Intermediate seasons are always a challenge to dress for. Summer has ended but it’s still too hot to dive into fall attire. It doesn’t feel quite right sporting shorts and a tank top nor a sweater and wool pants. So what does one wear in the crisscrossing of the seasons?
When it comes to the in-between I like to stick to the basics in neutral colors to carry me through. Like these Sateen Chinos in Navy from 7 For All Mankind. The fabric is ideal because it’s lightweight and stretchy but the microsueded sateen gives it a polished feel. Navy is also a great color in both summer and fall.
I paired it with a simple boat neck t-shirt from Topman and Christian Louboutin Opero Flats for a casual yet on-duty look.
Last week — The Broad opened it’s doors — becoming Downtown Los Angeles’s new contemporary art authority. Courtesy of billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, The Broad will house part of the couple’s 45 year collection. The bonus — entry is free to thegeneral admission. There around two hundred and fifty pieces are currently on display — with continuously rotating exhibits in store. As you travel through the building you are also able to peak into ‘the vault,’ an entire floor storing more than 2,000 works.
A new architectural landmark of DTLA, The Broad is just next door to the Museum of Modern Art and Walk Disney Concert Hall. The exterior skin was designed by the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. With its honeycomb-like exoskeleton, tiny channels allow light through it’s slits in the space. The building itself is a work to be explored, curated with vibrant and larger than life installations.
Much of the museum is organized in rooms — many of which are done in single artist retrospectives. The couple is know to be supportive of the artist community, and frequent collectors of current, social-involved and political voices. From Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons to Andy Warhol — The Broad will leave you both impressed and excited to come back for much more.
Finding a good suit can be one of the more challenging wardrobe choices a man faces. First and foremost, one needs to find the right suit for their body type. Different brands work well on different bodies.
Theory suits tend to fit me well. Their cuts tend to be slightly more narrow and great for people on the lankier side. Other brands that tend to work well for me are Topman, Zegna, and Prada.
Recently, I’ve been sporting a more tailored look when it comes to suits. I feel like it gives the traditional workday uniform a more contemporary twist. Although in Los Angeles, with the exception of CAA agents, suits are rarely the daily uniform. Nonetheless, owning a good suit is a necessity.
For spring - I go for cropped pants with a sleek pair of shoes – like these from Giuseppe Zanotti – and no socks. It gives the more traditional ensemble a dapper spin.
In 2006, Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi (both formerly of Giorgio Armani fragrances) established niche perfume line -- Le Labo. Their NYC based line is nothing short of perfection. Each scent is signature, built around a primary natural essence. The number in the title refers to the amount of raw ingredients used in each custom formula. Each bottle is created made-to-order, and packaging can be personalized with the wearer’s name.
It can be challenging to find a fragrance that one immediately connects to. I often try a new scent every couple of months. As of recent however, I’ve been stuck on Le Labo’s Santal 33. It’s a blend of sandalwood, Virginia cedar, leather, papyrus, violet, musk and amber. This combination comes together to create an amazing aromatic & masculine scent. For anyone who likes a spicy woody fragrance, Santal 33 is incomparable to anything else.
In addition to cologne, perfume oil, lotion and shower gel -- I recently discovered the scent is available in the form of laundry detergent. Yes, laundry detergent! Le Labo collaborated with fabric care experts -- The Laundress -- to formulate the highest performance, best smelling detergent on the market.
Check out Le Labo’s fragrance labs on 3rd Street in West Hollywood, or Abbot Kinney in Venice and find your signature scent!
Here in Southern California, spring tends to be one of our shortest seasons. By the time March hits temperatures sky rocket (last week it was in the 90’s). April tends to fly by with busy social calendars filled with musical happenings like Coachella. Before you know it, May rolls into June, and the time of year everyone yearns for is here!
Who can deny summer is the best time of year? Besides the amazing weather, longer days and weekend getaways to the beach, there’s a certain fun loving spirit that comes around during the summer months.
Continuing on our countdown to summer we’re focusing part three of our swimwear story on what to wear to beach.
I like to sport trunks with prints when heading to the beach to catch some rays. I think they can be a little more fun than solid shorts. The one’s I’m wearing are by Vilebrequin. I love the seahorse pattern! I like that they’re slightly more fitted and on the shorter side – which is more flattering to my body type than board shorts.
I pair them with a Vilebrequin polo, my go to Persols, and Giles & Brother bracelet for a classic beach look. Ready for that summer sun!
There’s no question - Los Angeles is home to some pretty spectacular hotels. From classic institutions like the Beverly Hills Hotel to ultra-mod establishments like the Standard in Downtown, tourists and Angelinos alike have plenty of options when it comes to finding a home away from home in LA.
Mr. C Beverly Hills is the perfect gentleman’s gateway in la la land. It’s central location – on Pico & Beverly Blvd – makes it an easy commute to sunny Santa Monica or Silver Lake. Not to mention you’re in the middle of all of the best that Beverly Hills has to offer.
Each of their 137 guest rooms are equip with hardwood floors and private balconies with unbeatable panoramic views of the city. Rooms are designed with the perfect combination of old Hollywood charm and plush luxury amenities – while keeping a cool masculine vibe.
The hotel restaurant features classic dishes from the well-known Cipriani establishments in Italy and New York, and the bar serves the best Bellini on the West Coast. When visiting Los Angeles, Mr C Beverly Hills is a destination worth checking into.
For more information: http://www.mrchotels.com/
In today's market, few product lines possess a level of brand credibility that prior to testing them out, I have complete faith in their effectiveness. Tom Ford is one of those lines. The man has an unparalleled stride for perfection - that you know he wouldn't put his name on anything but the best.
One of the biggest obstacles I deal with in my daily grooming regiment is dark circles under my eyes. Our eyes are the focal point of human interaction. They are also the first part of our face to show signs of fatigue. That makes them priority in my daily grooming.
Tom Ford’s Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment surpassed my expectations. Not only does this treatment create a barrier to defend skin against the visible effects of pollution and toxic stressors, but it infuses the skin with nutrients that help stimulate natural repair mechanisms.
The silver-tip applicator helps cool the skin to help reduce puffiness, and works with the eye treatment to firm the look of the skin around the eye. For an end result that makes your eyes look ready to bring on the day.
In the eventful world we live in, it can prove to be rather challenging to make something memorable. Thanks to modern day technology we are able to capture a moment with the click of smartphone. But just because a picture is snapped is it actually a memory?
In trying to create some needed storage space on my phone I decided to do some spring cleaning of my photos. I noticed that I had countless pictures of sunsets.
I’m not sure of the culprit (smog) but for some reason the past few months we’ve been having the most incredible sunsets here in Los Angeles. Every day they seem to get better and better and I continuously feel the need to photograph them.
Looking through my photos I realized I couldn’t truly remember any of the spectacular sunsets I had documented. It occurred to me that that I should be living more memorably. Not just stopping to take a picture of something, but truly taking it in and appreciating it.
We teamed up with Perry Ellis for this shoot and decided to get Very Perry. I love this new neoprene crewneck sweater! The standout print makes it much more memorable than your everyday grey crewneck and I love the oversized fit, especially when paired with skinny jeans. Perry Ellis has got the answer to this season’s athleisure trend!
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How do you Very Perry? Memorably.
This post was sponsored by Perry Ellis and Macy’s.
There’s no question, Los Angeles is one of the most well-known cities in the U.S. and even across the globe. Home to Hollywood and the entertainment industry, it’s an extremely publicized metropolis. When I think about associations people have with L.A. several things come to mind – beautiful beaches, horrible traffic, the film industry, sunshine, pollution, music, and the list goes on…
I don’t think many would consider the fashion industry to be one of Los Angeles’ chief traits. That’s not to say there aren’t a ton of L.A. based brands that are major players in the industry. On global level however, Los Angeles has never really been viewed in the same light as New York, London, or Paris – but recently some of the most pristine names in fashion have been flocking to the City of Angels to have their own L.A. moment.
Leave it to provocative Hedi Slimane to start a movement. In 2012, when the Saint Laurent creative director announced he was going to be moving his studio from Paris to Los Angeles it caused quite a stir amongst industry insiders. The thought of one of the France’s oldest fashion houses being designed outside of Paris… mon Dieu!
