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style journal // how to style espadrilles in the city.

Posted on May 20th, 2016

Espadrilles have always been a spring/summer go-to for me, typically en route to, on and off the beach. But espadrilles obviously were not born in a city..

It’s always awesome to learn more about the origin of cultures, different rituals, nuances in style. Espadrilles originated from the Pyrenees, and were purely functional, worn typically during warmer months. The style has exploded since its inception, with major brands adding their trademark elements to the shoe. One that stands out and stays true to its core vision is Viscata, a brand that handcrafts each pair in Spain, where the shoe originated from. Not only that, but Viscata has teamed up with Treecycler to plant trees in reforestation projects around the world. I love when a brand ties its original craftsmanship to a cause that connects on a deeper level.

Don’t feel like you can’t wear espadrilles in the city though! Put on a pair with your Summer Friday outfit for a off-duty look, throw some on with your favorite jeans and t to keep it casual, or update to a fun, new color with your swim trunks to take you from city to the beach for the weekend!

[[ viscata portbou espadrilles in beige, shot by joy jacobs ]]

style journal // how to pull off casual fridays.

Posted on May 20th, 2016

For those that can believe it, I was once on track to become a consultant. Looking back, I’m so glad I decided to take a risk and dive into the digital world. Since the start of my career, I have helped build  digital and social strategies, communities and campaigns for some of the biggest names in fashion, luxury, beauty and lifestyle.

Not only that, but I’ve always expressed myself through my style, not tied to typical “business casual” or suit and tie apparel. That doesn’t mean I don’t dress up for work, I just add my own spin on things. That’s why I was drawn to OLD FAME based out in LA, stylish and functional, progressive and timeless.

I get that not all guys can be free in how they dress to work, but take small style risks. Add a bomber to your shirt and tie for a more modern look, or style a t-shirt with your blazer instead of a button down. After all, summer is just around the corner, and its the best time to shed as many layers as you possibly can.

[[ viscata portbou espadrilles in beige, shot by joy jacobs ]]

style journal // leather jacket.

Posted on May 8th, 2016

Everyone has their own perception of NYC, what it is, should be, who lives here, all of it. As I prep to travel for a year, I wanted to highlight quintessential NYC style, what makes New York, New York in my view.

The leather jacket is certainly not exclusive to NYC, but it is a wardrobe staple for all New Yorkers. Throw one on in whatever season and you’re good to go. Go all black for the ultimate NYC look, or a simple white t, jeans, and your favorite pair of boots (Saint Laurent for me, similar here).





But not just any leather jacket. Let style, quality and fit guide you in whatever price point. Here are some good ones from Topman, Coach, AllSaints and Helmut Lang:

Photography by Justin Duplantis

style journal // the loewe must-have.

Posted on April 25th, 2016

Transitioning from winter to spring is always a sartorial challenge, especially when temperatures rise and fall with the sun. One must-have piece that won’t change in my winter-to-spring rotation? My Loewe Puzzle bag. I’ve been wanting it since it came out a few seasons ago, and I finally pulled the trigger before SXSW. As my first non-black bag, its gotten a lot of wear in the short time I’ve had it, and as my wardrobe evolves and becomes lighter (I swear!) in the warmer months, I’m sure the cost-per-wear in the spring alone will justify this purchase (thank you Farfetch).

As for my wardrobe and evidence that it is getting lighter, my Proenza sweater (a marled Gap version here), Saint Laurent-inspired coat by Carine Roitfeld x Uniqlo (an all grey version from Topman), and Celine sneakers (the original og Vans Slip Ons) are helping me through this non-black slump:



[[ photography by justin duplantis ]]

style journal // modern chinos.

Posted on April 17th, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the word “chino”? For me, it conjures up images of men in pants that are too loose in all the wrong areas. Too baggy in the thigh, too much room in the calf, and definitely not tapered enough at the ankle. And while you may be thinking that I wear clothing slimmer than most men, there is something to be said about fit and proportion, even on a regular joe. There is a fine line between sloppy weekend-wear and polished work-wear.

The chino pant style was one that I avoided, but Banana Republic’s new chino fits have changed my perception of them. The Fulton sits low on the waist, skinny on the leg and is an overall skinny fit. I also tried on the Aiden, which sits below the waist, slim through the thigh and leg, and an overall slim fit.

If you’re like me and you weren’t convinced that there were chinos out there that fit like they are supposed to, check them out (especially now that they are up to 40% off!)



Thank you Banana for making me a chino convert, and for helping step up my spring color game. Also wearing the new Soft-Wash Classic Crew t-shirt. Photography by Justin Duplantis.