A Gentleman in Venice

November 4th, 2015

Ben Nemtin is an entrepreneur who’s living life to the fullest.

The Victoria native actually made a career out of crossing things off of his bucket list, while helping others do the same.

In 2010 he and his friends pitched a TV show to MTV called The Buried Life. They made a list of “100 things to do before you die” and for every item they were able to accomplish for themselves (such as appearing on Oprah, crashing a party at the Playboy Mansion, and ballin’ with President Obama) they would also help a viewer of the show achieve one of their own personal bucket list items.

It was a great concept held up by a entertaining group of fun-loving friends that produced a popular tv show, a New York Times best-selling book, and most recently a production company called Four Peaks Media Group based in Venice Beach California.

Ben is a blast to hang with and always a gentleman, so I thought who better to show us some classic American tailoring, Venice style.

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    “My first style influence was The Beastie Boys. They invented cool as far as I was concerned.

    In high school I went through my “Levi’s Wide Leg jean and baggy shirt wannabe white rapper stage”. That was sick. I started getting into shoes late in high school and constantly was made fun of for filling my closet. I went to Europe during my first year of college and it blew the lid off anything I thought I knew about style. I came back with skinny jeans and short-shorts and my friends in Victoria laid into me. I toughed it out, held my ground and eventually they asked to borrow my jeans.”

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    “I’m consistently one of the youngest in meetings, in pitches, at tv markets and around folks in the entertainment industry so it’s important I dress well so that people take me seriously. It’s an uphill battle to convince a network to hand over a huge check, it’s even harder if you look like a slob.

    Venice is less flashy than Hollywood. Some people don’t care what they look like, and others spend a lot of time making it appear that they don’t care what they look like. I like Venice because it’s casual, you can dress up or down or not get dressed at all and wear a bathing suit.”

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    “Our next show premieres early 2016 on MTV. It’s called Greatest Party Story Ever. People tell stories of the greatest nights of their life and we bring it to life with different styles of animation.

    We’re also starting to edit The Buried Life feature documentary which has been 10 years in the making. I’m excited for that one.”

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    Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Ben for participating. 

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Stuart

      Quality feature. Well done.

    • Alexander R.

      Hey, I’m a little curious what’s going on with the posts?
      It used to be almost daily that we were seeing new posts, but now…

      Not trying to be whiny, just a little curious. As of now, I’m only assuming business is going really well and there’s a little lack of time for posting.

      Also, will we be getting more posts featuring non-AoS brand clothing?
      I love the looks you guys are presenting, but I still find myself looking back to old posts when looking for inspiration. I do miss seeing people on a budget, making the best of it.
      Oh, and more of Will, please. I really like Will’s style in old posts, like the post on wearing Black and Camel. He has a very youthful look, however, he pulls it off beautifully. He has a more relaxed, rakish style that many people here (who seem to be so focused on perfection and following the rules) simply don’t understand. Dressing for perfection has its effect, yes, but perfection is overrated.

      One last thing-
      When should the style guide be back?

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com/ Brittany_StyleGirlfriend

      That blue linen suit…so fantastic.

    • Viktor

      Great pos, keep it upt! What are those Vans in the first look? Where can I find them?

    • http://Keyboardandcompass.com/ Jeff McAllister

      Woohoo homeboys from Victoria. Looking great, crushing life and making us native islanders proud!

    • TO

      I have vacationed in Venice now twice and it’s a shame I haven’t met this guy! I remember the story from the Influencers dinner as well and it really stood out to me. Nice to see him continue to do well.

      • Ben Nemtin

        Cheers TO!

        • TO

          If we have a chance to meet over a drink!
          Just curious Ben, do you know Mike Rotenberg of 3 Arts? Another Canadian heading a LA Production company.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Ever since the Style Influencer dinner/article I was wondering where did Ben and his team go and what’d they’ve been up to. I LOVED The Buried Life! Great styling! Outfit 2 won it over for me, although, I would have liked to see his personal style from his own closet rather than the collection pushed even though your collection is BEAST!

      • tommyjohn_45

        Now I need to go digging through the crates to revisit that article… Never watched the show, but sounds like it is worth a watch, especially to support my Canadian brethren.

        Have to agree with you Jeanscuffed… Look 2 is outstanding.