After rebranding from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent, the brand picked up a L.A. grunge vibe and has been more profitable than it has been in years. In 2013 Saint Laurent’s revenues rose by 18% and 2014 by 26%. As of this past year, Saint Laurent’s largest flagship is now located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills - in addition to the men’s store located a few blocks away and their Beverly Center location.
Fast forward to February 2015, fellow French fashion house, Louis Vuitton, debuted it’s Series 2 Exhibition in L.A. The unconventional exhibit invited visitors to journey through the mind of Nicolas Ghesquière as he prepared his for his third ready-to-wear show as Creative Director of the house of Vuitton.
The exhibition allowed attendees to discover some of the inspirations behind his collection, as well as grasp how he approaches and reinterprets stylistic codes at the 160 year-old luxury fashion house. Visitors were able to explore how Ghesquière vision inspires his current collection and how it will shape the future of Vuitton.
Academy Award weekend is always one of the most exciting times of year here in L.A., filled with numerous A-List affairs – and yet Tom Ford stole the show when he decided to host his Fall 2015 show at Milk Studios in Hollywood. With a star studded event that rivaled the Oscars themselves, Tom Ford made history by bringing his show to Los Angeles during New York Fashion Week.
The show received rave reviews, however, the buzz was all centered around the unprecedented move from London to Los Angeles. One of the hottest supermodels on the planet and L.A. resident, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, commented “I’m really excited I don’t have to fly anywhere to watch my favorite fashion show. Tom is really smart bringing it here and being the big fish in a small pond.”
And just a little over a week ago, the Brits gave their official seal of approval to La La Land when Burberry held London in Los Angeles at Griffith Observatory. The event consisted of an English Garden, their Autumn/Winter 2015 show, and musical performances by British artists George Ezra and Tom Odell. A spectacle to everyone in attendance!
With the events of the last few months, many are left wondering is Los Angeles poised to be the next big center for fashion? Probably not. However, the city has been having a major moment and one that suggests L.A. to join the fashion industry big leagues in the not-so-distant future.
Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed a real renaissance occurring in Los Angeles. While this city is predominantly accredited for the entertainment industry, different forms of talent are being showcased. Los Angeles is no longer solely being spotlighted for Hollywood. It’s being recognized for creativity in different fields – including artists, designers and culinary masters.
While street art is certainly not a new concept to LA, it’s more visible than ever. Vanity Fair and Cadillac partnered with MOCA to present the West Hollywood Library Murals. This particular mural is by an artist named RETNA, known for his large installations and graffiti masterpieces.
When you are surrounded by such an artistic culture – it’s easy to become accustomed to laid- back dress codes. However, when the occasion arises, LA still creates the ideal backdrop for a dressier look. For a dapper summer outfit, keep it clean and simple – a solid button down, dress pants and oxfords - without socks. I’m wearing Theory trousers, Margiela’s basic dress shirt, and Prada lace-ups.
Earlier this week we made the excursion to Sin City to attend Project and Liberty Fairs. When I say “excursion,” it truly felt like an excursion – given the 113 degree temperature on the first day. While you could spend weeks wandering the endless sea of pop-up showrooms, we did our best to spot emerging trends for Spring/Summer 2016.
The first of which – prints are huge! We saw prints making a splash in a big way and across numerous collections. Everything from cameo, to flamingos, to skull and crossbones – printed on clothes, shoes and accessories – and we’re not opposed to it.
Even the backpacker of the moment – Herschel Supply Co. – who have traditionally stuck to solid color combination backpacks, are introducing prints into their collection.
Leaf prints and bright colors made a big appearance in 2016. Patterns and tropical textures were at the Algae Miami booth at Liberty. Algae, an emerging surfer lifestyle brand, translates Floridian kitsch into the mainstream by collaborating with Miami based artists to create limited edition prints.
We loved the banana leaf lined chair at the Algae Miami booth at Liberty!
Other designs – this leafy short sleeve button down by NoLa based Haspel Clothing - the originator of seersucker – shown at the entrance to the Tents.
As far as jackets go – bombers are here to stay in 2016 - in addition to lighter jean jackets – like this one from 7 For All Mankind.
In denim, it’s all about durability and destruction! Most impressive was 7 For All Mankind’s new Foolproof line. Their new line is created with fabric that has zero growth when you wear it and zero shrinkage when you wash it - no matter how often it’s worn or how it is washed. It’s completely high performance and stable – perfect for many of us guys who might not be the best at laundry – foolproof!
After a long few days in the desert it was time to head out head out!
But overall, the shows were very exciting and we’re fully looking forward to the trends of Spring/Summer 2016.
One of the best parts of living in a city like Los Angeles, is the ability to explore the distinctive neighborhoods within. Like many cities in the US, from year to year new areas develop and emerge as modish.
For this shoot we headed down to the Arts District. East of Downtown Los Angeles and west of the LA River, it is constituted of previously abandoned industrial buildings. A warehouse wasteland type feel. Over the past year however, the Arts District has flourished into one of the most happening neighborhoods.
Filled with some of the LA’s most acclaimed Italian restaurants - like Ori Menashe’s Bestia and Angelo Auriana’s The Factory Kitchen - Charming cafes like John Secretan’s Zinc -and hip coffee shops like Portland based Stumptown Coffee Roasters – The Arts District is arguably the biggest foodie mecca in all of Los Angeles.
The vibe can feel slightly trendy but also vibrant and colorful to the artistic eye. The third weekend of each month the neighborhood hosts Artist & Fleas – the Brooklyn based craft market - where you can spend hours uncovering art and handcrafted goods.
Thus far this spring has been off to an amazing start! The weather has warmer, the days have been longer and winter wardrobe layers have put away until fall. When spring hits – I’m big on breaking out brighter more colorful pieces from my closet - like this bubble print shirt from Topman.
I love a great pair of dapper shoes, and these derbies by Christian Louboutin certainly fit the bill! The multiple colors put a fun spin on a classic shoe style.
I paired them with cream tapered jeans from Rustic Dime and Sama sunglasses for a casual yet on-duty look. Ready to paint the Arts District red!
If you find yourself in Los Angeles be sure and check out the neighborhood!
Have you noticed how Cartagena, Colombia is quickly becoming THE destination for savvy travelers? Only four hours from New York, and eight from Los Angeles, the draw of this gorgeous city has those-in-the-know booking tickets yesterday.
Cartagena has no shortage of luxury boutique hotels. However one stands above the rest. Situated in the heart of Cartagena’s Old City along the Caribbean coast, the Tcherassi Hotel & Spa from famed Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, sits subtly on a colorful, narrow street lined with historic colonial houses. The hotel itself is a carefully renovated 250 year old mansion, with seven unique rooms and suites, each slightly different than the others. Every detail from luxury his and her bathrobes, to the custom bed throw made from Tscherassi labels, reflects the elegant designs Tscherassi is known for.
If you find yourself famished from a day exploring the city, the hotel has an incredible Italian inspired restaurant called Vera on its first floor. Diners sit among the warm glow of an original stone wall and choose from comforting classics and local fresh seafood that gets the menu spotlight. If you fancy a cocktail and snack, visit AquaBar and ask for the bartender, Armando. You won’t be disappointed.
What truly makes Tcherassi so magical is the service they provide. With only seven rooms, each guest is treated like family. No request is too grand (can you set up a private cooking class in a local home? Can you take us to the Bazurto market? Can you book us a private charter to this private island? Can we book massages later then you offer?) and no question is brushed off. By the end of the trip, you’ll likely be on the verge of booking your next trip back.
If you find yourself in Cartagena, be sure to check out this incredible property. Prices range depending on room and season, but they start around $350 per night. For more information visit: www.tcherassihotels.com
With March coming to an end and April quickly approaching, spring has officially sprung. Here in Los Angeles, spring tends to be one of the shorter seasons as we just can’t wait for summer to arrive. For me, spring is the time to start bringing bright colors back into my wardrobe. During the winter months I tend to wear a lot of black, brown and gray which is why I love when spring rolls around and I can start breaking out fun colors.
Blue has always been one of my favorite colors. From navy to light blue, there are so many shades that I tend to incorporate into my clothing. When I think of iconic images of Los Angeles, I can’t help but picture the palm tree lined streets of Beverly Hills.
I love this V-neck sweater by Missoni, it’s lightweight weave makes it the perfect for mild springtime temperatures. I particularly love how many shades of blue are in it. It’s a classic piece that that’s also extremely versatile and would look great worn with a pair of white pants and driving shoes or even shorts.
