Leisure Layers with Armani Exchange

  
In his line of work, local photographer Stephen Obisanya depends on utility. From his gear to his fashion choices, function is key. This Armani Exchange chronograph is the perfect complement to his lifestyle. So I got him to finally take a break from behind the lens and share his AX style story as we transition into the warmer months.  “All day shoots are common, and with meetings in between, I try to strike a balance between professional dress and comfort”, says Stephen. “I love light layers, they keep me comfortable as I go from indoor to outdoor and also act as extra compartments for lenses, caps or filters.”  As always, time is of the essence. With Armani Exchange, he’s able to stay on track to make the most of the day. “It’s sturdy but not too bulky. I need to be able to move freely, and go in and out of my bag or pockets without feeling restricted or having it ‘catch’ with every move.” 

 

“For me, style is personal. Every choice you make should speak to who you are and what you do.”

The sleek, minimal design and large face make it attractive and accessible. I know from experience that he wants to worry about only his subject and backdrop. That’s how to get work done. And with Armani Exchange, I think he’s found the right fit.

  

For sport, travel, business, or festive, finds yours here

See more AX style on the Men’s Health MVP Network.

Photos by Thierry Augustin

Built for Spring: Canada Goose


Last week, Canada Goose debuted its first foray into seasonal outerwear. Our neighbors to the north have been trusted to provide adaptive outerwear in some of the toughest weather around. I’ve been using their Branta model for the majority of this winter and if you’ve been familiar with New York’s numbing cold and intermittent snow storms this year, you can truly appreciate the luxury of warmth and comfort.

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This new collection is no different, engineered to maximize flexibility and utility through a variety of ambient conditions. From high winds, soaking rain or transitional chills, Canada Goose provides an option for any setting this spring. Technical shells made with proprietary 4-way stretch textile are waterproof and wind resistant while maintaining breathability. Soft shells are built to endure high intensity training without restricting range of motion. The Hybridge Lite options offer peak performance without sacrificing design. The Spring 2015 won’t disappoint. Canada Goose invites you to “embrace the unpredictable nature of the season”. And if you’re still unsure, #AskAnyoneWhoKnows!

Business Made Casual: Imparali Custom Tailors

Matt Harpalani is the principal at Imparali Custom Tailors, a family-owned establishment that primarily caters to financiers in the city. But as the business landscape evolves, they offer online MTM to complement their in-person services. I made my first visit to the shop toward the end of last year at their new Fifth Avenue location, having known Matt since they were in the Rockefeller Center area. I was taken through a relatively straight-forward measurement process after which I chose my fabric (from a formidable selection might I add) and detailed the design of what would be the finished garment. Over the course of a month, I received the full suit and went on to the alterations process to finalize the fit.

For the season, I selected a flannel chalk stripe in Catalina blue, still a traditional ‘power suit’ but not quite as demure as navy. Being primarily in the digital landscape, it’s good to have a statement piece in the closet for boardroom engagements. I opted for a softer shoulder, while maintaining some structure, and added slanted flap pockets and a ticket pocket, and a custom lapel shape, size and gorge angle.

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The first thing to tackle was my posture, protruding shoulder blades and a slight hunch that caused both rippling down the mid-back and a slight wave in the shoulder region. They compensated by pinching fabric upward toward the neck of the lapel and applying felt to the padding to minimize the distortion.  The sleeve length, which is my main issue with off-the-rack garments was spot on. We were able to take in the chest a bit and moved on to the trousers to adjust the break at the leg and taper from the knee down to create a narrower leg opening.IMG_0526

I made two further visits to ensure that I was happy with the fit, something that contoured well but also left room for growth with recent weight fluctuations and lack of gym time. All in all, the construction was good but I was most impressed with the service. Email communication was prompt and I was able to receive alterations before the proposed ETA. The staff was courteous and Jon, who oversaw my first fitting and subsequent alterations, was not only knowledgeable about the process but also deferential to my specifications while providing sound context.

 

IMG_0267They took what could easily be a drab experience and made me feel both comfortable and confident with my attire choice. If you’re in the Metro-area, I’d pay them a visit. And if not, they’re only a click away. I’m looking forward to more from Imparali.

Suit: Imparali Custom Tailors

Shirt: ShirtCycle

Pocket Square: Monsieur Fox

Scarf: Own Only

Sneakers: Tretorn

Kicking off NYFW 2015

New York Men’s Day, presented by Cadillac, featured exciting looks from a revamped Hickey Freeman, a wealth of texture from J. Lindeberg, a unique take on proportion from Chapter, a full range of footwear from Johnston & Murphy and printed silhouettes from Timo Weiland among a host of great collections. Take a look from our time there!

Scenes from PROJECT NYC

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Men’s market week hit New York City last week and I was privileged to cover PROJECT on behalf of A&H Magazine for the BloggerPROJECT, a curated selection of creative content contributors headed by Marcus Troy. Through a collaboration with Cadillac and a plethora of high quality men’s brands, I found myself behind the lens with some of today’s top fashion bloggers. Here is a recap of my time there. Enjoy!

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Faces, 2014

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This year was full of memories but the most impactful were not the events but the people. As we head into 2015, we wanted to share those who inspired us with their craft, commitment, creativity and character. Allow us to make the introductions.  

