Business trip – Travel right

For most guys, attending a business conference in sunny Orlando can be as exhilarating as hitting the lotto, and to others, a bout of anxiety as they try to pack the right clothing for another trip. What if I told you that, planning a business casual wardrobe isn’t as scary as it sounds.

As I a typically travel with “carry on” luggage,  packing for style and convenience can be simple. Don’t just throw items from your closet into your suitcase, and think that you will have enough clothes to wear. If your meetings don’t count on you wearing a suit, make sure you bring a sportcoat that can be worn with several different slacks. If you can pack grey, navy, black, or khaki trousers, and they work alongside your sportcoat, you’ve picked a winner.

Make life simple when traveling for work, bring solid color shirts that pair back to your sportcoat. This allows you to transition from meetings during the day, to dinner / after hour events. When it comes to your shoes, brown or black are your safest choices, you decide which you want to pack, and which you want to wear on the plane. This ensures that during your trip, you have options. 

Don’t make what you wear on your business trip, overshadow why you are going. Have fun with your co-workers, learn how to be better at your business, and be confident in your wardrobe choices by keeping it simple. 

What are your go to items when traveling, leave a comment below.

Wardrobe: HUGO BOSS

Eyewear: SALT Optics

Grooming: Scotch Porter



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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”.

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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New Boys of Summer

As the NBA Finals concludes, and MLB grows closer to its All-Star game, don’t forget about golf.  The other “boys of summer” can swing for the fences as well.  The US Open is set to kick off June 18th featuring the best players in the world. As the best of the best descend on Chambers Bay in Washington State, two of the best European players ascend in showing the golf world how to dress, off the course.

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Golf pro Henrik Stenson

Swedish player Henrik Stenson, currently ranked 40th in the chase for the FedEx Cup, and is officially ranked 6th in the world.

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Golf pro Martin Kaymer

German player Martin Kaymer, currently ranked 160th in the chase for the FedEx Cup, and is officially ranked 19th in the world.

As both players elevate their game on the links, they continue to elevate their style off the course.  Take a look at how these two professional golfers spend a day with HUGO BOSS.

Miami getaway

                

There’s nothing like getting on a plane, and flying the friendly skies. With a much needed break from NYC, Miami was the first place on the list. The Fontainebleau Hotel became my residence for three days, and it lived up to the hype. Whether you play by the pool or play on the beach, the opulence of this area is sure to recharge your batteries. Travelling to Miami, keep it comfortable on the plane, but don’t forget to pack your swimming trunks, sunglasses, and sunscreen.  I can’t tell you what to pack for those South Beach nights, but a nice pair of shoes is a must.

Weekend fashion:

Sneakers: HUGO BOSS

Polo: HUGO BOSS

Denim: AG “Graduate”

Hat: H & M

Driving Shoe: Nordstrom 1901

Santa, I need help!

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The holidays are here again, and now you’re asking yourself, what do I get the guy who says he doesn’t need anything.  If you were not part of the after Thanksgiving bonanza at 5am in the morning, you probably missed out on great deals, that the guys in your life already have.  Make the next two weeks of your shopping easy with these suggestions which will keep him thankful, and happy…….until, Valentine’s Day.

Hugo Boss wool/cashmere scarf – give him something to keep his neck warm, and looking good.

Swash Express Clothing Care System – the latest gadget to keep his shirts looking wrinkle free.

Bose Soundlink bluetooth speaker – for the sports fan in your life.

Cole Haan Lunargrand wingtip shoe – every guy has black or brown shoes, give him some color.

Wine Enthusiast counter top refrigerator – guys that enjoy wine, and want a cellar, start with this.

Armstrong & Wilson neckwear – new collection of ties in collaboration w/ NBA player Chris Bosh. 20% off special promo by liking there Facebook page or following on Twitter.

White shirt Wednesday

CANALI

CANALI

BROOKS BROTHERS
BROOKS BROTHERS

 

JOHN VARVATOS

JOHN VARVATOS

HUGO BOSS
HUGO BOSS

 

White shirt wednesday offers the perfect shirt for every guy.  Whether your slim and trim, the average “joe”, or in good shape, a crisp white shirt that is either non-iron, or fresh from your dry cleaner, can really take you places.  For info on these selections, click the pic, or visit…..

http://www.brooksbrothers.com

http://www.nordstrom.com

http://www.johnvarvatos.com

http://www.hugoboss.com