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On October 24th, 2015 the Lord & Taylor, Washington, DC store was taken over by BDMOTP for the afternoon.  Gentleman were given fashion ideas and advice for the fall season and advised on how to update their personal style for the season. Models sported some fab fall looks during a quick runway show so shoppers could see what’s hot for fall. Master barber, Lamont Whitmore made a special appearance to offer our guests to hot towel treatments. 

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Alton Barber, CEO of Best Dressed Man On The Planet, LLC was on hand to give customers his advice on fashion.  He also used tagged his personal picks for must-haves for the season give customers a peak into his style.

Alton states:

I took L&T’s classic brands and blended and updated them with newer contemporary clothing lines recently acquired by the legendary company. The focus of the fashion show was to take the everyday life styles of the DC man and infuse a bit of modern flare. I tackled business casual, traditional professional, the weekend warrior and after-five.  

Remember, fit, fashion and grooming are the keys to a well dressed man.

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Post and photos by Denee Davis.

Gentleman, would you like to learn how to be a Best Dressed Man?

We are partnering with the Chevy Chase Lord & Taylor location to bring you the hottest men’s fashion trends this fall.

BDMOTP's CEO Alton Barber will be on site offering style tips

BDMOTP’s CEO Alton Barber will be on site offering style tips

The #BDMOTPCertified menswear event will feature a fashion show, an in-house grooming lounge and best of all, Alton Barber, esteemed CEO of BDMOTP.com offering style tips. Lamont Whitmire, Master Barber and Manger at Christopher’s Grooming Lounge will be on hand for hot towel treatments and more.

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Practical Info:

Date & Time: October 24, 2015 from 1-6pm (fashion show at 2pm)

Location: Lord and Taylor
5255 Western Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20015
202-362-9600

For more information, please contact Denee Davis, event coordinator.

*Event subject to change or cancellation.

Ritz-Bazaar held its opening event at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the ritzy Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Ritz-Bazaar is a luxury rental platform for men, founded by Irina Mologoko.

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Irina is one of the super stylists in the Washington, DC area. I attended along with many local fashion professionals and fashionnistas in the DC scene. The event was covered in the press by Biznow. I wore a light grey knit sweater jacket by Giorgio Armani, combined with a horizontal striped T-shirt with a custom pin-striped pant.

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Attention all men in Washington D.C.!!!!

Join us November 22 for a style event

Join us November 22 for a style event

Join us for the men styling & gifting event of the year on November 22, 2014.  

Alton Barber, CEO and founder of Best Dressed Man On The Planet will be on hand with his fashion expertise, as well as Lord &Taylor’s personal fashion advisor Patrice Vales-Macarie.

These top fashion and style guru’s will be present to help you find amazing gifts (for others…or for yourself!) This event is perfect for both men and women–Ladies, if you have a ton of gifts to purchase for him but you don’t know where to start. Or, men, you have a few holiday events to attend and you need help taking your look to the next level.

We will have specialist there to properly fit you for suiting, shirts and pants. Tailors will be on call to make off the rack look custom and stylist to help you put it all together. Expect hourly drawings, a DJ and if that isn’t enough, there will be gift bags for the first 25 guests, refreshments and live models. 

When: November 22, 2014

Where: Lord & Taylor Department Store, Second Floor

5255 Western Ave

Washington, D.C. 20015

One block from the Friendship Heights Metro

Time: 1pm – 6pm

You can register for the event HERE.

Posted by Denee Davis.

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When you think DC, I’m sure you think of monuments, The President and maybe Marvin Gaye, but DC also has its fair share of fashion too. In fact, this was the 10th year anniversary of DC Fashion Week–four full four days of fashion shows and networking.

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America’s Next Top Model contestant Keith Carlos

During the week, I ran into America’s Next Top Model contestant Keith Carlos, whom I chatted with for a bit regarding fashion. When asked what makes a man the best dressed, ANTM Cycle 21 Model Keith Carlos said,”Energy. It’s not what you wear but how you wear it.”

