“A Look Only I Can Wear” feat. Maor Cohen

November 18th, 2013

Maor Cohen is a jewelry designer who’s traveled the world to develop a truly unique personal style.

When Alex and I first moved to Los Angeles we attended an event at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills to network with fashion execs and introduce ourselves to Hollywood brand managers. The style scene was fairly corporate; mostly grey and navy suits, maybe a cool leather jacket or two in the mix. Then Maor Cohen walked in. He was immediately the most stylish and interesting-looking person in the room, absolutely owning an outfit than nobody else could pull-off, or even think of pulling off.

“I was born and raised in a small beach village in the north of Israel and now, at 31 years old, I’m raising my amazing 2-year-old son Levi in Venice Beach California.

My career began to take flight when i started custom designing jewelry and accessories for some of Israel’s celebrities and socialites. I then decided to take some time to travel and gain inspiration from surrounding cultures. After exploring and spending much time in europe and central america, I eventually ended up in Los Angeles and incorporated matchless pieces that I had collected from my travels into my work (and style).

My personal aesthetic comes from years of traveling and the people that I’ve met from all over the world.

Normally people wouldn’t wear what I wear. It’s edgy, it’s avant-garde…but it’s my style and my self expression!

I twist the classic look and create something that only I can wear.”

    1. A World of Inspiration

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    Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi

    Maor’s style consists of well-made (often handmade) avant-garde pieces from obscure designers that he’s discovered throughout this travels around the world. And of course, you can’t forget his signature jewelry. The guy wears more jewelry than anyone I’ve ever met.

    He layers impressively-intricate pieces that he’s collected and designed over the years, ranging from simple beaded strings to unbelievable bracelets flooded in black diamonds. Most of which he never takes off.

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    In his collection M.Cohen, there’s “a little something for every guy, from classic to edgy” but what Maor really loves is designing custom pieces for his clients.

    “It’s always easy and fun for me to Identify their style and create something that they can add to their individual look – something to become their conversational piece.”

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    His clothing, like his designs, have a textural depth and a slightly distressed aesthetic – all done in a tasteful and intriguing way.

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    • Black leather jacket by LGB Tokio
    • Black Shirt by Byungmun Seo
    • Grey drop crotch suite pants by D.gnak by kang.o
    • Belt by M.Cohen
    • Black Leather Shoes by cinzia araia

    2. One of One

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    What I like most about Maor’s style is that he seeks out pieces that are very rare. He often wears one-off samples or designs that were made in limited quantities.

    He then makes his look even more unique and personal with a plethora of accessories, each of which has it’s own inspiration and story.

    “I get a lot of my inspiration from nature. Once a year i take a trip to Nevada’s Black Rock City Desert to experience self reliance, self expression and the opportunity to connect with amazing artist of all types.”

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    This is not your typical blazer, button-down and trouser combo.

    “Avant-garde twist would be the best way to go!”

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    “The Individual Sentiments ‘scrunched’ trouser is the best piece of this look…the unique scrunched detail ads an edgy feel that not everybody can get away with… Amazing pair of pants.”

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    • Black Leather Boots by Rick Owens
    • Black Button Up Shirt by Ziggy Chen
    • Grey Cotton Scrunchy Pants by Individual Sentiments
    • Grey Blazer by The viridi-anne
    • Belt by M.Cohen
    • Sun Glasses by Masunaga

    3. T-Shirt & Jeans

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    Maor’s looks are actually fairly simple. It’s the accessories that really tell the story.

    “My everyday outfits revolve around the the accessories I design… They make my ensemble more interesting and unique… It would not be the same look without them.”

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    Looking closely at Maor’s jewelry, and hearing some of the stories behind the pieces, reminded me of looking closely at Grayson’s tattoos. Each one has a specific inspiration and recalls some memorable life experience.

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    Look closely.

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    Of course, we know that Maor’s style if not going to be for everyone. It’s not meant to be.

    At Articles of Style we love personal style. The more unique, the better. We have some very unique perspectives coming up, so keep an open mind and appreciate those with style – even if it doesn’t relate to you personally!

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    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style

     

    Photography by Alex Crawford 

    • Fco Neto

      wow amazing looks.

    • Motoservo

      Who makes the neckerchief in Look 3?

    • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

      Everything looks DOPE but the last outfit. It looks like Disney shot ‘Operation Dumbo Drop’ in his pants.

    • JD

      He’s just begging for the super villain treatment with all those rad jewelry and that Sparrow x Brand combo. Love it!

    • Bob

      Pirates of the Caribbean: Set Sail For Brooklyn

    • Adam E

      While very few guys could actually pull off the looks he sports (I know for sure I couldn’t), what every guy can emulate is the way he owns the looks. 95% of looking good is owning the look you’re wearing and sporting it with confidence. There are guys who wear stuff that’s way out there, but they own it and it looks good on them, on the same token there are guys who wear suits and it looks like a Halloween costume, because they can’t own the look and feel like they’re playing dress-up. His looks use a lot of interesting pieces, that I could potentially see working in (sorry, not the pants, I could never own wearing a drop-crotch…) here or there, but it’s impressive how he owns sporting a bunch of them at once…

      • Gio

        It’s fun to say ‘let’s be open-minded, everyone has cool personal style!’. But the end of the day, nobody is ‘pulling off’ nonsense like this. This blog seems to be a free-for-all now where everybody must appreciate everyone elses style – the reality is, some style choices are bullshit.

        • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

          Who ever said “everyone has cool personal style”??

          I find it rare to meet a guy and genuinely think he has “cool personal style”, even in places like NYC or LA…

          That’s what makes Maor so unique, and why we tracked him own for weeks to share his story.

