Khaki’d Up

Suit Up

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Early morning in Noho, coffee cup in my hand, ready to hit it hard. So what better way to hit the day running than with a sharp suit.

 

This year has been a great one for men’s style. If we look at all the color trends in the fashion world we notice that one of those color trends stood out a lot more than others. That color of course is Camel. All it took was signing off on the “It color” and the trend caught fire. So I hit the streets of North Hollywood, CA, this morning with my photo and media partner Innovative Nik, to give you my take on this trendy color in an H&M khaki suit.

 

The Look

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The cool thing about this color and this suit in general is that, you can wear it to a business meeting and then, without making any adjustments go right to a casual lunch or hit the night. It’s a very versatile look that works well in many different settings and if you’re as busy as I am, you need exactly that.

 

The Breakdown

Suit: H&M    Shirt: H&M


Lapel Flower: Shipp and 36th


Watch: Aldo   Shoes: Rockport

 

A cool way to stay dressed up and casual at the same time is the invisible tie. How do I accomplish this look you ask? Simple, just button your shirt all the way up to the top, then take your tie and toss it out the window. Proceed to walk out the door and into meetings like nothing is missing and wa-lah   you’ve successfully pulled of the invisible tie. Check the swag.

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Go out and buy yourself a khaki/camel suit and see if you don’t turn heads. You will not regret it.

 

-Mr. Shipp

 

Written By: Mr. Shipp himself – Photos By: Innovative Nik for S&G Media

The Flowers

The Story

For a while now I have had a fascination with one particular mens fashion accessory. It of course started with my need to be subtly different when it comes to my personal style. So i’m asking myself ,

Hmmm. What can I do differently to this suit? How can I add a little bit extra and still keep it classic.

My answer came in the form of a little fabric flower called a boutonniere or lapel flower. I immediately fell in love. What a perfect suit accessory for a guy like me. Although lapel flowers are getting a little more attention in the mens fashion world, they are still something you don’t see every day and they are that little extra touch that everyone seems to notice.

I started wearing these little buddies with every suit and eventually started making my own. The lapel flower is actually what sparked the idea for Shipp and 36th. I became more and more fascinated with making my own accessories and thought to myself,

Hmm. Maybe I should start my own hand made mens accessories line.

And the rest is history. So after months of testing different styles and fabrics I have came up with a small collection of lapel flowers that I am proud of. So for the first time ever I am sharing my babies with you.

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Shipp and 36th mini daisy collection: 1st edition

The idea with boutonnières is that you want them to stand out but you don’t want them to be distracting. That’s a fine line. So I chose subtle patterns and color combinations that pop without making too much noise.

You can check out my lapel flowers as well as my 1st ever accessory kit that includes my limited edition Gotham black lapel flowers and pocket square at the Shippand36th store on etsy.com

 

The Look

 

Go check out the shop and support if you can. Perfect Christmas gift for that dapper gentleman in your life. Trust me if he’s anything like me, he’ll want to rock his lapel flower every single chance he gets.

There’s my shameless promotion. I’ll back to the style tips next week with a semi casual California winter look.

#Swerve

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Written by: Mr Shipp Himself  – Photos: Nika “@innovativenik” Gocha

The road to the Broad: Adventures in Art heaven

Last weekend, my beautiful girlfriend/multi media guru @innovativenik (Instagram handle) and I took a trip to Downtown Los Angeles to check out “The Broad”. If you don’t know about The Broad Museum already heres a quick little Wikipedia excerpt to sum it all up:

The Broad (/broʊd/ US dict: brōd) is a contemporary art museum in Downtown, Los Angeles. The museum is named for philanthropist Eli Broad, who is financing the $140 million building which houses the Broad art collections.[2] The museum offers free general admission to its permanent collection galleries.[2] It opened on September 20, 2015.[3]

Those are the facts, but once you actually step foot inside the beautifully designed piece of architectural genius that is The Broad, you quickly find out that this is much more than an expensive building with a heap of art in it. This is an experience.

Since I knew I was going to be surrounded by a sea of well dressed “creatives” I figured I’d dress up just a tad bit to look the part.


 

 

The Look

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Olive Khakis: Forever 21 Vest: H&M Tie and Shirt: DKNY Shoes: ASOS Sued Double Monk-straps
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We managed to find a little shade that day. It was about 95 degrees. Which is why it’s always important to carry your shades. I don’t spend much on sunglasses. These are a pair of Aldo frames. They retail in sets of 2 for only $20.00

Also notice the socks or lack there of. If you’re like me going sickles is a big no no. That doesn’t mean we can’t still get that no socks look. Invest in a few pairs of “invisible socks”. I got mine from ASOS; a 7 pack for about $12.00.

