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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Weekday Weekend

Slow Week 054 copy
NoHo
Lafayette and Great Jones St.

Having a day off during the week can feel like you’re on holiday. Walking around the streets you get a sense of others who are in the same position, running errands, leisurely reading in coffee shops, walking dogs etc. But mostly it’s the sense that you can dress down a bit, like this fella sporting the athletic-preppy-day off look.

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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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Good On A Bike

Good On A Bike
Chelsea
8th Avenue and 23rd St.

Biking around the city is often times geared towards more athletic clothing since it can feel like more of a sport than a leisurely mode of transportation. I’m more of the camp that would wear my work or going out outfit on the bike rather than carry a bag and change once I got to my destination. This is New York! Who has time for all of that.

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Well Cut

Cut Well

Chelsea
8th Avenue and 18th St.

I’ve been helping an acquaintance who works in finance with some wardrobe styling and personal shopping. He practically lives in suits six days a week. When we tackled his closet, he had amazing suits, good taste and quality but the fit and cut were all wrong. Before we even did a lick of shopping, I had him take all of his suits to his tailor to fit and mold them to his frame. A month later when he got them back he realized just how wrong he was in sizing and now he actually enjoys wearing the suits, gets tons of compliments and feels much more confident in them.

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The Hobbler

The Hobbler

West Village
Hudson and Christopher St.

This is a man after my own heart as his outfit is pretty much a replica of my daily summer ensemble – Nike kicks, black fitted jeans and solid colored t-shirt. I much more clean cut, so I’d forgo the the beard, backpack and crutches.

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Yellow Tee

Yellow Tee
Upper West Side
Broadway and 72nd St.

It’s day after day Labor Day and the unofficial beginning of fall is the one of the hottest days in the city! It’s still t-shirt time as long as the weather is this hot. I’m going to squeeze as much use out of my bright colored clothing before the chill sets in and I’m back in sweaters. Yellow is one color I don’t have much of, but here on this guy, it definitely shows the appeal.

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Tan Jeans

Tan Jeans

Midtown East
Third Avenue and 52nd St.

This color denim is light enough to wear in summer and can also transition into fall since it falls on the brown spectrum. Blue and black jeans are staples but can get a little monotonous. Variety in denim is good to get a change of routine.

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Shirt & Jeans

Shirt & Jeans
South Village
Charlton and Varick St.

There are days when I thank God that I work in an office environment that allows nice jeans to be worn. As this fellow demonstrates, pairing it with a crisp button down shirt and a good belt makes it look professional without having to be “dressed up”. This outfit combo has saved me many a days headache for getting dressed in the morning.

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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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Ringleader

Ringleader

Hudson Square
Spring and Varick St.

Jewelry is a very personal thing and just like clothing it can be done well or the opposite. I was struck by how this gent placed his rings at the pinky and ring finger. I used to think that all I needed was a good, solid watch but lately I’ve been adding rings, necklaces, bracelets and switching my pieces up. I’ve come to discover some great, not too expensive jewelry makers for guys and it’s nice to focus on the accessories instead of so heavily on the apparel.

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White V-Neck

White V-Neck
Lower East Side
Essex and Rivington

There’s clearly nothing flashy or over the top about this outfit. This is as classic casual as it gets with a simple white v-neck tee, with a grey t-shirt underneath and some solid, loose, but not baggy khakis. Add some great hair, a little stubble, solid shoes and nothing overpowers the guy in the threads. It’s all in the subtlety.

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Printed Matter

Printed Matter
Chinatown
Canal and Lafayette St.

I tend to be a monochromatic dress by nature, but lately I’ve been dabbling into shirts with subtle prints to create some variety in my wardrobe and find myself seeking prints and patterns more often as opposed to my usual leanings of solid color or plaid. I particularly like this print this guy is wearing as it’s floral but not too flashy or loud.

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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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Band Collar Shirt

Tab Collar Shirt

Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and Downing St.

A couple of years ago I purchased a vertical and horizontal striped/contrast band collar shirt from a thrift store and had it taken to my tailor. It’s one of my favorite shirts and it seems to garner a lot of compliments and intrigue of where I purchased it. I like that type of collar because it has an informal formality to it. I liken it to what a v-neck is to a t-shirt, a band collar button down shirt is to a regular collared button down shirt. It’s slight twist, that makes a world of difference.

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The Perfect Fade

The Perfect Fade

Flatiron District
Fifth Avenue and 23rd St.

There are brands out there that treat and wash their jeans to give them that lived in, faded look. I think the only way to achieve that look to perfection is if you actually break them down yourself so that they mold to your body and weather and age from constant use and everyday wear and tear. There are some jeans you want crisp and stiff and other times, there’s nothing like a pair of old faves that have gathered some mileage and look as such.

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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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From The Back

From The Back

Flatiron District
Broadway and 23rd St.

