Every now and again, I’ll do a round of thrifting in my home neighborhood in Kansas City. If I’ve recently gotten a paycheck, I get a little chance-y and pick up pieces that I know I’ll probably never wear. Some of them are ill-fitting, others are just ridiculous, and more than not, they end up in my closet unworn. If you thrift with any regularity, you’ve been there. You know that feeling. You don’t need it, and you don’t really even want it that badly, but you grab it just in case. After all, it only costs ¢50 or a few bucks. If worse comes to worst, it would make for a good Halloween costume at some point in the future.
Anyway, that was the story behind this blazer, initially. I didn’t have a go-to blue blazer at the time, so I bought it, even though it didn’t really fit. The shoulders framed me well enough and the chest wasn’t bad, but it had a huge waist measurement. The gentleman that owned it before definitely had a belly. Seriously, Santa Claus status. Regardless, I bought it for a staggering $4.50. A navy blue, American-made, hopsack blazer for under $5? Sure.
After a few lonely months in the closet, I finally took it to get tailored. Tailoring thrifted clothing sounds and feels a little unnatural. Taking something that you bought dirt cheap and investing another $25 to $75 seems wrong at first. But, if the piece is of high enough quality, the investment is well worth the fit and wearability that comes with tailored clothing. I’ve gotten a jacket or two fitted, some legs of old trousers tapered, waists taken in. It can turn a forgotten thrift store purchase into one of your wardrobe favorites. In this case, the arms ride up a bit, making them appear a little shorter, but hey, it’s perfect everywhere else.
Clarks, beat to death.
On Cameron: hopsack blazer, thrifted ($4.50), tailored for $45; patchwork button-down (eBay) by Gitman Vintage; cream sweatshirt (sale, $80 at the Baldwin Men’s Shop) by Todd Snyder; the Henley in California wash, (sale at the Baldwin Men’s Shop $116, reg. $232), by Baldwin Denim; beeswax desert boots (gift) by Clarks; WWII-era Russian watch (Etsy, $30) by Vostok; leather wrap (gift) by Tanner Goods; recycled cotton socks (Christmas gift purchased from Hickoree’s), by Solmate Socks.
Photography by the one and only Grant Heinlein, check him out!
For our second guest post for Details Magazine, we decided to look back on a few great films of 2011. It’s the look for less: the idea of taking something that styling crews shelled out hundreds for and recreating it for pennies on the dollar. This isn’t necessarily dress-up; it’s just a little inspiration.
A common thread amongst the films was one man. Ryan Gosling. Enter the Gos.
With the deadline approaching, we phoned our main man, Anthony Barlich, to make shit happen.
Drive: Badass leather jacket, driving gloves and a ratty, old henley. You’ve got those, now make it happen.
(Special thanks to Wicker Park for being a dirty dive.)
On Jeff: Dark wash slim-straight, mid-rise “Max” jean (sale) by Acne; grey henley from Seth‘s closet; thrifted grey moto-style jacket with padding ($40) from Rad Vintage; silver-framed aviators from Mallory‘s purse; off-white “James” wingtip (end-of-season sale $100) by Frye; last-minute fingerless leather driving gloves ($10) from Urban Outfitters; vintage sterling silver “Southwest” inspired cuff ($10); skinny railroad spike cuff ($50) from Giles & Brothers.
(Special thanks to The Bedford Chicago for letting us shoot in your amazing space.)
On Jeff: two-button, notch-collar midnight smart suit (on sale $300) by A.P.C.; slim-fit, mini-check button-down shirting (sale $50) by Scotch & Soda; thrifted woven leather belt ($2); laceless brown “Lexington” wingtips (Nordstrom Rack, $50) by Florsheim.
Ides of March: Politics, schmolitics. Dirty scandals, clean looks. Keep it secret, keep it safe. I also don’t own a grey suit, so you gotta make do with what you have.
