TSBmen’s Best of 2013

December 30th, 2013

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2013 was a busy year for TSBmen, mainly laying the foundation for what’s to come in 2014. But we also met some amazing people, worked with some great brands and published some awesome content.

Here are some of my favorite editorials we published in 2013, in no particular order. What was your favorite TSBmen post of 2013? Please use the comments below to tell us what was your favorite article of the year – this will be a helpful exercise as we begin to plan our content calendar for 2014.

Hope you’re gearing up for a happy new year!


Summertime Tailoring feat. Angel Ramos 


TSB Upgrade: Gabe Stein 


Tattooed & Timeless feat. Grayson Knight 


Nigerian Americana feat. Niyi Okuboyejo


Why You Should Get to Know Your Tailor 


Unexpected Layering, Part 1 & Part 2


Indian Summer feat. Ishandev Hiremath


Beards, Braces and Bowties feat. Steven Santander 


Breaking the Rules in Style feat. Jay Gagnon 



West Coastin: African Print Pants  


Italian Power Tailoring feat. Khaled Nasr




Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,


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  • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

    Angel lays the slab down on all y’all. I like all of the international flair in these articles- I’m a HUGE united colors of Benetton guy; have been since ’88. “All night long (ba ba ba-ba)(ba ba ba-ba) All nigh-ight lo-ong (ba ba ba-ba)”

  • noabsolutes

    It would be awesome to see not only a few more women (as several other people have suggested), but a few posts on menswear for the gender-fluid crowd: female cross-dressers, drag kings, trans* and androgynous folks are certainly a part of the menswear community, and can be great examples of “do you.” I refer all doubters/haters to David Bowie and these gentlemen over here: http://www.oddee.com/item_98038.aspx.

    No blame if you can’t do it, but I think it would be a great way to exemplify the flexibility and excellence of menswear, and give some recognition to people who truly have to create themselves from the ground up.

  • http://undefined gaudio

    Steven and Ishandev for the win. Although I’m also referring to Steve’s poncho post.

  • Mario L.

    Im wanna bet the african print pants are gonna be a massive hit either this or next summer.

  • http://undefined A. Trimarchi

    Khaled really shoed a true italian style. I liked all his pieces. Another flavor I enjoyed was Ishandev. Very comfortable looking wardrobe, yet stylish.

  • tim

    for me it was clearly Nigerian Americana feat. Niyi Okuboyejo – there I could really learn something from that chap!

  • Steven Santander

    I can’t decide if I want more perfectly tailored garments of more personal styles. They are both the best aspects of menswear in my opinion. I liked too many posts this year to remember favorites, but being informative and showcasing proper clothing of any style has always been important for me in menswear. I believe you’ve been doing that for a long time already so I’m sure you will continue to post great content.

    I do enjoy menswear from a women’s perspective and menswear inspired style for women as well. Maybe a few more ladies in the post, or even the comments would be fun.

    Also, happy to be among favorites this year, thanks again!

  • http://undefined Beethoven

    Got to hand it to Angel for the perfect wardrobe. maybe even better than Dan’s? Also, props to Ishandev for most interesting personal style.

  • http://undefined Manic Manik

    Definitely Ishandev, simply for bringing new pieces into play. Who else was using avant-garde ehtnic pieces? Maybe Niyi, but it wasn’t as cultural specific.

  • http://thestylegear.com/ Nagy L

    The most useful posts was: TSB Upgrade and Why You Should Get to Know Your Tailor.

  • https://twitter.com/wonkinakilt Joe Colucci

    My favorite TSB post of all time is absolutely She Bespoke, feat. Amber Doyle. (http://tsbmen.com/27049/she-bespoke-feat-amber-doyle/) Not sure why – Amber was part of it, certainly – but found it really unexpected & thought-provoking.

  • Marcus Forlan

    Great idea (Dan’s?) for a post that does not require too much work so you guys can take some much-deserved time off.

    Looking forward to a new year w tsbmen.

  • Steven S.

    I think Dan has always been most stylish when it came to rocking suits and jackets. So i didnt really think that Khaled and the other guys did a great deal of additions to that look. It was great but nothing revolutionary. I feel the Kenyan and Indian inspired looks and Dan’s print pants were the better ones.

  • Ibo

    The ethnic posts were the most interesting. Niyi and Ishandev definitely switched it up, although Ishandev was more comprehensively stylish because he really fused the different looks.

  • Tom

    A whole year and no members only jackets.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Really? I’m pretty sure Wes wore one in a WIWT at some point… With 150+ posts this year it’s hard to remember all the fun we had.

  • Michael

    How do I access archived posts prior to October? I was interested in perusing the posts for the entire year. Of the posts above, Grayson’s post and the layering post are my faves, but I don’t know if they’re my fave for the entire year. I do like the Street Style posts – more of those please!

  • LouCaves

    2013 had some thumbs-up from me, some thumbs-down. But all was inspiring.

    Thanks, TSB and all the commentors, as well.

