A Sartorial Winter feat. Angel Ramos

February 17th, 2014

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2. Scarf & Stripes

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Angel is almost always wearing bespoke, but not always in a stuffy or corporate way. He has a knack for blending dressy with casual, such as his spread collar shirt and power-stripe flannel suit trousers with a denim jacket and chukka boots.

“It’s funny I get so many compliments on this scarf…I purchased it about six years ago on an NYC street corner because I felt I was getting cold and sick. It was $6. It’s “pashmina”, or at least that’s what is says on the tag. It’s definitely cheap, but as Dan has written several times, it’s all about styling and confidence. People typically assume this scarf is baby cashmere imported from the hills of Umbria, or something like that. Haha.”

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I love the mix of sharp bespoke (shirt, tie, trousers) with worn-in vintage (hat, jacket, scarf) in this look.

On another note, Angel has transition lenses in his chunky tortoise frames. Inside they are clear eyeglasses, but step outside into the sun and they quickly fade into shades. I’ve always loved transitions and can’t figure out why more guys don’t take advantage of them…

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Also, how about the subtle nod to the old-school with the paisley tie, while subtly tying in the orange color accent. That’s pro stuff.

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  • Hat Vintage Luciano Barbera
  • Shades by Retro SuperFuture
  • Scarf from NYC Street Vendor
  • Denim jacket by Levi’s (Vintage)
  • Shirt by Angel Bespoke
  • Paisley Tie by Angel Bespoke
  • Pinky Ring from the Progetto Fede “Instanbul Collection”
  • Trousers (part of suit) by Angel Bespoke
  • Chukka boots by Angel Bespoke
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  • http://whentowear.tumblr.com/ WhenToWear

    Yeah, that’s what it looks like from a modern RTW perspective, at least from the English side. I was referring more to the bespoke houses of yesteryear. But it’s a good point you bring up.

    • TO

      Yes that’s what I said you said, but you bringing that up reminded me of my rant that followed! Lol

  • Mitko

    I dont know what you guys changed about the commenting function from the last site to this one, but it works great. Just feels much more like a real conversation. Especially helpful for us folks that live out in the Midwest where it’s sometimes hard to find people to discuss menswear with. Good Job and thank you!!

    • http://tsbmen.com/ Alex Crawford

      We’re really excited about the new commenting system too! So glad you like it.

  • http://instagram.com/stevensantander Steven Santander

    Really enjoyed these versatile looks, my kind of outfits. Great job as always Angel and Dan!

  • http://www.lucidlingo.com.au/ Gazman

    Great looks! Don’t want to be pedantic and for all I know Angel probably
    speaks the lingo fluently but shouldn’t it be ‘fratelli’ not fratellos?

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Hmm. Not sure…but whatever Angel wants to calls his boys is up to him, I think.

  • Khaled Nasr

    Great to see another feature with Angel All the looks are killer as usual. Especially that last green military jacket!

    • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

      BROTHER BROTHER!!!

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Great Disqus profile pic Khaled!

      • Khaled Nasr

        Thanks Dan!! Taken by the best team in the business! ;)

  • Daniel

    Thanks for another Angel Ramos feature! Excellent as always – I particularly like looks one and three and the increasingly distinguished-looking beard. Two questions:
    1) Where did you shoot looks two and three? Looks like a place worth checking out.
    2) What does the inscription on the back of the neck of the dumbo coat say?

    • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

      All shots were done in Bed Stuy Do or Die! haha It says Angel Bespoke

  • Adrian B

    Awesome post. Look one is a serious killer !

  • Miguel

    Angel is one of my style idols along with Dan, love his looks, always on point, too bad my budget can reach Angel’s line of clothing.
    All three looks were fantastic, just got myself some new outfit ideas.

    By the way, if you buy an overcoat, should it fit above your knees, at your knees or does it matter?

    • TO

      Miguel- get it above the knees my man, somewhere from knee to mid-thigh depending on your preference

      • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

        Miguel I agree with TO, though if its made for you, it’s up to you. I try to keep it about 3″ above knee

        • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

          Above the knee is more versatile…but I’m on that floor length bossiness lately!

