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Awesome blog full of Father’s Day gift ideas.

13 Jun

I feel like this blog was made for Patrick (Christian Bale) in American Psycho.  If you really care about your raised type on your business card and your medicine cabinet looks like a museum display, you’ll especially enjoy this blog, Uncrate,  full of the “sweetest” men’s gear out there.  If you’re stumped on what to get your dad, I also recommend you give it a gander.  Click on the image below to direct you to being a better metrosexual.

Haggar Style Guide

17 Apr

This was without a doubt, one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done.  I knew it was going to be good when the producer told me the agency requested me because of my, “Quirky Wes Anderson style.”  Pinch me.  So off I went to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to create a 10 look style guide for Haggar’s new Life Khaki clothing line.

Being in a new city with only 2 days to pull for 10 looks and props without an assistant was a little bit daunting, but the job ended up being one of those wonders where it was 100% hiccup free.  I also had one of the best creative teams from the ad agency by my side to create the cardboard cutouts you see in each shot.  There was a lot of blood and sweat, but tears were replaced with cheese steak whiz, and we all ended up with something we could be proud of.

You can see more Like Khaki looks, HERE.

Haggar Life Khaki Style Guide: Styled by Courtney Rust.

Phot0grapher: John Romeo

Propping Innuendos

17 Nov

I had a request from my friend to be more of my snarky self on my blog.  This one’s for you, Bob.

One downfall of being a wardrobe and prop stylist is that you get a lot, I mean a lot of catalogs in the mail.  The specialized catalogs out there are definitely onto me because of the random crap I frequently have to buy for jobs.  The thing is, I actually look at a majority of them, A) because it’s my job, and B) because there is a lot of hilarious stuff being sold out there portrayed in an equally hilarious manner.  Those of you who back me on Sky Mall as being the best runway entertainment, I highly recommend dumpster diving my recycling bin.  There are a pile of gems tossed out there every couple of days.

I get a lot of manly, hunting catalogs for whatever reason, but I especially liked this one and wanted to share it.  I like it’s subtle, manly innuendos of the life you could have if you started to incorporate more forest green utility shirts into your wardrobe.  I mean beer, cigars, guns, COYOTE???  If we’re going manly, then let’s show some chest hair AND nail hair.  The only thing I’m not sure about is if they hit their wives.  I can’t wait until Spring 2012.

One cigar is never enough.

You can balance wearing a less manly rugby shirt by drinking a draft beer.  I mean, look at that neck stubble.

Rest your head with some manly ease on a coyote, of course.

The forest green half zip pullover sweater gets to have much more fun.

All that work propping up my denim shirt made me want a beer.

I imagine this is how you get some genuine coyote pillows.

Here’s are some more serious prop innuendos for the ladies.  I would have loved to have been on the conference call discussing art direction on this one.  “Let’s make lingerie fun…. Blah, blah, blah….”

Street Etiquette

15 Nov

I apologize for the gaping holes in between posting.  I’ve been working out-of-town and have only had my iPad in hand, which won’t let me post to WordPress for whatever reason.

Any who, I’d like to share this men’s fashion blog in case you haven’t come across it yet.  Street Etiquette, comes from the masterminds of Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, who are only a mere 20 years old.  The blog has only been around since 2008, but is already recognized as one of the most influential men’s fashion blogs.  It’s thoughtfully put together, and full of a ton of inspiring ideas from a wide range of eras, assembled in a way that looks like tomorrow.  I grabbed a lot of inspiration from it to create my mood board for the men’s khaki lookbook I was working on last week.  Bookmark the hell out of this.  Done.

I agree, Mr. Lennon.

26 Jul

“People think you want them to do something or say something special.  You don’t….  You just want them to be themselves so you can be yourself. “

John Lennon

Bear’s camel carcass outerwear

17 May

Um…. I just received Bear Grylls shiny catalog for his new rugged clothing line.  I guess to no surprise, Bear Grylls from Man vs. Wild, MacGyver to the great outdoors, and the leading Boy Scout of the galaxy (this statement is actually true, he’s numero uno on the international list of reputable scouts), clothing design seems like a natural step.  I laughed as quickly as a hastily flipped through the pages to see if there was a camel carcass with cargo pockets.  If you’ve seen it, you’re laughing there with me.  If you haven’t, you might have missed the best 5 minutes of reality television, EVER!  To sum it up, Bear visits the Sahara and hollows out a camel, first wrenching it’s excrement for water and then nestling in for a nap.  For that, Bear, I’ll order a windbreaker.

Bear tests each item in the wild….  I think the cover says it all.  Hilarious.

Freemans Sporting Club – NYC

11 Apr

Freemans Sporting Club only fills their store with products made within 10 miles.  SO awesome… but nearly impossible to achieve everywhere else in the US.  Let’s spread our wings to 20 miles here in Chicago and maybe we could get the job done.  Who’s in with me?!!

Check it out:

Click on the image to go to the website.

Documentary of Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist

24 Jan

Here’s a really well done short documentary on the most well known fashion street photographer/blogger, Scott Schuman.  But first, here’s his blog that was voted by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 design influences, The Sartorialist.  There are million of bloggers out there who’ve tried to copy his simple street blog format, but I believe Mr. Schuman still does it the best.


13 Dec

Another new image with awesome photographer, Thomas Chadwick.  We relied on the talent to bring their own wardrobe and I was there to style their clothes as they fell.    For instance, to get the hood the way we wanted, I used a little toupee tape (Top Stick) and stuck his hood to his head.  You can’t leave home with out Top Stick if you want to be a wardrobe stylist.  It keeps all your bitties in place.

Don’t worry,  no concussions occurred.  They fell into a hug.


6 Dec