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The opening event was at the National Archives Building and it was a sold out standing room only success. The feature designer was Ean Williams collection named after two of his sons Corjor International. Guest Model Keith Carlos of America’s Next Top Model walked in this supplicated and glamorous show.

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At the Emerging Designers Showcase, the menswear designer Andrew Nowell had a standout showing.  His collection was modern, masculine, and wearable.  Of course, there was a large showing of women fashion but this is Best Dressed Man On The Planet–menswear only! However, brands like Conrad Sinclair, Geek Trendz and Leighel Disiree had interesting pieces in their collection.

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At the 21st International Couture Collections Show, Perfect Gentleman by P.S.W. gave a theatrical presentation. Can we say opera, anyone?

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All in all, the week was exciting and there was great fashionable time had by all. Fashionistas/os out there: the next fashion week is in February, and tickets usually go on sale a month in advance. Hope to see you there!

Post and photos by Denee Davis.

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GQ Magazine is helping the gentleman all over the USA step up their game nationwide by hosting The GQ “How To Series”. I was lucky enough to catch it,and attended the “How To Pump Up Plaid” event at Lord and Taylor in Chevy Chase.

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Nicole Spagnola was the GQ rep on hand to talk about these events nationwide. So what’s this all about? GQ will be showing up in clothing stores, bars and grooming lounges to give men the tools they need to be better 10.2 versions of themselves. The event at Lord and Taylor was a clear success, as all types of men attended in hopes of gaining so great fashion knowledge. Even better, GQ Style Ambassador Sabir M. Peele was on hand with his GQ picks. While talking to Sabir he remarked that the men who attended the event “had a lot of questions and really utilized his expertise”

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GQ Style Ambassador Sabir M. Peele

Attendees were treated to yummy canapés and cocktails while shopping for pieces to add to their wardrobes. There was a DJ to keep the energy up. One of the gentlemen I spoke to, Alex Tzavellas, came from Virginia just for the event and said it was totally worth the drive.

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GQ will be hosting more of these “How To”  events in cities like Chicago, San Francisco, NYC, Miami, Boston Portland and more. Find out more details on the GQ ” How To” website, and see if GQ is coming to your city.

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Redeem is a super cool little gem of a shop. It’s owner is a raven haired ultra chic lady named Lori Parkerson.

The fabulous Redeem owner, Lori

The fabulous Redeem owner, Lori

When you shop at a boutique, you should expect great service, knowledgeable employees and merchandise you can’t buy anywhere. Redeem fits all of those expectations like a glove. It’s the perfect storm of alternative and approachable. The difference between Redeem and every other boutique is all of the employees are personal stylists. If you need help putting your look together, it’s a matter of asking.

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Our model Christian was styled By Lori Parkerson

There is no over-priced, pretentious, design firms represented here. Design firms like Oak, a New York based brand with USA made product, are all over the shop. Lori brings in at least one new brand every season. When I asked Lori who her style icons were, she replied, “Jack White and Captain Jack Sparrow”.

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In my talk with Lori, I asked what three things should every man have in his wardrobe. Her response was :
1. A black or brown shoe
2. A good pair of dark denim
3. An amazing fitted jacket or outerwear piece

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Redeem is located in Washington, DC’s U street corridor. This area of the city is changing and transforming weekly and Redeem fits in perfectly. The price point will shock and amaze you (but in a good way!). There are great quality items at amazing prices. Also, they carry ladies apparel, beautiful accessories and other things that make for great gift giving. Let me just leave this last words from Lori for you to think about.

“The shoe makes the man” – Lori Parkerson

Redeem
1810 14thst. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
(202) 332-7447

Hours
Sunday Noon to 6PM, Monday through Saturday Noon to 8PM

Price Point
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Posted by Denee Davis

So, I’m on the subway when what could only be described as a little bit of masculine heaven passes by me. He should have been Mediterranean perfection except for that buzz kill of a suit. It needed a minimum of two inches cut away from each side or better yet; he should have bought a suit that fits.

