Tag Archive:men’s fashion

ByKari

ART IN SOLE: meet benjamins

men’s luxury in midtown:
show me the benjamins

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Shoes handmade in California. Using the highest quality luxury fabrics and
traditional shoemaking techniques to bring you something incredible.
TRUST.

11057356_680714225371679_7525244411267292590_n Among the masses of cheap disposable fashion choices available from big box stores, an
independent retailer is making bold strides in men’s footwear here in Midtown Sacramento.

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Founder & bespoke artisan, Benjamin Schwartz (above) continues to be a student
of his trade, bringing the best of an old world tradesmen’s craft and elevating it
for the modern discerning gentleman.

There is something intense about owning a pair of shoes that are truly handcrafted and custom.

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We had a chance to stop by the inaugural retail location this past weekend and we

can’t wait for the grand opening. Every corner of the space is on point, a craftsman’s
workshop, and a sleek cool snapshot of the classic yet modern gentleman.

 

skip the trashy tabloids & get an education on style and class.

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  [ sole’s sanctuary]

BENJAMINS retail is located at
1104 R Street in the WAL retail space.

connect to BENJAMIN’S online:
website  //  on facebook  // IG + twitter: @benjaminsshoes

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** top /model images via Benjamins
** additional images by Juniper James
ByKari

MANLY MONDAY : aged to perfection

SPIRIT & SOUL

This is my good friend Paul. He’s significantly older than my usual Manly Monday subject, but no less stylish or worth getting to know. When telling a friend about him and this post, she asked if Paul and I are related. Nope. “So you just have a friend who’s over 70?” Yep. And quite a good one at that.

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I feel like Paul has been an old soul for a long time.
And I always selfishly wish I’d met him years ago so my
life could have had more years with him in it.

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Paul is practical in his style, without needing to wear things other guys his age do (read: stuffy old man clothes). He’s not out reading fashion magazines or watching E! to see what’s on trend. But in being practical, and fully himself, it has charm and panache.

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His thrifted jacket has all the little details that make it such a great find for so little.
When buying a thrifted jacket, double check all the details (no ripped seams, proper stiffness in collar, buttons, etc)  to make sure everything is in good shape, buttons especially. If it’s a vintage piece, oftentimes a few buttons are missing, which means you need to replace them all to have them match.

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I honestly wish you could all meet him. My words and images don’t do justice to the joy this man brings to the world. His pragmatic style and almost always neutral palette aren’t a dead give-away to his vibrant and  lively spirit.

A truly wise soul, he has encouraged and inspired me more profoundly than many I’ve known for much longer. I think everyone should know someone who gets to the heart of things and sees the beauty in life and in others. Paul makes me want to be a better person. I hope that same spirit can be said for me someday.

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This bag is awesome. And so Paul.

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His handmade bag is made of buffalo hide with
clasps and details made of antlers. Yeah, I know.

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Do you know a guy with great style and even better personality?
Nominate him to be featured on Manly Monday.

email kari: kari.shipman@gmail.com

ByKari

TRE CHIC.

When discussing stylish men in Sac, the conversation wouldn’t be complete without Tre Borden.
Known for his bright color choices, quirky accessories and unapologetically rocking whatever he’s wearing, he’s the go-to guy to put on a runway full of “Sacramento-known” personalities.

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Walking the runway for Fashion’s Night Out 2013.

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Nautical / patriotic layers. Leather jacket FTW.

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Never be afraid to wear pink.

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Our director Kari & Tre after they walked the runway together.

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His go-to accessories: bowties & sunglasses. Quirk + mystery.

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How we’re inspired:
rock the quirky accessory, mix & match pattern,
and never shy away from bold colors in unconventional pieces.

xo the JJ crew

ByKari

LITTLE MAN POWER.

MANLY MONDAY.

this is noah. little person with a big lovey personality.

Style lessons from a little man:

  • make sure your clothes are ready for rowdy (weather, romp in the woods… whatever.)
  • don’t be afraid to have a little fun with what you wear
  • go for classic pieces with a bit of flair
  • factor in your personality when getting dressed

[ WEAR OUT-LOUD. ]

xo – the jj crew

ByKari

SUITCASE STYLE.

