The Perfect Summer Jacket – Canali Kei Blazers

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Señores!

It’s hot!

Like, so hot that the devil had to take a day off!

Nonetheless, me espero (I hope) that you are enjoying your summer!

Travel, fun, & sun is what it’s all about.

But if you live in a climate like mine, verano (summer) can wreak havoc on your wardrobe.

Sweaty back, armpit stains, and  a wet chest will ruin an outfit. The ladies don’t like it and it can really hurt a gent’s confidence.

So how do you stay cool, yet remain stylish, during the warm summer days/nights…especially when wearing a blazer? After all, it is a staple in a man’s wardrobe.

1.  It’s All About the Quality

When shopping for a dope blazer/jacket, you want to focus on the quality of the brand. FullSizeRender (7)Quality is not always synonymous with price but the amount that you paga (pay) can be an indicator. Since 1934, Canali has been creating timeless and superbly crafted menswear pieces that are worth every penny. Canali has pieces that fit into any aesthetic and wardrobe.

When making a determination of quality, you want to look at details such as thread count, button types (horn not plastic), stitching, and weight of the fabric. Your jacket should not be shinny, frilling, or pill.

2. It’s All About the Fabric

You’ve heard me say it time and time again that fabric is what makes or breaks an item of clothing. The construction, design, and fit are secondary to the type of textile that being used. The most breathable fabrics are

  • Linen – coolest of all clothing fabrics. Lightweight and doesn’t hold moisture. Wrinkles easily and keeps the wrinkles.
  • Cotton – breathable & holds moisture; most durable and versatile textile.
  • Linen/cotton blend
  • Chambray – durable, durable, durable! Can be hot but the gauge of the fabric can determine how much heat is retained
  • Synthetic dry fit textiles – moisture wicking. This means that the fabric will pull the sweat away from the body and keeps the muggy feeling at bay. Most jerseys and athletic wear are made from this material

3. Construction is Key

For purposes of this article, construccion simply defined. It’s how the jacket is made. In blazers the construction comes in three different forms.

When a jacket is made, it has an interlining that’s known as a canvas. This interlining is usualmente made from horsehair or a horehair combined with cotton or a sythetic material. It’s found between the outer layer of the jacket and the lining. Canali Craftsmanship

It’s purpose is to help the chaqueta  to drape smoothly over the chest. The canvass gives additional support which will allow the garment to be worn properly and fall over the chest and shoulders with ease and style.

The two warm weather constructions are:

Unconstructed

These jackets are unlined and do not have the canvas in them except in the sleeve. Additionally, unconstructed jackets don’t have any roping and have common features such asUnconctructed DB

  • exposed seams
  • working cuffs
  • patch pockets

The major fabric is the outer layer. You will find these in linen, 100% cotton,and cotton blend jackets. The lack of lining allows the jacket to vent well and remains breathable.

I am especially fond of the Kei Jacket. It’s an  icon of Canali blazers and features a soft silhouette for a relaxed and refined look. It’s lightweight construction and varied colorways offer a great selection that every gent should have in their closet. 

FullSizeRender (3)When sporting this type of jacket, they are best worn with casual outfits. Pair them with some jeans and chinos. If you’re really feeling frisky, you can add some simple silhouette sneakers that will give the entire look an edge.

Half Canvas
The canvas in the lining is found throughout the top half of the jacket. This allows for a Half Canvas well-shaped shoulder structure – a very important part of a well-fitting jacket, and ensures the jacket tapers towards the waist. It’s important to remember that a half canvas jacket does have some layering but there are plenty of areas where ventilation can happen. Half Canvas jackets do not lay as flat and  do not move as much as a full canvas construction but are the most popular because they still look sturdy and are very comfortable. They are also, generalmente speaking, less expensive than full canvas pieces.

Generally, you would pair a half canvas jacket with trousers or chinos. They can, however, look great with well fitting pair of jeans.

Keep these facts in mind when searching for the perfect summer blazer or summer suit.

**Editor’s Picks

If you’re reading this blog, then you know that when it comes to style,  I am a fan of the non-traditional and lover of printed fabrics. I really don’t believe in looking like the next gent. There is an intelligent way to break the style rules or have a differentiated look that everyone else.  Canali has a Seersucker Line Seer - Jacketthat does it for me! The lightweight, fresh, and breathable details of the line are remarkable thanks to its characteristic puckering. Seersucker is the perfect fabric for blazers and casual pants for warm weather seasons.Seer - Trousers The microcheck print is different in that the blue is closer to a navy than a cobalt – which is what you would find in a traditional seersucker pattern. Additionally, the line has complete navy options and a collarless water resistant jacket for those pesky evening yacht parties in Miami harbor. The line allows you to mix and match different components seamlessly.

