Free Sprit

A free sprit longing for a great escape finds herself longing for deep water. She needs to become one with the ocean. Her desires to take in the last days of summer can not be contained, so she explores the land to satisfy her craving.  The golden hour is upon her but only if time could stand still while she glazes over the twilight. She cools off with a night dive and forgets about the worries and anxieties of the day. But naturally her love for the deep blue is short lived. Mystery and seduction soon follows as Cool Water Night Dive by Davidoff keeps her company.  The fresh scent of shivering mint and cold watery fruits grabs her attention but woody richness keeps her fulfilled. She continues to reflects over the ocean and smells the freshness of the fragrance. Another summer comes and goes. 

Like our free sprit many of us love the ocean, but few are really conscious of the delicate balance that governs this facile environment. Davidoff Cool Water and the National Geographic Society are committed to preserving the ocean by continuing their partnership to help protect the ocean. Be apart of the movement by using the #LovetheOcean on Instagram because every post helps protect  50,000 square feet of the ocean. Long live the waters."  

 

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On The Rocks

The waters of the sea seem to beckon all of mankind during the temperate conditions of the Summer season. There is a majestic nature in the juxtaposition of the ocean's fluidity and the unmovable stones on the shore. This blending of the elements is captured in our ode to the Montblanc 90th anniversary of Meisterstück.

Clad in the breathable comfort of a linen blazer and soft cotton shirt, our traveling man adds texture to his style with the soft grain leather bag which marries durability and elegance. The zip-closure of the bag allows his nerves to remain at ease while making his way toward the waters, knowing that his valuables are safe. Aware that the golden hour is not one to be missed, he examines the Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic adorning his wrist. Holding the black leather strap, he glances at the movement within the glass casing. As he leaves the beach for the evening's festivities, the colors decorating the sky reflect on the golden bezel. To call the scene a thing of beauty is an understatement.

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Shot by Jeremy Mitchell, Words by Joekenneth

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Structured, Harlem

 

Menswear brand Combat Gents mission is to sell reasonably priced suits and shirts under 200 bucks. The brand targets guys who aren't looking to spend two thousand dollars on a suit but wants to look good on a budget. We were able to test out the product and see what the hype about. First, the fit of the jacket was spot on, but can be shorten about 1 inch for shorter guys. Trousers were not the most comfortable fit because of the high seat and pants leg need to be tapered for a slimmer look. If you're keeping track we've already potentially racked up a few dollars in alterations, but the free shipping and returns makes up for the alteration cost.  

A few things we would add to the service is more style like a double breasted suit, more color options other then grey, black and navy suits, and maybe even a made-to-measure option to cut back on alterations. We liked the wool fabric because it was soft and didn't feel uncomfortable, but what about linen and cotton suits for Spring?  

For the styling, we created a casual meets dressy ensemble for our model Takashi Spector. By pairing a black and grey sweater over a white shirt, black scarf over the suit jacket and off white trainers to complete the look. 

 

Location | RiverSide Drive Viaduct, Harlem 

 

Spring Forward

This winter,  New York City been brutal to say the least.  So removing a few layers and getting ready for warmer weather is certainly something to look forward to. We've teamed up with Moods of Norway to bring you a shop able editorial featuring our favorite piece from their Spring line. Of course, this suit is for a bolder gent, but it can be broken up and worn as separates with a  blazer with jeans or with shorts and tee. Our model Mass Fall is styling with a Moods of Norway white shirt, navy tie, grey fedora, and navy cap toe shoes. 

Moods of Norway is offering Dapper Lou readers an exclusive 20% off when you shop the site and use promo code DAPPER20

 

Shoot Location, East Flatbush, Brooklyn 

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Eau de Toilette

Looking and smelling fresh goes hand in hand. The same way a run-down pair of shoes can ruin an outfit, a unpleasant scent can be just as offensive. So buy out time to find the right fragrance for you. But with so much product on the market one may ask, where to start? Well, finding ingredients in a scent that suites your taste is a start. From masculine to gentle, a gent's cologne should embody his personality and style. A masculine man's first thought may be to lean towards a bold woody scent, but this doesn't have to be the case.  Perhaps a softer scent like Dolce & Gabbana "The One" or YSL L'Homme de Nuit (which personally is my favorite) will work for him. The perfect balance between bold and light is key. Tom Ford 'Oud Wood and Italian Bergamont by Ermenegildo Zegna are two other great scents for a classic yet modern gent. Granted the price tag for designer scents isn't for everyone but paying for quality is inescapable.  

In collaboration with Ebay, I've curated a Collection of Eau de Toilette scents that range from classics to contemporary. Featuring all time favorites scents, to wish list and to gifts guides, collections is an ideal way to organize product (with a strong possibility of purchase). So check out my collections here and keep in mind smelling good isn't an option, so might as well do it elegantly.

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