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Comme des Garçons PLAY Polo

Posted in Fashion by Chris on September 29, 2010
It took me about 5 minutes to locate the fancy letter ‘c’ in Microsoft’s character map but I finally got it. This post, my friend, can now be completed. Comme des Garçons (CdG) is a Japanese brand that’s fronting like it’s French. PLAY is an offshoot of the CdG label that’s targeted towards streetwear enthusiasts and urban hipsters alike (although they’re synonymous, so I’m not sure why I make the delineation to distinguish between the two. Oh well… Onwards!). Armed with PLAY’s trademark bug-eyed heart logo, the PLAY polo is an update from the status quo. Made slimmer, with a wider angled collar, and some variation of the golden ratio in the sleeve length, what you have is a polo that’s well to fit a strapping lad like yourself. What you also get in return for this attention to detail is something that doesn’t appear to be hijacked from your fat, balding uncle Don’s closet, which is just as important as anything else. You can get your PLAY polo at the Dover Street Market, Commonwealth, or at the CdG boutique in New York. If you can’t get your hands on one, I’ll be willing to sell you the heart logo off my shirt for $75 and some POMx.
The Zub ZenV is one of the few that are two-toned albeit not the most radical.

Creep by Hiroshi Awai 3/4 Button Up

Posted in Fashion by Chris on August 31, 2010
Normally when something is referred to as a creepy your first instinct is to steer clear. Creep by Hiroshi Awai might not necessarily fall into that get-the-hell-away-from-me category as earlier mentioned. Behold, the 3/4 length baseball sleeve button up shirt. Classier than tees and short sleeve button-ups and slightly less formal than a casual dress shirt, ladies have had the privilege of being afforded these types of shirts for years; now Creep introduces them to the greater brociety. The shirt has a slender fit and is fully functional with two front pockets and buttons on the cuffs. And while you’re trying to make that out in the fantastic picture provided, note the other details: the rotated pockets and the buttoned collar. Clear to you now?  Didn’t think so, but these are all things to be expected of a fantastically different yet versatile shirt. The length of the shirt is short and for good reason kind sir- how ridiculous would you look with this tucked in? You can find this Creep shirt amongst others at Commonwealth or through other stockists found via the Creep website.
The Zub ZenV is one of the few that are two-toned albeit not the most radical.

Jack Purcell

Posted in Fashion by Chris on September 13, 2009
For those of you that aren’t aware, the sneaker is back. Gone are the days of uncomfortable shoes like loafers, racers, oxfords, or even boat shoes (although they’ve made quite a comeback themselves). Take a look down on a night out on the town and you’ll likely find NikeSBs, BapeStas, Supras, and other colorful varieties of sneakers. When the sneaker craze made its way back on to the main stage, Converse pushed the Chuck Taylor All-Star; a canvas shoe that almost everyone is familiar with. For those who are not versed in the sneaker game, Coverse also launched the Jack Purcell line a few years back which plays off of the All-Star. The Jack Purcell’s simple styles and clean designs makes it an ultra-versatile shoe. I have these ones; you can find yours on the Converse website or local boutiques for certain styles that you wont find online. If you’re in Chicago, pay a visit to my friends at St. Alfred on Milwaukee Ave. If you’re in DC, check out For the Greater Good or Commonwealth, which are adjacent to one another on Florida Ave. Jack Purcell