I paired it with Saint Laurent high top sneakers and moto jeans from J Brand for a slightly edgier look. Another trend I’ve been a fan of the past couple seasons are mirrored lenses sunglasses, especially for spring/summer. The ones I’m wearing are Ray-Ban and bring out the blue in my sweater even more!
Every April, thousands of people flock to Indio for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Now a days most festivals are so highly publicized they can be a bit cliché —Coachella, however, is populated by a vibrant art community complete with endless entertainment — trendy LA personalities, artist instillations, and love-flowing festival culture.
This year marked my 8th year at Coachella. While the festival has certainly changed through the years, it has consistently remained one of the most fun-filled weekends I look forward to each spring.
Music wise, there are so many artists spread out over so many stages it’s impossible to see everyone. Some of my favorite performances this year were Todd Terje, Lykke Li, Marina and the Diamonds, Axwell v Ingrosso, Duke Dumont and Florence and the Machine.
Then there are the parties. This year our favorite retreat was the Soho House Desert House, at the Merv Griffin Ranch Estate. With beautiful sprawling lawns and comfortable desert lounges, it was the ideal spot to kick back and relax from the festival frenzy. Other notable events were Jeremy Scott’s Moschino party at the Interview House, DLX Dayclub and of course the infamous Neon Carnival.
Here are a few of my festival looks.
Jean shorts are hands down the most crucial thing to have on hand. The ones I’m wearing are by J Brand, made from a lightweight flexible material and perfect for the copious amounts of walking in the heat. The temperature tends to drop at night so it’s always good to bring a long sleeve shirt or hoodie if you plan on being at the festival into the evening.
For my pool party look I’m wearing Orlebar Brown x Emilio Pucci swim trunks and easy Orlebar Brown t-shirt with Sama Eyewear sunglasses.
As always Coachella – you were a blast. While I’m sleep deprived and rather dusty, here’s already to being excited for next year!
One of the biggest perks of living in Los Angeles is the easy access one has to so many great weekend getaway destinations. In less than a two hour car ride you can be in Palm Springs, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara, San Diego and countless beach towns along the pacific coast. With the 4th of July occurring over a weekend this year, it’s the perfect time to pack up the car and hit the road!
For this shoot I’m sporting a 7 For All Mankind striped cardigan as well as their Paxtyn Skinny in White Denim . White jeans are always a classic look for summer, and keep you cooler than black or blue jeans.
7 For All Mankind has all your summer essentials and from now until July 5th they’re on sale up to 50% off! Additionally, for orders placed today you can receive free 2 day shipping on orders of $225 or more using code 7FAMFREE at check out.
Those who want to get to Marfa - have to really want it. Located 8 hours from any major cities or airports, just north of the bend in the Rio Grande River in southwest Texas you’ll discover a remote hideaway for artists, adventure seekers, and spiritualists around the world. There is no short list of activities once in town, as Marfa is home to a globally acclaimed art collection, unique stores and galleries, and an array of fine dining options.
Founded as a ranching town in the early 1880’s, Marfa has transformed into a hub for contemporary and modern artists. Inspired by the move of modernist Donald Judd in the late 1980s, the growth of the art scene in Marfa has continued to expand today. The Chinati Foundation, which now houses many of the works of Judd in two previous US military war hangers, showcases his vast collection of works in concrete and steel. Tours are by appointment only, and not to be missed.
To get your day going, head over to the Marfa Book Company on South Dean street. Housed in an unassuming adobe building, this trading post of literary and caffeinated stimulation is full of must-have art books, photography collections, limited prints and coffee table selections. Sidle through a side door to the freshly-opened Do Your Thing coffee house and sample a horchata latte while you browse the local papers. Complete your rounds nabbing a quick snack across the street at The Get Go, Marfa’s small-town grocery store with a well curated assortment of big city gourmet goods.
Get your art on with visits to The Wrong Store, a church converted into gallery for local woodcarving artist Buck Johnston (think giant golden carved security cameras and solid wood stacks of hundred dollar bills), and Mirth - a smartly merchandised atelier of well-designed tools for everyday life.
The ultimate souvenir for your adventure is a genuine hunk of geological splendor - found at Moonlight Gemstones on 1001 W San Antonio St. Paul Graybeal has converted a tiny bungalow and adjacent yard into a magnificent collection of rare gems & quartz, specializing in West Texas Agates. Rocks are sold by the pound - reasonably priced for any budget.
Kick off your dusty boots and stay for a night at the Hotel Thunderbird, the Marfa outpost of Texas hotelier Liz Lambert - known for her stylish spots Hotel San Jose and the Saint Cecilia in Austin. Rooms are done up in stylish desert minimalism, with comfy beds and thoughtful details throughout.
Local watering hole Padres hosts live music acts in a true Texas dance hall style - talent comes in from all over the state and it’s often a stopping point for even bigger acts heading across the country. Check the schedule and definitely grab a margarita or two while you’re at it.
Home to performers, visual artists, and designers, the town is buzzing with a palpable creative energy that will stay with you - way after that sunburn has faded.
With Memorial Day only a few weeks away, summer is practically here! During the summer months when temperatures rise, women tend to have an easier time staying cool than men. It’s perfectly acceptable for our female counterparts to wear sleeveless dresses, skirts and even sandals to work and dressier social events. When the occasion calls for a suit, however, us gents can sometimes be left sweating it out.
While many summer wardrobe decisions can be pretty self-evident, suiting isn’t always so obvious. This summer – ditch your black and charcoal suits for lighter shades.
When it comes to summer suit colors, it’s hard to beat light gray. It looks good when paired with almost any color and naturally keeps you much cooler than black or navy. The suit I’m wearing is by Theory. Theory suits tend to fit me well. Their cuts tend to be slightly more narrow and good for people on the lankier side. Other brands that tend to work well for me are Topman, Prada, and Hugo Boss.
Light blue and gray always make for an excellent combo. The shirt I’m wearing is from Band of Outsiders and is made of lightweight cotton.
One of my favorite looks to do for spring/summer is cropped pants with a dapper pair of shoes -always sockless! With a light gray suit I tend to go with brown shoes. The derbies I’m wearing are by Christian Louboutin and really complete my on-duty look.
Just because you find yourself in stuck in suit at some point over the next few months, doesn’t mean you need to get all hot and bothered. Lighten up – it’s summer after all!
With Labor Day Weekend this weekend, the end of summer is officially upon us. It’s hard to believe another summer season has come and gone - and in the blink of an eye it seems. Maybe it’s just me getting older, but I swear each year the months of June to August seem to keep getting shorter and shorter.
When September rolls around it’s hard to say goodbye to beach excursions and pool parties, but then again we have fall to look forward to.
The swimtrunks and shirt I’m wearing are by Bluemint Beachwear. Bluemint was founded four years ago by Dogu Turkmen in his quest for all day, easy to wear summer clothes that allow you to travel poolside to bar in style without changing.
Their swim trunks are a great tailored fit and come in a ton of different patterns and colors. And if you aren’t able find the exact color or pattern you’re looking for, Bluemint offers full customization and allows you to create the prints of your choice by uploading images to their site.
I paired my Bluemint ensemble with my favorite Sama Federico glasses. Happy Labor Day everyone! Enjoy these dwindling days of summer!
Two years ago I was in dire need of a new hair product. I had tried countless pomades, waxes and gels -- but never found anything that held my hair the way I wanted it to. Unsure of what to experiment with next, I turned to Google for advice. Trying to think of an example of what I wanted my hair to do, I typed, “what hair product does David Beckham use?”
In the comments section of another blog, I found the answer I had been searching for – Hanz de Fuko - Quicksand. Upon receiving my first order, I was hooked! I had never found a product that gave my very flat and fine hair a massive amount of volume and hold – while also appearing like I wasn’t using product at all.
Since then, I’ve had chance to try most of Hanz de Fuko’s line. Each of their unique products have blown me away! The entire line is made with certified organic ingredients that not only make your hair look good, but simueltansioulsy nourish your hair and scalp. There’s a product for any desired style:
Quicksand: For a strong hold and completely matte finish - that gives the hair gravity defying volume
Claymation: A clay-wax hybrid with a super high hold and semi matte finish
Modify Pomade: An old school pomade with medium hold and high shine – ideal for crafting the polished look
Scheme Cream: A lightweight cream with medium hold that gives the right amount of shine without the greasiness
Hybridized Wax: For medium hold and shine, great for edgier hairstyles
Sponge Wax: A matte finish high hold wax with the pliability of pomade and staying power of gel
In this year’s Grooming Guide, DETAILS ranked Hanz de Fuko in the top five - Cult Favorites You Need To Know. For those of you who have yet to get to test out this amazing line, I highly recommend the professional sample pack which gives you the chance to try the entire line and see what works best in your hair!
