• Full of Beans

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Cambridge, MA

    Noteworthy: rugged tomboy look for Head of the Charles Regatta, general lack of concern.

    Oct 20, 2014 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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  • Chukka Boots

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    The provenance of the chukka boot hails from the fields of polo, as early models were akin to the boots worn by British polo players after matches. The moniker was adopted from the seven minute period of play of the same name. While hugely popular in the 1940s and 1950s as casual wear, modern iterations have rebooted (pun intended) the boot's popularity and timeless appeal.

    Photograph by Kat Harris

    We like this pair from Allen Edmonds. Cut from premium suede with a studded rubber Dainite sole and crafted in America with a Goodyear welt*, it is readily apparent—these are chukka boots for grown-ups. Classic and understated, they're more refined than your crepe-soled desert boots. And compliments of the unlined suede uppers (which mold to the contours of your foot), they are just as comfortable. We're into the snuff suede right now, which goes with...pretty much everything. From cutoff jeans to a suit, these have you covered. Of course, lace 'em up without socks as long as you can.

    Ready to grab a pair for yourself? You're in luck. Allen Edmonds is currently running their Rediscover America Sale through October 21st. What's more? We're giving away a pair of Allen Edmonds chukkas** ($295) to one of you.

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    *because they're Goodyear welted, the boots can be resoled through Allen Edmonds' very own Recrafting® process. Complete recreafting from toe to heel starts at $125.

    **courtesy of Allen Edmonds

    Oct 16, 2014 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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  • Dream American

    Top Drawer | Miscellany  

    Oct 13, 2014 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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  • Layering with Red Fleece

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    Well hello, Autumn. You're late. And you're arriving with scattered showers and temperatures hardly befitting a "New York in the fall" stock print peddled on a midtown sidewalk. Which explains why I'm in a sweater vest instead of a sweater and a rain slicker. It's still patio weather in October and yet it may rain at a moment's notice. Always be prepared.

    Photographed at Fette Sau by Kat Harris

    This month, I'm sharing a few thoughts on layering in Brooks Brothers' Fall '14 Red Fleece Style Papers. While I suggest throwing a down feather vest over a Fair Isle, here, my yellow rain slicker* achieves a similar effect. For those whose copy got lost in the mail, I'll humor you below while I get into my Berkshire pork belly and potato salad. Food coma be damned, it's Friday.

    As the leaves turn and the mercury dips, the next couple of months are the perfect time to pair up your favorite cold-weather classics, but with a twist. I love layering—it's inherently preppy and no layer is more versatile or easy to pull off than a puffer vest. They add color and texture while being lightweight, should you need to shed it when you warm up. Throw it over a Fair Isle sweater to contrast the color and pattern for one of the season's key looks. Want to try something different? Pull it on over a tweed blazer, or even a suit (go ahead, try a bright vest over a dark suit—it just works).

    *courtesy of Brooks Brothers

    Oct 10, 2014 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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  • Picture Perfecto

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    Fair Isle sweaters are quintessentially preppy...beautiful pieces boasting a rich history, which makes them all the more interesting when you don't wear it traditionally. I love the pattern contrasted against leather jackets or worn alone by women as a sweater vest. I shot this portrait of Lucie in an incredibly cool 1960s Schott Perfecto (a jacket they still make for women today) for an ongoing portrait series I'm working on called The Girl Next Door Is Still Beautiful™.

    The project is essentially celebrating my idealized version of the girl next door—real girls, tomboy influenced styling, and all-natural beauty. Case in point, Lucie has never colored her hair*, rarely wears make-up, and is completely comfortable in her own skin. The younger sister of my friend Stéphane, she's crashing his East Village apartment while in from L.A. She loves surfing, Spanish music, and is currently studying textile design at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

    *Finding a woman who has never colored her hair is like experiencing a unicorn. There is a beauty about it that is pure, natural, and coated with contentment.

    Oct 8, 2014 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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