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Photograph: Noffar Gat“I call this my ‘So St. Louis’ outfit,” says the Missouri native, who combines a John Varvatos (122 Spring St between Greene and Mercer Sts, 212-965-0700 • 315 Bowery at Bleecker St, 212-358-0315 • johnvarvatos.com) leather jacket with a Warren Peace sweater and cargo pants that local designer Todd Snyder (toddsnyder.com) created for a limited-edition Gap x GQ collection. “It’s not how everyone there dresses, but it’s a more urban, relaxed look that always just gives off that St. Louis swagger.”
Photograph: Noffar GatTwitty combines fashion with function by layering a Miansai by Michael Saiger (miansai.com) key-chain bracelet purchased at Saturdays Surf NYC (31 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts, 212-966-7875 • 17 Perry St at Waverly Pl, 347-246-5830 • saturdaysnyc.com) over a rubber Nike+ FuelBand (nike.com), which measures daily activity.
Photograph: Noffar Gat“I’ve owned this watch for more than five years and I still can’t stop looking at it,” declares Twitty of his time teller from Original Penguin (103 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts, 212-219-3811 • 1077 Sixth Ave between 40th and 41st Sts, 646-443-3520 • originalpenguin.com). “It was inspired by James Bond’s first digital watch, featured in the opening scene of Live and Let Die.”
Photograph: Noffar GatA camouflage belt from Gap (locations throughout the city; visit gap.com) punctuates the look.
Photograph: Noffar GatTwitty tied a patterned silk scarf from Club Monaco around his belt loop for extra oomph. “The outfit is very simple so I wanted to do something that will attract a person’s eye in passing,” he explains.
Photograph: Noffar Gat“I think his pieces are just badass,” enthuses Twitty of designer John Varvatos, who created these leather desert boots. “I respect the rock & roll aesthetic and enjoy adding his pieces to my outfits for a more edgy feel.” He pairs them with K.Bell (kbellsocks.com) camouflage socks that he purchased for $8 from DSW (locations throughout the city; visit dsw.com).
Photograph: Noffar GatTortoiseshell sunglasses from Warby Parker (121 Greene St between Prince and W Houston Sts, 646-568-3720 • 295 Lafayette St between W Houston and Prince Sts, suite 501; 888-492-7297 • warbyparker.com) peek from beneath a New Era (newera.com) St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap—a nod to Twitty’s hometown. A Marc by Marc Jacobs (382 Bleecker St at Perry St; 212-929-0304, marcjacobs.com) pendant necklace featuring a pair of boxing gloves serves as a final flourish.
Photograph: Noffar GatAnother item from Gap x GQ’s collaboration, this Saturdays Surf NYC button-up gets paired with pastel pants from Jachs (310 Bleecker St between Grove Sts and Seventh Ave South; 212-206-6306, jachsny.com) and a Club Monaco blazer for a well-balanced springtime look.
Photograph: Noffar GatThis thick Bulgari ring (730 Fifth Ave at 57th St; 212-315-9000, us.bulgari.com) belonged to Twitty’s father, who gave it to him as a college-graduation gift. “I always wanted it, so he passed it down to me once he felt I deserved it,” he reflects.
Photograph: Noffar GatJuxtaposed against an artfully untucked shirttail, this webbed belt from Club Monaco keeps everything looking effortlessly polished.
Photograph: Noffar GatA pair of painted pennies from Benjo’s (benjos.com) breathes new life into Cole Haan loafers (locations throughout the city; visit colehaan.com). “I think it adds a nice detail and spot of color to your shoes,” says Twitty of the quirky footwear accessory.
Photograph: Noffar GatCharles Brunold, owner of Louis Purple (323 Lafayette St between Bleecker and W Houston Sts; 212-219-8559, louispurple.com), gifted Twitty these silk handkerchiefs. “Sometimes I like to [wear] two pocket squares, just to be a bit different,” he admits. The sunglasses are another style from Warby Parker. “I think I have around three pairs.”
Photograph: Noffar GatTwitty considers this tan suit from J.Crew (locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com) to be a warm-weather essential. “It works for any occasion and really acts as a neutral when you want to wear brighter colors,” he explains. To wit, a gingham shirt from Ledbury (ledbury.com) pops against the subdued hue.
