7 Men on Their 2018 Style Resolutions
Aside from the inevitable hangover, the slate on 2018 is still probably pretty clean . To keep it that way, we’re going to keep it light on the resolution front. Rather than discussing, say, fitness goals and plant-based diet plans with our gentlemen friends, we asked them about their style program for the new year ahead.
These designers, shop owners, editors and restaurateurs know their stuff so we suggest getting out that Moleskin notebook and jotting down some notes for your own 2018 style program.
The Canadian expat and Hong Kong resident is the co-founder and editor of MAEKAN, an online publication focused on exploring unexpected connections within food, art, music, media and fashion cultures. Eugene started MAEKAN coming out of a long term position as editorial director of HYPEBEAST, and he’s clearly somebody who has a lot of insight to offer on all of our favorite topics.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? This is boring, but find a way to stylishly incorporate more black and find pieces that extend beyond just basics. My wardrobe now is incredibly simple and informed by all-black staples like t-shirts, hoodies and what not. I travel a lot so I've tried my best to keep it simple, but I wouldn't mind some more functional pieces with a lot of versatility.
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR STYLES OR ITEMS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ADDING TO YOUR ROUTINE? Lightweight outerwear is something that would be a solid addition. I grew up in Canada and outerwear has always been one of the things that’s fun to shop for. Now living in Hong Kong, I rarely bust out a jacket, but finding something lightweight like a shirt-jacket would get a lot of wear.
WHAT STYLES WILL YOU BE DROPPING? I don't think there's anything I'd take out. Probably just stuff that's starting to break down. I have some pieces from big sportswear brands that don't stand up beyond a season or two and they start to pill or fall apart.
This DJ owns hot spot music and food locales Red Star, The Bower and Lockstock Coffee. He’s also no stranger to style. From his carefully curated wardrobe of Visvim and Junya Watanabe to his signature collection of hats, this is a friend we’d like to be borrowing from on a regular basis.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? Keeping items simple and timeless with high quality materials. Fewer patterned shirts that age with trends. And definitely shopping for more vintage garments from Grailed.
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR STYLES OR ITEMS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ADDING TO YOUR ROUTINE? I like the tucked-in shirt look and plan to add more accessories to the daily routine such as jewelry, scarfs, bandanas and hats.
WHAT STYLES WILL YOU BE DROPPING? The buttoned-up look. Definitely keeping things less stuffy this year.
This award-winning creative, buyer an brand developer is the co-founder of London’s coolest independent shop, OTHER/shop. Known for his curatorial foresight and nurturing of emerging brands, Matthew has fashion knowledge and taste worth tapping into.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? Investment pieces. Spending a little more on something I truly love that I know I’ll have in my wardrobe and wear for a long time.
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR STYLES OR ITEMS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ADDING TO YOUR ROUTINE? I am excited about our latest collaboration with textile manufacturer MERCHANT & MILLS; there are some great fabrics that we are using on some of our signature shirt styles. Also, the STORY MFG brown organic cotton canvas oversized SUNDAE jacket, which they have produced exclusively for OTHER/shop.
WHAT STYLES WILL YOU BE DROPPING? My wardrobe, as with the vision of OTHER, is a continuation of a particular style. I tend not to buy ‘trends’ that can only be worn for one season, so there isn’t really anything that I currently wear that I won’t be wearing in 2018.
With style inspired by his California roots, Mike, alongside his wife Courtney, expertly draws from from the Southwest and vintage SoCal subcultures. We can only imagine his closet reflects the vision his clothing collection, Krammer & Stoudt, reflects.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? We are going for maximum impact, with an emphasis on luxury textiles paired with our familiar and user-friendly styles—the perfect combination for stylistically mature men who desire a tactile experience with silhouettes they already feel comfortable in.
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR STYLES OR ITEMS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ADDING TO YOUR ROUTINE? We are adding some new styles to our library of patterns, including the ever popular M65 fishtail parka, with an unexpected twist. There’s a couple of new trouser styles that should please our workwear-oriented friends.
WHAT STYLES WILL YOU BE DROPPING? We always offer a full fashion collection for men, but we are styling specifically to appeal to women as well, who are currently overwhelmingly drawn to menswear styles. We will have outerwear, suiting, shirting and trouser options, with scarves and bags to compliment the looks.
Starting in fashion design as a teenager, David has long been honing his eye for sartorial craftsmanship and American sportswear. Over the years, he has cultivated and perfected his own distinct aesthetic that’s evident in his namesake collection. Needless to say, we’ll take his tips on dressing any day.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? I'm excited about dressing up more for 2018 and focusing on accessories—ties, pocket squares—and knits, which are key to dressing up classic suits. I'm also trying to add more fun colors to classical suiting.
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR STYLES OR ITEMS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ADDING TO YOUR ROUTINE? I'm definitely excited about wearing more prints for 2018. Conversationals are a great update for all the big logos we've been seeing; no one wants to look like a billboard any longer.
WHAT STYLES WILL YOU BE DROPPING? Classic dress shirts feel a bit dated. Update them with fine gauge knitwear, polo shirts and tees.
Steering away from the standard heritage style of the Pacific Northwest, the MACHUS shop founder, buyer and fifth generation retailer draws from his athletic history and minimal tastes to bring a truly unique fashion perspective to the US and abroad.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? I want to continue to work on a strong showing for all price brackets—the low, mid and high. Boutiques don’t need to get bogged down with one price category for the store. A good, creative selection is still a good, creative selection regardless of price. In a world of cheap, fast fashion and couture pricing, a boutique needs to be ready to accommodate all customers.
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR STYLES OR ITEMS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ADDING TO YOUR ROUTINE?
I’m really excited for the new SS18 collection from Undercover Japan. Jun Takahashi created imaginary rock and roll bands and made tees and clothing for them. It’s an amazing mix of vintage-inspired clothing with classic tongue-in-cheek Undercover design.
WHAT STYLES WILL YOU BE DROPPING? We won’t be inviting back dad hats or ironic vintage tees—ou know, the ones guys wear even though they don’t listen to the bands. Haha. Overly distressed denim and shirts too.
A veteran in the retail and fashion world, Rex brings his passion for menswear and sneakers to his shop curation and personal style. Since he’s known for discovering labels most haven’t heard of yet for his shop, ANNMS, his style reflections and predictions carry extra weight.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? Keeping things simple. I’ve been trying to get rid of the ‘hype’ items that I’ve had in my closet since I was young. I’ve found myself always opting for day-to-day style rather than wearing the ‘grails’ nowadays.
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR STYLES OR ITEMS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ADDING TO YOUR ROUTINE? My recent purchases have been Chuck Taylors 1970s, Vans Old Skool, Adidas Gazelles and Nike Blazers. All of which were just re-ups of my previous pairs. I guess just things that can be worn to shreds and I won’t have to worry about resale values or stuff like that.
WHAT STYLES WILL YOU BE DROPPING? My partners and I’ve had something cooking in the lab for a few weeks now. We think it’ll be a pretty cool item for our friends and customers in the coming weeks.