Street fashion with Ehren David Edralin, Masculine Manhattan blogger

Masculine Manhattan blogger Ehren David Edralin takes us on a search for fashionable men in Soho.

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Masculine Manhattan blogger Ehren David Edralin regularly shoots stylish guys for his site, so we had him guest-edit Time Out New York’s street-fashion column, scouting fashionable men in Soho. We encountered males in cool kicks from Converse and Nike, casual basics from Gant and Levi’s, and accessories from Jack Spade and Topman.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Although he’s spent most of his career working as a budget coordinator on film productions, Ehren David Edralin’s love for browsing style blogs inspired him to fill a void that he noticed was missing on most popular fashion sites: the male perspective. This past February, the Soho resident launched Masculine Manhattan (masculinemanhattan.com), showcasing well-dressed guys in New York’s most bustling borough. Edralin sets out four days a week with his Canon Rebel XTi to snap paparazzi-style photos of unsuspecting men on the street. “Sometimes, it’s not even about the clothes, but about the way a guy carries himself,” notes Edralin. “It could be his nonchalance, aloofness or confidence, but mostly it’s his masculinity.” We hit the streets of Edralin’s neighborhood to put his theory to the test.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Michael J. Davis, 38, creative coordinator at Ralph Lauren; Jackson Heights, Queens

    “The first thing I was drawn to was the fit of his pants,” says Edralin of Davis’s slim black denim cargos from Ralph Lauren (109 Prince St at Greene St, 212-625-1660 • 867 Madison Ave at 72nd St, 212-606-2100 • ralphlauren.com), which he paired with a studded Rolling Stones tee from a shop in Dublin. “I’m a sucker for a Rolling Stones T-shirt,” admits Edralin. “Anytime a guy has one on, I feel like I have to take his picture.”

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    Michael J. Davis, 38, creative coordinator at Ralph Lauren; Jackson Heights, Queens

    Davis accessorizes his laid-back look with a camouflage watch from Jack Spade (56 Greene St between Broome and Spring Sts, 212-625-1820 • 400 Bleecker St between Perry and W 11th Sts, 212-675-4085 • jackspade.com).

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    Michael J. Davis, 38, creative coordinator at Ralph Lauren; Jackson Heights, Queens

    Leather high-tops from Converse (560 Broadway at Prince St; 212-966-1099, converse.com) lend Davis’s outfit a tough vibe.

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    Andrew Dyson, 47, sales representative, Upper East Side

    “[It’s] an everyday outfit you can wear to work in a creative office, hang with your buddies, go to a bar or have a date,” says Edralin of Dyson’s versatile outfit, comprising a chambray shirt from Banana Republic (locations throughout the city; visit bananarepublic.com) and black denim jeans from Gap (locations throughout the city; visit gap.com).

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    Andrew Dyson, 47, sales representative, Upper East Side

    “A lot of times you can tell when glasses are expensive,” says Edralin, who immediately noticed Dyson’s sunnies from Christian Dior (21 E 57th St between Fifth and Madison Aves; 212-931-2950, dior.com). “There is an elevation and refinement [about them]—the quality of materials, construction or design.”

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    Andrew Dyson, 47, sales representative, Upper East Side

    To top off the look, Dyson sports John Varvatos for Converse kicks, a Coach striped leather tote (locations throughout the city; visit coach.com) and a silver bracelet from David Yurman (712 Madison Ave at 63rd St; 212-752-4255, davidyurman.com) that was a wedding gift from his partner.

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    Ryan Aussem, 25, real-estate agent, Midtown West

    “The color of that blazer definitely stands out,” says Edralin of Aussem’s custom wool topper from now-closed store Astor & Black. “It’s somewhere between a navy and a royal blue.” He layers it over a Rage Against the Machine concert tee from a 2007 show in New Orleans and Rag & Bone jeans (locations throughout the city; visit rag-bone.com). “I love when a guy mixes a somewhat formal blazer with denim,” adds Edralin.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Ryan Aussem, 25, real-estate agent, Midtown West

    Aussem’s Neil Barrett (neilbarrett.com) leather-and-suede sneakers keep things polished yet casual.

