My grandfather had a sizable collection of watches. It was rare to find him without one of his favorites strapped to his wrist. His love for timepieces inspired my own need to always have a watch on hand. For close to fifteen years, I’ve worn a watch every day to the point where I feel naked without one.
Last year, I discovered a line of watches called Shore Projects. Inspired by the nostalgia and beauty of the British seaside, Shore Projects has swiftly become one of my favorite brands of the moment. Their current collection is divided into three handsome and distinct ‘projects.’ Project 1 is colorful and fun, Project 2 offers a luxurious take on classic timepieces, and Project 3 radiates with sporty practicality.
One of my absolute favorite aspects of the Shore Projects watches is the ability to replace the straps. Sure… many companies offer this ability but none do it as well as Shore Projects does! I kid you not, it is one of the most seamless, easy processes.
If you haven’t checked out Shore Projects, drop everything and do it now. Now you’ll just have to let me know which one you like the most!
During cold-weather months, I run errands in a handsome array of separates – slim khakis, chic outerwear, and fresh kicks. In the summer months, it’s all about being comfortable and cool. I recently picked up a slew of Nike sneakers from Nordstrom and feel like I’ve conquered all of summer with an arsenal of wickedly cool sneakers.
As you know, I’m working in tandem with GQ magazine and GAP to reveal the new crop of the Best New Menswear Designers of America. Each year, GQ choose four standout favorites to create collaborative capsule collections for GAP’s menswear offering. The full collection will be released in September, but until then, I’ll be sporting standout pieces from each brand.
This month, we’re talking about NSF, an L.A.-based brand run by Nick Freidberg and Jamie Haller, prove everything looks better with a little distress. The pieces from their standout collections showcase hand-crafted destruction like heavily-torn elbows and perfectly-stained denim.
For their GAP collaboration, the duo says they’ll be replicating the rough lines of their flagship line for the mass market but they’re not looking for mass market appeal. Jamie say, “We’re not ever gonna water down our product so we can sell it to anyone and everyone. It’s always going to be cool and small and crafted. Not everybody wants a holey T-shirt. I get it.” I’m ecstatic to see what Nick and Jamie come up with for their capsule collection!
Check out more from NSF and shop GAP’s current menswear offering to get your wardrobe summer-ready. West Coast vacation, anyone?
It took years for my facial hair to come in. Growing up, I considered shaving as the ultimate rite of passage for guys. Once you could shave, you were a man – and you got all of the rewards that came with manhood. Instead, I was a post-pubescent teenager with nothing to show except peach fuzz and a face full of pimples.
It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that shaving became part of my weekly routine and – boy – I was so darn excited! Since then, I’ve become a self-dubbed expert when it comes to razors, creams, after-shaves, and balms; I’ve literally tried them all … well, maybe not all, but plenty!
I started using products from The Art of Shaving a few years back after discovering their soft-as-cotton unscented shaving cream. As someone with incredibly sensitive skin, it’s easy for me to write off products that don’t cater to my needs but I’ve always found The Art of Shaving’s catalog to hit the checkmarks on my list.
Recently, The Art of Shaving released a much-anticipated collection of sport-inspired razors called The Morris Park Collection. I got a chance to attend the launch event and see the inspiration behind the collection: vintage sports cars, New York City, and a touch of old-school Mad Men style for the modern guy.
After test-driving the collection, I can say (with confidence) that this is a razor I’ll want to keep around. It doesn’t hurt that they’re fun to look at and use. I’ll never say no to a sporty addition to my everyday arsenal.
What do you guys think? Which color would be your go-to?
If you’ve been a follower of my blog or Instagram for some time, you’ll know that I’m not a wearer of conventional suiting. I love the idea and process behind mixing it up – why aim for cookie cutter, right? One of my favorite ways to dress down a traditional suit for my more casual weekday activities is to pair a favorite blazer with classic chinos in a muted color and a slick pair of white Converse sneakers. It’s meeting (and event) appropriate but can easily transition to happy hour with friends or dinner with clients.
I saw this Ted Baker blazer on Nordstrom’s website a few weeks ago and kept clicking back over to it. I figured I’d go ahead and plan a look around it. The light blue chinos (also Ted Baker) are cheeky and fun without being over the top. Like the outfit, the briefcase bag (from Filson) also works well in any situation.
I’ve been happy to see how robust Nordstrom’s casual suiting offering is. They carry brands like Hugo Boss, Topman, and Ted Baker, which offer affordable and stylish options for guys. I’m not much of a tie-guy but you’ve got to see how extensive their tie catalog is… upwards of 500 options!
Would you wear this look? How would you make it your own?
As far back as I can remember I’ve chased sensory experiences. A powerful flavor or bold scent will always entrance me.
Recently, I took Perry Ellis’s newest cologne Citron for the ultimate test drive. The cologne features vibrant top notes of bergamot and mandarin, which, at once, engages my senses with memories of summer weekends spent climbing the citrus trees lining my grandmother’s backyard. Splashes of star anise and granny smith apple round out the heart of the scent, which kicks it up a notch with spicy black pepper and soothing lavender.
My favorite part of Citron’s profile is the subtle (but noticeable) notes of teak and cedarwood that rise from the bottom-most reaches of the scent. The addition of these muskier blends infuses Citron with a strong and masculine character. Woodsy scents are among my all-time favorites and by offering this manly combination, Perry Ellis knocks it out of the park with Citron!
Perry Ellis is hosting a fantastic contest around the Citron cologne over on their social channels. By uploading a citron-colored photo to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tagging @PerryEllis and hashtagging #PerryCitron, you’ll be entered to win the ultimate grand prize of an Apple Watch (with citron-colored sport band), Citron cologne gift set, and a gym bag! Six creative entries will be award runner-up prizes of a Citron gift set and a gym bag.
The past few weeks have been incredibly hectic. Between (almost) constant travel, a schedule packed with meetings and appointments, plus a stomach flu, I feel like I haven’t had any time for myself. Today, I’m setting aside a chunk of my day for complete and utter relaxation.
Today is all about comfort and I’m happy to have my new insanely-comfortable Superga sneakers along for the ride. I recently partnered with Superga to show off their iconic collection of sneakers – so you’ll be seeing these navy all-stars pop up in a few posts over the next month.
If you’re not familiar with Superga, it’s a brand steeped in heritage and timeless design – qualities that make them a staple in literally anyone’s everyday wardrobe. I’ve worn them with suit separates and also with my typical t-shirt and jeans summer uniform. However you wear your Supergas, there are plenty of styles to match your ever-evolving tastes.
Now I’m going to finish this chili and take myself shopping, because obviously there’s not better therapy than retail therapy, right? [wink] Hope you’re all having a spectacular day!
On Mondays, we wear taupe. That would be my rule if I presided over the Mean Girls. It’s a color that doesn’t get its due credit. Like many guys, I was – for many years – vehemently against wearing clothing that sported any shade of pink. (Though some would argue ‘taupe’ doesn’t fall in the pink family.) Thankfully, I got over that unsolicited rule quickly!
This pair of H-1 sneakers is the perfect balance between an incredibly modern design and a spectacular choice of color. Like a dusty rebel in the sneaker world, this pair is made for the urban explorer in all of us. I paired the shoes with a classic chino and vintage-inspired Rolling Stones t-shirt.
Feeling like a rogue musician never felt so good. Happy Monday, folks!
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