September 16th, 2014

Hassan Hajjaj, the Moroccan stylist and photographer, started out simply wanting to capture the essence of his home country in ways his buddies back in London would appreciate.

The 53-year-old multidisciplinary artist was born in Morocco and moved to London in his teens, at the height of the punk craze. For the last 15 years, he’s joined the two cultures, splitting his time between Marrakech and London as he turns out densely textured portrait photography that plays well in the West but requires North African artistry to even exist at all.

His subjects are his current friends, who pose and dress in ways that translate into arresting hybrid art. A recent series,Kesh Angels, depicts a cross-section of this crowd — mostly women — in traditional clothes printed in global symbols of capitalism. Here a Louis Vuitton print, there a Nike swoosh. Many are henna tattoo artists who embody nuance in their daily life, zipping to jobs on a scooter, head scarves in place. Likewise, Hajjaj’s first solo show in America —My Rock Stars: Volume 2 — presented his male friends in the overblown poses of a Western icon, the rock star.

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i have nothing to add—this is just cool.

September 16th, 2014

Retiring these after 2 years and a few too many rips. Wedding planning, 2 apartment moves and a whole lot of traveling this year finally did them in.

*hoists into the rafters*

*submits to denim debate*

*listens to Carter 3*

*googles desperately for ‘slim chinos’*

*rejoices at today’s cool, rainy weather.. breaks out bean boots*

August 21st, 2014

been a while, but your boy is back and possibly in a very big way. i got married 8 weeks ago and in true hashtag menswear form am obligated to give you fellers a run down on the fit for the day. also, capitalization is over for me. we’re in the future, baby, damn near 2015, lowercasing for efficiency will be key to our survival. in my last post i talked about Paul Eliot USA, a project I was working on with my dear friend and DC #menswear buddy M. Eliot Payne. after a year of developing suit prototypes from scratch (running into our more than our fair share of fashion start-up pitfalls) we found ourselves with different visions both business and style-wise and thus decided to go our separate ways in delivering American-made suits to the masses. I cannot thank my friend enough for going in with me on the time and expense required to develop a bootstrapped clothing line.

now, the unstruxedo.

a dream of mine a year or so in the making that i was very proud to wear on my wedding day. the idea was simple.. take the unstructured, patch pocket soft jacket in a lightweight black wool and finish it with satin tuxedo trim. starting with my last prototype jacket, i took the pattern back to the drawing board to fix it up with peak lapels, maintaining the same high button stance and casual detailing. floating canvas was inserted in the chest to provide a little more body to the jacket and sleeve heading to the shoulders. the jacket remained 1/4 lined and lining was added to the front of the trousers (only to the knee), which was much needed on a June afternoon in the sun wearing black wool.

note: it was literally (figuratively literally) impossible not to end the gallery with the “walking off into our new life” image

Fit Breakdown:

Tuxedo - “custom, no labels..

Shirt - Read Wall custom cutaway 3” club collar, stud front

Sus’penders - gift from Jay at The Knottery

Shoes - Jack Erwin ’Jake’ single monk, DIY-dyed black

Watch - Seiko 5 on a nato band

Pocketsquare - Heirloom from my wife’s grandmother

Bow tie - vintage something