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Yikes! Bad fit! Don’t be ” this guy”.

Gentlemen, the difference between a sophisticated man and a guy in a suit is tailoring. When you buy a suit, fit is key. Are your shoulders stopping in the right place? Is there space in the neck area? Is the jacket gapping anywhere? You want your suit to flatter you, not make you look untidy. However, it’s not likely that a suit will be perfect off the rack. On average, most men have thicker necks, broader shoulders and/or longer arms than the size the design world uses. Think of the sizes as an educated guess. Also, you should keep in mind every designer cuts differently. It’s possible to find your perfect match.

Attempting to get more information on this, I sat down with my favorite tailor, Ruth, and found out what you should know. I can’t prove it but I suspect she was birthed at a sewing machine with a measuring tape around her neck. Needless to say she’s been making people look perfect for a long time.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR SUIT FIT PERFECTLY

Ruth says:
• If the shoulders and chest don’t fit, then it’s simply not worth it. It will cost too much to fix it. Leave the suit behind.
• The sleeve, the side seams, the collar and the back seam can all be adjusted within reason.
• Don’t forget the pants. The hem should stop about 1 1/2 inches below the ankle. There are some newer slim fits that stop above the ankle. Don’t hem those pants.
• Look at yourself in the big three-way mirror in the best light and consider the length of the jacket and the style of the suit. Are you too short to carry off the six button double-breasted blazer? Should you have a shorter jacket?

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This is how a suit should properly fit.

There are a few ways to go in terms of where to look for suits and suiting. The most expensive alternative is custom.

Custom made suits can be pricier, but worth it.

Custom made suits can be pricier, but worth it.

Truthfully, while it’s not cheap, I suggest having it done at least once for the experience. If that’s too tall of an order, I suggest the department store. Higher end department stores like Saks, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman carry suits that GQ dreams are made of. For the cost conscience guy, there are lots of department stores that sell quality suits at reasonable prices. Sometimes department stores have sale events where you get free tailoring with purchase. Depending on the retailer you could get crazy good deals.

What I haven’t talked about are the smaller specialty stores and the smaller privately owned shops. Most small specialty stores can’t afford a full time tailor, however, asking costs you nothing. Private shops usually can offer great service and sometimes face time with the designers. Where some men make their mistake is choosing a suit solely based on price. A good deal doesn’t make for a great look.
The suit doesn’t have to be custom; it can be vintage, but take the time to have it tailored. A little bit of effort in your appearance will put you heads and shoulders above the rest.

*Special thanks to Ruth Wongdebalderas at the Washington DC Lord and Taylor for her collaboration.

Posted by Denee Davis

 

 

In Georgetown, mere blocks from bourgeois M Street teeming with tourists, an unexpected coup in Capitol menswear occurred. LostBoys, a men’s-only style studio, enabled the boardroom-badass dichotomy of the Washingtonian man to coexist.

Open since 2008, the cutting-edge establishment has earned a 2012 MR Magazine Uptown/Downtown Honoree award and countless features in publications such as the Washington Post, DC Magazine, and the Washingtonian.

“I never wanted a store, to be honest with you, said Kelly Muccio, owner and lead stylist of Lost Boys.

A native to the area, she worked in New York and LA for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Victorinox before returning to DC more than four years ago. Her guy friends began referring to her for style advice. She was eager to oblige, until demand grew.

All of a sudden I was like, I need something to pull from. Shit! Well I’m going to have to stack my decks. I guess I’ve gotta open a fucking store. Okay! She laughs. Excuse my language, but I lived in New York for five years.

We forgive you. Let’s get real here, Kelly Muccio is a bombshell. Beyond the blonde’s striking good-looks, she also has an exuberant, explosive personality and spontaneous nature. It’s easy to see why male customers love her. But what’s even clearer is why they love Lost Boys: it’s the epitome of effortlessly cool.

