Presenting our next installment of New York Fashion Week dress code, favorite shows and street-style spottings—by Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette, exclusively for Nordstrom and Men’s Shop Daily.

From Joshua: “It was great to see a day full of menswear, reinterpreted from two different perspectives. On one hand, we had Mark McNairy, which is more of a streetwear, menswear-esque brand—then Michael Bastian, who sticks more to the ‘fashion’ side of things. A great balance, if you ask me.”

Inspired by Travis’ Look:
Wool Coats | Lightweight Jackets (worn underneath) | Pants | Baseball Caps | Oxford Shoes
[Travis’ Zanerobe jacket, and pants similar to his Zanerobe pants, are available now.]

Inspired by Joshua’s Look:
Leather Jackets | Denim Shirts | Scarves | Pants | BraceletsSaddle Shoes
[Pants similar to Joshua’s Zanerobe pants are available now.]

Joshua’s favorite looks from Mark McNairy New Amsterdam.
Shop similar: Trench Coats | Suits | Vests | Chukkas

…And his favorites from Michael Bastian. Shop the current collection: Michael Bastian

Catch up on previous installments of Street Etiquette @ NYFW:
Day 1 | Day 2 (snowed in) | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5


[Photos by Street Etiquette; Runway shots via]


Stay tuned to Men’s Shop Daily as we continue to recap the goings-on of New York Fashion Week through the eyes of our friends Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette.

From Joshua: “Even with rain throughout the day, we were excited to be out and about during NYFW. The highlight of the day goes to our good friends William Okpo, produced by Lizzy and Darlene Okpo, two amazing friends of ours with an amazing womenswear clothing line.”

Inspired by Joshua’s look (the red DB blazer in back):
Sportcoats | Hoodies | Track Pants | Sneakers

Inspired by Travis’ Look:
Vests | Suits & Blazers | Beanies | Oxfords

Joshua Woods (left) is the man behind many of the painterly images you’ve seen throughout our Street Etiquette at NYFW coverage.

William Okpo. See Joshua K.’s notes above.

See more photos of the MM6 Maison Martin Margiela show on our sister blog, The Thread.

Catch up on previous installments of Street Etiquette @ NYFW:
Day 1 | Day 2 (snowed in) | Day 3 | Day 4


[Photos by Street Etiquette and Joshua Woods.]


Our coverage of New York Fashion Week through the eyes of Travis Gumbs (left) and Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette continues below. Catch up on previous installments here and here.

From Joshua: “Today’s J. Press York Street collection was a great presentation, adding to what it means to commemorate traditional American prep attire while still pushing the envelope. The prep style happens to be one of our main influences, so it’s great to see it presented in such an array of looks. Public School, on the other hand, took care of the street-casual department, with a lot of dark colors and leather to inspire your cool next fall and winter.”

Inspired by Travis’ Look:
Leather Jackets | Beanies | Scarves | Ties | Oxfords

Inspired by Joshua’s Look:
Trenches & Overcoats | Zip-Up Sweaters | Camo Pants | Sneakers | Bags

J. Press York Street (designed by Ariel and Shimon Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons)—coming soon to the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.
[Click smaller images to enlarge.]

Trekking between shows. If we’re not mistaken, that’s Nico of Nickel Cobalt in the navy poncho.

NY Knick Carmelo Anthony (left), self-promoting at the Public School presentation.

Hood By Air, where rapper A$AP Rocky closed the show. [Click small images to enlarge.]

Scenes from outside Milk Studios and around NYC. [Click smaller images above to enlarge.]


[Photos by Street Etiquette and Joshua Woods.]


Day 2 of New York Fashion Week was a wash on account of snow—but our intrepid NYFW correspondents, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette, were back at it the following day. Check out their gear, photos, and favorite show below—and in case you missed it over the weekend, catch up on Day 1 of their NYFW Photo Journal.

From Joshua: Moncler’s presentation was by far one of my favorite I’ve seen during this Fashion Week—and maybe ever, to be perfectly honest. It was a true experience to those who attended. We were greeted with glasses of white wine and finger foods. The show’s combination of daunting musical renditions and amazing light fixtures made it one to remember!”

Inspired by Joshua’s Look:
Utility Jackets | Scarves | White Jeans | Wingtip Boots | Bracelets
[Shop Joshua’s Florsheim boots and Marshall Artist jacket.]

Highlights from Joshua’s favorite show of the day: Moncler.

Inspired by Travis’ Look:
Trenches & Overcoats | Beanies | Sweaters | Pants
[Shop Travis’ Zanerobe sweatpants.]

[Photos by Street Etiquette and Joshua Woods.]


