Monday, October 14, 2013

PF Flyers: The Original Sandlot

Giving my propensity for nostalgia and style, PF Flyers reached out a month ago to send a pair of The Original Sandlots and like the movie, they quickly became a favorite. The sneaker is surprisingly more comfortable than expected due to the padded "Sandlot" insert and the classic black on black silhouette speaks volumes even when you remove the 20th Anniversary tag. Others may think you're wearing regular PF Flyers throughout the day, but the green "The Secret Weapon" tag on the inside of the shoe provides a quiet confidence that you can conquer any Beast may that comes your way.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pointer Brand Indigo Denim Double Needle Chore Jacket

One of the best parts about having a style blog is having the opportunity to document's one style evolution. From preppy to work wear, my personal style (and this blog) has indeed changed over the years but the core of my style has always remained the same: Stick with the classics but always try and give it a twist. Whether it's switching laces, or finding a unique color or fabric, I always strived to put my own personal touch on my outfit and when I stumbled upon this Contract Pocket Chore Jacket from Pointer Brand it definitely fit the bill.  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fixed Geared Bikes 101

Debating for some time whether to play it safe and purchase a standard cycling bike or channel my inner creative self (read: hipster) with a fixed gear bike, I decided to take the plunge and try a fixie. And after riding around for a few days, I discovered a few things that I want to share: Riding a fixie is a lot harder than expected and yet more rewarding that I imagined.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yeezy II Inspired Nike Roshe Run

Yeezy 2 Nike Roshe Run

Since I'm currently in the market for a casual running shoe and wanting to go against the grain (a little by not opting for Fly Knits), I decided to customize a pair of Nike Roshe Runs inspired by Kanye West's Nike Yeezy II. I ordered them on 5/22 and they arrived today 6/20.  I've been a minimalist runner for a while now so I've grown accustomed to wearing Nike Frees and I must say that these are just as comfortable. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Factory Tour of Southwick

 Southwick Factory Tour

I recently took a trip to Haverhill, Ma to visit the legendary Southwick suiting factory for s(ny)der. And since I only posted a few pictures on Todd Snyder's blog, here's the full tour in its entirety.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Archives: The Vitals Guide to Buying a Rolex

Vitals Magazine 2005

Whenever I find myself in the market for a classic item (watches, trench coats, shoes, etc.), I usually pull out one of my old Vitals Magazines for guidance. The now defunct magazine was truly something special when it comes to buying guides and their Rolex feature was no exception. So if you are thinking about buying a Rolex now or sometime in the future, be sure to study this guide in order to make an informed decision.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

B-Role: Behind the Scenes of Todd Snyder's FW'13

 B-role: Behind the scenes shots of Todd Snyder FW'13

Since I have a lot of left over footage from s(ny)der's coverage of Todd Snyder's FW'13 collection, I decided to make a B-role post of behind the scenes shots of the fitting and the actual show.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Snyder NY - Introducing Todd Snyder's new blog

Along with writing copy for Todd Snyder, my main contribution is serving as the editor for his new blog, Snyder NY, which launched today.  Check out Valet Magazine's interview with Todd and myself about the purpose and importance of social media in the fashion industry. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Interviewed by Great Lakes Prep

Special thank you to Nick of Great Lakes Prep for including me in his You Ought To Be Reading series.  Read the interview here and be sure to check out his blog.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Harris Tweed Headphones

Always on the look out to enhance my listening experience, I recently acquired a pair of headphones from Urbanears. Known for their array of colors and fabrics, the Harris Tweed edition is by far the best (especially during the cold month where they can double as ear muffs). The one-touch remote with microphone, non-tangle cords, and extra jack (for sharing music) only adds to the total package of these headphones.  And although I wouldn't put the sound up there with Bose or Beats by Dre, you can't beat having authentic Harris Tweed wrapped around your ears.  Purchase them here.

Dream Job, Dream Year

It's interesting how something can start out as an outlet and become a passion. I began writing this blog in 2009 as a way to catalog my favorite things (but more importantly, as an creative outlet from my legal job) with no real goal in mind. I've always been creative in one sense of the word but I never thought of it as a career choice. I still remember reading an article about Andy Spade in '03 and thinking how being a creative director/copywriter would be the coolest thing ever but I had no idea what to do or where to start. 

Well, fast forward to this week and I found myself in NYC starting my dream job as a copywriter/editor for Todd Snyder. I'll be writing copy for their products, developing promotions/campaigns, and running their blog (which are all skills that I cultivated here at Alex Grant over the years).  And although it has not been an easy road, the journey has been very rewarding and I am eternally grateful for all of the opportunities that lead up to this moment. 

I just want to personally thank each and every one of you for stopping by and supporting me over the years. Hopefully, this blog encouraged you to not only dress better but to follow your dreams.

