and double breasted sport coat. I’m not sure if I can get with the shorts but these look to be cut perfectly too.
Spring/Summer to some means traveling to the south of wherever the hell it’s not to hot. But for the rest of us steeze struggling in our humid piece of shit living areas (read: Atlanta) it means buying linen and lightweight cotton to make it through the work day without looking like this guy.
As of late I’ve been heading back into the catacombs of my favorite blogs, more out of the search for inspiration than boredom;but boredom was definitely a factor. I stumbled upon a post from Sartorially Inclined discussing a brand I haven’t heard discussed of in recent memory; Belvest.
Now looking through their S/S13 lookbook I was quite impressed for a brand who doesn’t seem to have the fanboism as a Piombo, Ovadia, or Gant. Google translate informed me that all of their jackets are fully lined, artisan crafted good featuring the many qwerks of modern Neapolitan tailoring. In my search for where I could purchase the product I found that they have a flagship in NY but surprisingly no online retailer. I found 2 sportcoats on Yoox but that’s about it so until my next trip up top I guess I’ll have to enjoy these images.
Do you know that dope Albanian chick that’s always at the cafe by your apartment, the one you’re pretty sure doesn’t actually work? Yeah she wears Levi’s Vintage Clothing; without a sense of irony. LVC’s lookbook is like a still motion clip of The Mac. I honestly started talking like this when i saw it. I wrote about LVC cornering rich hipster shit a while back and I’m pretty sure that’s going to forever be the case. It’s not about owning a yacht anymore or going to an esteemed Ivy League University. You need to grow your own bud and ride a bick everywhere to prove how steezy you are, and owning multiple pairs of 1960’s style $400 jeans wouldn’t hurt either.
In a world of streetwear pretty much drowning in hype, Mark McNairy stands as the anti-hero, pretty much the grumpy old man of SuFu. He’s inability to give a fuck makes each and every piece he designs distinctly his. Like a Tarantino film, you can tell Mark in a matter of seconds. Whether it is a silhouette or an odd detail, you can find any number of his qwerks in his work.
In the matter of classics everyone discuss the obvious; white OCBD, navy suit, black oxfords, but in that same vain I think a lot of people forget something essential to every stylish wardrobe.
The Alden tassel loafer, especially in cordovan adds an an aire of casual sprezz to every suit and a sartorial edge to any pair of washed denim or slim khakis.
Aldens have a well known history of quality and craftsmanship so at the pricepoint of just over 600 you’re not burning your cash on something that’s not going to be poppin by next summer. Shout out to the actual classics.
Now the #menswear world is pretty much like a bunch of Pokémon card collectors fighting to be recognized most. So when one dude/homie/bro post a piece concerning anything whether its a collection or an interview, no one else can discuss it. So I’m going to go ahead and apologize to big homie Randy Lai over at the Pinz for completely and utterly monster chomping the fucc out of his post about Tailorable & Co. the South Korean menswear brand straight KILLIN’ IT! As the days go by I’m starting to realize that Asia is plain and simple the best at making fly shit easily consumed. Oh you want classic Americana hit Japan, oh but you also want to get beautiful Spanish shoes all in one place hit China and now if you want Italian tailoring you can fly through South Korea on your tour through the East.
The s/s 13 collection by Tailorable & Co includes everything the young hipsters are into and a couple pieces for the grumpy old men on StyleForum complaining about how there’s not a tailor shop and cobbler on every corner. That’s to say it’s pretty perfect.
Upon my first introduction to Rose & Born I immediately gravitated towards their Neapolitan spirit and modern style. Everything about an R&B collection says “cool as shit” without seeming pretentious. Summer 2013 has no less of that cool and even a few surprises in store. From the deep olive suit to the large windowpane (exactly how I want to look this summer) sportcoat over the washed denim they definitely hit the sweet spot of relaxed Italian tailoring. And above all they are feeding my latest feening for double breasted jackets. S/o to Rose&Born for killin it once again.