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GQ Declares – The Spring Jacket

March 3, 2017

 

GQ declares the unstructured Sportcoat as the must own piece for Spring… and WE AGREE! Every modern gentlemen should have at least one lightweight jacket hanging in his closet for easy transitions from work life to weekend festivities. With a wide variety of fabrics to traditional and modern patterns there is a jacket for every gents style. Personal Shopper Alexander hand selected his favorite Sportcoats for your wardrobe this season.

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Derby Days with A.K. Rikk’s!

May 5, 2014

On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 a few members of the A.K. crew went down to Chicago to attend the GQ + Woodford Reserve Derby Event. The Godfrey Hotel’s new venue, the I | O Urban Roofscape was the perfect spot to host all of the fashionable and (dare we say it?) dandy guests. We clinked our festive copper glasses with a number of great people including bloggers from The Chicago Chic, local Chicagoans, and the awarded best-dressed guests of the night. Check out our looks as well as a few of our favorite moments from the night!


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Crossing Paths

March 1, 2012

It’s always amazing when paths cross later in careers! Wanted to throw out props to my roommate from the college days at Kendall College of Art and Design. Through Kipton Art he was chosen to represent at the GQ @ Park & Bond pop-up store with one of his illustration pieces. 

When helping to set up the store, style guru, and personal idol Nick Wooster commented: “As I was working at the…shop this past month I had the extreme pleasure to meet Kipton Cronkite who helped curate the art in the store. He has access to some really great artists, but the one who really caught my eye was Patrick Mohundro. This painting really struck a chord with me.” (source: GQ.com)

Great job Pat!


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Enough Nick Wooster Already!

October 31, 2011

I may or may not be hunted down, beaten, and ripped apart by the fashion demi-gods for saying this, but honestly, I’ve had it. I’m sure you have seen pics of this gent all over the blogospere/tumblr land with his signature coif, stache’, and tatts. He is well respected in the fashion community, photographed by the Sartorialist, and lauded as a hero to a tri-fecta of male bloggers (gracing the pages of GQ, Esquire, and Details). Working for such powerhouses as John Bartlett, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and most recently Fashion Director for Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, one would assume that he might have the knowledge to assure his own wardrobe represented a man who was in tune to how certain details should be maintained. That being said, please look at where his jacket sleeves lay. “Hey Nickelson Wooster! SHORTEN YOUR SLEEVES PLEASE!!”


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Miansai!!

May 10, 2011

Huh? No, not Bonsai!! 

Miansai, our newest jewelry brand! Through combining sailing elements with a climbers rip cord as well as small carabiners this brand’s aesthetic could be thought of as hmmm…..”active-chic” 

Highlighted in GQ (said it was a Barneys, Bergdorf, Liquor store exclusive….humpf!!!) and all over the blogosphere, come check them out today!


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Solving your Sartorial Conundrums for 30 Years!

April 11, 2011

It has finally arrived in print, and I just got mine in the mail today! Glenn O’Brien’s How to Be a Man: A Guide to Style and Behavior for the Modern Man (Rizzoli Publications). You might know Glenn from his monthly contribution to GQ magazine as their registered Style Guy. As a founding member of Warhol’s Factory and a critic for Andy’s Interview magazine, to his involvement with Basquiat in the 80’s New York art scene, O’Brien is always on top of the fashion social order and has been a go to for years when my conundrum filled life needs style solutions.


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At-a-boy Glenn!

January 3, 2011

I have to give a big round of applause to Glenn O’Brien for his first editorial in the inaugural issue of GQ for 2011. Having spent my time and earned my stripes in a men’s clothing store, the exact situation he addresses has happened countless times! I swear an oath, with my right hand in the air that I was not the reader that wrote in…

SARTORIAL SUBMISSIVES

-“I work at a men’s clothing store, and I’ve noticed that before any major purchase, almost all of my customers tell me they have to come back with their wives or girlfriends to make sure they approve. What’s that all about?”

Go’B: “It’s about the sad state of manhood in America. Some would call the male wearers of female-managed wardrobes whipped or de-balled. The more polite would term them henpecked. I like uxorious. But any way you look at it, these men are lost boys. As tots they were dressed for warmth, comfort, and durability and were never given the slightest sense of occasion by their parents or the TV that raised them. When they outgrew the boy uniform, they had no clue what to do. American old-boy culture tends to see aesthetic sensibilities (other than in areas such as automotive) as symptoms of the gay gene. That’s why the public believed that straight guys need the help of queer eyes. But this is not all the fault of the ladies. Men have willingly abdicated much of their turf, including, frequently, the pants. A man should wear whatever he damn likes, and if she doesn’t like it….he can always plead for mercy.”


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