Make every year a #dreamyear,


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Spring '13 at Gant Rugger Bleecker Street

Although the weather is still a little nippy, Spring has definitely arrived at Gant Rugger on Bleecker Street with its pastels shirts and sweaters. Take a look inside one of my favorite shops in New York and get ready to dream about the warmer months on the horizon.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Inside Bobby from Boston

Bobby From Boston

When it comes to vintage menswear, nobody does it better than Bobby From Boston. Around every turn and under every nook, this place is such a treasure trove of Bass Weejuns, Pendleton shirts, and Harris Tweed jackets that it requires a few trips to fully absorb the greatness of this store.  Take a look inside and see for yourself.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Brick & Mortar: Ball and Buck

Ball and Buck is the equivalent of your favorite menswear blog coming to life.  A place where 100% of the products are made in America and a full service barber shop sits ready to make you handsome, this shop successfully combines everything that you love about the menswear scene in a comfortable stylish environment.  From Allen Edmonds, Danners, Red Wings, Schott, New Balance and of course their own brand, Ball and Buck is a breath of fresh air to the over saturated shopping scene on Newbury Street. Take a look inside and be sure stop by the next time you're in town.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Style Legacies: Chris Bray of Billykirk

Chris Bray of Billykirk

From those who came before us to the ones we leave behind, legacies are often the ties that bind all generations.  Not just limited to family members, Style Legacies are often built around objects or past events that permeate our present style choices today.  In this series, I will explore the style legacies of some of the most stylish people I know and explore their past influences as well as the style legacies they hope to leave behind. First up is Chris Bray of Billy Kirk

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wearing Nostalgia On Your Wrist

One of the things that I've learned since starting this blog is that nobody does nostalgia like the Japanese. From buying up classic American brands like Brooks Brothers in search of authentic Ivy Style to securing old selvedge denim looms from American mills, it just seems as though the Japanese culture has a great sense of holding on to things that matter. Another thing that I love about the Japanese culture is their love for cartoons (as a father, I can totally relate to this). I can't remember if I read this or saw it in a movie, but I recall hearing that it would be common place to see a Japanese man reading a comic book on the train to work instead of the morning paper. I say all of this to highlight the fact that nostalgia is not a bad thing when made in small increments. Case in point: a classic character watch.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merit Clothing Line: Good Brand, Good Cause

Recently, I was introduced to David Merritt who decided to start a line as a way to not only find the type of clothing he wanted to wear but give to a worthy cause that's very important to him: education. From Ebbett Field Flannel hats to denim and woven shirts, all of his items are made in America and 20% of everything (not just profits) goes towards college scholarships. Merit is still in its funding stages so be sure to head on over to the site and contribute.  Look good and do good, that's a win, win.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pop Up Flea V

If you missed the Pop Up Flea this year, you definitely missed something special.  Take a look at some of my favorite shots from inside and then head on over to Four Pins to see some of my street style pics. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Danner Other American Made Goods

Along with their great America made boots, Danner is now selling other American made goods that are sure to be favorites around holiday season.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Archives: Navy-ism by Free & Easy

For Veteran's Day, I decided to celebrate classic Navy style with a back issue of Free & Easy. Michael Williams of ACL posted these images in a 5 part series back in 2008 and it still remain one of my all-time favorites.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jack Spade Fall '12

Jack Spade's Fall 12 collection just arrived and it's preppy, quirky, and classic as ever. Here are a few of my favorites.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Editorial: Michael Bastian for Randolph Engineering

American optical maker, Randolph Engineering, teamed up with American designer, Michael Bastian, to design some of the coolest clip-ons shades around. God bless America

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bills Khakis - Made in the USA

If you are looking for a one-stop shop where everything from outerwear, shirts, pants and accessories are made in America, look no further than Bills Khakis. Here are a few of my favorites from their fall 2012 collection.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: Danner Mt. Light Elkins from The Breakroom

My Breakroom purchase of Danner's Mt. Light Elkins arrived at my doorstep a few days ago and haven't left my feet since. Here's why.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Archives || Fall Outerwear Suggestions from The Goonies

Find lost treasure, have the adventure of a lifetime and save your town all while looking good with these fall outerwear suggestions from The Goonies.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sale: Danner Boots 50% off

Danner Boots

The Break Room is one of the best kept secrets around. As a place where the folks at Danner routinely put some of their boots on sale, The Break Room often carry some of my favorite styles for as low as 70% off the retail price.  I've been waiting for The Stomptown Collection to make an appearance and they finally arrived this afternoon for around $130-150 a pair. Only 3 days left so act fast

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Valet: Inspiration Series

My first piece for Valet's Inspired series is now live. Head on over to Valet Magazine to discover why this beloved movie character not only inspires me physically and emotionally but sartorially as well.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Round Up: Navy Boots w/ Brick Red Soles

There's just something about Navy shoes with Brick Red soles that always catches my eye. Here's a round up of my current favorites in boot form.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Finding Style From Within...

My grandfather William H. Jones in 1950

As many of you already know, I'm an big advocate of finding style inspirations and suggestions from all sorts of places. I usually find my style icons from movies, photographs, and even literary greats but recently I found one from within my own family. My grandfather, William H. Jones, who passed away last month, served as not only an inspiration for being one of five African Americans to integrate Salesianum School (Pre-Brown vs. Board) in 1950 but for his style during his prep school years. From his tweed coat (which my grandmother recalls was the nicest coat she has ever seen) with the popped collar, to the break in his pants and driving gloves, this recent discovered photo just reminds me of how much inspiration we can gain from learning about our past.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ball and Buck x New Balance 574

As a big fan of my New Balances 574s and Camo these days, I really like the subtle combination of the two in Ball and Bucks collaboration with New Balance. Made in America like all things carried by Ball and Buck, these sneakers sport the signature Ball and Buck Camo in 10oz Duck Cloth on the footbed and sides as well as blaze orange accents on the heal. Only 176 are being made so be ready to grab a pair when they become available on 9/28/12.