Combatant Gentlemen recently asked me to browse their site and pick out some pieces to style. I picked out this gingham shirt, some neckwear, and a suit - all of which come at really affordable prices ($16 for neckwear, $30-$40 for a shirt, $160 for a full suit), because they sell directly to the consumer. By cutting out the middle man, they eliminate the huge markup that retail usually requires. I put together two looks: one casual, one a little more dressed (and suited) up - but both with some pattern mixing. I also went and got a haircut directly after these photos were taken, which is why I was wearing a hat. When in doubt, just put a hat on it. Or get a haircut, whichever comes first.
Outfit Details: Jacket: Coach Pants: Top Shop Boots: Ugg Australia Beanie: Target Gloves: H&M
I know that Spring has officially sprung, and I am glad we’re through with this long, bleak winter… that being said, I still wish I was here, in this beautiful place. It was 3 degrees F this morning, my tea had frozen in front of me, moments after freshly making it. The birds were playing in the air, and occasionally we’d see a small, black squirrel or chipmunk in the distance, hopping in the snow. I love the city, but I could cut firewood and walk the half mile to the car every day, to be able to live in a place like this.
Keiko and I took a little trip to the Catskills, in upstate New York, and had an amazing time escaping from the buzzing, drumming noises of the NYC heartbeat. The weather was cold, the fire was warm, and nothing else mattered. It was a beautiful place to be with the one you love, grow your beard, make some stew and play in the snow. I wish I was there right now.
Everybody, Keiko Lynn, Helena from Brooklyn Blonde, and I are serving on the dance party committee for the Brooklyn Museum’s Annual Brooklyn Artists Ball. On April 16th, we’ll be co-hosting the dance party from 10pm-1am, and you’re invited! Proceeds from this event will go towards the education programs and the exhibitions of the Brooklyn Museum, so please join us and the rest of NYC in this wonderful event of music, art and lots of fun.
While doing a little Spring cleaning in the apartment, and on the computer, Keiko stumbled across this set of photos from earlier in December that I never got to use! So, what better time than now, right?
Being it was one of the coldest days that week, I was pretty bundled up. It’s a well known fact that this Coach jacket is, perhaps, my favorite article of clothing, ever. Super warm, really comfortable and very versatile. It has saved my life for nearly two years now.
What are some of your favorite articles of clothing, that you couldn’t be torn away from?
This has been one wild winter, and even now, as we enter Spring, it is far from Sweater-Weather! So, I will be a few weeks away from boxing up this simple standby, my Peacoat. Good luck to the rest of you!
While Keiko has been busy with New York Fashion Week, I’ve been making Valentine’s Day plans. Since our schedules can be a little hectic, we spend our coinciding free time with one another, and are usually pretty low key with our date nights. This year, I planned a special dinner with my favorite girl, and then we’ll be taking a family trip at the end of the month! What are your Valentine’s Day plans?
Keiko was digging through our archive of photos and found this collection of shots that we had done a couple months ago. The weather in NYC has been a little rainy and pretty cold lately, so looking back at these photos makes me long for the days when cool, dry weather was around.
Rainy days like yesterday make me always want two things: hot chocolate and Soup! Add a sandwich of some kind and it’s the most glorious day ever! So, because of this weather, Keiko and I went to The Red Hook Lobster Pound and got some amazing food. When I got home, I heated the kettle and poured only the finest powdered hot chocolate there is - the cheap kind. Life lessons, gang. Everything can be fixed with hot chocolate, soup and sandwiches - even the weather.
One of the most welcome surprises I’ve had for some time, was waking up to my package from L.L. Bean Yesterday! About a month ago, they were kind enough to take me, along with some other guys, to visit their factory, campus and the beautiful towns of Freeport and Portland, Maine. Guys, I’m sold. If there was ever a place I was going to live in, besides New York, this is the place. It was such a great town of artisans and crafters, fishermen and brewers, and all-around passionate people. The weather, I hear, can be rough, but with the clothing that L.L. Bean makes, I can see it being okay. I’m going to be putting these boots through the day-to-day in NYC winter, but somehow I’m sure they’ll outlive me. Best, Bobby
A little Throwback Thursday. My brother, Ben, had just come into NYC. Keiko and I decided to take him around Brooklyn with us, to show him the amazing diversity, culture and food, and found this great little spot in Red Hook. We’re both pretty sarcastic and childish around each other, which is why anytime you see the two of us in a photo together, we’re usually laughing at something.
