Chicago native Alex Mroz is the manager of the Goorin Bros. hat shop on Bleecker Street in NYC. Needless to say, the guy knows a thing or two about how to wear a hat.
“Goorin Bros. is a family owned hat company dating back to 1895. Currently in their fourth generation of family ownership, the company was exclusively a wholesale brand, until Ben Goorin decided to open his first retail store in hometown San Francisco in 2006. The success of that store inspired Ben to invest in opening more shops in neighborhoods across the country and try to reignite the hat shop as a common sight as it had been for so many decades prior to the 1960’s.
Being my own boss, I can dress as high or low as I want, but I believe in dressing in a way that is seasonably comfortable and appropriate for the social functions of the day and evening.
My coworkers throughout Goorin are also an influence. Style at its’ most fun is a call and response, and the team and I have a lot of fun trying to push each other’s game. Of course, working on Bleecker street in the West Village, our clients’ style is always an inspiration as well!”
Here’s three examples of Alex’s summer style, headwear and all.
1. Create Your Own Shade
“New Orleans is a big influence on my summer style. I was there in July of 2011 to help open our first store there, and in the sweltering heat and heavy humidity I finally understood the pure functionality of the wide brimmed straw hat. Up until that time, I had worn a lot of stingy brimmed straw hats, fashion pieces, as I call them. Nothing wrong with them, of course, in a summer climate like the West coast. But in the South, you need sun protection and you need to create your own shade.
New Orleans also inspired some Dandyish color in my style. In that town, men are not afraid to wear some LOUD prints and patterns, along with great colors and formal layers of linen, cotton and seersucker.
As Dan has said in the past, the panama hat can be surprisingly versatile. It’s a shame so many man are intimidated by the wide brimmed hats our Grandfathers and Great-Grandfathers wore every day. To ease the wide ‘feel’, start playing with angles and tilts….as Sinatra said: Angles are attitude!”
“The signet ring was a gift from a few summers ago. I was intimidated to wear it for a long while, but as we grow older and our fashion sense grows with us, sometimes we are ready for pieces we once thought were ‘not for us’.
Being aware that so much of my summer wardrobe in NYC was stripped down, heading into this year I decided to invest in some man-jewelry for the first time. Taking this signet ring to get it engraved with my initials inspired a nice introduction to jewelry from the fine folks at In God We Trust, and I ended up walking away with the simple leather and brass bracelet in look 2. Perhaps in a year or two I’ll have five fingers full of rings, perhaps not, but this pinky ring is where it started…”
“I cannot say enough about these walnut captoes. They were the most expensive shoes I owned at the time I got them, and they still look great today with just about any of my wardrobe staples regardless of the season.
Invest in high quality pieces that work with a wide range in your wardrobe and the price you paid for them seems more worth it every time you wear them, I guarantee it.”
- Big John’ Panama straw hat by Goorin Bros.
- Natural Linen blazer by Uniqlo
- Blue Gingham button-down by J. Press
- Pocket square by Frank and Oak
- Signet ring by In God We Trust
- Walnut belt by Allen Edmonds
- Emerald ‘Newport’ chinos by Frank and Oak
- Walnut ‘Strand’ cap toes by Allen Edmonds