“Dress Easy” feat. Joshua Woods

November 25th, 2013

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Josh Woods is a fashion photographer who grew up on the basketball courts of Harlem NY, which ultimately shaped his relationship with fashion.

Similar to myself, he credits basketball for honing his key eye. Playing point guard for most of his youth, he learned how to see the larger picture. As a guard you have to see a play before it materializes, forcing a sharpness of eye and a sense of consistent observation.

“As a young kid growing up in New York City you get accustomed to details. You notice everything happening around you; the sounds, the smells, the people, and most importantly, the fashion.

From a young age my style influences were my two older brothers. They spent a lot of time immersed in NYC’s downtown scene and always brought some of that flavor back home uptown. I admired them in so many ways. Back then there was an intense social pressure to fit-in, so for them to stand out and wear some of the things they did said a lot about their confidence.

I think to have a unique style says a lot about your character, it says ‘hey world this is who I am’ without having to say a word.”

Here Josh gives us a taste of his personal style – always simple but never boring.

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1. Splash of Edge

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Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi

When we first met Josh in LA, he was wearing this awesome leather biker jacket. Because of the slim fit and the quality of the leather, I thought it was a designer piece – maybe from the Perfecto line or something like BLK DNM. Then I came to find out that it’s vintage – now that’s a good find! Our in-house vintage search expert Wes would be proud.

I love the idea of a preppy club collar worn anti-preppy, like with a black leather jacket, tattered crewneck and roughed-up white denim.

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“If I had to describe my style I’d say it’s like my personality; easy going but at times you’ll get a splash of edge.”

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As Josh and I discussed British designer Adrien Sauvage (the shoes here are from his collab with Dr. Martens), I started to notice a theme…

Adrien Sauvage was born in Wandsworth, London (of Ghanaian descent) and he too was a bballer from a young age. He played professional basketball from the age of 13, representing Great Britain at an international level. After taking early retirement from the sport aged 19, Sauvage established himself as a stylist and lifestyle consultant. Later Sauvage moved from styling to designing when he realized that men’s sartorial needs were not being met.

With no formal training, Sauvage began to create a collection that reflected his personal style philosophy “Dress Easy”. Forever a believer in simplicity and function, his motto is “your clothes should do the work, not you” – a slogan that I think captures Josh’s style perfectly.

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  • Blue Knit Hat by RRL
  • Vintage Black Leather Jacket
  • Striped Club Collar Shirt by J.Lindenburg
  • Grey Sweater by 7 Diamonds
  • White Denim Jeans by JBrand
  • Brown Leather Shoes by Dr. Martens x Adrien Sauvage
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  • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

    I think this fellow is great (and the Pumas are rad BTW), but he mentions noticing smells in New York City. This is not advised people… unless you are a ‘Garbage Pail Kid’.

  • MS

    Have to say, been pretty bummed out with the direction the site is going in. It seems like these streetwear posts are taking up more and more real estate. All good if that’s where your passion lies, but I will miss the wealth of material on dressing with style, as opposed to these looks, which are absolutely cool, no doubt, but not timeless in any way shape or form. It seems like there are plenty of street style websites around, but not that many that actually produce the kind of high quality photography and writing you guys were producing in your “heyday”. I suppose what I mean is, I can go to any men’s fashion website and see pictures of dudes in ripped denim, loud colored sneakers and wacky sunglasses. I came here for the sartorial/tailored stuff, and you’re losing me as a reader.

    Again, I fully understand that tastes change, and applaud you guys for following your hearts, absolutely. It’s just not a direction that interests me, and I imagine, plenty of your other loyal readers. Miss the days of posts informed by being a gentleman, versus “the dopeness” and “keeping his dome covered in some cool hate style.”

    —MS.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Hey MS. Thanks for your message, I value your opinion as a consistent engaged reader. Could you clarify what you mean by “streetwear” posts? I’m looking through our recent post history and I don’t see much streetwear other than this post on Josh, which to be fair is not really streetwear at all.

      Our goal is to show a variety of perspectives from individuals that have great style (in my opinion – I hand select all the featured guests) in order to show that style is personal, and to appeal to a wider audience of men (not everybody wears a suit every day).

      That said, stay tuned. We have some great sartorial/tailored posts coming up, as well as some heavily sartorial features.

      Cheers,
      Dan

    • Joseph

      Don’t discredit these guys by saying they aren’t dressing with style. Just don’t.

  • Greken

    Lindeberg*

  • Greken

    If you are refering to the Swedish brand it should be J. Lindberg.

  • Kyle Leon Norville

    Pic 2….

    if there was a smiley to represent my “GOOD GRIEF THEM SHOES ARE TOUGH” look. I would put them up.

    This feat was dopeness.

  • Marco M

    I’m pretty sure I have that same model jacket. Was it from the Sears Leather Shop? Killer jacket.

  • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

    1st DOPE bike!
    2nd Great pops of color!
    3rd WHAT a great fitting suit and nice execution of the sneaker/suit trend.

    http://www.anorexicescapades.com

  • http://byhookandbycrook.tumblr.com/ Theguybehindthelens

    First look is my favorite by far. The interesting combination of reference points and the sick biker jacket just make the look too good. The grey beat to hell crew neck works so well as a transitional piece from all the whites to the black of the leather jacket. Great post.

  • http://undefined TO

    This guy is too sick!

    TSB team- can you provide the info on the guy you spotlighted that has an online store which releases approx. 9 items each month? Going back to look I couldn’t find it.

    • Ed

      https://www.menincities.com/

      Seriously awesome stuff, but you’ve gotta live stateside. I’m an Aussie and they don’t ship out here. Devastated is an understatement.

      • TO

        Thanks Ed!

        Thankfully Canada is close enough if you have a connection stateside… :)

  • http://undefined Joshua

    looks 2 and 3… COLD

  • AD

    Any info on the sunglasses in #2 and #3?

  • Esosa

    Dope..all three looks are killer!

  • Omar Shaikh

    Damn those dessert boots in look 3 are awesome. Wish I had ‘em. Would be perfect for spring.

    • Adam E

      Not sure I could pull them off, but those mint green Dessert boots are killer!

      • Gavin

        Wouldn’t mind some tasty dessert boots myself!

  • Marshall M.

    This dude KILLS it, great post you guys