They say when you know, you know. Ted Baker's Classic Satchel is the masculine man's answer to a purse. Rather than stuff a bunch of miscellaneous shit in my pocket and lug my laptop around, Ted Baker comes to my rescue adding classic and sophistication to even the most casual outfit. You can always count on the english to nail the classics!
Sorry Yves, I disagree! While I could never bash denim (it's almost anti-American to do so) denial is a deadly drug and there is no denying that the current market in menswear lacks some newness. LA based Life/After/Denim is rescuing men's fashion by avoiding the bandwagon of trend and redefining men's staples that never go out of style.
I've learned in my ripe 24 years of life that it's better to shop once and invest, rather than sell my soul to fast fashion. Life/After/Denim celebrates quality, fit and is designed to seamlessly integrate to a man's existing wardrobe (yes, that means you can pair it with denim.) The brand is the epitome of "relaxed edge" for all my no-fuss brothas out there who still like to look sharp.
As an ode to it's LA roots I shot a full Life/After/Denim look at the Beverly Hills Hotel, doesn't get more "LA" than that!
A few weeks ago I took an incredible trip down south to the ultra luxe Alys Beach Resort in Florida. Although I was in town for work, the white sand beaches and emerald water paired with architecture reminiscent of Santorini, made it physically impossible to not feel like I was on vacation during my stay.
It was my first time visiting the south and I was blown away by it's humid beauty and refreshing slow pace. I got to experience real southern hospitality first hand, which was serious culture shock at first. I've always believed in the kindness of strangers, but growing up in LA can make you a little jaded. It took me a couple days to adjust to everyone asking me how I was and the fresh baked cookies + hand written notes in my room every night.
Packing for the trip was a little tricky as it's literally a humid paradise, so I went straight to Reiss and picked up a few airy cotton shirts and light weight slacks. Their Summer 14 collection is a capsule of quentesential relaxed summer styles that range from elevated basics and short sleeve button downs to their signature tailored trousers in summer friendly fabrics and colors--perfect for a few days by the beach!
I'm not sure when I'll be returning to this this untapped paradise, but it won't be long. Once you get a taste of that warm water and dig your toes into the sugary white sands of Alys Beach it's very difficult to imagine life without it.
Photography: Jacqueline Ward
Growing up in LA has made me the most jaded human being alive, and I haven't decided if that is good or bad. I probably sound like a royal douche bag mouthing off about how life in Hollywood doesn't tickle my fancy the way it used to, but it's hard to keep that flame burning after 24 years in the same zip code.
I often fantasize about what Hollywood was like during the golden era of film. When the industry wasn't about celebrity, but creating art. Creating films that told an actual story and took audiences out of reality and into a fictional wonderland. When icons like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly roamed the boulevard and called this place home.
Playing on this theme, I decided to pay a quick visit to Charlie Chaplin's former apartment complex for a quick shoot. Call me hippy dippy, but you sincerely feel an energy when you walk through the courtyard of quaint bungalows. Charlie purchased the complex in 1936 and issued a bungalow to each of his friends, sweet deal right?
While present Hollywood is (literally) not what it used to be, you can't help but be fascinated by the locations these iconic souls called home in the past.
Jacket: Wasteland Shirt: cOstume National Jeans: Levi's Shoes: Cole Haan
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