Every February and September, New York cleans up nice, as Fashion Week spreads its flair for the sartorial far and wide. So last month, we hit the streets of Manhattan in search of guys who exemplify NYC style. The gents we met had strong feelings about what makes a look work, but each had a different approach, proving that the city leaves a lot of room for creativity and self-expression. Look and learn...
Joe Hall, 48, Director, Ghetto Film SchoolPutting together a good look is all about balance. Hall tones down the country vibe of his coat with a grey and black scarf. But why isn’t he wearing a hat? “I don’t like to wear hats. I have a big head. Hats don’t fit.”
Quirino Canastra, Lawyer“I was hoping someone was going to ask me,” Canastra says of his colorful look. He made the outfit himself. It’s his take on the Biblical coat of many colors, the garment given from God to Jacob and then passed on to his son, Joseph.
Bernhard Schaus, 27, Photography StudentWhat do you get when you cross a lumberjack with a motocross star? A German photography student, apparently. Straus combines a sleek D&G jacket with a more rugged H&M shirt. “Shopping in New York is better. There’s more variety, outlets, brands. And it’s cheaper.”
Lawrence Linton, 28, Manager, Billionaire Boys Club StoreLinton, who tailors all his clothes, cuts a cool figure on the streets of the West Village. The look is precise from the pea coat with the collar up just so to the perfect press of his pant to Linton’s trademark patent leather shoes. “It’s all custom. Because I’m skinny.”
Lailo, 28, Hip Hop ArtistNot every fellow can pull off mass. Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is one of these men. Lailo, Times Square’s unofficial Renaissance Man, is another. “I just put clothes on. I don’t try to… I make sure I look good.” The Bronx native wears a mix of Polo and Redemption while passing out CDs.
Ladik, 26, Swimming CoachSplitting his time between New York and his native Hungary, Ladik keeps his style streamlined. “It’s your decision how you want to look,” he says. He wears his hair in what’s called an erakez. It’s short, spikey, and leans to the center of the head in a nod to the mohawk.
Peter Rabsilber, 68, Real Estate DeveloperSometimes less is more. The distinguished German businessman tours Central Park in an impeccable leather jacket by Neil Barrett. The jacket adds just the right amount of edge to an otherwise conservative look.
Bevin Robinson, 30, Sound Technician “Everyone thinks this is weed, but it’s not seven, it’s five,” says Robinson of the number of leaves on the plant image adorning his outer jacket. New York winters get you comfortable with layers. He’s wearing three shirts under that faux marijuana jacket.
Tyrone Atterberry, 24, ServerAtterberry stays warm in his Superdry USA jacket. The model turned actor bought the jacket because of the details. “I wanted a bomber jacket with no pockets,” he says. That impulse led him to the Superdry USA store and to this very cool jacket. With pockets.
Francisco Cirne, 30, Food DelivererCirne feels “comfortable” wearing this puff jacket and jeans. Practical concerns like keeping warm come into play when making 30 deliveries a day. He wears Forever 21 wrist warmers and gloves he bought at the Home Depot for $9. “They’re really good, and they’re cheap.”
Victor Pump, 35, Accessories Designer“I draw inspiration from figures in pop culture,” says Pump, who designed the necklace here and the one on the first page of this gallery. The artist and proprietor of 3PTpop.com works with Perler beads to create fashion accessories—and proves the right one can dramatically alter one’s look.