Passion for Fashion

HUGO BOSS, is a luxury fashion brand, from Metzingen, Germany, that has become a global name for aspirational style. When most people think of fashion, womenswear immediately comes to mind. However in the menswear field, there are many women who are the Hidden Figures behind many known brands. I sat down with Traci Hasley, a trailblazer for past, present, and future HUGO BOSS collections.

MST: What is your title at HUGO BOSS? What does your day to day look like?

TH: I am the Senior Buyer of Men’s Sportswear. Daily, I am managing and supporting my team. In addition, I work with my global counterparts on aligning the next assortment, provide product knowledge training, and shop the competition to ensure that we remain abreast of relevant and latest fashion trends.

MST: What opportunities have you had working at HUGO BOSS?

TH: People, Travel, and Ideas are 3 key things I have experienced. People challenge you, Travel opens up your eyes, and gives you a new perspective. That perspective generates Ideas and possibilities.

MST: What trends do you see men looking to try?

TH: We are definitely in a time of what I call “casual plus”. Clothing that can transition for many occasions has become the most valid motivation to shop, as opposed to buying for one specific event. Guys look for items that have multiple uses with a fashion flair, that isn’t too limiting.

MST: Do you wish more men would take risks with fashion?

TH: I do wish men would take more risks, even if it’s something as subtle as a new fit or color. There is a comfort level for most men, and finding that balance of product and fit is key. If you feel good in it, you will look good in it.

MST: What are three must have items for guys this season?

TH: An awesome leather jacket, denim that can be dressed up or down, as well as a “go to” soft tee that can layer or pair with anything.

MST: Where did you go to college? What did you study?

TH: I received my BAS in International Economics from American University in Washington DC.

MST: What inspired you to get into the fashion business?

TH: Believe it or not, it was my dad. I aspired to be an attorney, but after working at a law firm for a year while applying to law school, I realized it wasn’t for me. My dad told me to do what I love. In order to succeed in life, you have to have a passion for it. I ended up applying to Parsons in NYC, and began to pursue an advanced degree in Fashion Merchandising. The rest is history.

MST: Why did you choose menswear, over womenswear?

TH: While at Parsons, I had the opportunity to work several internships in both areas. Although womenswear was interesting, something clicked while I was at Armani with a Men’s Sportswear internship. In the end, menswear chose me, and I never looked back.

MST: Did you have a mentor growing up? Would you recommend others have a mentor?

TH: It may sound corny, but my mentor is my dad. He has a brilliant business mind. It’s been incredible to talk shop and bounce ideas off of him, especially when I am at a crossroads or may be considering something new. He also won’t tell me what I want to hear, but what I need to hear, which is key. I suggest that everyone finds that person you can trust with your physical and mental well-being. It allows you to truly stop and listen to your inner voice and take heed.

MST: If you saw your younger self walking down the street, what advice would you give that girl?

TH: If you believe in something, go after it. What is the worst thing that can happen? Someone says “No”? It just means, “No, not right now”.

Snowed In?

How do you spend your weekends when it starts to snow? It was a lucky coincidence that the weekend NYC got its first wintery mix, the Bearded Dapper Gents decided to have a photo walk in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

photo: Ankara Crowns


photo: Jean Messeroux

photo: Jean Messeroux

photo: Jean Messeroux


Weather like this makes me want to bundle up and drink hot chocolate. New York may not get the blizzards it did a few years ago, but the key to surviving winters out here is to layer up. Since I’ve been wearing a lot of darker colors recently, I wanted to warm things up with some earth tones.

In addition to the basic hat and gloves to keep my head and hands warm, I decided to mix in shades of camel and brown. The dark brown check shirt was a nice contrast to the donegal cardigan sweater. Keeping me warm was the wool / cashmere overcoat and a camo scarf to keep the chill off of my neck.

If you don’t own a coat that you can wear to the office or in a casual setting, now is the time to buy one. Some of your favorite stores have either a 100% wool coat or wool cashmere blend on sale. What are some of your favorites to wear when bad weather hits your area?

Camel overcoat: H&M | Cardigan: Express

Shirt: Nordstrom | Timepiece: TW Steel

Eyewear: Salt | Grooming: Scotch Porter

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Travel light – part deux

Are you travel ready? Passport ✔︎, currency ✔︎, Trip Advisor itinerary ✔︎, then all you need to do is pack your bag. My last post focused on bringing just enough clothing and essentials to get you through your trip, and not have you check any luggage.



With a simplified assortment of clothes, my Hart Schaffner Marx sportcoat was the perfect compliment while wearing my jeans during the day, or trousers at night. Fall brings out the earth tones, and the best part of “made to measure”, is that I can choose my fabric, add an elbow patch, and have functional buttonholes on my sleeves.

