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Boater Up

For some the boater hat is known as basher, skimmer, cady, katie, somer, sennit hat, or in Japan, can-can hat. Whatever you call it, this stiff flat crown with a striped grosgrain and brim is all you'll need this summer. In the late 19th and early 20th century this headgear was used for boating or sailing, hence the name. Nowadays, not so much, but still a great way to get an old school look. 

There was a time when all men wore hats outdoors. "Straw Hat Day", was when gents switched from wearing winter to summer hats. This day, pretty much marked the unofficial beginning of summer. Naturally, the boater made an appearance and now that I think of it wouldn't mind if that concept made a comeback.

I like the idea of dressing down the Boater because its typically known for being a formal hat. In my

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post I wore it with causal overalls and chucks and the gent in the last photo pairs the hat with a white tee and striped shorts. Clearly, dressing down the boater is cool because you'll add an unexpected twist to a menswear classic. Boater Up!

Lou's Pick | Common Projects via OKI-NI

Common Projects are known for their clean and classic look that never goes out if style. But this Spring/Summer 13 collection is very special because of the unique vintage wash. I particularly like the contrast of the tan rubble sole, grey suede, crisp white leather patch detail and of course signature numerical branding outside of the heel. These kicks give you the look of formal shoe yet comfort of a sneaker. Styling wise, you can pair these with a navy suit and plain white tee or maroon jeans and a grey button down. I even suggest going with a monochromatic look because dressing for spring doesn't always have to be bright, bold, and print heavy. Honestly, the options are endless since grey is such a strong menswear color. Without a doubt, this shoe makes a statement without making a statement.

Shop | Oki-Ni

11 Spring Pieces Under $150


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Today is the first of March which means Spring is right around the corner. So the folks at Fab asked me to put together a collage of some of their coolest products. I picked out a range of stuff like shoes, boots and of  course an umbrella fro those rainy days. I could only fit about 11 items on this page but trust me they have an endless selection to choose from. My mission for this project was to keep the price point below $150 because looking good doesn't always have to be expensive.  Plus, I know some of you guys asked me about affordable product and this is one of my solutions.

P.S Ladies those make great gifts for him.

Let me know your favorite items.

Have a good weekend. Any plans?


Lou's Pick | Skinny Tie Clip

The tie clip, tie slide, tie bar, tie clasp (whatever you want to call it) has been a practical and stylish way to keep your tie from swinging around and hitting you in the face. The clip keeps the tie in check while maintaining your neat and hopefully dapper appearance. Recently, I came across the brand Skinny Tie Clip who have combined the concept of the tie bar and tie clip. See the tie pin was originally worn by English gentleman to secure the folds of their cravats in the 1800s. By the 1920s the tie bar became popular and has remained relevant for our time. Skinny uses a patented SnapLNX technology that allows the small disc shape clip to secure flush across the tie when it engages. So you get the function of a tie bar with the look of a tie pin. Impressive!   

The Skinny Tie Clip is lightweight and small. Yes, small enough to lose so keep your eyes on them. The brand makes a wide range of designs to choose from like the "1969 Penny, "NYC Subway", "Crown" and the "FFWD". You also have the option to design your own. The clips start at $40 bucks, which isn't too bad. Next week I'll be posting an outfit where you'll be able to see this bad boy in action.

*Enter DapperLouSkinny for 25% cash back on purchase. 

Shop | Skinny Tie Clip 


25 Stylish Accessories

Without a doubt, accessories can add a little je ne sais quoi to your look. When worn correctly, these small little goods can make a pair of plain blue jeans and a white tee standout. Investing in accessories is a no brainer. And nowadays, your iPad case, camera strap and key cains can reflect your personal style. So here are 25 stylish accessories online right now.

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Fine & Dandy Shop ...Hell's Kitchen , New York City

Fine & Dandy Shop recently opened their doors for business in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Since 2008, Owner's Matt Fox and Enrique Crame III maintained a strong online presence by selling dandy inspired men's accessories:ties, bow ties, scarves, suspenders, iPad sleeves, spats and more. The duo also successfully held pop-up shops from places like Blind Barber to the Brooklyn Flea and now they've found a permanent home offline. So if your looking for a laid back and intimate shopping experience pay them a visit. You won't regret it.      

Location | 445 West 49th Street

10 Stylish Fall Coats

If you haven't notice, under the Street Gents series I've recently added a "Get the Look" section, where readers can purchase product directly on the site. Now I'm also rounding up product from various online shops that is currently selling in stores. The idea came up when I started receiving loads of emails asking about product recommendation. Everyone loves a bargain, so i'll feature affordable pieces while throwing in investments pieces. I'm open to suggestions, so if you have any ideas for a feature feel free to leave a comment. For now, check out 10  Stylish Fall Coats from puffers to toggles. 

Great Find...

This is what happens when a baseball cap & fedora have a baby. 

Designed by Soulland. 

What are your thoughts? 

