Archive for October, 2010
Friday, October 29th, 2010
The Texas Tuxedo. The uniform of farmers. A fashion faux pas? Not anymore.
While this post is directed to you, Ladies, double denim can be pulled of by anyone who puts a little thought into it (well, maybe not anyone, but many). Like a lot of fashion choices today, it’s how you wear something that determines success or failure. There are always a number of ways not to wear something (like Britney + Justin’s VMA outfits several years back), but if you follow a few basic rules, you’ll be in the clear;
How to pull off the double denim look, without looking like you’re auditioning for the Broadway rendition of Beverly Hillbillies:
-Vary the shades of denim. A denim top with black jeans, or vice-versa.
-Watch that whole 80′s thing. Crimped hair, anything bedazzled, fingerless gloves (who do you think you are? Madonna?). Just say no.
-Avoid anything western. Unless you want that costumey look, stay away from the oversized belt buckles, cowboy hat, boots, etc.
Ladies, your fashion options are unlimited. Lets be honest here. You have about 100,000 choices to every one we have as guys. Therefore, there’s no reason you can’t find what you need to pull off
the double denim. It’s a great look, and is very versatile. Let me know how it goes!
Monday, October 25th, 2010
So, I (Jason) went to a benefit concert in Boston this past Friday night featuring Caspian, a local band with an ever growing international following. Here’s a taste of what these guys do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMdvdpHph9U.
The fundraiser was for the Amirah house, here in Boston. This new home will serve as a safe haven and recovery residence for female victims of sex trafficking, which is a bigger problem than most of us can grasp or would even like to acknowledge. One staggering piece of information we learned, is that at this given moment there are over 27 million people currently in slavery around the world. 27 million! In addition to that, we learned that Boston is a major “trade” port for human currency because of our geographic location and proximity to water routes.
Our hostess for the evening made the very valid point that we as American’s don’t really give a thought to this epidemic (and make no mistake, it is an epidemic) because we like to think we abolished slavery, and therefore that horrible part of our history is just that; history.
Regardless, the problem exists whether we would like to acknowledge it or not. Places like the Amirah house provide transitional help to women rescued from this life of brutality and disrespect by providing them rehabilitation both socially, psychologically, and emotionally. It’s not simply enough to break the chains of bondage that hold these people, as they need to be transitioned into a “normal” life with care. Read more about the Amirah house here: http://www.amirahboston.org/
So, what’s the take home point? I know, it’s pretty overwhelming. Just when you thought you had a grasp on our World’s issues and where you were in relation to it all, add one more thing to the pile. I write this post not to guilt you or promote an agenda. It’s actually more sharing with you the confusion of it all. These aren’t things that can be fixed with the purchase of a red ipod or a yellow rubber bracelet.
I think what struck me the most of all, was the responsibility we have to be global citizens. Get out of this bubble of “problems” that are most relevant in our daily lives and consider how much more suffering and injustice there really is out there. We can’t each be expected to fix all the major problems facing humanity; it’s just not reasonable, or even advisable I’d say. If we spread ourselves so thin amongst all these various causes, will we get anything done?
The take home point for me was to find some focus beyond what I see everyday, and do something about it. Find something that resonates with me and move to make a difference. Even if I only impact one or two through those efforts, isn’t that a good thing? Does that start a chain reaction?
The odds of accomplishment are certainly better than if I were to spend the day on my couch, reading Good magazine, wearing my (RED) shirt, in my Toms shoes.
How about we get out and do something?
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
As part of a new weekly feature, we’re going to bring you some our favorite fashion items out there, how we are pairing them with our favorite threads here at F&F, and how to look good in the colder whether. We may not be able to control the temps, but there is plenty to work with out there. Today, we’re going to work on you, guys. Let’s face it, we need it the most.
Every guy needs to have one or two quality pairs of jeans. This needn’t mean you spend hundreds of dollars (in spite of what True Religion or J. Brand tells you), but it does mean you need to choose strategically. This means considering your body type, and the style of denim. Right now Gap is putting out some great styles, and specifically, their Selvage denim rocks. This is about as raw and basic a starting point you can get. This means you will be the one to add the character and style to your denim, based upon how you wear it. There’s nothing wrong with jeans that already have fading and whiskered alterations, but there is something cool about creating your own personality. To some this sounds ridiculous, saying “we’re talking about jeans here”. But those of you who know how great a good pair of jeans is, know what I’m talking about.
The above picture, as luck would have it, has the shoes I love right now (they aren’t new, just new to me!). The Desert boot or Chukka is a timeless, incredibly multidimensional addition to your footwear collection. Clarks is really the originator/owner of this style, but Steve Madden, Cole Haan and others have perfected the look as well. Below are a couple of styles that you can’t go wrong with, either for a casual or more formal look. Suede or Waxed; what’s your preference?
It’s easy for me to suggest any one of our products, simply out of self promotion. For that reason, I would say “don’t just take my word for it”. I obviously believe in our designs, but either way you would find me layering our newest, softest Sovereign tee in a myriad of ways. This tee is cool b/c a) the history of the design behind it b) it’s a white tee, so it’s versatile c) the material feels like angel hugs (or how I’d imagine them to feel, were they to feel like anything at all). Pair it with an unbuttoned flannel, a cardigan, or all alone.
The great thing about fashion is you can combine these things and alter the look in about a million ways. The bottom line is you can make the look your own. Having said that, above are some staples that can work in any individuals wardrobe and provide use for several seasons, if not more.
Do you own any of these? Thoughts?
Monday, October 11th, 2010
This past week we ventured to the small city of New York (this place makes Boston look like a cozy village) for a new site feature we’re bringing you; behind the scenes “artist profiles”. We had a blast, met some cool people, and got some great content. While we work on all the fun editing stuff, here are a few images from our trip;