In a quiet corner of Central Park’s east side (77th and 5th avenue), Eganam Segbefia quietly unzips his trumpet case. A short distance away, children play in close proximity to their mothers and nannies. Eganam, better known as “Eggo”, prepares for a two hour performance with the trees and benches as an audience. Hoping to fill those benches, he begins to warm up with a few interruptions from locals that know him by name. And standing right next to his portable speakers are the words “Inspiration without Perspiration is Hallucination”. Eggo is the “Dapper Trumpet Man”.
Sandwiched between two park benches, he lets out a calm tune. Feeling a bit of confidence, Eggo presses the keys on his trumpet and lets out a series of notes that can be heard throughout the area. A nanny with a stroller makes her way to a nearby bench, sits down and says to the baby, “Just three songs ok?”
The baby murmurs a few barely audible sounds muffled by her pacifier. Another nanny, a familiar face, walks over and greets Eggo. With a big smile, he exchanges pleasantries and bends over to greet the baby smiling in the stroller. A high five and a few smiles later, he plays “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. The baby smiles and claps his hands in delight, inspiring Eggo to play more. With one hand on the trumpet keys, he waves at the happy child.
Three friends dressed for a casual sit-down make their way to the corner bench. They don’t engage in conversation, but listen as Eggo continues playing one tune after another. He then closes his eyes as if to lose himself in the moment. The tunes carry him off to a state of bliss seldom experienced by non-musicians. His trumpet sways up and down and side-to-side without a care in the world. Eggo returns to reality with the arrival of some usuals. He gingerly rests the trumpet on the stand and greets the babies and their nannies. This goes on for two hours with a brief intermission in between.
Sometimes it is difficult to tell if he truly lives up to the name “dapper”. Eggo’s outfit often changes depending on the music and the setting he is playing in.
“When I wear a full on suit I like to think of a classical jazz club or a real controlled setting; like a ballroom or a black tie event.”
But in the company of mothers, nannies and babies, Eggo is the “Comfortable, Unassuming Trumpet Man”. Keeping his style relatable and more approachable, he sticks to superhero graphic tees and outfits that’ll keep his audience happy.
He cleans up rather well. Towards the end of his first two hour performance, Eggo gives up the converse and polo shirt for something more chic. In a matter of what seems like seconds, he changes into a black shirt and grey coat to match the pants. Instead of the black converse, he slips into a pair of red, rubber loafers adorned with black tassels. Using the trumpet to complement the look, he poses for the camera much like a seasoned model. But, there is no “pretend bone” in his body. When asked to pose as if to play the trumpet, Eggo puts his lips to the mouthpiece and lets out a tune; making heads turn. On top of a boulder in the middle of Central Park, he mounts his trumpet, points it to the sky and lets out a lengthy tune like a bugler.
Our photo stroll takes us to the Mall. Standing near the Naumburg Bandshell, Eggo hears a familiar tune; something that sounds much like a saxaphone. Following the music we come upon an old man and his sax. He walks over to him and stands next to him for a great photo opportunity. After firing off a few frames, he starts listening to the tune. Within a few brief moments, Eggo is playing next to the sax man. Much like a seasoned pro, begins to jam paying no attention to the photographer, his now stuffy outfit or his current surroundings. It’s just him, the trumpet and the tune coming out of the man’s sax; nothing else.
Who says you can’t skydive in a suit? How about surfing? These men are breaking conventional norms and indulging in their favorite activities without worrying about damaging their suit. And why the hell not! They’re only pieces of fabric elegantly sown together. You buy them to wear them and sometimes you want to feel elegant and dignified while jumping off airplanes, swimming with sharks or fighting lions in a pit. Disclaimer: If you have a die hard passion for suits, you might feel a bit squeamish about the abuse these suits get.
