INSPIRATION: Jimmy Darmody from Boardwalk Empire

April 6, 2011
Each Sunday evening over the summer, a group of us Kansas City gentlemen would gather around the projector to drink booze and watch Boardwalk Empire. Each week we’d mix drinks, sit, watch some Scorsese and gulp sip down the scotch. We were enchanted by the boardwalk and gripped by the character development
We were also amazed and inspired by the classic ’20s menswear with its badass suits, fabrics and accessories. It wasn’t the suits and the swagger that particulary stuck out to me, it was more of one character’s utilitarian and rugged feel. Boardwalk Empire’s Jimmy Darmody is a character who’s hairstyle and wardrobe I’m all about right now.

No “dress” shoes today, even though Darmody would be rocking a sick pair of wingtips. I opted for my more casual Clarks. I’m sort of rocking a hybrid long hairstyle of his right now (short-ish sides, long on top, swept rakishly back and to the side), along with dark colors, shirts buttoned up without ties and general badass demeanor. Right? Ha. Right.

No, just leave it without the tie,” said Seth as I was preparing to head out the door. I thought, “Alright, we’ll try it.” So, I left it and actually liked it. That’s right about when I felt a little Boardwalk Empire with the shirt without the tie, buttoned all the way up.

Brown leather jacket and belt, black denim, grey utility shirt with a pop of burnt orange/red/sangria lining to match my laces on my brown boots. Hate it or love it, but I had fun with this look today.
“Slim Jim” dry black-coated denim (Standard Style, winter sale $75) by Nudie Jeans, size 31×34; 2-year-old leather Wallabees (Cargo Largo, sale $40) by Clark’s, size 11 w/ replacement “Sangria” laces (J.Crew, $4); “End-On-End” Utility Shirt (Oliver’s, $69.50) by J.Crew, slim small; leather bomber jacket (thrifted, $6.99) size 40; brown leather belt w/ brass (Country Club Plaza, winter sale $4.99) by J.Crew.

ESSENTIALS: Jeff’s “Primary” Spring Outfit

April 4, 2011




Yellow rain jacket ($99) by The North Face, small; Navy “KC” hat ($42) by Baldwin Denim, 7 1/2; Wellington rain boots (eBay, sale $33) by Hunter, size 10; striped tee ($39) by American Apparel, small; packable down sweater/jacket (sale $140) by Patagonia, small; “The Henley” ($198) by Baldwin Denim, size 28.

I like primary colors, a lot.

BOOTS & TEE: I dig my Hunter rainboots and striped tee, but you already knew that.
JACKETS: I generally ask for an obnoxious color when it comes to footwear and outerwear. What’s great is that both of these items are packable, so I can throw these in my Filson tote at a moment’s notice.

Friday Wrap-Up: End of March

April 1, 2011
Friday Wrap-Up: Posts that you may have missed this work that are worth checking out.

In other news…
When Will asks, we deliver.
It’s just that simple: Friday Presentations, (April) fools.

Jeff: “Slim Jim” dry coat black denim (Standard Style, winter sale $75) by Nudie Jeans, size 31×34; Salmon OCBD (Country Club Plaza, $69) by American Apparel, size small; mustard suede shoes (Nordstrom, winter sale $44) by 1901, size 11; grey charcoal blazer (Halls, sale $220) by Billtornade, small.

Seth: brown woven and tasseled loafers (thrifted, $6) by Giorgio Brutini, size 8; Nantucket “Davis”slim chino (Wicker Park, $68) by Club Monaco, size 29×32; White OCBD ($60) by J.Crew, slim small; Madras spring tie by J.Crew.

Photos by Oliver Drambour. Get on back to Chi soon, son.

Thrifty Thursday: ex-roomate’s dad’s friend’s briefcase

March 31, 2011

In college, I lived all over East Campus in Columbia:

  • Sophomore Year: 1323 Anthony Street Apt. A, B & C
    Statistics: 11 guys, one house, three floors and a dog—a Boxer named Anfernee.
    Highlights include: Throwing bottle rockets under the bathroom door while someone was taking a dump, the summer Seth Putnam came to live with us from the wretched JBU, and having the bright idea of creating an “Orphanage” where we put two bunk beds and a single bed, totaling five people in the one room with AC over the summer.
  • Junior Year at 1403 University Avenue Apt B
    Statistics: 2.5 guys, one floor and a big-ass porch.
    Highlights include: Killing a blood-sucking bat with a wiffle bat, drinking beer each M/W/F before my 19th Century American Women’s Poetry taught by an Emily Dickinson scholar, and my roommate assuring me that vodka would heal a rash.
  • Senior Year at 516 S. William Apt A & B
    Statistics: Five guys, one house and an attic.
    Highlights include: Dance parties with strobe lights, chain-smoking on the porch into the wee hours of the night while working on my senior thesis, and deciding that I never wanted to leave East Campus to graduate.

When you’re moving around from house to house and roommate to roommate, your clothing, accessories and belongings all get mixed up, thrown away or just generally disappear. But if you’re lucky, your roommates will just give you things when they are moving out. That’s what happened with the briefcase.

My roommate told me, “Hell, kid, I’m not going to be using this.”
Well, I used it.
And I did use it for a job interview.
And that job, I was offered.
And that job offer, I accepted.
Thanks, EK.
“The Stockton” navy blazer (Standard Style, $199) by Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, small; white oxford (retail, $69) by American Apparel, small; Wallabees (Cargo Largo, $40) by Clarks, size 11; destroyed khakis (Halls winter sale, $68) by Gant by Michael Bastian, size 29×34; ex-roommate’s dad’s friend’s briefcase (Elliot, free); throw-away of black sunglasses I stole from Seth (Seth’s note: Finally. Getting some respect around here.); grey wool tie (URBN, $9.99) by BDG.

Photography by Seth Putnam.

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