PEACH COBBLER

dita freshwallstreet africa style   After days of going back and forth on design and fabric, this is what Dita finally decided on to a wedding we recently attended. It’s such a fulfilling feeling to create a look from scratch, especially when you get to be in studio whiles your idea is being brought to life. Next time we put an outfit together I am damn sure going to document everything from a A-Z.freshwallstreet   IMG_3399photo & write up : Allen A. Coleman

A VINTAGE SHOE ADDICT TELLS IT ALL

IMG_1072Shoes,shoes, shoes is all this gentleman knows? Not exactly but I take pride in my love for shoes, I have seen the shoes on the guys in the IT department and I would pay more than an arm and a leg not to comeback in my next lifetime in anything they own. Hunting for shoes has become a sport that I have developed quite a liking to, the process is a patient one especially when it involves scouting countless shelves of shoes in thrift stores. In most cases when I spot a pair of shoes I quickly do my research on the brand and its history, unfortunately sometimes some of these shoes have no trace of the maker. In the case of this beautiful tan brown lace ups, I picked it up and walked away with a smile just off design and thorough inspection. The stamp of quality just from going through serious wear and finally landing on thrift store shelves in good condition is primary reason why I love scouting for vintage shoes.   IMG_1067   IMG_1073photos & Write up : Allen A. Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IKIRE JONES S/S 2014

01_MG_0111  10_MG_0301  02 Kehinde_MG_0317  03 Kehinde_MG_0246  04 Kehinde_MG_0181   02_MG_0094The menswear world is buzzing with the release of IKIRE JONES SPRING/SUMMER 2014 and I am not surprised at all as only a handful of brands who are heavily influenced by tailoring look like they are really having fun with it like this brand is. Out of the collection The kihindire is clearly my favorite, a shawl collared dinner jacket with a vibrant and bold motif, this jacket is the perfect candidate for that crowd catching moment. Unlike the other jacket in the collection the Kihindire seems one with the wearer. I love how slim the sleeves have been cut, the soft tailoring compliments the jacket well, this definitely one for the summer weddings and parties.
Allen x

PURPLE RAIN

IMG_9620 Ever since I got this purple three button linen jacket  my love for color has definitely found its feet in my wardrobe, and I owe it all to this colorful number. I picked this jacket up whiles thrifting but unfortunately the tags had been ripped out, so I may never get to know who made this beautiful garment, never less God bless whoever took the time out to birth this piece of work. I have never really taken a liken to purple but my recent rendezvous with this jacket has carved out a new found love for this bold and elegant color, plus the rusty hue the linen fabric lends it doesn’t hurt at all. I wore this jacket with a pair of forest green pants from John Dunn to a wedding weekend, a little bolder than what I did here with the gray pants. I will definitely find time to shoot that outfit real soon, I might even trip and start running a ‘’300 ways to kill a purple jacket’’ series if I get too excited.

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KNUCKY SAYS

urlIn the 1920’s themed TV show Boardwalk Empire, celebrated actor John Buscemi plays the role of one the most immaculately dressed gangsters to ever grace TV. Before all hours killed on the couch held captivate by the well put together costume of the show, I’ll admit had a shallow appreciation for detail and accessorizing. Knucky Thompson, the shows leading character played John Buscemi, has single handedly defined the meaning of a well dressed man. My infatuation with his character’s wardrobe has suddenly sparked an acute eye for lapel pins, waist coats and collar tab shirts paired with flamboyant paisley printed silk ties. I use to hold the view that men in the 50’s represented the peak of menswear but the men of the 20’s blow them out of the water without breaking a sweat. John Buscemi’s character has a knack of channeling bold colors in a way that has got reaching out for my pink shirts and purple printed ties, which is rather surprising for a gentleman whose idea of dancing on the edge of style is employing just two patterns in an ensemble. Thank you Mr. Knucky Thomsonnucky_thompson_by_alexsantalo-d5qqudl Allen x

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CHINO LOVE

IMG_1658  Everyone has that one item that they don’t see their wardrobe without , mine happens to be my beige chinos, nothing in my wardrobe gets more wear than these hard rock chinos from Dockers. I love my chinos to death, I know it’s probably something I should be saying to my girlfriend but I honestly can’t resist it on the strength of this loyal thread of clothing.

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STUDIO 189 X FWST

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Last year I had the privilege of working with the good people over at studio 189 for their African inspired collection dubbed ‘’fashion rising’’ , an artisan-produced fashion collection launched in support of V-Day’s One Billion Rising, working to stop violence against women and empower females by building sustainable fashion and artisanal businesses.In the process my hands were called to shoot an editorial to celebrate their inaugural collection featuring handmade garment drawing heavy influence from Africa.

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STYLED BY ALLEN A. COLEMAN: LOOK 3

Page7Wardrobe Section : Casual with a Sartorial twist
Where to? : Work (Casual Friday) , lunch date, meetings on the weekend, church, Wedding

I want to thank everyone for the feedback on the looks I have been putting up recently; it’s really humbling to know I am inspiring the wardrobes of my readers with my little self.

Allen x

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