A gentleman and a lawyer.

A collection of my interests and passions as a law student at a European university. On this page I try to collect everything that keeps me busy, ranging from wine and beer tasting to horology, sartorialism, travel, philosophy, literature, film and music.

Impulsive music-post time. Let’s talk about Be for a minute. Be by Common is one of my favorite hiphopalbums of all time. It’s concise, coherent and features exquisite beats and rhymes. Kanye West produced almost every song and this album stands out as one of the most soulful works he ever made.

This song in particular is something to savour. It starts with the bass section plucking away like a jazz solo. Then this upbeat tune jumps in, subtle at first but it builds up to the moment where the horns replace the melody and it becomes absolutely delightful to listen to. The music is given plenty space before Common comes in and lays down a nearly perfect verse with a warm timbre to elevate this track to a couple of minutes of absolute hiphop perfection: grounded in its roots of soul and jazz but pushing the envelope at the same time.

My only gripe with this track: it’s too damn short.

(Bron: Spotify)

This is as bold as I’m willing to go right now. The rust colored windowpane jacket perfectly complements the brown tie, while the grey pants and white shirt provide the perfect neutral backdrop. Extra points for the dual tone diver watch and bracelet that give this otherwise classic fit a contemporary edge. Nice.

This is as bold as I’m willing to go right now. The rust colored windowpane jacket perfectly complements the brown tie, while the grey pants and white shirt provide the perfect neutral backdrop. Extra points for the dual tone diver watch and bracelet that give this otherwise classic fit a contemporary edge. Nice.

(Bron: agnelli-esque)

putthison:

Five Great Things That Come With A Leather Jacket
I wear sport coats most days of the week, but for the last two years or so, I’ve been breaking it up a bit with leather jackets. In my time wearing them, I’ve found they have some nice advantages over tailored clothing.
Shirts
Paul Newman looks great above in his button-up shirt, but for me, a leather jacket really calls for a t-shirt. The good news is that t-shirts can be had for not too much money. Jesse sells Alternative Apparel ones every summer at a wholesale price. They’re soft, finely knitted, and somewhat stretchy. I wear Hanes Beefy Tees myself, which are more stout. I’ve also heard good things about Uniqlo’s t-shirts, although I’ve never tried them.
All of these can be had for less than ten bucks a piece, which means you can get a whole week’s worth for less than the price of a good dress shirt.
Pants
Similarly, jeans can be had for much less than wool trousers. Unbranded and our advertiser Gustin regularly get recommended in the denim community, and they sell raw, selvedge denim options for about $85 a pair. APC New Standards retail for $185, but can sometimes be found on sale. 
The upside to jeans isn’t just their price, however. It’s the material. Denim is an exceptionally tough fabric and can take a lot of abuse. Some guys wear their jeans every day for two years before retiring them. Do that to a pair of grey flannel trousers and they’ll disintegrate in a few months.
Shoes
Shoes are a bit more tricky. With a heavy horsehide or cowhide jacket, you might need something like a chunky boot. With a lighter lambskin or goatskin jacket, however, you can wear canvas sneakers. I often wear this jacket, for example, with white Chuck Taylor high tops, which I bought for $50. There’s no good dress shoe that retails for $50.
Fit
There are few things that can smarten you up more than a sport coat or suit, but they are admittedly difficult to fit. This might be because of their construction: the shoulder pads, wadding, canvassing, haircloth, etc. Add to that the stylistic details (width of the lapel, shape of the quarters, pitch of the arm, height of the gorge, etc.), and you can see how complicated a tailored jacket can get.
On the other hand, leather jackets (and everything that goes with them) have a lot more wiggle room. It’s OK if your jacket doesn’t look like it was perfectly tailored and if your jeans aren’t hemmed to a perfect shivering break. In fact, they shouldn’t look like that anyway. 
Care
Finally, it’s nice to not have to iron a shirt before you go out, worry about whether a dry cleaner will ruin your jacket, or care if some food drips onto your clothes. Everything above – the t-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and jacket – is meant to be worn and beat up. Some items (such as the jeans and sneakers) look better after they’ve been worn in. Others (such as the t-shirt) are cheap enough to easily replace.
Granted, the leather jacket itself can be pretty expensive. You’re either going to spend a lot of money for a new one, or a lot of time searching for something used. On the upside, once you find one you like, there are five great things that come with it. 

putthison:

Five Great Things That Come With A Leather Jacket

I wear sport coats most days of the week, but for the last two years or so, I’ve been breaking it up a bit with leather jackets. In my time wearing them, I’ve found they have some nice advantages over tailored clothing.

Shirts

Paul Newman looks great above in his button-up shirt, but for me, a leather jacket really calls for a t-shirt. The good news is that t-shirts can be had for not too much money. Jesse sells Alternative Apparel ones every summer at a wholesale price. They’re soft, finely knitted, and somewhat stretchy. I wear Hanes Beefy Tees myself, which are more stout. I’ve also heard good things about Uniqlo’s t-shirts, although I’ve never tried them.