    Have a happy New Year. God bless.

    Lou Caves

  • TO

    Out of these I would say the unexpected layering series was my favorite, and it is very reminiscent of I have come to expect from TSBmen – equal parts inspiration & innovation, and a little bit of “controversy”.

    All of the ones listed were great though! Excited for 2014

  • Jakob

    I’m going to go with “Unexpected Layering”. Just such a useful post, as opposed to “Italian Power Tailoring” for example. Not that it wasn’t a super cool post (which it was), but being a 21 year old student I can’t really afford custom Italian handmade suits. And I don’t wear suits that often either (but I try!).

    • Jakob

      *suit separates

  • Chris H

    For non-TSB related people, Angel had the best posts. I think the unexpected layering posts were solid for TSB. Lots of inspiration in them.

  • Edward Fitzgerald

    I really enjoyed the African Print, a really unexpected twist. Congratulations on another wonderful year, can’t wait to see what you guys have in the upcoming year.

  • Bob Mack

    Maor Coen Second look was the most memorable on that has yet to be mentioned. He looked sharp but it was clear that he followed his own set of rules.

    • Alan S.

      Ishandev was the boldest post by far. And he kills it!

  • Shawn

    Angel and Khaled were really my favorite features this year! Every time these guys make it to TSBmen, they rock the place! And I also love most of Dan’s post where he rocks sharp suits. I’m less into the recent LA vibe but I understand that TSBmen needs to evolve to keep growing!

  • cam

    and for some negative feedback that hopefully is seen as positive, I really missed the videos in 2013…without them, we loose a personal feel to the site in my opinion….Happy New Year guys!

    • http://undefined TimL

      Totally want to see more videos….

    • Brady P

      I will third the videos.. Cant remember which post it was specifically, but the one with Dan riding his bike around NY sticks out for me. Like cam mentioned above, makes it feel personal.

  • cam

    angel and khaled all day every day and it’s not even close (sorry dan). honestly though we should get a monthly feature on these two with alternating months…6 each for 2014…make it happen :)

  • cam


  • Cole I

    The post with my man Angel Ramos was the best. Loved that it mixed great pics, great style, and philosophy behind the looks.

  • Tom

    Unexpected layering stood out for me, great outfits while instructional at the same time. All the others were more related to personal style, which also includes great outfits and general guidance, but in a less all-encompassing way!

    Anyway, really appreciate every single of your posts and hope 2014 is good to you guys! Keep up the good work!

  • Changingman

    Gabe Stein makeover, and all the makeover posts you’ve done in the past.

  • Galps

    Can not go past ‘Weekend Layers feat. Grayson Knight’ and that shearling vest. Was also very impressed with versatility of a poncho in ‘the statement poncho feat. Steven Santander’. Alex taking a few WIWT is also good to see.

  • http://whitneynicjames.com Whitney

    I’ve loved all the features and looks this year. Angel really takes the cake for me tho! Super stylish and very confident! Happy New Year to you and can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2014.


  • http://wideeyestightwallets.com Adam

    Damn, there were way too many good ones to pick a top favorite, but here are a few:

    Summertime Tailoring with Angel Ramos (http://tsbmen.com/29587/summertime-tailoring-feat-angel-ramos/)
    - And just about anything with Angel. Man is on point.

    Menswear Inspired feat. Jennilee Thornton (http://tsbmen.com/29780/for-the-ladies-menswear-inspired-by-jenilee/)
    – Loved seeing the ways menswear can be adapted for the ladies.

    Horizontal Stripes feat. Adam Lampell (http://tsbmen.com/28197/horizontal-stripes-feat-adam-lampell/)
    - This might top it all. This particular post really piqued my interest in using horizontal stripes, a move I have yet to make but am eager to do so. In general, I love Adam’s style and am happy every time he pops up on here.

    Really though, way too many awesome posts to begin to narrow it down, keep up the good work next year, fellas. You (collectively) are an inspiration for my style and my career.

  • John B

    At first I was going to say unexpected layering, but I decided to check some of the features again (mainly Angel and Grayson) and I got somewhat confused.

    Maybe the best for 2014 would be to have each person being featured highlight a piece of clothing according to his personal style (like Angel did with coloured jackets, Khaled with the Sciamat jackets, etc).

  • Dave P

    One of my favourite posts was JACKET ART FEAT. ANGEL RAMOS.
    His second look ‘Summer Tweed’ was probably my favourite outfit that you have featured this year. I’m always on the look out for a version of that jacket that is in my price range. I love the Italian cut of Angel’s jackets, particularly the shoulders.

    Towni has been looking great recently too, especially with the new hair.

    • TO

      Dave: I grabbed a summer-time linen tweed blazer for my dad for xmas! I found it for about $12 and amazingly it didn’t need any alterations on him… It was vintage JCrew, so keep looking!

  • Ike S.

    Unexpected layering both parts really stood out to me when first posted. It made me think differently about how I can use clothes that were already in my wardrobe to change things up.