Photographer and style blogger, Mike Quyen shows off his classy looks on his site, Quyenmike. Predominately sartorial in style, Mike’s outfits are tastefully framed and edited. He applies his photographic prowess to provide unique and rather clever shots that make you not only love the outfit, but respect the image as well. Mostly shot on outdoors on the streets, it’s very common to look at an image and wonder how it was taken. Often when the images are this creative, it is easy to get distracted from the most important part of each photo; the outfit. But, the outstanding outfits in his collection make it difficult not to pay attention to them.
Here is a clear example of a shot that can get the viewer distracted; especially with the beautiful image of the Eiffel Tower in the background. Mike combats this with his stylish set. With a black suit and a matching suitcase, he adds a bit of contrast with an overcoat by Marsay. Mike completes the look with a necklace and ring by Topman.
It’s images like this one that makes Mike Q standout from the rest. While most style bloggers are busy taking unoriginal and rather played out “walking across the street” shot, he breaks boundaries by applying a creative touch to what was already an amazing shot/outfit.
Yeah, yeah levitation photography is nothing new. But, Mike takes it up a notch by adding a touch of his own style; stylishly and photographically. For this look, he makes use of a light colored jean jacket and matching jeans to provide a more casual/urban setup. Mike then finishes up the look with a casual shoes from Clarks.
So the season for egg nogs, festive storefront decorations, Rudolph’s red nose adorned in front of car and truck grills and ugly Christmas sweater parties. And finding the best sweater to standout can be just as stressful as finding clever costumes over Halloween. Well that’s what we’re here for; to find you the most whimsical and festive ugly sweater; just don’t expect affordable prices. Disclaimer: Some of the items below may be “geek-tastic”.
If you’re still confused about where “lemon-flavored” snow comes from, this sweater clearly explains it through threads. In this depiction of Saint Nick, gifts aren’t the only things that he delivers, so be careful and think before you try some fallen snow. ($74.95)
This next ugly sweater deserves to be on the list due to its creative design. Made with two halves of a stuffed reindeer on the front and back of the sweater, the 3D Ugly Christmas Sweater is a bit of a celebrity. With appearances on Live! with Kelly and Michael, it’s a cute and clever way to impress your friends and family. ($59.99)
If you’re a product of the 90s, this next sweater should be a pleasant trip down memory lane; if you choose to buy one. Adorned with the two iconic Street Fighter characters, Ken and Ryu, this ugly Christmas sweater is tastefully put together. So if the attendance at the party consists of geeks and nerds, the Street Fighter sweater is sure to turn heads. ($44)
Being part of the “United States of Wu”, this next sweater really hits home. But being a fan, it’s going to be tough choosing between the Ugly Sweater Party and a night with your best headphone and favorite Wu-Tang tracks. ($79.99)
The most famous transforming automaton is back; this time in the form of a sweater design! Adorned on the front of this sweater is Optimus Prime; coupled with subtle Autobot logos found on the chest and sleeves. ($79.99)
Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, Jonathan Zegbe is the founder of “Jon the Gold” and a purveyor of clean, chic and à la mode looks. And from sartorial to dapper, he showcases it all in properly framed images. Jon prides himself in displaying his fashion prowess, and it shows. The looks on his site go beyond the predominately sartorial looks. Casual and urban looks are also commonplace throughout the archive of images. And he doesn’t shy away from edgy or risky ensembles, but embraces them; “striking gold” every time.
A self-proclaimed socialite and menswear blogger, Franko Dean provides his followers with a classy mix of outfits ranging from sartorial to urban. But Franko provides a bit more than you’re usual style blogger. Along with the collection of ensembles showcased on his site, he provides videos for some of the outfits; can see the setup through still images and in action. And unlike most bloggers in this field, he actually provides text and translations in Spanish; in order to reach a broader audience.
For this setup, Franko goes casual with this navy blazer, denim setup. There is also a clear attention to detail. The bright red tie in a dominantly navy style, adds a bit of contrast; with the mustache tie clip to complete the look.
As stated earlier, Franco isn’t afraid to mix it up and go urban. In this look, he’s doing exactly that with jeans and a jean vest. Overall it is a clean and simple setup that prevents the outfit from looking to “busy” to the eyes.
