Monday, November 30, 2009


I Love Shoes!

No doubt about that. And while I may not have a crazy collection (I have somewhere around 30 different pairs, nothing compared to most sneakerheads) I still appreciate a great sneaker, or boot, or dress shoe. (Don't even get me started on my shoe fetish...I love a woman in spiked heels or boots.......)

What is it that makes a shoe stand out to me? What is it that gives it that "got to cop that" mystique?

The silhouette.

It's pretty much a tenet of design. ( I can only assume...)

At the end of the day, that's all that really matters. That's why Bapestas and Air Force 1s exist on a level field. It's the shape of the shoe. If a shoe looks good, it doesn't matter how much it costs. If the shape stands out to you, then it's a good looking shoe. Anything else, like luxe materials, limited runs or top tier branding is just gravy. The basics of a shoe are the important thing. That's why the Chuck Taylor Converse have had such an impact on popular culture, and so many shoes are made in their image. That's why wing tips are found in office's, at weddings, in casino's and courtrooms.

Here is my favourite original and similar (or blatant) silhouette.

Nike Air Jordan 3

JB Classic Scarface

Some more favourite "Silhouettes"

Red Wing RW1

Nike Sportswear Air Yeezy

Supra Skytop

Air Max 90

Air Max 95

Adidas Superstar (Shelltoes)

Nike SB P-Rod 2

When I see you...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Style Inspiration Series 4

Shout out to HUF S.F!

It's funny how somethings that are at one time part of a counter culture movement can come to the very front of the culture it was turning away from. When skateboarding started in the 70s (as we know it now) it was viewed as an activity by burnt out stoner surfers to do when the waves weren't hitting. Fast forward more than 30 years and it is a culture that drives commerce and dominates mainstream fashion (too many brands to link too, just trust me) and media (ditto).

I remember back in High School, when I was heavy into "extreme sports", like in-line and skateboarding, some of my more melanin proficient friends told me I was acting "white". They didn't know I first tried skateboarding when I was 7, and my black cousin was the one who taught me how. It's funny how little they actually knew about me or skateboarding. Thanks to Paul "P-Rod" Rodriguez, Terry Kennedy, Pharrell Williams, Lupe Fiasco and countless others ( I see you Eric Koston, Daewon Song, Stevie Williams, Kareem Campbell, Ray Barbee, Christian Hosoi, Steve Cabalero & Chris Pastras skateboarding has always been accepted (mostly) by "non-whites". More so than the excitement of the sport, it's the style and fashion attributed to the sport that has been picked up upon in recent years. And there's no doubt that those guys I mentioned above have style . Shit, Chris Pastras is a spokeman for WeSC, Pharrell owns Ice Cream/BBC, P-Rod is the Michael Jordan of Skateboarding both in ability and exposure and Steve Cabalero has one of the most successful (read:popular) Signature Skate Shoes of all time. I hope this doesn't seem like too much of a digression, but I felt it could add some depth to the post, y'know, before I get to posting related photos that I found on the interwebs. Even though I could probably write an essay on the impact skateboard culture has on our mainstream pop culture...hmmm...nah, who has the time? (Maybe I should find the time...)

Stolen from the interwebs!!!!
Nike SBs are amongst some of the most coveted limited edition sneakers
Supra has smashed the market with their Skytops and NS (Non Skate) Collaborations, and mainstream clothing lines sponsor professional skateboarders.
Thank God I never listened to anyone in High School to tell me how I should be acting or dressing, or doing...or else I wouldn't have know who this guy was (it's Stevie Williams...) when I saw him at Supreme L.A. DGK All Day!!!
I never really let my affinity towards skateboard culture go. Instead I grew up, and found ways to keep it with me. Shout out to The Hundreds! Shit, I may even buy a board this summer and see if I can still kick-flip. (disclaimer: that is NOT me busting out the kickflip -heelflip?- on The Hundreds deck)...go visit if you need a daily skateboarding fix. Bangin'!!!