For more information visit: www.hanzdefuko.com
London based Orlebar Brown has collaborated with timeless Italian sportswear label, Emilio Pucci, on an exclusive capsule collection for summer.
For those unfamiliar, Orlebar Brown launched in 2007 when photographer Adam Brown noticed a discrepancy in men’s and women’s swimwear. Brown aimed to create a “short you can swim in” that would give men something they could wear to the beach or pool but also into a restaurant for lunch. Orlebar Brown’s cuts are slightly more tailored and have become one of the most popular men’s swimwear lines in recent years.
Few brands carry the Italian jet set allure as much as Emilio Pucci. Primarily known for geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colors, Pucci has been one of the most coveted labels in women’s fashion since the 50s. While they have always dabbled in men’s ties and dress shirts, their colorful style has always been best suited for resort wear.
To this day, one of my favorite things in my closet is a pair of Emilio Pucci swim trunks I purchased over 5 years ago. While they used to come out with men’s swimwear every spring/summer, in recent years it’s been unavailable.
The twenty piece capsule collection re-connects Emilio Pucci with its resort-style menswear roots while keeping in line with Orlebar Brown’s modern tailored swimwear. The line is available online at both orlebarbrown.com and emiliopucci.com for a limited time.
It’s hard to believe it’s already mid-June. I hope everyone has been enjoying their summers thus far! For those of us here in Los Angeles, it seems like June gloom has finally burned off and summer is in full swing! I’m hoping to take advantage of this warmer weather and head to the beach this weekend.
One of my favorite things to incorporate into my summer wardrobe is stripes. Maybe it’s my preppy East Coast routes, but I’ve always been a fan of the maritime look. The polo I’m wearing is Marc by Marc Jacobs and is extremely soft and comfortable. I also love that the stripes on the back are a different than the front.
When residing in California, jeans tend to be a part of your daily wardrobe, but in the hotter summer months, it can be hard to keep cool. The jean shorts I’m wearing are J Brand and I have been living in them this summer. They are made with stretch French terry so they feel as good as wearing sweat shorts. I paired them with Dior sunglasses and black Toms for an easy on the go summertime look.
It used to be considered a fashion faux pas to pair black and brown together - and throwing blue into the mix – even worse. I’m a firm believer however, that when done correctly, black and brown are two of the most complimentary colors of one another and more often than not come together for a great outfit.
I’m also a huge fan of pairing black and blue. For some reason the navy and black combo is considered especially taboo. Navy and black are two of the most flattering color choices to wear individually, and they look great together as well.
While the navy/black/brown combo is great for the fall and winter months, for spring and summer it’s best to keep one color on the lighter side – like this short sleeve shirt from Topman. Short sleeve button downs have become a staple of my summer wardrobe. They keep you looking sharp and put together but keep you cool in the summer heat.
I’m sporting my go to – 7 For All Mankind – No Fade Black Black Black jeans. I’ve worn and washed these countless times and they still look brand new. Paired with a Christian Louboutin billfold and derbies – for a simple yet on-duty summer look.
One of the most drastic changes the city of Los Angeles has seen in recent years has been in downtown. Over the past decade, Downtown Los Angeles has completely transformed from one of the seediest neighborhoods into one of chicest/most happening parts of town. So what brought about this complete 180?
Back in January 2014, the Ace Hotel chain opened up an outpost in the exquisite old United Artist Theater building in downtown. The 182 guest room property comes equipped with one of the city’s hottest restaurants – L.A. Chapter, an unparalleled concert venue - the restored United Artist Theater, and a breathtaking rooftop with unbeatable views of the downtown skyline.
L.A. based design group, Commune, created a true spectacle – from a design stance - when they brought life back to the historic site. A marriage between 1920’s Hollywood glamour and modern minimalism - the Ace is unlike any other hotel in Los Angeles. Even after a year of being open, it’s still one of our favorite places to be in the entire city!
The 60s and 70s are two of my favorite time periods for fashion. Music had a major influence on style. From tie dyed rock n’ roll to denim clad disco, there was a renaissance of music and fashion that forever changed both industries.
For this shoot I’m sporting the Owen jean jacket by J Brand. Denim jackets are perfect for spring and fall’s milder temperatures. The roof at the Ace can get a little windy, so it’s smart to layer.
As a child of the 90s myself, I have a true appreciation for tie dye. While it’s not something that I usually tend to incorporate into my wardrobe, I’m nostalgic for childhood when I see it. I love this tie dye tank from Zanerobe. Usually tie dye is overwhelmingly colorful but I like the simplicity of the black and white.
Shoes can make or break an outfit and these loafers by Christian Louboutin really complete my ensemble! Paired with black skinny jeans and Ray-Ban Aviators for a complete rock n’ roll look.
Like the 60s and 70s that revolutionized music and fashion, the Ace Hotel has revolutionized Downtown Los Angeles. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, grab a drink on the roof or a bite to eat at L.A. Chapter, you won’t be disappointed!
For their latest and greatest collaboration, Sperry has teamed up with Gray Malin to create a line of spring kicks. The Los Angeles based artist is best known for his iconic aerial photos, often capturing the beaches of Europe, Africa and Australia from above. Malin’s mission is to make everyday a deserved getaway, and his art is designed to ignite an incredible adventure.
Malin flies in door-less helicopters and leans out of the side to capture his stunning photography, which is where he was inspired for the collaboration – snapping photos of his Sperrys dangling from the side of the helicopter.
Last night was the launch of the capsule collection here in Los Angeles, where we got to check out the line first hand. Party goers sipped on Dark N Stormy cocktails and nibbled on pretzel bun lobster rolls.
The line consists of 4 shoes that encompass both brands mutual love for the sea, preppy style and adventure. The prints from photographs taken in Potugal, Sicily and South Africa and are now available at Sperry.com
For more information on Gray Malin visit: http://www.graymalin.com/
As a historic landmark in Los Angeles, Echo Park Lake has long drawn a crowd of artistic and talented Angelinos to its shore. With the blossoming of the Lotus — to more recently the installation of free WiFi hotspots, the lake is the perfect place to authentically relax and retreat during all the amazing seasons we have here on the West Coast.
For many years however, the lake has been left polluted and in despair. In 2011 it was restored to its original beauty. It took the hard work and effort of dedicated neighbors and residents to bring back to life this scenic and genuine sanctuary.
In teaming up with Perry Ellis this month, we wanted to share the genuine efforts of members of Los Angeles to show how when a community comes together, we all benefit. The noble actions of a few spark positive momentum in others - and a chain reaction is created.
From the revival of Echo Park Lake, an area was created where families can picnic and runners can jog, and authentic events have encompassed its reopening like the annual Lotus Festival for example.
For this shoot I’m sporting a Very Perry – Perry Ellis windbreaker. It’s actually two pieces that are detachable and can be worn as a vest as well. The lightweight material makes it easy to carry on the go and a perfect layering piece for those windy afternoons at the park.
Their exclusive new line for spring will be available at Macy's Beverly Center and throughout April. Get this look at Macy’s and be sure and sign up for the Perry Ellis mailing list to be the first to know about new arrivals.
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How do you Very Perry? Authentically.
This post was sponsored by Perry Ellis and Macy’s.
Hospitality entrepreneur, Dustin Lancaster, has created an unconventional dose of design history here in Los Angeles. Located directly above Lancaster’s Bar Covell on Hollywood Blvd in Los Feliz lays LA’s newest concept boutique hotel – Hotel Covell.
Hotel Covell is a five room hotel centered around the life story of a fictional character, George Covell, a bon vivant writer whose bio is the basis of the decorating schemes in each room. Each of the rooms (deemed chapters) have a bachelor-esque apartment feel.
Chapter one is set in Oklahoma (where Lancaster is from) and follows Covell’s path to New York, Paris and Monaco. Ending with Chapter 5 as the envisioned apartment Covell’s daughter would have lived in, in New York in the early 80’s.
