Streetwear Through Spring
by John Ersing

The weather’s still cold, but getting warmer. Transitional fashion is something of a challenge in terms of layers and fabric choice. I usually sway to the side of button-up/v-neck sweater/light jacket in the touch-and-go weather months of January through March. It’s the perfect time to warm up to (pun intended) the idea of adopting a more street-savvy, casual comfort look to your wardrobe. Nowadays, there is plenty of contemporary menswear out there that looks casual without being juvenile. One doesn’t have to resort to a hooded sweatshirt and bootcut jeans to channel street-wear these days, there are slicker offerings that are more fashion-forward.
Second Sunday is a brand manufactured in Los Angeles, United States that is understated, effortless and places their design emphasis on the details in the garments. Even their plainer pieces still have an air of specificity that sets them apart from the rest. In only three years, they’ve turned out lines with both graphic and basic pieces that read more contemporary than other streetwear brands. A stand-out piece from their currently collection is a black mixed-material jacket that is warm enough to withstand the sometimes-bitter, sometimes-temperate cold of January through March. It also is moisture-resistant for the inevitable April showers that come. With sparse layering, I could see this piece living through the summer nights as well—especially if you live near a coastline. The price point is fantastic, too, meaning you can oomph up your wardrobe without wrecking your wallet.
Another brand that incites a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment is Hickies. Speaking of details meaning the world when making or breaking a good outfit, shoelaces are often overlooked as a necessary evil or an innocuous part of any look. Not anymore. With Hickies, you can replace your traditional laces with something more attention-grabbing and personalizing. These elastic bands hook onto the holes where your shoelaces loop through for a streetwise slip-on look. Mix and match in a variety of colors, or go with the standard black (you KNOW I love to wear the pink and purple Hickies with white and gray New Balance trainers!)
7 Diamonds is a clothing brand with skatewear style and street sensibility that looks just as good off the ramp. Their denim and button-ups are high quality with a well-tailored fit, but their full-lined, leather-piped blazers add a well-executed dressed-up spin on an aesthetic that normally rings more casual than cocktail. Who knew you could take a look straight from the skate park to a special event?
From head to toe, it’s all about dressing in a more versatile way as you travel from winter to spring this season. Mix and match pieces from these three brands, and you have a well-rounded wardrobe that offers comprehensive looks from morning to night and everywhere in-between.
This article originally appeared at Vada Magazine.

Streetwear Through Spring

by John Ersing

The weather’s still cold, but getting warmer. Transitional fashion is something of a challenge in terms of layers and fabric choice. I usually sway to the side of button-up/v-neck sweater/light jacket in the touch-and-go weather months of January through March. It’s the perfect time to warm up to (pun intended) the idea of adopting a more street-savvy, casual comfort look to your wardrobe. Nowadays, there is plenty of contemporary menswear out there that looks casual without being juvenile. One doesn’t have to resort to a hooded sweatshirt and bootcut jeans to channel street-wear these days, there are slicker offerings that are more fashion-forward.

Second Sunday is a brand manufactured in Los Angeles, United States that is understated, effortless and places their design emphasis on the details in the garments. Even their plainer pieces still have an air of specificity that sets them apart from the rest. In only three years, they’ve turned out lines with both graphic and basic pieces that read more contemporary than other streetwear brands. A stand-out piece from their currently collection is a black mixed-material jacket that is warm enough to withstand the sometimes-bitter, sometimes-temperate cold of January through March. It also is moisture-resistant for the inevitable April showers that come. With sparse layering, I could see this piece living through the summer nights as well—especially if you live near a coastline. The price point is fantastic, too, meaning you can oomph up your wardrobe without wrecking your wallet.

Another brand that incites a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment is Hickies. Speaking of details meaning the world when making or breaking a good outfit, shoelaces are often overlooked as a necessary evil or an innocuous part of any look. Not anymore. With Hickies, you can replace your traditional laces with something more attention-grabbing and personalizing. These elastic bands hook onto the holes where your shoelaces loop through for a streetwise slip-on look. Mix and match in a variety of colors, or go with the standard black (you KNOW I love to wear the pink and purple Hickies with white and gray New Balance trainers!)

7 Diamonds is a clothing brand with skatewear style and street sensibility that looks just as good off the ramp. Their denim and button-ups are high quality with a well-tailored fit, but their full-lined, leather-piped blazers add a well-executed dressed-up spin on an aesthetic that normally rings more casual than cocktail. Who knew you could take a look straight from the skate park to a special event?

From head to toe, it’s all about dressing in a more versatile way as you travel from winter to spring this season. Mix and match pieces from these three brands, and you have a well-rounded wardrobe that offers comprehensive looks from morning to night and everywhere in-between.

This article originally appeared at Vada Magazine.

Today I saw something that really makes me nauseous. A new “gay dating” app called MISTER ran a promoted ad on Facebook, and it’s incredible hostile, and to be frank, unacceptable.
I’m appalled at Mister’s ability to get away with such blatant homophobia. It is obviously NOT okay to call men who identify as “twink” evil, and even more so, it’s disgusting to call another gay man “not a real man” based on his aesthetic.
I’m shocked. This type of sentiment fosters hate and disparity among gay men everywhere when now more than ever we need to band together as a unified front for equality. Fighting each other just makes it easier for those against same-sex marriage, et al. to oppose us as a whole. Stop the hate.

