Neutrals with Ampersand Goods Co

Shirt: Mack Weldon | Pants: Neil Barrett | Backpack: Ampersand Goods |
Shoes: New Balance | Sunglasses: Tumi | Hat: Gents

Well it’s finally warm, no hot, in the North East United States. It’s time to drop the jacket for easy, sporty chic outfits. I recently acquired this backpack from Ampersand Goods Co and I love it. When I went to the brand’s website this style caught my attention for it’s ease. I proceeded to customize the bag picking the leather color and strap details. One of the best features is the mesh lined back to help with air flow and prevent my back from sweating!

A striped hat corresponds with the bag strap and helps shield the sun. On a super bright day sometimes sunglasses aren’t enough, however these black Tumi shades keep sunlight at bay. The black pants are fitted and stretchy perfect for active days around the city. Now I’m off to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend with friends. Have a great weekend and stay safe!

Photography: Briana Louise
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Shipwreck in Sanya

Oh how I miss Sanya! When I was traveling in China last month, George, Mollie and I went to the beach. We stayed at the Renaissance Resort and took a car to a small town with a surf club. We spotted a shipwreck and decided to check it out. The weather was warm during the day with a slight breeze in the evening. Perfect weather for these Tavik pants and the light sweater I bought at the Silk Market in Beijing. Sanya is a beautiful travel destination! It’s the southernmost city on Hainan Island in Southeast China – just East of Northern Vietnam. More on Sanya soon!

Shirt: Mack Weldon | Sweater: bought at Silk Market in Beijing | Pants & Hat: Tavik

Photography: George Evan

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Top Gift Picks

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, another holiday or just feel like buying gifts for a friend, family member OR yourself, here’s a round-up of some of the things I’m loving this season. Enjoy my top gift picks! :)

BRANDS TO WATCH

Tavik: The company uses modern beach culture to define its brand. From very soft fitted cotton pants to the red villard jacket seen below, the pieces ooze casual cool. (styled with an ISAORA sweatshirt)

Shot by George Evan

Brooks Heritage X UBIQ:  The Philadelphia store partnered with performance brand Brooks Running Company for a limited edition shoe (seen below). It launches this Saturday (Dec. 13th) at UBIQ in Philly and on the store’s website — my guess is this will fly run off the stock shelves. I love the multicolored sole.

Courtesy of Brooks

LONG-LASTING UNDERGARMENTS

Mack Weldon Silver Underwear/Undershirts: Designed with NASA in mind, Mack Weldon’s new Silver collection holds up to the test. What test? Seeing if the silver prohibits smell and keeps you fresh for six days. Yes, I did wear the same pair of underwear six days in a row. No I didn’t do much physical activity while taking the Silver 6-Day Same Underwear Test. And yes, I’d do it again because they didn’t even stink after those 6 long days. Either this product works OR I smell like angels. Or both! Check it out for yourself here.

 

Courtesy of Mack Weldon

 

NEXT LEVEL DRESS SHIRTS

On That CUSTOM Level with Marcella: Marcella lets you design your own shirts then produces them within 2-3 weeks – it’s custom clothing on speed! The company  is partnering with the charity Career Gear to help promote donations and awareness for under privileged men looking for professional attire and career guidance. Anyone who brings in a gently used shirt (to the NYC location) receives $20 off their a custom shirt of their choice (until December 15th).

Shot by Kris Mae

No Sweat with Ministry of Supply: Are you into looking sharp and exploring the city/country/any where really all while staying fresh? Aka so signs of sweat and/or day worn shirting. Ministry of Suppl offers great RTW dress shirts built for the man on the move. Enjoy FREE international shipping on orders over $100 (until December 14th).

Shot by Kris Mae

THE ACCESSORIES

Fun cuff links: Whether a top hat pair from Robert Graham (seen below) or chess pieces (seen in my Ties.com feature) – cuff links don’t have to be simple. In fact – I think they should be little shirt accessories full of personality! I’ll be sharing many more cuff link styles in 2015, but remember that 18k gold pair from 1884 Collection? Swoon…

Shot by George Evan

Colored Sunglasses: Opt for a bold pair like the Gotti Switzerland frames below or go more subtle and try colored Ray-Ban club masters or traditional aviators in white or electric blue. Not into colored frames? Try tinted and mirrored lenses. All are sartorial options!

Shot by Chris Fascenelli

 TOP PICK: PF Flyers X Todd Snyder kicks

Who has dreamed of owning blue suede shoes? Yep, probably everyone. I know I have! Thanks to PF Flyers these sweet kicks are keeping my feet stylish and comfortable. Wear them with fitted sweats (seen below) for a casual look or dress them up with a fitted navy suit. Either way.. win, win, win! I’m just curious if there part II in store for next year… let’s all cross our fingers for PF Flyers x Todd Snyder Part II! (style available in brown and black leather on PFflyers.com)

Shot by George Evan

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Eastern State

 I seriously cannot believe this year is fastly coming to a close. Where did the time go?! We passed daylight savings and now it’s dark around 5. In past I’ve hated that – the getting dark so early part. But in recent years come to appreciate the extended evening. A perfect time to breakout the dark leathers and transition from my normally bright and colorful attire. While walking on Fairmount Ave in Philly, Chris and I stopped at Eastern State Penitentiary. The lighting – gloomy and omnipresent – reflected of the black leather Daniel Won cardigan well. One of the things I love about this cardigan is that people think it’s a jacket. It kind of is, but the shape is very cardiganesk. You can’t see the navy blue trimmings in these photos but they are sick. See them here and let me know what you think! I paired the look with a gray tee form Mack Weldon, dark jeans and a pair of snakeskin embossed loafers. Browse and shop some of my favorite black leather items below!

Photography: Christopher Fascenelli

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All Sorts of Blue

Whooooooosh! That’s what my hair said yesterday. Wow talk about a side sweep. Anyway let’s get to the outfit… sometimes I love mixing multiple shades of the same hue and this time it was with blue. Hah! Lame rhyme. I’ve been waiting to wear these new pieces from Ambig. The slim pants are lightweight and very comfortable for running around the city during Fashion Week. The tee is also Ambig. I love the slight tribal pattern. I wore the outfit with my signature sunglasses – the monogram IMC detail is ever so subtle in the photo above. Top it all off with a cobalt blue watch from JEANRICHARD and insanely comfortable socks from Mack Weldon. I love Mack Weldon’s socks because they keep your feet dry all day and are even designed to last MULTIPLE days before washing. Gross and fantastic at the same time. We shot outside The Meatball Shop on 9th Ave. SOOOOOO GOOD. I cannot wait to go back for some more balls.

Photography: Collin Willardson

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