I also fell in love with their footwear. More especificamente, Canali’s sneakers are timeless. The simple design and rich colors allow them to be worn with casual or sporty looks. For the perfect summer chic look, the style savvy gent would team the sneakers with the Seersucker Line, a white shirt (oxford or tee), a bold pocket square, and a well made straw fedora for flare! You would be the talk of the harbor!!

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Remember, stay fly my friends!!!!!! It’s easy to do so in Canali!

-SG

This post is sponsored by Canali

 

 

 

A Lesson from the Style Professor…

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Senores,

By day I am a maestro de la ciencias politicas (political science professor). 

Shocking, I know. I’m more than just some fly dude, lol.

And I think that kind of reality fits us all. We are more that what meets the eye. Being pegged in una caja (a box)  is an injustice as it doesn’t fully allow us to showcase how uber talented we truly are.

As such, I’d like to challenge you to show off your real identity. You know, that person you were meant to be. Gente (people) deserve to know the essence of you.

We are all put on this mundo for a reason and to achieve a specific purpose. If we aren’t being who we were meant to be, then the world won’t get to experience the measure of greatness that was given to you.

Step 1: Be Okay with YOU!

Idris Elba asked a group of adults what they wanted to be when they grew up and the responses were amazing. Actually, some made me tear up. Many had forgotten their dreams. Life took over and, like all of us, they adjusted. Now, adjusting is great. The vida that we live can throw curve balls to us and we need to be pliable…BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR DREAMS.

So, gaze into the world with intention and join me in showing the world who you really are!!!!!!

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Me?

I’m a dope college professor, with a dope political radio show,  who is a dope style maven that has a dope style blog (which I use for inspiration) and I try to change the world one dope; stylish, and learned person at a time! Oh, and a dope clothing line is soon to come!!!

To be more succinct, I’m Kalan Laws, The Style Professor. It’s nice to meet you!

Y usted es? (And you are…)

Now that we’ve met, let’s go to the next step.

Step 2: Cover and Show

Show the world your talentos. Give them….us a piece of your gift. UNAPOLOGETICALLY! For too long you’ve hidden behind the veil, stayed in a cave – cloaking your greatness in the shadows.

But when you show who you really are,  do so strategically.The masses may associate your face (metaphor for you) with one thing, so let your talent go before you. Produce your art, create your product, cement your brand…then reemerge as the new and autentico you!

Cubre (cover) your face (what folks know as the old you) and show your product (the new you). Caballeros (gentlemen) if you decide to literally cover your face, make sure you use some dope headgear.

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Jacket:Forver 21

Walk away from where and how you used to move and let the new you lead. Keep working toward building the foundation, walls, and roof of the you that people need to see.

Step 3: Take a Step Back

After some time, lay back and gauge the reaction to see if you are getting any bites. Sit still and watch as personas begin to marvel at such dopeness. The idea here is to let what you’re construiendo (building) work for you. Movement is great…necessary but there are times when sitting still is best.

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Boots:  Bar III (@bar3)

Step 4: Focus on the Details

As you, in all of your new dopeness, continue to enlighten all as to the real you – take a minute to focus on what makes this you different than the other you. Focus on the detallas that make the redefined you so special.

I guarantee that there is something you have or that you are doing that may be seemingly insignificant…maybe even considered a flaw or undesirable, pero is extremely poderoso (powerful).This characteristic is what your new audience NEEDS to experience. OWN IT. SHOW IT. BE IT! Give them a close up look so they can know that you are for real!

Step 5: Move with Confidence

Now that you’ve announced who you really are, walk proudly in your new truth! Pop your collar porque you have done what so many cannot or are afraid to do. Research is clear that confidence matters just as much as ability. People are drawn to the person whose moxie is fuerte (strong).

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And keep going. Keep pushing. Keep heading toward your finish line!! Once you’re done, stand on your proverbial podium…proud of what you’ve done and who you have become.

For now the world has seen the true you, and in pursuing your truth, you’ve realized purpose. Those who have experienced the transformation and/or finished product will have been impacted, inspired, and ignited.

