What I Wore Today – Jan 17 2014

January 17th, 2014

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3. Oliver Gerona

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Oliver Gerona has been around the block in the luxury clothing business. He’s had stints at heavyweights like Burberry, Turnbull and Asser, Bergdorf Goodman, Kiton, and for the past fourteen years, Domenico Vacca.

Under Vacca, a luxe bespoke and ready-to-wear menswear brand known for their Hollywood A-list clientele, Gerona has traveled the world opening and developing locations from Qatar, to London, to Beverly Hills.
We swung by the Beverly Hills store to chat with Oliver, learn more about the brand, and check out some of the clothes.
On his beautifully Italian tailored jacket I noticed a design detail I’d never seen before: working buttons to adjust the depth of the vents. Pretty cool subtle twist to a classic blazer.

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“I was born in the Philippines and my father was my mentor when it comes to fashion. He was the best dressed man I had ever seen. When I was a kid and he would come visit me in school and all the girls would go crazy about him… One time a girl I liked asked: ‘hey is that your dad?’ I said yeah and was so proud of it… From that day on I said to myself when I grow up I wanna be able to style and dress myself like him.”

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  • White Shirt by Domenico Vacca
  • Plaid Blazer by Domenico Vacca
  • Denim Jeans by Domenico Vacca
  • Slippers by Domenico Vacca

 

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

TSBmen
Photography by Alex Crawford
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  • Paul Abrahams

    Oliver – blazer fabric quality looks superb and so do the shoes.

  • Robert

    Oliver, that buttoned vent blazer doe. Wowzers

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    Oliver

  • http://www.backdownsouth.com Back Down South

    Alex, minus the hat.

  • Alex

    Alex by far. That is the best fit I have ever seen on the site to date.

  • Charles E. Fromage

    What purpose do the vent buttons serve? I’m asking seriously. I would think that if it’s a jacket worn by only one person, the vent would always be the same unless you’re riding a horse. Anyone?

  • Steven Santander

    For sure Alex takes my vote today. Nice layering and great turquoise pieces!

  • Kyle

    Easy. Oliver for reasons in addition to he’s the only one that doesn’t look like he’s playing dress up.

    I love a good western look but less is more when it comes to the jewelry.

    Dan looks like he’s being strangled by the scarf and it’s too much of a ‘look at me I’m one of them’ look with them being the rest of everyone else in LA that’s over styled and just wants to be seen.

  • TO

    Wicked that you guys linked up with Domenico Vacca by the way. I have been a fan of his since the days of the original GQ Rules!

  • TO

    Dan, because I recently joined the mustache club.

    I never thought I could pull it off, having left a stubbly one few times (just to see it) during the shave process.

    Realizing I was going to have to shave my beard for work, it came as a lot easier transition after 1-2 month beard growth. I also heeded the “gentlemo” styling tips and now I am really happy with it!

  • http://www.thetreasuregentleman.wordpress.com TTG

    Alex wins!

  • Jmurd

    Going with dan on this one. I like the slim suit and the black boots!

  • Bobby P

    Maybe I’m not getting enough exposure, but this site is the only place I ever see men wear soft velvety house slippers. I dig the look, but I’d like to better understand how/why this works off set.

  • Dennis

    Oliver all the way.

  • Chris Piane

    What happened to voting??? I guess it’s been a while since I’ve visited. Shame on me. Anyway, I dig all 3.

    Dan, I especially dig the ‘stache for now. But I always appreciate experimentation with both hairstyle and facial hair. So keep things interesting!

    Oliver looks simple and elegant.

    Alex wins the prize today! He demonstrates how killer accessories, along with slick and classic cowboys boots can take your casual style to a whole other level. Don’t think I’m ready to be sporting that look in NYC just yet, but Alex looks fantastic for his milieu man.

  • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

    Dan awesome boots!!!! I like the laxness of Alex look and his accessory are amazing so he wins!!! I want to like Oliver’s look just that it seems more fitting for spring/summer than January.

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    • Jack

      Not cool: making fun of eating disorders.

      • Jack

        *making light

  • Patrick

    Oscar takes it. Though working for a high-end men’s store gives him a little leg up on Alex’s dad’s closet. (No disrespect to Alex’s dad).

  • Barkley

    Alex wins, easy, he reppin Arizona, he a poser, but still, southwest all day. Turquoise and all that. We dont do prints round here, its gemstones and bandanas famly

  • Jeremy

    Dan, your mustache always reminds me of Brad Pitt as Aldo the Apache.

    • AdamE

      Agreed, the stache does look like it commands a debt of scalps…

      My vote goes to Dan this round…

      In terms of the why for buttoned vents, I could see adjusting the depth for certain things like riding a horse or maybe a motorcycle, or on a really hot day, but I suspect, they are more for flair than function (even if they are functional holes…)…

  • Justin

    Dan takes the win for today, but it’s nowhere near cold enough in LA right now to even need a scarf in the morning! Unbelievable weather.

    • Justin

      Actually, going to change my vote to Oliver, sorry Dan!

  • cam

    going with dan today…curious if you could give examples of noticeable ways people treat you differently with the mustache

  • Rob

    Alex’s style keeps getting better and better!
    I am not a fan of turquoise, excessive jewlery, brimmed hats and especially cowboy boots. Somehow this looks amazing!! well done

  • Miguel G.

    I have to go with Alex today, the entire look is solid and complete.

  • http://undefined Joshua

    Alex gets the nod here. Denim on Denim will always be badass in my book and the jewelry puts the look over the top. Well done.

  • Kiel West

    ALEX, JEEZ.

  • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

    #3 = Golgo 13 = S.B.W.I.F. = “Sexy Beast with International Flair”. #2 better kegel-clench HARD if he sees Jake Gyllenhaal sneaking up behind him. #1 looks like someone dropped their sunglasses on a Smurf turd.

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  • Joe

    Alex by a mile. And not just because I love cowboy boots. Well, not just because…

    • Joe

      By the way, those are really nice cowboy boots. Do you happen to know who made them?

      I wore cowboy boots a lot in NYC, and I almost always noticed I was not the only one. I had a beat-up, rubber-soled pair that was perfect on the snow and ice.

      • http://tsbmen.com Alex Crawford

        My dad had them made by a custom boot maker in Houston. I’ll ask him and get back to you!

        • Joe

          Cool, I’d like to know. I splurged once on a custom pair made by a guy in the Rio Grande Valley as a graduation gift, my only bespoke item. My other boots are all used, I mean vintage, finds.

  • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

    This WIWT is one of your better ones for a couple reasons:

    1. My vote goes to Dan for the printed shirt integrated into the suit. That just blends all together too well. Mixed with the boots was unexpected for me. I voted for Dan also because out of the 3 looks, I would have def worn this one.

    2. Alex has really stepped up his game this time with the turquoise jewelry. I, too, would have never thought he would wear that AND cowboy boots AND pull it off so nicely. VERY well done!

    3. I really dig Oliver’s look, and what an unexpected twist with the button vents. Such a laid back/casual look.

    4. Dan you got a new style haircut yes?

    5. I didn’t see a teaser pic for WIWT on the homepage? Was that because you wanted to keep things interesting? I like it this way for dramatic effect lol.

    Nice post guys!

  • http://undefined Shane

    Hands down Oliver!Great look! Just can’t get behind that hat Alex – sorry!

  • Shawn

    I gotta say Mr Gerona look is pretty sharp! Never thought of buttons to adjust the vent opening! Pretty clever! And I love the gingham color of his jacket! Well done!