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November 14, 2014

Your Friday Spirit Animal

Hey, wake up. The end of the week has arrived. Here’s what English-born pop artist David Hockney has to say about the weekend: “You must plan to be spontaneous.”

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Travis Gumbs (left) and Joshua Kissi—two of our favorite photographers, stylists, travel journalists, fashion historians and the masterminds behind globally influential men’s interest blog Street Etiquette—are always up to something.

This time around, it’s a travelogue/lookbook in cahoots with Australian brand Zanerobe (progenitors of some of the best jogger pants in the biz, along with next-level shirts, shorts, jackets and more). The photographic essay, titled On the Road, took them out of their standard stomping ground of New York, and up the West Coast—hitting Los Angeles, Portland and our hometown of Seattle along the way.

Keep reading to see the results, and to shop selected items from Zanerobe’s ‘ZNRB’ fall collection.

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Spend ten minutes chatting with Giles & Brother founder Philip Crangi, and you’ll come away with a whole new perspective on the concept of jewelry as it pertains to men. We did. Even going in as fans of Crangi’s work, our minds were nonetheless blown by the masterful silversmith’s thoughts on metalworking as an ancient technology and the role of personal adornment throughout human history.

Keep reading to see photos from our visit to Crangi’s New York studio (which he runs alongside his business partner and sister, Courtney)—and to listen in on our conversation, which also covered style tips ranging from vintage jean jackets to the bonsai-like method by which Crangi maintains his enviable beard.

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Pharrell Williams wears a lot of hats, so to speak. From zeitgeist-dominating Daft Punk cameos to that polarizing Robin Thicke vid to his 24-hour performance art, you’ve heard a lot from him lately—and have been for years, whether you realized it or not. The man’s illustrious résumé as a producer includes hundreds of hits, ranging from Britney Spears to Busta Rhymes to your favorite underrated Watch the Throne track.

Not one to take a day off, Pharrell has turned his abundant creative energy toward a cause even worthier than a new N*E*R*D record: saving the planet by cleaning up its oceans.

In collaboration with Bionic Yarn and G-Star Raw, Pharrell presents RAW for the Oceans—a collection of eco-friendly streetwear made from upcycled ocean plastic. Keep reading to hear thoughts from members of G-Star and Bionic on the intersection of art and science, the importance of the oceans, and what it’s like to collab with Pharrell.

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These visually striking and subliminally comedic portraits (seriously, when’s the last time you saw Jerry Seinfeld mug this meanly?), commissioned by New York brand rag & bone, came across our desk a few weeks ago. But today—with the launch of our latest limited-time, Olivia Kim-curated shop, Pop-In@Nordstrom x rag & bone—seemed like an ideal time to call them to your attention.

Keep reading to see more of this series by talented English photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath (a former avid skateboarder and punk band bass player who has since shot for high-profile publications like Vogue, Wired and Rolling Stone). The impressive body of work includes GQ’s deftly sardonic “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, NBA badass Carmelo Anthony, and many more men and women of all ages—a testament to the universal appeal of rag & bone’s modern-meets-heritage menswear.

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In order to illustrate just how essential our 10 Spring Essentials are, we decided to pick our brains and peruse the internet for examples of great men in history who have, at some point, worn these items with poise and panache.

The first item we’ll take a closer look at is the all-American everyman of protective eyewear: the Aviator. Like most utterly classic menswear items, these military-inspired sunglasses can skew respectable or rebellious, depending on how you wear them—as the individuals herein go to show. Keep reading for our gallery of sunglass-clad style icons.

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February 28, 2014

Schott NYC: Legends in Leather

Many specimens in the menswear pantheon are born of utilitarian necessity. Few become electrically charged with symbolic meaning through their decades of use and abuse.

The leather motorcycle jacket falls into both categories: assembled from logic and imbued with snarling attitude, thanks to being embraced by countless iconic antiheroes from Marlon Brando to The Ramones. No one knows this better than legendary leather-jacket manufacturer Schott NYC, whose founder, Irving Schott, invented the motorcycle jacket nearly 100 years ago.

Keep reading for our Q&A with Jason Schott (great-grandson of Irving and current Chief Operating Officer of the family business)—and to see the historical figures who have built Schott’s legacy by donning their incredible leather jackets over the years.

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“Hey hey, my my. CAMOUFLAGE will never die.” If designer Mark McNairy’s Twitter declaration didn’t make his opinion clear enough, the T-shirt he shut down his show with last year (on the chest of rapper Pusha T of Clipse and Kanye West’s GOOD Music fame, no less) could not have provided much louder an encore.

Curious why his position on the pattern is so resolute, we asked McNairy, “Why will camo never die?” He replied simply (and in all caps): “BECAUSE, UNFORTUNATELY, WAR WILL NEVER DIE.” Keep reading to see McNairy’s top-five camo icons of all time, culled from decades of menswear’s form-meets-function lineage.

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The men at this year’s Golden Globe Awards Sunday night were full of surprises. Jared Leto, once dubbed the worst-dressed man in the world by GQ (and with good reason), turned up in the event’s most stylish tux. SNL alum Andy Samberg took home a statue (no one was more shocked than him). And serious-seeming Bono even played along winningly with co-host Amy Poehler’s fake-makeout schtick.

The ladies, on the other hand, were utterly predictable: hilarious, intelligent and talented, in addition to easy on the eyes—as per usual. Nothing wrong with consistency. Keep reading to see a few of our favorite photos from the night, via Instagram.

[Above: Emma Roberts, niece of screen legend Julia,
shows fans how to pre-func, Animal Style.]

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We already knew that menswear designer John Varvatos is way into Led Zeppelin. (Really, who isn’t?)

He also resurrected legendary NYC punk-rock club CBGB, casts grizzled rock gods in his ad campaigns, and designs sneaker collabs with Converse (arguably the most rock-and-roll shoe to ever walk the earth). The Detroit-born designer’s latest homage to loud sounds is a volume of iconic photos, entitled John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion. The book explores the reciprocal relationship between audio and visual, underscoring how acts ranging from Pink Floyd to The Clash and Axl Rose to Alice Cooper have influenced the world with their style and mannerisms as much as with their music.

Keep reading for a glimpse at some of our favorite photos from the book—plus a Q&A with John Varvatos himself.

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