-SG

 

 

 

All Suit | No Socks…

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¡Señores!

It’s no secreto that a well made traje (suit) is the quintessential element of a gentleman’s  wardrobe. Quite frankly, it’s a must!  And, to not have one goes against the fabric of gentlemanly cultura. 

The brand of suit isn’t as importante as the fit. Ahora, don’t get me wrong, certain brands have certain reputaciones for quality or lack thereof. My favorito brand is Tallia Orange! I’m partial to them porque they take risks. Whether it’s playing with patrones (patterns) or mixing up fabrics on lapel, their styling is always on point. They pay attention to detail.  

Photo: Kristen Curette

Yo soy ( I am) athletically built so “off the rack” suiting can be a bit troublesome for me. Tallia Orange suit jackets and blazers have a great off the rack fit for the delgado (slim) yet athletically built señor. Otra (another) great feature of this brand is the lining of the suit jacket. Cada (each) chaqueta has printed silk lining. This subtle exquisite feature is an added bonus of refinement and elegance for this well made suit. 

Tradicionalmente suits are business attire or formal wear and as such, have very formal styling rules. I’m challenging one of this rules in this post. NO SOCKS! 

  
Although I’m wearing a traje (suit), I wanted to go for a more casual look. Donning a suit with no corbata (tie) and no calcetines (socks) accomplishes this. There are, however, un poco (a few) things to consider when sporting this look. 

  1. Wear the right shoe. As a generalization, loafers, moccasins, and double monk strap shoes work best. 
  2. Make sure that the ankles are in good shape! Your skin should be well moisturized.   
  3. The cut of the leg should be slim, or at least tapered at the bail. The point of the look is to showcase the zapato! A wider bail will cover the shoe.   
  4. The pant leg should not break over the shoe. It’s ok to “flood”or wear “high water” pants with mocassins or slippers. Again, the shoe is the focal point of the look. 

  

Ahora, this looks isn’t for everyone but for those who are brave enough to try, use these simple guidelines.

When searching for loafers and mocassins, visit my good friends at Bachelor Shoes. They’ll definitely take care of you! 

Stay fly my friends!

~SG

  • Suit | Tallia Orange
  • Shirt | Nordstrom
  • Slippers | Bachelor Shoes
  • Lapel Pin | Harrison Blake
  • Pocket Square | Original Penguin

    F L O R A L S . . . 

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    Señores,

    There comes a time in la vida de cada hombre when he should be celebrated. He should receive his just due. As men, estamos (we are) often times overlooked and forgetten when it comes to receiving gifts. 

    I remember, as a niño, travailing and toiling about the present that I was going to get my madre pero not putting the same effort and thought into what I was going to get mom. As a married man and padre nuevo, I can only imagine how that made my dad feel. (Lo siento papa)

    Pero ahora, I have a suggestion. Get you dad, esposo, uncle, cousin, hermano, and/or any other caballero imporante in your life some flowers!

    YES FLOWERS!! 

    Now flores tradicional will always work but if you want to change it up a bit, get creative!   

    Upgrade is wardrobe with some fabulously fashionable floral fittings from Harrion Blake Apperal (@wearlapelpins). 

    You can bless his wardrobe with showers of primavera (spring),  splashes of verano (summer) or hints of otoño (autumn).

         

     

    •Blazer – Sean John • Denim Shirt – Levi’s • Jeans – Kayden K. Jeans • Lapel pin and necktie – Harrion Blake Apperal • Pocket Square – Tommy Hilfiger • Wing tip oxfords – Rockport

      

    The simplest of ensembles are given life with the right fashionable floral arrangement!

       
        
        

    • Suit – Alfani • Shirt – ZAK Los Angeles • Tie – Penguin • Lapel Pin – Harrison Blake Apperal • Captoe Oxfords – Calvin Klein

     
    As you can see flowers suit a man well…pun intended! So buckle down, pay attention, and be thoughtful as you sojourn to http://www.harrisonblakeapparel.com to purchase that special fella in your life some flowers. 

    Floral lapel pins and floral necktie courtesy of Harrison Blake Apparel! 

    Photo credit – Euan Holden (@euanholden). 

    Stay Fly my friends! 

    ~SG

     

    S-G E N T S with J. D. F I S K

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    Señores, 

    Social hours as an adulto are often the highlight of our semana (week). La problema is that there are too few eventos that house a strong level  of panache and sophistication while stil remaining whimsical and fun. This seems contradictory pero it can be achieved…was this past weekend.  

