In this street style feature for Out magazine, I capture fellow menswear blogger, Freddy Rodriguez of Blue Perk in Washington Square Park. Freddy dons a double turtleneck, with a Uniqlo sweater in his signature color, and tops it with a weather-appropriate wool blazer from American Eagle. His accessories add extra edge to the look: a black and gold hook bracelet from Giles & Brother, an olive tote from do-gooder brand Able Made in collaboration with Public School.
While in London earlier this month, I had the pleasure to stay in and explore the iconic London luxury hotel, The Savoy. Located on the Strand in the southern area of Covent Garden, The Savoy continues to add on new features from its £200 million refurbishment a couple years ago.
Along with its historical credentials of being the home away from home to icons such as Coco Chanel, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, to just name a few, The Savoy also boasts spectacular views of the River Thames.
Waking up to a glorious view is every traveler’s ideal, and the perfect view here can undoubtedly be found in the Royal Suite (entrance to main quarters above). One of the finest and most elegant accommodations in London and in the world, it’s spread across the entire fifth floor (at 3,498 sq. ft.) and has an Edwardian style interior that’ll make you feel like a royal. When you gaze out its large windows, you can see from Canary Wharf to the House of Parliament and everything in-between.
I got to explore the suite in one of my final days in London, for which I styled myself in an imported tan Italian wool duffle coat from Gap, and paired with a brown and orange ombre pattern wool blend sweater from Perry Ellis. Added on micro Houndstooth patterned pants from Kenneth Cole in cave that I paired with Ben Sherman’s tan Cranston Leather boots with contrasting red and black laces.
Now that Christmas has come to end (and I hope you all had a wonderful one!), it’s time for every shopper’s favorite holiday, the After-Christmas sales! They’ve started early this year, and after doing some damage myself, here are 20 of the best sales for every style:
Boxing Day event with an extra 30% off entire store. Free shipping on orders $60 or more.
50% off entire site. Free shipping on orders $100 or more.
50% off sale items with code BREXTRA50, and take another 10% off with code BRCARDSALE if you are a card holder (Gap or Old Navy work too). Free shipping and return on orders $50 or more.
Savings on sale up to 50% off. Free returns on all orders.
Semi-annual sale deals with savings up to 50% off, plus extra 15% off (applied automatically).
Up to 50% off select sale items. Free shipping and returns on all orders.
40% off sale items with code WINTER40 and free shipping on orders $150 or more.
30% off sale items with code GAPBONUS, plus earn bonus GapCash to use in January. Free shipping on orders $50 or more.
30% off full-price and 40% off sale items with code GIFTNOW. Free shipping on orders $150 or more.
Up to 60% of select sale items. Free shipping on orders $125 or more. Bonus rewards for orders $150 or more.
Visiting London on a press trip this month, I took the opportunity to indulge in some shopping sightseeing. Exploring one of Covent Garden‘s best streets for men’s fashion and grooming, King Street (above) is filled with London brands such as Burberry Brit and Hackett London, and others you may not be too familar with such as Oliver Sweeney (luxury footwear, accessories and outerwear), Murdock London (a barbershop and grooming line, located in Hackett) and Jo Malone (fragrances and skincare).
International brands continue to set up shop here, and now include the first Opening Ceremony in Europe, 7 for All Mankind, Sandro (Parisian luxury), Lyle & Scott (Scottish knitwear) and Aesop (Melbourne grooming and skincare).
Styling myself for the fall to pre-winter weather, I went with a reversible varsity coat from Kenneth Cole that offers a wool side and a quilted one (see both below). For an extra pop of color to the look, I wore my Gap garment-dyed skinnies in forest green.
UGG‘s lightweight, black leather Westly style desert boots with blown-rubber outsoles, I was comfortable with all the exploring I did in Covent Garden and the rest of London, and I geared up with a camo Tumi Lejeune Backpack Tote to stow any goodies I found while wandering. Next shopping stop, Floral Street:
A street up from King, on Floral Street you’ll find a mix heritage and modern brands. On the west end of the street you’ll find the Paul Smith flagship, which is also Sir Paul Smith’s first one he opened and the first in fashion shop to open in Covent Garden. Also on the west, Ted Baker and Dune London (footwear and accessories). Heading east, you’ll find Spanish shoe brand Camper, British luxury accessory brand Mulberry, and Yohji Yamamoto and addias’ edgy Y-3, which just opened this year.
