Day @ the Museum

When was the last time you paid a visit to a museum? Living in the tri-state area, national landmarks and museums see more tourists than locals. Instead of aimlessly wandering around Manhattan, my wife and I planned a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET happens to be the largest art museum in the United States. Once through the gatekeepers in the main lobby, you now have permission to get lost down the labyrinth of corridors and stairways.

My last time at the MET was probably during a class trip in school. Since its been that long, we decided that using a map to get around, was the smart thing to do. The adventure in losing yourself at the MET, allows you to experience diverse cultures and talent as you walk from room to room. On the streets of Fifth Ave, it’s 2018, but inside, you can explore upper and lower Egypt, the art or warfare of knights from London to the influence of fashion on the Catholic church.

If you have a Bank of America debit/ credit card, there is a program that allows the card holder free admission the 1st weekend of every month. “Click here” for details, for a list of participating museums in your area. Summer is here for a brief moment. What do you plan on discovering in your city, that can enrich your life?

photos: LaToya Lewis

Mi Cava, Su Cava

So who doesn’t like Greek food? If you don’t, then you are missing out. If you do, and you’re like me, then you always ask for a side of tzatziki sauce. While shopping in Paramus, NJ, I stumbled upon Cava. Now, being naive I truly thought this place only sold dips & spreads, since I’ve only encountered Cava whenever I shopped at Whole Foods.

With tons of fast food options to choose from when you visit a mall, Cava is to Greek food, like Chipotle is to Mexican food. Best thing about Cava, has to be the assembly line of flavors that I combined, for an amazing lunch. What I love about Cava is that each time you visit them, you can eat a different meal. I customized a rice bowl, but if you are in the mood for a pita or salad, dive right in as you choose from a variety of spreads and meats. Don’t take my word for it, but the lamb and “crazy feta” is a winning combo.

What’s your favorite fast food? Leave me a comment below.

Hat: Bailey | Shirt: Express | T-shirt: Nordstrom | Corduroy: AG | Sneakers: Converse | Watch: Apple Series 3 | Sunglasses: Persol

Take a Break

You deserve to “take a break”. Taking a page from Rihanna, it looks like all we do is work, work, work, work, work. When was the last time you recharged your battery? Making time to get away from it all is important, otherwise you will never achieve that “work/ life” balance you’ve always heard about. 

Having a passport, was a great investment. It has allowed me to travel abroad, experience different cultures, dial down my senses, and walk slow in the morning. If you don’t take time for you, who else will? Maximize your days off, go to a park, museum, sporting event, even plan a vacation. You know how hard you work, and I know from experience, when you get back, the work will still be there. My only question to you is, “how do you want to take a break?”

Hat & Polo: Wayne Dante Collection

Denim: AG

Timepiece: Talley & Twine

Shorts: Target

Sneakers: Converse

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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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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.