With November comes many wonderful things: hot chocolate, sweaters, fall leaves. But there is one thing that I always look forward to the most: Movember. Not only is it a great excuse to grow out the mustache - it’s the only month my girlfriend will put up with it - but it also supports a great cause: raising awareness for men’s health. This year, I teamed up with 7 For All Mankind to style their Movember Jeans, which I wore in a casual getup, since that’s a side of myself I don’t often show on here. Another side I haven’t shown: my sweet ‘stache. Wish me luck, because I have one month to grow it in all its glory.
Join me in the Movember movement and enter the @7FAM “Face Off” Instagram Contest. Watch the video below for inspiration! Tag your instagram entries with @7FAM and #7FAMxMovember #Movember for a chance to win a prize from 7 For All Mankind and a donation in your name. And always remember: Bro out with your Mo out.
Outfit Details: Shirt: Everlane Pants: J Crew Shoes: Penguin Socks: J Crew Suspenders: Trafalgar Hat: Goorin Bros. Bow Tie: Kiel James Patrick
When St-Germain approached me to create a cocktail inspired by the Jazz Age Lawn Party, I was so excited. This event is easily my favorite to-do of the year, so I found it a challenge worth taking. When thinking about the delicate nature of St-Germain and the wild-eyed passion of the twenties, it was a natural pairing for me to merge the two together. The twenties and thirties were still very important times for absinthe, and were seen as tools for the artistic savants. I kept it simple with absinthe and St-Germain, and a touch of grenadine to lightly sweeten the drink. I wanted to make a drink that could be easily replicated at home, and would let St-Germain shine. You don’t need a million ingredients to make a great cocktail.
While I was at the Jazz Age Lawn Party, I realized how perfect the combination was, too. The soft, composed outfits that were worn by everybody there, mixed with the energy and drive from Michael Arenella and The Dreamland Orchestra; it felt very fitting. I snapped a couple shots of some of my favorite outfits there - which was a difficult thing to narrow down, because of how great everybody looked!
Make this drink when in need of whimsy, mixed with a bit of elegance. Grab your boater hat or your parasol and enjoy the authenticity that St-Germain delivers.
Outfit Details: Button-Up: J Crew Pants: Levis Suspenders: Brooks Brothers Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Keiko and I were on a photo safari, searching for a great, colorful wall or building to snap some pictures beside, and came across this really bright, boldly colored wall in Red Hook. It just made sense with the colors. On that note: It was way too bright out!
I recently took some time away from NYC to go back home to Florida. I was there for about two weeks and came back to Brooklyn only after making a pitstop at my aunt and uncle’s house in North Carolina. It really puts the whole cost-of-living thing into perspective. Their gorgeous property, their houses and acreage were such good deals! If NYC didn’t make so much sense to my life right now, I’d move there in a heartbeat, get a simple job and get a gut on Southern food and sweet tea.
Mmm, sweet tea.
Keiko and I decided to take advantage of that short time there to snap some photos, breathe in the perfect country air, still crisp with the last hints of winter. It was a brisk day, but sunny enough to break in my new Tommy Hilfiger boat shoes. I’m a sucker for burgundy.
Outfit Details: Shirt: H&M Tie: Thrifted Suspenders: Thrifted Pants: Levi Denim Tie Bar: Antique
Keiko and I recently took a trip down to New Orleans for NOLA Fashion Week! I can’t express enough how much I loved the time down there, the people down there and the general hospitality we were shown. While there, we did a gig at the Paris Parker Salon, on Prytania, where Keiko gave free beauty work and I made complimentary cocktails! Check out the NOLAFW Facebook page to see some fun photos!
Outfit Details: Shirt: H&M Suspenders: Vintage Brooks Brothers Pants: Zara Tie Bar: Vintage Tie: Thrifted Fragrance: BOSS BOTTLED. NIGHT.
