Brooks Bros. Brushes Up

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The other day I was flipping through the mail, and was shocked when I stumbled upon the new Brooks Brothers catalog for Fall. It wasn't getting the catalog that shocked me (I get more clothing-related mail than any sane human being should), but rather what I found on the cover and inside. Everything looks so….modern. The best thing about this revelation was when I realized that they had essentially changed nothing. Lets take a look at the … [Read more...]

Summer White-Out

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Before departing London for another semester of university back in the States, I had a day or two to do those things I spent all summer saying would get done tomorrow. Pretty close to the top of the list was checking out the Maison Martin Margiela retrospective at Somerset House. Looking at videos of runway shows and agonizing over which hand-constructed conceptual garment is most impressive is taxing work, and a bit of pre-game fuel was … [Read more...]

Lasting Luxury

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We all known how flooded the market is with supposed "luxury goods" and "quality bespoke such-and-such," but I've been thinking a lot lately about what sorts of things set apart the proverbial wheat from the chaff. To be honest, a lot of what I've been able to identify falls pretty simply into two categories: intensive craftsmanship and true creativity/individuality. The brands and products that combine a love of craft and quality with a unique … [Read more...]

A Man Of Style / A Man Of Fashion

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“In the classical European humanistic tradition, fashion was always thought to be antithetical to good taste. A person blindly following the whims of fashion was without style, whereas a man of style – or a gentleman – used his own power of judgment… fashion in a societal formation always combining two opposite forces. It is a socially acceptable and safe way to distinguish oneself from others and, at the same time, it satisfies the … [Read more...]

Put Your Stunner Shades On

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Sunglasses have got to be one of the quintessential masculine accessories. This may sound like a bold statement, but it's one that I think is justified. Also, unlike many other articles, even "fashionable" sunglasses tend to be more classic. While women's sunglasses walk more on the wild side, men's frames even at their trendiest are usually classically inspired. For my money, there are really only a handful of shapes and sizes a man needs to … [Read more...]