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 Warm Hearty Laugh
In times like this, the indescribable pleasure of light reading while curling up in a lounge chair is highly recommended. A cup of hot chocolate on the oak side table by the window.
Top: Lanvin double-breasted merino wool cardigan
2nd Row: Gant Rugger madras-check button-down collar cotton shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren cotton-twill chinos
3rd Row: Stubbs & Wootton velvet slippers, Etro woven-leather and cotton belt
Bottom: Luis Morais woven-leather and yellow gold wrap-around bracelet, David Sedaris’ “Dress Up Your Family In Corduroy And Denim”
I woke up this morning greeted by bed weather. I can help but to remember how crazy it is recently. Just like in the Brit isles, rain and shine do occur in a day. To be ready, a prep boy needs some layers. School. Work. Or just running around to do some errands.
Top: Paul Smith Yves fringed monk-strap brogues
2nd Row: Mackintosh Dunoon bonded-cotton rain coat, Black Fleece textured knitted-cotton waistcoat
3rd Row: Simon Spurr fused-panel checked slim-fit cotton shirt, Oliver Spencer cotton twill straight-leg suit trousers
4th Row: Maison Martin Margiela leather messenger bag, Drake’s slim knitted silk tie
Bottom: Anderson’s cotton and suede belt, Linda Farrow Luxe round-frame optical glasses
From bank runs to talking to dealers and suppliers, prep boys in summer transition wear do it at a marathon pace. No sprinting, but just right to last for the long haul.
Top: Maison Kitsune piped cotton-canvas jacket
2nd Row: Ralph Lauren Purple Label cotton rugby shirt, Sandro Pharel cotton chino shorts
3rd Row: Gucci brogue-detail tasseled suede loafers, A.P.C. cotton twill and leather satchel
Bottom: RayBan Outdoor aviators, Miansai utility rope bracelet
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
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
Business meeting at the marina.
Top: Beams Plus double-breasted cotton-twill blazer
2nd Row: Sandro class contrast-collar cotton shirt, Hartford washed cotton-twill shorts
3rd Row: Church’s Shanghai fringed leather and linen loafers, Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather briefcase
Bottom: Illesteva Milan acetate and metal round-frame sunglasses, Drake’s dancing steps printed cotton and silk-blend pocket square
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
5 days. 2 cities. We are so booked! Countdown to Q2 of 2012 starts now. See you there, preppies. :-)
Top: Beams navy cardigan
2nd Row: Junya Watanabe paneled linen-blend shirt, Ralph Lauren Purple Label Madison tailored shorts
Bottom: Bally Comu brogue, Ralph Lauren alligator weekender, Brooks Brothers straw boater hat
Roses are red.
It’s always something private. A prep boy doesn’t carry around a bouquet of roses for it reminds him of the childish disillusionment from his first love. Rather, a warm smile - with the rosy sunset as its back drop, welcomes a once-stranger to his heart. And what follows next is a laid-back dinner at one of his favorite spots: the bay.
Top: Mr. Hare August suede bucks
2nd Row: Beams Plus New Casco Bay bomber jacket, Etro Arles contrast-trim striped shirt
3rd Row: Marni cotton shorts, Anderson’s woven waxed linen belt
Bottom: Bill Amberg Hunter full grain leather backpack, Yves Saint Laurent square frame metal sunglasses, Miansai utility rope and anchor bracelet