As a bartender, it’s important to understand the chemistry of what you’re doing; being certain not to over-dilute the drink, not to shake too long, or improperly measure your ingredients. The science and the history behind what goes on with making great drinks is what fascinates me, outside of the social aspect. But playing the part means you have to do it well, so dressing up and smelling like a gentleman is important. HUGO BOSS approached Keiko and me about testing out their new fragrance line for men, by showing how one could be ready using their day and night scents. Being behind the bar, you’re moving a lot, shaking and getting pretty close to your guests. BOSS BOTTLED. NIGHT. is great for that. It has a strong, masculine scent that doesn’t overwhelm the palate, but will most certainly no go unnoticed with the crowd.
Share what #readyis on Twitter or on the Hugo Boss website, so I can find out what your thoughts are!
Outfit Details: Cardigan: Vintage Vest: All Saints Shirt: H&M Tie: Brooks Brothers Tie Bar: Vintage Pants: Zara Watch: c/o Diesel
With the beginning of a new year we find ourselves reflecting upon what we were able to accomplish just one year before. Weeks pass by so quickly sometimes that it’s a wonder when you realize how much you had done in those short 365 days and nights.
But it’s important to remember that this is a new year. Regardless of whether you feel you met your goals for 2012, or missed the mark, it’s important to know that you’ve got an entire life ahead of you to step forward and raise the bar, watching the seconds pass by on your wristwatch with ease.
One of my favorite combinations with clothing is the use of a classic Letterman jacket with a patterned shirt. I’ve been really digging this Burkman Bros button up, wearing it far too often. A classic look will never die out, hence why it’s classic. I felt like embracing some Buddy Holly moments. Every day it’s a gettin’ closer.
I’ve been wearing this Diesel watch a lot, lately, which is kind of funny when you consider the fact that I didn’t even own one before. I rely on telling time by looking at my phone, but there’s something special about a dedicated timepiece. It’s for a similar reason I haven’t traded in books for an iPad: a screen doesn’t compare to the tactile experience of leafing through pages, and it doesn’t come close to the ticking hands of a watch and its gears beneath the surface. It still has its place, but I’ve decided I have room for both. Just like I have room for both a tattoo of Vester, and the real thing.
Earlier in November (hence, the weak start of my Movember mustache), Burkamn Bros invited me and some fellow bloggers to their studio at the CFDA incubator to discuss Fall style, and try on some pieces from their collection. Watch the video in HD and make sure to check out Burkamn Bros.
Outfit Details: Shirt: c/o Fisher clothing Tie: J Crew Suspenders (Button-on): Thrifted at Guvnor’s Vintage. Tie Bar: Etsy Tie Pin: My late Grandfather’s.
When I was a kid, my dad would always say I was a gentleman and a scholar. He’d say it over anything, though. If I handed him the remote control or swept the driveway. If I called to let him know I had plans for dinner or simply did the dishes. None of these things had anything to do with being a gentleman or a scholar, but it made me feel great. For the past few months, I’ve been dressing up like this on a daily basis. It feels incredible. Taking the 20 minutes in the morning to shower, shave, comb my hair, steam my shirt, pick a tie and a tie bar, etc., has left me feeling so rewarded. I finally feel that same connection I had before when my dad would say I was a gentleman and a scholar. Not because I’m doing anything particularly intelligent, but I just feel great, like a gentleman, and confident like a scholar. Try dressing up every day for one week, minding the little things, like combing your hair or shaving; taking the time to make sure your tie touches your belt-line and not above it or below; actually wearing your dress socks. You will notice a wave of respect five-fold greater than just being a nice, hard working person. I absolutely promise it. By the end of the week, you’ll already be planning what you’re wearing for the following week to keep it going.
