The Pantalones
February 24, 2014

My Perfect Kit:

Today I’m wearing a casual kit that I fall back on at least once a week when it’s a bit colder (but not freezing), and it always makes me feel like the coolest dude in the room/vicinity/campus/town. It’s classic and contemporary elegance in the most stripped down version, and it’s incredibly easy to pull off. I thought I’d share it with you guys:

  • Cashmere Blend Navy Chesterfield by Jil Sander for Uniqlo
  • Flat Face Watch by Tissot
  • White OCBD by Gant Rugger
  • Levi’s 501s
  • Loake Fenchurch Loafers
  • Confidence

Make sure you pop the lapel/collar of the coat and shirt, leave the ocbd untucked, and get some navy/white striped socks going before leading your followers and the women around you into the promised land. 

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January 21, 2014
Getting To Know: Alex Delany

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If you’ve ever had a question regarding Men’s clothing and turned to the internet for help, chances are you have run across "The Pantalones" a blog by Graphic Design student Alex Delany.

In this new segment called, “Getting To Know” we will ask some of the most interesting, and knowledgeable people in the field 10 questions about their likes, dislikes and anything else we really wanted to know about them.

1. Name and Occupation

   Alex Delany, Graduating Design Student at TCNJ (Hire me if you need an incredible/modest graphic designer)

2. Who is your favorite musical artist?

   The Black Keys: Especially mid-2000’s Black Keys

3. Who is your favorite artist? (e.g. painter)

   Andrew Wyeth

4. Favorite book?

    Novel: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle / Non-Fiction: The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli

 5. Have you stuck to your 2014 resolutions?

   Affirmative.

6.  Favorite Restaurant?

   Zahav, Philadelphia: Really really incredible Israeli inspired cuisine. The flavors involved in Michael Solomonov’s dishes are awe inspiring.

7. Favorite non-alcoholic drink? Alcoholic drink?

   Green Tea / Freshly poured pint of Guinness Draught

8. Favorite place to visit?

   Any city associated with an incredible food culture

9. Favorite store?

   Kinokuniya Book Store

10. Your opinion on menswear right now? Since fast fashion companies (Zara, Uniqlo, Topshop) can put out new styles in as little as a month, are they a godsend, or blight for men’s clothing? 

    I think that people put too much trust in designers. A fashion label (whether it be fast fashion or high-end label) will alwasy produce shitty pieces, whether it be every once in a while or consistently. That’s what fashion is; it’s hits and misses. It’s up to the consumer to decide what’s honest and tasteful. I love where menswear is right now, because there’s never been this much dependence on personal taste and interpretation. You have the responsibility of crafting your image. You have the responsibility of deciding what’s worthy, sorting through all the bullshit. The people doing that by dissecting labels and trends and crafting some sort of gnarly Frankenstein monster of a style are absolutely killing it. Menswear is better and worse than it’s ever been, and if it makes sense, I think that’s the way it always will be. 

Image Courtesy of Greg Costanzo via The Pantalones

Thanks to the dude Joe for letting me start off this series. 

January 7, 2014

Herring Shoes Sale:

If any of you have asked me for tight budget shoe recommendations, chances are pretty high that I mentioned Herring Shoes. Herring is a UK based shoe retailer that carries offerings from high-quality footwear brands, as well as their own house label. They are currently having one of their annual winter sales, and there are some awesome discounts on some incredible shoes. I picked out a few of my favorites and listed them below (keep in mind that stock varies from size to size): 

Herring Stow Suede Brogue Boots - $635 / $275 - These boots are made in Northampton England at the R.E. Tricker’s factory, the same plant that produces all of the Tricker’s line. If you’re looking for an awesome pair of boots to dress up a bit, these are prime. Full suede upper and Dainite Rubber sole, available in multiple colorways.

Church Prague Suede Penny Loafer - $495 / $285 - These are just a killer pair of loafers at an awesome entry level price for Church’s shoes.

Loake Jack Suede Brogue - $265 / $155 - These are an incredible deal, and they’re one of the most appropriate and versatile shoes for the coming spring season. Full leather upper and Goodyear welted leather sole.

