The calendar would indicate that today is my birthday, but according to the weather outside it certainly doesn’t feel like any birthday I remember. Yesterday, I stepped out in a tee shirt and jeans, but I might as well have been wearing a portable sweat lodge, and while today is shaping up to be a bit better out there, I still wish I was facing a gorgeous autumnal day. On birthday’s past, I’ve had to toss on far more than a single layer to brave the day, and so in honor of my ideal birthday climate, I decided to piece together an ideal fall outfit. It’s nothing groundbreaking (aside from the first ever genuine mention of Visvim on this site) just more “dad” style at eye-popping prices, but as they say, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

And in case you have a few hundred dollars to blow and would like to get me a last minute gift, the links are below.

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Engineered Garments Deck Jacket – Ovadia & Sons Midwood Indigo Dip Dyed Denim Shirt – Visvim Social Sculpture 04 Damage 6 Jeans – Brunello Cucinelli Wool/Cashmere Baseball Cap – New Balance x Concepts 998 “C-Note”

I’m currently down at my parents’ house in Maryland for the holiday, not so patiently awaiting the arrival of the rest of my family and tomorrow’s epic meal.  So, to whet my appetite, as well as yours, for my favorite meal of the year, here’s five Thanksgiving inspired kits.  Have a good holiday everyone, eat, drink, take a nap, and rest easy.  Now, go get off the internet and enjoy yourselves.

Epaulet Daltrey Shetland Tweed Sportcoat – Howlin’ by Morrison Neish Sweater – Aspesi Button Down Fine Corduroy Shirt – Gant Rugger Cords – Alden Sand Suede Chukka Boot – Paul Stuart Oriental Tiger Scarf – Dents Peccary Gloves

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On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy stepped up to the mic to deliver his inaugural address and created the great menswear myth.  As the story goes, JFK’s decision to address the crowd without a hat on his head delivered a fatal blow to the hat industry as American men followed his lead and shed the once obligatory hat.  Is the story romantic? Sure.  Is it true?  Well, probably not.  But, there’s no denying that an inauguration is a time for the president to make a statement.  As a President that often remarks how he doesn’t even know what jacket he’s wearing, Obama has never been a paragon of style, but as he ushers in a new term, it provides him with the rare chance to prove just what clothes can mean.  A return to American innovation and production would do this country some good, and what better way to show support for this country’s up-and-coming and established designers than to wear them proudly to start off four more years.

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Well, Spring has arrived, which means that it’s time to shed those winter layers.  But, along with Spring comes the unavoidable rainy season that always seems to throw off that carefree warm weather attitude.  So when the inevitable storms come don’t lose your head, just remember to keep it light and you’ll be covered.

London Undercover City Gent Lifesaver Umbrella – Burberry London Briton Twill Trench Coat – Etro Prince of Wales Seersucker Blazer and Trousers – Charvet Slim-Fit Cotton Shirt – Drake’s Flower Print Silk Tie – Alden Handsewn Shell Cordovan Loafers

Swaine Adeney Brigg Golfing Umbrella – Mackintosh Watten MacOvadia & Sons Unstructured Double Breasted Jacket – Finamore x Frans Boone Open Pique Shirt – Epaulet Slim Walt Steel Irish Trousers – Mark McNairy Grain Leather Double Monkstraps

Barneys New York Umbrella – Todd Snyder Spring Mac – Gitman Vintage Seersucker Button Down – Gant Canoe Wash Jeans – Tretorn Nylites – Parrott Canvas Tool Tote

With warmer weather comes the constant temptation to skip town and get away for a bit.  While spring  is generally a pleasant season, the occasional frigid day or sweltering night can arise and complicate things.  Here are two kits to help simplify packing for a quick spring trip – one kit for the daytime and one for the night.


Supreme Crusher HatBaracuta G9 Slim Fit Harrington – Gitman Brothers Vintage Seagulls and Sailboats Shirt – Baldwin Henley in California Jeans – Tretorn Nylites – Warby Parker Jasper Glasses


Boglioli Unstructured Cotton Canvas Blazer – Gitman Brothers Vintage Oxford Shirt – Epaulet Irish Linen Walt Trousers – Stubbs & Wootton Nautigram Navy Slippers – Ovadia & Sons Vintage Pocket Square – Vintage Omega Stainless Steel Seamaster Watch

This is the final part of a weeklong series honoring the style of culturally significant New Yorkers.  Today features three legendary New York writers that were not only inspired by the culture of the city, but became essential to that culture through their work.  

Tom Wolfe

Borsalino Hat – Richard James Two Button Linen Suit Jacket – Richard James Linen Suit Trousers – Isaia Frank Dress Shirt – Paul Smith Polka Dot Silk Tie – Chavret Silk Polka Dot Pocket Square – Crockett & Jones Hallam Shoes

John Updike

Moscot Vilda Glasses – Ralph Lauren Black Label Anthony Wool Gabardine Suit – Gitman Vintage Oxford Shirt – Thom Browne Striped Tie – Ovadia & Sons Black Calf Pebbled Leather Milford Double Buckle Shoe

Jack Kerouac

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket – Folk Gingham Check Linen Shirt – Filson Bridle Leather Belt – Levi’s Vintage 501 Jean – Alden Indy Work Boots – Lucky Strike Cigarettes

This is part two of a weeklong series honoring the style of culturally significant New Yorkers.  Today features five New York Musicians spanning across decades and genres. 

