Archive for June, 2009

Perspectives, Chukwuma ‘Chu Boi’ Morah


Our guest blogger this week is Chukwuma Morah, known to many simply as “Chu.” He is a recently graduated Industrial Engineer from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and is no stranger to the blog scene. He is a staff member to video game blog PushingPlay, runs his own blog Chu Boi, and has an always interesting Twitter. We sat down with Chu to discuss fashion, man-bags, and mullets.

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Dear [Ben Tousley], You Make Awesome Things


Dear Ben Tousley,

You design awesome things and your design prowess at the age of 22 has me crying myself to sleep.

Sincerely tearful yet inspired,
Ryan Haigh

p.s. The Grizzly Bear Veckatimest work is an eyegasm

Dear [Weightshift], You Make Awesome Things



Dear Weightshift,

You design incredibly awesome things.

Ryan Haigh

p.s. I love your business cards.

Editors’ Playlist for the Week


This has been a somber few days for music, obviously with the untimely passing of Michael Jackson. While many of us may have been caught up with the controversy surrounding Michael Jackson’s questionable behavior in his later years, the music that he left behind is something that has inspired millions all over this planet.

How should we honor such a man? Mourn him? I would like to think having a smile, and maybe trying a moonwalk while listening to one of songs is the most fitting tribute any of us can offer.

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The Monocle, New York


So, forget the fact that he’s paired black with brown, though some do not have issues with that, but let’s just give credit where it is due.

This gentleman from New York has tossed society’s social pressures to the winds, because he does not just wear this Monocle, he owns it.

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Gamay, I Ga-Love You

I found this on and thought to myself, “Hmmmm…wine poetry? Sweet!” I especially liked it because I’ve been on a real Beaujolais kick recently. Just something quirky I thought you readers might enjoy!

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Suit Saturday: The Shawl Collar


Designers go through periods where they mostly begin to run out of ideas. This happened in the 70’s when they just made everything big (big lapels, big heels, big hair) and more severly with the 90’s (grundge and a terrible sequel to the 80’s) so would I say we’re entering in such a period? Not exactly. You see, when economic times are tough, all designers try and go “classic.”

What does classic mean? That is a whole other discussion, but for the purposes of today, it simply means that using more traditional styles and forms. Topman and J. Crew are currently pushing the shawl-collared jacket, like the one above (from J. Crew).

Beware, this jacket is complex and not a simple blazer, and if you try and wear it like J. Crew says, you’re screwed. Here’s why:

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