Tag Archive:men’s style

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.

 [formative spaces]

  [ 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

OWN IT. MANLY MONDAY.

A guest post by fellow Sacramento native,
great friend of Juniper James, dad, husband, musician
& avid thrifter: Johnny Cowan

As a manly man one can not be ashamed to craft their personal style. Especially at a thrift store.

Finding sweet jeans at back-alley prices is just smart and we all want to look smart and cool for less. Thrifting is an art, but don’t be intimidated if you don’t fancy yourself an artist. I’m here to help.

As you enter the store be determined to find your perfect fit. Don’t settle for “I kinda like it,” or “It’s so cheap that it doesn’t matter if I wear it very often.” I have fallen for this trap numerous times, and even if it was only fifty cents, it’s not worth it.

Few things are more wasteful than having 1/2 a wardrobe that you only wear once. Even though you try it on every couple of days thinking, hoping…dreaming that somehow the puke orangeish-brown sweater-vest you rescued last week suddenly became bodacious over night, odds are, it probably didn’t. And that’s just lame and bad for the environment. (Anyone in the market for a puke orangeish-brown sweater-vest?)

When creating, or recreating your style,
remember that YOU make what you wear awesome,
it’s NOT the clothes that make YOU awesome.

For J. JAMES — Johnny Cowan

 

 

 

 

Shop with confidence knowing that even if you decide to wear this crazy star clad western jockey shirt that you found half way off the hanger in the back of the store (true story), YOU made that shirt look darn good, cause you wore it as an extension of your stellar personality. Soon you will discover that your friends are envious of your new found boldness and will never question your authority as a style mogul or your status as part of the male gender of our beloved species. And if they do, it’s only cause they wish they had the guts to wear what you just did.

Try something new. Put yourself out there, and rock it like you own it. –Johnny Cowan

 

ByKari

MANLY MONDAY. BALMAIN.

DON’T RUN AWAY. IT’S {just} A RUNWAY.

To my devoted manly readers – Happy Monday! So, you’re an everyday guy, and it’s pretty much accepted that most of the looks you see on runways internationally don’t directly translate into wearable looks for you, right? Well, a reoccurring topic of conversation lately at Juniper James has been how surprisingly wearable and hot the Balmain Fall line is. The runway pictures are something that real men could actually wear and look dead sexy in. And here at JJ, we definitely encourage & support the men of Sacramento looking more suave.

Check out the article on Balmain’s Fall Line.

We want you to be inspired to do your version of this look. You can do it dressy, slick and suave, or casual, layered & cool. A bit more preppy & nerdy, or more vagabond & rough. Mix up your colors, layers, and textures, and for pete’s sake – start looking for that perfect statement piece jacket!

The Dressy Balmain Look: {rich colors w/ bold accents or details}

  • slim-fitted dark slacks
  • collared shirt
  • long wrapped scarf
  • vest
  • double-breasted jacket with tall structured collar & large buttons
The Casual Balmain Look: {warm neutrals with comfortable layering}

  • skinny jeans
  • layered v-neck, henley tees, & sweaters
  • long wrapped scarf with lots of volume
  • chunky combat/doc martin type boots
  • double-breasted jacket with tall structured collar & large buttons
. . . .
So if you haven’t heard of Pinterest, it’s (NOT just for girls) a cool image collecting site where you can “pin” any image from the internet and make themed boards of images.
{Fair warning: it’s completely addicting.}
The JJ girls have their own boards that they’re adding to every day… but for your inspiration,
check out Kari & Sky’s men boards:  Skylar’s stylish men   //  Kari’s stylish men
. . . .
Do you like the Balmain look? Would you try it?
xo JJ
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.