Packing for the Menswear Capitals, Part II (Tokyo, Milan, Dubai)
July 17th, 2014
Part of growing the Articles of Style brand involves quite a bit of travel. I manage photo shoots in NYC and LA, I’m producing some new RTW garments in Toronto, and I try to attend as many Fashion Weeks around the world as possible. We’re also thinking about investing in a “Articles of Style RV” so we can travel around the country expanding our profile series and documenting the style in various cultural hubs.
With all this of travel, you think I would have a good rewards card to earn some free trips. Well, after plenty of research and advice from experts like ThePointsGuy, I’ve finally signed up for my first rewards card. The Venture Card by Capital One allows me to earn double miles (two per dollar) for every purchase I make and the miles can be redeemed against any travel related purchases. So whether I’m taking a taxi in NYC, an Uber in LA, a streetcar in Toronto, or renting a Vespa in Italy, I can simply use the points I accumulate to erase any travel-related charges from my bill. No blackout dates, no foreign transaction fees, no airline loyalty, no hoops to jump through at all.
In the spirit of my new travel rewards, I present the second part of our “What to Pack for the Menswear Capitals” series. In the first edition I broke down my carry-ons for NYC, Paris and London. This time we’re hitting Tokyo, Milan and Dubai.
Keep in mind this is not necessarily meant as a “packing guide” for everyone to follow. These are items from my personal wardrobe that I would pack for visiting these menswear hotspots. Think of it as travel inspiration rather than a packing checklist.
Here’s 10 essential pieces to give you an idea of how I get down in these different cultural locales, considering the local style, climate, and culture.
Tokyo, in my opinion, is all about rugged workwear but in a slightly eclectic way. The Japanese break-in their menswear with the best of them, and they have a true appreciation for classic Americana. Think beat-up denim, thick canvas, and vintage chore coats. You can add a punch of funky retro pattern in there too, if you like. Oh yeah, and don’t be afraid of a wide leg or a roomier fit – the flow goes strong in Japan.
Clockwise from Top Left:
1. Vintage paint-splattered “shop coat” (unlined cotton overcoat)
2. Vintage brown felt porkpie/bucket hat
3. Knit blazer with suede elbow patches (Shades of Grey)
4. Red “neckerchief”
5. Beige waffle henley (Ralph Lauren Polo)
6. Leather slip-on espadrilles (Singh & Son)
7. Washed plaid shirt (Steven Alan)
8. Rugged cap-toe work boots (“Iron Ranger” by Red Wing)
9. Wide-leg canvas workwear pants (Vintage RRL)
10. Vintage washed jeans (Levis)
Milan is about as sharply tailored as a city gets. And we’re not talking about conservative tailoring. We’re talking about bright gelato colored suits and blazers, cut to the bone. If there is a place to go extra slim and extra colorful, it’s Milan. In keeping with Italian traditions, I usually pack some stronger collars and some beefier 7-fold ties. It’s also one of the only places that I only pack tailored clothes…even my casual walking shoes are alligator drivers. Luxury European menswear at its finest.
Clockwise from Top Left…
1. Hopsack blazer with windowpane pattern (Michael Andrews Bespoke)
2. High collar sky blue dress shirt (Angel Bespoke)
3. Silk/cotton patterned v-neck sweater (Missoni)
4. Off-white straw panama hat (Stetson)
5. Orange cotton suit (Knot Standard)
6. Brown leather/suede monkstrap loafers (Scarpe di Bianco)
7. Linen glenplaid shirt w/ contrast collar (Alara)
8. 7-fold silk power tie (Aklasu)
9. Herringbone linen trousers (Against Nature NYC)
10. Alligator embossed driving mocs (Martin Dingman)
Dubai is super HOT. It’s desert climate, although you’ll probably find yourself poolside at a very shiny and swanky hotel. I suggest keeping it extra lightweight and cool. You can’t wear too much white. Make sure to pack a trim set of swim trunks and a tank top, but otherwise keep it “new money rich” with deep necklines and super flowy fabrics. Also don’t forget a hat to keep the sun out of your face.
Clockwise from Top Left…
1. Navy/white candy stripe short-sleeve shirt (Michael Andrews Bespoke)
2. Sky blue striped polo shirt (Michael Bastian x Uniqlo)
3. Vintage Panama hat
4. Trim-cut swim trunks (Theory)
5. White linen suit (INC International)
6. Tailored chambray shorts (Ralph Lauren Polo)
7. Linen/cotton floral shirt (Zara Man)
8. Leather gladiator sandals (Mercanti Florentini)
9. Grey tri-blend tank top (American Apparel)
10. Custom genuine alligator loafers (Scarpe di Bianco)
Thanks of reading. I hope this gives you some inspiration to get out and travel this summer! There is no better way to learn, about yourself and about others, than experiencing foreign cultures first-hand. But don’t be on the sidelines taking pictures, get in the game! You can start by wearing the right jersey.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.
Full disclosure: I wrote this article while participating in a program on behalf of Capital One and received compensation as part of my participation.