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Sprezzatura, Japanese Style


This gentleman from Japan illustrates the Italian skill of Sprezzatura, the art of looking good, but not like you care about looking good. When I discussed the powers of Gianni Agnelli, it was rooted in his ability to disregard the rules of fashion and put forth his own.

That’s the key to this style thing, in that outside of clown suits, you really can do what you want. For instance, when we talk about “fit” being extremely important, that doesn’t mean that you have to wear slim-fitted everything. That might be your thing, but there are many others who wear wide pants, high-fitting trousers, or billowy shirts to great affect. The key is to know your body and your dimensions so that you can take advantage of what gifts you possess.

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The Linen Jacket


This gentleman from Japan illustrates how to use a linen blazer properly. The important part of the outfit is to use contrast, the rough texture of the blazer has to be counter-balanced by the smoothness of the pants, the shirt, or with the tie. It’s just about complimenting what you have and making sure that diversity of textures makes your look less flat.

A Classic Edge, Japan


I think this gentleman from Tokyo, Japan is a perfect reflection of how to stay true to one’s roots while getting older. Different times in our lives mean different things, but that doesn’t mean that you as a person are different. I guess this just shows that as we go through life, there is way to represent that change without losing sight of who we have always been.

Osama Eisa

Use Red Well


Red is a color that is seldom worn properly. It is easy to wear to the gym, playing for AC Milan, or to sleep. However, it seems outside of those parameters many men look at it as a varnish not required. The key to using red without shouting is to take some tips from the gentleman above.

As usual, he is from Japan, and subsequently has mastered the art of subtlety. Not surprising, the image above also underlines the importance of fit.

Osama Eisa

Editors’ Playlist for the Week

I know, I know, we are late again with this playlist. We brain farted. Sorry. As usual, check out last week’s playlist here.

Ryan Haigh:
Department of Eagles – “No One Does It Like You” (Live)

Alvin J. Roberts, III:
Adele – “Chasing Pavements”

Antonio Aresco:
Kent – “Vy Fraan Ett Luftslott” (Punks Jump Up Remix)

Eric White:
White Lies – “To Lose My Life”

Ryan Evans:
Lupe Fiasco – “Paris, Tokyo”

Elliott Ebrahimi:
The All-American Rejects – “Gives You Hell” (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)

Mikhail Budhai:
The Presets – “Anywhere” (Compuphonic & Kolombo Remix)

Tiga – “Move My Body” (Soulwax Nite Versions Mix)

Osama Eisa:
Treasure Fingers – “Cross The Dance Floor” (Designer Drugs Remix)


Japanese Preppy


It’s kind of bothered me that we haven’t had an example of a suit, and not one from my favorite place for suit style: Japan. His outfit is by no means ground-breaking or anything, but it is well done in its simplicity and the usage of subtle color and traditional elements.

Plus those shoes show what I meant about taking a lighter colored shoe to make a more “safe” outfit simply pop more, without looking like you’re trying.

Osama Eisa

Innovative In Tokyo


So we haven’t put anything up from Japan in a long time, but this guy from Tokyo really illustrates what innovation in fashion is to me.

I think our generation has really gone into this mindset that in order to be innovative or to be truly original we have to reinvent the wheel, but as the above example shows, that is not true. He is original without having to put on random layers of fabric or wear those Star Trek glasses that kid on every fashion blog wears.

Maybe I’m a huge loser and know nothing about anything, but doesn’t it say something about ourselves that the only way we can be happy is to be “original.” That originality is less concerned with true form, rather, it is obsessed with attention-seeking qualities of an outfit or garment rather than something truly grounded in reality. What does it say about our society that we hate our reality that much that we want to escape from it constantly?

Osama Eisa

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