STREET midweSTYLE: Daniel in Leawood

June 28, 2011

Meet Daniel.

He’s the Brand Manager of Baldwin Denim in Kansas City, Missouri.

Daniel is one of the gentlemen who have been mentors, friends and upstanding fellows in my life. A stand-up guy who is passionate about leading people, companies and brands—and doing it well with integrity and honesty. He’s one of the guys who’s helped nourish my own passions and dreams, menswear and blogging aside.

And he’s a man of classic style with subtle details that add a nice touch to his look.

On Daniel: Trim cotton navy blazer by Shipley and Halmos; oxford-cloth button-down by Gitman Brothers; penny loafers by Sperry Topsiders; Navy and red European ribbed surcingle by Torino; repp tie from Dad’s closet; “The Henley,” California wash by Baldwin Denim.
Photography by Jeff Kieslich

midweSTYLE: St. Louis (Part Two)

June 27, 2011
The Midwestyle traveled to wretched great St. Louis for a grand wedding weekend. College friends getting married brought us back to the city for a weekend of thrifting, dancing and getting into trouble—oh, and that wedding we were in. Ain’t wedding season just…great…?

(See “Part One” for the rest of the story.)

Cam, Seth, Jeff.
We strolled along Busch Stadium and gave our two cents on what we think of the Cardinals. We walked down the street to another iconic St. Louis monument, The Arch. While Seth and I were doing groomsmen things, Cam visited the gold mine of designer clearance, Nordstrom Rack.

To see some close-ups of our wardrobe, check out our Tumblr for a few details.

STREET midweSTYLE: Brad on Chicago & LaSalle

June 23, 2011
Meet Brad.
He’s a Brooklyn transplant in Chicago who runs Well-Spent. He’s an intelligent guy who has a passion for discovering and bringing the focus on “honest, obtainable goods.”

After an evening with Ryan, Max and Brad at Haberdash for a meetup, a few of us hopped next door to Pops on Champagne. Pops was not on the agenda, rather Watershed, the underbell beneath Pops. A rosy-cheeked blonde greeted and ushered us to some available seats where the exposed stone walls met the black leather cushions. Drinks and stories ensued.
Stories of cities we’ve been to and mistakes we’ve made, this whole “Internet” thing, our shared academic focus backgrounds, girlfriends, booze. Life.

And all the things and objects that accompany us on the journey that make it a little more beautiful. Those objects, apparel and goods we often forget have stories—stories that are worth telling.

Brad seeks out those goods and wants you to know and care about them. He’s influenced some of the ways we spend our money and we’d like to get you in the know, too.

Honestly crafted can mean many things. It can mean manufactured in first world conditions. It can mean made using sustainable materials. Or, it can simply mean built to last a lifetime (or longer). The items featured here run the gamut. Some are organic, some are made in the US, some are so high-quality that they’ll never need replacing (there are even a few to which all three traits apply). – Well-Spent‘s “About” page.

We like Brad. He’s got a plan and is pursuing that plan passionately. As for you? You do the same. Get a plan and do it. And do it well.

He’s also a man of style that we dig. Also, how about that beautiful Stanley & Sons bag.

Denim on denim on leather on chambray on canvas? Yes.

On Brad: USA-made sunglasses by American Optical; USA-made denim jacket (eBay) by Levis; USA-made oxford button down by Gitman Vintage; USA-made leather bracelet by Corter for Japan; vintage watch by Tag Hauer; custom USA-made bag by Stanley & Sons; USA-made slim denim jeans by Left Field; suede “McAlister” desert boots by J.Crew.
Photos by Jeff Kieslich.

midweSTYLE: Proportions at play

June 20, 2011
We’ve been mixing it up a bit. And loving it. You know; playing with proportions, colors and fabrics.
Give some of these stylings a shot:
  • Bright and LOUD. Try a subtle dark layer when your outfit is on the neutral or lighter side.
  • Bold prints. Tame it or tone it with a less busy fabric or wash.
  • Highs and lows. Roll your sleeve or throw cuff your chinos. A little detail never hurt.
  • Bring an extra layer. You’d be surprised how a jacket/cardigan can pull your appearance together, especially when you’re going from day to night.

On Cameron: Four-pocket “Trucker” denim jacket (eBay, $15) by Levi’s; charcoal cardigan (thrifted, $20) by American Apparel; madras short-sleeve shirt (thrifted, $2) by Royal Knight; slim-fit chinos (Urban Outfitters, $10) by Dockers; black plimsolls (thrifted, $4); leather snap bracelet ($20) by Corter for Japan.

Get Widget