The Sartorialist has been one of my favorite blogs for nearly five years now and I loved this behind the scenes video ion running the blog and how Scott Schuman gets some of those shots. Fully inspiring.

“The minute you think that the past was better, your present is second hand, yourself becomes vintage. It’s okay for clothes but not for people.”
I was watching the second episode of Boardwalk Empire earlier tonight with my roommates and for some reason I just love the shoes Steve Busemi is wearing in the opening credit sequence. So when the episode was over, I promptly drew them and made this. Naturally.

I was watching the second episode of Boardwalk Empire earlier tonight with my roommates and for some reason I just love the shoes Steve Busemi is wearing in the opening credit sequence. So when the episode was over, I promptly drew them and made this. Naturally.

Cool Hunting has a great video piece on the Levi’s Workwear and Billy Reid collaboration:

For both the neo-Americana-obsessed and denim-heads, menswear designer Billy Reid’s collaboration with Levi’s is a holy brand pairing marrying Levi’s workwear roots with Reid’s modern cuts, fabric choices, and finishes. This behind-the-scenes video (a Cool Hunting exclusive) visits Reid at work on the craft of deconstructing garments for the 10-piece collection, as inspired by a visit to the legendary Levi’s archive.

Love it! I’m a big fan of Billy Reid’s work and his thoughts on craftsmanship here fit right in with the direction this blog has been heading in recently. I love that he used the word “heirloom.” That’s the perfect word for how I’d describe quality craftsmanship and the type of products I want to spend my money on. Something that’ll last and that I can pass on to the next generation.

A Continuous Lean has a great little video tour of J. Crew’s new Men’s Shop in New York City. I really love the idea behind it and the shop looks great inside. I’m loving all the craftsmanship detailing and strong aesthetics. It’s a interesting concept to give guys a unique shopping experience separate from the main stores. My love for J. Crew keeps growing.

This short video on Oxxford Clothes is everything I’m all about. Oxxford Clothes has been making suits since 1916 and it the only company in the United States that still tailors their suits completely by hand.

The great folks at Put This On have released episode three in their “web series about dressing like a grown up.” Episode three centers on dressing for work – looking professional, good suits, dressing for interviews, and tying a good tie.

Each episode is getting better and better and Put This On is easily my favorite fashion-centered blog right now.

“In a short period of time it became clear that the apparel business is incredibly entrepreneurial—the barriers to entry are really low, probably even more so now. All these stores and magazines are desperate for new, great things. If you have something honest and interesting and personal and cool and relevant and well-made, you can at least get started.”
Fashion entrepreneur Scott Sternberg on the ease of getting into the fashion business, but I don’t think it just applies to fashion. If you are making something “honest and interesting and personal and cool and relevant and well-made,” there will be market for it somewhere. The key then, is to find that market.

Here’s another great video on craftsmanship. This little feature on Raleigh Denim is completely inspiring and goes right along with a lot the content I’ve been posting this week. I’m continually impressed with handcrafted goods and would love to get into more of this type of work with my own designs. 

Can guys wear brooches? Would wearing this Woody Allen brooch from Sniffle Co. push my love for this auteur too far?
Given my recent revival in my love for Mr. Allen’s films, I very much enjoy this despite knowing I’d never be able to pull it off. I might have to watch one his movies tonight though.

Can guys wear brooches? Would wearing this Woody Allen brooch from Sniffle Co. push my love for this auteur too far?

Given my recent revival in my love for Mr. Allen’s films, I very much enjoy this despite knowing I’d never be able to pull it off. I might have to watch one his movies tonight though.

I had the extreme pleasure to get to spend some time at Imogene+Willie, a Nashville clothing store specializing in top quality jeans that are designed and made right in the shop. They use high quality raw denim to make their jeans and each pair can be altered to fit the customer perfectly. They are not only salesmen and designers, they are also well educated in denim and know how to get you the best jean for your lifestyle. 

In addition to denim, they also carry a wide range of limited edition and short-run t-shirts, boots, hats, and other apparel and accessories. Each item has been made with care by a skilled craftsman and each piece has an interesting story behind it that they would love to share with you.

Though most of the items are out of my price range right now, I am very interested in one day purchasing a nice pair of raw denim jeans that will last me many years. Imogene+Willie is easily in my top five favorite Nashville shops and if you are ever in the area, it is definitely a place that should be on your list.

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Dr. Cornel West tells Prepidemic about his uniform.

My mom did a summer program at Harvard when I was a teenager, while Dr. West was teaching there.  He cut a unique figure on the campus - he never looked like less than a million dollars.

Dr. West is so cool. I never cared about his fashion statement before because I always so focused on his writings and teachings but I found this video really fascinating and there area quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. The guy is incredibly smart and thoughtful and I find it interesting how he applies that to his clothes too.