          Anyway, I think you missed the point here, but thanks for reading. We realize not all of our content is for everybody.

          Cheers.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Agree 100%

    • AM

      So cool! Is interesting him style. He´s an artist and is telling to the world how different he is.

    • Arnie

      This looks like a stretch for content.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        What does this mean?

        I could come up with endless content pieces featuring myself, but I’m only one guy. Style is broad, and we seek out individuals who own a unique look…

    • Arnie

      Russel Brand meets Jack Sparrow.

      • Bob

        Dang, I thought I was gonna be first with the Pirates reference…

    • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

      Feeling all three looks, Look #3 in particuliar. I think the thing that carries his plethora of jewelry well is the fact his facial and body hair help his scruffy/dgaf image. I’m actually digging the drop crotch pants now that I see them more. Great post, can’t wait to see more featured originals!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thanks! We have some great stuff coming up :)

    • Shotcaller

      The concept of making something that “only you can wear” is an excellent one. It speaks to my own philosophy on how to dress. With careful consideration, you can build a story around the the reason that you dress the way you do. Every last piece should be considered and should have a good reason why you are wearing it. With this comes confidence. And with that comes the impenetrable attitude of, “I dress the way I do because I want to, because I feel like it.” Say what you want about that guy’s outfit—it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea—but you can tell when someone is consistent with his own vision of himself, and Cohen certainly comes off as consistent and congruent with himself. Great post Dan, thanks.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thx player. Way to call the shots.

    • Charles E. Fromage

      Interesting style. We should wear things that enhance our social confidence.

      Some would say, that just because you’re well traveled, doesn’t mean you need to wear everything in the world.

      Something about the gypsy vibe paired with sneakers seems incongruous in an unappealing way.

      Like the diversity in posts though. Thank you.

      //C.E. Fromage

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        On the contrary, I think Maor’s look is extremely specific and carefully curated (with exception of the jewelry, which is more of a personal collection of memories).

        On another note, I can’t figure out if C.E. Fromage is the best of worst name ever…

    • scott

      I can’t cosign on drop-crotch anything, but apparently people in Cali love that stuff.

      • Carlos L

        Agree 100%

        I just don’t understand it.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        I’m starting to like it more and more. Got some drop-crotch Zanerobe’s on as we speak.

        It’s a little more natural on the West coast, for sure.

    • Kiel

      I think it’s interesting that this guy has a consistent silhouette in mind. It’s like he wants his mid-section/waist to drop by 6 inches, leaving a long torso and short, scrunched legs fitting into tall boots. It’s actually not that different from the late 90’s hip-hop loom with the long shirts and the timberland boots.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Great comparison.

    • AK

      I can get down with a lot of elements of this man’s style. Outfits like his are really inspiring. They’re not something that I could rock with confidence, but they do challenge the way I think about style, particularly regarding fit, form, and composition.

      With that said, I have one criticism, and it’s mainly just a theoretical one: the sheer amount of jewelry.

      Any one of those pieces would be awesome to showcase, but I can’t help but think that the phrase “too much of a good thing” applies here. It seems to me that if your goal is to showcase the quality and specialness of each piece, then wearing a bunch of pieces does the opposite of that. On the other hand, if you’re going for overall effect, I think wearing a bunch of stuff works. It has a sort of gypsy vibe to it. Also, from a practical standpoint, it has to be difficult to do simple tasks like digging for a wallet or a cell.

      That jacket in the last look is ice cold though. Love it.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        It’s more than “rock it with confidence”. In this case I think you actually have to live it. If it’s not authentic it can become real corny real fast.

        • AK

          That’s a good point. I didn’t mean to sound as though I was exposing Maor as inauthentic. On the contrary, I think he exudes authenticity. Going along with what you said, I think that’s what makes his outfits look great and not corny or trying-to-hard.

          I still take issue with those mounds of jewelry though, haha. Then again, if I made bling that sweet I’d probably wear it all the time too.

    • Austin

      I’m loving this, you can just tell that this is genuine. His mentality for fashion is future proof.

    • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

      I like his style Johnny Depp meets Kanye.

      http://www.anorexicescapades.com

    • http://www.vincentnappi.com/ Vincent

      Damn, these looks are nuts. Really enjoyed this feature. It’s great to see something out of the box and personal like this.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Agreed. Plenty more genuine out-of-the-boxness coming up.

        Thx for reading Vincent.

    • Andrew

      I’m not feeling it, but he looks confident as hell in what he wears. Props to you my man! Keep doing your thing.

    • Olerud_4_Life

      Too many accessories. Something about it doesnt seem too original. Seems too Johnny Depp-ish. Wouldve been cool if he worked more with colors and experimented pass the dark on dark combos.

    • Cam

      Very interesting style indeed and he owns it. While I only wear a watch and a signet ring, I can appreciate all the unique pieces and the layering of his jewelry. I have to say though his best accessory might be his hair!

    • http://ramblingsofawould-berenaissanceman.blogspot Joseph

      His style is freakin’ sweet. All the jewelry and accesories, with that sort of Bohemian feel, almost gives the feel of a modern day Jack Sparrow.

    • http://derbyparkour.co.uk James Wong

      Agreed – I couldn’t pull any of these looks off but I guess thats the point: find your own style. However, I think its also important to remember that it is loosly based around stylish menswear and pulling a load of random clothes together and claiming it as “your style” isn’t how it works.

    • Jimmy

      So fresh!!! I love seeing unique perspectives. It’s one of my fav parts about TSB. Keep up the great work.