Alfred Sargent Thompson Suede Monk Strap - $635 / $325 - These shoes are incredible. This is top tier quality at a very approachable price. I’ve always liked AS monks, and the Dainite Rubber sole on these takes them to another level. 

Herring Ferndown Leather Oxford - $305 / $190 - Lastly, a whole cut oxford offering for someone looking to get into a sleek pair of shoes. I like the green of this leather a lot, and the brogue style decoration is a great touch to a whole cut shoe. Goodyear welted and made in Spain, also available in brown. 

As a final note, I’d just like to comment on the quality of Herring’s customer assistance and experience. This brand is all about doing menswear the right way. They in no way sponsored this post, but I felt the need to let you guys know how happy I’ve been with my experiences. 

Also, the prices I’ve listed include shipping to the U.S.A. and exclude VAT taxes.

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December 28, 2013
My Go-To Beers of 2013:

As most of you probably know, I enjoy a beer from time to time (read all the time). That being said, it makes sense that I’d put together a list of my go-to beers of the past year, right?

Before we start, however, I’d like to clear a few things up: 

  1. This is by no means a list proclaiming the “BEST” beers of 2013. I am just telling you guys what I liked this year and returned to again and again.
  2. I am from the Northeastern United States, so that takes some beers off the list, in terms of availability, for some of you. 
  3. I am in college, so you will not be finding $25 single bottles on this list.
  4. I drink a lot of beer, so I know what I am talking about (most of the time). 
  5. I like darker beers (aka Stouts over Hefeweizens), so take that into account when looking at my choices.
  6. I’ll break the beers down by category or style of beer, and that starts now:

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India Pale Ale: Uinta Hop Notch IPA - 

This is one of the most solid IPA’s I’ve ever tried, reasonably priced, not overly hoppy, and never disappointing. Also, it comes in cans.

Double IPA: Victory DirtWolf -

A truly incredible beer that brings forward notes of citrus, pine, and spice. Victory really knocked it out of the park with this new release.

Lager: Yuengling Lager - 

What can I say? It’s not a craft beer, but I have to say it may be the most solid beer in America. It is the definition of a go-to, at $22 for 24 bottles of reliable lager. Always consistent in flavor, whether it be from a can, bottle, or tap. I don’t think there is a beer that I drank more than Yuengling this year.

Black Lager: Port Brewing Company Midnight Expression - 

A local liquor store had 24oz. bottles on sale for three bucks; I tried one, and the next day, I went back and bought out all of the stock in the store. This beer turned me on to black lagers, a beer I will always reach for if available. 

Hefeweizen: Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen -

Delicious, light, and it comes in a 12 pack of cans. Many of last summer’s nights involved UFO.

Stout: Guinness - 

Over the past year, I’ve come to realize that there isn’t a beer that I enjoy drinking at a bar more than Guinness. It’s the most enjoyable beer that I can get on tap. It’s incredible. That’s about it. 

Imperial Stout: Ballast Point Sea Monster - 

In contrast to Guinness, this is the stout I’m looking to drink to get a bit rowdy. Bold chocolate, coffee, and currant notes with an ABV of 10%. This beer will get you to that place.

Pumpkin Ale: River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern - 

River Horse just moved their brewery about five minutes off of TCNJ’s (my school’s) campus, and that was somewhat of a miracle. I got to try this pumpkin ale fresh at the brewery, and it was always my go-to for a darker ale in the fall at our favorite local bar. It’s not overly pumpkin flavored, and that’s the trick. 

Belgian: Victory Golden Monkey - 

There will never be a beer that means more to me than Golden Monkey. There will also never be a beer that I will reach for more quickly at the end of a long week or after someone declares that the night is going into “full-throttle might not make it back alive” type mode. This 10% Belgian style tripel has alway been there for me when the need to get reckless is strong. 

Special Belgian: Allagash Black -

Currently, this is my favorite beer. It is a Belgian style stout. I don’t know what category that really falls into, but it is perfect. Strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, and subtle coffee make up the flavor profile of this beer, and it goes down so damn smooth. 

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December 26, 2013

I done copped it. 

The Mr. Porter sale + an influx in Christmas guap left me with no choice. I had to do it, because that collar/buttonless neckline is too real. 

