The Good Guys: Grant Heinlein

January 11, 2012
Meet Grant.
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.

“Between my freshman year uniform of basketball shorts and hoodies and the over-saturated preppy, country club wannabes, I had to break out and develop my own sense of style.”

But he didn’t quite feel the jam of having reptiles, wild game or flying critters plastered over his heart…

“My whole thing is simplicity. I think that also stems from my artwork, but it’s definitely what I would describe my style as if I had to choose a word. It’s this relatively small mix of simple items that are going to last, like my denim, boots, Barbour, etc. I definitely don’t wear many bright colors. I’m a neutral guy, keeping it simple with browns, greys, and mostly navy blue.”


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.

The whole point is to get better, push yourself and your creativity. Once I got into it, I got addicted to it. The feeling of capturing a photo a day that portray emotions on what I was feeling that day, or hell, even a cool thing to look back on, was enough to keep me going. I was tested in my patience to take the time to do it each day and try new concepts that I developed.”

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.

You can find Grant and view his stunning flickr account over at flickr.com/grantheins, on the Tumblrs at formelle.tumblr.com and on the Twitterwebz at @grantheinlein.

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.

DETAILS Magazine: A Guide for Dreary Winter

January 10, 2012
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.

midweSTYLE: Aztec RL

January 2, 2012
Cam flew off to London today, but he managed to squeeze in a photoshoot in the Kansas City River Market with our main man, Jarred. Layer up, friends. It’s finally getting colder in the Midwest.

Styling suggestions:

  • If you’ve got a rather bold, loud or obnoxious sweater, tame it with a (mostly) solid vest.
  • If you’re considering buying a bold, loud or obnoxious sweater, try it. It’ll probably turn into one of favorites.
  • See also: Jeff’s recent sweater purchases of zebra, tribal and roommate’s poncho.


On Cam: Vintage Ralph Lauren aztec sweater from eBay; blue button-down oxford from J.Crew; thrifted down vest (simliar to Patagonia’s sling shot vest); leather hoofpick belt (similar via Valet); slim-straight selvedge denim by Wings + Horns; leather Red Wing boots.

Photos by Jarred Donalson.

Friday Wrap-Up: End of the Year

December 29, 2011

http://manupchicago.com/thom-browne-bag-dewars-notre-dame-chicago/

It was Alan Flusser who pointed out, a whole generation of men in the ’70s stopped getting dressed, so they didn’t teach their children how to get dressed. More and more people have found, “Oh, I can go read about this stuff.”

Read More http://www.gq.com/style/profiles/201112/menswear-street-style-oral-history#ixzz1hwt1xP82

http://www.gq.com/style/profiles/201112/menswear-street-style-oral-history?currentPage=1

Thrifty Thursday: Stolen motorcycle jacket

December 29, 2011
So, I bought a leather jacket a couple of weeks ago on my day off up in Andersonville…
Alarmingly broken-in and well-loved, this motorcycle jacket ended up in my hands right once I walked in. I mean, if this jacket could talk, I can imagine raucous stories of women holding on to it for dear life as the owner careened around the curves of mountain roads somewhere.
Alongside my brown leather “Member’s Only” jacket and a padded grey leather one, black completes the series. So I strolled up to my favorite nook in Andersonville…
Rad Vintage is the place to go, people. It’s stocked full of reasonably priced and well-curated options. You’ll spend a handful of minutes sifting through their selection from the bossman, RJ. He’s got a great eye and know’s what he’s doing. Check them out on the interwebz or head up their to the store one of these days.
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While doing some vintage shopping on the Sabbath in Wicker Park, I bumped into the lovely Ms. Trés Awesome. She kindly asked to take my photograph for her street style website and I was flattered. She kindly sent over some extra photos to make this post happen. Tada. You’re the boss, Emma.

Unfortunately, the jacket has already been snatched by Katie. I’ll get it back tomorrow, hopefully…if she doesn’t pass it off to Shani.

Black leather motorcycle jacket from Rad Vintage ($60); Fair Isle reindeer sweater courtesy of Topman; blue chambray button down by Gant Rugger; slim white denim from spring 2011 by A.P.C.; classic white sneakers courtesy of Vans; purple laces from the ‘Crewcuts’ section of J.Crew; black frame eyeglasses by Gant Rugger; slouchy dirty grey beanie from my floor; vintage 1950s monogram shopper by Louis Vuitton from eDrop-Off.

Photos courtesy of Trés Awesome.

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