David on Tall Ramones (Mainline, of course)

  • July 24, 2014
  • Written By David Chen

This is a story that Tim, the blog owner; Levi, our SLP built photographer; and Jesse, the best men’s sportswear salesman in Sak’s history, have come to love.

There’s one thing you gotta know about me and it’s when I want something bad, I’m extremely obsessive about it.

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Something Bespoke Welcomes David Chen

  • July 22, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

Let me go ahead and take this chance to announce that David is going to be a contributor to Something Bespoke from this day forward. He will be releasing content every Thursday at 10:00AM CST.

David Chen is a friend I made a little bit over a year ago through MaleFashionAdvice on Reddit when he responded to a post about a Houston meetup. Read below to find out who he is and what he has planned for Something Bespoke.

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Myth & Symbol on Taking Risks and “Just Doing You”

  • July 15, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

My first encounter with Chau and Trang of Myth &  Symbol was at a social media branding talk hosted by The Class Room for their Lifestyle Class Series.

Myth and Symbol is a women’s boutique located in Rice Village near the heart of Houston, Texas whose mission is to bring expertly crafted works of style and beauty — especially from independent and responsible sources — into their patrons’ lives. They carry brands such as Demylee, Ilana Kohn and Steven Alan displayed in a beautifully curated space.

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Thom Browne: The Iconic Pull Tab Longwings

  • July 8, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

For about a year, I spent a lot of time scouring the “buy, sell, trade” sections of forums and eBay looking for these shoes in my size. I was reluctant to spend the $895 for the shoes and was adamant on trying to find them used for cheaper. Problem is, I have small feet and trying to find a size 7US was near impossible.  I only saw one listing and I was not blessed by the eBay gods that day.  I ended up losing the auction by just a few dollars. I felt more and more inclined to pay the retail price as the months past by. On October 30, 2013 I finally made the plunge and enlisted in the Thom Browne army.

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Gracia Ventus of The Rosenrot on Unconventional Style

  • July 1, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

Gracia Ventus is someone I look up to immensely. Based out of Singapore, The-Rosenrot is a blog that not only has amazing outfits but also a great resource for information. I first came across Rosie (a commonly used nickname which is a shortened version of Rosenrot) on Reddit. I was immediately fascinated by how unique her style was compared to anything I’ve seen. My first actual encounter with her was on a fashion IRC channel, where we got to know each other a little bit. Inspired by her writing, I knew I had to reach out and ask a few questions.

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Moncler Gamme Bleu SS15 – Milan Fashion Week

  • June 24, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

To briefly describe Moncler Gamme Bleu, it is a collaboration between the French-Italian clothing company Moncler and American designer Thom Browne that was debuted in January of 2010. Twice a year, Browne showcases his work at the F/W and S/S Milan fashion weeks.

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Andrew Neidinger on Boutique Life and Being a Menswear Martyr

  • June 17, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

I met Andrew through Levi mid 2013 when I was invited to a Mortar sale here in Houston. He’s the kind of guy who when you look at him, you know he has style and presence. I was really looking forward to this interview because I have never worked in a high end boutique, so it was definitely an eye opener for me. Andrew delivers an interesting outlook on what his journey through menswear has been like as well as his experiences working at Billy Reid/Mortar. He also takes us behinds the scenes of how an upscale men’s clothing boutique operates.

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Shohei on Luxe/Grandpa and Japanese Style

  • June 10, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

I met Shohei a few months ago at a Whiskey Wednesday hosted by The Class Room. Shohei actually approached the group when he noticed that my buddies Levi and David were wearing Rick Owens. It was easy to notice that Shohei had a different style from everyone else, you could easily feel his Japanese vibes. Shohei recently returned from a trip to Japan so we met up to talked about what’s hot in Japan and his own personal style he calls the “luxe-grandpa”.

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“Blogger” and The Negative Connotation Behind It

  • June 3, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

What is a blogger? Are they defined by content quality? By commercial success? Readership? What’s a proper blog to people and what’s just a stream of reposted content?

Recently, there has been a significant amount of articles and discussion around the death of “blogging.”

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The Class Room – Bringing Style to The New Houston

  • May 27, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

The Class Room is a menswear boutique out of Houston, Texas, which stocks brands such as 3sixteen, Rogue Territory, Gitman Vintage, Norse Projects, and APC. Typically constrained to online shopping, I was surprised to find such a well curated store in the Houston area. I feel that trying on and handling pieces in person can make all the difference in a shopping experience, so I was very excited to see the space. After getting to know both the store and its founders, I am consistently impressed with their philosophy and sense of community. I recently had the pleasure to sit down with two of the founders, Jon “Cabby” Caballero and Alan Javillonar, to learn more about The Class Room. Enjoy!

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