When I see you...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Beard Inspirations...

It's late fall, we're gearing up for winter and my winter beard has been in full effect for two weeks. I'm talking about a Vincent Chase without a movie deal kind of beard, a Gil Grissom CSI beard, a Sam Roberts "Where Have All The Good People Gone" beard...get the picture?

I enjoy the winter beard, often find myself scratching it as a way to pass the time, wondering to myself if I look like a vagrant...but, still I keep it. Helps me to feel more of my age, or at least more so like a man who can actually grow a beard. I don't have to shave for an office job, so as long as I keep the beard clean and even, it's not an issue. Plus, the feeling I get when the sucker comes off in the spring (or whenever I get tired of it) is amazing. It's not terribly difficult to part with so who knows how long I'll keep this one around. I have been known to start a winter beard in the summer, when I'm working a 20 day contract that only allows time to eat, drink and sleep outside of work, but the actual winter beard is something to behold.

A big beard can either make you look like you are down and out or enjoying a laid back lifestyle. I like to think that my own beard is the latter and not the former.

So...this post is dedicated to those beards which give me the courage to wear one in order to keep my baby face shielded from the elements but more imporatantly, allows me to be a lazy m*&$%erF%#*er for about 6 months...

The Boss (pretty much what I'm aiming for this winter)



George Clooney in "Syriana" (a down and out beard)

Zach Galifianakis


When I see you...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Style Inspiration Series 3

Just drove through La Belle Province and part of New Brunswick and back into, now I got my feet up and my laptop open. I need a distraction from some bullshit, (not work related) so, I'm down to blog about .......

I'm a Sean Connery fan, but Daniel Craig is a close second ( And since he is the modern Bond, he is the new style inspiration). George Lazenby did a great job in his only appearance, Pierce Brosnan was fantastic (save for "Die Another Day"), Roger Moore had a great run, and as for Timothy Dalton, well at least "Licence To Kill" was pretty bad ass....

So, why James Bond in a Style Inspiration post? Aside from Gadgets, Bad Ass Weapons and Dope Whips, Bond is outfitted by MI6 to look like a British Business Man (Universal Exports anyone?), of high standing. The character of James Bond had swagger before Soulja Boy learned how to turn his on... James Bond has OG Style status.

Bond (or Bonds, if you wanna get technical) have always been styled as men who know about the finer things in life, but can still keep their priorities straight. For example, if they were chasing some bad guy on a roof top and took a bullet to the arm, the fact that their Brioni Tux just got a gaping hole ripped in it with blood stains to boot, would not deter them from their mission. Instead, they would focus on the fact that their Walther PP7 has only two bullets left and they need to make their next shot count. Also, he would never dream of leaving his cuff links behind in the hotel suite of some bird he just cut it up with. He's carefree, but not reckless. Polished, but not spoiled. Well dressed, but not overly styled. The perfect blend of confidence, style and attitude.

For me, the most important thing about James Bond's style is that he is always dressed for the occasion, and no occasion is ever deemed "casual". This is probably what I try and take from Mr.Bond the most. Because I never know when I'll be out at a casino, playing black jack against an international arms dealer, of whom I trying to get more information about after sleeping with his disgruntled mistress in an attempt to gain access to his private chalet/evil lair, so that I can download his client list in order to make an arrest in the name of Her majesty's Secret Service. Let me have my dreams...

Read this article if you want a complete breakdown of Bond Style in terms of clothing. (in a way more organized way than this post)

I'll just leave you with some inspiring images...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Style Inspiration Series 2

Two posts in a day? Yea, well...there ain't much to do yet.

Today I visited the venue for 30 mins had lunch and then drove out to Schenectady, New York (I had to pick up some people).

So, I'm back in the room, (Half) watching Cash Cab so I figured, "why not put up a next post?".

My last post (i.e first ) on the subject of style inspiration I dealt with the Rat Pack / Clooney Crew Ocean's 11 look.
This one, I'll focus on a celebrity who I've been taking subtle (or maybe not so subtle) cues from for
almost 10 years.

