Charles’ expectations were met. This was what he thought he’d feel. The cold biting his cheeks was nothing but sweet pleasure. Everybody’s favorite season’s around the corner. Children. Lovers. Family. He didn’t care much. He was expecting to go through this season alone, but not lonely.
Jimmy Choo Sloane paisley-embroidered velvet slippers, Kolor buttoned-collar mohair-blend and wool sweater, Gitman Vintage slim-fit printed cotton shirt, White Mountaineering double-pleated tapered herringbone twill trousers, Maison Martin Margiela Nubuck leather belt, Etro leather pouch bag, Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck polarized acetate frame sunglasses, Miansai Foksol leather and hook bracelet
Polished does not necessarily mean shiny, plain, and monochrome.
Yves Saint Laurent double-breasted wool blazer, Michael Bastian contrast button-down collar oxford shirt, Slowear Incotex slim-fit plaid wool trousers, Richard James polka-dot silk pocket square, O’Keefe Milo leather wingtip brogues, Yves Saint Laurent woven-leather bracelet, Illesteva Murdoch square-frame acetate sunglasses
Matters of consequence are always in black and white. While matters of importance have grey areas.
Marni knitted-back wool-blend felt blazer, Neighborhood Labour striped brushed cotton-twill oxford shirt, A.P.C. Prince of Wales check linen-blend shorts, Marni flannel paneled leather brogues, Balenciaga day creased-leather messenger bag, Alexander McQueen high-shine leather belt, Thom Browne round-frame mesh-trimmed sunglasses, Marwood woven silk handerkerchief, Junghans x Max Bill stainless steel automatic chronograph watch
The Coffee and Tea Shop Culture
Do you have any idea on how long people stay at a cafe? Some enjoy solitude, some are in deep conversations with friends, and some are just there to exist. All of these percolate to an ambient buzz: a different kind of city noise. That kind that has always been of great interest to both hipsters and preps. Common ground.
Fashion: Bill Amberg hunter leather backpack, Junya Watanabe for Brooks Brothers plaid wool blazer, Lanvin long-sleeved cotton pique polo shirt, YMC cinch-back cotton blend shorts, Dolce & Gabbana printed silk pocket square, Luis Morais woven-leather and yellow gold wrap around bracelet, Uniform Wares 250 Series steel wristwatch, Alexander McQueen oiled-suede oxford brogues
PR 0731 departing Suvarnabhumi at 2:00 PM +8 GMT.
Charles’ consciousness is drifting. His cold palms are rubbing onto each other in hopes of getting warm. He is thinking of how it will be for them. He is worried that he might again be rejected by another street hipster. Now he’s looking on his slippers to find some reassurance. He’s running onto this, getting away from that. He is never looking back.
PR 0731 arriving NAIA at 6:30 PM +8 GMT.
Top: Santiago Gonzalez crocodile leather backpack, Stubbs & Wootton spirit Navajo-inspired slippers
Middle: Oliver Spencer slim-fit cotton-twill travel jacket, John Smedley striped knitted cotton polo shirt
Bottom: Band of Outsiders straight-leg cotton trousers, Drake’s printed wool and silk-blend pocket square, Thom Browne round-frame lens optical glasses
Back-to-back meetings require the comfiest, but still smart, mix.
Top: Neil Barrett Notch Rever slim-fit knitted wool blazer
2nd Row: Marni printed cotton-poplin shirt, Brooks Brothers garment-dyed plain-front 5-inch cotton twill shorts
3rd Row: Gucci fringed leather long-wing brogues, Jil Sander reversible leather tote, Maison Martin Margiela studded leather belt
Bottom: Miansai woven-leather and metal hook bracelet, Uniform Wares 150 Series slim steel wrist watch, Garrett Leight California Optical Hampton detachable front acetate glasses
A Gentleman’s Club
Playing around does not necessarily involve a third party.