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As always, keep the accessories simple. I wanted to point out the Black Hand Rolled Cotton Pocket square that i strategically placed in the pocket of my vest. It is a Shipp and 36th original that comes as part of my first ever accessory kit. These kits retail at only $50.00. Make sure you check it out.  Shipp and 36th “Gotham Black Kit”

 

 

I’m going to share more pictures of my trip to the broad in the following post. I’ll go into detail a little bit more as well, but if you are in Los Angeles and are looking for a little “culture” head on down to The Broad Museum and take it all in. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Till next time. Stay fresh.

#swerve

-Mr. Shipp

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Written by: Mr. Shipp – Photos: Nika Gocha of S&G media

 

Chandler Bikeway Mural Swag

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Some times inspiration just hits you out of no where. It doesn’t happen as often as we would like so when it does, you have to ride that wave like you grew up in San Diego California’s Pacific Beach. Then there are times when inspiration knocks you flat on your stylish little ass. This happens even less often, so moments like this, you just stop what you’re doing, cancel all other plans and get to work. id imagine that, the type of inspiration I just described looks something like the beautiful piece of art pictured above. My girl and I drove past this Mural while scouting for locations for our next photoshoot. We literally had to stop the car and take it all in. My initial Plan was to take a few shots of my cool Red and Black look, but hey, sometimes, the background should really be in the foreground. So i thought i’d let this beautiful mural stand alone…

The Chandler Bikeway


The Mural pictured above is just one of the many beautiful works of art found on the last mile stretch of the Chandler Bikeway. The Chandler Bikeway is a beautiful bike path that stretches from residential Burbank to North Hollywood. The trail sits on top of the old Burbank Branch of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company Railroad. I use to run the bike trail years ago while training for a half marathon, and I would often take a book with me, sit on a bench and watch all the beautiful people fly by on their bikes, skate boards, roller blades, and of  course, wagons. Its the perfect place to take the family for a bike ride, or even take the date for an afternoon stroll. I focused on the last mile of the trail to highlight one of my favorite color combinations: Black and red

The Look

Black and Red


I picked up both the jeans and the shirt from Forever 21 while shopping for some basics. Forever 21 is great for finding inexpensive, stylish cloths  but you have to watch yourself because its easy to leave this place looking like a 16 year old boy. So please be aware of what “trends” work for you and what you should probably leave to your teenage nephew. This look cost me less than $50 and I couldn’t of looked any cooler. Check it out!

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The breakdown


2nd Hand hat: $5.00 Shades: Aldo 2 for $20.00
2nd Hand hat: $5.00
Shades: Aldo 2 for $20.00
Watch: Aldo $35.00 Leather Feather bracelet: Aldo $15.00 Red beaded bracelet: Flea market. 2 for $10.00
Watch: Aldo $35.00
Leather Feather bracelet: Aldo $15.00
Red beaded bracelet: Flea market. 2 for $10.00
Black Slip Ons: ASOS $16.00 on sale
Black Slip Ons: ASOS $16.00 on sale

If you get the chance, go check out the bike trail. Get some air. See the art. Get active and cultured at the same time. I’m sure you’ll have a good time. and if you see Pooch, tell him darius said Hi (see picture below).

-Mr. Shipp

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You don’t cook Brah???

Listen, I can go on and on about why it is important to cook. I can pour out paragraph after paragraph and sentence after sentence on the subject. I can talk for hours about how a nice, home cooked meal has turned an angry lover of mine into putty in my hand. I can tell you over and over again that women love men who can cook but hey, how about I let Janice Dickinson break it down for you:

I like the way he handled himself in the kitchen. I like men who cook. Men who cook are generally good lovers.”

-Janice Dickinson

Look, it’s simple science. Men who cook, break headboards. So Why don’t you drop the Xbox controller for a second, pick up a f***ing spatula and get to flippin’.

This weekend I got out on the grill and cooked a little Lunch for my girl and I and I looked damn good doing it if I say so myself. So I’ll highlight the meal and the look for all you future chefs out there.

The Meal

OG Surf and Turf: Steak with Gorgonzola Herb Butter, Sautéed Lemon and Herb Shrimp, Balsamic glazed asparagus and butternut squash risotto.


