Summer Straw feat. Adrian Beraquit
August 27th, 2013
A couple months after the giveaway we ran into Adrian, wearing his new hat, at the Michael Andrews sample sale. He looked so fresh that we decided to feature him in an exclusive post. After getting to know him a little, his story sounded familiar, too. His transition from “streetwear culture” to “grown-up menswear” is a popular one with our generation. We’ve met hundreds of guys who’ve experienced a similar transition, Westley and I included.
“Back in the day (like all Filipino’s, yes I’m talking to you Wes), I got into sneakers around 8th grade and quickly started researching, collecting, and getting into the sneakerhead culture… During my sophomore year of college, however, I started pulling away from Jordans and SBs and that whole nonsense because collecting became so diluted. Eventually I found a thread on NikeTalk called “Dressing Better“. At that point, there was around 1500 pages (I read every single word) helping guide those who followed with tips and advice on getting into menswear and moving away from the fast-fashion streetwear culture… Within a year I copped my first suit and, after some expert tailoring, I was hooked. Since then I’ve traded up most of my rare sneakers and such for classic menswear items (literally sold my pair of ’01 bred 11s to fund my first Allen Edmonds purchase) and I’m working on building a wardrobe that will last the test of time.”
Here the 21-year-old Filipino accountant dishes about the evolution of his personal style and shows us how he’s been working the new hat into his summer wardrobe.
1. All Business
“This suit is one of my favorite pick-ups of all time. I scooped it at the MAB sample sale this past July – where I ended up meeting a few guys from the Articles of Style team. After chopping it up with Dan at the sale, he then asked if I’d be down for a shoot. Not only did I pick my first “bespoke” suit up for a CRAZY STEAL, but now I’m getting an opportunity to further my involvement with Articles of Style? It was just too unreal.”
“I love how true of a blue it is. It’s a fun suit to play with in either a ‘conservative’ way, like this fit of a white shirt and a solid tie, but can also be very ‘out there’ if that’s what you are going for. Don’t get it twisted though, I definitely have worn this to the office already a few times haha.”
“As for the hat, this Stetson is the one I won from the Articles of Style May Giveaway. When I wore it to the MAB sale, Dan loved it so much that he suggested it to be the focal point of the shoot. Honestly when I first got it, I doubted that I would be able to pull it off. I don’t really do the headwear thing anymore since I’ve left fitteds behind, but this thing has been getting SO MUCH play this summer. Just recently I was in Florida for a week. This hat was worn from shirt and chinos to check the bars to even with a tank and trunks to hit the beach. Thanks again for the hook up Articles of Style!
The shoes featured are the first proper pair of dress shoes I had ever purchased. Got these Allen Edmonds back in the Winter of ’11 and seriously have become hooked ever since! To date, I own right around 10-15 pairs of AE alone and plan to get that number up way higher soon enough. One of the things I love most about menswear is shiny shoes. From getting into this whole thing, I learned how to shine and seriously love a high glossy finish. My trick, use panty hose for the final buff. The color will become unreal!”
“This outfit was the exact one a wore to the MAB sale where I met up with the team. Dan liked it so much with the hat, he told me it had to be one of the set ups for the shoot. Cool with me, this was clearly right up my alley.
Chambray is my go to no matter what time of year. Though my preference would be to layer it in the colder months, it is still a staple always. The dusty green chinos is something that I’ve been hunting for awhile, but just coming out of college, I am still a bargain shopper at heart. I scored it for the crazy low and honestly it has been one of my favorite pair of pants for this warm weather.
Speaking of bargains, I am a huge thrifter. The bag probably retailed for a few hundred dollars but I ended up only paying $20 from one of my favorite thrift spots to hit in NJ. I’ve only started thrifting from this past December and since then I’ve picked up an unbelievable amount of shoes/jackets/shirts/bags/etc. for either myself or the resale game. To date, I’ve made significantly more from selling thrifted items than I’ve spent on things that I have kept. Beginners luck I guess.”
“What’s the best part about this whole dressing better thing is the relationships I’ve fostered from getting into the game. Last summer, most NikeTalkers only knew me by my handle Pinoy732. But now, many if not all know my real name, have me on Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn and such and some of them are now my close personal friends like Sergio (as featured here: Tips for Heavier Guys). Me and the big homie text each other damn near everyday putting each other onto sales, thrift finds, style consultation, and even just personal life happenings (non-menswear related lol). I was very glad to see him make it out to the shoot and more than happy to have him be apart of it.
Shoes were a gift from my girlfriend (Hi Cheri!). She found them on the Allen Edmonds seconds list right when they were hitting a sale. I believe she only ended up paying $120 for a pair of $350 shoes. That college budget life haha.”
3. Casually Kickin’ It
“For this fit, I definitely wanted to use a white shirt. I love the versatility of white. It can be worn in the most corporate of settings or used to just kick it with the homies. In my closet, I have roughly ten white shirts, all for various uses. The shorts I scooped from Uniqlo the day of the MAB sale and changed into them right away. That day it hit well over 90 degrees and pants were getting to be too damn much. Very happy that I scooped em, they are now my favorite pair that I own.
The canvas weekender bag was also thrifted. $5 if I remember correctly. Every bag in my arsenal is actually all thrift finds including the green one that helped win me the contest back in May!”
“It was really cool to see how effortlessly the hat worked into my everyday wear. A fit like this is likely what you would catch me in the streets rocking. It was just awesome to know that something that I believed I could not pull off, transitioned so easily. Come colder months, I am buying a heavier weight one.”
“Moving onto the kicks. There will always be a place for sneakers in my life. I guess it’s the NikeTalk in me, just doing it in a slightly more refined way though. I scooped these Jack Purcells two summers ago and they have been an absolute necessity for just a toned down, easy going look.”
Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Adrian for participating. Also, congrats to Wes on his first solo shoot! Holding down the East Coast for Articles of Style.
Yours in style,
Photography by Westley Dimagiba.