LA x NY Style feat. Browne Andrews

July 2nd, 2014

In the world of menswear blogs the word “stylist” often gets abused. Every one is calling themselves a “stylist” now. Or even worse, “image consultant”. There is virtually no barrier to entry. All you need is a Twitter account and a Tumblr with an About page. The thing is, bloggers rarely get cast as stylists for commercial projects. We sometimes forget, I think, that in the fashion industry there are experts who have built careers as professional stylists.

LA native Browne Andrews has been building his resume in the game. He’s worked with major fashion publications like Vogue, GQ and WWD and has styled celebrity clients for TV appearances and events like the Met Gala.

We actually met Browne at our LA Influencer Dinner; came as Waraire Boswell‘s guest. I recognized him right away because I randomly follow him on Instagram after I stumbled on his profile and added him to our “LA Feature” list.

To expand his network Browne moved to NYC in 2012, which makes perfect sense. What I love most about his style is that it’s an authentic blend of Los Angeles and New York City; which I can sincerely appreciate.

Here’s three looks that the LA native packed on his recent trip back from NYC.

    1. Tuxedo & Tank


    A tuxedo with a tank top, brown wingtips and a grey felt hat?

    This is proof that if the fit is on point and you have the confidence to own the look, you can break all kinds of traditional menswear “rules”.

    I love how Browne usually wears classic menswear pieces, but in unexpected combinations.


    It’s easy to add some personality and attitude to a simple look – it’s all in the details. Like the pinky ring, the bracelets, the eyewear shape, and the hat tilt.




    2. Not So Buttoned-Up


    The fabric-blocked button-down shirt is a sort of play between West and East coast aesthetics itself. Bold and playful prints mixed with a traditional business shirt.


    Browne also has a mean hat collection. A felt brim is part of his signature look.


    No matter where you’re at, you can’t go wrong with a pair of classic Chuck Taylors. They’re one of those items that gets better with age.


    3. Black, White & Browne


    I’ve already discussed the value of investing in a great leather jacket, like Browne’s here by BLK DNM. We also covered the trick to wearing black with brown, and Alex already school us on the art of frayed denim.

    Here Browne just puts it all together in his own staple way: clean and minimal with emphasis on the details.


    This hat was a little too clean and pristine looking. Nothing a bullet hole and a vintage King of Spades can’t fix.


    If you don’t own a air of sleek chelsea boots already, that should be at the top of your list.


    Thanks for reading and special thanks to Browne for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier & Articles of Style

    Photography by Alex Crawford, assisted by Shayan Asgharnia.

    • Axel Ruiz

      The hat is absolutely sick… Great to see original pieces.

    • Jai Taormino

      Love the look nephew!

    • Jaws

      This is bullshit. “Stylists”

      • Dan Trepanier

        Why you mad?

    • Vincent Nappi

      Man, I don’t go nuts over a feature very often, but Browne nails the whole aesthetic I keep pursuing right now with my own style. That tux, that tux…

    • Jakob Gunnarsson

      this guy is so cool. great post! my favorite was look 2.

    • Jeff McAllister

      Between the frames and handprinted wingtips in Look One, the BoO shirt in Look Two, and the jacket in Look Three Browne has certainly amassed some incredible pieces.

      PS: Maybe one day I’ll reach a place in life where I feel okay shooting holes in my own clothing. But today is not that day. I’m don’t trust my aim.

    • JustAGuy

      Why do you feel the need to berate blogger “stylists” and “image consults” I remember a time when you kept throwing around how you were an image consultant. Everyone needs to start somewhere, just because you aren’t doing it commercially for magazines and tv, doesn’t mean you haven’t built a career doing it for private events.

      • Jeff McAllister

        I agree that the at dig self-titled stylists is a bit unwarranted. At what point to you ‘earn’ this title? Is it when you spend the majority of your time doing it? Is it when your client work makes up the majority of your income? Or is it simply part of how you ‘brand’ yourself — making it the logical title to use styling is something you aspire to make a career out of? I’m sure you could satisfy all three of these requirements and still never work for large commercial clients.

        Maybe some young starry eyed bloggers are really just faking it ’til they make it — as long as they’re matching their aspirations with some good old fashion hustle, good for them! For a blog that celebrates self-made men a couple times a week I’d expect TSB of all places to encourage such internet entrepreneurship!

        • Dan Trepanier

          Very well said Jeff. I’m all for faking it till you make it, but I’m also for walking the walk before talking the talk. Maybe the intro was a little unwarranted…I sometimes write these posts off the cuff, and we were recently discussing the new age of the “internet stylist”.

          • Jeff McAllister

            It’s certainly an interesting conversation to be had and one that plagues most professions that lack a black-and-white certification process as a barrier to entry. As a ‘writer’ I deal with this one of a daily basis, because everyone writes, right!

            When it comes down to things though, I think a portfolio sets apart those who walk and those who talk. I’ve yet to hear of anyone hired off of their blog’s ‘About Me,’ page alone.

      • cam

        You need to go back and read what Dan wrote. I don’t think he is berating anyone whatsoever or discouraging those grinding. He simply set it up to distinguish what sets Mr. Andrews apart from those who spent a few minutes setting up a twitter/instagram account and immediately label themselves a stylist. I’ve been following Dan from the jump and he wasn’t calling himself an “Image Consultant” until he was working with commercial clients. Dan also has his degree in this field so he more than qualifys to label himself as such.

        Regarding Mr. Andrews, I’m loving the personal style. Great feature guys!

        • Dan Trepanier

          Cam always got my back! I think I owe you about a thousand beers. We’ll have to space them out.

    • AJL (

      Dude has style, no doubt – I love how he absolutely owns all of the looks. I will say though, I’ve never gotten the cape-shirt look (#2). One of those things I’ve only seen in ‘street style’ pictures and IMO is a bit affected. Nonetheless, like I said, this guy has mad style.

    • Sabir M. Peele

      The tuxedo detailing is stellar. After looking over this feature a few times and catching the fact that the pockets are patched on that shawl lapel tux jacket, I was like “DAMN Playa”. Solid work!

      • Dan Trepanier

        I didn’t even notice that. In a way it is styled as a casual tux. Good eye Sabir! I hope all is well.

    • TO

      Great looks! Truly expressive in an artist way. You can tell the guy is a pro!

      Some really standout pieces here (shades from #1, heck everything from #1, genre-mixed shirt in #2, BLK DNM jacket…) but for me the bullet hole and card-in-the-hat stole the show!

      I’ve always been unable to see myself sporting a classic hat with a feather, seems a bit too much for me, but I would gladly rock a King of Spades!!

    • Mark Smith

      Those hand painted wingtips have got me speechless. The design is reminiscent of cave paintings and tribal tattoos – that’s some next level stuff.

      Look #3 is magic. I’ve been playing around with white on white lately (white tee and white denim) and I don’t think anything ties it together better than that leather jacket. I’ve also found that a beat up denim jacket works well too.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Agreed. The hand painted wingtips are lush