midweSTYLE: Summershine

July 18, 2011
A couple of weeks back, when we were finally getting used to the sun warming up the streets, Jeff and I caught up with our compadre Anthony Barlich, photographer extraordinaire.
The three of us generally palled around for the afternoon, first snapping some frames on a defunct freight track (known to some as the “Bloomingdale Trail”)*, then running away from the rain, then scarfing down a few sweet, tasty Epic Burgers.
Solid day between hard-working friends.
Sartorially, I’ll keep it brief. Here, I suppose, I’m endorsing the idea of fit and a splash of color. I don’t think I’ll get tired of a non-baggy silhouette any time soon. It makes us short-folk look not quite as dumpy. I’ve also been noticing that there’s way too much blue in my closet. In school, I found that the color worked for me and overstocked. So I’ve been experimenting with other stuff. Took me a while to warm to the idea of sea-foam and grey, but there it is. I’ve also found myself woefully undersupplied in the short-sleeve shirt area. But no need to go out and buy a new shirt if it’s not in the budget; just roll ‘em sky high.
So, folks, buy something that fits. (Don’t fulfill GQ‘s read on Kansas City.) And if you get the chance, throw a pop of color into the mix. Just a little.




On Seth: Button-front shirt by J.Crew; slim-fit carpenter trousers by Levi’s; natural leather belt by Urban Outfitters; thrifted loafers by Giorgio Brutini.


Photos by Anthony Barlich.
*An earlier version of this post misidentified the Bloomingdale Trail, which was actually a track for freight transport from a manufacturing district on the northwest side of Chicago. It discontinued service in the 1990s, and these days there’s a campaign to beautify, restore and develop the land into a park and trail for commuters, contemplators and those who would like to find “refuge from daily urban life.” There are also 12 schools near the Trail, so it could double as a safe way for kids to get to class. For more info, check out the group’s website.

Friday Wrap-up: July 15

July 15, 2011
Refinery 29 caught up with Jeff today and snapped a quick photo. Athankyouverymuch for the shout, Amy and Shani.

On Jeff: Wax-coated jacket by Comune; button-up by Scotch and Soda; skull-and-bones bow tie by Rugby; white denim by A.P.C.; loafers by Allen Edmonds; bag by Jack Spade.

Elsewhere around the Interwebs:
  • An intriguing look into the world of handmade shoes. (Via You Have Broken The Internet.)
  • Lesson No. 124: Character Matters More Than Style. (Via American Gentleman.)
  • “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.” (Via Robert Frost and Fresh Every Day.)
  • The Dark n’ Stormy. From the archives, a perfect summer drink now that it’s actually summer. (Via The Paupered Chef.)
Now: Get to the weekend!

Shoes

July 14, 2011

PHOTOS: 8,000 Words on Dose Market in Chicago

July 13, 2011

July’s Dose Market, by all accounts, was a smashing success. The place was packed with loads of people—farandaway more than last time—possibly wooed by the promise of a complimentary Grant Achatz cocktail. We hear (and hope) there’s more menswear coming in the future.

Champagne cocktails from The Aviary (video).

Meat from Old Town Social. ‘Nuff said.

Tats of the trade.

Pure joy from Max Wastler (AllPlaidOut), ladies and gentlemen.

midweSTYLE: A block away

July 12, 2011
Button-down shirts are an essential in a man’s wardrobe, or anyone’s wardrobe for that matter. Fit comes first, next the texture and weight and finally the print.
For summer, try a linen blend and then go from there. We’re digging this horizontal color-blocked shirt from Topman right now. It would even look nice paired with a navy or olive trouser going into fall.
How dope are these khaki-colored shades? A great alternate for the typical tortoise that we love.
The rucksack is a solid find, especially great for hauling items with a little more construction to them than the bag itself. Alone, the bag is a little floppy—but throw a blanket in it and bottle of wine inside the blanket and you’re good to go.

On Seth: Lavender block-stripe shirt ($56) courtesy of Topman; off-white tailored shorts ($70) courtesy of Topman; khaki circular sunglasses ($28) courtesy of Topman; canvas and leather rucksack (thrifted, $5); 106 “moc” leather shoe ($60) courtesy of Vans Shoes.

Photography by Jeff Kieslich.

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