This year has seriously blown by so quickly, which reminds me of how terrible I’ve been at updating this blog-dohickey. A lot has happened recently, with my departure from The Meatball Shop, I’ve moved onto newer endeavors with The Mondrian Hotel SoHo. I came on board as another bartender but quickly have climbed the ranks as one of their principal bartenders. I say this with sincerity, that, if you’re of age to drink, and are willing to come to SoHo to visit me, I’d love to make you a cocktail you won’t forget. With that great news, things got better! I was approached by one of NYC finest bartenders, Theo Lieberman of Milk And Honey, to see if I’d be interested in working at The Lantern’s Keep, a bar inside of the Iroquois Hotel in Midtown. I knew quite a bit about this bar, seeing as it was voted one of the top 10 best Hotel Bars in the entire world. Not NYC (which has enough hotels), not state, not even country - the world, y’all. So, nail-biting aside, of course I said Yes. I am now the newest bartender at this incredible bar, apart of a team of about 4 other people. I have always felt that I’m incredibly lucky to have such good fortune fall upon me, but truth is I work terribly hard to get where I am. I think the differences between me and the next guy, is I sweat bartending from my pores, bleed cocktails from my wounds and shed tears of gin. If there is anything in your life that means that much to you, you’re walking down the right path, friend. Make things happen this year, you’ve still got a few months left!
I’ve been clean-shaven for a few weeks now. But the air is feeling crisp, cool and refreshing. The beard is coming back. And with the beard will follow many more fall/winter posts, which are my favorites anyway. It’s hard to dress up differently over the summer and keep things interesting, when you’re like me and dress like your from the 30s every day. But with the cooler months coming, I can layer again. Looking forward to layering. And the beard. See you guys around.
This is just a friendly reminder to anybody who was unaware, but Keiko and I will be hosting/tending bar for a night at WiNK. Seychelles will be giving away shoes and it’ll be much more enjoyable with your presence there as well.
Outfit Details: Button-up: c/o Fischer Clothing Tie: Vintage Vest: Vintage Pants: H&M Belt: Perry Ellis Tie Bar: Rugby by Ralph Lauren.
Not only am I crazy about ties, I’m crazy about knots. Learning new knots is something I do to spice up an everyday winner. Being a guy, we get away with being able to dress up a collection of probably 5-10 shirts, 2-3 pairs of pants, a blazer, a vest or two and some nice shoes. Little things like a proper collection of bow ties or some good knots really open up the doors to somebody’s sight and perhaps even their respect. When I’m at work, conversations will go from “Hey that’s a good drink you made me,” to, “Wait. What kind of knot is that?” A good knot is something anybody can do, and it’ll allow you to modestly stand a step higher than the rest.
Sam Cooke has been ringing in my ears, as the warmth of the season is crawling over the chill of the long winter months. His music just makes the Spring time feel lighter. Let’s be real, I know it’s April, but sometimes it gets chilly here in Brooklyn. So, to mark one particularly beautiful, sunny day, Keiko and I went out to Prospect Park and snapped a few pictures. Find your Springtime song, let it roll and enjoy these beautiful days with a bow tie, a button-up and a partner by your side.
This is actually a continuation from the last series of pictures in Let’s Make a Menu, when our friend Christine came over. I cooked up a big dinner for the three of us and instragramed some nice pictures of the final products. You can follow my twitter and instragram to find other photographs, too (@ThisFellow).
So, as some of you know, I’ve been really involved lately with training for the SoCal Super Spartan Race that just passed. It was the first race of the year, held in Temecula, California, and it was incredible. The weather was perfect, ranging around the steady mid-upper 70s, without a cloud in sight. The dry desert wasn’t too bad because of the nice, cool breeze that came across the hilltops. My friends, Markus (#2758) and Jeffery (#2421) competed with me. This was my first race but they compete fairly regularly between any Spartan events and Tough Mudder events. Markus was a beast and ended up placing 19th overall, in the entire race, with a time around 1 hour and 55 minutes. I had placed 13th overall in my age division (24-29) and around 80th overall in the race, which had over 2000 people, with a time around 2 hours and 6 minutes. Shows how tight the race was! With only an 11 minute difference, Markus killed me in placement. Jeffery was having trouble from the beginning, having not trained as much as he would have liked and feeling off from the start. He crossed the line later than we did, but he was still a Spartan, finishing with the rest of the crowd. The training for my race really opened my eyes and made me realize how much I love exercising and working towards a goal, like a race. I’ve made it my 2012 goal to enter and compete in as many Spartan, or of the sort, races this year, that I can. My goal from these experiences will be gaining the knowledge, experience and strength to compete in the 2013 Spartan Death Race and the World’s Toughest Mudder, possibly sneaking the Scotland Coast-To-Coast in there, if I can! Wish me luck, because 2012 will be my best year yet.