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About Benjamin Liong Setiawan

With a decade of writing and editing under his belt, Benjamin Liong Setiawan has covered fashion from the inside. He earned his industry stripes at Saks Fifth Avenue, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors and DKNY before transitioning into an editorial role at Surface Magazine. He has previously held the positions of Editor at Large at Racked.com and Fashion and Accessories Editor at Niche Media, where he directed menswear coverage. Benjamin holds a Bachelor's degree from Parsons, The New School for Design. Follow Benjamin on Twitter.

Color Coordinated, Part III: Sunny Side Up

We round out our color series by going to one of the most visible places. That’s right, your face. While colored frames aren’t for everyone, colored lenses are surprisingly democratic. “A hint of tint in the lenses subtly updates classic frames. They can help a guy see and be seen in a whole new light,” says Eric Jennings, VP and Men’s Fashion Director. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your sunglass game. The same rules of finding the right style to match the shape of your face applies, but getting a pair with colored lenses takes it to a whole other level. A classic wayfarer silhouette suddenly looks fresh when Super by Retrosuperfuture adds lenses that change color depending on the angle. Oliver Peoples modernizes…

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We round out our color series by going to one of the most visible places. That’s right, your face. While colored frames aren’t for everyone, colored lenses are surprisingly democratic. “A hint of tint in the lenses subtly updates classic frames. They can help a guy see and be seen in a whole new light,” says Eric Jennings, VP and Men’s Fashion Director.

Now is the perfect time to upgrade your sunglass game. The same rules of finding the right style to match the shape of your face applies, but getting a pair with colored lenses takes it to a whole other level. A classic wayfarer silhouette suddenly looks fresh when Super by Retrosuperfuture adds lenses that change color depending on the angle. Oliver Peoples modernizes the pair of frames that Gregory Peck’s character wore in To Kill A Mockingbird. New life is breathed into a style that was popularized 50 years ago by recreating them with indigo lenses and setting them in clear acetate frames.

 

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Color Coordinated, Part II: Wrist Wars

In the second installment of our 3 part series, we bring the focus over to area with very limited real estate: the wrist. Long gone are the days of the ID bracelet. Now there’s a plethora of options to choose from (like these from Miansai). Having a little color peek out from your sleeve or shirt cuff is a subtle way to show a bit of your own flair without having to shout it. Bracelets have an intimate quality to them. Each one can reflect a different part of your personality. Eric Jennings, our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, suggests, “Mixing different materials, items, colors and sizes on the same wrist. The more the merrier!” Feel free to stack a couple to create arm party….

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In the second installment of our 3 part series, we bring the focus over to area with very limited real estate: the wrist. Long gone are the days of the ID bracelet. Now there’s a plethora of options to choose from (like these from Miansai). Having a little color peek out from your sleeve or shirt cuff is a subtle way to show a bit of your own flair without having to shout it. Bracelets have an intimate quality to them. Each one can reflect a different part of your personality.

Eric Jennings, our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, suggests, “Mixing different materials, items, colors and sizes on the same wrist. The more the merrier!” Feel free to stack a couple to create arm party. After all, we shouldn’t take everything so seriously. It’s important to remember to have fun!

 

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Color Coordinated, Part I

Color has been an important theme over the past few seasons. What better time of year to embrace color than now with the lush green grass contrasting against the vibrant blue skies? One of the easiest ways to inject color into your wardrobe with minimal commitment is through accessories. Part 1 of our 3 part series begins with something so foundational as socks. While many consider it an after thought, it really shouldn’t be. Hosiery is one of those areas that is noticed more for when it’s not done right. Prime example: white tube socks paired with dress shoes. Our resident sartorial sage, VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, shares his thoughts on colored socks. “For casual looks, coordinate laces and socks to compliment…

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Color has been an important theme over the past few seasons. What better time of year to embrace color than now with the lush green grass contrasting against the vibrant blue skies? One of the easiest ways to inject color into your wardrobe with minimal commitment is through accessories.

Part 1 of our 3 part series begins with something so foundational as socks. While many consider it an after thought, it really shouldn’t be. Hosiery is one of those areas that is noticed more for when it’s not done right. Prime example: white tube socks paired with dress shoes.

Our resident sartorial sage, VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, shares his thoughts on colored socks.

