Meet Nathaniel “Natty” Adams, one of the dandiest and most well-versed gents in the game.
The general manager of the Against Nature custom menswear shop (co-founded by this beautifully bespoke woman) has a truly unique and endearing sense of personal style. His wardrobe centers around artfully-designed pieces that are full of hidden inspirations and his outfits are a blend of his old-school flair, worldly point-of-view, and love of culture & literature.
“I’m also the co-author of the forthcoming book I am Dandy, which will be published this Fall (pre-order on Amazon here). The book is based on Rose Callahan’s excellent photo blog The Dandy Portraits, with photos by her and text profiles by me.
Essentially, I’ve spent the past several years travelling and interviewing the best-dressed men in the world. So this TSBmen feature will probably have more name-dropping than any other…hopefully I won’t trespass on your reader’s patience.”
We caught up with Natty last week and he gave us a taste of his new outfits for this summer – fresh from the tailor with all of his personal touches.
1. Summer Garden
“The items I design and the outfits I put together usually convey or embody some kind of story – even if I’m the only one who knows what that story is. I get a lot of my inspiration from literature – the quotes hidden around my suits are only the most obvious example of that.”
“I designed this jacket and pant together with, for some reason, the image of a spectator on a cricket pitch in mind – I was probably reading P.G. Wodehouse or something.
The quote embroidered under the lapel, Falling is the essence of a flower, is actually from the death poem Yukio Mishima wrote before committing seppuku. Perhaps that’s a bit macabre to put on a jacket, especially such a colorful summer one, but I found that line particularly beautiful, and I stuck with the idea of flowers by using a cream-colored jacquard lining showing falling blossoms.”
“The pocket square, which has little daisies on it, was a gift from my friend Barima, author of the excellent blog Mode Parade.
The tie clip has crawling vines on it, so I suppose this whole look has something of a vegetable or garden theme.”
“I got the hat from J.J. Hat Center in midtown.
The writer Gay Talese showed me how to wear it with the back brim flipped down, and Domenico “Mimmo” Spano, former director of tailored menswear at both Bergdorf Goodman and Saks, insisted that I should mash the front brim down to be perpendicular with the floor…but I don’t do either.
I suppose I still haven’t figured out my trademark hat style.”
- Straw Hat by Stefeno
- Green Striped Wool Blazer by Against Nature
- White Linen Trousers by Against Nature
- White Plaid Club Collar Dress Shirt by Against Nature
- Yellow Plaid Tie by Burberry
- Burgundy and Green Braces by Paul Stuart
- Purple Pocket Square by Hackett
- Brown Leather Wingtips by Allen Edmonds