We all need inspiration from time to time. Enjoy festive men's and women's fashion while enjoying the views from Seattle's Insignia Towers.
This post is sponsored by Bubbleboxx on behalf of Casio.
Father time is a fictional reminder that time is the ultimate luxury. On the third Sunday in June, many of you will be enjoying father time. Do yourself a favor: skip the tie or the worlds best dad mug this year. Give him a gift that symbolizes that his presence is always missed and felt. A Casio Edifice watch is an honorable way to edify your favorite man.
The Gift of Choice.
If time is a luxury, the vessel should match the aesthetic. This sophisticated timepiece - encased in stainless steel - will have many admiring the craftsmanship. With stylish carbon fiber dials, you will notice that functionality doesn't have to be sacrificed for luxury. When designing this watch, Casio had the adventurous man in mind; hence crafting a men's luxury watch that could withstand the everyman's lifestyle. With features like 100m water resistance coupled with a solar power battery, this watch works past your 9-5.
Like the hourglass that father time carries, this luxury watch will be a reminder of a great time spent while functioning as the tool to countdown the moments before a beloved memory.
The first thing to plan for is your first impression. Whether it's winning a job or a date, a key to success is making the other person comfortable. Comfort starts with your appearance. Yet there are subtle ways to be distinct. With the right use of color, patterns, and accessories one can command attention without saying a word. This power will now put you in a position of influence.
Colors bring about an emotional response in each of us. They stimulate emotions and feelings subconsciously. There are several factors to consider when wearing color: the color of your hair, your skin tone, and your eye colors are some of the most important ones. When incorporating color also consider what some colors symbolize. It is no surprise that the business color blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, and wisdom.
Like color, patterns must match the rest of the outfit, suit the occasion and be flattering on you. During Fall and Winter, we suggest adding some Plaid or Houndstooth to your wardrobe to make a statement. In the Spring and Summer Seersucker and Gingham are your game changers. Patterns not only set you apart aesthetically, but many times they add texture to your outfit.
Even in the most conservative environments accessories are your gateway to individuality. When used correctly these pieces will be conversations starters. Yes, ties and socks are the standard. Beyond that consider infusing your wardrobe with pocket squares, tie bars, and the less popular collar bars. In addition, frames can also be used as a practical form of self-expression. Remember the purpose of accessories are to pull everything together unless your outfit is muted make sure they don't speak to loud.
Paris, London, and New York the fashion capitals of the world. Seattle may have its work cut out for it, but brands are noticing the tastemakers. Like many style journeys, men are behind. Noticing a void Antonio Smith and Avi Soor created a platform for the male creatives of the city.
The Seattle Gents is a menswear collective that looks to highlight Seattle culture through various forms of media. From podcasts to models this group has it all. In celebration of a year's worth of work. The Seattle Gents hosted an event for entrepreneurs, brands, and creatives. As you enjoy the highlights of the night, know this is only the begging for this group gentlemen.
Photography by Blake Gillies
A Man About Style
In the words of Jay-Z "nobody's built like you, you have to design yourself." Many of us feel that buying made to measure is out of reach, even if our we are far from the "average body type." With this in mind, Indochino set out to make buying made to measure convent, cost-effective and accessible. The Canadian based retailer was the first company to deliver mass customized men's clothing directly to consumers and remains the largest in the world. Today we will guild you through two tailored Indochino experiences. For the progressive, buying a made to measure suit is now only one click away. For the classic man, the revered relationship between a man and his tailor still holds value.
Step 1: GET MEASURED
Like most men, the toils of life seem to always be beckoning. When you shop, you are well educated about what you want. Since you are a self-starter in all things, you elect to go to indochino.com. There are a lucky few who have their measurements in hand. If that isn't your story? Relax, all you need is a few minutes on your feet and a friend that can read a measuring tape. After that, just follow the step by step video prompts and enter your measurements. The final process is to set up your measurement profile, which will take less than 10 minutes and can be done from anywhere you choose.
The Classic Man:
One of the amenities of buying bespoke attire is that customer service is not a suggestion. As men, we have few sanctuaries. Like the barbershop, an Indochino showroom is a place for free thought and expression. We at AMAS suggest you visit the new Seattle location, but they the have many beautiful spaces across the United States and Canada. Upon arrival, the vibes and ambiance make you feel comfortable. Once checked in, your suiting professional will take your measurements. During this process, you are encouraged to be yourself. If you desire peace from the hustle and bustle, this is your refuge. Here at A Man About Style, we promote the art of healthy conversation and dialogue, since we all can learn from the stories and experiences of others.
