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How to Wear Cashmere

Itchy sweaters can be cool, but once you step into the golden fleece of the cashmere goat, you’re always going to need that softness in your life. As for what to wear with a cashmere sweater? Studio N stylist Chad Christensen offers these three looks. Please consider our full selection of complete looks a helpful style resource.


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Shop look 1: Levi’s jeans | Pendleton jacket | 1901 cashmere sweaterdenim shirtRed Wing boots

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Fall Textures Via Studio N

Roberto1To inspire your next fall outfit, check out this impromptu photo shoot created by our homegirl Morgan Dillon at Studio N. Morgan is a stylist we trust and right now she’s crazy about leather and wool–at the same dang time. Fall textures, for sure.

We’re feeling Morgan’s outfits this combination of materials and feels.

Maybe we’re reaching, but isn’t there something physically uplifting about wearing fuzzy wool and buttery leather? Like gaining new muscles.

Shop outfit 1: Kent and Curwen jacketBOSS pants | S. N. S. Herning sweater | Cole Haan boot

More fall textures from our friends at Studio N


hot4Perhaps you are one of the billion people who have seen Drake recently doing his best free advertising for Moncler, the French outdoor brand?

We sell that very jacket, in three colors.

Shop: Drake’s jacket | all Moncler


Dad’s Style 101

fe_illustration_11One of our favorite culture podcasters, Jesse Thorn, is a menswear buff. We listen to him, we trust him and we like when he gets excited about stuff and feels the urge to share.

Here’s Thorn enthusing about the concept of dad’s style, which you don’t need to be a father to appreciate, and Japanese magazine Free & Easywhich, if you’re unfamiliar, read Josh Peskowitz’s primer article for Ralph Lauren’s website.

The dad’s style issue of Free & Easy is an annual thing. The next one comes out in February.

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Many staples of the modern outfit are shared by men and women. T-shirts, button-downs, trousers and sweaters can be found in similar styles in all of our closets. What makes these specific items universally appealing?

Designer Anthony Thomas Melillo knows: cut and comfort. The founder of ATM, a line of luxury basics like French terry sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, knit jackets and jersey T-shirts for men and women, has built his design house around these wardrobe workhorses. We spoke with him about making style essentials, dressing elegantly and working at Esquire.

Anthony Thoma Melillo, founder of ATM

What three items are the linchpins of an elegant woman’s wardrobe? Of a man’s?

Any elegant person needs, before anything else, to have clothing that fits beautifully. We pride ourselves on that. If the clothes are wearing you, it’s not pretty.

An elegant wardrobe has a great trouser, a perfect cashmere sweater that goes everywhere with you and the best tees, of course!



conversechuckIIRedesigning the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a risky proposition. We’re talking about the most classic American sneaker, whose design has gone relatively untouched since 1917. A true shoe of the people.

Think about it. Which other garment is worn by young and old folks alike so prevalently? And in various stages of pristine or tattered? Chucks are like Levi’s 501s for your feet.

And yet: Converse designer Damion Silver was faced with a problem. Foot fatigue was an issue. Especially if you’re trying to wear them every day, All Stars have always been a little hard on your dogs.

Enter Lunarlon, Nike cushioning technology.

That’s just one way Silver–a visual artist who shows his own paintings at galleries all over the world–created the Chuck II, a stellar and more comfortable sequel to Chuck Taylor All Star.

We spoke with Silver on the phone at Converse headquarters in Boston proper about shoveling snow, his unrealistic fantasy of one day skateboarding on a frozen golf course–and the pressures of redesigning the brand’s #1 seller worldwide.

converselunarlonShop: Chuck II high | Chuck II low



vineyard3Did you catch The New York Times’s feature on Vineyard Vines? The brand which “takes leisurewear to a colorful new dimension” and which writer Jon Caramanica gave the LOL-worthy distinction of being “the sea assault to L.L. Bean’s land war”?

Read the piece.

While we’re definitely beefing with Caramanica’s characterization of Tommy Bahama, we found his article thoroughly entertaining and informative. We can’t stay mad at one of our favorite style and music writers–check his piece on Kanye West’s position in the fashion world.

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How to Modernize Your Suit


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Below you will find our instructional video, How to Modernize Your Suit. Its raison d’être is to get you into the mindset that your suit is a versatile investment. Freak it like this; freak it like that. Your suit is not one outfit. Rather, it contains multitudes.

So we encourage you: Do not let your suit accrue dust in the closet. Do rock it with a sweatshirt and sneakers.

More styling ideas–as well as some guidelines about fit:




The water may feel great, but we can’t stay submerged forever. Because, you know, biology. And so we find ourselves at a critical juncture:

What’s the move after swimming? Pool to party? Beach to bar? 

And will the policy be the industry standard no shirt, no shoes, no dice?

This transition involves considering packable layers–and to inspire you to make it smoothly, we present this animation of a well-prepared dude, made by our ace squad at Studio N.

Photographer: Matthew Sumi
Model: Brandon Tobiassen
Stylists: Morgan Dillon and Chad Christensen
Art director: Brett Wiseman

Shop: Vans slip-ons | Sol Angeles tee | Ambsn woven shirt | Ambsn shorts | Armani swim briefs | Herschel duffel | Schwood sunglasses


How to Dress Like Don Draper


Image courtesy AMC

What would Don Draper do? Careful down that road. You might end up wasted, fired or worse.

But what would Don Draper wear? Better question.

The enigmatic and pathological main character of AMC’s Mad Men TV show dresses sharp, with a “classic gentleman” look built on straightforward ties, tan car coats, oxfords or derby shoes–and when stepping out: black tuxedo.

To really get in touch with Draper’s style, remember consistency is key. Pretty much the only change in his wardrobe as Mad Men arced from the 1960s to the 1970s was that he started wearing more stripes.

Clothes and accessories to keep you draped up and dripped out, so to speak: