A couple months after the giveaway we ran into Adrian, wearing his new hat, at the Michael Andrews sample sale. He looked so fresh that we decided to feature him in an exclusive post. After getting to know him a little, his story sounded familiar, too. His transition from “streetwear culture” to “grown-up menswear” is a popular one with our generation. We’ve met hundreds of guys who’ve experienced a similar transition, Westley and I included.
“Back in the day (like all Filipino’s, yes I’m talking to you Wes), I got into sneakers around 8th grade and quickly started researching, collecting, and getting into the sneakerhead culture… During my sophomore year of college, however, I started pulling away from Jordans and SBs and that whole nonsense because collecting became so diluted. Eventually I found a thread on NikeTalk called “Dressing Better“. At that point, there was around 1500 pages (I read every single word) helping guide those who followed with tips and advice on getting into menswear and moving away from the fast-fashion streetwear culture… Within a year I copped my first suit and, after some expert tailoring, I was hooked. Since then I’ve traded up most of my rare sneakers and such for classic menswear items (literally sold my pair of ’01 bred 11s to fund my first Allen Edmonds purchase) and I’m working on building a wardrobe that will last the test of time.”
Here the 21-year-old Filipino accountant dishes about the evolution of his personal style and shows us how he’s been working the new hat into his summer wardrobe.
1. All Business
“This suit is one of my favorite pick-ups of all time. I scooped it at the MAB sample sale this past July – where I ended up meeting a few guys from the TSB team. After chopping it up with Dan at the sale, he then asked if I’d be down for a shoot. Not only did I pick my first “bespoke” suit up for a CRAZY STEAL, but now I’m getting an opportunity to further my involvement with TSB? It was just too unreal.”
“I love how true of a blue it is. It’s a fun suit to play with in either a ‘conservative’ way, like this fit of a white shirt and a solid tie, but can also be very ‘out there’ if that’s what you are going for. Don’t get it twisted though, I definitely have worn this to the office already a few times haha.”
“As for the hat, this Stetson is the one I won from the TSB May Giveaway. When I wore it to the MAB sale, Dan loved it so much that he suggested it to be the focal point of the shoot. Honestly when I first got it, I doubted that I would be able to pull it off. I don’t really do the headwear thing anymore since I’ve left fitteds behind, but this thing has been getting SO MUCH play this summer. Just recently I was in Florida for a week. This hat was worn from shirt and chinos to check the bars to even with a tank and trunks to hit the beach. Thanks again for the hook up TSB!
The shoes featured are the first proper pair of dress shoes I had ever purchased. Got these Allen Edmonds back in the Winter of ’11 and seriously have become hooked ever since! To date, I own right around 10-15 pairs of AE alone and plan to get that number up way higher soon enough. One of the things I love most about menswear is shiny shoes. From getting into this whole thing, I learned how to shine and seriously love a high glossy finish. My trick, use panty hose for the final buff. The color will become unreal!”
- Straw Hat by Stetson
- Blue Suit by MAB
- White Dress Shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt
- Black Necktie by MAB
- Tie Bar by Calvin Klein
- Red Flower Lapel Pin by DeVino
- Watch by Timex
- Brown Wingtips by Allen Edmonds