Happy Easter

Happy Easter from Brick and Black!

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  happy feet

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On Black:

dress: Free People
tube dress: Free People
sweater: HWR
socks: Free People
“heels: Kenneth Cole Reaction

On Brick:

bow tie: vintage
shirt: Adam Arnold
shorts: Adam Arnold
socks: Happy Feet
shoes: Too Boot New York

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a game of cat and mouse

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The whimsical cut in Brick’s suit was meant to play the lead role. Another design by Adam Arnold, the perfection of fabric edits the playful nature and gives it a timeless appeal. I love the practicality of the pocket slits. But then there are the buttons, oh the gold-plated buttons! Such a tasteful finish.

I am wearing THE trench. This particular Mike & Chris design is one in which I get to indulge in year around. Light enough for the spring rain, and finished with a generous hood to protect me from the wintertime downpour. The sinching around the wrists and along the hems is the subtle feminine touch I look for when purchasing a traditionally masculine garment.

We obviously had too much fun while shooting this concept, and I wanted to highlight the talent of Peter Black at Counterpart Photo. We couldn’t do it without you!

-Black


american dream

A grand porch faced west

with oversized chairs is the right amount of old timey

An ode to early Americana summers

The perfect green in the framed windows gives me a sense of a lush spring that is yet to come

Dressed in tradition, we sit in seersucker,

with a bit of suspenders, and not without bearing our spring legs.

Stripes on top of stripes is more doable then you would imagine.

Just make sure you play with the textures, size, color and width of the stripe.

Brady chose a thicker navy striped cardigan, with a thinly stiped tank, and even thinner striped seersucker shorts. He pairs the classic navy look with some fun pink and white striped suspenders and THE spring shoe that every man of every age should own; Top Sider’s. Round the look out with a straw fedora, and it’s timeless.

Another way to go all stripe is to play with the color. Both pieces I chose had the same size stripe, but differing shades of grey. I picked up these summer ‘bloomers’ a few weeks ago and have been playing with ways to pull them off. I chose to pair it with a lighter grey striped button up and some white suspenders to amplify the old timey nature of seersucker.

Now the only thing missing, is a tall glass of lemonade!

Happy Tuesday to you all.

-Black


Color Me Beige

 

When we think of the color beige we tend to think of tired, stale staple pieces like some banal tan slacks or lifeless traditional trench coats.  I mean, it’s barely even a color right?  But who made that rule?  Why can’t beige be exciting?  Who ever said lack of color had to mean lack of spirit?  Beige can be just as far out as any neon color if you ask me.  Take note from these bad-ass khaki numbers and take the blah out of beige.

Christian Louboutin Lucifer Bow Pump
The name says it all.

Christian Louboutin Men’s Pik Spikes Loafer
These aren’t your grandpa’s loafers.

1967 Ford Mustang
Elegant, classic, and ready to kick some ass

Faye Dunaway screenshot from Bonnie and Clyde
Cool, collective and khaki clad, perfect for causing a mid day ruckus.

Anna Dello Russo during Paris Fashion Week in a Prada Scarf, Celine clothing and bitchin Emilio Pucci boots.
Those boots, those gloves, that stole, girl means some business.

Anna Dello Russo in a Balmain S/S 2011 jacket
Anna, two words: You rule.

 

It’s all in the styling, if you ask me.  Keep your beige away from tucked in polo shirts and matching sweater sets and kick it up with a dose of attitude.
Refuse to be bland and spice up your blah.

-Brick

 

photos 1 & 2 via ChristianLouboutin.com
photo 3 via MustangAttitude.com
photo 4 via FilmNoir.blogspot.com
photo 5 via Carolines Mode
photo 6 via AnnaDelloRusso.com


Class act; Mr. Ostrom

Meet Christian Ostrom. He is a buddy of mine from California. Before I met him I had heard rumors of his closet…then we become roommates…then the rumors became a reality. This boy knows how to shop. But more importantly, he wears what he purchases-WELL!. I know plenty of people that may have good taste, may even purchase those token items, but they just sit in their closet, waiting for the ‘right’ time. What good does that do?

Christian was headed to a friends wedding and instead of opting for the safe black suit (oh-so-boring) he rocked this unexpected 3 piece ensemble. A little bit prep. A little bit of spring. And a whole-lotta class.

sunglasses: Ray Ban 4140

bow tie: Brooks Brothers

jacket: Polo Ralph Lauren

pants: Levi 511 Trousers

vest: Rocklin Sartorial

shirt: Brilliant Colours by Velour

shoes: Cole Haan

socks: Polo Ralph Lauren

belt: Polo Ralph Lauren

I hope that you follow Mr. Ostrom’s advice and dress like a champ for no good reason expect that you owe it to yourself!

As you will catch me saying over and over, you only have one life, you best live it dressed well.

 

-Lauren