You might remember Gabe Johnson—and his oddball Seattle event space, Horses Cut Shop—from our gift-guide collaboration with The Selby a few weeks ago. We heard a rumor that Johnson was taking his show on the road, and it turns out the Cut Shop landed at none other than our philanthropic retail boutique in NYC, Treasure & Bond. They’re having an open-house tonight, if you’re in the NYC area:

You can meet Mr. Johnson, sip a beer, and listen to live music. Find more details on the event here, and check out pictures of the havoc Horses Cut Shop has wreaked on the T&B ground floor here.

Perhaps even more admirable than Johnson’s knack for bringing people together for good, clean (-ish) fun, is his latest project: an homage to the dive bars, holes in the wall and small-town secrets that make America great. He’s done it all in the form of T-shirts emblazoned with the logos of legendary small businesses from across our great nation. Here’s a sampling of the shirt designs (see if you recognize a favorite haunt from your own hometown):

Pick one up tonight at Treasure & Bond. If you’re outside NYC, visit or call Treasure & Bond at (646) 669-9049 and they’ll get you taken care of.

One more thing: Check out this hilarious and highly descriptive Q&A with Gabe Johnson himself that we just noticed on the T&B website.


The Ivy Style exhibit at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) is ongoing through January 5, 2013, giving you plenty of time to make your way to New York City to observe this immaculate collection of menswear, old and new, firsthand.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the NYC area on November 8-9, in particular, we recommend reserving a seat at Ivy Style: A Fashion Symposium. The Museum at FIT has recruited a dream-team lineup of speakers for this two-day talk on all things prep: Michael Bastian, the CFDA’s 2011 Menswear Designer of the Year; family descendants of Ivy meccas J. Press and Chipp Clothiers; experts on British Ivy, Japanese Ivy and Black Ivy [see one of our favorite blogs, Street Etiquette, put their spin on the latter topic here]; and even authors of renowned menswear blogs The Daily Prep, Maxminimus, and The Trad.

The Ivy aficionado we’d be most excited to hear speak, though, is Mr. G. Bruce Boyer, a preeminent voice in menswear for more than 35 years, as well as a special consultant and co-curator of the Ivy Style exhibit. A prolific author (and a style icon in his own right), you can learn more about Boyer and get a glimpse of his work on The Sartorialist, A Continuous Lean (via the Ivy Style blog), and in the video below, courtesy of Put This On.


[Top image is the cover of the book that accompanies the exhibit, courtesy of Yale University Press; purchase it here. Clothing images courtesy of The Museum at FIT. G. Bruce Boyer video courtesy of Put This On.]


A Shipley & Halmos Guide to New York

Shipley & Halmos designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos offered us some NYC-native intel on where to eat and explore on your next trip to the Big Apple.

The brand’s vintage inspiration and thoroughly modern fit is always spot-on for city life, in NYC or elsewhere—but the sturdy cotton shirts, immaculately cut blazer in camel corduroy, and sleek, solid boots they crafted for Fall 2012 are especially ideal for braving concrete landscapes in the brisk conditions ahead.

Shop Shipley & Halmos—but first, take note of the guys’ six favorite spots in New York City.


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A Guide by Shipley & Halmos

“Of course we do more than just eating and shopping. We also drink a lot. Kidding (kinda)! But seriously, it seems that whenever anyone comes to visit us from out of town, that’s all they want to do. Everyone knows to check out the MoMA, Central Park, Times Square (God help you), etc. We’re just giving you what you all want—eat delicious food, burn calories (and holes in your pockets) while walking around shopping, then eat more!”
—Sam Shipley & Jeff Halmos


Lupe’s East LA Kitchen is one of our favorite lunch spots during the week. Very low-key atmosphere with very authentic Mexican food. And the people are friendly, which goes a long way in our book.” [110 Sixth Avenue at Watts Street]


“Sam’s girlfriend is the co-owner of a great shop in Nolita called Thomas Sires. They design their own women’s line and stock an assortment of incredible accessories and home items from around the world. Ideal spot to score a gift for that special lady in your life.” [243 Elizabeth Street]


“In Williamsburg (where Jeff lives), Marlow & Sons is the go-to restaurant and general hangout. Their market offers coffee, pastries, dry goods, and even some accessories. The small dining room is in the back half of the space. The menu changes frequently—two staples are the brick chicken and the salted caramel tart (addictive!) for dessert.” [81 Broadway, Williamsburg]


Amarcord is, in our opinion, the best bet for vintage menswear in the city. It’s primarily European (Italian and French). Think Saint-Tropez 1965 instead of Seattle 1991. Clean it up, fellas!” [252 Lafayette Street, between Prince & Spring, SoHo]


