Category Archives: Styling

Mad Hatter

Ever since Pharrell’s hat became a household name, I’ve been on the hunt to find something like it.  A fan of both his music and style, this is one trend that I just had to imitate.  After looking all over the internet for something similar, my cart (and head) still remained empty.  However, while out and about in Williamsburg recently, I struck gold at a nearby boutique.  I couldn’t be happier with my purchase and plan to rock this look all season long.

Hat: Pork Pie Hatters, Sunglasses: Ziari (Vintage), Shirt: Raf Simons for Fred Perry, Shorts: Lanvin, Sandals: Kris Van Assche

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Block Party

I happened to be in the West Village for some meetings last Thursday and forget how beautiful this part of the city is.  Lucky to have had some down time in-between, I walked around with photographer friend Jocelyn Voo to snap some photos of my look.  Speaking of my outfit, I have to give a #mylatestobsession shout out to Banana Republic.  The peacoat and shirt I’m wearing are from their Spring 2014 collection. For me, these two particular pieces really stood out as must-haves for the season. If you’re interested in purchasing, I suggest you run to the nearest BR store as I believe the coat is pretty much sold out everywhere.  Good luck & happy spring-let the awakening begin!

Coat & Shirt: Banana Republic, Denim: Earnest Sewn, Envelope: 3L (custom), Shoes: Grenson, Sunglasses: Ziari (vintage)

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Behind-the-scenes: Rinat Brodach S/S 2014

With spring just day’s away, I thought I would start to warm things up with a behind-the-scenes look into a recent shoot we shot here in New York for designer Rinat Brodach’s S/S 14 campaign.

Video Provided by John Mastriano

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Strap On

With the F/W season almost through, I’m very much looking forward to a bit of change and less layers in my daily routine.  In the meantime, I’ve been trying to keep warm on the streets of New York with some of my favorite outerwear.  I haven’t been able to live without a topcoat.  For a professional like myself, it’s a great go-to piece to throw on over any look that might need structure.  Those who feel a bit basic in this style coat, strap on a fun colored or textured belt you might already have in your wardrobe to add some shape.

Coat: London Fog, Shirt: DKNY, Belt: Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Denim: Joe’s Jeans, High-tops: Pierre Hardy, Sunglasses: Vestal, Backpack: Graf & LantzStraponSS_02.28.14-2SS_02.28.14-3SS_02.28.14-4SS_02.28.14-5SS_02.28.14-6

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Pitti’s Pimps Fall 2014

Pitti Uomo attracts some of the most stylish men in fashion to Florence, Italy, twice a year to check out what’s up-and-coming for menswear.  A four day long trade event, it’s one that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the street style.  Despite this year’s overlap, bright colors, bold patterns, fur, and lots of jewelry took over the streets again last week for the fall 2014 run.  Below, I’ve compiled some of the best shots of the leading men who attended the show looking, if you will, completely “pimp.”

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Hello Gorgeous

As I bid farewell to yet another year, I look forward to what the new one has in-store for me.  Every year I set goals for myself to achieve, and this year I’ve decided to push the bar even higher.  I can’t wait to let you in on all the new partnerships and collaborations that are happening in 2014.   I’m also excited to be expanding the blog with new features showcasing lots more photos and cool videos, via the styleTV channel.

With that said, as I look back upon the last 365 days, I’m grateful for all the love and support that has been shown to me throughout the year.  Your likes, tweets and comments have not gone unnoticed.  To those who continue to do so on a daily basis, I greatly appreciate your loyalty in support of my work.  Keep them coming!

Hat: Banana Republic, Coat: Hart Schaffner Marx (Vintage), T-shirt: Alternative apparel, Denim: J-Brand, Backpack: Appalatch, High-tops: Salvatore Ferragamo, Sunglasses: Ray-ban, Watch: Valentino

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Last-Minute #Fashion4good Gift Guide

If you’re like me and are guilty of waiting till Christmas Eve to cross off items from friends & family wish-lists, then consider yourself a last-minute shopper.  Dashing through the stores with a Starbuck’s in one hand, the final race to get things done is upon us, and most likely your not laughing but crying all the way. To help turn that frown upside down, I’ve decided to put together a last-minute guide showcasing some of my favorite items by designers and brands that are giving back in a big way.  From the glasses by Warby Parker, to the shoes by Parcel & Journey, every single piece within my look was designed to make a difference. Whether it’s perserving craftsmanship right here in the US, or promoting it within impoverished communities globally, it’s the perfect gift that continues to give long after the holiday season.