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    David Spiro, 23, founder of Elevatr (elevatr.com), Murray Hill

    Edralin spotted Spiro from a block away. “His look is very urban and cosmopolitan,” he says of his Gant blazer and Gant Rugger button-down (645 Fifth Ave between 51st and 52nd Sts, 212-813-9170 • 353 Bleecker St between Charles and W 10th Sts, 212-620-5949 • 25 Prince St between Elizabeth and Mott Sts, 646-559-0170 • gant.com), worn with rolled-up wool chinos from Zara (locations throughout the city; visit zara.com).

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    David Spiro, 23, founder of Elevatr (elevatr.com), Murray Hill

    Spiro rounds out his workday look with an Olivier Strelli belt (strellishoes.be) he found at a small shop in Bruges, Belgium.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    David Spiro, 23, founder of Elevatr (elevatr.com), Murray Hill

    Patterned socks from Topman (478 Broadway between Grand and Prince Sts; 212-966-9555, topman.com) peek out from Spiro’s Cole Haan brogues (locations throughout the city; visit colehaan.com). “I always wear fun socks and roll up my pants [to show them off],” says Spiro. “I used to play baseball at Michigan, and sometimes I feel like I’m back on the baseball field with my pants rolled up.”

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    Garrett McCarthy, 23, model and key holder at Gant, Midtown East; and Ty Constantine, 21, dancer and sales associate at Gant, Washington Heights

    “What I was drawn to with these two gentlemen is the classic-rugged look, which is fitting since they work at Gant,” explains Edralin of the preppy duo. Both guys don Gant plaid button-downs, but Constantine pairs his with the brand’s cargos while McCarthy opts for Bonobos jeans (35 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts, 212-343-4235 • 45 W 25th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave, fifth floor; 877-294-7737 • bonobos.com).

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    Garrett McCarthy, 23, model and key holder at Gant, Midtown East

    McCarthy replaced the strap on his Rolex submariner watch (rolex.com) with a leather one from Leffot (10 Christopher St at Gay St; 212-989-4577, leffot.com) at the suggestion from Gant creative director Christopher Bastin. “He’s kind of a style icon for me,” says McCarthy.

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    Garrett McCarthy, 23, model and key holder at Gant, Midtown East

    This Leather Man Ltd. belt (elizab.com) gives McCarthy’s outfit collegiate appeal.

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    Garrett McCarthy, 23, model and key holder at Gant, Midtown East

    McCarthy finishes off his ensemble with Rancourt & Company moccasins (rancourtandcompany.com).

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    Ty Constantine, 21, dancer and sales associate at Gant, Washington Heights

    Constantine’s choice of classic Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes (103 Fifth Ave between 17th and 18th St; 212-675-7248, sperrytopsider.com) is just as yuppie.

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    Neal Wellington, 29, freelance graphic designer and assistant manager at Han Kjobenhavn (27 Prince St between Elizabeth and Mott Sts, hankjobenhavn.com), Hell’s Kitchen

    “I appreciate the uniformity of his all-denim look, and then you have the fun pop of color with the sneakers,” says Edralin of Wellington’s Han Kjobenhavn jeans and chambray shirt, which he matches with a distressed Detroit baseball cap that he’s had for nearly four years. “It’s very sporty-casual and thrown together in a way that is studied but effortless.”

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    Neal Wellington, 29, freelance graphic designer and assistant manager at Han Kjobenhavn (27 Prince St between Elizabeth and Mott Sts, hankjobenhavn.com), Hell’s Kitchen

    Wellington keeps his accessories to a minimum with a rubber bracelet that memorializes both his grandmother and great-grandmother.

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    Neal Wellington, 29, freelance graphic designer and assistant manager at Han Kjobenhavn (27 Prince St between Elizabeth and Mott Sts, hankjobenhavn.com), Hell’s Kitchen

    Nike suede high-top sneakers from Macy’s (151 W 34th St at Seventh Ave; 212-695-4400, macys.com) punctuate an otherwise monochromatic outfit.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Ben Brown, 33, real-estate broker, Inwood

    Edralin classifies Brown as “a classic NYC working guy with swagger.” He looks ready for business in a Ralph Lauren Black Label fitted suit and Charles Tyrwhitt button-down shirt (377 Madison Ave at 46th St, 212-286-8988 • 745 Seventh Ave at 50th St, 212-764-4697 • 1177 Sixth Ave at 45th St, 212-901-1050 • ctshirts.com)—the latter of which was fitted at Alex Tailor (29 John St at Nassau St, 212-693-0588). “Every man should have a navy suit, and his is perfectly molded to his nice frame,” says Edralin. A Boss tie (locations throughout the city; visit hugoboss.com) brightens things up.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Ben Brown, 33, real-estate broker, Inwood

    Brown’s Hamilton watch (hamiltonwatch.com) is set with a custom cordovan strap from Aaron Faber Gallery (666 Fifth Ave between 52nd and 53rd Sts; 212-586-8411, aaronfaber.com).