Miles Davis

John Smedley Belvoir Merino Wool Rollneck Sweater – Steven Alan Jersey Reverse Seam Long Sleeve ShirtMismo Bridle Leather Belt – Epaulet Slim Walt Trouser Natural Irish Linen – Drakes Gentlemen’s Cotton Socks – Mark McNairy Tasselled Pebble Grain Leather Loafers

Simon and Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel: Thom Browne Classic Three Button Wool Blazer – Ralph Lauren Purple Label Button Down – Alexander Olch Solid Linen Twill Tie – Imogene + WIllie Barton Black Rigid Jeans – Loake Bayswater Chelsea Boot

Paul Simon: Billy Reid Tweed Wool Suit Jacket – Gitman Vintage Oxford ShirtDrakes Untipped Woven Boucle Silk Tie – Billy Reid Tweed Wool Suit Trousers – Paraboot Coraux Shoe

Bob Dylan

Johnstons Blackwatch Cashmere Scarf – Post O’Alls Engineers Jacket – Gant Rugger New Haven Button Front Shirt – Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1960’s Striped Tee – Levi’s Vintage 1960s 605 Jean – Wolverine 1000 Mile Black Boot

A$AP Rocky

Comme Des Fuckdown Beenie – BLK DNM Leather Motorcycle Jacket – Y-3 Wool Cashmere HoodiePigalle Short Sleeve Shirt – DRKSHDW By Rick Owens Jersey and Poplin Cargo Pants Rick Owens Mens Leather Sneaker

With New York Fashion Week starting this week, the inundation of new trends and styles in the city will be staggering.  But I wanted to take a step back and dedicate this week to the enduring characters of New York.  These filmmakers, musicians, and artists that not only live in the city, but through their work have helped to define what it means to be a part of New York.  So in their honor, all this week I’ll be making kits inspired by those that best illustrate what it means to have New York style.

Woody Allen

Moscot Zelig Glasses – A.P.C. Harris Tweed Blazer – Kent Wang White Rugby – Incotex Slim-Fit Cotton Blend Trousers – Brooks Brothers Argyle SocksFlorsheim Markham Shoes

Jim Jarmusch

Linda Farrow Luxe Titanium Aviators – Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser – Norse Projects Cornprint Shirt - Ralph Lauren Black Label Slim-Fit Jeans – Mark McNairy Brogue Boots – Marlboro Reds

Spike Lee

Moscot Grunya Glasses – New York Yankees Fitted Cap – Brooks Brothers Corduroy Bomber JacketGitman Brothers Vintage Linen Chambray Shirt – Unis Gio Pants – Jordan Spizike Mars Blackmon

The line between dressing with Southwestern influence and simply looking like you’re wearing a Cowboy costume can be paper thin.  Choosing to wear a vest, hat or any other western-inspired garment can make you appear nothing less than cartoonish without properly balancing the rest of an outfit.  Despite this, there’s a good reason why Western films of the 60’s and 70’s still influence style today.  These films found the equilibrium between distinct western pieces and more modern garments. Here are three kits based on timeless Westerns that show how to add Southwestern touches to an outfit, without looking like an out of place cowboy.

Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Boraslino Hat, Billy Reid Rustin Sportcoat, ts(s) Cotton and Wool Twill Shank Button Down, Epaulet Slim Walt Trouser Olive Moleskin, Epaulet Brown Chromexcel Double Prong Belt, Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot

Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch

Lock & Co Hatters Rabbit-Felt FedoraFilson Mackinaw Wool Vest, Gant Rugger Chambray Button Down, Billy Reid Jack Corduroy PantsTanner Goods Standard BeltAlden for Epaulet Natural Chromexcel Tanker Boot

John Wayne in True Grit

Lanvin Rabbit-Felt FedoraFilson Dry Finish Tin Cloth Ranch Jacket, Hamilton 1883 Texas Shirt, Loro Piana Classic Cotton-Blend ChinosAlden for Epaulet Indy Boot, Woolrich John Rich & Bros Striped Scarf

A spy’s gotta be prepared for any situation, so here’s three sets I made over on my Svpply to show how to stay sharp no matter what the circumstances.

Shipley & Halmos Tuxedo Blazer and Trousers, Ami Tuxedo Bib Shirt, Alexander Olch “The Webster” Bow Tie, John Lobb City II Leather Oxfords, Zippo Lighter

Burberry Prosrum Classic Trench Coat, Gitman Vintage Oxford Shirt, Epaulet Slim Walt Cargo Trousers, Alden for Epaulet Whiskey Shell Cordovan Longwing, Michael Bastian for Randolph Engineering Aviator II, Libero Ferrero Thompson Bag

John Smedley Belvoir Rollneck Sweater, Incotex Slim Leg Cotton Blend Chinos, Common Projects Achilles Leather Low Top Sneakers, Wigman Black Watch Cap, Mulberry Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves, Rolex Daytona


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