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.



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.


Solitude, Featuring Steven Onoja...Prospect Park, Brooklyn

A few weeks ago we asked our readers to style the Fall 2013 Dawson boot from Stacy Adams (for a chance to win them of course). After reading some of the comments, it seems like the majority of you guys went for classic and effortless styling. On the other hand, our model Steven Onoja had a different vision for the Dawson boots (pictured above). By pairing the shoes with a loose fitting green suit, our subject went for a dresser yet relaxed fall ensemble. Subtle earth tones colors seems to work perfectly with the grey Dawson boots. However, if the suit were a bold color than the it wouldn’t be as practical for everyday wear. Another styling option would be breaking up the suit and casually wearing the blazer with jeans. 

Steven matched the grey wool fedora hat and boots to adding balance to the look. Remember, it’s okay to match, as long as you don’t go overboard. For contrast, Steven paired the green suit and cream button down knowing that the pieces complement each other. A yellow flower lapel isn’t something I would personally would wear, but it works for this look. Simply because he isn’t wearing a neck tie so the lapel isn’t competing with anything. Plus the small lapel details also adds a great pop of color without being too distracting. A leather bag is always a great accessory to an outfit because it automatically upgrades your look. What do you think about Steve's styling?

The last contest is officially closed but as a bonus Stacy Adams is giving away another pair of shoes. Here are the rules:

1.Dessert vs Cap toe boot

Tell us why you prefer one boot over the other in the comment section with your email addy.

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