My earliest memories of buying a suit were probably as disappointing as yours.
Dragged under the headache inducing fluorescent lights of a department store by well-meaning parents so that I could be a fitted for the junior suit needed for some occasion – be it a wedding, funeral, first communion, juvenile court appearance… etc. I don’t remember where we were going, but I do remember hating the way the ill-fitting jacket clung to me when I moved, the shoulders were too tight, the stiff dress shoes hurt, the waistband dug in, and the shirt – despite being massively oversized for my torso was so tight on my neck that the top button couldn’t be done up. Looking back I think that an old maxim from carpentry “If it doesn’t fit, force it” had been wrongly applied to children’s formal wear. This continued to be the driving philosophy behind most of the suits I wore through the 80’s and 90’s (And there were so many tragic examples from those decades, and by that I mean that we will under no circumstances, ever, discuss what I wore to any high school formals). Continue reading “THE HABERDASHERS: BUREAU”
Last month I launched a new feature on the blog which unveiled the first new self-portrait I have taken in a long time. Despite a general disdain for being on the other side of the camera, I actually had a lot of fun with it and decided that I would turn it into a monthly project – creating a new self-portrait each month this year. Thus the newest addition to my blog – Selfies- was born. Welcome to the second installment.
This pink backdrop had been sitting in my studio for a few weeks for an upcoming series of shoots and I simply could not resist playing around with it a bit early for one of these portraits, so I broke out the fancy duds, one of my favorite ties, and my new glasses (I love Warby Parker). It is certainly a more formal departure from my usual hoodie/black wool cap/band tee combo that serves as my go-to studio outfit most days in the winter. This is more along the lines of what I rock when going to meetings and those occasions when I need to be a bit dressier. I am planning next month’s portrait already and I might even have a new portrait to share alongside it that a new friend recently made of me. I am really starting to look forward to this new project each month – stay tuned for more.
You might have caught some of the preview images I posted a while back from my recent project creating images for Anatomy’s Made to Measure 2011 Look Book. The new campaign and look book is now live on their site. Here are a few of my favorite images from the final edit. I love their Made to Measure line’s take on making custom tailored and customized clothes readily available to everyone. I love that I can feature this just a week after Buffalo was named #25 on GQ’s Worst Dressed Cities list, showing that there are style conscious and extremely creative people who are raising the bar around here. Designer Ali Eagen is one of my favorite local clients to collaborate with and my personal style saint as of late, I love everything she is doing at her peerless boutique; as well as in the local community and style scene. Working with her is such a nice counterpoint to some of the corporate and business based accounts I have been working on this month.