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    Ben Brown, 33, real-estate broker, Inwood

    A pair of Bruno Magli shoes (brunomagli.com) completes Brown’s suited style.

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    Ryan Cotham, 28, fashion designer, mural artist and musician; Bushwick, Brooklyn

    “Everything he’s wearing is not really expensive, but he put his own twist on his clothes,” says Edralin of Cotham’s casual getup, featuring a button-up shirt from Uniqlo (546 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts • 31 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves • 877-486-4756, uniqlo.com), Wayfarer-style sunglasses from a street vendor and a pair of Gap chinos that he hand-treated with salt wash for a textured, bleached look. “They look like jeans that I would buy at a boutique in Nolita.”

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    Ryan Cotham, 28, fashion designer, mural artist and musician; Bushwick, Brooklyn

    Cotham keeps time with a cobra-skin Movado watch (movado.com).

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    Ryan Cotham, 28, fashion designer, mural artist and musician; Bushwick, Brooklyn

    Both Cotham’s Vans leather sneakers (vans.com) and a knockoff Jansport backpack from a Bushwick vendor give off an earthy vibe.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Jay Parks, 26, shipping-warehouse supervisor, Atlanta

    “I wish I had more hip-hop style on my blog,” laments Edralin. “The reason I don’t is because a lot of it tends to be too baggy, but Ladarius is all fitted.” Parks stays sleek in an Akoo sweater (akooclothingbrand.com) and G-Star Raw waxed-denim jeans (441 Broadway between Grand and Howard Sts, 212-625-3702 • 873 Broadway between 18th and 19th Sts, 212-253-1117 • 270 Lafayette St between Houston and Prince Sts, 212-219-2744 • g-star.com).

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    Jay Parks, 26, shipping-warehouse supervisor, Atlanta

    Edralin is a fan of men rocking jewelry—a look he doesn’t see often enough these days. “I love the way he offsets his monochrome outfit with pops of gold,” says Edralin of Parks’s chain necklace, which he purchased at an Atlanta mall, earrings from a shop in Las Vegas and a Citizen eco-drive watch (citizenwatch.com).

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    Jay Parks, 26, shipping-warehouse supervisor, Atlanta

    “He has good sneaker game,” enthuses Edralin of Parks’s Patrick Ewing Nike sneakers from Flight Club (812 Broadway between 11th and 12th Sts; 888-937-8020, flightclub.com).

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    Brandon Shun, 24, restaurant manager; East Elmhurst, Queens

    Shun’s accessories—a Brian Lichtenberg hat (brianlichtenberg.com) and a gold Ferragamo belt (655 Fifth Ave between 52nd and 53rd Sts; 212-759-3822, ferragamo.com)—stand out against a classic Topman button-up shirt and trench coat, and Zara slacks. “They are a little flashy but not too garish,” says Edralin.

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    David Sears, 23, carpet salesman; Oceanside, L.I.

    Edralin is a sucker for facial hair. “I think it makes a guy a little less polished, more real,” he explains. “I like to go for a grungy professional look,” says Sears, who combines a casual vest from Zara and laid-back Billabong pants (1515 Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts, 212-840-0550 • 597 Broadway between W Houston and Prince Sts, 212-226-7471 • billabong.com) with a shirt and tie from Calvin Klein (654 Madison Ave at 60th St; 212-292-9000, calvinklein.com).

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    David Sears, 23, carpet salesman; Oceanside, L.I.

    Sears lets his H&M suspenders (locations throughout the city; visit hm.com) hang for an undone look. He also wears a Giles & Brother (gilesandbrother.com) railroad-spike bracelet.

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    David Sears, 23, carpet salesman; Oceanside, L.I.