When you want to impress, go with a surf n' turf!
When you want to impress, go with a surf n’ turf!
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Steak tip: When you cook a steak, Do Not over season. The star should be the meat. Salt and Pepper is all you need. If you are a lover of steak sauce, instead of drenching your steak in it, just baste the steak with a little sauce while its cooking. I grilled this steak for about 12 minutes. 7 minutes on one side and 5 on the other. It came out medium well which is how I like it!
You gotta' have veggies. I have a couple of tricks to make my vegetables pop. Number 1 is butter and Number 2 is balsamic vinegar. I added both to this asparagus and grilled it in foil. It came out with a delicious buttery glaze.
You gotta’ have veggies. I have a couple of tricks to make my vegetables pop. Number 1 is butter and Number 2 is balsamic vinegar. I added both to this asparagus and grilled it in foil. It came out with a delicious buttery glaze.
I like white wine and this SB was amazing. Whites go very well with seafood.
I like white wine and this SB was amazing. Whites go very well with seafood.

Look you don’t have to be a gourmet chef but you should have a couple of recipes in your back pocket when you need to impress. Surf and turf is always a hit in my book. I’ve went ahead and added links to the recipes I used for my Surf n’ Turf. See below and get to grilling.

Lemon Herb Grilled Shrimp

Steaks with Gorgonzola Herb Butter

The Look


Black and blue.
Black and blue.

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As you can see I kept this look simple because I wanted the eye to zoom in on my electric Blue Kicks by ASOS.
As you can see I kept this look simple because I wanted the eye to zoom in on my electric Blue Kicks by ASOS.

The Break Down

These beast right here steal the show. Comfortable, bright, and cool as Polar Bear Poo. I found these ASOS kicks on line on sale for about $25.00
These beast right here steal the show. Comfortable, bright, and cool as Polar Bear Poo. I found these ASOS kicks on line on sale for about $25.00
I got all my accessories from Aldo with the exception of my watch which is a midnight blue Invicta Watch with interchangeable bands.
I got all my accessories from Aldo with the exception of my watch which is a midnight blue Invicta Watch with interchangeable bands.
Black and Blue
Black and Blue

And there you have it. When it comes to cooking, try a Surf n’ Turf when you want to impress. Also remember that when you have on a bold item, like my electric blue shoes, keep the rest of the look simple to let your statement piece shine!

Real men cook Gents, remember that.

-Mr. Shipp

Written By: Mr. Shipp – Photos by: S&G Media

Fall Into Fall the Gentleman’s Guide part 3: Texture

The final segment of my fall guide is probably one of the most important: texture. texture is like the red headed step child of mens personal style. It does so much for a mans outfit, but we hardly pay texture any mind. Shame on us. Then again who can blame us. No one really dives in deep and thinks about what types of textures they want to play with each day and I don’t expect you to after reading this post. What I want to do is make you aware of texture so that you can add a little extra flavor to your outfits. Adding a knitted tie to you look instead of a basic silk or cotton tie will add dimension and depth to your otherwise normal look. Textured scarves, hats, even the textures on your shoes play a key role in making your look pop.

Im not going to go over all the different types of fabric and woven materials. The purpose of this guide is to make things simple. So just remember texture is anything woven, or knitted, or  anything that course to the touch. take a look at the few examples below. Adding pieces like this to your basic wardrobe will add another dimension to your personal style. Texture is important.

Scarves
Scarves
Knitted Ties
Knitted Ties
Shoes
Shoes and Belts

The trick is to buy some items that have a little texture to them.  Adding pieces like these to your wardrobe make it so that you don’t have to think about these things. You can just toss on your cloths and go. The basics are good and very important but when we want to go beyond the basics and add a little extra “style” to our personal style, texture is a good place to start.

Thats sums up the Fall into fall Guide. Refer back to these post for a little inspiration and guidance when shopping for you fall wardrobe. Remember to Add color, layer and play with different textures. Follow these three simple steps and you’ll be on your way to becoming one stylish Gent this autumn! #swerve

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-Mr. Shipp

Written By: Mr. Shipp

Fall Into Fall. The Gentleman’s Guide, Part 2: Layering

Part 2 of our guide to fall is all about Layering. Being from California, where it’s summer all year round, I only understand layering from a style standpoint and thats very important to know. because of this I can’t talk to much about layering to beat the cold, or how to wrap your scarf to protect your face from frost bite (I think that’s what they do in New York, right?). I layer in the fall because it looks good and I’m not ashamed to say it! but here is a little guide I found online via my good buddy google that breaks down how many layers to wear according to number of degrees it is outside.