Step 2: Fabric Choice
While online you will be given the option to choose your garment by model, fabric or color. As a seasoned shopper, you can easily find out the garments makeup. Other running details include garment care, season suggestions, and wardrobe functionality.
The classic Man:
You know that fabric choice is the key to longevity. So being able to discuss how a piece of fabric will breath always be useful to you. An advantage of visiting a showroom is the ability to see how vibrant a color or pattern is. The sharp dresser also knows texture is as big apart of putting an outfit together as color or design. If you are a novice or veteran the interpersonal connection, you will have with your suiting professional will prove valuable for education and inspiration.
Step 3: Customizations
The Progressive and "Classic" man both have similar experiences when it comes to customization. Indochino has a vast selection of options from lapel types, jacket vents, buttons, and monogramming. We do suggest when customizing your garment less is more. If your suit is muted, go bold with your inside liner or vice versa. Whatever you choose make sure that the clothing reflects an image befitting your best self. Indochino is here to inspire confidence that people can admire.
The Final Product
If eyes are the windows to the soul, Ollie Quinn will make you take a second look. Ollie Quinn is a UK based eyewear retailer that is rapidly expanding throughout North America. A man about style draws many of its influence from British Fashion. Their roots may not be native to North America but all of their boutiques are infused with the local heritage. Their boutiques are designed by in-house architects that work with local furniture suppliers and craftspeople. This creates a welcoming home away from home atmosphere that reflects the community it serves.
How to Choose Quinn Frames:
Price will not be a major factor at Ollie Quinn since all of their frames are the same price (currently 125 USD). Prescription frames are available within 1-2 weeks instore or for delivery. They also offer 30-minute eye exams from an in-house optometrist. When styling frames, keep in mind face shape, skin tone, and personal style.
We decided to style the Clemes frames in the tortoiseshell color, dramatically named "Fireflies," since we needed a frame with rounded lenses to soften the sharp angles of our square face. The color and style are a nod to classic 50's style. In addition, Fireflies is a versatile color for all occasions that can be paired with both vibrant or muted outfits--as you can see, we chose to pair it with a vibrant green Indochino suit.
What sets Ollie Quinn apart is their attention to both detail and design. Honoring the unique history and flavor of the various neighborhoods in which their boutiques are located along with their modern approach to classic frame design, Ollie Quinn exquisitely balance both sophistication and expression. Make sure to visit one of their many boutiques in the UK or Canada. So far, Ollie Quinn is exclusively located in Seattle but further expansion into the US is in the works.
Shop the look:
Suite: Indochino, Shoes: Creative Reaction, Shirt: J Crew. Sunglasses: Ollie Quinn, Pocket Round: Ebay, Scarf: Burberry White Linen Pocket Square: J. Crew
Photography courtesy of: www.arturogarza.com IG: arturogarzaphotography
Uphoriq Mens Event
A Man About Style champions the spirits of those who defy the status quo and dare to be diverse. When Uphoria™ approached us to be a part of their story, we graciously accepted the opportunity as we value brands that unite like families instead of those “dog eat dog” monoliths that dominate much of the business culture. Uphoria has a diverse group of founders and product line that ranges from dapper accessories to edgy streetwear pieces.
We were asked to host their premier launch party at the Seattle Art Museum. This room was teeming with business entrepreneurs, fashion influencers, and a few press agencies. The infamous Dj Peg set the mood that night, with a mix of soul sample driven records. Our show began with the ear-piercing horns of Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got.” Richard Meharry walked down the steps of the art museum - bringing his usual high energy - while donning a chambray tux for the occasion. His co-host (Endurance Nweke, curator of cool) soon followed with Dave East’s “Maneuver” playing in the background. After this “Shout Out Ma” was played for our kind sponsors: 360 vodka, Dry Sparkling, and SlusaTV.
This break-in program provided our VIP’s with catered hors d’oeuvres as each patron networked and was greeted individually by our uptempo hosts. After some time, Richard introduced the live performer of the night: James Lion. Mr. Lion captivated the crowd with his stage presence and heartfelt lyrics. He graciously set the stage for Toney Shellman, the guest of honor. Toney Shellman - for those who don’t know - is recognized by Black Enterprise, has been honored by recording artist Ne-Yo, and is the co-founder of several cultural brands. Before he conveyed his excitement and blessed our event, he brought out his special guest: Future of the Prince Ovos own DJ. Future did not perform but added to the excitement.
A Man About Style has teamed up with Young Professionals of Seattle. For this episode we give you style tips for the 3rd annual DapperAS Party: Featuring looks from Buki Brand and Hapertas & Co. Along with giving you different ways to stand out this fall. Make sure you subscribe for the giveaway. Tell Next time!