For the summer photography position we interviewed/auditioned a handful of eager photographers. Westley here was one of them.
Although we eventually hired Brent for the position, we enjoyed hanging with Wes so much that we took him on as photography & production assistant/intern. Born and raised in lower manhattan NYC, Westley is a genuine cool cat with interests in photography, style/fashion and basketball – so he fits right in.
It’s great to have an extra set of hands on deck as we continue to grow, and we are thrilled to have him join our team.
For his original “trial shoot” I styled another edition of our popular segment “1 Piece/3 Ways”, this time highlighting a pair of summer kicks that I’ve been putting some serious mileage on lately: my off-white suede wingtips.
1. Put-Together Summer Casual
These aren’t your typical plain-toe oxford “bucks” with the chunky red brick soles. These are wingtip brogues with natural leather soles, made with what I call an “aggresive last”. Not chunky, round and preppy – more sleek, narrow and mean.
With washed jeans, a gingham shirt and a lightweight knit they make for a perfect weekend afternoon in the city.
Bonus Tip: Typically I recommend wearing shoes and belts in the same color family, but there are exceptions, and this is one of them. With white (or off-white) footwear, use the opportunity to break the mold with a more unique accesory at the waist – or keep it simple and in the [preferably light] brown family.
Bonus Tip II: There are knits for the Fall/Winter season, and there are knits for Spring/Summer season – you should have at least a couple versatile options for the latter.
Bonus Tip III: Similarly to knitwear, the range of denim that men wear in the street is also disappointing. Leave the heavy selvage for the colder climates, there are awesome lightweight denims, colored denims, linen-blends, etc. Diversify. (Post on this coming soon)
- Off-white suede wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco
- Lightweight v-neck sweater by Gucci
- Slim washed denim jeans by Polo Ralph Lauren
- Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Persol
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
- Brown gingham shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label