Each of the chapters/guest rooms are set back in time and blend vintage and new items that create a retro yet modern luxury feel (think Chateau Marmont). Rooms range from 300 to 800 square feet and rates start at $245. The lobby is located in the rear of the building and Lancaster plans to add a roof deck above it.
With few other hotel options in the area, if you find yourself in Los Angeles, be sure and check out this revolutionary property. Each boutique suite is designed for complete comfort and relaxation. Ideal for both short term and long term stays, Hotel Covell is the perfect home-away-from-home in Los Angeles. For more information visit: http://www.hotelcovell.com/
It’s officially reached that point in the summer where it’s so hot out the only way you can truly be comfortable is sporting a t-shirt and shorts. This summer has been the hottest summer on record. I can’t remember the last time I looked at the weather and saw the high below 80.
If any of you are like me – who are obligated to wear business casual attire to work – you know the feeling of not being able to wait to get home to throw on something more lightweight and breathable.
When it comes to shorts my rule of thumb is to keep things fun. Whether stripes or prints or bright colors I prefer wilder shorts paired with a simple solid shirt. The shorts I’m wearing are by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply. Floral in summer is always classic and I especially like the faded vintage-y feel these have.
I paired them with a grey BDG v- neck tee from Urban Outfitters, my favorite Sama Eyewear Federico sunglasses and Tod’s driving shoes.
I can hardly believe it’s already the middle of March! Where does the time go??? With temperatures rising in Sothern California (it’s supposed to be in the 90s this weekend) it only means one thing – summer will be here before we know it.
Continuing on our countdown to summer we’re focusing part two of our three-part swimwear story on what to wear to the pool.
In part one we focused on resort swimwear – where prints always make a splash. When spending the day relaxing by a pool in the city or at a pool party I like to keep things a little more subdued. Solid trunks are always a nice choice. When heading somewhere like Sin City for the weekend you can pair them with a graphic tee, or you can keep a clean look with a simple white tee.
I love these Vilebrequin swim trunks! They’re slightly more fitted which is flattering for my body type. I paired them with a standard V-neck t-shirt from Uniqlo and sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti.
Just because you plan on being poolside doesn’t mean you should skip out on accessories. Having good sunglasses is almost more crucial than having a good pair of trunks. I’m a huge fan of mirrored lenses, especially in the summer! I completed my look for the pool with Ray-Ban aviators, a Miansai bracelet, and Vilebrequin beach bag. Ready to catch some rays!
One of the biggest trends to emerge in menswear over the past couple seasons has been jogger pants. Cut like a perfect pair of slim-fitting chinos but with an elastic hem – joggers combine both form and function for an ideal on the go outfit.
Personally, I happy the jogger trend is here to stay. What’s better than a pant/sweatpant hybrid? They are extremely comfortable, but don’t give off the lazy image that sweatpants have the capability of giving off.
There’s no question that the vibe in Los Angeles is extremely casual. Some of the finest restaurants in city wouldn’t bat an eye at customers dining in sweats, but there’s a way to pull off the “I woke up like this” look while still looking put together.
I love these leopard print joggers from Topman. Their subtle pattern gives them a fashion forward element without being too loud.
I paired them with a short sleeve button down shirt also from Topman, black nappa sneakers from Giuseppe Zanotti, and classic Steve McQueen Persols for a casual and comfortable daytime outfit.
With February behind us -- and March underway -- the countdown to summer is officially on! When it comes to my favorite season, summer is hands down the best time of year. The weather is amazing, days are longer, and social calendars are filled with pool parties and weekend getaways to the beach.
To kick off our road to summer, we are doing three-part story on swimwear. In Southern California, swimwear is arguably more vital than suiting. However for those of us not blessed with living in 72 degrees and sunshine 360 days of the year (sorry to those of you reading this in New York ;) ) realistically the next time you’ll need to put on a bathing suit, is your next vacation! We will be looking at swimwear styles for different locations and occasions.
We are focusing this part of our story on swimwear when traveling to a tropical destination or resort. When exploring an exotic destination, I think prints are always more fun than solid suits – after all – you’re on vacation!
I love this print from Vilebrequin! I paired these trunks with one of their linen shirts and sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti for a complete resort look.
The “Louis Vuitton Series 2 – Past, Present and Future” Exhibition opened this weekend here in Los Angeles, and it did not disappoint! The unconventional exhibit invites visitors to journey through the mind of Nicolas Ghesquière as he prepared his for his third ready-to-wear show as Creative Director of the house of Vuitton.
The exhibition allows visitors to discover some of the inspirations behind his collection, as well as grasp how he approaches and reinterprets stylistic codes at the 160 year-old luxury fashion house. Visitors are able to explore how Ghesquière vision inspires his current collection and how it will shape the future of Louis Vuitton.
The entrance to the exhibit is a neon sign of an LV logo – the seal of the founder of Louis Vuitton.
One of my favorite rooms was the “Magic Trunk” – which shows arguably the house’s most recognizable product - in holographic projections. - mixing past inspirations, current designs, and future ideas.
I also loved the “Infinite Show Room” which was a 360-degree projection room showing all looks from the Spring 2015 collection.
The exhibit is open to the public open daily from 10am – 6pm at 1135 North Highland Ave. If you find yourself in Los Angeles between now and February 22nd, be sure and check it! Before it heads to Beijing.
With the upcoming release of the anticipated novel-to-motion picture, Fifty Shades of Grey, we thought it would be fun to do shoot featuring only gray.
The color gray is truly one of the most unique colors in my opinion. It’s considered to be an achromatic color, which literally means without color. The only colors that fit into this category are white, black, and gray. In terms of style, achromatic colors are usually the only colors that work when entire outfits are made out of the same color.
Recently, I’ve been a big fan of the blazer over a hoodie. The combination dresses up a more casual look without sacrificing comfort and warmth. Both the hoodie and blazer I’m wearing are by Topman.
I paired them with jeans by April 77 and high-top sneakers by Giuseppe Zanotti. I love the side zippers on these shoes! It makes them so much easier to slip on and off. 5 shades of gray come together for an easy pulled together look - that’s great for an afternoon of errands or a casual dinner and a movie night.
Living in a large city like Los Angeles can on occasion feel like a jungle. People traveling around in all directions - different cities within cities - people roaming the asphalt plains and neighborhoods.
One of my favorite colors has always been olive green, which I was happy to see such a strong prevalence in looks from this season. From shoes to sweaters, it seems like everyone in the fashion industry has incorporated some variation of army green into their collections. With much of Los Angeles being a desert, the sea of green is a nice change.
I love this leather biker jacket from Topman. The fact that is olive makes a great transitional piece from fall/winter into spring/summer. I paired it with textured animal print t-shirt, black skinny jeans by 7 For All Mankind, and Calvin Klein Jeans boots for an urban casual look.
It’s hard to believe fall is already in full force!
We partnered with American Eagle Outfitters to showcase how to style one of our favorite looks for fall – the military inspired ensemble.
Army green is a unique color in that it gives off a warm earthy feel, yet maintains a level of sharpness and sophistication - like this American Eagle parka.
Paired with my AEO Café X Skinny Jeans and a simple white tee for a cool, on the go look.
Happy fall everyone!
Inside the ivy-covered walls of the Hotel San Jose is a stylish and lush boutique hotel unique to Austin. Private garden courtyards and meandering crushed rock pathways weave throughout the property, providing a quite escape from the bustle of downtown just outside. This Texas-Zen escape features 40 rooms and suites re-imagined from a once-seedy 1930’s motor court.
Located on South Congress Avenue, San Jose is in nestled just half a mile south of downtown. The perfect spot for experiencing true Austin color, San Jose blends comfort and relaxation – with just the right amount of scene -- in a hip and vibrant neighborhood. Just next-door is Jo’s famous crushed ice coffee, the hotel features it’s own private poolside wine bar making it a popular spot for locals and guests.
The modern vibe is felt throughout the urban bungalows, where you can order a room service breakfast, work at desks with high-speed internet, wash with complimentary Malin + Goetz soaps and enjoy minimalist southwest bedroom décor.
Without being a burden on the budget, the San Jose is an inviting atmosphere and ideal retreat in Austin. With quaint rooms and beautiful vegetated grounds, Hotel San Jose is a destination worth checking into.
One of the biggest trends to emerge from the denim market this season was moto jeans. And I’m loving it! For years I’ve admired Balmain’s signature motorcycle jeans; however, I have never been able to budget them.
