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SS11 Men’s Picks (Written by a Woman)

April 22, 2011

1. The Proper Barbershop LA – before you hit your friends’ BBQ, get your fades tight and your beards right
2. Pattern Mixing – ladies have been doing this for a while but Duckie Brown showed us men can pull it off too
3. Floral prints for men – a touch of feminine can show that you’re REALLY masculine
4. Bold Rap Rings ala The RZA – you don’t want people to accuse you of wearing “baby powder”, keep things gully by adding an urban statement to your high-fashion wardrobe
5. Johnny Mad Dog-inspired accessorizing – see above (seek out colorful jewelry at thrift stores, flea markets, and body jewelry stores)
6. “Carrot-fit” Denim – This cut lies somewhere in-between skinny, baggy, and harem. Great for guys with a bit of thigh muscle, or…
7. Marc by Marc Normandy Duffel – a lot of you have baggage but if you carry it around in this space print bag it can be overlooked
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Stepping Out: A Sure Schott

November 14, 2009

John and Paul Thornley are brothers by circumstance and bandmates by choice. Often on the road with their band — U.S. Royalty — they do a lot of exploring in their down time. Both have a keen eye for all things manly and fashionable, but sometimes, they see things pretty differently.

Paul and I were up in New York City for CMJ, and in between playing some gigs were able to go on an adventure.  Schott, a brand synonymous with America and the open road, contacted us about a month ago to check out their jackets and asked if we would like a tour. Of course we obliged.

Schott has been making jackets and crafting style for over 90 years.  From the first double rider motorcycle jacket in 1928 to bomber jackets for the Air Force during WWII, icons like Marlon Brando, James Dean, and The Ramones have been spotted wearing these classic, quality pieces.  After visiting their NYC showroom, we traveled across the river to New Jersey where they manufacture the jackets.

We chatted with Jason Schott (great-grandson of founder Irving Schott), and found there remains an underlying sense of staying true to quality and tradition while still being open to collaborations and pushing modern trends.  While they still use the machinery from decades long gone to put out the same quality products, they are actively searching for new ways to bring their classic look into new circles.  We also enjoyed seeing jackets that they have collected from previous owners.  Many of them have been painted on, while others are embellished with a number of studs or patches, and some have just been worn for 60 odd years.

Vintage Beck Jacket by Schott

After perusing the aisles of the factory, Paul came across a brown fringe coat that reminded him of one that our drummer Luke purchased from a secondhand shop. Later, we were about to play a show in DC at the Velvet Lounge and he happened to look at the label. Sure enough — it read Schott Brothers.

I guess Schott was in our lives before we even knew it.  And we hope they will be for a long time to come.

 

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The Sartorialist at DC’s Masa 14

October 22, 2009

On Monday night Scott Schuman popped into DC to sign copies of his blog-turned-book.  Given that the glossy paperback (and elegant hardcover “Bespoke Edition“) was released in August, it’s not too much of a surprise that Washington remains a bit behind the curve despite all the attention brought to the city by the Obamas.

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The former showroom owner agreed with this sentiment. When asked by Politico‘s Kiki Ryan if he thought the city was headed in a chic new direction, his answer was “Ummm no.”

I think I’m going to have to politely disagree with that, and ask Mr. Schuman to take a walk around Gallery Place — where there’s always a bunch of self-assured, well-dressed teenagers hanging out.

Still, the ever-so-gracious photographer thanked his fans for the record turnout in a recent blog post, and acknowledged he was pleasantly surprised by the eclectic crowd.

by_Jian DeLeon

photos: Shauna Alexander for BrightestYoungThings.

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Naked & Famous Loves the Glove

January 15, 2009

The crazy Canucks at Naked & Famous have put out their take on an American classic, although it’s not really something you’d find at most boutiques. These selvedge denim baseball gloves comes in two colorways and features:

  • Skin: 18oz big slub indigo rope-dyed Japanese selvedge denim
  • Palm: Japanese cow leather
  • Only 60 pieces made (30 in each color)
  • Handmade in Japan
  • In stores now!
  • The gloves are currently available at select retailers, and carry a price tag of around $495.

    (pics and stats via Naked & Famous)

    _by Jian DeLeon, Menswear Editor