Today I saw something that really makes me nauseous. A new “gay dating” app called MISTER ran a promoted ad on Facebook, and it’s incredible hostile, and to be frank, unacceptable.

I’m appalled at Mister’s ability to get away with such blatant homophobia. It is obviously NOT okay to call men who identify as “twink” evil, and even more so, it’s disgusting to call another gay man “not a real man” based on his aesthetic.

I’m shocked. This type of sentiment fosters hate and disparity among gay men everywhere when now more than ever we need to band together as a unified front for equality. Fighting each other just makes it easier for those against same-sex marriage, et al. to oppose us as a whole. Stop the hate.

PRE-FALL 2014 TRENDSPOTTING: Flat and long neutral coats. Sophistication in slickness, subtly broken up by monochromatic buttons and other (minimal, barely announced) accoutrement.

Clockwise from top left: The Row, Balenciaga, Ports 1961, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, and Donna Karan, all Pre-Fall 2014 collections.

Photos via Style.com

Black and blue is hardly boring when rendered in an unexpected variety of different fabrics, somehow at once clashing and meshing together. James Long shows us exactly what the sleeve silhouette will be for men this Fall 2014 (sloped), at least in London, while a variety of trouser width fits allows for a wide range of menswear customers to enjoy his wares.

James Long Fall 2014 Menswear at London Collections: Men

Photos via Style.com

"Now That’s a Good Idea” of the Day: Fanmail

Fanmail, a burgeoning apparel company based in Brooklyn, New York, is committed to “Transparency from Fiber to Finished Garment”. Spinning the concept of transparency in sourcing and supply that is currently the newest trend in the culinary field, Fanmail minces no words when discussing from where their sustainable garments’ textiles are sourced, how they are made, and their business best practices. They’re not only claiming to be x, y and z, but showing you how they do it—now that’s honesty not often seen in an industry that’s as known for its luxury artifice as well as its ugly back-room politics.

Fanmail’s website explicitly details information about the fabric they use (supplied by one of the first mills in China to join the Fair Wear Foundation,) their dyeing process (custom-dyed in Los Angeles with fiber-reactive dyes and enzyme wash,) and manufacturing practices (Greenpoint, Brooklyn). 

For more information about Fanmail, check out their site.

Bits of fashion, style and design at jersing.tumblr.com.

Recently I found myself in possession of a $40 Amazon gift card. If you didn’t know, Amazon is an absolute goldmine for literature. I’m talking, paperbacks from $2.00 USD. Which is brilliant, considering a new novel at Barnes & Noble would probably run you about, oh, I don’t know, $5,000 these days. So what did I do with the Amazon gift card? Stocked up on literature, of course. I’m currently reading House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival and (re-)reading My Life: Bill Clinton, but in the pursuit of the perfect library, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add to my ever-growing collection. Which is why I logged on, hunted through Amazon’s extensive books offering, and came away with five new reads; $48 total!

  • Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov, a recommendation from Anthony.
  • Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album by Ken Caillat, a very important pick as this is my favorite album of all time and I want to know everything and anything about how such a masterpiece was conceived and executed so perfectly.
  • The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, because I just can’t believe I haven’t read these already.
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, a graphic novel for a change of pace, that covers a variety of sexual themes. Yes, THAT Alison Bechdel: who created the infamous Bechdel Test.

Things I never knew I needed until now, featuring Comme des Garçons.

Clockwise from top: Bunny Ears Leather Baseball Cap, Chuck Taylor High Tops (from PLAY), Platform Lace-Ups.

Been on the lookout for more black items lately. Probably has something to do with the clocks falling back, it gets darker earlier. Winter brings out a dreary element, I think. I swap out my multicolored plaid button-ups for all black, tan, brown everything. A neutral renaissance occurs every September-February. One time, a friend commented that my winter look was “very Parisian”. It might have been the best compliment I’ve ever received. But one color stays constant: blue. I’ve always been known to wear a lot of blue, I’ve started noticing recently that I literally don’t go a day without it. This morning, I made the conscious decision while getting dressed to NOT wear blue. I get to the office and I realize that even though I had tried to avoid it, I still ended up in blue denim. Come on, John. 

Accessorize Like a Man!
by John Ersing

It’s no longer considered emasculating or feminine to care about your appearance, in regards to grooming as well as what we choose to put on our body. But the rules are changing more slowly for one all-too-important aspect of menswear—accessories.
Read my piece on men’s jewelry, featuring Giles & Brother and Miansai at Vada Magazine!

Accessorize Like a Man!

by John Ersing

It’s no longer considered emasculating or feminine to care about your appearance, in regards to grooming as well as what we choose to put on our body. But the rules are changing more slowly for one all-too-important aspect of menswear—accessories.

Read my piece on men’s jewelry, featuring Giles & Brother and Miansai at Vada Magazine!

"Why are you dressed so scaaary?"

"Why are you dressed so scaaary?"

(Source: jersing)

I wrote an article for Vada Magazine about designers pairing the athletic shoe with suits, and new high-end sneaker offerings for men. I’ve been known to rock a New Balance in my time, but you haven’t seen the trainers that labels like Lanvin and Balenciaga are putting out there.
Read the piece at Vada!

I wrote an article for Vada Magazine about designers pairing the athletic shoe with suits, and new high-end sneaker offerings for men. I’ve been known to rock a New Balance in my time, but you haven’t seen the trainers that labels like Lanvin and Balenciaga are putting out there.

Read the piece at Vada!