Author & Creative Director
Born and raised on a small farm outside of Windsor Ontario Canada, it has been quite a journey to developing a men’s style publication based in NYC and LA.
I moved to NYC to attend Columbia University, where I was recruited to play basketball. After playing 4 years of Division 1 hoops and graduating with an Ivy League degree in Psychology, I spent a summer interning on Wall Street and a few months in the buying office at Saks Fifth Avenue before taking my title as Esquire magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Man in America” and running with it.
In may of 2012 I graduated from the Menswear Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where my final design collection was selected among the top in the class and displayed in the college’s museum.
Aside from managing TSB and related collaborations, I serve as a Senior Advisor for Michael Andrews Bespoke, a brand ambassador for Gillette, a guest writer for EnRoute magazine and a freelance consultant for a number of other menswear related businesses.
When I’m not doing any of that, I’m shopping, traveling or getting buckets on the courts in the East Village or Venice Beach!
Art Director & Lead Photographer
I grew up on a ranch just outside of Houston Texas, spending my weekdays shoveling manure for my mom and weekends hunting with my dad. Needless to say, my first experience with “fashion” was heavily influenced by utility and workwear.
After high school I left home to study photography at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Moving to “Music City” had a huge influence on me; my artwork changed, my clothes changed, my drinking habits changed (and by changed I mean they didn’t exist before Nashville). I fell in love with Americana and classic Southern style.
After graduation I moved to New York City to work on a Masters in photography from Pratt University in Brooklyn. Shortly thereafter my friend Jenilee, who was interning for TSB at the time, introduced me to Dan and we hit it off.
My style continues to improve (as does my title on the site), and even though I might wear a slim-fitting suit and refer to myself as an Art Director, at my roots I’m just a photographer who loves me some workwear.
Photographer & Production Manager
I spent the majority of my life in NYC, growing up with my older brother who was a big influence on me. As youngsters we played ball, listened to hip-hop, collected sneakers with matching outfits and stayed out of trouble (for the most part).
At one point during my freshman year of college I looked at my closet and said “Damn, I hate my wardrobe”. That same day I searched google for “men’s style advice” and it was the best thing that could have happened to me. Stumbling upon [what was then] TheStyleBlogger.com, I became addicted to men’s style and my wardrobe gradually matured. My jeans got slimmer with each pair purchased, graphic tees became fitted polos, flashy sneakers were traded for loafers and lace-up, etc.
A year and a half later I applied for a short-term photography position at TSB (since Alex was spending the summer back home in Texas). I didn’t get the job but I must have made an impression since the guys wanted me to stick around and be part of the team.
I have the utmost respect for menswear and with that my style continues to evolve. I’m still true to my original influences of streetwear and hip-hop, which I feel help define my personal style, but I try to combine them with a more mature aesthetic.
Other than working with the guys at TSB, I’m always down for a hoops game, some dope music and a good brew with even better company.
Creative Assistant & Brand Ambassador
Originally from coastal Connecticut, I’ve always been attracted to the creative process of design, and have dabbled in everything from crocheting to architecture.
My upbringing has definitely influenced my personal aesthetic, and while living in New York City has made me a little more contemporary, I am still a menswear classics man through and through. From a young age I learned the value of lasting quality and timelessness, which has not only shaped my taste in fashion but other interests as well, such as cooking, art and literature.
Two years ago I moved to New York City to finish my economics degree and around that same time I applied for the “Social Media Internship” at TSBmen.
When I’m not with the guys from TSB, I love getting outside – skiing, hiking, fishing, golfing, running, you name it. I’m an exercise junkie and a foodie…it’s all about balance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is TSBmen based?
As of Fall 2013 we’re now bi-coastal. NYC & LA.
How did TSBmen start?
As a clothing-obsessed college basketball player, I became the go-to resource for my teammate’s fashion-related questions. As a response, I started a simple blog to share my opinion on men’s style (the original site can still be found at www.mensstyleblog.blogspot.com
Later that year (2009) I was selected as Esquire magazine’s ”Best Dressed Real Man in America”, and readership on TSBmen began to grow.
Today we are a team of five producing original content and pushing the boundaries of menswear content online, for an audience of hundreds of thousands of men (and women) all over the world.
Our brand is constantly evolving, but our goal remains the same: create practical and inspiring content for real guys.
How many people read TSBmen?
TSBmen.com generates an average of 1 Million pageviews from roughly 100,000-120,000 unique visitors every month.
90% of our readers are men aged 17-50, from all over the world (readers from 190+ countries visit the site every month).