Seriously though, I’ve been eyeing up this Glanshirt (Slowear) linen shirt since the summer, but I couldn’t justify paying around $250 dollars for it. This is just about the perfect casual shirt, in my opinion, and it fits my personal style unlike anything else I’ve seen in a while. Luckily the Mr. Porter sale, which you guys should be all over, knocked 50% off that price. This spring/summer season is already looking extra crispy. 

December 17, 2013

Product Review: Industry Portage Co. Wool + Suede Tote - 

It has been a while since I reviewed any sort of bag or featured a strictly bag-related company on the blog, so I was thrilled to hear from RJ Diaz of Industry Portage Co., a company offering bags, wallets, dopp kits, and cases. RJ gave me a brief background of his company, one that looked very attractive from my quick inspection, and offered to send me a bag that was being released for his Fall/Winter 2013 collection. I haven’t added any new bags to my line-up (besides an army surplus duffle) in forever; this ended up being an incredible addition to my bag rotation and wardrobe. 

The bag that I got is a black and gray wool and suede work tote, and it is absolutely beautiful. The materials are obviously the first thing that you notice about the bag, the combination of soft, unstructured wool and soft suede gives the bag a very unique appearance, different from the more rigidly structured bags that we are used to seeing. The inside material is just as impressive, if not more; the cobalt blue interior is made of 190T RPT liner, a completely recycled material. The colors accent the stainless steel hardware that makes up the rivets, zippers, clasps, and D-rings, and overall the bag has an extremely elegant look for its casual tote bag classification. 

I guess this a good time to say that I wouldn’t consider this a tote bag upon first inspection, and that is because of the amount of storage space and the overall features of the bag. As you can see in the pictures above, the bag is surrounded with nine exterior pockets of varying sizes, perfect for stashing things like your phone, a small book, notebooks, passport, water bottle, candy bar, nine candy bars, a hot dog, ketchup for the hot dog, your pager, fat stacks, etc. The inside is just as convenient, with a long zippered pocket on one side of the bag and a pouch pocket and six pen slots on the other. An added plus is the shoulder strap, in addition to the handles.

The construction is what struck me the most about this bag. It’s really what brings everything together. The details are executed perfectly, and the bag feels like it knows what it’s doing. The bottom is made of a single-piece suede, just as high quality as the straps. There isn’t a single stitch that looks out of place, and the hardware is impressively solid.

This is a bag that could be taken to work every single day for a year and stand up just fine, and that’s what I would recommend doing with it. It’s a perfect size for just about any laptop (17” x 14” x 5”), and as you can see, has plenty of room for a few other necessities. You could even use it for an overnight, although I wouldn’t suggest a weekender. Overall, Industry Portage Co. Impressed me. The product was beautiful and quite obviously of the highest quality. I can’t thank RJ enough for the perfect tote, a bag from which I usually stay well away. 

Bag Contents:

  • Wool Scarf - Lands’ End
  • Sweater - L.L. Bean
  • Leather Pouch - Lotuff
  • Portable Hard Drive - LaCie
  • Detroit Tigers Cap - Fan Favorite
  • Magazines - GQ, Communication Arts, Print
  • Insulated Thermos - Hydro Flask
  • Phone - iPhone 5s
  • Pens - Micron
  • Sunglasses - Ashcroft

(Source: mypantalones)

December 11, 2013

Product Review: Beckett Simonon Goodyear Welted Bailey Chukka 

I’ve been in the market for a leather chukka boot for a while, and it was just my luck that the guys from Beckett Simonon sent me a pair of their Bailey Chukkas for review. Previous to my correspondence with Nick Hurtado (co-founder of Beckett Simonon) I had glanced over the company’s site once or twice, without doing any in depth research. The shoes that I saw looked attractive, but of course, judging shoes without talking to someone or seeing them in person is a risky business. 

If you aren’t familiar with Beckett Simonon, as I once was, I’ll fill you in. Beckett Simonon offers two lines of shoes, one goodyear welted line and one brick-soled chukka line, for very reasonable prices. The brick-soled chukkas are comparable to a Clarks Desert Boot, and the goodyear welted line includes, two colors of chukka, two oxfords, a penny loafer, a chelsea boot, a double monk, a derby, and a long wing. Basically, they cover all the basics in the modern menswear shoe game. Obviously, the goodyear welted shoes are a bit more expensive (although not expensive at all) coming in around $139 dollars each, while the brick-soled boots go for about $80 - $100. Both price ranges are very approachable for college kids like me, so I wanted to see what kind of product was attached to that price tag.