In this video, he gets a bit edgy with a black leather shirt and denim. This look has a more post-modern vibe in comparison to his other outfits. It is definitely a bold move from some of his other ensembles.
Franco shows his sartorial prowess with this clean setup. With a pair of Ray Van Clubmasters, semi-spread collar, camo tie, vest and tapered slacks, he goes completely dapper; paired with brown loafers to finish off the look. This ensemble is a “win” on so many levels.
British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney is pairing up with Johnnie Walker to release a limited edition leather brogue with a little secret. Hidden in the soles of each shoe is a small bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label!
But, it doesn’t end there. The iconic “Johnnie” logo is stamped on the side of each shoe. And on the back is a stitching of the initials “J.W.”. These leather brogues are priced reasonably for a pair with a “special feature” ($489). So if you don’t mind being judged as an alcoholic, and love to be alcoholically prepared, you might want to add these to your wish-list.
Lets face it, we’re not all superstar gift givers. While others are picking up on subtle hints by loved ones, the clues blow past you like any booze-filled Friday night. If you’re the latter, the holidays or birthdays are filled with anxiety. Well here at FashionMR, we want to lend a hand to make this holiday season a bit more enjoyable and relaxing. Below is a collection of stocking stuffers that will surely tickle the fancies of any man (no sexual pun intended).
The gifts in this guide range from “cheap and cheerful” to “downright ridiculous”. And they vary from the tiny pocket sized bottle of Sriracha ($15) to the luxurious stay at the Presidential Suite in the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China ($27,000/Night). So whether you’re being overly generous this year, cutting it back or somewhere in the middle, you’ll be sure to find something in FashionMR’s 50 Holiday Gifts.
$100 or Less
Thermals By Tani ($150-$300): Soft to the touch, thermals from Tani provide a mixture of warmth and comfort throughout the winter months; a staple in every male wardrobe.
Uniqlo Cashmere Sweaters ($90): An unbeatable price for a cashmere sweater, Uniqlo pulls it off again with this comfortable and warm piece. The sweaters come in crew neck or v.
Bison No.1 Leather Belt ($100):Sturdy and better looking with age, Bison No.1 leather belts are handcrafted in the USA and each item screams quality. Rather standard in design, it’ll keep any pair of slacks or denim from coming undone. Each belt is stamped with a silhouette of a Bison and very smooth to the touch. It’s another leather product that looks better with age.
Topsiders by ChantUSA ($90): Fusing college livery and casual topsiders, ChantUSA has a growing collection of shoes from UCLA to the University of Miami. Each pair comes made in leather and branded with the school’s initials on the sides. So flaunt your school colors. Tastefully express school pride or help someone else do the same this holiday season.
Pocket Sriracha ($7): Ease your craving for Sriracha with this pocket sized bottle. Just throw it in your bag and be ready whenever you have that itch for some heat.
Death Before Decaf Mug ($12): We love our coffee here at FashionMR, so we feel that it should be made known to everyone around you. If you’re just as passionate about your cup of joe, this is the a way to do it.
Shit I Got to Fu*king Get Done Notebook ($10): We know you always have a laundry list of things to do each and everyday. And if you’re the forgetful type, why not write it in this?
Bonobos: Bold Check ($85): Look clean and stylish this holiday season with this button-down from Bonobos; currently on sale for $48.
New Balance: Elite Racing 999 ($99): Comfortable, classy and stylish in design, Elite Racing from New Balance is sure to help you standout from the rest.
Hickoree’s: The Hill-Side Salt & Pepper Beige Socks ($18): Your socks have every right to be seen. So, let the world know that your socks are the shi*t with these bad boys!
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon ($24): The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without some “fire water” courtesy of Bourbon extraordinaire Evan Williams. So make someone (or yourself) happy with some Evan Williams Bourbon.
Petrolified Iconic Car Prints ($19): Got carlovers in your life? If yes, surprise them with these minimalistic prints of iconic cars throughout history. It’s sure to class up any man-cave.