MANLY MONDAY: SARKIS 2.0

Sounds like a rad video game, the newest innovation from some up & coming company, or an investment bank, right? Well, take your pick of the three, or all together, Sarkis says slick, relevant, and reliable. Funny how fitting that is.

My office is pretty much a hotbed for creatives who are going places. I had the pleasure of meeting Sarkis the other night and “going places” doesn’t even begin to sum it up.

Considering his impressive title, what he’s in charge of, his media presence, and his propensity to perpetually be on a plane to the next place that needs him, I’m just saying, you’d expect a bit more pretense. But turns out, this well-traveled mister not only knows a thing or two about most things, but is stylishly and refreshingly unpretentious.

As someone who embraces personal style, yet happens to often enjoy happy hour on a different coast than he had his morning cereal, how the heck does a guy construct a wardrobe that fits with that lifestyle?

CONVERTIBLE BASICS with a POLISHED FLAIR.

 CONVERTIBLE BASICS:

  • [black] well-fitted jeans. casual, comfortable, go with anything.
  • [black] fitted blazer. notice we’ve now said fitted twice? OMG know your measurements!
  • [black] rimmed glasses. a stylish choice, but a functional staple nonetheless.
  • tee shirts. that fit. and don’t have a logo across the front.
  • a couple good watches. this one in particular is a Casio, but there’s something about a man who wears a watch, instead of only relying on his smartphone for the time that just feels dependable and classy.

POLISHED FLAIR:

  • pattern. the blue stripes on the basic tee make it. all black/neutral + a patterned piece: do it.
  • dash of color. these shoes happen to be extra fancy for being so casual. BUT. it’s great to have an unexpected pop. [This particular pair of shoes are limited edition from Sperry’s on 5th Avenue. Swanky chill.]
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As with any style profile, this is Sarkis’ style, not yours.
But we hope you’re inspired to find those pieces
that can be your convertible basics & polished flair.

Have a marvelous Monday, loves!
XO JJ & the crew

ByKari

men’s fashion: RUNNING RAMPANT.

MANLY MONDAY. {designer} JASON POWERS.

We met Jason back in April when we were putting on a big fashion show/fundraiser for people with disabilities {pics of the event HERE.}. He stepped in to save the day when another designer had dropped out, and we were SO happy to have him.

Not only is he a talented up & coming designer here in Sac, but an absolute sweetheart too. After working together on the show in April, he called a few weeks ago to say he wanted to make me a dress to wear to the upcoming Fashion’s Night Out Event. Just ’cause. See? Sweetheart. I want to show you the sketches for the fun & flirty dress, but they’re under wraps til the show. (!!)  { Rampant on FB. }

This is Jason’s dress in our fundraiser show. It was created from materials sourced from Thrift town. It started out as a large blue formal dress, a paisley skirt, and a pair of men’s pin-striped pants.

Below is a look at last year’s Rampant work…

When we caught up with Jason for the fitting the other day, we asked to see a recent piece (other than our dress), and he showed us some of his sweet new men’s wear…

Really liking this military-inspired lightweight jacket. Easy to throw on
over a t-shirt to add a little casual style to a simple look.

Mr. Powers has some big plans for the near future, one of which is a men’s lifeSTYLE blog. With  girly fashion bloggers abounding (whom we adore), it would be wonderful to have a consistent local guy’s perspective on style. We’ll keep you all in the loop.
In the meantime, go LIKE RAMPANT on FB.
XO JJ

ByKari

NYC STATE OF MIND

BUSINESS: CASUAL.

As a man, one of the biggest pieces of
fashion advice we can give you is:
know your body, accurate sizing for everything,
and for goodness’ sake, get a TAILOR.

It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a barbeque or the ballet,
it’s a complete fallacy that only fancy clothes need to fit well.

We’ve featured him before, but it’s pretty  much a no-brainer to 
have our friend Sarkis hold down our Manly Monday this week, 
as he is the essence of dressing for one’s frame, regardless of the occasion.