Photograph: Noffar GatBy keeping a Hook & Albert (hookandalbert.com) lapel flower, and a knit tie and bird-print pocket square from Club Monaco in the same color family, Twitty is able to add multiple accessories to his suit jacket without having it look overly busy. A simple tie clip from the Tie Bar (thetiebar.com) serves as a finishing accent.
Photograph: Noffar GatTwitty carries his iPad, backup chargers, gum and copies of GQ or Esquire inside this Ernest Alexander portfolio. “You know, the essentials,” he jokes.
Photograph: Noffar GatClassic Cole Haan oxfords keep Twitty looking dapper from head to toe.
Photograph: Noffar Gat“You can tell he takes pride in his product,” says Twitty of Ernest Alexander, who made this leather duffel. “[Each piece is] handmade in Brooklyn, which means every bag is slightly different from the others.”
Photograph: Noffar GatTogether, a Club Monaco blazer, Rugby Ralph Lauren (ralphlauren.com) polo and Jachs pastel pants create “more of a summertime, rooftop-party kind of look,” describes Twitty.
Photograph: Noffar GatTwitty discovered this oversize watch at a St. Louis thrift store. “It’s so old, the name came off,” he points out. “I like imperfections.”
Photograph: Noffar GatA Louis Purple pocket square in the same color as Twitty’s pants helps make the ensemble appear cohesive.
Photograph: Noffar Gat“These shoes were designed by a really good friend of mine, Han Josef Yung,” notes Twitty of his pal, who works as a lead designer for Ralph Lauren. “He has a great imagination and his vision on men’s footwear is very innovative yet classic. I hope to see his own line in stores or made-to-order one day.” He dons Hook & Albert polka-dot socks beneath the contrast-sole brogues.
Photograph: Noffar GatWhite jeans from Gap help make a J.Crew V-neck sweater and Zara blazer (locations throughout the city; visit zara.com) easily transition into warmer weather.
Photograph: Noffar Gat“Sometimes the little things you add to your outfit can make a big difference,” declares Twitty, referring to his John Varvatos scarf, Richard James (richardjames.co.uk) pocket square and Polo Ralph Lauren silk knot.
Photograph: Noffar GatDemonstrating its versatility, Twitty relocates his Richard James handkerchief to the rear of his jeans. “Depending on how simple the outfit is, I like to jazz it up by adding a vibrant pocket square in the back pocket,” he says.
Topman leather-look bomber jacket, $140, at Topman, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topman.com)
Gap knit crewneck pullover, $40, at Gap, locations throughout the city; visit gap.com
Urban Pipeline canvas cargo pants, $30, at Kohl’s, locations throughout the city; visit kohls.com
Guess reversible camo belt, $40, at Guess, locations throughout the city; visit guess.com
Brehedow nautical anchor bracelet, $25, at brehedow.etsy.com
Nixon Re-Run A158 gold-tone watch, $160, at overstock.com
Dr. Scholl’s Sketch boots, $110, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212 695-4400)
Arthur George by Robert Kardashian Camo socks, $30, at agsocks.com
Westward Leaning No 1.2 Children of California tortoiseshell sunglasses, $185, at Jumelle, 148 Bedford Ave between North 8th and 9th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-9525)
Bonobos Summer Weight chinos, $98, at Bonobos Guideshop, 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
Joe Fresh spring blazer, $149, at Joe Fresh, locations throughout the city; visit joefresh.com
G.H. Bass & Co. Logan Weejun penny loafers, $109, at Tani, 131 W 72nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves (212-595-1338) • 2020 Broadway between 69th and 70th Sts (212-873-4361)
Old Navy braided-canvas belt, $16, at Old Navy, locations throughout the city; visit oldnavy.com
Brooks Brothers Supima cotton non-iron regular fit gingham dress shirt, $88, at Brooks Brothers, locations throughout the city; visit brooksbrothers.com
Photograph: Li FanDreadnought Workshop sterling silver classic tie bar, $62, at cufflinks.com
The Tie Bar knitted tie, $15, at thetiebar.com
Wurkin Stiffs Knotz cufflinks, $10, at wurkinstiffs.com
Winn International Harness cowhide Colombian leather duffel, $112, at hayneedle.com
American Eagle Outfitters AE Eagle polo, $25, at American Eagle Outfitters, locations throughout the city; visit ae.com