(Special thanks to Chicago for being beautiful at sunset)
On Jeff: Grey trench courtesy of Banana Republic’s Mad Men Collection; thrifted wool scarf ($10) by Pendleton; shrunken charcoal sportcoat (sale at Halls for $260) by Bill Tornade; high-waisted charcoal trousers ($60) by American Apparel; short-sleeved white button shirt (end of the season sale $40) by rag & bone; gifted silk tie by rag & bone; thrifted patent leather penny loafers ($5) by Allen Edmonds; tortoise shell sunglasses from Mallory‘s trunk.
Once again, Major eProps to Anthony for the photography for this project with Details. Also, a big bear hug to Mallory for being the lighting queen. She can hold a light longer than one of those schmucks on Survivor standing on a totem pole for a piece of chocolate.
Seriously, y’all. Anthony makes it happen.
A quick little street style update courtesy of Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style.
There isn’t anything particularly exciting about my outfit, especially for my general thrust for anything obnoxious or questionable. However, take a closer look at the jacket.
A recent find at Barney’s, the Harris Tweed A.P.C. (although Context carries this) blazer has quickly became my favorite fall/winter wardrobe piece. The different colors woven in this badboy are beautiful. It’s easy to pair with denim for a casual look. Or I pair it with another color trouser or button down that is woven throughout the jacket, like the rich burnt orange/brown, purple and blue. A definite investment piece, sure. Worth it though.
On Jeff: Grey Harris Tweed blazer by A.P.C.; grey crewneck sweatshirt by Jack Spade, thrifted purple madras shirt by GANT; blue cotton scraggly scarf by rag & bone; thrifted two-tone knapsack; beloved dark wash 11.5 oz slim “Henley” with stretch no wash for 2 years by Baldwin Denim; chocolate suede boots by Red Wing; black framed glasses by Gant Rugger.
Thanks again, Amy. You’re a sweet and talented friend who’s also got some wacky style.
Also, Can we pause and talk about this bookshelf print top? I want that in a button down.
A born-and-bred Midwest boy ripening out on the East Coast, Grant is the guy to keep your eyes on in the coming years. Rather than getting snared in the talons of the Kansas Jayhawks, he opted out and fled the state for art school.
He’s mad talented—far more than we ever were in undergrad—and earned his spot at RISD. It’s no surprise that he’s at one of the top schools for design studying graphic design and photography.
When I asked Grant about his style, he reflected on stories of high school habits we can relate to. You know: the standard slouchy basketball shorts, Jordans and hooded sweatshirts. Like us, he was that guy.
But he didn’t quite feel the jam of having reptiles, wild game or flying critters plastered over his heart…
Someday, Grant would love to be an art director. His passion and creativity for seeing the bigger picture of how each art form is used and displayed stimulates him like nothing else. If the opportunity arises one of these summers, he’d love to intern for Kinfolk or Inventory. He recently accomplished quite a feat that many photographers attempt but never complete: the 365-day photography blog.
I don’t even have the dedication to shower once a day for a year. Let alone dream a concept, put it in action and publish the results every single day as a tool to grow, learn and push myself.
On Grant: quilted navy vest by J.Crew; wool crew neck pullover by Gant Rugger; button-down by J.Crew; navy wool trousers by Pendleton; Iron Ranger boots by Red Wing.
Photos by Jarred Donalson.
Winter is depressing enough.
Don’t be like those babes over there all dressed in black and gloomy.
The great folks over at Details Magazine asked us to do a series of “Daily Details” posts this month. We gladly tightened our belts, wiped our eggnog-mustaches away, and accepted the invitation.
Seth kicked things off on a how to stand out in a sea of black North Face parkas and Moncler puffy coats with “How to dress for freezing-cold days.” Keep an eye out for the next three.
On Jeff: “K.C.” wool fitted baseball hat by Baldwin Denim; grey wool scarf by Pendleton; red puffer jacket by Patagonia; obnoxious plaid button-down by Gant Rugger; white denim by A.P.C.; neon-laced desert boots by Clark’s. Above: “Bedale” waxed jacket by Barbour.
On Seth: thrifted black pea coat by Sterlingwear of Boston; striped shoulder-button sweater by ASOS; chambray trousers by Levi’s; shearling-lined boots by L.L. Bean; yellow knit cap; plaid scarf; and his grandfather’s custom-tailored chamois and leather driving gloves.
Photos by Carolina Mariana Rodriguez.