This fall/winter it seemed most premium denim brands had their own variation of the moto cut at affordable prices. The particular style I’m wearing is by J Brand. I tend to gravitate towards darker washes in my day-to-day life as I think they tend to be more versatile.
I paired these J Brand Mick Moto Jeans with a vintage bomber cardigan by Agnes B, a basic v-neck tee from H&M and Rag & Bone combat boots for a retro yet modern look.
In searching for the right pair of jeans, there are several components I like to take into consideration. First and foremost is comfort. Jeans should always be comfortable! No, they may not feel like sweatpants or pajamas but you should be able to wear them and feel relaxed throughout the day.
The second element to consider is flexibility. While everyone has their own preference, I like my jeans to maintain a high level of stretch. There’s nothing worse than stiff denim without any give. Not only does it constrict movement, but after a full day of wear, it can get pretty unbearable.
The final component I look for in my jeans is the shape or cut. Different cuts of denim are better suited for different body types, and personal preferences also come into play. Personally, I tend to gravitate towards straight leg or a skinnier cut - as I feel they fit me better.
7 For All Mankind’s Luxe Performance denim line embodies all the components I look for in a pair of jeans. Their skilled blend of high-stretch fibers create jeans that are not only extremely flexible and comfortable, but retain the exact shape and feel, no matter how long or frequently they are worn.
I paired these Paxtyn cut jeans with a simple white V-neck from H&M, baseball cap from rag & bone, Toms, and blocked the sun with my favorite Tom Ford glasses – for a casual yet fresh daytime look.
Its official - summer 2015 has been the hottest summer to date. I’ve been trying to be conscious of the amount of energy I use by only sparingly cranking the AC, but with temperatures rising it’s proving to be more and more of a challenge. The best way to beat the summer heat I’ve found is by throwing on a pair of trunks, getting out of the house and heading to the nearest available body of water.
During June, July and August my weekend garb pretty much exclusively consists of tees, sandals and swim trunks. When it comes to swim trunks, I love to sport fun colorful patterns. The shirt and shorts I’m wearing in this shoot are by a brand called Bluemint. Bluemint was founded four years ago by Dogu Turkmen after his search for all day, easy to wear summer clothes that allow you to travel poolside to bar in style without changing.
Their swim trunks are a great tailored fit and come in a ton of different patterns and colors. And if you aren’t able find the exact color or pattern you’re looking for, Bluemint offers full customization and allows you to create the prints of your choice by uploading images to their site.
In order to keep track of time in the summer sun, I wear my MSTR watch. MSTR is an awesome L.A. based brand, whose timepieces push the boundaries of contemporary fashion without compromising traditional craftsmanship. Paired with classic Ray Ban aviators and comfy Birkenstocks, I’m keeping it as cool as I can in these scorching temperatures.
With the Labor Day holiday this past weekend, summer has officially ended. For those of us in Los Angeles, we are grateful to have amazing weather year round. However, despite the fact that we are able to wear a tee shirt and shorts in December, the end of the summer season does transition us out of the laid back lifestyle. BBQs, pool parties, and beach excursions fade through Fall and before you know it the cliché summertime activities are no longer in occurrence. Thankfully fall is beautiful on the west coast — and what an amazing summer this year has been.
Eager to soak up the last few days of summer, this weekend I decided to head down to Venice for an afternoon bike ride. Equipped with an awesome beach cruiser from Linus Bikes, I had a blast traversing the streets of Venice. Easily my favorite neighborhood in Los Angeles in terms of design and architecture, it is easy to lose track of time enjoying a summer afternoon in the canals and on the boardwalk.
For my afternoon bike adventure I went full out Californian – sporting Band Of Outsiders’ Chateau Marmont tee with light washed jeans from 7 For All Mankind - paired with classic Chuck Taylor Converse and a Miansai bracelet.
Last June, developer and hotelier, Avi Brosh, opened the Paligroup’s 3rd property – Palihouse Santa Monica. Formerly the Embassy Hotel Apartments, the chateau inspired landmark was originally built in 1927 as a destination for guests to visit Santa Monica’s seaside coast.
Tucked away on a quiet corner of Santa Monica (just two blocks from the beach and a five minute walk to Third Street Promenade) is the ideal sunny California sanctuary. Each of the 37 guest rooms are oversized and give an apartment feel - some even come with full kitchens.
Palihouse Santa Monica has been designed to allow guests to authentically explore the Westside with style, sophistication and individuality. From the exterior, the property gives off the façade of old Hollywood – similar to Chateau Marmont, while the ornately-painted interior surfaces of Downtown’s Biltmore Hotel.
The building was deemed a Santa Monica Historic Landmark in 2001, and in this spirit the hotel has been retailored as a one-of-a-kind urban lodge. Revivals are successful when classics are given the right amount of contemporary spin that appeals to today’s audiences. Palihouse Santa Monica combines the perfect amount of classic charm with modern edge for the ideal beachside retreat.
For more information: http://www.palihousesantamonica.com/
At times, it can seem unnecessary to incorporate outerwear into daily LA attire. Big jackets are usually too heavy for Los Angeles weather. Call it a trend if you want, but the field/army jacket could not be more perfect for the mild temperatures we have.
It’s lightweight, compact, and has a subtle masculinity that compliments most outfits. Great - day or night with a simple tee or over a button down for a dressier look. I pair my 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket with Rag & Bone officer boots for a complete military look with a slight edge.
Who can deny the holiday season is one of the best times of the year? From twinkling lights on trees, to eggnog, to Starbucks’ holiday cups, the festivities lay all around us. With each tradition, different aspects combine to make this time of year so merry and bright. While Santa delights children by bringing presents on Christmas morning, in the adult world, he tends to bring a full schedule of parties and social gatherings.
The holidays bring people together - from work parties to tacky sweater bashes – the season is full of giving thanks and celebrating with one another. There’s no better time to catch up with old friends, cut loose with coworkers, and participate in a social calendar that rivals summer. It’s a full agenda, but that’s part of what makes the holidays so much fun!
In choosing party looks for the holiday season, we’ve teamed up with our friends at 7 For All Mankind. Personally, I tend to have more casual commitments than black tie this time of year, so I like to keep my attire on the more relaxed side. However, when conveying an effortless look it’s still crucial to maintain a level of sophistication and modernity.
One of my favorite styles of shirts for men has always been the Henley. I love this 7 For All Mankind Multi Stripe Henley sweater. What is more festive than red and white stripes? Yet due to the black knit, it’s more subdued and you don’t end up looking like a candy cane. I chose to pair it with dark grey slim fit jeans as dark jeans feel slightly dressier and lace-up boots.
To make my look slightly more complete and warm, I added 7FAM’s Knit Moto Jacket in black. Not only was moto one of the biggest trends this season, but the cut of the jacket makes it very sharp!
Check out these Party Style pieces on 7 Obsessions shelf at: www.7forallmankind.com and be sure and enter PARTY20 for 20% off every applicable item!
With Christmas less than two weeks away, most us of have yet to send our mothers or significant others any ideas for what should be on our holiday list. The Sharp Law is here to make it easy for you. Here’s a breakdown of our ideas at every price points that any fella would be excited to unwrap (and ask for) this holiday season.
Fragrance – What’s better than the gift of good scent? Both Le Labo’s Santal 33 ($160) for 1.7 fl oz and C.O. Bigelow’s Musk ($15) for .25 fl oz are great woody & clean scents that keep him smelling fresh, day and night.
Sunglasses – Few things are more practical in day to day life than a great pair of shades. You can’t go wrong with either Garrett Leight’s Wilson Sun ($340) or the classic Ray Ban Aviators in Tortoise ($175). After all, summer is just around the corner ;)
To be bold is to be relentless. It’s to be fierce, and not back down. It’s disruption – opposing uniformity and normality. It’s standing out in the crowd, by being unique and different. A bold man possesses swagger – achieved merely by expression of his own genuine individuality.
When True Religion asked us to be a part of their new campaign, we couldn’t have been more excited with the concept –- BE SO BOLD. When strung together, these three little words form a message of mammoth proportion.
I incorporate boldness in my personal style. Sure — there are many factors that come into play when it comes to choosing attire, but first and foremost clothes should be an authentic reflection of identity.
For this shoot, I paired my BE SO BOLD tee with a plaid button down from Vince, and Saint Laurent high tops.