The real beauty of our readership is its engagement. We receive hundreds of emails and comments from our readers every day, which provides us with instant feedback and allows us to create content that is based on user demand. We truly appreciate our readers and are always striving to make the site better.
How does TSBmen make money?
The site is monetized through a handful of different revenue streams. The most notable being banner advertising, affiliate commissions, sponsored content, and product sales.
Does the team have other jobs?
The team and I have all been able to leverage our following with TSBmen into other synergistic career opportunities. For example, Towni and Wes both work with the leading custom clothier in NYC Michael Andrews Bespoke, Alex is regularly hired for freelance fashion photography, and I manage my personal men’s style consulting business (styling, writing, speaking, creative direction, designing, etc).
What’s TSBmen’s policy on working with brands?
We’re extremely selective about the brands we work with and only partner with companies that are a natural fit for TSBmen. We decline 95% of the offers that come to our inbox, simply because we only showcase products that we genuinely believe in. If we wouldn’t buy it and wear it on our own, then we don’t feature it. It’s that simple.
In my opinion, authenticity is of upmost importance. Our motto is to “keep it real” with our readers, no matter the cost.
I found something on the site that i love, where can I buy it?
The brand of each item featured is listed under the last photo.
If it’s not linked in the “Shop This Look” right sidebar, there’s a good chance that it’s no longer available.
This is always a challenge for us since we feature real guys in their actual wardrobes (items are often several years old, or vintage). That said, most of the time it’s not about what item your wearing, but how you’re wearing it!
I have a great article that I think would be a good fit for TSBmen. Can I submit it?
Thank you for your interest, but at this time we’re not accepting outside contributions.
I’m interested in advertising on TSBmen, who should I contact?
Please email email@example.com to receive the TSBmen Media Guide outlining opportunities and rates.
What’s the best part of running a menswear blog full-time?
1) Being able to do something you love. I started this as a hobby to do in my free time, so it rarely feels like “work”.
2) Not having a boss, and having a great team. The freedom (creatively & with time/location) and the camaraderie are the biggest perks.
3) Genuinely inspiring others. Whether it’s to dress better, start their own creative project, or genuinely chase their dreams. Anything is possible!
What are the biggest challenges as a full-time blogger?
1) Knowing when to turn it off.
2) Not selling out.
3) Not getting complacent.
Any advice for up-and-coming bloggers?
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that this is a career as a writer. You’re ability to tell compelling stories will determine your ability to draw in regular readers.
Find your niche and don’t be afraid to make it very specific. Figure out your angle – what makes your point of view different or unique? Why you?
Only produce content that you are absolutely passionate about. Write about subjects that you research all day in your free time and you can’t get out of your head.
Always create original content. Avoid re-cycling the work of others or writing about topics that have already been covered by other publications.
Keep the quality of photography as high as possible, and the quantity of photography as low as possible. One great shot is much more intriguing than three mediocre ones.
Keep it honest and don’t sell out. If a brand wants to send you something for a story, say ‘No Thanks’ unless it’s a product that you would genuinely buy and use.
Can you check out my blog and give me some advice?
I wish I could, but I simply don’t have time to consult for other bloggers.
If you see me at the bar, buy me a beer and we can chat.
I’m interested in a career in menswear, where should I start?
We get this one almost every day…
A “career in fashion” is a very broad term. Do some research and figure out more specifically what you want to do, and what you might be good at. For example, a job as a buyer’s assistant (entering orders, tracking inventory, crunching sales data) requires a much different skill set than a job as an designer’s assistant (drawing flats, altering patterns, overseeing sample manufacturing).
After you’ve narrowed it down, consider studying your area of interest, or interning for someone that you can learn from.
Also, I have to say this: don’t confuse the enjoyment of dressing in nice clothes with wanting to work in fashion. Careers in the industry are never as glamourous as they sound, and you can dress fly in any profession.
May I use your photographs on my site?
Of course! Please just make sure to credit and link back to TSBmen.com as all of our images are copyrighted.
Dan & TSBmen have been featured in the following media outlets:
- NBC’s The Today Show
- Esquire Mag
- GQ Mag
- Men’s Health Mag
- Playboy Mag
- Details Mag
- Complex Mag
- New York Mag
- Sharp Mag
- EnRoute Mag
- Cosmo Mag
- The New York Times
- The New York Post
- The Wall Street Journal
- Women’s Wear Daily
- Business Insider
- The Huffington Post
- Refinery 29
- Fox 5 News
- Hundreds of other websites, blogs and tumblrs
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