    Tattered boots from Aldo (locations throughout the city; visit aldoshoes.com) keep in line with Sears’s artfully disheveled appearance.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Klajdi Stari, 21, Michael Kors doorman; Ridgewood, Queens

    “I like that he plays with textures,” says Edralin of Stari’s Michael Kors slacks (locations throughout the city; visit michaelkors.com), Nuur wool sweater and Zara faux-leather jacket. “He definitely has a European flair, which was instantly identifiable with the flashy shades,” notes Edralin, referring to the Persol sunglasses (persol.com) that dangle from Stari’s neckline.

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    Klajdi Stari, 21, Michael Kors doorman; Ridgewood, Queens

    Stari wears a timepiece from Invicta (invictawatch.com).

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    Klajdi Stari, 21, Michael Kors doorman; Ridgewood, Queens

    Polo Ralph Lauren ankle socks contrast proper Tods wing tips (650 Madison between 59th and 60th Sts; 212-644-5945, tods.com).

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Andrew Kamkar, 24, law student, Nolita

    “What I find appealing about Andrew is a chipperness [about him],” says Edralin. To bring out that innate cheer, Kamkar rocks a casual look consisting of J.Crew pants, a Uniqlo tee and a leather jacket from Guess (537 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts, 212-226-9545 • 575 Fifth Ave between 47th and 48th Sts, 212-922-9792 • guess.com).

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Andrew Kamkar, 24, law student, Nolita

    Kamkar borrowed these handmade Laszlo Vass shoes (vass-cipo.hu) from his brother.

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    Andrew Parietti, 26, partner at Outdoor Voices (outdoor-voices.com); Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Edralin first noticed Parietti’s vibrant baseball hat. “I love a sporty cap on a guy,” he says. “Very masculine.” It enlivens his muted A.P.C. jeans (131 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts, 212-966-9685 • 267 W 4th St at Perry St, 212-755-2523 • apc.fr), Odyn Vovk linen hooded coat from Seattle shop Blackbird Ballard (blackbirdballard.com) and Outdoor Voices tee.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Andrew Parietti, 26, partner at Outdoor Voices (outdoor-voices.com); Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Parietti found this Tsovet (tsovet.com) timepiece in Newport Beach, California.

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    Andrew Parietti, 26, partner at Outdoor Voices (outdoor-voices.com); Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Parietti has had these Prada boots (locations throughout the city; visit prada.com) for eight years, and regularly runs errands in them.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Patrick Van Der Veen, 30, sales manager; Amersfoort, Netherlands

    “Patrick also has a cheerfulness about him that really translates into his clothes,” says Edralin. “It’s a bit preppy but he plays with the colors.” Van Der Veen blends American brands—Levi’s 508 jeans (locations throughout the city; visit levisstore.com), an American Apparel T-shirt (locations throughout the city; visit americanapparel.com)—with a G-Sus Industries jacket (g-sus.com) from Holland to create this comfortable yet stylish sightseeing outfit.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Patrick Van Der Veen, 30, sales manager; Amersfoort, Netherlands

    Van Der Veen accessorizes with Oakley shades (oakley.com) and a Brunotti backpack (brunotti.com).

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    Patrick Van Der Veen, 30, sales manager; Amersfoort, Netherlands

    The laces in these Clarks desert boots (993 Third Ave at 59th St, 212-207-4115 • 363 Madison Ave at 45th St, 212-949-9545 • clarksusa.com) echo the tones in the rest of Van Der Veen’s outfit.

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Although he’s spent most of his career working as a budget coordinator on film productions, Ehren David Edralin’s love for browsing style blogs inspired him to fill a void that he noticed was missing on most popular fashion sites: the male perspective. This past February, the Soho resident launched Masculine Manhattan (masculinemanhattan.com), showcasing well-dressed guys in New York’s most bustling borough. Edralin sets out four days a week with his Canon Rebel XTi to snap paparazzi-style photos of unsuspecting men on the street. “Sometimes, it’s not even about the clothes, but about the way a guy carries himself,” notes Edralin. “It could be his nonchalance, aloofness or confidence, but mostly it’s his masculinity.” We hit the streets of Edralin’s neighborhood to put his theory to the test.


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J Tortora

I cannot help but roll my eyes at a blog called 'Masculine Manhattan', when I open up its link to find a discussion of man bags and other precious accessories. give me break!

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