First off, the chukkas came with an extra pair of laces, a plastic shoe horn, a small note book, and nice note from Nick. That’s obviously not a make or break aspect, but it’s a nice little touch worth mentioning. With the shoes themselves I was pleasantly surprised, and they inspired a few main talking points. 

The first thing I examined was the leather. I want to say this straight off: these are not Edward Green or John Lobb shoes. The leather quality isn’t close to comparable, but remember that you’re paying $139 dollars for these. That being said, the full grain leather that Beckett Simonon uses inside and out was pretty on point with the price range. Also, Nick had informed me that they had just upgraded the quality of their leather after their shoes were reviewed by Derek on Put This On. Visibly, the leather was not cheap-looking, and the burnished toe and heel gave it a nice bit of depth. 

My second inspection was that of the last. The shape of the chukka was comparable to the shape of a Clarks Desert Boot, by no means pointy but still shapely. There was no indication that this shoe was meant for more formal occasions; the last dictated a certain casual nature about the shoe. Nick had also told me that, as was the case with the leather, the last of their shoes was updated and slimmed a bit after Derek’s suggestions were brought to light in his review. Overall, the last was attractive, and the shoe was comfortable, two necessities for me when deciding if a shoe is wearable. 

What it comes down to, however, is the price, and if I would recommend these to you guys reading this review. I’ll be honest: this shoe appeals to a budget conscious menswear enthusiast, a college kid who may be just as concerned with funding his weekend drinking extravaganzas and keeping some sort of food in the fridge. For that kind of person, such as myself, I think these shoes are a pefectly justifiabe option. The quality of the materials and craftsmanship, although not on par with any $1,000 pair of leather shoes, blows anything you’d find at this price range out of the water. Buying something at the mall just wouldn’t be a smart move when you could order these at the same price. 

After all, they have free shipping and returns, so it won’t be an expensive return if by some chance you don’t like the shoes. It’s also nice that they offer a one-year warranty on all their shoes. If you’re a younger guy who has to keep an eye on the checking account balance at all times, I think you should give Beckett Simonon a shot for your next shoe purchase. Their price is extremely attractive, leaving room for a few six packs that weekend, and the shoe itself is worth the price. I for one, have been wearing these with navy chinos all week. Just be careful on the ice with new leather soles; that’s a dangerous game. 

November 13, 2013
GQ’s Obsession With The Baby Collar and The Value of a Full Spread:

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I have always questioned the logic and taste of stylists working in magazines. It seems as though they feature pieces that major designers push, regardless of appearance or details, and this is especially true when it comes to dress shirts. The main offender in this instance is GQ and its love affair with the baby point collar.

Without fail, Jim Nelson (EIC of GQ, pictured below) appears in every photo sporting a shirt with a tiny collar. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him wear a spread that reaches under the lapels of his jacket. You might say that he wears the collar to appropriate the 1.5” width of his ties, but honestly, that’s another issue. If you’re the Editor in Chief of the world’s biggest menswear magazine, you should look like a man, and your collar should look like a man’s collar.

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So what is technically wrong with a small collar?

There are a few things that a small collar accomplishes, and none of them are positive if you’re more than sixteen years old. Firstly, a baby collar takes years off your image, and that’s not in a good way. A smaller collar gives the impression that the wearer is young, a bit too young to be wearing a suit. The collar also makes your head appear much larger than the proportions of your body dictate, inspiring another characteristic of children.

A small collar also calls for a readjustment in proportion to your entire outfit. Primarily, a small collar needs a smaller tie knot; if you have a small opening between your collar points, a knot measuring more than an inch and a half can leave your neck looking constrained, drawing attention away from your face. Creating a need for a skinny tie is never a good thing, in my opinion, unless you’re headed to a Mad Men party or your pop-punk band’s first show outside of the garage.