Are you bold? Show us. Tag your #BESOBOLD moments on Instagram and Twitter. And check out TrueReligion.com for a free bold tee with purchase!
This past weekend was beautiful in Los Angeles. With the sun out & a perfect temperature, we decided to take advantage of the delightful weather and headed to Venice for Westside adventure. After making a pit-stop at Intelligentsia for some much needed iced caffeination, we decided to spend our afternoon bike riding along the pacific coastline.
We were lucky, and got to test drive some sweet wheels from Linus Bikes. With their full line of stylish bicycles and gear, this Venice based bike maker is taking cycling and the urban commute beyond just the typical cruiser. There's nothing standard about this sleek & hip mode of transportation.
Linus is inspired by 50’s and 60’s French bicycle designs, but with modern comfort and reliability. All of their bikes preserve a simple elegance while remaining completely utilitarian – and at a fairly affordable price (bikes start at $465).
From Santa Monica to the canals, our cruising experience couldn't have been more perfect. For more info visit Linus Bikes on Abbot Kinney or check out www.linusbikes.com
As August arrives in California, the ripe days of summer are in full swing. With the temperatures soaring to an all-time high, the dog days mean heading west towards the beach any opportunity you get. With the season coming to an end, soaking up the sun is at the top of everyone's list. One of the most quintessential destinations -- the unique and beautiful neighborhoods around Venice Beach.
These charming streets are the best destinations for exploring unique costal architecture. From festive barbeques tucked away at hidden bungalows off Electric, to an overflowing crowd at sunset in a modern canal home -- the Westside is home to a diverse Los Angeles beach community. The houses can be classic and colonial, to industrial and minimal. This social crowd of artists and musicians reside in homes that reflect their individuality and tasteful choice of design.
One of the most common styles of Venetian architecture is the craftsman house. Something about the simplicity of an old-time cabin-like compound seems to fit Venice’s eclectic vibe so well. In pulling off the craftsman look I try to maintain a level of hipness. I sported a Polo by Ralph Lauren bandana print workshirt, Big Star’s faded striped shorts, folding Persols, and Miansai rope bracelet.
Thirty-five years after his death, few influencers have made as big an impact on men’s style as Steve McQueen. Even to this day, his presence in men’s fashion remains larger than ever. Deemed the King of Cool -- the man dressed only to please himself and never wore anything that got in the way of winning a race, fight, or woman.
His stylish, tailored, yet also functional wardrobe elevated his celebrity status from movie star to icon. When I think of my biggest style icon, no one comes to mind more than Steve McQueen. My favorite style of sunglasses are undoubtedly the folding Persol 714s, with custom blue lenses -- his signature.
For this shoot I tried to maintain a semi conservative look -- a clean navy v-neck sweater by Dolce & Gabbana over Hudson’s Sartor skinny white jeans. Paired with Alexander McQueen skull loafers and of course, the King of Cool’s folding Persols.
Earlier this week, I attended Project Vegas in Sin City. While you could spend weeks wondering around all the pop-up showrooms, I kept my eyes alert for upcoming styles and covered what I could in the limited amount of time. During my time I noticed several emerging trends for Spring/Summer 2015.
The first of which -- moto jeans. This Balmain look appeared to be a part of most premium denim brand lines. Personally I love it! There’s something badass and rock ‘n roll that this motorcycle cut gives off. Pictured are Hudson Jeans -- in an array of colors and washes -- as well as True Religion’s Rocco Moto.
Another reoccurring trend this season was the bomber. Although, cuts seemed to be a slightly more tailored and form fitting like the above jackets from Clover Canyon and Mackage.
One of the biggest trends I noticed -- comfy fits. The focus appeared to be on function and feel! From jogger style jeans to jackets, everything seemed to implement French terry, cashmere, or some sort of elastic material. You couldn't find a raw selvedge jean to save your life – and let’s face it – who’s complaining?!?
The lining on the 7 For All Mankind jeans and jacket made them feel as good as wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt, yet allow one to maintain a “dressed” look. The same goes for the Big Star's jogger jeans.
Comfort was key -- down to Del Toro’s meme on pop culture emoji slippers. Overall, the show couldn’t have been more exciting – fully looking forward to trends of Spring / Summer 2015.
A friend just moved into a Spanish bungalow in Hancock Park. He asked us to help him pick out hardware that personifies masculinity, character, and style. His place is a DIY dream project, and with our vision for the home's design in mind - we knew exactly the right place to take him.
Like belts, cufflinks, or any wardrobe accessory, your home & office hardware should make a statement. You don’t have to be a contractor or interior designer to go nuts inside Liz’s Antique Hardware. With one of the best assortments of vintage and antique pieces, Liz’s is the one-stop shop for your Los Angeles hardware needs.
Whether you want to update or begin a new interior or exterior project, Liz’s carries every aesthetic you could imagine. From contemporary, to antique and reproduction pieces, you’ll find everything you could ask for here.
Outfitting a space isn’t just about the wall color or choice of flooring. Each room can be inspired by the hardware, whether on furniture, built-in carpentry or accessories. From a chic downtown loft to a classic Venice craftsman house, transform your space in the variety of specialty hardware you chose.
If you are in the market for one-of-a-kind pieces, the knowledgeable staff is happy to assist you in your search. Liz’s isn’t just about the antiques; they also have an entire section of the store dedicated to very current modern designer pieces.
Liz’s doesn’t just carry hardware – since 1860 they have been Los Angeles’s home for door, window, furniture and lighting accessories. From ceiling fixtures to sconces, it's worth trip to check it all out.
Get inspired: http://www.lahardware.com
If you ask me, there’s no question when it comes to California’s biggest contribution to the fashion world. Hands down it’s denim! As the birthplace of Levi ‘s – the first blue jean manufacturer –it seems only natural for CA to be the denim capital.
Early this week, I had the opportunity to tour US Garment, one of the largest denim wash houses in Los Angeles. US Garment does premium washing for a number of brands including; 7 For All Mankind, Hudson and 3x1.
Getting a firsthand look at the all that goes into manufacturing jeans was awesome! I was completely oblivious to everything that goes into creating the perfect wash. From formulating the proper dyes, to sanding by hand, to laser printing, the process that goes into crafting the perfect pair of jeans was much more complex than I imagined. US Garment also specializes in a process called rip and repair which gives denim that vintage look by adding and patching holes for a worn-in appearance.
I tried to stick to an all American look for our tour - Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply black and white checked shirt over an Abbot + Main v-neck tee. Paired with Nudie jeans and Tod’s driving moccasins.
Using a variety of medians, Los Angeles has always attracted a wide scope of artists. Since the 1970's -- the largest growing form & most visible has been street art. These large installations have been able to document the culture of the Los Angeles community, an emerging and ever-evolving blend of different backgrounds, heritage and experience.
The ability of street to capture a unique visual language celebrates the society and history of the city and its inhabitants. Embodied on the walls of the different neighborhoods in LA are stories that bring together different generations of community, movement, and change. Unlike art that is carefully preserved in a museum or exhibit, street art is vulnerable to the elements and can also be buffed or destroyed. This allows for a larger audience to experience the work, but by giving it more exposure it also transforms it into a vanishing landmark.
From the perfect summer street-look I decided to go with patterned Big Star shorts. For a cool display of color, I paired with a tee by Miami based brand Algae. Similar to street art, each piece is produced in limited edition and by local artists to create a visual series. Showcasing the originality of each designer, the brand focuses on displaying totally unique pieces each season.
Los Angeles is known for its picturesque sunsets -- plain and simple. Thank you smog! Few cities are fortunate to have such epic arrays of color across the sky. Whether you are watching from the shore in Santa Monica or atop a high hill in Los Feliz, each view casts a beautiful glow on the city of angels.
In choosing a setting for an amazing DTLA sunset we headed to the Sixth Street Viaduct – which connects downtown to Boyle Heights. The bridge was built in 1932 as an overpass to the Los Angeles River – and the view of downtown is unsurpassed.
The sharp outlines of the buildings standout against the array of glowing light. In the immediate view, the renovated arts district of downtown -- on to the crisp buildings of the downtown skyline. This urban landscape is just on the edge of city line, at a moment when day is bordering night in the golden hour.
In this shoot I’m sporting a simple Jack Spade tee over True Religion’s Geno Slim Straight Jeans. I love the tapered cut and bleach wash – which has been ever so trendy this summer. I paired with Valentino cameo espadrilles for bold yet casual daytime look.