My mission was to create a space where guys could come and let their guards down, and really have an open experience with what their style is, and maybe what their style could be. Muccio said.

On the first floor, a single industrial rack lines the right wall, showcasing a curated selection of looks. You’ll find suiting, shirts, outerwear, denim, ties, some basics, and a new collection every week (prices range from $80 tees to $2,000+ suits). A rotating roster of designers includes BandofOutsiders, Theory, JohnVarvatos, Rogan, and more.

While it may seem minimal, the selection is meticulously chosen and is often exclusive. In August, Band of Outsider tailored suiting hit DC for the first time, available only at Lost Boys. The studio carries TheWhiteBriefs, a Swedish brand sold in only ten stores throughout the US. It makes the best in underthings, featuring 100% organic pima cotton tees and briefs cleanly (ahem) packaged in a cubed box.

Muccio keeps a close relationship with the designers she carries and was on the phone with Stefan Miljanic of Gilded Age earlier, gathering the precise details of the process used on the modern yet rugged pair of grey selvedge jeans the store just got in. The f-me jeans, as her team have deemed them, are lined up under a flat-screen TV playing Casino Royale.

I feel like [James Bond is] such a gentleman, yet he’s a 007 killer and he’s a ladies man, Muccio said. But it’s not how he is, it’s how he approaches everything. And that’s what we try to do here.

Lost Boys selection for fall is piece-driven, zeroing in on those special items that can be worn with anything, like a sleek, slate grey leather jacket or a Theory sport coat picture above ($535).

Saying Lost Boys hosts events would be a disservice to the epic remember when..? nights Muccio puts on. No trunk shows or cocktails and cupcakes. We’re talking about a fashion versus foodie throwdown with the designers of Shipley & Halmos and Rouge 24’s R.J. Cooper, and a night dedicated to the lost art of the pre-game with straight-razor shaves and cocktails with Tryst’s bartender, to name a few.

With our events here, I want to add to that fantasy of elegance and quoi and know-how that I personally find attractive, she said.

Muccio mentions a possible collaboration with the designer Rogan Gregory, who also happens to weld modern Eames chairs and designed some of the furniture in Lost Boys.

How sick would that be to go to an event with a guy with a blowtorch being like, ˜This is how you fucking make furniture™? Pretty sick.

Everything in the store emulates this raw masculinity and gentlemanliness — from the plush leather chairs to the classic Sinatra soundtrack to the Suede & Smoke aroma (courtesy of the man-approved Deliriumcandles).

And just like a true man of mystery, the studio has a secret: The Black Room.

In the beginning, so many clients were requesting one-on-one appointments that the store ended up being closed more than open. So when the second level became available, Muccio jumped at the opportunity to create a fantasy playground for styling exclusive clients.

If I personally, as an artist and a creator, have a space to dedicate to this, what would my fantasy be of upstairs? Muccio asked herself.  And so the esoteric second floor of Lost Boys was born.

The Black Room was engineered by Muccio and modeled after a black box theater — an empty space where anything could happen.

There are three, huge, metal, gritty as… mmmph…

No word exists for the cabinets she’s describing. It’s simply that raw grit only a noise can express.

Three head-to-toe looks literally and dramatically swing open on these huge doors, Muccio said.

It’s here that she makes magic happen. On top of pulling items from downstairs, she uses industry contacts to bring in pieces right off the runway.

I’m buying what I see in each of my clients. So I feel like my journey with each client is exactly that… a journey, Muccio said. It’s like, where am I going to take them next?

Muccio and her staff have dressed Cabinet members, foreign diplomats, and White House Correspondence dinner attendees as well as those guys looking to develop everyday, standout style. But it goes beyond dropping names or big money.

To be honest, Lost Boys is more than a store or even a style studio, like I like to call it, or a work space for guys, Muccio said. It’s a world. And to me, it’s my job to not only help a man claim his identity through clothing, but help him claim his identity through his interests, through what he’s learning. Muccio explains, ¨A guy who can walk into the room, and you have no idea when he leaves what he was wearing, but you remember the essence of that guy… that’s when a man is pulling together all those details. That’s the one who everyone is having a cocktail, and all of a sudden takes a moment , and doesn’t even realize that they’ve stopped conversation.