The glasses I’m sporting were designed by eyewear brand Warby Parker.  Founded only a couple years ago, they already are changing the way see things.  This summer, they hit a milestone of distributing 500,000 pairs of glasses to those in need.  Their “Buy a pair, give a pair” concept is quickly becoming one that many are looking to imitate.

The scarf and shoes were created by Parcel & Journey.  Recently launched, this new website has created an online shopping experience that reflects the rich colors, patterns, scents, and textures of tradition while introducing you to the hands and heritage behind the work.  A process that is honored by a “trade not aid” philosophy; giving skilled artisans a chance to earn a sustainable income and provide a better life for themselves and their families.  Creator, Joanna Steinberg, has made a decision to build something that would improve the lives of artisans around the world through micro-finance and craft revival, while at the same time sharing with you the history and tradition that these crafts represent.

The dress shirt underneath by sweater was designed by Mizzen + Main.  Along with keeping production here in the US, their program “A Shirt for A Start” was created to aid in giving selected servicemen and women the opportunity to work and learn new skills through internships and jobs within their organization.  They will pay them while they develop entrepreneurial experience, industry connections, and a better understanding.  As they grow as a company, they will offer these vets more than a start.  They will offer an opportunity to join them in design, logistics, communications, engineering, and other key departments – on a full-time basis.  They will also connect them into our networks for continued career development and networking opportunities.

The sweater and backpack were designed by outdoor apparel company Appalatch.  Priding themselves on being ethically-driven, they’ve created the first 3-D wool sweater, available to the masses, which allows for virtually zero waste and the perfect fit.  Also, entirely made here in the US, Appalatch’s mission is to design, manufacture, and sell clothing and accessories that honor the people they work with, the environment that produces their materials, and the customers who support the brand.

The denim I’m wearing, I recently discovered at Brooklyn Denim Company right here in Williamsburg.  The entire process is produced in the US using cone mill denim.

The timepiece on my wrist was designed by WEWOOD.  Being eco-smart, the wooden watches are made from mostly scrap-wood and uses state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the guts, a hybrid of technology and nature resulting in a unique watch that’s handsome and earth friendly.  In 2010, WEWOOD hit the scene as the avant-garde approach to sophisticated sustainability. Later that year, WEWOOD opened a branch in Los Angeles and teamed up with tree-planting-partners ‘American Forests’ and ‘Trees For The Future’.   With this cohesive collaboration, the goal is to help restore Mother Nature, one watch at a time, by planting a tree for every WeWOOD purchased. Since 2011, WEWOOD has planted 250,000 trees with its partners and sets challenging targets for 2014 and beyond.

I’ve been obsessed with camo lately, so I couldn’t resist rocking a pair of camouflage socks by Nice Laundry. They are determined to do their part in reducing the amount of waste we shed each year.  Believing in second chances, they’ve partnered with one of the nation’s oldest and largest textile recyclers to make sure your old socks are recycled responsibly and efficiently.  When you send your socks directly to one of their recycling partners, they undergo a grading process. The top-tier of socks will be cleaned up and sent to areas of need. The balance will either be repurposed as textile or shredded into fibers and turned into things like home insulation, depending on the condition.

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Camo Flock

Camo commanded its presence on the runways for fall.  Designers flocked to this particular print giving their take on the masking motif.  I particularly prefer something more authentic when it comes to this type of pattern, but couldn’t resist purchasing this button-down from J-Crew.  It looked so real and for the price I couldn’t pass it up.  Anywho, when it comes to wearing anything military-inspired, I’m not a fan of dressing  full on.  I suggest focusing on one piece like a jacket, shirt or trousers.  Then mix it up with other trends from the season.  Keeps it a bit unexpected if you ask me!

Blazer: Vintage, Shirt: J-Crew, Denim: J.Brand, Brogues: Cole Haan, Watch: Nixon, Bracelet: Tai, Sunglasses: Eyebobs

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Holy Grail

Inspiration is everywhere and I recently found it Brooklyn.  Home to famous faces like Jay-Z, Mos Def and Eddie Murphy, this city is full of creative energy.  Having played the backdrop for my latest shoot, I couldn’t help but become completely mesmerized by several blocks of murals tagged by famous graffiti artists in Bushwick.  Brought to my attention by my photographer friend Vincent, he opened my eyes to a whole new world I never knew even existed.  To learn more about this secret gem, click here!

Jacket: Vintage, Shirt: SLVR by Adidas, Denim: Guess, Sweater: General Idea, Sneakers: Kenneth Cole, Tote: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sunglasses: Andrew Marc, Watch: Valentino

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