Guidi Cordovan Cont Boots
£873 via LN-CC
Guidi provides their take on the hiking boot, adding luxe horse leather on the upper and placing it on a Vibram sole. These shoes are carefully crafted and will break necks in person. The details include lightly rusted eyelets on the laces and a padded leather section at the back of the boot. Owning these boots will open up so many styling possibilities and I would recommend these as a great gateway drug into the Guidi brand. At over £800 these boots are by no means cheap but they are worth any penny to a discerning menswear connoisseur.
Diemme Roccia Vet Vesuvio Suede Deep Hiking Boot
£295USD via Haven
Monochrome in color and an easy addition to any wardrobe these made in Italy hiking boots exemplify the combination of Diemme’s heritage with modern convenience. Buttery black suede atop alightweight sole that uses Italian-made grey middle sole in tandem with a Vibram Lisk bottom sheet. Great ankle support and padded internally for your pleasure these are sure to see plenty of wear this winter.
Ann Demeulemeester Scamosciato AW12 Engineer Boots in Black
$538 via LN-CC
Ann D always comes correct in the footwear department and these Engineer boots are no exception. Made from black suede and featuring a reinforced heel panel, these fasten along the front upper with a black metal zip. Stacked wooden lower with a black rubber composite sole provide the base for this boot.
Cash CA x Trickers Padded Top Derby Boot in Navy/Tan
81,000 yen via Heather Grey Wall
A match that was destined to happen, the good folks at outerwear experts Cash CA collaborate with UK-based trickers to execute this beautiful Derby Boot. The Derby Boot really hit it’s stride in 2012 with everyone putting out their own iteration , in my eyes though this is one of the top models to come out all year. The tan really works against the navy suede and even the laces compliment the boot perfectly.
Ann Demeulemeester Black & Cognac Leather Ankle Boots $538CND via SSENSE
Ankle high pebbled leather boots with a side zip, ankle strap and cognac trim at the collar. The spark of color adds a luxe feel to this pair. These boots should last you years with proper care and can be work with anything from camel coats to leather riders. Snag these on heavy discount while you still can.
Undercover J6FO3 8-Hole Worker Boot
$815USD via Haven
Jun Takahashi puts his touch on this Worker Boot adding a front zipper and tonal side navy suede panel to go with the black leather upper. A perfect shape to wear with jeans or cropped pants this boots are incognito enough to wear daily but have enough details to never be boring. Heavy duty metal hardware accents the militaristic lacing of this boot.
It’s a real honor to style profile Izzy Tuason of The Dandy Project. In the fashion industry a strong point of view counts for a lot. Izzy has been showcasing his personal aesthetic and his fashion favorites through his blog for years. His style is eclectic and I’ve always admired his ability to mix designer brands with vintage items, while working in accessories and even DIY pieces. As I shot this with him our conversations ran the gamut from clothes to film to music. I cherish any opportunity to have well-thought out, intellectual discussions on the clothing and culture we love. I’ve shared some of the dialogue we had through interview questions below. Through Third Looks I am striving to bring more of that to the forefront in the coming days.
Comme des Garcons SHIRT chinese character-print rayon shirt
Comme des Garcons Homme Plus drop-crotch shorts
Converse Chuck Taylor shoes
3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo shirt
3.1 Phillip Lim raw-edged wool shorts
Casio watch on Native American turquoise and coral sterling silver band
Kung-Fu shoes from Chinatown
Has blogging changed your outlook on the fashion industry and your own personal style?
Blogging has worked as a very public mirror by which I can re-examine my thoughts on fashion and my personal style, and it has connected me with people who continue to enrich me.
The DIY posts on your blog are great. How long have you been doing your own DIY projects and what made you decide to share them online?
I’ve been doing the DIY posts early into the blog, which I started in 2008. I was living in Manila then, with very little access to fashion, and the way I thought I could best express myself was by creating my clothing. I wanted to share this process of creation with my readers.
Damir Doma cotton-cashmere long t-shirt
Damir Doma drop-crotch pants
Guidi platform chelsea boots
We spoke on how a lot of your style inspiration from outside of fashion. What are some things or places you turn to for inspiration.
I get inspired by a lot of things—film, television, music, people around me, and the thoughts in my head. Right now, I’m inspired by the sleek masculinity of Wong Kar-Wai’s heroes, the dark pragmatism of Walter White’s wardrobe in Breaking Bad, the exuberance of Twin Shadow, the natives of Bushwick, and the idea of comfort.
Number (N)ine sunglasses
Yohji Yamamoto shirt
Yohji Yamamoto wool hakama pants
Converse Chuck Taylor shoes
As you continue to accumulate more pieces in your wardrobe which item would you never ever part with willingly?
The Yohji Yamamoto pants I’m wearing in one of your photographs are one of my all-time favorites. The volume and size are seemingly ridiculous, but in reality, it is quite a subdued piece. Weird never goes out of style.
Any holy grail pieces you are still searching for or regret missing out on?
Black Guidi derbies
The perfect oversize double-breasted below-the-knee Yohji Yamamoto coat
The perfect body-skimming Julius leather jacket
A Patek Philippe Nautilus in steel
What are some of your favorite places to shop both online and in-store?
The LN-CC, Assembly New York, Atelier New York, IF Boutique, Park & Bond, and eBay.
Photos by Rocky Li