Ladies & Gentlemen!

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell is my everyday style inspiration, pretty much.

I can't front. I don't model myself after him, literally, but I'd be lying if I said I dress nothing like him. The Pharrell outfit posted above, is pretty much my preferred day to day
look if I'm not working. Like a day off, going to see a movie, going out for drinks or a casual lunch.
Now, this is not hard for anyone to achieve, as most guys I know own New-Eras, Jeans, Sneakers and t-shirts. I've seen
so many trends for men come and go since I hit puberty, that it is easy to look like a tool by following them all blindly.
(Why are guys still wearing Puma racing Boots, Flared Denim & Ed Hardy?, seriously, why?)
Pharrell never followed the trends, instead, he heavily influenced many of them.

Pharrell has always been at the forefront by just being himself.
Just comfortable, understated confident style.

So, by modelling myself off of this guy, I guess I'm just a big poseur, right?

Well, in my own defence, I grew up in a West Indian house hold, had a group of friends whose racial diversity could rival the
United Nations, and had personal interests ranging from d.j to contemporary dance and basketball to skateboarding (& in-line skating...
yes, I was a fruit-booter. However, I learnt how to ollie & kick-flip, before I ever took up in-line.)
So, as I was maturing and building my own personal style, I felt like I could not decide on whether I was supposed to
dress like a rapper, a choreographer (read: Artist) or a skater.
Seeing Pharrell bring his diverse background into his public persona, gave me the confidence to do so as well.
He is always dressed for the occasion, understands fashion and style and has great taste. Not a bad person to take fashion
cues from at all.
Plus, I know I wasn't the only one paying attention.
However, more often than not, I try not to copy Home Boy.
Some things are best left up to celebrities.


I'll leave you with some more Pharrell...


When I see you...

My Style Inspiration Series


Been away for a long time. I'm out on the road, and figured this would be a great way to pass idle time in the hotel room(s) for the next little while...

I love fashion. Not in the detailed, educated critical way that someone who studied at Parsons or who attends any city's fashion week does, but in a very dedicated and curious way. I enjoy a well put together outfit on a lady and can tell when someone is a hot mess. And, I enjoy staying on-top of what's going on for each season, and how the basics can be applied from season to season.

All this being said, while I do take cues from people in the fashion industry and certain celebrities, I am not about just lifting entire looks from people or trends, but taking inspiration from the fashion world and applying these cues to myself without looking out of sorts.

So...over the next couple of weeks, I'll be posting about these people, movements, brands etc.

Enjoy (or don't)

1. Ocean's 11 (The Rat Pack & Clooney's boys)

Gambling & Grifting in Vegas. Grown men dressing like grown men. No lazy t-shirts, or cargo shorts. No sport wrap sunglasses or New-Era fullbacks. (Although, there is nothing wrong with New-Eras, seeing as I have about 10 different ones in full rotation, however, no DC caps.)

These movies make me want to wear a suit every day. Or at least a tailored sport coat and shirt. The reason why these two crews took Vegas by storm was their confidence. (pun intended) In a suit, you can get away with anything.

Now, I only own one suit, but whenever I wear it, I feel like I've got a Black card in my wallet and my Maseratti is parked out back.
If I could afford to and I had a job that called for it, I'd rock a suit everyday. Probably some suits like this YSL one or this Valentino joint.

Awww yea! And I guess I'd need a top coat for winter, shoes, sunglasses & accessories.

That was a huge digression...but, I think you get the idea.


Monday, October 5, 2009


Last week was a very busy but successful work week...and now I'm back in my blog-o-sphere...

A few links to get my feet wet again...

10Deep! Fall 2009 Delivery Pt 2...always on point...check the Lookbook here.

Malin Akerman went to Dante!? damn...I shoulda dipped over there more often in High School.
Shouts to Esquire

Supra Holiday Release: Antwuan Dixon's Clean Pro-Model in a new Colour Way Via Hypebeast


When I see you...