Recently picked up these auburn colored jeans from AG, and I love that the fabric isn’t stiff, and that they make this model in other colors, means I’ll be adding a few more to my collection soon. I could have worn my sneakers, but ironically the stitching on my wingtips paired well with my jeans.

Sportcoat – HART SCHAFFNER MARX | Shirt – Express | Jeans – AG | Timepiece – TW Steel | Bracelet – H&M |Shoes – Cole Haan

  

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Travel light- Part 1


If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? What’s stopping you? What will you pack? When LaToya & I fly, we don’t check bags, we do carry-on. We pack light, and avoid lines. Recently we travelled across the border. No, not that border, Montreal, Canada. Knowing the size of most carry- on luggage pieces, how does one pack for such an adventure.



  

  In addition to my travel basics, and what I wore on the plane, here’s how I maximized my bag.

  • Pair of sneakers & shoes
  • Two pair of jeans, one dress trouser
  • Two sweaters
  • Two watches
  • One sportcoat
  • Four buttondown shirts
  • Two belts

Packing light is always easier traveling to a warmer climate, but when a colder destination is involved, you have to put some thought into what you bring. Layering looks together can be fun, if you are comfortable mixing and matching what you pack.

Look 1:  coat by HUGO BOSS, turtleneck by Banana Republic, denim by Buffalo Jeans, sneakers by Converse, hat by NewEra

Look 2: sweater and beanie by H&M, denim by AG, sneakers by Adidas

Look 3: shirt by HUGO BOSS, shawl collar cardigan by Uniqlo, timepiece by Talley&Twine, bracelets by H&M

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Hart of Menswear


  
  
  

Welcome to NYFWM. As the fashion world continues to push the seasons faster and faster to retail, NYC once again has the spotlight on it. Hosting NYFWM as well menswear trade shows such as Mrket, ProjectNY, & Capsule, this is the time when new brands and established labels show off their hard work.

The hardest working man this summer has to be David Hart. In addition to his own collection, David collaborated with American manufacturer Hart Schaffner Marx.  Established in 1887, HSM continues to evolve it’s tailored clothing. Inspired by pictures taken by Slim Aarons, Hart incorporates textured fabrics, double breasted suits, and floral trousers to make wearers feel as if they were visiting the French Riviera.



David Hart’s personal collection, brings out the laid back vibe of Southern California.  With a Beach Boys inspired show, the tailored pieces were highlighted by a yellow & black Samoan/ tiki print tuxedo. Solid color & floral shorts as well as color blocked polos & knit tops were key looks for the Sportswear collection.  Although this collection showcased Spring / Summer 17′, the airbrushed tees are available now.

Tying the knot

  
  
   

What do you get when you blend friends & family with tacos & tequila? Answer…..a great engagement party. I made a few calls and asked for a non humid sunny Saturday, and no one was disappointed. As you know, planning a wedding is a piece of cake.  Having a long loving marriage, that’s when you have to roll up your sleeves and put in the work.

Suit: Hickey Freeman

Shirt: HUGO BOSS

Bowtie: Robert Talbott

Shoes: To Boot New York

Timepiece: HUGO BOSS

Beard oil: Solo Noir

With my fiancé going with an all white ensemble and gold crown, I went with a made to measure suit from Hickey Freeman. Loved the plaid print when I saw the swatch, and decided that a three-piece suit would be great to have. The fabric was an earth tone color with a hint of grey and blue, and wore a solid white spread collar shirt. When wearing a suit with a pattern, you want to wear a solid color shirt, otherwise the two patterns fight each other, and look too busy.

When choosing my shoes and accessories, I went with the chestnut color brogue lace up shoe with matching belt and leather pilot watch. Since my mentor was the “bowtie King”, I went with one that was bold enough to stand out and complimented the suit.

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NYC- Botanical Gardens

When most people think of NYC, usually the images of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Central Park come to mind.  With Spring finally arriving, and a quick ride on the Bronx River Pkwy, we decided to explore the Botanical Gardens.  If you are a native New Yorker, and have only been to the Bronx to see the Yankees, you are missing out.


  

Outfit: Sunglasses – Persol, Shirt -Express, Jeans – Buffalo, Timepiece – Hugo Boss, Sneakers – Converse

 
I may not be a horticulturist, but I can appreciate lush landscapes, trees as tall as buildings and older than 100 years old.  If you decide to visit, the Mertz Library is a great place to explore, and will bring out the botanist in you.  The 250 acres of trees and flowers can be used to educate kids, and celebrate unions as they have locations on the grounds for weddings or parties.  During our visit, we stumbled upon a wine tasting.   It’s not a wine tasting in NYC, if there isn’t a long line. Luckily there were multiple vendors to keep the public happy, and a band to entertain.

Although NYC is home to many attractions, we should not forget about the local flavor that makes NYC what it is.  No matter where you live, there has to be a museum or a park that can distract you from your technology.  What plans do you have for your weekend?

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