Rocco, Muccio’s French bulldog, keeps watch over the merchandise.

Lost Boys

1033 31st Street

Neighborhood: Georgetown

Store Hours:

Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Black Room:

Requests only. Limited availability.

Prices: $$$

 

Posted By: Jessica Gressa

 

You wouldn’t know it, but those khakis you’re about to buy in blue, sage, and red? They’re actually the same carpenter pants you wore in the 90s. Only they’ve been re-cut in a slimmer, modern style and over-dyed in bold colors.

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Overdye red khakis, vest converted from damaged blazer, and fall men’s blazer.

Photo by Kim Maxwell Vu

At Ginger Root Design, everything that is old is new again… and we mean that in the literal sense. Owners Kristen Swensen and Erin Derge have created a unique brand that includes a boutique, clothing line, and tailoring shop that focuses on reviving the past.

Swensen made the move to DC in 2009 and ran a tailoring business out of her apartment in Shaw called ReVamp. When demand for her services grew, Swensen called upon her best friend from Minnesota, Derge, and soon the two red-haired Midwestern women were at the helm of what is now one of the most buzzed about lines in DC.

The charming U Street shop is chock-full of locally made men’s and women’s clothing, neckwear, cufflinks, and more. Among the accessories and artwork from talented locals is the Ginger Root line, all eco-friendly and upcycled from old clothes or vintage/surplus fabrics. You’ll find a variety of unique pieces for the modern guy and the vintage-inspired gent — pocketed men’s button-ups; revamped vintage vests with stripes and decorative applique embellishments on the back; and the signature Ginger Root ascots, available in a variety of colors and patterns.

 

Ginger Root Mens vest: vintage refurbished vest that has added stripes on the back from an old tie.

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Ascot recycled from vintage tie.

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Above the boutique is a recently renovated tailoring/design space  where they restore treasured clothing items. Here the pair and a group of alteration experts work on everything from tailoring suits in a fitted, tapered way (something old-school tailors may protest) to simply hemming dress pants.

We also get a number of men that want us to modernize/redesign old pieces they have had around for 5-10 years but can’t let go of, they wrote in an exclusive interview with BDMOTP. Sometimes shopping your closet can cost the same as buying something brand new, but it’s more unique, custom tailored, and often times those older garments were made better (especially vintage pieces).

The turnaround time for altering a suit is typically two weeks, although they can swing basic alterations to pants and button-ups in a week. Tailoring for suits costs from $50 to $150, whereas hemming pants or taking in the waist is generally $25. They are by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead.

As if a clothing line/boutique/tailor isn’t ambitious enough, the ladies also host basic sewing classes and hope to have a men’s clothing pop-up in the near future, so be sure to check their blog, where you can also see some examples of their work and pick up some sewing terminology.

Fashion is contagious, and each day someone takes a risk with their wardrobe, they help give another person a little boost of confidence to try a new style as well, they wrote. DC has great momentum, and even though there’s a lot of work to do yet in the fashion scene here, it’s getting better every day.

Modern Guy display.

Photo by Ginger Root

Vintage-inspired display with Ascots.

Photo by Ginger Root

New pocketed men’s button-up, paired with outlined tie, and overdye khakis.

Photo by Ginger Root

Cuffs for men by Metal Musings, owner Erin’s mom.

Photo by Kim Maxwell Vu

All men’s blazer closed, converted from vintage blazers.

Photo by Kim Maxwell Vu

Overdye red khakis, vest converted from damaged blazer, and fall men’s blazer

Photo by Kim Maxwell Vu

Ginger Root Design

1530 U St. NW
Neighborhood: U Street

Store Hours:
Monday, 2 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon to 7 p.m.
Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.