Iphone photo 

Lou's Picks | Jason Schwartzman for Lookmatic

This season actor Jason Schwarztman teamed up with Lookmatic, a leading online eyewear and sunglasses retailer for an exclusive eyewear collaboration. Jason was inspired by a pair of his uncle's 1950s reading glasses so he named his designs "UncleLeonard." That makes perfect sense. Normally, I'm into black frames , but who could resist these rich hand polished acetate glasses?  They also come in clear and green and you have the option of prescription or non prescription lens.  Visit for this style and the full range of eyewear. 

Shop Lookmatic

Super Borsalino?

A modern age version of Superman mixed with an old school gangster is the only logical explanation for this Spring/Summer 12 Borsalino hat. This royal blue fedora has a contrast red ribbon making it completely impractical but that's totally fine with me. Made for the man that's not afraid to stand out in a crowd.  Pair this beauty with all black or steel gray then add hints of blue and red. The idea is put all the emphasis on the crown. 

Shop | Borsalino 

Lou's Pick | Borsalino Panama Hats

 I've been eyeing this handsome Panama straw hat from Borsalino and finally decided to purchased it. This lightweight wide 2 7/8 brim hat will keep me looking stylish while protecting my face during the mid-July sun. I love the simple grosgrain ribbon with a tiny Borsalino gold logo written on the band. The hat is hand woven in Ecuador and finished in Italy. Borsalino hats embodies quality and style with a heritage dating back to 1857, so it only a matter of time until I purchased one.     

Shop | Borsalino   

Lou's Pick | The Perfect Summer Wedding Shoe

Weddings are a cause for celebration, so no need to dress like your in mourning with the standard head-to-toe black. Try something different like these light grey and taupe slip on brogue by Paul Smith.  Notice how the rose gold buckle makes a statement without being too flashy. After all, the last thing you want to do is steal the brides shine. Style these spectator's with a navy or brown suit, off white spread collar shirt and slim (solid or printed) rose gold tie.  Whether you're attending or getting hitched you'll be ready to take on the endless summer I do's .

Lou's Picks | Cole Haan Concept Store

As usual I walked by the Cole Haan store and for the first time their window display stopped me in my tracks. I stepped inside for a quick peek and noticed half the stores inventory was missing. When I asked the sales associate if they were going out of business, he chuckled and said, "No, this is our new concept store."  From what I've gathered, the shoes are exclusive to the SoHo location and every six weeks the design team releases new styles. 

The collection screams classic with a modern twist. I recon, the customer will be a guy that's not afraid to take a sartorial risk, but of course there is something for everyone. Honestly, I was never a big Cole Haan person, but this new concept store has completely changed my perspective of the brand. I'll have to pop in regularly from now on. 

128 Prince Street
New York

(212) 219-8240 

Lou's Picks | Modern Tailor - Made-to-Measure Shirts

Modern Tailor is an online store that allows clients to design their own made-to-measure shirts at an affordable price. The concept seemed intriguing, so I decided to give them a try. First, you choose your own shirt fabric. This part may take a while since they have loads of colors, patterns and materials to choose from. Then you decide on collar size, placket style, button hole stitching, cuffs and more. If you have an eye for design, and your looking for a custom detailed shirt than I recommend Modern Tailor. However, the site would be better if you saw the shirt making process while designing it. In other words, it needs to be more interactive and adding a preview mode would make all the difference. Otherwise, I was satisfied with the final product(pictured above). 

Lou's Picks | Kenneth Cole Time

Kenneth Cole New York introduced a new holiday collection that features automatic, transparent, and touch screen styles. The price range is extremely reasonable and of course will make great gifts. The transparent collection stood out to me (picture below) because it has a great stainless steel polish with a 44mm see-thru face. It's a modern update to a classic style that's definitely conversational piece.    

The second watch (picture below) is a little more professional with an edge. It features a stainless steel black and rose gold plated round case, black croco grain leather straps, and a chronograph with date display black. If you're more on the classic side this is right up your ally. Shop the full Kenneth Cole Time collection here.  

Lou's Picks | Descendant of Thieves by Dres Ladro

A few weeks ago, I attended a press preview and came across Descendant of Thieves, a line of causal tailored shirts. The PR rep suggested I try on one of the shirts, so I did. I was amazed by the cut,material,and uniqueness of the shirts. Some of the styles even had an elastic top button, which is comfortable and allows your neck to breath. This feature is great, since I always have trouble finding shirts that fits the neck and body. 

DOT shirts can be dressed up, but I prefer them with a pair of jeans and boots.  Each shirt has their signature yellow detail and inside the care label you'll see how many units where manufactured. Que Fancy! 

P.S I took these photos at their showroom in Chinatown! 

Lou Picks | John Lobb Spring/Summer 2012

Detailed, quality, craftsmanship, and sophistication are some of the words to describe the John Lobb's Spring Summer 2012 Collection. The brand has an excellent reputation of using only the best full grain leathers and creating some of the most beautiful made-to-measure shoes on the market. It's no surprise that it takes 190 steps to create a pair of John Lobbs shoes. 

Shop | John Lobb

Location |  Lambs Club - The Stanford White Room