Friday, October 2, 2009

Esquire Big Black Book Fall 2009

It's on Newstands now

Go cop that, and get your game up this fall...


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Go See Some Dance...

I've been busy working....


If you're in Montreal there are a couple dance shows happening this weekend...

Check them out...

Danse Bussonnieres at Tangente

and RubberbanDance Group's Post Hip-Hop Project.

Check the Gazette article on the PHHP here.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Weekend Linkage

It's Saturday morning. What do you do on Saturday morning?

Does it depend on what happened Friday Night?

I either wake up with a head ache and crawl out of bed or I get up and go to work.

Today, it's the former but I'll also post some links I found on the interweb this past week.

That's what we do here at "Who Does He Think He Is?"...Weekend Linkage


Marcus Troy shows The Narcicyst love...make the jump for details and a contest!
The men of OVO (October's Very Own) posted some of Drakes latest videos this week...up to 9 this year, I think.
The Phoenix Sunglasses finally dropped at The Hundreds...I hope Off The Hook stocks these...
Speaking of hopeful stock hitting Off The Hook soon, Clae 2nd delivery.
Nike SB revealed the Omar Salazar Pro Model for Spring 2010
(shouts out to HighSnobiety)
A beautiful woman walking via The Sartorialist
Another big week at the Berrics...Dante Ross, Reda & Jaime Thomas..and who could forget the Billy Marks Battle Commander...
Try this instead.

'til we meet again!

Friday, September 25, 2009

3Sixteen Fall 09

Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall....

Probably my favourite season, fashion wise. I can cover up the beer belly I built up during the summer, dress in layers, or put on a hoodie and not sweat my brains out...sweet.

3Sixteen dropped their Fall lookbook back in August, like most brands, but seeing as how this blog started three days ago, why not give one of my favourite brands love.

These guys first got on my radar back in 2006 with the "Cousins" T-Shirt. The evolution of this brand over the past couple of seasons has been great to watch. At my age, I can't keep "dressing like a rapper" as others have told me I often do and the pieces 3Sixteen have this fall could help step my (your) grown man game up.

Pea Coats, Duffle Coats, Cardigans, Oxfords, Denim, Tweed etc...dope, dope, dope, dope, dope and dopeity doped dope!

Check it out under collections Fall 09 @ 3Sixteen

Shouts to Individual Sole for the Archive pull

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Penfield @ NORML

Yesterday I wanted post some of Penfield's Fall 2009 collection, but couldn't figure out how to. Luckily, the internet is all about information and Tiger Distribution posted about the Penfield Pop-Up shop at NORML, in Ottawa.

Penfield knows how to do classic North American Outerwear. Some dope pieces here, especially the vests, like the Stapleton Tweed and the Outback Melton or Plaid. ( The plaid reminds me of a simlar piece from Fall 2008 by The Hundreds )

Check it out, and if you live in the Capital City, hit up NORML and get fresh.

If your in MTL, I know the crew at Off The Hook got some in for this season.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

DQM Fall 2009

New York in the fall...

The DQM (Dave's Quality Meats) Fall 2009 Lookbook is up on the re-vamped site.

Crazy Dave & the homies bring out flannels, snap backs & t-shirts for fall.

Intro & Fall 2009 Favourites


The inaugural post...
Fall is upon us...even though it kept interrupting the summer time.

So get out your hoodies, vests, cardigans, longsleeve henleys & oxfords,Flannel (Two seasons longer than i originally thought) denim, khakis, leathers and anything tweed.

Shoooot...grab a toque for the evenings.

Earth tones and greys
Layers ya'll...layers

Some brands are trying to hook you up proper for fall...



Source : Ransom

Robert Geller X Levis

Source: Hypebeast

Just to name...two

Get out there and hit up your local hook-up...

I'm a head out to Off The Hook.

We're gonna keep chasing looks and checking out whatever else draws our eye.

More to come!