Growing up in the south gave me a deep appreciation for preppy attire. Polos, khakis, and driving shoes were what I grew up wearing. When I moved to Los Angeles eight years ago, it certainly had an influence on my personal style. When occasion arises however -- I never miss an opportunity to break out the East Coast country club gear.
At first glance the oxford I’m wearing might look like a standard blue and white stripped button down. On a closer look, you can see there’s a subtle edge with skull and crossbones stitched. This shirt is from the specialty line – Descendants of Thieves by Dres Ladro.
This line is unique and extremely limited edition. An average of 385 and no more than 400 units per style are made. The care label contains the number produced. All of their shirts are constructed with high quality Japanese fabrics and manufactured in in a small sample room, not a high output production line. Each shirt contains distinctive detailing from hidden pockets to messages stitched into the fabric.
I paired this shirt with Polo by Ralph Lauren khaki shorts, Tod’s driving moccasins, and classic Steve McQueen folding Persols. Keeping close to more preppy clothing is traditional, but paring with an edgy West Coast style can never go wrong.
For more info on Descendants of Thieves by Dres Ladro: http://www.descendantofthieves.com/
Creating the perfect look for the beach or a pool isn't always the easiest thing to pull off. Multiple factors come into play -- first and foremost -- the swimsuit itself. When scouting the right trunks, I believe in going for the colorful, bright & bold. As a rule of thumb, I tend to gravitate towards stripes and prints over solid shorts -- as beach attire should always be fun and playful.
As far as length, it depends on what you’re comfortable with. For a few years now, shorter cut swimsuits have been the trend. I like them fall few inches above my knee and be slightly more fitted, but not too tight -- generating more of a '70's' vibe.
Once you found the right suit, the work is still incomplete. Pairing your trunks with the right shirt is essential. This is all totally relevant to where you are headed. While I might wear a tank top to a pool party in Vegas, I wouldn’t necessarily wear one to a casual bbq at a friend’s house, or to relax on the beach.
In the first look I’m wearing a Vince Henley over Vilebrequin trunks with Tom Ford glasses -- keeping things more casual and light. It's easy styling for the less formal affair.
I’m a huge fan of the white button down over swim trunks -- it's classic. I love how this look allows you to be slightly dressier, even in swimwear. I'm sporting an H&M button down over Emilio Pucci trunks, paired with Ray-Ban’s Flash Lenses. Try this look at the more sophisticated occasion.
The last look I’m wearing a Craft & Commerce tee with Saturdays NYC shorts and Sperry Top-Sider for a more all-American look. This look is best for playing it cool with friends or a Sunday at the beach.
Wherever you’re spending time in the sun this summer -- don’t forget the SPF -- and remember a good guest always brings beer or wine for the host. Cheers!
In the past year, the stretch of La Brea nestled between Beverly and 3rd, has grown increasingly hip. From Sycamore Kitchen to Republique, some of the cities hottest culinary destinations have been popping up in Hancock Park. Back in January LA’s latest sushi craze – Sugarfish by Sushi Nazowa – even secured real estate on the corner of La Brea and 1st. Naturally, with the hip crowd being drawn to the area’s coffee houses, restaurants, and galleries – retail spaces have also been on the rise.
The newest retailer to set up shop in the neighborhood is Connecticut’s very own- GANT. The classic East Coast label has opened their doors at 101 S La Brea Ave – in the center of the newly deemed gypset capital.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the opening of GANT’s new store and loved what I saw. The collegiate-cool brand’s 1,100-square-foot space could not be more in keeping with their heritage. Exposed ceilings and reclaimed gym floors provide the perfect presentation for the label’s signature lines: GANT Rugger and GANT by Michael Bastian.
If you’re in the market for a great summer polo, oxford, or the perfect plaid - stop by and check it out. They also have a great selection of chinos, shorts, and accessories. And for all the ladies - they will be carrying their women's line come Fall. East Coast prep has arrived just in time for summer, and is here to stay LA!
While floral print is certainly nothing new to menswear, in the past, it was typically only seen in ties, pocket squares and bathing suits. To be honest, I’ve never really been a huge fan of floral print in shirts. Hawaiian shirts made me think of a cliché tourist on vacation in Honolulu.
This spring/summer however, floral prints have been on the daring edge of style. Maui made it’s way to Milan as everyone from Gucci to Prada to Givenchy, seemed to center their spring/summer menswear collections around floral prints.
With more fitted cuts and darker prints, florals have been making a splash in a more striking way than ever. The shirt I’m wearing is by Vintage Red. I like the fact that it’s fairly simplistic in terms of the amount of colors – sticking to blue, black, and white. It’s also extremely light weight, perfect for these warm summer days! I paired it with April 77 jeans, Prada oxfords, and blocked the sun with folding Persols - for a more retro look.
For Angelino’s there are few things better than Summer in LA. What? You think it’s summer year round in LA? Well, despite our famed reputation for being 75 degrees and sunny all year round, the weather here actually does have some variation. This year the temperature actually dropped to 52 and it even rained a few days in February. Terrible, I know.
With summer in sight, it’s time to break out those shorts and short sleeved shirts. I’m wearing a plaid Brooks Brothers button down over an H&M v-neck and Jack Spade shorts. Paired with Sperry Top-Siders, this somewhat preppy East Coast look is great for casual summer days.
I’m guilty of liking the pun on logomania that’s emerged in pop culture fashion the past couple seasons. From Brian Lichtenberg’s line of sweatshirts and beanies to SSUR’s tees and trucker hats I get a kick out of the play on words of some of the most pristine fashion houses.
I love Rodarte’s RADARTE collection. Mainly due to the concept of finding “rad” art in our everyday life. The Venice canals are one of the most picturesque spots in Los Angeles in my opinion – that around every corner you can come across a different work of art.
While I like to switch up my shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis, American Crew 3-IN-1, gives me a great easy gentle clean. In the past I never been too keen on the idea of combing shampoo/conditioner/bodywash given their distinct different functions… but American Crew knows what they’re doing with 3-IN-1. This step saving formula not only cleanses and stimulates the hair and scalp, but conditions, detangles, and adds shine.
For body wash, I have yet to come across a product that makes me feel as clean as Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castle Liquid Soap. In addition to tingling the body, the peppermint essential oil is therapeutic as a mild stimulant that increases vitality and clarity. In addition to being an incredible bodywash, this vegetable-based biodegradable soap, can be used for cleaning just about anything - from dishes to laundry.
Most people’s feelings towards stripes tend to fall on one side of the spectrum. They either love them or hate them. Perhaps it’s my appreciation for the nautical look, but I happen to love stripes. From black and white to navy and red, I don’t think you can go wrong.
For my California take on a traditional Venetian gondolier, I sported this Agnès B boat neck shirt. I love the contrast between the navy and yellow. Given it’s somewhat oversized, I wore it over these BLK DNM skinny jeans.
With air quality being as great as it is in the city of angels, proper skin care is vital. While everyone has a preferred cleansing system, personally, I like scrubs when it comes to washing my face. Shiseido Men's deep cleansing scrub is ideal for deep cleaning on the go and can be used daily. This revitalizing face scrub helps me eliminate roughness and blackheads and leaves my skin looking fresh and feeling clean.
One of my favorite looks right now is denim on denim. It’s a bold move that’s somehow remained classic throughout time. From the one of the leading men’s style icons – Steve McQueen to the latest member of the Kardashain clan – Kanye West – this combo looks great when executed properly.
Breaking up the shades of your shirt and jeans is key in making this happen. I like to go with a lighter shade of blue on the top and darker on the bottom, especially in the summer. I’m wearing a western shirt by Rag & Bone over one of my favorite men’s denim lines – Nudie. Throw it over a nice white tee-shirt and for a slightly more casual unbuttoned look.
Between the perfectly lined palm trees of Beverly Hills and highbrow coffee shops of Silverlake, lies Melrose Ave. One of the top shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations in LA that has always retained an unparalleled level of cool. From west to east, Melrose tends gets progressively grungier, but always seems to possess a certain level of charm.
If you can’t tell by now, I love plaid. In addition to being extremely soft, I particularly like the cut of this Joe’s Jeans shit. I paired it with BLK DNM skinny jeans, officer boots, and a Hudson black tee to give off an effortless daytime look.