What I Wore Today: Up & Down Tailoring

June 16th, 2015

Rule #1 of Articles of Style: bring your “A Game” every day!

“Up & Down Tailoring”

Use the comments section below to tell us who’s style you’re appreciating today.

    Alejandro Rodriguez – LA


    Alejandro Rodriguez, as featured here, is one of my favorite menswear designers. His line, Beautiful Ful, is a West Coast take on vintage x streetwear x “classics with a twist”. He has a knack for taking old-school menswear that has some serious history behind it (like this military inspired trench) and infusing it with a little urban swag – for lack of a better word.




    • Shades Vintage
    • Officer’s Trench by Beautiful Ful
    • Army Tee Vintage
    • Long layering tank by Beautiful Ful
    • Distressed jeans by Beautiful Ful
    • Boots Vintage

    Ernie Ulysse – Midtown

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    Remember Mr. Funky Fresh Flannels, bespoke clothier Alex Sumner? Well Ernie here is his right hand man, and, frankly, just a really good dude who’s always lightening up the room with some silly jokes about how he can beat me in basketball. We’ll see about that at this year’s Menswear Basketball Game on July 17th… More on that later.

    Anyway, here Ernie is giving us a unique take on the vest & trouser combo, or as I like to call it, the “Sleeveless Summer Suit“.

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    Dan – Boston


    If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’m cheating a little here – this wasn’t today. What can I say, things have been extraordinarily busy getting everything right with our online bespoke program. Either way, there’s some interesting facts about this outfit:

    1) The jacket is a sample we’ve been using to test the base patterns for our online fittings. We’re working with one of the first American tailoring manufacturers to deliver versatile, unstructured bespoke that is meant to be the foundation of a man’s life-long wardrobe.

    2) Speaking of custom products that are manufactured right here in America, these New Balance 998 sneakers were my design for their recent custom campaign. Check it out and you can design your own pair.

    3) I’ve had these khakis since my recruiting visit to Columbia University in 2004. It was my first time in NYC and I remember being blown-away by how many people were at Macy’s in Herald Square. I had to buy something, so I chose these classic khaki chinos from the Ralph Lauren clearance section. It turned out to be a good decision, as I’ve worn these hundreds and hundreds of times over the past ten years. That’s the kind of menswear that gets me excited – the kind you can build a long-term relationship with.


    Remember, when in doubt, “Stay Tailored”:


    • Jacket Manufacturer Sample
    • Shades by Steven Alan
    • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers
    • Khakis by Polo Ralph Lauren
    • Sneakers by New Balance 998 NB1

    DJ McDonald – Soho


    DJ McDonald knows a thing or two about casual tailoring, too. How about a washed cotton DB blazer in the perfect shade of burnt orange, some perfectly broken-in denim, and a neutral linen canvas slipper to finish it all off.

    This is NYC Spring/Summer casual at its finest.

    Well played, player.


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    • Colin Stro

      DJ McDonald, no question. Those slippers are so sick. The jeans fit great and look well broken in. A bit autumn colored but the juxtaposition is welcome with such rainy weather being around the Northeast over the past week or so.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Hey brother. 1) Don’t take it personally – I travel in secret. It’s the only way to stay focused and get things done rather than fall into a pattern of consistent vacation. But I’ll be back… 2) The Menswear bball game will be an open invite, just have to RSVP. I’ll be sharing more info soon, but plan to be in NYC July 17th for a good show :) Cheers mate.

    • AdamE

      Ernie for the Win!

      All good looks though, and Dan was a very close second…

      I’ll also admit I’m not a big fan of pre-distressed garments. As Dan mentions with his khakis, you want a long term relationship with pieces, and a story to tell. and you don’t get it by factory distressing, you get it by buying a good quality garment and wearing the hell out of it. Then you can tell the stories for each rip, or wear line, etc…

    • Ali Naaseh


    • TO

      Always interesting to see what the designer chooses to wear. Mr. Ulysse brings it with the innovative waistcoat design. Dan, I’m calling it “crayon windowpane”- which mill is it from? Always liked the orange “Boston” model on DJ. Good mix today.

    • http://Mediaite.com/ Michael

      #1 Dan, the master of cool casual. Anybody can follow the fashion rules..

      Side note, I’ve been hooked on Beautiful ful for years after I saw an extraterrestrial lookbook shot in the desert that blew me away in the late aughts. stay cool

    • Rams

      Dan the subtlety of color and pattern on that natural shoulder jacket you’re sporting gets my vote, but the on seam pockets of Ernie’s vest is a very close runner up, don’t know if I’ve seen that detail before. Is the jacket linen or wool?

    • Shawn

      I love the cut of Mr. Ulysse’s vest: it’s pretty uncommon, but I like it! The use of a cuff mid-biceps (mimicking a rolled-up sleeve) is pretty ingenious and I could see this becoming a smart-casual/summery trend, or a dressier way to wear short sleeves shirts! The only thing I’m not fond of is the use of a tie bar when a vest is worn. It seems aberrant, to me, but that’s just my 2 cents.

      Regarding cam’s question, I personally think it makes no sense (the re-emerging of pre-distressed garments). Not longer that 2 years ago, TSB was advocating against pre-distressed items, that your garments should be worn and broken in personally, and then they feature all kinds of this stuff. I’m not ranting against TSB/AOS and I understand that trends and personal taste evolve, but I find it kind of funny (this is nothing against you guys, I’ve been and will be a trusted reader even if I don’t agree or like everything featured on here!)

    • cam

      dan, you’re in the industry. can you talk about this trend of distressed and torn up garments a la beautiful ful, kanye’s adidas line, greg lauren etc? just curious on your thoughts and what others youve spoken with. like all other trends, i assume its passing…

      • Bronello_Cucinelli

        i’m assuming they had just a bunch of stuff leftover in a warehouse from 2001, when it was cool

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        People have been wearing tattered clothing as a sign of anti-establishment, or “rebel cool”, for as long as fashion (and a 2nd hand market) has existed. I think it should be used sparingly, but I do think there’s room in a man’s wardrobe (even the most expertly curated of gents) for a couple worn-in distressed pieces… A pair of jeans, maybe a denim jacket, maybe an old pair of biker boots… When everything is too shiny and new, a man can look like he considers himself a little too precious, and doesn’t get too loose. A touch of dirty and imperfect is sexy. On the idea of trends, on a more macro scale, I think if you look good, feel comfortable/confident, and the clothes flatter your body to create a cohesive look, you can be way “off trend” and still have great style (probably even cooler than those who are “on trend”). Style can outscore trends anyday, and trends are rising and falling faster than ever. It feels we’re a few months away from one-day insta-trends…so I wouldn’t concern yourself with what’s “in” but rather what looks good on you and works to flatter, and enhance, your personal lifestyle. Cheers player.

    • PeterK1

      I have to say Ernie Ulysse wins it for me.

    • http://www.jollybengali.net/ Malcolm

      I’ll go with DJ on this one. I love that DB blazer… casual, effortless and pulls in a little summer color without being garish.

      • http://www.genuinemensmag.com Genuine Men’s Mag

        Totally agree. Everything DJ wears is usually perfectly fitted, and looks sharp. Man also is very active in his community as well. A true gentleman.

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