Books aren’t Dead

When was the last time you read a good book? With the popularity of the Nook & Kindle, have people forgotten what it feels like to turn a page, or use a highlighter on their favorite sentence. Bookstores aren’t on every corner like Starbucks, but they do serve a purpose when utilized. 

I paid a visit to the new concept store that Barnes & Noble opened in Scarsdale, NY. A smartly curated floor plan, with every genre you would expect. As consumers are getting excited for albums, I was glad to see a dedicated section with albums and CD’s. 


 Scouring this labyrinth of a store will work up an appetite. With a restaurant that has a combination indoor / outdoor space, this is the perfect place to grab a cup of “Joe” or wine and get lost in a book or two.

Thanks for reading, now it’s time you picked up a book. 

Shirt by HUGO BOSS

Denim by AG

Sneakers by Adidas

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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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”.

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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