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Today I'm introducing a new series to LoSo Fancy! Welcome to my first (of many) His/Her 10 Essentials post where twice a month I will interview one guy friend and one girlfriend for their list of 10 essentials they can't live without in categories ranging from style, travel, beauty, skincare, everyday, and seasonal. I thought this would be a fun series to introduce as a way to get into the style minds of young professionals like myself and you! I'm especially excited to feature guy's essentials because I love following and learning about men's fashion as much as I do women's. It's nice to know when guys have really good taste and actually put effort into their presentation.
First up in the series is my good friend from Rhode Island, Rob, who is a 24 y.o. BioTech Business Analyst by day and adventure seeker by night. You'd never be able to tell by the way he dresses that he's actually a big science nerd at heart. Check out his list of his most classic essentials below and read on to hear why he can't live without them.
Match up the numbers in the photo to the list of items and click on the item name for a link to where you can purchase his favorites!
1. Barbour Beaufort - I've yet to come across a jacket more durable and versatile than a Barbour. I've had this jacket for a few years now and it has survived quite a bit, from Alaska to college to Europe and unpredictable New England weather. With the proper upkeep I fully expect this jacket to last at least a decade.
2. Filson Medium Duffle - You don't want to be that young pro going on a weekend trip with your college backpack. I settled on Filson for a couple reasons - first off it's a little out of the ordinary and sort of catches the eye, especially with the contrast it provides when dressed more formally. Secondly, it's insanely rugged and looks even better as it ages.
3. Uniqlo cashmere sweater - This very well might be the most comfortable item of clothing I own. It's thin, lightweight and incredibly soft. If it was socially acceptable to wear a cashmere bodysuit I definitely would. As far as cashmere goes this sweater is certainly on the inexpensive side.
4. Converse Jack Purcell sneakers - As important as it is to stitch together great formal wear, I find it equally essential to put the effort into the more casual side of my wardrobe too. Jack Purcells are a great example of a versatile casual wear piece that can be worn with pretty much anything and still fit right in. I chose these in particular because my Dad used to wear them back in the 60's and I thought it would be cool to pay homage to his youth.
5. APC Petit Standard Jeans - Raw Denim is an interesting experience, it requires a substantial amount of love and care but the result is a relationship unlike that with any other item of clothing. The jeans lose indigo over time and fade based on your body movement creating a totally unique pair of jeans.
6. 1986 Rolex GMT Master on Horween Cordovan Leather Strap - In my opinion the GMT is the best modern movement to come from Rolex. The additional timezone and military bezel markings make this timepiece great for traveling. I opted to replace the steel jubilee band with a leather band from the guys at Hodinkee. I thought the leather downplays the fact that I'm wearing a Rolex and makes it slightly less ostentatious. The cordovan leather also ages incredibly well.
7. Vintage Ray Ban Clubmaster's - Sunglasses are key and Ray Bans are pretty much unbeatable for affordability, style and elegance. It's not how the sunglasses look on the shelf, but how they look on you and I'm convinced these are one of the few pairs that don't make me look like an alien.
8. Smathers and Branson collegiate needlepoint belt - This a great casual belt that can be worn with anything (other than a suit). The needlepoint is classy and it's fun to wear something that shows some pride in my alma mater. A good friend of mine designed these belts and had them made up for me and my friends. Since then the collegiate section of Smathers and Branson has really taken off, although I've yet to see this particular design showcased.
9. Double Monks - These shoes have been a big rise in popularity lately and for such a formal and unique shoe they are surprisingly versatile. I usually just keep the top buckle undone and really don't try to hide any of the scuffs - it's nice to show that they're actually worn.
10. Nikon DSLR - This is pretty self-explanatory but a solid camera is key to capture those critical moments that belong on the wall of your bedroom and not just on your Instagram.
Hope you enjoyed the first installment of this series! Stay tuned for a list of my personal picks later this month. If you think you have a fun and interesting list of essentials you would like to have featured next on my blog e-mail your list to losofancy at gmail dot com.