The Joseph Abboud Experience

July 20, 2016

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Photos credit: Menelik Puryear

Full bespoke suit- Joseph Abboud

I own about 60-65 suits, and of those perhaps 50% of them are bespoke. Many guys fail to know the difference between a made-to-measure suit and a bespoke suit. Well the main difference is that a bespoke suit is actually made for your body after your measurements are taken, opposed to a made to measure suit which is essentially taken off the rack and is then tailored to your body. Fit just makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to tailoring.

Last month I had the opportunity of creating my very own Joseph Abboud custom suit. I remember the day I chose my fabrics at the Joseph Flagship store in NYC and what kind of suit I wanted to go with. I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, so I stayed away from another navy suit. After a few hours, and going through each and every single summer swatch, I kid you not, I decided to go with an ivory-almost-white three piece suit. For the vest I added a little fabric in order to break up the white suit. What I’m most excited about is actually wear them as separates.

To top off the experience, the Joseph Abboud team invited a few menswear bloggers and myself to check out the factory in New Bedford, MA where we got to experience first hand how #MadeinAmerica tailored clothing is made. It was a super special moment, first creating a #JACustom suit with Joseph then getting a full on factory tour from Tony, the Chief CEO of Joseph Abboud Apparel Corporation and the man himself, Joseph Abboud. I think the best part of it all is getting to go through the entire factory and getting to see the factory workers piecing the suits together one step at a time. Fun little fact: the factory creates about 1300 suits a day, so, just comes to show you how many suits one factory in America can make.

Most of my suits have a story to them, and this one specifically is an unforgettable one forsure. P.S. Joseph may or may not have said that he was currently obsessing over Ivory this summer, well we now know who his favorite suit was.

This post was created in partnership with Joseph Abboud.

Where the Block Party At?

July 20, 2016

MR PORTER Hosts: Block Party with Saturdays NYC, Miansai, Jean Shop and Fellow Barber MR PORTER Hosts: Block Party with Saturdays NYC, Miansai, Jean Shop and Fellow Barber MR PORTER Hosts: Block Party with Saturdays NYC, Miansai, Jean Shop and Fellow Barber

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Photo credit: BFA + Anthony Urbano

Leave it to Mr. Porter to throw the ultimate block party during NYFW:M. The event took place in the heart of Soho right over on Crosby street. The party included storefronts such as Fellow Barber, Miansai, Saturday’s NYC and Jean ShopThe menu consisted of tacos, from my personal favorite taco place, Tacombi and ice cream treats from Morgenstern’s. It was the perfect place to recharge and refuel in between the shows too.

Wearing:

Jacket- Louis Vuitton | T-shirt, Jeans- Armani Exchange | Shades- Tomas Maier | Watch- OMEGA | Shoes- Adidas x Barney’s
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#VeryPerry @ NYFW:M

July 18, 2016

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Moti Ankari, Anthony Urbano and Marcel Floruss at the Perry Ellis S/S '17 Presentation

Moti Ankari, Anthony Urbano and Marcel Floruss at the Perry Ellis S/S ’17 Presentation

Moti Ankari at the Perry Ellis S/S '17 Presentation

Moti Ankari at the Perry Ellis S/S ’17 Presentation

Moti Ankari during NYFW:M Photo courtesy of W Mag

Moti Ankari during NYFW:M Photo courtesy of W Mag

Perry Ellis is one of the few shows I look forward to during #NYFWM, and not because Michael Maccari, the creative director of the label, is possibly one of the most charming guys I’ve met, but since Maccari has joined the team the collection itself has become way more fashion forward and evolved into something I would wear. This year the brand decided to step back from the traditional runway show and instead rented out an industrial space in midtown where Maccari presented his new collection on models which allowed him to present each distinct idea individually.

Perry Ellis is one brand that all of our older siblings and parents grew up wearing and has become a pretty iconic american company in menswear. It’s Maccari’s job to make it cool and relevant to the young crowd AKA YOU + I. For their new collection, the brand decided to depart from previous season’s reliance on classic american sportswear pieces and focus on relaxed activewear which consisted of oversized shapes, sporty details and fabrication. If you haven’t been living under a rock you would notice how suiting is somewhat not as cool as it use to be a year ago. The clothing that we wear on our back will change, and how we wear it will be based on timing and the surroundings we are in. More, and more guys are ditching the suit and dressing more casually to and out of the office. So, it’s up to designers, like Maccari, to give us their rendition of a modern suit and make it fun to wear again. What else to expect from this collection? Hybrid bomber/track jackets with extended collars, new iterations of joggers and camp shirts in more fluid fabrics.

For the show, I wore a Perry Ellis leather ref jacket from their current signature collection, which you can own now. I layered it over a tank to stay cool and paired it with white denim, because summer, duh.

Wearing:

Jacket, JeansPerry Ellis | Tank top- Todd Snyder | Sneakers- Adidas x Barneys

 

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This post was created in partnership with with Perry Ellis. 

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