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When it comes down to it, the real problem I have with the baby collar is that it doesn’t rest under the lapels of a jacket, open or closed. In my book, if you can see the tips of your collar, you’re doing something wrong (unless we’re talking about a button-down collar). If your collar tips are showing, there are two unnecessary points of focus on your neck. taking away from the fluidity of your kit and highlighting the shirt as an individual piece, as opposed to a functioning part of a whole.

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What it’s really all about is maintaing the image of your kit as an entire kit, not a bunch of singular pieces. When you look at an outfit, you want a sense of solidity and appropriateness in relation. If your shirt is standing out as a singular aspect, due to exposed collar points, that takes away from the seamlessness of your kit. The spread collar above remains nicely under the edges of my lapel, maintaining a fluid flow from tie to shirt, shirt to jacket, jacket to gillet. There is no interruption in that progression.

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I buy my shirts with full spread and cutaway collars; I won’t buy a shirt that I am expecting to wear with a tie unless it will safely stay beneath my lapels when I am sitting, walking, or doing whatever the hell it is that I do. I own a few point collar shirts, but I wear them more casually, without a blazer. You can see, in the pictures above and below, that the tips of my collar are nowhere to be seen. The cutaway contrast and plaid collars and the spread blue striped collar achieve this qualification perfectly.

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Some strict menswear aficionados will say that you should choose your collar solely on how it frames your face; Although that makes sense, I respectfully disagree. When choosing a shirt collar, the length and ability to nest under my blazer is the main priority. That being said, I think the full spread collar is the best option for the average man. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Italian, or dramatic, go for a cutaway.

I will say that GQ is starting to do a better job, incorporating appropriate spreads into their editorials and features, and they aren’t the only offender in supporting the baby collar. There are plenty of magazines, blogs, and millions of people who promote and wear collars of underwhelming size. It’s an epidemic of massive proportions and little recognition. My only advice is this: the next time you go to buy a shirt, wear a jacket, respect your neck, and don’t buy a baby collar.

November 7, 2013

The New Flannel, a Refinement in Fabric:

Flannel is back. You’ve heard this before; Kurt Cobain, the grunge revival, and whatever the hell else flannel used to mean is still cool. The thick fabric, full of pills, you wore to that one bon fire, that one time, to make that one girl think you were edgy or something is still cool? Well, kind of. Flannel has been synonymous with grunge, art students, lumberjacks, and that shitty acoustic guitar player from high school for decades. That’s just the way it is, and that’s the way flannel, as the masses know it, will continue to be viewed for a while longer.  

However, there is another flannel shirt making its way onto the horizon, a modern option for the sartorially inclined man. Over the past five years (as you probably already know), there has been a movement in menswear, calling for tailored clothing that can be worn casually. The product of this movement, in a few words, is an image of casual elegance, and the flannel shirt has started to follow in this menswear movement’s tracks.

Over the past few seasons, the presence of lightweight flannel in shirting has increased steadily, and the pieces have been far from the heavy, point-collar flannel shirts of the past. A lightweight flannel allows for a more elegant drape and youthful cut. The fabric lends itself quite perfectly to the casual elegance, sought after by today’s man. The softness and comfort of flannel, paired with modern cuts, details, and furnishings, creates an incredibly beautiful shirt that doesn’t immediately bring Seattle and the grunge movement to mind.

Since lightweight flannel acts in the same ways a poplin or oxford fabric would, the possibilities in shirting are endless. That being said, above I’ve chosen a few different styles of lightweight flannel to share with you guys. The popover is having a moment right now, and this forest green popover from Piombo is a perfect example of how the modern flannel fabric finds its place in casual Italian tailored clothing. Similarly, this refined fabric has a place in the world of dress shirts.

The dark blue, green, and gray plaid dress shirt, custom made by Modern Tailor, is a perfect example of the elegance of this refined flannel. Finished with a wide spread collar and thick mother of pearl buttons, this shirt brings flannel into the world of the modern custom dress shirt.

The oxford cloth shirt, commonly found with a button-down collar, is a classic staple of the American prep enthusiast. Lightweight flannel is an easy substitute for the oxford fabric, as seen in the striped button-down shirt from Breyburn above. These small changes, like collar style and mother of pearl buttons, distinguish the new flannel trend from its tired older brother.

