dress code: A day in the life of…

I am a men’s style blogger, but most may not know that I am also an Accounts Director at an advertising agency, a Creative Director for a menswear brand (Vincent Love), a wedding planner and Lead Creative at my own creative shop. I love that my days are never the same. It keeps life interesting! This is a day in the life of my C-Recs.

Creative Recreation – Spring 2015 collection

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tms holiday wish list ’14 – dress code

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Our favorite style pieces for this holiday season!

1. Skulls NYC “Suede” Cap / 2. Paul Evans The Newman Boot / 3. Mack Weldon Epic Sock Drawer Pack  / 4. Vincent Love Henley / 5. Agave Denim San Francisco Cardigan / 6. Bonobos Navy Velvet Blazer / 7. Sir Beanie / 8. Garcon Model Boxer Briefs / 9. Buck Mason Chambray Work Shirt

MENTORS NOTE: Whether you are shopping for someone else or… well, for yourself (we all know how holiday shopping sometimes goes), we have something that’ll fit your style needs. This year, we are happy to have included some major brands mixed in with some new up and coming brands. What we ended up with was a nice batch of our holiday style faves! It’s not too late so SHOP NOW!

shop class: get the point

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The Dallas-based online shop, Point Taken, just launched its site today with an assortment of leather goods, grooming products, apparel and paper goods. “So what’s the point?,” (see what we did there?) you may be saying. The site is easy to navigate. You can either search by collection or shop the full spectrum of products. Most of the brands that are carried are smaller, emerging brands, like the Skulls caps featured above. And the whole shop is set up like a virtual market. Just like in some of the best street markets around, you can leisurely browse and check out the products. If you like something, you may want to buy it. Quantities are limited and some items are only carried for a limited time.  Once a particular product is gone, it will either be replenished or replaced by another product/brand. Each purchase is then selected, packaged, labeled and shipped by hand. The products you buy actually being touched by human hands in a caring manner. What a concept!

MENTORS NOTE: Check out their site and support the small, emerging brands! It beats the heck out of dealing with the masses at the mall. PLUS… if you order now through October 31, use promo code PTLAUNCH and get 20% your order!

dress code: de la Commune

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De la Commune is ready to kickstart this thing! No, seriously. They are! They’re Kickstarter campaign wraps up at the end of October and they are ready to give us guys a killer menswear collection that is both comfortably well-made and aesthetically well-designed. Reese De Luca and Daniel Arango are behind this fashion movement and they come well equipped to make a statement having designed for brands such as Juicy Couture, William Rast, Buffalo and Point Zero.

How can you help?! Check out their Kickstarter campaign and donate now  http://kck.st/Z7GMN1

All proceeds go to funding production of their capsule collection consisting of t-shirts, underwear and sweat pants and then ultimately helping them launch a full collection. Even better, when you donate anything more than a $1 (come on, don’t be a cheapie!), you’ll get some free swag. And who doesn’t like that?!

MENTORS NOTE: Donate now!

dress code: rec yourself

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If you are always on the run, look good doing it. Late night, early morning or anything in between, at least your kicks are on point.

MENTORS NOTE: Simply put… get a pair of Creative Recreation shoes! They are my favorite brand because they offer an array of styles that fit most occasions. The black high top zip ups shown above are clean when worn with a pair of fitted jeans and a tee and look just as good when you are… well,  trying to get somewhere in a hurry.  Check out their site for the latest collection!

dress code: NYFW SS 15 – Parke & Ronen

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’15 – Parke & Ronen

MENTORS NOTE: For SS 15, Parke & Ronen, once again give us exactly what we expect from them – well fitted swimming trunks at a very appropriate length and the models who can wear them. Their collection displays a combination of bold colors and prints along with a few solids, giving the consumer a bit of variety. Founded in 1997 by designers Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel, the brand continues to deliver punch after toned ab punch with their well-crafted menswear and swimwear line. It is summer somewhere! Check out their site and grab a few of their pieces.

dress code: NYFW SS15 – Todd Snyder

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’15 – Todd Snyder

MENTORS NOTE: Todd Snyder is one of my favorite brands. The SS 15 collection boasts well-made solids, in a clean palette, making it easy to wear. The garments are approachable and accessible. His impeccable craftsmanship and attention to design detail shows in every collection. Check out his spring collection when it launches early next year. In the meantime, check out his site, grab a few pieces and get to wearin’! I need that green jacket!

dress code: NYFW SS 15 – W.R.K.

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’15 – W.R.K.

MENTORS NOTE: This is the time that we all need to revive our wardrobe. Out with the old and in with the new. And by “new” I mean W.R.K. This brand (that doesn’t like to be considered a fashion brand) gives us sophisticated basics that can be worn every day and everywhere by everyone. The clothes are made with expert, durable craftsmanship. It is what you wear and how you look and feel in it and not the brand that is stitched at the collar. Work. Rest. Karma.