I’m definitely feeling the style and color of those Nike’s he’s sporting. I’m much more prone to take shots from a front or side view, but I’m glad that a good back shot seems to look just as good.

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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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Floods

Floods

Greenwich Village
5th Avenue and 10th St.

Lately I’ve been seeing guys pile on the accessories in addition to tweaks in their outfits and I gotta say, it’s nice to see some methodical detailing going on. Here, it’s the rolled up pants, mixed with the wallet chain, colored shoe laces, army belt, ring, piled on bracelets and even colored headphones. I’ve slowly been adding more rings, necklaces and bracelets to perk up my ensembles and I’m having fun with it all.

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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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Blue Chinos

Blue Chinos
Meatpacking District
Hudson and 14th St.

The one thing I love about summer in New York is the guys bringing out the colorful chinos. Color is good in the pant area. Any choice would go perfect with a white button down shirt as this gent displays. I also notice the great green leather in his watch straps and the beige in his tassle loafers. Extra points for that thick, slick mane he’s sporting. Such a great haircut. If you got the length and the thickness to pull that style off, I say go for it.

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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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Pompadour

Pompadour

Nolita
Lafayette and Spring St.

Guys sporting big hair is something I rarely see, so it’s refreshing to capture a coif with some added weight and heft. The clean, fitted, preppy outfit against his already lean and trim frame makes the hair look even grander. He rocks it.

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The Blue Shirt

The Blue Shirt
Greenwich Village
Greenwich Avenue and Christopher St.

Just like my vast collection of plaid shirts, I should probably calm down with my wide array of blue shirts. But there are different types of blue shirts, I tell myself. I love the versatility of the blue shirt. Dress it up, dress it down, it’s a great go to when I can’t be bothered to figure out what to wear.

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West Village Weekender

West Village Weekender
West Village
Bleecker and Christopher St.

There is so much about this guy and this couple that is “West Village”. For those of you who live in New York and have observed the clogged streets of the West Village on weekend, you know what I mean – the stroller, the Magnolia Bakery bag, the plaid shirt and black jeans, the Saturday stubble. All the downtown cliches apply, but it does look good.

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Pretty In Pink

Pretty in Pink
TriBeCa
Greenwich and Beach St.

Does Casual Friday’s still exist in office environments? If it does, this is the most pared down it should be I think. Lose the tie and jacket at best, keep the shirt, slacks and decent footwear. Sidebar – every woman I know seems to love a man in pink. Something about pink’s feminine ying to a masculine man’s yang.

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Square Shades

Square Shades
West Village
Greewnwich Avenue and 11th St.

I’m digging the shape of these sunglasses. I’m partial to my classic Gucci aviators which cost a fortune but I’ve had for many years. It was because of seeing these shades that lit the spark to branch out and find a different shape. So far, the search has proved to be fruitless and I’m not a cheap sunglasses type of guy, but at least now I have a reference for what appeals to me.

 

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Nike Flyknits

Nike Flyknits
Hudson Square
Spring and Varick

I’m totally obsessed with Nike’s Flyknit Racer shoes. The two colors I’m jonesing after are sold out everywhere and I can’t settle for the other loud colors they come in. This dude is rocking the Chukka version as he speeds away and it was a reminder of how much I need those kicks in my life. But not the Chukka version. Only the Racer version in my color of choice will do. The heart wants, what the heart wants!

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Tanked

Tanked
NoMad
5th Avenue and 27th St.

And we’re off! The summer has officially become hot and humid and that means tank tops are making the rounds heavily on the streets. This actually a modest version as lately I’ve come to see some tanks that are a lot more revealing and showy. As the summer progresses, I’m sure I’ll stumble upon a wide array of tanks.

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White & Khaki

White & Khaki
Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and 12th St.

The white shirt and khaki combo is so classic and one of my favorite summer looks. Keep your striped shirts. I’ll take this look any day. That tee and those kicks are so crisp. I am so down with white in the summer.

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White Jeans

White Jeans
West Village
Hudson and Christopher St.

It’s officially summer in the city and bring on the slew of white jeans. I personally can’t bring myself to go this white, so I’ve opted for a stone, grey, light wash that feels less vibrant white. I didn’t realize how much wear they would get, but I’ve been seduced by light jeans.

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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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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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For The Love Of Nike

NikeGreenwich Village
MacDougal and 8th St.

I don’t know what it is about Nike, but to quote an acquaintance – “There’s something about the swoosh”. I’ve tried other athletic brands – Adidas, New Balance, Under Armour et al., but they don’t do it for me quite like Nike does and I inevitably keep coming back around. Knowing where your loyalty lies saves a lot of time, not to mention money.

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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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Purple Shorts

Purple Shorts

Chelsea
7th Avenue and 21st St.

Shorts going well above the knee is really appealing to me right now. It’s time for a comeback after years of baggy, below the knee and wide shorts. If you’ve been hitting the gym and working the legs, might as well show ‘em off.

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