    Menswear savants, Southern Gents (@s-gents on Instagram), partnered with J. Blacks in the infamous Washigton Corridor in Houston and provided a great ambiente. The event was called The Sartorial Mixer!

       
    Patrons could compran for stylish skinny ties or  well made lapel pins, while enjoying tall libations. Guest were not only invited to check the inventory, but to add to the conversation of men’s style. S-Gents wants to inspire men through classy and trendy editions to their wardrobe.

       
      

     
    Now, to get in the building, well dressed wasn’t fly enough. Admission required something to the tune of….

       
      

      
       

      

    I can’t wait till the next event powered by S-Gents! 

    Stay fly mis amigos!
    ~SG

    • Blazer: H&M

    • Trousers: Zara

    • Shirt/Lapel Pin/Pocket Square: Nordstom Collection

    • Captoe Oxfords: JD Fisk

    • Tie: Penguin 

    • Timepiece: Diesel 

    • Bracelets: Aldo

    • Tie Bar and Cufflinks: Calvin Klein

    • Belt: Aeropostale 

    • Sunglasses: William Rast

    Photos: Matthew Cole (@matthewc0le) and me!

    W A S H I N G T O N | A V E.

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    Señores!!!

    La Primavera (The Spring) is here and I am overjoyed! Sunny days, gorgeous flores, and bright sonrisas are commonplace!!! Make sure, during this estacion, that your fashion encompasses the same elements. Fun patterns and bold bright colores are a must. 

    Today was a chill day…just because the weather allowed it to be! Met with a good friend at one of my favorito burger spots in the Washington Corridor in Houston.  

     

    Lunch was great, the convo was better, the server was interesting then this just spontaneously happened…

       

             

    The lesson in this is to always be prepared. Style is a existence. Live in it and you’ll always be ready!

    DETAILS

    ▪️Shirt – Ecko Unlimited 

    ▪️Biker Denim – Zara Men

    ▪️Extended Tee – Divided by H&M

    ▪️Sneakers – Mosson Bricke from Urban Outfitters

    ▪️Timepiece – Diesel 

    ▪️Wristwear – Aldo Accessories

    ▪️Location – The Counter 

    Images – Vincent Powell | @vincentpowell

    U R B A N O

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    ¡Señores!

    I have been too fond of all black. I know…I know…it’s sleek, sexy, and sophisticated. However to me, it was aburrido (boring)…not to mention yo vivio en Houston. Black in hot, humid, Houston just isn’t a good look. 

    Now there’s never a shortage of black during the winter season but there was always a shortage of it in my vestidor (closet). Pero tiempo does bring change and  blackt has overtaken me. Chelsea boots, sweaters, denim, joggers, extended tee, and leather, leather, leather!

    Ahora I’m on the black train and I have a window seat. But I will nunca abandon color! Check my simple, yet noticeable look from a marvelous day of shopping during New York Fashion Week!

    

    

    I broke up the monochromatic black with red, gray, and silver accents just to add texture! Oh and check the texture of the shirt too!!!! 

    Stay fly my friends!

    ~SG

    •Shirt: Custom

    •Elongated Tee: H&M

    •Denim: Zara

    •Sneakers: Mosson Bricke

    •Timepiece: Diesel

    •Wristwear: ALDO 

    Shoutout to Urban Outfitters on Broadway and 35th for the dope setting! 

    Photocred: J’nae Antionette @naerock4real

    S T U D I O | S T R E E T W E A R

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    !Señores!

    I love to try nueva things! As I’ve evolved in my personal estilo, I’ve become more comfortable venturing out. Not only is being sartorially savvy a must pero being stylishly street is more than necesario tambien. Nothing says style like being adorned in a timelessly tailored traje (suit) with a perfectly patterned shirt and tie combinación or rocking a simple…

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    street look with…

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    admirably arranged accessories and…

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    fabulously fixed footwear!

    Recuerdo, it’s importante to remain versatile!

    Stay fly mis amigos!

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    C R É D I T O S:
    • Skully – Urban Outfitters
    • Jacket – Damaged Goods by Sons of Heroes
    • Extended Tee – Dividend for H&M
    • Harem Pants – Zara Man
    • Sneakers – H&M
    • Scarf – Nordstrom
    • Timepiece – Diesel
    • Bracelets : ALDO
    • Ring: Custom by Kira

    Images: Brett White (@brett.white)

    S E Ñ O R • J A M E S • B O N D

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    Señores!