Top: Etro slim-fit plaid tweed blazer
2nd Row: Gucci slim-fit printed cotton shirt, Slowear Incotex slim-fit cotton-blend twill chinos
3rd Row: Grenson Sid high-shine leather brogues, Want Les Essentiels de la Vie O’Hare leather tote bag
Bottom: Bottega Veneta engraved leather belt, Alexander McQueen skull-patterned cotton-blend socks, Drake’s silk polka-dot pocket square
Bright Rainy Days
Into the rainy season, prep boys have to bring everything: from Chemistry to gym class. With a pop of color, of course.
Top: Mark McNairy brogues
2nd Row: Gucci suede front jersey varsity jacket, Etro paisley-print cotton shirt
3rd Row: Oliver Spencer slim-fit cotton twill pants, Anderson’s woven belt, Gucci Joy Guccissima leather holdall
Bottom: Garrett Leight California Kinney D-frame acetate optical glasses, Kenzo iPad case, Brooks Brothers windowpane-check automatic umbrella
A blank canvas
Every prep boy is living in a transition wardrobe nowadays. To and fro the city, suburbs, the beach, and the highlands. The best way to get by with ease and comfort is to carry essentials in lightweight bags and luggage. Yes, canvas. Not only does it travel so well, but is versatile. Dress it up. Dress it down. Fail-proof.
Top: Filson small duffle bag
Middle: Superior Labor tote bag, Woolrich leather and canvas backpack
Bottom: TENT by Esther Porter reused tent canvas bag, Marni coated tote bag
Every preppy boy is reminded of childhood memories by picnic trips. Pack up your bags and put on your summer suede brogues. Time to head off to the highlands. Don’t forget the cruiser bike! :-)
Top: Oliver Spencer brogues for Mr. Porter
Middle: Mismo canvas bags, Archival Clothing roll-top backpacks
Bottom: Thom Browne Dita sunglasses, Vanmoof M2-02 bike
Choosing ‘em right. Packing light.
Off to a short vacay in a villa somewhere down south? Essentials in the bag.
Top: Filson cotton-twill messenger bag
2nd Row: Etro trilby hat, Ripple Buttero shoes
3rd Row: Kitsune striped cotton t-shirt, Billy Reid Woody straight-leg linen shorts, Hodinkee watch straps
Bottom: Comme des Garcons embossed leather billfold wallet, Ralph Lauren tumbled leather wash bag, Jack Spade x Selima Optique sunglasses
Out under the Sun.
Sometimes it’s all about having that alone time in the country club, planning a weekend getaway from the city… with a glass of freshly squeezed OJ.
Top: Gant Rugger Madras-check cotton blazer
Middle: Michael Bastian x Randolph sunglasses, Red Wing 9158 handsewn mocassins
Bottom: Etro striped cotton polo shirt, Red Ear cotton-twill shorts, Maison Martin Margiela slit leather bracelet
Asian prep boys opt to do frequent visits to nearby beaches as the mercury rises. And when I say frequent, that’s just every week for a good couple of months. With friends or business partners. With their special someone or just by themselves. I prefer the latter —- with a good book.
Top: John Varvatos laddered linen sweater
2nd Row: Ralph Lauren Purple Label Madison linen shorts, Orlebar Brown setter short-length swim shorts
3rd Row: Alexander McQueen leather sandals, Belstaff leather-trimmed canvas holdall bag
Bottom: Illesteva Lenox detachable front square-framed sunglasses, Mulberry leather iPad case
Keeping it cool.
Prep boys have that innate sexiness: the talk and the walk. And also the bod underneath the layers. They just find it tacky to be open for public consumption.
Top: Margaret Howell garment dyed cotton-twill blazer
2nd Row: YMC contrast-stripe cotton rugby shirt, Jil Sander tasseled suede loafers
3rd Row: Paul Smith straw trilby hat, Ally Capellino Jarvis leather tote bag
Bottom: Rayban foldng wayfarer sunglasses, Incotex madras-check shorts