Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#2599 The Robert James Q&A

Robert James.

Next up in The Q&A series is menswear designer Robert James, whose dark, rock'n'roll aesthetic has earned him a loyal following among the city's community of performing musicians, both established and up-and-coming. Robert hails from rural Ohio, is quite literally the son of a preacher man, opted out of a formal career as an engineer to move to New York to make it in fashion, and began opening his own stores in the midst of a full-scale recession, so I think it's safe to say that he's a risk taker. Or raving mad. It remains to be seen. Either which way, business is booming, and he's doing it without the backing of a financier or a major PR company, which is as impressive as it is unconventional in the New York #menswear scene. I sat down with Robert in his Boerum Hill store yesterday to talk guerrilla marketing, dressing Jonah Hill, and why he refuses to shop, but first, this question from last week's interviewee, Jimmy "Cobra" Carbonetti:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

#2598 Kicking It In Meermins

Photos: Ashka Shen

Remember about a year and a bit ago I blogged about the Spanish footwear company Meermin? I picked up a pair of their pebble-grain leather long-wings online two weeks ago, and they were couriered to my apartment within four days of the purchase. No joke. And they only cost $220 USD all up, including shipping. The moral of that story is that if you're looking for a beautiful pair of leather lace-ups but you don't want to drop the $600+ to step into some Church's or Tod's or Crockett & Jones or Loake bad boys, look no further than Meermin. They are out of control good value for money. The end.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#2597 On That Polo Rugby It Looks So Nice

Photos: Ashka Shen

I've been spending a lot of time looking at old Ralph Lauren campaigns recently, and if there's one visual motif that ties the lot of them together, it's this air of, "I'm wearing the actual best of everything that money can buy, and I'm throwing the lot of it together, but you best believe I'm going to pop my collar and untuck my shirt and casually mess with everything to create that perfect blend of luxurious dishevelment just so you know that I know that you know that I know. And don't get it twisted, I know." You know? This is my attempt at recreating that luxurious dishevelment — it's a work in progress, but I'm not mad at it. Anywho, I wore this Shipley & Halmos rugby polo, APC jeans, and Meermin bluchers combo on the weekend, and my friends kept on joking that I was "Very pre-fall, darling," (see below), and I shot this post on a particularly hot day, so I thought I'd pull all the layers apart and take it from fall to pre-fall to summer. See below for the progression.

#2596 How To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work?

The view of Manhattan from Kent Ave (where I used to live). Photo: HawkClaw

Anon asks: Hi Isaac, Greetings from SoCal! I was wondering if you've ever been involved in a long distance relationship, and if you could offer any advice at all about it. Thanks for all your help!!

What's good, Cali? I've been in a couple of long distance relationships over the past decade, and they all began the same way — I'd meet a girl while I was travelling (or who was travelling herself), I'd get obsessed, then we'd stay in touch for a really really long time until we were both in the same place again, and then we'd officially be together. It's definitely not the easiest way to start a relationship, and getting to know someone online as opposed to in real life has its fair share of challenges — mainly that you only get to see a tiny snapshot of the person's life before you're physically together, and when you are, tons of unexpected personality quirks can suddenly show up that you weren't initially aware of (and that obviously goes both ways).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#2595 Casually Skating In Hermés

Cue the humble brag: It's not too often that luxury companies hit me up for my address to send me gifts, but a couple of weeks ago I got an email from Hermés about a new app they've launched named Tie Break, which is basically a quirky mobile menswear world filled with educational tidbits like how-to-tie the common tie and scarf knots; entertainment like old-school computer games with an Hermés spin and a video of a Chinese guy singing a love song while he ties his bow tie; and e-commerce where you can flick through all the season's tie options and purchase them through the app. It's a good time. In other news, did you know I skated for 12 years and broke my arm six or seven times doing so as a teenager? True story.