• Picture Perfecto

    Style  

    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.

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  • Hand Me Down

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Stéphane has become a good friend over the last year and the first time I saw his jacket, I thought it was so cool. It belonged to his grandfather who played polo competitively back in the early 80s down in Kentucky. That authenticity is enviable. The front bares his grandfather's initials and crest while the back has "Calumet Farm Polo Kentucky" emblazoned in red. How he wears it over almost anything is effortless and here, over a navy blazer and repp stripe tie, it's old school American sportswear worth taking a cue from. And he reads Apartmento, also worth taking a cue from.

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  • Scotch and Chocolate

    Miscellany  

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  • The Best Men’s Store in America

    Store Profiles  

    It's almost four o'clock on a Monday as my driver (yes, you too can have a driver too via UberX) pulls off Howell Mill Road on the west side of Atlanta. For those familiar, you know I'm pulling up to Sid Mashburn. It's been almost three years since I was last in...five since I profiled his then two year-old shop here on Unabashedly Prep. While the shop has waxed cooler with the addition of a giraffe procured from a Parisian flea market and a shoe room straight out of the pages of Fitzgerald's Gatsby, whispers had been swirling that the southern hospitality had supposedly begun to wane.

    If you don't walk in in the "uniform"—four-in-hand knot askew, natural shoulder jacket, and Chelsea boots (a recent affinity)—I could see it. While this has never been my experience, I could see it. The uniform portrays a certain type of club, the cult of Sid. The thing is, it's a really great club to be a part of...a master class on how to dress like a grown-up. Esquire recently crowned Sid Mashburn the best menswear shop in America, a coronation few would dispute. But what of putting gentlemen at ease? That's where Curt Benham comes in. He's been tasked with essentially making guys feel really welcome. As Curt walks me through the finer points of their new sack jacket (my bourbon of choice in hand, naturally), it's definitely working.

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  • Peak Time

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Jerry Lauren, head of Ralph Lauren menswear, showing the navy jacket with grey flannel trouser uniform is still a classic.

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