Maple Bacon Flavored Ground Coffee 1 lb. Bag ($13.99): Why buy and enjoy them separately when you can simply enjoy it all in a coffee? This is the perfect gift for the bold few who enjoy bacon as well as coffee.
Kopi Luwak Coffee ($70): With the reputation for being “the world’s most expensive coffee”, the Kopi Luwak Coffee is quite an exotic blend of coffee. Harvested using methods that would make you cringe or hurl, the Kopi Luwak Coffee is truly in a class of it’s own.
Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker ($80): Since we’re on the topic of coffee, why not talk about cool brewing methods? Bodum offers this nifty vacuum brewer that’s sure to add a twist to any coffee-lovers brewing ritual.
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare ($60): For the Sony PS4 and Xbox One systems, COD: Advanced Warfare is a perfect choice for the gamelovers in your life.
Parker 71R Safety Razor Shave Set ($80): A classy razor set, the Parker kit has everything you need to shave like a “real man”.
Penfield Summit Parka ($435): Any winter holiday gift guide will be lacking without a jacket recommendation. The Penfield Summit Parka is a quality choice that is sure to last many seasons. A mix of casual and utilitarian, these parkas are right at home over any kind of top; suit, shirt or sweater. And with a line of fur over the hood, it keeps the wind and low temperatures away.
Topo X Woolrich Rover Pack ($190): Topo in partnership with outdoor brand Woolrich, makes these cool day packs. Built by hand in Colorado, this pack is a mix of durability as well as quality. You can feel quality from the fabric used to make the pack, to the seemingly indestructible zippers.
Naked & Famous 32oz. Selvedge Denim ($495): Weighing in at 32oz., this heavyweight from Naked & Famousis are as stiff as they come. It’ll turn any yogaphile or gymnast into a rigid branch. And because they are raw, you’re going to have to break into denim. While it may be a pain to get into or move around in them, this denim is the king of all warm denims. Due to their thickness, this pair of denim is durable and long lasting.
Danner Mtn Light Overton ($330): An item manufactured right here in the U.S. of A., is the Danner Mtn Light Overton boot. The pair comes with Gore-Tex lining (breathable and waterproof) and a suede exterior. And much like the Bison belt, these boots look better with age.
Maple Set Knives ($105): This set of knives is a rather unique item in that each knife is made mostly of wood; with just the blade being metal. By using only a small amount of metal for the blade, it cuts down on the weight, making it comfortable to use.
Shinola: The Runwell Watch ($550): Built in Detroit with passion and quality, the Shinola Runwell watch is a minimalistic watch hand-built to last.
Grovemade: iPhone 6/6+ Wooden iPhone Case ($129-$139): Grovemade iPhone 6/6+ cases are built by hand using leather and wood. Each case is built to near perfection and made to last much longer than the life of the iPhone.
Eye of Mine: GoPro Gimbal ($399): A perfect companion to the GoPro, the Eye of Mine Gimbal is designed to keep the camera steady and leveled in any situation.
YotaPhone 2 ($800): Packed with two displays, the YotaPhone is first of its kind. With a AMOLED 5 inch display in the front and a 4.7 inch E-paper display in the rear, it allows the user to go with a battery saving option by using the B/W rear display. It also comes packed with the usual set of amenities like an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android OS built in.
Brooks Brothers: Fitzgerald Fit Blue with Rust Windowpane Sport Coat ($498): Known for comfort, luxury and quality, Brooks Brothers knocks it out of the park with this tasty number.
Polo: Diamond-Quilted Sport Coat ($279.99): Perfect for the winter season, this coat by Polo is ideal for any classy and simple setups.
Red Wing: Iron Ranger ($310): Designed for durability and know for its ruggedness, the Redwing: Iron Ranger is no exception. You can probably go without another boot for awhile.
Tanner Goods: Utility Bifold Wallet ($100): This Bifold wallet is another example of a quality item built right here in America. But if you’re not fazed by that fact, know that it is well made to last for years.