Cole Haan LunarGrand wing tips, $248, at Cole Haan, locations throughout the city; visit colehaan.com
Richer Poorer x Del Toro Seer polka-dot socks, $20, at Saturdays Surf NYC, 17 Perry St at Waverly Pl (212-966-7875) • 31 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-7875) • saturdaysnyc.com
Quiksilver Ridgemont sunglasses, $75, at Quiksilver, 3 Times Sq at 42nd St (212-840-8111) • 587 Fifth Ave at 48th St (212-888-7526) • 519 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (212-226-1193) • quiksilver.com
H.E. by Mango Alex slim-fit jeans, $80, at Mango, locations throughout the city; visit mango.com
Han Kjobenhavn Wolfgang sunglasses, $134, at J.Crew, locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com
Most stylish New Yorkers: Robert “Max” Twitty
Robert “Max” Twitty—the stylist, Gents Among Men (gentsamongmen.com) fashion blogger and winner of our most-stylish-reader Instagram contest—is no stranger to slim cuts and wing tips.
Robert “Max” Twitty, “mid-20s,” stylist and proprietor of lifestyle blog Gents Among Men (gentsamongmen.com), Harlem
His personal style: “It’s British-inspired with a Midwest twist. Being a menswear blogger and stylist adds a lot of pressure in the morning because I have to constantly be mindful of the outfits I wear and how they are styled together.”
His inspirations: “My father and uncle were always my style icons growing up. My father wore mostly suits and my uncle was more on the urban side of fashion, so I had a good balance of how to look stylish in both. As a young man, I always admired the fashion of the Harlem Renaissance era. The men always looked very clean and dapper, and I always wanted to emulate that once I got older.”
Favorite stores: “Epaulet(144 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 212-228-3626 • 231 Smith St between Butler and Douglass Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-522-3800 • epauletnewyork.com) is a cool men’s and women’s clothing boutique with an American-meets-British vibe. I love the house-label candles, overseas clothing brands, but my favorite thing to pick up is Saphir shoe polish. The ingredients are all-natural and it really makes your shoes look great. Ernest Alexander(98 Thompson St between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-775-1199, ernestalexander.com) manufactures great bags in everything from leather to waxed cotton. I’m looking forward to his tailored-suiting collection that’s coming soon. I also like Club Monaco(locations throughout the city; visit clubmonaco.com), the mid-priced casual-clothing retailer owned by Polo Ralph Lauren. I own a few suits from there, and I particularly like the cut of the Grant suit. The fit is slightly slimmer than previous models, and works well with my frame with very little tailoring needed.”
Favorite local designer: “Armand Brito of independent luxury streetwear brand Warren Peace (warrenpeacenyc.com). His aesthetic is urban but it embodies the spirit of the Empire State.”
How he describes New York style: “It’s always interesting. I can’t pull off a lot of outfits I see throughout the city, but I give credit to the ones who can just put on what they love and wear it with confidence.” How his style has evolved: “I made the transition from oversize jeans, polo shirts and Air Force 1 sneakers to slim-cut denim, blue blazers and wing tips.”
Favorite salons: “I have a personal barber I’ve known for more than four years: Eric Credle (347-880-3749, email@example.com), who does great work. When he is out of town, I go to Levels (locations throughout the city; visit levelsbarbershop.com). It has a classic barbershop vibe—if you’ve ever seen the movie Barbershop, you know what I mean—and if you want a Spider-Man design cut into your head, that’s where you go. I like to visit MenScience(329 Lafayette St between Bleecker and E Houston Sts; 212-219-3525, menscience.com) to get a facial once or twice a month—it’s always good to kick back and have someone else do the work for you occasionally. I like the facial scrub and mask, but my favorite [product] would be its multivitamin. Not a lot of people know MenScience carries a health line. I am always running around doing interviews, so it gives me a good supply of energy to get me through my day.”