All of these can be had for less than ten bucks a piece, which means you can get a whole week’s worth for less than the price of a good dress shirt.

Pants

Similarly, jeans can be had for much less than wool trousers. Unbranded and our advertiser Gustin regularly get recommended in the denim community, and they sell raw, selvedge denim options for about $85 a pair. APC New Standards retail for $185, but can sometimes be found on sale. 

The upside to jeans isn’t just their price, however. It’s the material. Denim is an exceptionally tough fabric and can take a lot of abuse. Some guys wear their jeans every day for two years before retiring them. Do that to a pair of grey flannel trousers and they’ll disintegrate in a few months.

Shoes

Shoes are a bit more tricky. With a heavy horsehide or cowhide jacket, you might need something like a chunky boot. With a lighter lambskin or goatskin jacket, however, you can wear canvas sneakers. I often wear this jacket, for example, with white Chuck Taylor high tops, which I bought for $50. There’s no good dress shoe that retails for $50.

Fit

There are few things that can smarten you up more than a sport coat or suit, but they are admittedly difficult to fit. This might be because of their construction: the shoulder pads, wadding, canvassing, haircloth, etc. Add to that the stylistic details (width of the lapel, shape of the quarters, pitch of the arm, height of the gorge, etc.), and you can see how complicated a tailored jacket can get.

On the other hand, leather jackets (and everything that goes with them) have a lot more wiggle room. It’s OK if your jacket doesn’t look like it was perfectly tailored and if your jeans aren’t hemmed to a perfect shivering break. In fact, they shouldn’t look like that anyway. 

Care

Finally, it’s nice to not have to iron a shirt before you go out, worry about whether a dry cleaner will ruin your jacket, or care if some food drips onto your clothes. Everything above – the t-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and jacket – is meant to be worn and beat up. Some items (such as the jeans and sneakers) look better after they’ve been worn in. Others (such as the t-shirt) are cheap enough to easily replace.

Granted, the leather jacket itself can be pretty expensive. You’re either going to spend a lot of money for a new one, or a lot of time searching for something used. On the upside, once you find one you like, there are five great things that come with it. 

hodinkee:

Annd the jet lag Instagram marathon will now come to a close. Hope you’ve enjoyed.

For those that find the Sub too clunky to be the gentleman’s watch… A superb tropical dial Explorer.

hodinkee:

Annd the jet lag Instagram marathon will now come to a close. Hope you’ve enjoyed.

For those that find the Sub too clunky to be the gentleman’s watch… A superb tropical dial Explorer.

La Porte de l’Enfer.

La Porte de l’Enfer.

thestudenttailor:

Modern monochrome at its most elegant. Anthony Sinclair’s conduit-cut suit, this very same cut was popularised by Sean Connery’s James Bond - he went to Sinclair for all his tailoring.
bulldogandwasp:

The Conduit Cut, created by Anthony Sinclair and made famous by the first, and still the best, James Bond -Sean Connery. The now iconic design of full chest and suppressed waist with flared skirt was in part to compensate for the fact that Connery, at the time, had a 46 inch chest and 33 inch waist -he was a body builder before he was picked to be James Bond. Necessity is the mother of invention.   

thestudenttailor:

Modern monochrome at its most elegant. Anthony Sinclair’s conduit-cut suit, this very same cut was popularised by Sean Connery’s James Bond - he went to Sinclair for all his tailoring.

bulldogandwasp:

The Conduit Cut, created by Anthony Sinclair and made famous by the first, and still the best, James Bond -Sean Connery. The now iconic design of full chest and suppressed waist with flared skirt was in part to compensate for the fact that Connery, at the time, had a 46 inch chest and 33 inch waist -he was a body builder before he was picked to be James Bond. Necessity is the mother of invention.   

manolosweden:

Fridays Inspiration from Manolo - Back to Business
Navy Suit, light blue shirt and a combination of burgundy leather,

manolosweden:

Fridays Inspiration from Manolo - Back to Business

Navy Suit, light blue shirt and a combination of burgundy leather,

menstyle1:

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Blue on blue, classic cut. Unbutton the lowest button on the waistcoat please.

menstyle1:

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Blue on blue, classic cut. Unbutton the lowest button on the waistcoat please.

bntailor:

Texture Navy

Brown and blue are like basil and tomato, the perfect combination for tastefulness. Love the dots/stripes combo although the patterns might conflict a tad due to their similarity in scale.
Featuring the gold trim Parker Jotter ballpoint in the breast pocket.

bntailor:

Texture Navy

Brown and blue are like basil and tomato, the perfect combination for tastefulness. Love the dots/stripes combo although the patterns might conflict a tad due to their similarity in scale.

Featuring the gold trim Parker Jotter ballpoint in the breast pocket.