Lightweight flannel is a fabric that will be very much present in the coming seasons, providing warmth for fall and winter, while remaining wearable and breezy for spring. The refinement, found in menswear today, has reached the world of flannel. It is a new age for the flannel shirt, an age of elegance and personality.

Location: Lavallette, NJ

Photography: Greg Costanzo

Styling: Alex Delany

Art Direction: Alex Delany

October 7, 2013

Product Review: Breyburn Striped Flannel

I recently received a shirt from a new menswear company called Breyburn, an online retailer selling modestly priced ready-to-wear shirts in high quality fabrics. I got the chance to to chat a bit with the Breyburn guys to learn a bit more about their company and the variety of poplin, flannel, linen, twill, and oxford button down and spread collar shirts that they produce. When offered a shirt to review, I decided to snag a blue and white striped flannel.

The first thing that I noticed about the shirt, upon unwrapping, was the cloth. Really, it’s hard not to notice the cloth instantly. The flannel that Breyburn uses is incredibly lightweight, and from afar appears as though it is more of a poplin. The flannel is incredibly soft and still allows for a slight breeze to push through the shirt. This is the ideal fall material, insanely comfortable and refined. 

On Breyburn’s site, the shirts are described as slim fit, and if you’ve bought shirts online before, you know that slim fit can mean a lot of different things. Sometimes slim fit means too tight, sometimes it means not slim at all. I will say, however, that Breyburn’s shirts are definitely slim fit. Not tight by any means, but the lines are very modern, leaving extra fabric tough to find. The cut of the body is very nice, and fit me perfectly in the shoulders. I will offer a warning to guys with long arms or torsos; the sleeves and shirt will be a bit short on you. If you’re an average sized guy, in terms of height, who likes a slim fit, this cut will flatter you very nicely. 

The details of the shirt are also impressive. The buttons are a very nice mother of pearl, which is always nice to see in a shirt, and the button down collar on a flannel was a refreshing pairing that you don’t see that often.

Breyburn shirts are produced in Portugal, with fabrics from mills like Albini and Tessitura Monti. The construction appears to be on point. After a few wears and a wash, nothing was visibly altered. Basically, this is an extremely solid ready-to-wear shirting company with a relevantly styled product at. Shirts are $85 to $95 bucks across the board, and the shirts are worth every penny. If you want to snag a new shirt for the coming seasons, I would definitely recommend checking these guys out. 

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October 3, 2013

Stills from The Senior Teaser Trailer, posted this morning.

We got some incredible visuals of my room, stuff and self in this thing. 

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October 3, 2013

The Senior Teaser Trailer

I’ve got a little more video for you guys that Greg and I shot yesterday. 

This is the introduction for a project that I have been working on called The Senior. It will be coming to the blog sometime in late October, and I have to say that I haven’t been this excited to work on and post something on the blog since I started it.

Look forward to some insanely obnoxious photos and video content inspired by the life of a tastefully disrespectful senior college slacker. 

Filmed and edited by Greg Costanzo.

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October 1, 2013

The New Flannel Teaser

Early yesterday morning, Greg and I drove down to Lavallette beach to shoot an editorial that I currently have in the works. The light was absolutely incredible, and the photos that we got are unreal. As the name above dictates, the editorial will be examining the transformation of the modern flannel shirt, and it will be dropping sometime in the next two weeks. 

We also shot a little bit of video, a medium that I haven’t really explored yet on the blog. Greg edited everything after we got back yesterday, and this is what we came up with. Hope you guys enjoy it.  

Big thanks to Cadillac for the hook up on the ride there. 

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August 12, 2013
A Saturday Afternoon in Philly, With the 2014 Cadillac ATS 2.0 Turbo

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Sometimes you run a blog and don’t get to drive around a brand new Cadillac for a week, and then there are those other times where you do. Luckily enough for me, last week was one of those times where you do. I was loaned a 2014 Cadillac ATS 2.0 Turbo, courtesy of the good folks at Cadillac and the Tierny Agency, so that I could review it, create content with it, and drive the hell out of it. I got together with the crew, and all three things were accomplished with this beautiful machine.

