exploring what it means to be the modern man.

style journal // icelandic landscape.

Posted on April 30th, 2015

I have never been to a place as naturally incredible as Iceland. At any given time, you could be stuck in a snowstorm in the mountains, freezing on the Vatnajökull glacier, basking in the sun in Reyjkavik or warm from the steam of geysirs that dot the landscape. One of the most unique characteristics of the country are lava fields that stretch in every direction, like the desert or plains of the States. Once literally where lava flowed from volcano to ocean, spongy moss and grass have taken root to create this other-worldly scene.

Snapshot from a quick hike to and from the ocean..

 

[[ 2xist athletic pants and t-sweater // Banana Republic turtleneck sweater, similar here // Ray Ban sunglasses // Joe Fresh sneakers, similar adidas here // Hermes cuff, similar Miansai from MR PORTER here // shot by OC Mamahalin ]]

 I’ve been wearing these 2xist athletic pants everywhere. They are the perfect on the go pants, from airport to hotel, car to destination and, of course, the gym. Comfortable but the herringbone-like design makes it anything but a basic sweatpant.

style journal // touchdown in iceland.

Posted on April 16th, 2015

The only way I would put up with more winter weather is if I were somewhere beautiful and pristine, where snow wouldn’t melt and instantly turn into black slush, fueling dirty street rivers. Iceland is that picture perfect place, cold yet awe-inspiring, totally worth the cold winds and glacial temperatures.

A highlight was Sólfar, also called the Sun Voyager, created by artist Jón Gunnar Árnason. “It is a boat of dreams, an ode to the sun. Evokes an undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.” It is a perfect reflection of where I currently am, on the edge of a new chapter.

 

[[ wearing LL Bean Fisherman sweater, similar in Sand Dune // Burberry denim, similar at ASOS // Joe Fresh sneakers, similar adidas here // Saint Laurent sunglasses ]]

Thankfully it was fairly mild the first day, which made my initial exploration bearable in just a sweater. Let’s hope it stays that way!

style journal // austin transformation.

Posted on April 5th, 2015

My wardrobe for 75 degrees isn’t the only thing that has gone through a drastic change while in Austin [bring on the t-shirts, spring jackets and bare ankles!]. Though not surrounded by the concrete jungle, I still felt right at home on South Congress and even in downtown, where ‘high rise’ buildings for offices, hotels and housing are constantly in development. In between panels and meetings, I got a chance to check out a few stores, cafes and restaurants outside of the Convention Center path.

[[ wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses // Maison Kitsuné satin bomber jacket, navy version available on MR PORTER // Burberry white denim, similar on ASOS // adidas Stan Smith sneakers ]]

Juiceland to start your day off right [just like I do in NYC] or with breakfast tacos from Veracruz All Natural or Tacodeli [since you are in Austin], ESK for street/Thai food, Barley Swine for bites and beer, Uchiko or Musashino Sushi [can’t wait for Otoko, Paul Qui].

Missing Austin already. Maybe I’ll head back for the SFC Chef Series: Spring Bounty, Austin Food and Wine Festival or Annual Crawfish Boil. More shopping and fun spots to come.

style journal // #sxstyle.

Posted on March 31st, 2015

SXSW has come and gone and it was a complete blur. There was so much packed into a handful of days, and just as it was productive and motivating, it was equally exhausting. From panel to meeting to brand activation to more of the same, it was the jump start I needed to get a head start on spring and the joys that the highly anticipated season brings. Austin and the 75 degree weather was a welcome feeling, and I would do it all again [maybe not right away].

My Acne shorts, which V likens to basketball shorts, were perfect for the weather and for SXSW, where guys kind of try, but not hard enough. I have to say, SXSW was overall more stylish than last year. Step up the game, SXSW 2016!

[[ wearing tomorrowland bomber jacket, similar from river island/asos // shorts by acne studios, similar from AQ/AQ // white t // coach lizard slip-ons, similar from vans ]]

style journal // jacket? yes margiela

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

From camel to grey, my color scheme is constantly evolving. My signature black armour remains steadfast as ever, it is nice though to look down and see something other than black ;]

 

[[ coat: pre martin-dropped maison martin margiela, similar from espirit at asos // blk dnm jeans, similar here from nordstrom // saint laurent boots, similar wyatt harness here at ssense & aviator sunglasses // ralph lauren black label white shirt, similar available at nordstrom // photography by ocmamahalin ]]