The Softspoken Gangster feat. HVRMINN

February 19th, 2014

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2. Military Chic

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“I design outerwear pieces (like this army inspired wool trench) for Vietto NYC with the aim of providing the ‘ultimate masculine aesthetic’. I refine the quality of genuine military uniforms by using high-end fabrics and craftsmanship, while maintaining the authentic details and oversized silhouettes.”

One thing that is noticeably consistent across all of HVRMINN’s designs is that they are remarkably, and perfectly, minimalist. He acknowledges the subtlety of clothing design and doesn’t force the issue. His goal is simply to create beautiful, versatile pieces that will last the test of time.

“My motto is: Less is More.”

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“The denim shirt is by EPONYMOVS. It’s our signature shirt that has the buttons in the middle of the collar which function as a collar pin [just another one of those clever details that pays homage to subtly modernizing the best of the old-school]“.

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A strong case for the single monkstrap here. He makes these loafers look like a million bucks.

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  • Ishandev

    Look 1 needs to be framed. Dan, that is the best winter look you’ve featured. Period.

  • Silviu

    I’ve been looking everywhere for a dress shirt with that type of collar like the one in the last picture. Old school. Great looks and extremely well tailored gear.

  • JoeFromTexas

    I really liked this feature. I get that his influences are rooted in the past, and yet nothing comes off as old-timey costumes. Just really sharp, perfectly fitting suits. The coats at a glance look like a surplus find that’s been tailored perfectly, but at a second glance, the details and materials suggest that it’s a designer piece without screaming it out.

  • JoeFromTexas

    I really liked this feature. I get that his influences are rooted in the past, and yet nothing comes off as old-timey costumes. Just really sharp, perfectly fitting suits. The coats at a quick glance look like a surplus find that’s been tailored perfectly, but at a second glance, the details and materials suggest that it’s a designer piece without screaming it out. Less is definitely more. Beautiful work.

  • Blackhood

    How can you claim that “Finally, take one last tip from a true military-inspired gentleman: always keep your shoes freshly shined.” on shoes with the buckles undone?

    This obsession with Sprez is stupid. It makes it obvious that the guy spent 4 hours bulling his shoes and then forgot how to put them on.

    • Owen

      I totally agree. You can’t just leave your shoes undone and call it Sprezz, especially when the rest of your outfilt is so clean and put together with care.

      • ?

        Who called it Sprez?

        • Owen

          So the guy simply forgot to fasten his shoes? Why?

          • ?

            I wouldn’t equate unbuckling monk straps to sprez-esqe. Plus, the shoe shine tip was inserted by the writer, not Minn. We can’t know the intention..

            Aside from that, what’s wrong with sprez anyway? Men’s clothing is centered around it; men are advised to keep the second button of their suit jackets unfastened. Why? Because it makes one look uptight, and overdone. What’s wrong with having your look seem nonchalant and laid back? Everyone is guilty of it to some extent.

  • Olerud_4_Life

    Second and third looks are tough

  • Owen

    I wonder how many gentlemen of the 20′s and 30′s wandered around with their shoes unfastened. This is one trend I wish would disappear and never return. Apart from that, look 3 is amazing!

  • John B

    Not really a fan of the black shirt, but everything else is perfect. I really like the military coats. Between these two here and Angel’s one, I’m getting really jealous!

  • http://www.MrEssentialist.com/ Mr Essentialist

    Awesome coat and shoes. And the shades? Woah.
    http://www.mressentialist.com

  • Joseph

    Honestly blown away by this feature.
    From the standpoint of styling as well as design, this man knows what he’s doing.

  • Drew Middleton

    DAMN. Killer looks. Awesome post guys!

  • Miguel

    Love all three looks, the overcoats, suit and DM strap shoes were on point, sharp really sharp. Keep it coming.

  • Mark Smith

    Those huge lapels on that camel coat are delicious.

  • cam

    the eponymovs AW14 presentation was sublime

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

      Agreed. I want it all.

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

    This has been the best style feature in months. He is always such a well dressed dude. The camel/black/leopard look was my favorite.

  • MS

    Dude looks like a million dollars.

  • Jeanscuffed

    This dude is an assassin! The fit on his suits are amazing and his boldness/confidence to pull it off is key here. Thanks for the article on this guy and his brand. I’m definitely going to look more from him. And those leopard loafers in Look #1….well hell, matter of fact, ALL his shoes are sick.
    Im curious to see who this Kevin Wang is and how his style syncs with Minn’s

    • Paul Kim

      This dude is awesome.

      • Jeanscuffed

        So is his hair part. Very distinct additive to his look.

  • Shawn

    Was waiting for a HVRMINN feature for a long time now, and boy, it doesn’t disappoint. But, I think you should have featured the 2 guys behind the HVRMINN brand (the other guy is called Kevin Wang if I recall), because they make such a great pair when photographed together! I raise my hat to this gentleman for his unique sense of style and jaw-dropping looks (outerwear is out of this world!)

  • http://unseenflirtspoetry.wordpress.com Unseen Flirtations

    *Golfclap*

    Absolutely sublime tailoring. Playful, knowing, balanced and nuanced, yet gasoline clean and razor edged. Dangerously secure and other such oxymorons. I applaud.