  • Jaws

    Standard iGent. This guy doesn’t have enough to nuance to be a tailor. Sleeves tight, waist tight. Back tie blade affection. Imagine this guys main market is men who don’t know how to discern details. This serves as a useful pictorial guide for what to avoid when going tailored.

    • Mark Smith

      One word, brother. Preference. Or as it’s commonly known – style.

      I personally think his fit compliments him perfectly, but just because he chooses to wear things the way he does, doesn’t mean he dresses his clients that way. I have no doubt that Angel is a professional dude and knows his shit, and would tailor his work according to the particular customer’s body and preference.

    • cam

      @Jaws – pretty strong words for not knowing the man you speak about…my tailor, for instance, initially tried to get me in 18 in openings for my trouser leg with full break and very long jacket because he is old school and wears his stuff in a trad manner…guess what? I take my fit a little more modern and we spoke and my shit is perfect…just because angel wears his clothes this way doesn’t mean he forces his clients to do the same…from the little I know of angel (following his social media) he seems to be a very humble and knowledgable man who I’m sure is more than qualified to work with clients…if nothing else, he is overly critical of the details…regardless of what trad ppl like you consider the “correct” tailored fit, there is more than one way to skin a cat…if you took the time to look at his tumblr, you would see many of his clients in more trad cuts…but you simply chose to make assumptions instead

    • http://whentowear.tumblr.com/ WhenToWear

      What qualifies you to be a tailor? Each tailor has their own preference and style. Hell each country has its own style. American tailors used to push the sack suit. It draped well but provided little shape. English tailors liked to cut a strong V figure. Nice broad shoulders and a nipped waist. Every tailor and client have preferences on the style they would like their garment cut. Just because it doesn’t fit into your’s doesn’t mean he isn’t qualified.

    • Jaws

      iGent problem #1: Understanding tight isn’t right – iGent problem #2: Find your own style. Wearing your tie blade longer, beard with cropped head, italian hats, wearing denim jackets with ties – these things can all be found trending on your local #menswear or your favorite GQ Rules. The problem with these looks is that the outfits are all attention grabbing/notice me looks that don’t fit right or seem to really have any context.

      • Jimi Brady

        Just so we’re all aware of what we should aspire to, could you show us your portfolio of handmade clothing, or else a few photos of you rocking your style (which must be exquisitely tasteful, obviously)? If you can’t, don’t worry about it – we can’t all be successful in the fashion industry, or even in the way we dress.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Jaws, why are you always so mad?

      • Jaws

        Cuz I’m Shakespeare in the flesh, Walt Dis, Nike, Google.

  • kfung

    Always welcome a new Angel post. Love all the looks, all very inspiring, I’ve also got the transitional lenses because I drive a lot and the type I have will darken behind a windscreen, so convenient!

  • Ali Naaseh

    Angel looks great, especially in that last look. Amazing coat.
    A few things, though:
    - Style Guide is still sluggish on all browsers, I haven’t been able to pull up a single look yet.
    - The “next look” button on mobile is there, but doesn’t work.

    • AJ

      x2 on the Style Guide

  • TO

    Beautiful clothes from Angel as always, he must be a human furnace to survive the northeast winter in some of these looks…

    Particularly love the crushed velvet blazer and I’m sure it’s actually pretty warm. Can anyone provide more examples or explanation of crushed velvet? I have a Wiki understanding now, but am interested in the process and difference of it versus regular velvet, it really creates a beautiful finish.

    I can relate to fining the “perfect hat”, I have been searching for one of my own for a while- that one is a really great shape, colour and fabric (& not too big nor too small) making it very versatile. What is the width of the brim Angel? Also, great coat with amazing details!

    • http://whentowear.tumblr.com/ WhenToWear

      Crushed velvet is usually made in 100% cotton or in a cotton blend. Can be done in silk but much, much more expensive. It’s a woven fabric. The pile on the velvet is pushed and crinkled under pressure which creates distinct patterns. The crushing also creates a softer hand and makes the fabric much more lustrous.

      Studying fashion merchandising and that’s what they told us.

    • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

      I’ll have to check, I’m currently out of country. But I assume 2.5-2.75″

      • Matthew Boxx

        Angel I love your stuff, how do we contact you? I sent an email but see now your are O/S, when do you get back?