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I’ll hit you with the technical aspects and review of the car in a second, but first, let me give you a little recap of what came after Fenimore and I drove down to Philly from a brief exploration of NJ flea markets and antique shops:

There are a lot of things to do with a pair of keys to a Cadillac in your hand, but in my opinion, nothing beats a luxurious and lazy Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia for the last day of my brief affair with the ATS. Now before you say or think anything about Philadelphia, let me remind you that it is both the birthplace of the cheese steak and a little place called The United States of America, so if you have anything negative to say, keep those communist thoughts to yourself.

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First on the agenda, as is tradition, was brunch (read oysters) at Parc on Rittenhouse Square. I linked up with the homie Sabir Peele, creator and director of the menswear blog and shop Men’s Style Pro, and we snagged a seat outside on 18th Street (If you ever find yourself in Philly and are looking for a place to eat, I HEAVILY cosign Parc). Sabir’s got some pretty big collaborations in the works, and it was cool to get a feel for what he’s going to be rolling out over the next couple months.

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Sabir Peele, Blogger, founder and writer of Men’s Style Pro

After watching the Rittenhouse wealth walk by, we met up with Philly’s own Wale Oyejide, founder and designer of the menswear label Ikiré Jones, an incredible group of uniquely African-inspired, American-made, unstructured blazers and printed pocket squares. Wale was sporting a wax-print jacket from the Ikiré Jones Spring/Summer 2014 line, so we got to see a little preview there and got to hear a bit about the rest of the collection dropping in the coming season. I assure you, the collection will have you reaching for your wallet immediately. 

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Wale Oyejide, founder and designer of Ikiré Jones

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After mandatory back-alley cigars, the customary trip to Old City was made to stop by Briar Vintage, owned and operated by David Lochner. Briar Vintage is one of the most unique vintage shops on the East coast, and David brings an unparalleled knowledge of vintage clothing to the shop’s space on 3rd street. His wardrobe is full of timeless pieces, and he maintains a silhouette that will most definitely never go out of style. David and his shop are always sources of inspiration for modern looks in my own personal style

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David P. Lochner, owner and operator of Briar Vintage

Before we get deep into the technical review of this car, let me just say that from a design standpoint, this car is a show stopper. Looking into these headlights in the pitch black is like looking into the soul of a wild werewolf/vampire hybrid that somehow resembles Kate Upton on her best day. I think intimidatingly sexy is the phrase that I’m looking for. The lines are clean, purposeful, and swift, an honest portrayal of the car as a whole, and that Cadillac logo, boldly placed on the grill, is the visual form of a Rick Ross grunt.

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July 17, 2013
Why I Like the Clothes I Like: William Morris, Dieter Rams, and the Thought of Honest Design

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I’ve been insanely busy this summer, so I haven’t had much of a chance to write much on the blog. However, I’ve been repeatedly making a comparison in my head lately whenever I see fashionable or stylish garments on the street. I’ve been thinking about what draws me toward and pushes me away from certain items, and like I said, there is one concept that keeps coming back again and again.  As you may or may not know, I am currently a graphic design student, and in my mind the line between design theory and the world of style often becomes nonexistent. I’ve written pieces about design and style before, and this is going to be another one of those pieces.

 If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a few days, you have probably realized that I’m not one for high fashion; I’m not one for leather pants, dysfunctional hats, shiny shit, or the latest Kanye sneaker collaboration. I gravitate toward simpler, more straightforward style, mixing classic fabrics and patterns to fit into a modern setting. I’m not saying that I gravitate toward the boring, but more so toward the refined. You can say that the cut or colors come into effect (and they do), but the biggest variable and determinant is the material used to make the garment. When it comes down to it, the appearance of the material, as well as the appearance of the physical attributes, is what pushes me away or toward a garment.

 William Morris was a prominent designer and theorist during the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 19th century. It was in the 1880s that Morris and the rest of the artists and designers in the Arts and Crafts movement adopted the “truth to Materials” ideal as a standard for work in both art and design. The concept behind this ideal was that materials should be presented for what they are; there should be no attempt to try and disguise a material or alter its appearance to resemble something else. Wood should be represented as wood, grain and all. Gold should be presented as gold, ink as ink.  The idea was that if you present something as it truly is, the design would be honest and the worth would be evident.

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