    I enjoy a suit just like the next hombre! Suits have long been a símbolo garnering repeat, having power, and being distinguished. This is no secreto. I don’t know about you pero when I wear a suit I power up like Popeyes did when he ate his spinach!

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    Suits generally have a seriousness to them. Being distinguished usualmente has is akin to being stoic and stuff. I disagree totalmente. I encounter this aburrido (boring) sentiment at my 9-5. So I wanted to have a little fun in two of my favorite business suits.

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    •Suit: Kenneth Cole
    •Poplin: Tommy Hilfiger
    •Tie: Isaac Mizrahi
    •Hoisery: Tommy Hilfiger
    •Timepiece: Diesel
    •Weekender: Zara
    •Scarf:/Eyewear Forever 21
    •Pocket Square: Penguin

    I also wanted to pay homage to the gran caballero James Bond! I wanted to make sure that all understand that señores can be he best dressed caballero at the fiesta in a suit…

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    Class and elegance can be deadly!

    •Suit: Calvin Klein
    •Poplin: Nordstrom
    •Tie: Tallia Orange
    •Tie Pin: Kenneth Cole Reaction
    •Cufflinks: Kenneth Cole Reaction
    •Pocket Square: Penguin
    •Timepiece: Diesel
    •Lapel Pin: Linea Uomo
    •Gloves: Geoffrey Beene
    •Scarf: Ralph Lauren
    •Shoes: Zota Classic
    •Peacoat: American Rag

     

    So as you see señores, suits are mas de boring. They are mas de stuff and lifeless.

    ~SG

    Images by Daniel Anderson (@studio45foto)

    Señores!

    Me encanta ropa!!!!! It’s true, I love clothes. Certain brands just tickle my fancy. This post is a tribute to 7 brands that I can’t live without. You might be surprised when you see my choices.Imagezara.com

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    Zara is the quintessential brand. They’ve received some heat from designers for not being original, pero me encanta, nonetheless. The brand keeps their pieces edgy yet timeless. The best thing is the affordability for the quality. Yo quiero everyone to have the ability to be fashionable and with Zara’s precios, todos are able!

    Levis!
    I’ve said it once and I will say it again! I. LOVE. LEVIS!!

    With over 14 diferente fits and different designs in each fit, the variety is enormous. My personal favs are the 501’s (shrink to fit) and the 511’s. I’m a tall lean guy so those fit me the best!

    What may be most impressive about Levis is the price! I’ve never seen a pair that were more than $90.00! And at the discount stores such as Ross, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc. they are a fraction of the regular price!

    SPREZZABOX

    Just like you I’m an #InstaJunkie! While on mi favortio social media platform, I ran across a great menswear accessory company that has a dope product and business model! Bienvenidos a Sprezzabox!!!

    El concepto is really great! For just under $30 per month you will receive a Sprezza Box that has 4-5 menswear essentials to ensure that you remain Guapo! Such items include

    The items in this box retail for $112, but again, $28 is all you pay! I’m geeking over this!!

    Lastly, zapatos!

    I, as any self-respecting menswear maven hold shoes in a special place…with the gods!! Fashion would be obsolete without them! Most especially without

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    There are dozens, and I mean DOZENS of custom cobblers that make exquisite footwear for Señores pero at a premium price! What’s most enjoyable about JD Fisk is the price for the quality! These shoes will rival some of the stronger brands such at Magnanni, Allen Edmunds, and the like. Plus, la compania siempre keep up with the trends! See for yourself.

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    Let’s move on. Vamos!

    Another shoe that crept it’s way in my corazón back in high school is the Adidas ZXZ sneaker.

    Señores, I want to be honest with you. I don’t know how many variations of this sneaker Adidas has. And. That Excites. Me!

    This is the ultimate urban sneaker. It can be paired with chinos, khakis, jeans, shorts, and workout gear!

    Again, there are many other brands that I adore such as Diesel, Hudson Jeans,Mek, 14th & Union, Herschel, Tallia Orange, Thomas Dean y mucho mas! My one criterion is affordability. Breaking the bank is not always a necessity when it comes to style. You just have to be diligent in your pursuit of her…if you love her as I do!

    Remember, style leaves and impression but fashion leaves a legacy!

    ~SG

     

     

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