Made To Work...Fort Greene, Brooklyn

A crisp dress shirt is essential to every man's wardrobe. Weather for daily use or special occasions, an  oxford shirt must be is functional yet practical.  American retailer Lands' End understands this concept thus designing a new no-iron shirt. The brand commissioned me to test out several shirts during the course of a week to test quality, wearability, and design. Below is my report:

Quality | The no-iron shirt has great balance between soft and stiffness. Nothing is worst then a flimsy oxford or rather a stiff shirt making you uncomfortable. Poor quality shirts stand out immediately because it doesn't feel good against the skin. So, quality wise the Lands' End tailored oxford passes the test because it feels nice. This is probably because the cotton is supplied by Supima, an organic cotton line produced right here in America.

Wearability |  Two style that stood out to me were the pinstripe and crispy white oxford because you can not go wrong with classics. A white oxford never goes out of style, not to mention the endless styling possibilities. For an  early fall look, I layered the oxford with a navy and white crew neck tee, vintage jeans, well-worn loafers, and rust hat. The clean white oxford pops adding a dressy element to a laid back look. 

For the second look, I'm literally wearing the same exact thing as the first one, but added a pinstripe oxford and textured vest. Tailored oxfords are normally dressed up with suits so for this project I wanted to focus on casual looks to show versatility. 

Fit | This is the challenging part because the shirt were a little big in the body, but fit in the neck and sleeve.  Most of my shirts fit me a little loose unless it's custom. So if you're a normal size guy then these may work perfectly but if anything you can always get the shirt taken in by a tailor. Some guys like their shirts fitted while others want a little space to breath.

shot by Benjamin Rosser in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

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@7FAM + Dapper Lou

Shot by Benjamin Rosser in Dumbo, Brooklyn

I was recently commissioned by @7Fam to test out their new Denim line called "Luxe Performance." Honestly, I've never owned a pair of 7's, but to my surprise the fit is pretty nice making it their best engineered men's jean's yet.  My style is normally classic so I paired the jeans with a green and cream varsity jacket, brown captoe shoes, collar shirt and leather back pack. These 7's are pretty versatile and can either be worn dressed up or down depending on the occasion.  I decided to go for the collegiate look, but these can easily be worn with a double breasted , leather jacket, or tee shirt. Clearly the options to looking effortless are endless.

These images will actually be featured in a taxi top campaign in September so I can't wait to see the outcome.

-Stay Dapper

Gucci x Dapper Lou

I'm extremely humbled and honored to share this special collaboration Gucci asked me to be apart of. This year, 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the iconic "Horsebit" loafer. To celebrating, through the month Gucci is publishing vintage photos of muses like Jodie Foster, Matt Dillon, Jane Birkin and modern style influencers like Tommy Ton, Dennie Lias, Matthew Zorpas and myself. The people they selected come from different parts of the globe so it's interesting to see how we styled the Horsebit loafers.  

 Typically, my idea of spring is all white top and pants, loafers and a fedora and that is exactly how I styled this shoot. I like sticking to what I feel comfortable in and experiment 

 gradually. In these shots, I'm wearing a classic Borsalino hat that I purchased last summer in SoHo. Varsity jacket by Leisure Life ( btw they are opening up a store in Brooklyn), white Buckler waistcoat, white Uniqlo jeans and rose goal Brera watch. The black and white scarf, white vintage belt and orange colored Horsebit loafers are all Gucci.   

When I received the shoes my buddy Ali of A Noble Savage crossed my mind because he owns an extensive vintage archive Gucci collection. Then we called Brooklyn Photographer Benjamin Rosser to shoot because he has a sick eye. Not, literally sick but you know what I mean an amazing vision.  Yes folks, three gents, about two hours of shooting and one pair horsebit loafers brings you some fresh content straight out of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  Enjoy

Thank you Gucci for this amazing experience! See you in Milan in June (fingers crossed).  

To learn more about this special celebration click here

Shot by Benjamin Rosser

Art Direction Ali of A Noble Savage