  • Jeanscuffed

    Angel is always a favorite for me and this article is no dissappointment. He always wins in my book, and Look #3′s jacket?? NICE!
    I’ve read in past articles that Angel used to have an athletic build but it seems he is losing weight. It looks great on him whether he did or didn’t lose weight, but it just looks like he’s at a smaller build from his past features.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Also, I wanted to add to my questions: In Look #2, I see snow in the background but see Angel wearing a button down and denim jacket up top. Yes, granted he does have on a scarf, but I just wanted to know if this look up top would be warm enough because when I see piles of snow I just imagine really fridgid temps.

      • http://whentowear.tumblr.com/ WhenToWear

        He has lost a lot of weight, I agree he looks good.

      • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

        I wanted to show versatility in mixing a casual jacket historically in a sartorial way. Thanks for the kind comments!

    • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

      I’m not going to lie, I used to be pretty atheletic when I played college baseball and baseball in different countries. I was weighing about 240 in my playing days solid. After many years being away from sports I dropped down to about 225 slightly built and slightly out of shape. About 3 years ago I changed my diet drastically to a plant based diet and lost about 50 pounds. I usually hover between 185-190. It drops at times based on the amount of travel I do…

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        #plantlife

  • Mitko

    When I saw the last look, the bespoke overcoat, I couldn’t help but think of this post in GQ a couple of months back that came out of one of their 70s issues…that’s some manly s***

  • John B

    The coat is amazing But those grained oxblood wingtips stole the show.
    He had a coat/jacket on top of the denim jacket on look #2? Because the denim jacket alone seems a bit lightweight when there’s snow around!

    • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

      Yeah, it would definitely be a bit light for the weather which has been insane this winter but I wanted to show versatility in mixing a casual jacket historically in a sartorial way.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        You could always throw that badass overcoat over it.

  • kid_icarus

    That coat in look #3 is SICK.

    As for “transitions” lenses, they creep me out for some reason. They’re great in theory, but never seem to work in reality.
    I always seem to see them in the transition stage, and never purely clear or purely sunglasses-mode, and the smokey lens look is unsettling in my opinion.

    • HL Merkin

      The other thing is that they’re useless the one time you really need sunglasses: driving when it’s bright. Since the lens darkening effect is triggered by UV light, it doesn’t work when it’s filtered through the car windshield. Apparently they have come up with a newer tech that adapts somewhat, but I’m skeptical. I got rid of my transitions a few years back and put some prescription sunglass lenses in a pair of Persols instead – practical and stylish.

      • http://www.lucidlingo.com.au/ Gazman

        Yes, was just about to write the same thing. I ditched my transitions for the same reason and have prescription sunnies, too.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        But then you have to carry two pairs? Personally I don’t wear prescriptions, so I don’t have a lot of experience with these…

        • HL Merkin

          Yup, but it doesn’t take up any more space than carrying one pair of sunglasses does for someone who doesn’t wear glasses, since one pair is always being worn. Just swap out as needed.

  • RO

    Inspirational post….well written.
    RO

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      RO! The man. Thank you Sir.

  • Shawn

    Angel, I love all of those looks! I especially love the hat, and the history along with it! Also, I’ve got a thing for those officer overcoat with polo (oversized) collars and back center seam and belted waist! Nailed it as usual!

    • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

      Thanks Shawn! Appreciate the kind words

  • http://whentowear.tumblr.com/ WhenToWear

    Angel, if you see this who does your lenses? Currently have transitions in my glasses but they stopped working too quickly and never got dark enough. How often do you replace them?

    • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

      Hey, Thanks for commenting! My frames are Retro Super Future, Ciccio Model. Transitions are quite tricky… What I was told when I purchased them, (and it worked) was that you have to train the lenses to get dark. So the first couple of days I had my glasses I pretty much left them under the sun to get used to getting as dark as they possibly can. So honestly on some bright and sunny days, this lenses get so dark that they look black, however on cloudy days they look oddly tinted. Hope that helped!

  • cam

    Ooh kill ‘em

  • Wieczorek

    That hat is outstanding! It makes me certain I need one as well.

    Angel is the best dressed gentleman on the internet, no doubt about it. I like both the formal and casual looks.

  • tommyjohn_45

    Great looks as always.. Many I love the glenplaid trousers in look 1.

  • Juan

    More Angel please! This guy’s style is flawless!