The Classroom shop is a Houston based men’s boutique and online retailer that carries brands including Our Legacy, Norse Projects, APC and Unis. Alan is one of the co-owner at the shop and Houston based photographer Brandon Mahler linked up with him to snap some images of his day to day outfits. Click through to see the entire set including pieces by Visvim, APC, Beams Plus and more.
Be sure to check Brandon’s Tumblr, more looks after the jump
We’re back with another edition of Craft Beer Goons, this time we reviewed the brews at a remote location upstate. Summer is over and Halloween is around the corner and this should help you pick out something for BBQs , parties and just kicking it with the homies. We picked out a new batch of craft beers that we drank in quick succession and reviewed for your enjoyment. In addition to the regular PTP review crew (Geng & Note) Alex from Steady Bloggin threw his opinions into the ring. Before you read these reviews be sure to watch this clip on YouTube, so you know the mindset we were in after drinking a few of these joints.
This time around we review the following
Ommegang Game of Thrones Iron Throne Blonde Ale
Dogfish Head Hellhound on my Ale
Dogfish Head Positive Contact by Dan the Automator
Southern Tier Plum Noir Imperial Porter
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Stephen with Hiroki Nakamura at FIL (Photo by Josay)
If you care about the types of Japanese brands and products I like to feature here, you may have come across Stylistics Space before. Stylistics Space is a Sendai-based webshop run by Stephen Marzano, an ex-pat American who is an enthusiast and expert when it comes to brands like Visvim, WTAPS, Supreme, Goodenough and Neighborhood. Stephen is a proxy shopper for buyers outside Japan and his service comes highly recommended. Stephen was gracious enough to answer some of my questions on a variety of topics ranging from the ura harajuku scene to the what he’s learned proxying for years.
When did you move to Japan? What was the retail scene like when you first got there?
I moved out here to Japan (Sendai) a little over six years ago, back in 2007. The retail scene here in Sendai (North of Tokyo) was/is definitely a lot smaller than in Tokyo, but it surprised me a lot. For a relatively small city, I didn’t expect the retail scene to be so big and vibrant. I can’t really think of a brand, Japanese or otherwise, that wasn’t/isn’t available here through a stockist, if not through it’s own shop branch here.
How did you begin your site Stylistics Space and what product do you like to share through it?
Initially, it was simply a way for me to move old gear of my own. I think I had brought some old pieces of mine to a recycle shop here to sell a long time ago and was just blown away at how low the prices were that they offered me. I would rather have given them away to friends or just skated in them than sell them for the prices they offered me. But at the same time, auction sites weren’t worth the trouble and I got tired of trying to move stuff on the chat forums. With that said, I started up my first blog and after a short while, people started asking if I had any other sizes. After I noticed the interested, when I was making my weekly rounds to the recycle shops, I decided to start keeping an eye out for pieces that I thought people might appreciate and that were priced well, even if they weren’t my size.
As for product on the site, I tend to just stick to what I know and wear myself which is why it’s really heavy on brands like WTaps, Neighborhood, etc. I appreciate a lot of different aesthetics and designers, but it’s just more fun to stick to what I know/enjoy and leave the rest to the proxy side of the business.
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David Hellqvist (Photo by Felicity Ieraci via Stamp Magazine)
If you follow menswear on a regularly, a name that should keep popping up in your feed is David Hellqvist. He’s paid his dues in the industry working as the online editor for Dazed Digital (the online accompaniment to Dazed & Confused) before moving on to his current role as online editor at Port Magazine. I spoke with David about experiences as a menswear journalist and got him to share some of the wisdom he’s accrued over the past few years.
Today I’m proud to bring you an interview I did with Brett Viberg and Guy Ferguson, two of the people steering the ship at Viberg Boot. Viberg is a Canadian owned and operated family business, based in Victoria, British Columbia. In 1931 founder Ed Viberg set out to craft the highest quality boots he could. That dedication to product is still at the heart of everything Viberg does. While the boots were originally targeted to workers in the logging industry, the brand has been in successful in reaching a more fashion conscious market partially due to collaborations with Inventory Magazine, Flathead and most recently Nigel Cabourn. I spoke with Brett and Guy about some of latest developments at Viberg and the challenges of expanding the audience of a storied Canadian brand.
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In less than a decade Hypebeast has grown from a simple blog into a media empire in it’s own right. Site founder Kevin Ma began the site in 2005 and since then it’s become a definitive online destination for anyone interested in men’s fashion. In the past year Hypebeast launched both an online store AND a print publication Hypebeast Magazine.
I had the opportunity to pick the brain of Eugene Kan, who is the Managing Editor at Hypebeast. Eugene has been at the center of Hypebeast’s evolution into these new ventures and in this interview he shares some of the why’s and how’s behind the expansion. We also touch on other topics including the proliferation of streetwear online, his favorite retail shops worldwide and how the men’s fashion market is changing throughout Asia.
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Consider this video an addendum to our visual walkthrough post we put up a couple days ago. Take a relaxing look at what went down at the Capsule Men’s show and an array of Spring/Summer 2014 products from some of our favorite brands at the show.
If you couldn’t be in New York this week to attend the Capsule show we got you covered. The homie Scott M and I walked the floor and visited some familiar faces, new brands, and old favorites. The best part of Capsule of course is getting to check out clothes months before they hit retail shelves. Click through for visuals of some standout gear and booths at the show. Look for more Capsule coverage to drop very soon.
It’s always nice to look at the blogs of your friends because you get a little bit more from the experience. When I first met Claire, I wasn’t aware of her blog De Lune, I did however notice her easy-going and effortless style. Clothes always work best when they reflect the wearers interests and personality and Claire has certainly been able to find that for herself. She’s been sharing her thoughts, images, and outfits with the world since 2008 when she first started blogging. In the years since, she’s had quite a bit of success at building a large engaged audience. Claire has been featured on everywhere from Refinery29 to Teen Vogue. She’s currently studying Fashion and Art Fashion at The New School. I spoke with her about her approach to style , the evolution of her blog and the upcoming collaborations she’s been working on.
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If you visit this site reguarly Note and Geng Grizzly are familar faces by now. They’ve both had style profile features here in the past and I recently reviewed some beers with them in the recent Craft Beer Goons joint. Between the events, new releases through Purple Tape Pedigree and their weekly radio show Fresh Out the Box it’s safe to say the homies got alot on their plate.
Later this week I’ll be dropping an official Third Looks mix by Geng Grizzly. Come celebrate it’s release this Saturday July 13 at DWMS2 where I will be hosting alongside some musical heavy hitters. There will be performances by Young Gleesh, Grande Marshall and DJ Sets by Geng, Mista Whoa, Tommy Kruise and Farrington G. This is one you will NOT want to miss. All the details on the event can be found HERE.
To shed a little more light on both prolific members of PTP , I sat down with the homies and interviewed them on some key topics including personal style, favorite film and their current taste in music.
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