MR PORTER | Made in California

Mr_Porter_California-8If I were to say, “California is the _______ capital of the US”… How would you fill in the blank? Maybe sunshine, movie-making, Insta model, probably even avocado. Most would put all of this and maybe more before fashion and I’d probably agree. But the tide is turning quickly folks! A handful of California designers have set the tone for what we are seeing in men’s fashion these days & there are more on the rise. Needless to say, I was pumped when MR PORTER reached out to see if I’d be interested in styling a few pieces from their latest Made in California collection. The launch took place last week on MR PORTER and it features twelve contemporary brands that are “modern-day interpretations of surf, skate, street and casual wear”. The collection features some of my favorite brands – John Elliott, Simon Miller, Stussy, Golden Bear, James Perse. Check out the looks and then head over to see the rest, you won’t be disappointed.

Jacket by Golden Bear
Tee by Stussy
Denim by Simon Miller
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Sweatshirt by Stussy
Shorts by Stussy

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Style For Any Weather

DSC01730-EditNot long ago, there was a brand that I would wear from time to time. The time was high school and the brand was Abercrombie & Fitch. As you grow older, you start to wear different things and slowly pull away from certain brands or retailers. It’s never really on purpose, but that’s just how things work. I was still trying to find my “style” during college and stopped paying attention to certain brands. But something big happened in 2015… Aaron Levine was hired as A&F’s lead mens designer and has since been promoted to the SVP of Design. He has a great resume and I own items from other brands that he’s designed for. This made me interested to see what he would do at A&F. When I saw his first collection, my jaw dropped. Is this real life!? Yes it was… I thought the line was perfect.

Since I started this blog, I have always preached that you should wear what looks good to you and fits the way you want it to, regardless of who makes it. I hopped on the Abercrombie site a bit ago and found some great pieces. I’m a sucker for indigo, so this sweater was the first thing to jump out at me. The weather in Los Angeles has been so wacky lately. It’s been doing this weird thing called raining, it’s cold one day and then hot the next. When you have a flexible wardrobe, you can be prepared and stylish no matter what mother nature throws your way. For me, a sweatshirt or a sweater works most days. It’s always good to have an extra layer in the trunk just in case. Wardrobe essentials can come from any and everywhere, and if look a little harder you may find some unexpected surprises.

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New Shoes On The Block

NoOneSystem-1There comes a time when a brand pops up, out of what seems like thin air, you see a couple Instagram photos and instantly need to know more. That was the case when I met No.One System. They liked a couple of my photos, I lurked on their page for a bit and the curiosity began. Their page was a lot different than the ones I would see with a few hundred followers looking to trade likes. I could tell that whoever was behind this knew what they were doing. A little more time passed and they hit me up to see if I’d be interested in visiting their studio.

A couple of emails later and I was chopping it up with them over coffee. In a time of bullshit brands and fast fashion, it’s a breath of fresh air when someone decides to take it slow and focus on the quality. Each pair is handmade from start to finish in their Venice studio. Lots of work is put into each pair, so the price is higher than one would be used to in this style category, but they are worth every penny. They were kind enough to walk me through the process and bless me with my own pair to try. They launched about a week ago and have already sold out of most sizes. Trust me when I say these are butter and will be the shoe to have in 2017.

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