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Tom Ford’s Essentials or Whatever

So you’ve heard the new JAY Z song, “Tom Ford.” Great. But who is this guy that JAY Z keeps mentioning?

Turns out, he’s quite the visionary who has created some provocative advertisements but is really known for designing well-tailored clothing. He’s also into having private shows with celebrities to debut his collection. Y’know, ’cause exclusive. A quick Googling of “Tom Ford” will also have your office flag your computer for pornography. To top it off, his clothing fits so damn well and is so on-brand for Mr. Carter that he wrote a song about this guy. And lo and behold, I stumbled across a list today of Tom’s essentials via an Instagram that I follow and he’s got a list of things you should own.

I’ll chip in my pocket change and make some adjustments. You should, too.

Late summer laundry

Summer uniforms, summer go-to’s, summer whatever you usually find yourself wearing. If you were to go through friend’s Instagrams and Facebook albums (just kidding, nobody uploads photos from their SUMMER 2013 ROADTRIP anymore), you’ll probably finding me wearing one of these or a blend of the three.

 

 

1) Birkenstocks are pretty standard, I mean, I went to liberal arts school and played on the frisbee team. What else were you supposed to wear to your Queer Theory class? Lest we forget the days when you could smoke a pack of cloves on the porch of your dilapidated college housing. The tie-dye shirt was a nice surprise from a friend and is now my inaugural “It’s time to drink on the roof” shirt. Occupy tie dye rainbow short sleeve by Band of Outsiders; plain grey jane shorts from J.Crewliberal arts “Arizona” two-strap Birkenstocks.

2) I’m always on board for the stripes and white denim, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. I guess this is where I’m supposed to say, “When it gets chilly on a summer evening, you’ll need a long-sleeve shirt.” But let’s not and say we did, since that’s just an excuse for those people who think long sleeves don’t make sense in the summer. I don’t need much floral, so let’s keep it minimal and stick it on my feet. Comme des Garcons striped long sleeve tee; white Acne denim (similar)Kimono slippers by Soludos.

3) If all of my striped tees are dirty (which can happen), I’ve got the striped shorts situation covered. Casually covered. And of course I’ll cop those GATs. Find ‘em here on the internet, friends. They are relaxing and minimal, like your favorite VSCO photos of scenic landscapes you’ve snapped on your summer treks. A perfect grey tee that you never have to wash because it doesn’t stretch out by rag & bone; striped casual shorts for brunch and boozing by Etudes; the original Margiela sneakers but you can find ‘em eBay or in Soho like I did.

Tada please stop me if I’m not wearing one of these outfits so I know you care, cool?

Spring-a-thing

You’ve made it through the winter. And you’re about to tackle a bit of closet cleaning: the spring things you’re deciding to pitch or keep.

I ditched more than I anticipated in hopes of swapping in a new batch of spring digs. I mean, why bother buying all of those shirts that are a hair too tight from the sale section so that when you sit down you’re embarrassed. You’re embarrassed because sitting shirts are now standing only shirts and your standing shirts are those ones you tried to tie around your waist for a catch of cool.

So, I’m skipping the floral shirt train for the moment and focusing on the footwear category for a kick.

My shoe collection has always been pretty weak, particular with the warmer months. I have far too many pairs of Birkenstocks and Chacos from undergrad that have carried themselves into my mid-20s. It’s unclear if this pair of kimono print Soludos ($42) establishes an accurate level of maturity, but they seemed to make me happy enough today. Welcome to the family, Soludos. You’ll set nicely next to the Birks, Chacs and appropriately ignored flip-flops.

Oh! And yeah, I already dragged out my spring clothes from the boxes and closets and bottom drawers that I never open. Cleaned ‘em all out and sent the tributes off to Beacon’s Closet. A great feeling of productivity and a little cleanse.

Do you have a ritual of sorts when it comes to the seasons changing and closets rotating?

MATERIALISM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: JEFF’S PICKS

 

1. The Great Coat: I’ve never seen a coat this color, let alone in my size. It’s gone now and will be on the list of things I regret not buying. Just like that Goyard wallet in Paris, that Folk raincoat in London and that pair of Rachel Comey loafers I saw a kid wearing in Kansas. Coat by rag & bone.

2. Wool hat: I got to handle this beaut at the Pop Up Flea at the Wittmore booth. I fell in love and walked away. Commitment issues, man. Hat by Ian Velardi.

3.  Grey sweater: It’s the first thing I reach for when I’m packing my weekend bag. It’s the one thing I forget to dry clean, too. Sweater by S.N.S. Herning.

4. Scarf shnarf: The thing I like about scarves and accessories is that, done right, they can be the oomph that ties an outfit together. Striped woven scarf by Etro.

5. Light-to-medium-wash denim: I’ve been wearing a light-medium wash because I’m not ready to cave to winter’s dark shades and cool temps. 484 straight-leg denim by J.Crew.

6. Wallabees: One of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own. I’ve recently converted a few others to wearing them, and these are guys who wouldn’t normally grab a pair. Not bros either—just normal dudes with normal jobs looking to not wear sneakers. Wallabee boots by Clarks.

7. Zipper wallet: Consider the zipper wallet like a pair of briefs, sometimes you just need a little more support. Wallet by Comme des Garçons.

WANT: Instead of Student Loans, Dec. ’12

We’ve all got our lists and oh-so-perfectly-curated Tumblr pages and Pinboards dedicated to things we like, lust and pine for with every little click. Well, this post is just showing that I put a little more effort forth in copying, dragging and pasting them into sexier packaging using a bootleg copy of Photoshop. You’re welcome, Internet.
Here’s what I’d drop my wad of student loan money on instead of paying back Every True Son. Yeah, they’re pricy. BUT SO ARE STUDENT LOANS.
Clockwise: mustard cotton sweater by NN.07; berry-colored motorcycle jacket with detachable sleeves by 3.1 Phillip Lim; rucksack by Archival; cotton blend T-shirt by Alexander Wang; suede and leather trainers by Maison Martin Margiela; fragrance by Odin; slim black denim by Acne; braided lash hook by Giles & Brother.