Canada Goose Freestyle Vest Caribou ($307.80): Jackets are a necessity this holiday season, so are the vests if you’re planning to go for a layered look. Keep warm while looking good with Canada Goose’s Freestyle Vest.
Lomo’ Instant ($120): If you’re bored and annoyed at the design and handling of the Fuji Instax line of instant cameras, why not try one from Lomo? It takes the same film used on the Instax cameras, so you won’t have to commit to another film format.
World Class Driving Experience ($300+): For those who love cars and experience based gifts, the World Class Driving experience will keep you smiling for a few hours. Enjoy a few hours driving cars you can only dream about (i.e.: Ferraris, Lamborghinis and pretty much anything fast).
20th Anniversary Sony PS4 ($650): If you’re a Sony purist, you shouldn’t let this one go. With only 12,300 units being sold, it is a rare piece. Reminiscent of the original Sony PS1, this kit comes with the unit, controller and camera; all in the same color.
Leica M-A ($4750): Put together with extreme scrutiny, Leica’s M-A is 35mm film camera handmade in Germany. Unchanged since the 50s, this camera is made to last longer than your great grandkids, hence the price.
Hendo Hoverboard ($10,000): If Marty McFly was a childhood hero to you and ‘Back to the Future’ was your favorite movie growing up, then the dream of owning a real hoverboard is that much closer. For $10,000 bones you can live out your childhood dreams while emptying your wallet.
Custom Suits by Brook’s Brothers ($14,000+): You know that any item from the Brook’s Brothers line screams quality. These suits are no exception. If money is no issue, why not get your loved ones a suit that matches perfectly to them?
DJI: Inspire 1 Drone ($2899): This little gadget is sure to bring out the kid in you. It’s a perfect item for videographers and enthusiasts alike. Just be mindful of the price.
2016 Lexus RC-F ($60,000+): Lexus is back in full force with a classy and sporty coupe. So go ahead. Buy it for your trophy wife when she says, “You don’t have to get me a Ferrari.”
Fujifilm X100t ($1299): While it looks a lot like the last model, X100S, it comes built in with a large number of new features that will make any photography professional or enthusiast smile.
Lux iPhone 6+ ($12,000): So why is this iPhone so expensive? Just take a look. The 24K gold plated iPhone 6+ also comes with diamond encrusted Apple Logo. Extravagant? Yes.
Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China ($27,000/Night): Take your loved ones to spend a week or two in this palace of a suite. They’ll never forget it. Really. NEVER.
1967 MIKOYAN MIG 21 UM ($70,000): While your millionaire buddies brag about their G6, one up them with a Soviet Era fighter jet.
Moro Monk Strap by A. Testoni ($38,000): Made with alligator skin, the Moro Monk is a labor of love. Meticulously put together, these shoes are made to be durable yet soft and comfortable in any weather condition. Testoni also offers an option to add a gold, diamond encrusted buckle.
$100,001 or Greater
432 Park Avenue: Tallest Condo in the World ($95 million+): If you want to feel like a god in NYC, this is the place to do it. With 360 views of the entire city, the price tag is well worth the money in the Big Bad City.
Wallypower 118 Yacht ($33 Million): “The Darth Vader” of yachts, it definitely lives up to its name. It may not be the biggest, but it is definitely one of the slickest and swiftest yachts out there.
Westbury Castle Estate ($8 Million): If you know anyone that has dreamed about owning a castle, now they can all the way across the pond in England.
Mercedes Benz 6×6 ($600,000): Based off the G-Wagon, the Mercedes Benz 6×6 is sure to help you drive in style during the zombie apocalypse.
The Triton 36000 Personal Sub ($15 Million): If one-upping your rich friends isn’t enough, show your worth by gifting a loved one or yourself, a personal sub.
Prevost Featherlite RV ($1 Million+): Built with all the usual amenities you would find in a villa, the Prevost Featherlite RV is as luxurious as it gets. Travel in style and comfort.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ($2.5 Million): Sold in a two tone black and orange, it is the closet thing to a G6 for the road. If you know anyone with the need for speed, this is something right up their alley.
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