Saturday, April 19, 2014

Carmina Fitzgerald & Epaulet German Army Trainers

Epaulet New York ventured out of New York; with two locations one in Brooklyn and one in Lower Manhattan, last year and opened up a store in Santa Monica, CA. Unfortunately for West Coast menswear enthusiasts, Epaulet's Santa Monica location is closing it's doors today. In short, the location was a temporary lease and the owner wants to up their monthly payment to 3 times more than what they pay now if they want to extend the lease. I don't blame them for not extending the lease.

As part of their closeout sale all their merchandise is on sale, deep sale. Everything in-store with the exception of their Epaulet LA line is 50% off if you pay cash and 40% off with credit/debit, with EPLA 15% off. When I say everything, I mean everything. From their sports coats  by LBM 1911, to their Epaulet brand, Saphir creams, and whatever they have left from Carmina. Epaulet's version of the German Army Trainer (GAT) which retails for $275 are $100 today.

Not much was left when I arrived but enough to make it worth my while. For my friend Adrian I picked up the GAT in white/gray for the aforementioned price of $100. Made in Italy and the leather is butter soft. I have a wide foot, otherwise I would have purchased a pair for myself as well. My personal pick up were the Carmina Fitzgerald in French Calf on the Forest Last. Retailing for $545 on Epaulet's site, I walked out the door with my size 10UK for $275 (tax included). I was hoping for their loafers to be available but they had small sizes and one large size left. 

In addition and not pictured I bought a jar of Saphir renovateur, a medium brown creme and a Saphir polishing brush for $10 each.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Today was an incredibly beautiful day so we headed to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. Wifey had a spa appointment, it's always good to treat the love of your life to something nice. The sneakers were due to the hiking we did.

And just because some pictures of the views at Mohonk.

Sweater: J. Crew Light Blue V-Neck via J. Crew Factory-$15
Shirt: Old Navy White/Navy Stripe S/S Casual Button Down Shirt via Old Navy-$10
Jeans: Old Navy "Slim Fit" via Old Navy-$2.50
Shoes: Springfield Navy/Maroon/White Lowtop via Springfield in Nice, France-30Euros or about $40 (bought them due to it raining and wearing leather bottom shoes were not a good idea)

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Wearing a donegal tweed jacket seems kind of silly today as it hit 71 by 2pm today but considering when I left home it was about 53 and windy, it was appropriate for the weather. 

This is probably one of my favorite go to outfits when dressing down or casually and I still want to throw on a jacket/blazer. It's a simple look, navy casual shirt with white polka dots, navy v-neck sweater and a brown tweed jacket paired with navy blue bottoms. I've worn a variation of this with navy corduroy's here and a lighter brown jacket here with a dark sweater. 

Jacket: Michael Andrews Bespoke Brown Donegal Tweed Holland & Sherry Fabric via Michael Andrews Bespoke-$$$ (part of a 3 piece suit)
Shirt: JCP Brand Navy/White Polka Dots L/S Casual Shirt via JC Penney-$10
Sweater: Old Navy Navy V-Neck Cotton via Old Navy-$12 or $15
Jeans: Old Navy "Slim Fit" via Old Navy-$2.50
Socks: Merona Postal Blue/Dinosaur Novelty Socks via Target-$3
Shoes: Church's Custom Grade Walnut/Light Brown Tassel Loafers via Adrian-$75

WDIW Thursday...4/10/14

 Suited it up on Thursday again. I lately haven't been in the "mood" to wear a tie. This is my first MTM suit from Indochino. At the time I thought it fit well but in hindsight it needs to be let out about 1/4"-1/2" and the sleeves need to be longer by about the same amount. For those asking why didn't I ask for it to be remade, well with it being my first attempt at MTM I thought it was acceptable enough and I wasn't as particular. Thankfully their seems to be enough extra fabric to make these alterations possible.

Suit: Indochino Brown Bootlegger Tweed Suit-$449 (part of a 3 piece suit)
Pocket Square: Merona White Cotton via Target-$5 for 5
Lapel Pin: Macy's Women's Awareness Red Dress-Gift from a student
Shirt: Alfani White/Navy Micro-Gingham L/S Dress Shirt via Macy's-$12.50
Shoes:Aston Grey Brown Suede Wingtip via eBay-$35

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WDIWT...4/9/14 Rare Air!

Field trip today with students to Sony WonderLab and with the walking we were going to do I figured sneakers would be appropriate for today.

I haven't wore sneakers to work in a long time so I figured why not bring out my rarest pair; the Nike Air Zoom Kobe IV Home Player Exclusive. House of Hoops released a version of this shoe but in a true purple (darker than the shoe pictured) while this is the lighter purple that was made for Kobe Bryant to wear during the 2009 Finals against the Orlando Magic. I know of only 4 others pairs, with 3 of those being in Kobe's size, 14. These are in my size.

Sweater: J. Crew Violet V-Neck via J. Crew Factory-$15
Shirt: Alfani White/Black Micro-Check via Macy's-$12
Jeans: Old Navy "Slim Fit" via Old Navy-$2.50
Shoes: Nike Air Zoom Kobe IV Home Finals PE via Beaverton Connect-$200

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WDIWT...4/8/14 Layered Pinstripe

I haven't worn this suit since the first time I wore it here but I decided to bust it out today. The suit is from SuitSupply, is quarter lined and half-canvassed. I got a few compliments on the suit today.

Suit: SuitSupply Gray/White Wide Pinstripe via SuitSupply Outlet-$259 plus $80 in alterations
Sweater: Gap Light Gray Cardigan via Gap Factory Store-$15
Shirt: Van Huesen White/Light Blue Micro-Check L/S Dress Shirt via JCPenney-$10
Shoes: Brooks Brothers by Allen Edmonds Newmok/Neumok Snuff Suede Wingtip via Allen Edmonds Factory Store-$135

Monday, April 7, 2014

WDIWT...4/7/14 Spring Mixed With Fall

I've been trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe and green is a color I haven't attempted yet. It's a nice Spring color and with today's weather pairing with a heavyweight donegal tweed suit seemed appropriate.

Suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke Donegal Tweed by Holland & Sherry via Michael Andrews Bespoke-$$$ (part of a 3 piece suit)
Shirt: ProperCloth White/Blue Check L/S Dress Shirt via ProperCloth Sample Sale-$20
Sweater: Gap Green V-Neck Cotton via Gap Factory Store-Gift (part of an exchange, on sale for $10 though)
Pocket Square: Merona White Cotton via Target-$5 for 5 pack
Shoes: Mike Konos Brown Suede Captoe via DSW-$20