“For casual looks, coordinate laces and socks to compliment something else on your outfit (just don’t think too hard about it, matchy-matchy is a no!). For the boardroom, classic socks should match your trousers.” Below are hook + ALBERT and Paul Smith.

 

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It’s A Formal Affair

It was Sly and the Family Stone who sang, “you’re still checking each other out” and nowhere is that more true than during black tie events. Whether you’re heading to a wedding or the baccarat table, you might as well make sure that you get your formal look right, especially if you’re going to invest all of that effort. Let’s discuss the accoutrements that will help you stand out from the sea of similarity that frequently plagues these events. Adding one of these formal accessories hand picked by our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, will ensure your look is more James Bond rather than Rick James. And while you’re not gunning for any best-dressed lists, it’s still nice to be recognized.  As Sly…

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It was Sly and the Family Stone who sang, “you’re still checking each other out” and nowhere is that more true than during black tie events. Whether you’re heading to a wedding or the baccarat table, you might as well make sure that you get your formal look right, especially if you’re going to invest all of that effort.

Let’s discuss the accoutrements that will help you stand out from the sea of similarity that frequently plagues these events. Adding one of these formal accessories hand picked by our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, will ensure your look is more James Bond rather than Rick James. And while you’re not gunning for any best-dressed lists, it’s still nice to be recognized.  As Sly once crooned: “nobody wants to be left out.”

hook + ALBERT Metallic Leather Lapel Pin: $95

“Make a statement by trading in your traditional boutonniere for a metallic leather lapel accent.”

S.T. Dupont Rose Gold Lighter: $1,225

“A true gentleman is always prepared.”

Louis Leeman Gold Studded Evening Slippers: $750

“A bold take on the traditional smoking slipper, these gold studded shoes add a little bit of rock n’ roll.”

Tateossian Diamond Dust Cufflinks: $1,600

“Add some swagger to your wrists with these diamond dusted cufflinks.”

BOSS Black Round Pocket Square: $35

“The beauty of a round pocket square is that no folding is required. Just stick it in your breast pocket and you’re good to go.”

Saks Fifth Avenue Gross Grain Silk Bow Tie: $68

“This silk gross grain bow tie by Saks Fifth Avenue is my go to tie for formal occasions.”

 

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Guys: Which one of these will you be sporting at the baccarat table? Tell us in the comments.

To order any of these items call 1.877.551.7257.

 

 


Navigating the Waters

We help guys choose the right swimwear for every destination

It’s that time of the year. We’ve already sprung forward with our extra hour of daylight and now it’s time to get together our travel plans for the summer. But we’ll also need to consider what we will be bringing. No matter the locale, there’s sure to be a beach, perhaps surfing on Bondi; a pool, maybe an infinity in the Maldives; or a hot tub for that après ski soak in Patagonia. With all the swim options available, choosing the right pair can become a daunting task. Enter our resident style guru, VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, who helps us hone in on the appropriate swimwear to suit every need. You knew that was coming. 2(X)IST New Core Rio Swim Briefs: I…

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It’s that time of the year. We’ve already sprung forward with our extra hour of daylight and now it’s time to get together our travel plans for the summer. But we’ll also need to consider what we will be bringing. No matter the locale, there’s sure to be a beach, perhaps surfing on Bondi; a pool, maybe an infinity in the Maldives; or a hot tub for that après ski soak in Patagonia.

With all the swim options available, choosing the right pair can become a daunting task. Enter our resident style guru, VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, who helps us hone in on the appropriate swimwear to suit every need. You knew that was coming.

2(X)IST

New Core Rio Swim Briefs: I grew up on a swim team and have always loved a plain red “Speedo” type suit. 2XIST makes the best fitting underwear so it make sense that these are the best fitting swim briefs.

Vilebrequin

Solid Stretch Swim Trunks: This is what I call “beach to boardwalk.” Perfect for swimming in the ocean and strolling on the boardwalk.

Sundek

Rainbow Board Shorts: Classic southern California board shorts with the iconic rainbow on the rear. My go-to swimsuit for summer holiday.

Burberry Brit

Brinn Check Swim Trunks: I’ve always loved the Burberry check. And I look better in short trunks, so these are a great match for me!

Onia

Charles Macro Paisley Swim Trunks: I’m not a big print guy when it comes to swim suits, but I love the paisley print on these swim trunks by Onia.

 

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Guys — what kind of swim suit is your favorite for summer? Tell us in the comments.