Summer Staples feat. Alex Maier
September 2nd, 2013
Chicago native Alex Maier grew up studying music and art in the windy city. Like a lot of creative guys in the business, he fell into the menswear industry and is trying to make a name for himself. He’s off to a great start, in my opinion, by organizing community-building events like THIS.
“My interest in menswear and fashion didn’t materialize until I moved to NYC and couldn’t find a job… I was blogging at superdanger.us and by a stroke of luck, tumblr invited me to cover NYFW for them. After moving back to Chicago I was offered the chance to be Creative Director at Haberdash. It was an amazing experience, however, I recently left to pursue more freelance opportunities, the most current project being this week’s Fall Classic; a streetball game between #menswear’s biggest tastemakers and influencers.”
We got together a few weeks back to discuss the bball game, the menswear industry, and life as a free agent. He was only in town for the weekend – one of the hottest of the summer. These are the three simple & smart looks he packed in his carry-on.
1. Meetings with Sponsors
Hard to go wrong packing a solid navy suit for a business trip.
This tropical wool 2-piece by L.B.M 1911 is great for traveling because the high-twist fabric is naturally wrinkle resistant and the soft construction of the jacket makes it a great blazer as well (with the jeans from look 2, or khakis from look 3, for example).
Alex’s style is simple and effective, he sticks to well-tailored basics.
Check out the midsection suppression on this jacket – that’s a serious drop.
Tassel loafers, especially in this beautiful shade of light brown, are a great choice for traveling because of their versatility.
He could easily wear these with any of the three looks in this post, or with any other combination of the pieces he packed.
2. ‘Dad’ Jeans Done Right
The light wash, or “dad”, jean is back!
Alex sharpens his up with a classic horsebit loafer and an awesome silk/linen soft blazer.
There is said cary-on; a medium-sized waxed canvas duffle by Ernest Alexander.
The belt selection here is genius: just enough energy to bring some life to a simple outfit, while hinting at the jeans’ “hippie” vibe.
And contrast all that with a steady business loafer… Well played.
3. Back to Basics
It doesn’t get much simpler than a navy polo, khaki chinos and white sneakers.
The trick is getting the fit right: find a brand that works for your body type and don’t skimp on the alterations if necessary.
I think we’ve said more than enough about white low-cut canvas sneakers…
Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Alex for participating.
Hope to see you all this Thursday 5pm at Tompkins Park – I’ll be the one getting BUCKETS.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.