Dillon Burke is a foodie who loves menswear. Naturally, he works at both a restaurant and a menswear boutique in SoHo.
We met the New Jersey native manning the shop at Ernest Alexander (I wanted to meet the founder Ernest, being a fellow Columbia grad and menswear entrepreneur, and all). Dillon’s style immediately jumped out as natural, easy and full of character.
“My style is heavily influenced by the past and I’ve always had an appreciation for worn-in things…scuffs, creases, tears, all that. I think that shines through even with my more formal stuff.”
Here’s three examples of how he’s getting down this summer.
1. War on Paisley
“The special thing about this set up is that I each item is one or two wears away from falling apart.
I found this military jacket in a vintage store in New Hope, PA. It was clearly worn and repaired many times over. I really wanted to make it my own so I added the paisley touches and turned it into a double breasted jacket. It’s a really unique, experimental piece.”
“These Levi’s are from the 80′s and were originally a 550 fit. After i found them I had them tapered a bit but wanted to retain their integrity. They’re that true blue fade that can only achieved after hundreds of washes.”
Nice touch with the casual laces in the beat-up sockless wingtips.
- Straw Hat by Street Vendor
- Blue Bandana by Vintage
- Green Military Jacket by Vintage
- Grey Tshirt by J.Crew
- Vintage Light Wash Jeans by Levi’s
- Brown Wingtips by Florsheim