“Sam’s a cheeseburger connoisseur. Like almost any cuisine you can think of, NYC foodies take great pride in their burgers. Although there are many top-notch options (from Shake Shack all the way up to Peter Luger), our favorite spot is the Ear Inn. The building (a house built in the early 1800s) is about as old school as it gets. On a nice day, take a stroll along the Hudson River up to the High Line after lunch.” [326 Spring Street, between Greenwich & Washington]


“You can browse the bookstore and gallery at Printed Matter for hours. All the titles are independently published, many directly by the artists themselves, and most you will not find anywhere else in the world. Each year, they host an Art Book Fair, too. Very inspiring store!” [195 Tenth Avenue]



[Main text and photos for Lupe’s and Amarcord by Shipley & Halmos. Additional photo credits: Thomas Sires courtesy of Marlow & Sons via here and here. Ear Inn courtesy of Printed Matter via.]


The Women of NYFW: Part 2

More stunning shots from between shows at New York Fashion Week, by our own street-style photogapher Crystal. (If you missed Part 1, click here.)

For much more fashion week coverage, head over to our women’s blog: The Thread.


[Photos by Crystal Nicodemus.]


New Yorkers: There’s still time to shop our expertly curated GQ x Nordstrom pop-up shop in NYC, featuring Other Music, Dashwood Books, Warby Parker glasses, and tons of incredible menswear, of course.

Did we mention the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop is located at our Treasure & Bond concept store in Soho? That means anything you buy there, in-person, benefits a rotating lineup of children’s charities in NYC. Currently, it’s the National Dance Institute and Girls Write Now. Do it for the kids!

We’re getting tons of great coverage from our friends at Treasure & Bond. Above is a time-lapse video that shows the mad race to prep the shop (over a span of barely more than 24 hours) last week, as well as some high-speed mingling at the opening-night event. Below are pics from the events that have been occurring at the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop all week long—head over to Treasure & Bond’s official website to see tons more.


Bally ‘Gentleman’s Upgrade’ Event:


Chrysler + John Varvatos event featuring ZZ Top:


[Photos by Sunny Chang of Treasure & Bond. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]


Did you know photography books are in the midst of a renaissance?

As the website for Dashwood Books, New York City’s only independent bookstore devoted entirely to photography, states: “The last ten years have seen a radical change in the publishing of books on photography…Many photographic curators now feature books as a significant part of exhibitions…and a strong collectors’ market has developed with prices for rare books tripling over the past decade.”

Dashwood Books was kind enough to curate a special collection for our GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop in NYC this week. Dashwood owner David Strettell shares six of his favorite titles below.


David Armstrong: Night and Day
“Brings together a selection of iconic Kodachrome pictures from David Armstrong’s archive of the late ’70s and early ’80s in downtown New York. The images illuminate an intimate and carefree epoch of innocent-bohemian wilderness—a time just before the tumultuous ’80s.” [purchase]

Elaine Constantine, Corinne Day, Nick Knight, Marc Lebon, Craig McDean, Nigel Shafran, David Sims and Wolfgang Tillmans (amongst others): W’HAPPEN
“Emerging British fashion photographers of the 1990s. As a reaction to the artificial, manufactured fashion images of the 1980s, the photographers and stylists featured in W’HAPPEN pushed into the 1990s with work that had a more direct grounding in reality.” [purchase]

Soviet Beauty Queens
“Although beauty contests did not find favor in the Soviet Union until the late 1980s, by 1991, before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Soviet beauty queen had become symbol of perestroika itself. These photographs were taken 1988–1990 in Leningrad, at various beauty contests and at the Leningrad Beauty Institute, an academy preparing aspiring beauty queens for competition, and were acquired in St. Petersburg by The Archive of Modern Conflict.” [purchase]

Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco
“The most comprehensive book on the influential fashion illustrator who defined style during the disco era in NY and Paris in the 1970s and early ’80s. THE BEST fashion book of this year.” [more info]

Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier: Neue Menschen (New Human Beings)
“Highly stylized, hyper-modern depictions of teens in Zurich by Swiss artists Rico Scagliola and Michael Meier, both in their 20s, produced in a fat volume by the wonderfully eccentric publisher Patrick Frey.” [purchase]

Luigi Ghirri: Project Prints
“The work of Luigi Ghirri, who died in 1992, has been rediscovered of late after being including in a major exhibition curated by Thomas Demand entitled La Carte D’Apres Nature—citing work with a surrealist take on nature. For my money, this is the best book of the year—beautifully designed and reproduced, making the most of the artist’s exquisite touch.” [more info]


[Photos and quotes courtesy of Dashwood Books, 33 Bond Street between Lafayette and Bowery, NYC.]