A handy map is available here for your next visit to Covent Garden, and more of my look below:
Continuing Vee Travels’ gift guide series, while you are shopping for last minute gifts for a friend, family member or partner to be used in and out of the office, you’ll want to pick these up for yourself:
Coach – Legacy Utility Flap Colorblock Commuter
Available in three different colorblocking styles, this glove-tanned leather commuter bag with suede sides can be used both as a brief or a crossbody with its detachable strap. It’s zipper top is covered by a flap with golden turnlocks, and you can fit 15″ laptop inside. ($648, Coach)
Tumi – Alpha Tri-Fold Carry-On Garment Bag
For the man who needs to bring an extra outfit for an after-work event or to change into right away on a business trip, Tumi’s Alpha garment bag can easily be carried by handle or removable shoulhder strap, and feautres extra pockets on both side of the foldedable bag for socks, ties and any tech or travel documents needed. ($395, Tumi)
Trask – Jackson Tech Sleeve
Made of Italian wool and Norwegian elk leather, Trask’s slim portfolio fits tablets of all sizes, and features a flap cover with an exterior pocket. Available in a classic heather grey and a trendy teal. ($85, Trask)
Continuing Vee Travels’ gift guide series, this last week before the holidays features two kinds of essential gifts for her: fragrances and bags.
Lolita Lempicka – Elle L’Aim
Released this fall, the Elle L’Aim fragrance from Lolita Lempicka is sweet with coconus, vanilla and citrus, and is available in a holiday set with a paired body lotion and gold cuff that matches the gold design of the bottle. (2.7 oz, $100, Neiman Marcus)
Hugo Boss – Boss Jour Pour Femme
Hugo Boss’ newest fragrance for women, this everyday scent features white flowers and citrus. Perfect for both work and play. (2.5 oz, $100, Hugo Boss)
Continuing Vee Travels’ gift guide series, this week features luxury carry-on bags that’ll make anyone very happy to receive as a present this holiday, but you’ll probably want to pick one or more of these up for yourself to bring along on your next flight or train ride.
Tumi – Alpha All In One Duffel
Bold use of white and orange are paired with the trendy camo, Tumi’s Alpha All In One Duffel lives up to its name with the functionality to split into four smaller bags. The three exterior compartments each detach from the main duffel and convert to a messenger/brief, a crossbody bag and a tote (which opens up from the section on the right below), leaving a slimmer and sleek carry-all to use on its own as desired. ($495, Tumi)
Mulberry – Small Clipper Leather-Trimmed Canvas Holdall
A small holdall, it makes up for size with its eye-catching blue canvas body. Trimmed with a brown resilient leather and two handles, the shoulder strap is of course detachable. ($950, MR PORTER)
The holiday shopping season is among us, which means it’s time to start thinking gifts. Each week I’ll be posting a set of gift ideas with the topics of travel, grooming, tech and winter fashion that’ll work for friends, family or even to pickup for yourself (or to add to your wish list). This week is all about international travelers and their passports.
A passport cover adds a stylish personality to the basic passport, while also adding extra sleeves for cash or credit cards. For multi country journeys and big shoppers, a case is the perfect organizer for several tickets, receipts for tax refunds (if the city you’re visiting offers it when you leave) and to hold all your euros, pounds or pesos. See our top five this season below:
Kenneth Cole – Paglietta Leather Travel Case
The textured midnight blue leather travel case from Kenneth Cole can hold 10 cards in their own slots, includes a zipper pocket on its left side and bill compartment on the other, and has a pen loop so the user always have a pen or pencil handy ($90, Kenneth Cole).
Business travel is on the rise again and New York remains the top U.S. destination, so no better location for a business casual look that’s perfect for in the office or on the go—whether it be plane or commuting down the High Line.
If you’re traveling this summer for work, and your hosting office calls for a casual look, have some fun and ditch the khakis or the wingtips and cap-toes. A colorful boat shoe or moc can really put that extra pep in your step, while keeping it prep, and that is what this look was based around.
Business On Top, Party On The Bottom