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There you go: Science! Now lets get into the style of it all, but lets set some ground rules first shall we? We don’t want to walk down the street looking like we just stepped off of a Milan fashion week runway:

Take note. This is what you look like when you decide to put on every single article of clothing you own. Keep it simple.
Take note. This is what you look like when you decide to put on every single article of clothing you own. Keep it simple.

When it comes to layering. I have just a few pointers. 1: Remember to keep it simple. You want every article of clothing to be visible and stand out in its own way. Adding too many layers to your outfit just looks cluttered. 2: Play with textures. I’ll be covering texture in the final segment of this guide, but for now, just remember that texture can really make the difference between mundane and exrtordinary. Also here’s a little tip, throw on a scarf or a beanie for Christ’s sake. Accessorize. Make your fall look your own by beating the cold AND looking good at the same time. There’s so much to work with in the fall. Check it out.

Sweaters, scarves, hoodies, cardigans, boots, beanies, gloves. Look at these examples of fall layering and get inspired!
Sweaters, scarves, hoodies, cardigans, boots, beanies, gloves. Look at these examples of fall layering and get inspired!

Remember to have fun, keep it simple and accesories your fall looks. Look out for the final installment of the Fall Into Fall Guide, all about texture. Till then, keep it fresh! #swerve

Black On Black On Bradbury

Hop on the Los Angeles metro’s red Line; get off at Pershing Square; walk down 5th and cut a left onto Broadway and you’ll make your way to 304 S broadway, The BradBury Building. From the outside it is a very unsuspecting looking building but walking inside you quickly understand what the fuss is all about. That’s why we chose to highlight a minimalistic all black look here. The beautiful scenery almost elevated this simplistic look to another level.

A stop on most walking tours of Downtown Los Angeles, the historic Bradbury Building is a stunning example of late 1800 american architecture.
A stop on most walking tours of Downtown Los Angeles, the historic Bradbury Building is a stunning example of late 1800 american architecture.

Built in 1983 the Bradbury Building automatically grabs your attention as you walk into the light filled victorian courtyard for the first time. The court rises almost fifty feet with open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings. Still an operating Office building, guest are only allowed into the courtyard but trust me that is enough for a sensory overload.

The Look

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We all know I love color, but one of my favorite looks of all time, is ALL BLACK. When suited up, to me nothing compares to black on black. Black just seems to cut and shape the body in such a flattering way, making even the most doughy man look as sharp as a tack. Street style is the same. All black is easy, edgy and so ridiculously cool it should be illegal! I literally threw on my favorite black wing tipped boots, and black basics and I couldn’t have looked any cooler. Check it out.

Shirt: Forever 21 $14.99 Pants: H&M $19.99 Boots: Buffalo Exchange (2nd hand store) $24.99 As you can see this look cost next to nothing. I usually pick up my basics from stores like this and dress them up with more expensive pieces.
Shirt: Forever 21 $14.99
Pants: H&M $19.99
Boots: Buffalo Exchange (2nd hand store) $24.99
As you can see this look cost next to nothing. I usually pick up my basics from stores like this and dress them up with more expensive pieces.
I kept the accessories simple as usual. I picked up the neckless at the OC fair for $3 and watch is one of my favorites. A gift from my father.
I kept the accessories simple as usual. I picked up the neckless at the OC fair for $3 and watch is one of my favorites. A gift from my father.
I love how the boots are polished only at get tip and matte everywhere else.
I love how the boots are polished only at the tip and matte everywhere else.
Sunglasses: Aldo 2 for $20.00
Sunglasses: Aldo 2 for $20.00

The combination of this simple black look against the striking details of the Bradbury’s Victorian courtyard is, dare I say, perfect in so many ways. Every shot was something for the record books. Raw, rough, dark, but also vibrant, warm and glamorous at the same time.

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So there you have it. Go out and re create this look by buying yourself some all black basics. Remember its not about how much you spend with your basics. If they fit well, throw it in the bag. You can always dress up your basics with more expensive statement pieces.

And if you find yourself wandering aimlessly in downtown Los angeles, stop by The Bradbury and take in all the awesomeness that surrounds you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

-Mr. Shipp

Written By: Mr. Shipp  –  Photos by: S&G Photography