Karl Edwin Guerre

Karl Edwin Guerre, Guerreisms

No one is easier to talk to (when you can catch him). He is a genuine soul with a keen eye and great comportment. To watch his evolution has been inspiring and his support and encouragement of what we do is both tangible and deeply meaningful. 

Neil Watson

Neil Watson, A&H Magazine

A kindred spirit and incredible thinker, he continues to be an inspiration. One of his many beliefs is that your best work should not only be appreciated but be worth preserving.

Quinton McClemm

Quinton ClemmEidos Napoli

In addition to managing their sales (and probably a whole host of other duties as part of a two-man team), he is possibly the most personable and easy going person. He embodies the Eidos experience in rare form, truly wearing the clothes as an extension of his taste and persona.

Eliezer Infante

Eliezer Infante, North of Man

A diverse talent, he is always expanding his repertoire. Truly “in the business of visual stimulus.” Hats off to Fulano.

Ernie Ulysse

Ernie Ulysse, Alexander Nash

A refined gentleman and a progressive mind, he is exemplary of the Nash lifestyle. Style conversant and always sharply dressed, he is dedicated to his craft and clientele. 

Shaka Maidoh/Sam Lambert

 Shaka Maidoh/Sam Lambert, Art Comes First

We shared a table at dinner in Las Vegas and seeing how they approach their craft, hearing their respect for technique and construction left an indelible mark. To create is necessary. 

Form and Function from ORVIS

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Crisp air meets cold steel, clean industrial architecture and minimalist aesthetics. New York’s financial district houses some of the industry’s elite, brokering and bartering with global reach. You can feel it in the atmosphere, the weightiness of measured contemplation balanced with the bravado of risk, bustling streets and beeping horns when tensions run high, piercing silence among the towers as wind howls through the corridors of these man-made grids. Orvis supplied the armor against the bitter chill, a fleeced-lined nylon shell as gusts swirled through. This quilted jacket was an ideal top layer, featuring suede gun patches and piping, two front hand warmer pockets and two patch pockets, versatile for a seasonal business look and functional for storage. Orvis blends their long sportswear heritage with contemporary style and inspired design. See more of their outerwear selection here.

photography by Stephen Obisanya

Evening Wear Essentials with T.M Lewin

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Black tie is always more fun with a little texture. Whether it’s an office party or a foundation gala, adding the right bit of contrast will help you ring in the new year looking your best. This look features a custom hopsack tuxedo with satin lapels, piping, and trimming with all the necessary accessories to complete a smart ensemble: velvet bow tie, matte cummerbund, and silk evening scarf from T.M Lewin. From Jermyn Street to the world, T.M Lewin boasts a rich heritage with traditional English tailoring influences. Open since the late 1800’s, they’ve been pioneers in classic menswear and have supplied simple, elegant and sophisticated designs for well over a century. Their commitment to the tenets of craftsmanship, quality, service and value have guided them through varying trends and expansion to solidify them as a mainstay in men’s fashion. These feature pieces echo that classic refinement with a contemporary twist for an evening well-dressed and likewise well-spent.

Here’s to welcoming 2015 in dashing form!

 photography by Stephen Obisanya

Strictly Business with ShirtCycle

  

Whether you’re in .com or conventional corporate, ShirtCycle offers a curated selection of seasonal weights and prints in an interesting subscription model to make custom more convenient. By taking your basic measurements and style profile, the system guides you through a first “fitting”. A test shirt is delivered within 3 weeks and you can mark any necessary adjustments that in-house tailors cater to for an ideal button-down. After confirming the cut and color, you’re on your way to quality shirting that fits and fits your lifestyle!

The service bridges the gap between the personal interaction of an in-store experience and the speedy navigation of an online interface. Through a range of preferences and with the ease of mobile accessibility, ShirtCycle utilizes years of experience in manufacturing and menswear trends to predict and pair the right shirt for you. I needed some versatile pieces to pair with a more buttoned-up look for meetings and engagements so I selected a range in their ‘boardroom’ cut, featuring a wide spread collar and traditional French cuffs.

As with all custom clothing, a fair amount of patience is required. But the initial investment in time is more than worth the return. And with no contract, you are free to opt-out when you wish to discontinue the service. So for weekend leisure to boardroom deliberations, you’ll be sure to find something for your taste, budget, and needs, especially at $250 for three custom shirts.

Find out more about ShirtCycle here.

Thoughts on Time

  Time cannot be saved but it can be managed. Wearing a watch allows you to be aware but not distracted, in-tune but not delayed. It’s a perfect way to signal a change in schedule or to track a change in pace. It lets you take on the day at your own speed but it is also humbling because it’s a clear reminder that you can’t control everything. A watch is a statement piece when words fail, a punctuation mark for the punctual; it denotes value, quality, intimacy. We’re are measured by what we esteem and take care of. A watch represents your relationship with the world around you because as Earth keeps orbit, as the sun rises and sets, as seasons change and tasks pile up, your watch keeps ticking, unchanging, consistent. I wear my watch because it tells me my limits but also screams of my potential. I may only have an hour but what can I accomplish in that hour? How much can I pack in? How well can I focus? My watch begs the question: “is that all you’ve got?” My watch is a ​Seiko® Astron GPS Chronograph. And my reply is “no”.

Published previously on the Men’s Health MVP Network.