I finally put in an order with No Man Walks Alone last week. If the forum affiliated/brewed company was around back when I was rebuilding my wardrobe, I surely would be a regular customer (not to say I won’t be returning!)
The customized box and personalized note are pretty cool. The best part was the price. With the special promotion they were running, the shoes came out to a very attractive price.
I’ve always disliked single monkstrap shoes. That was why I passed up the great deals I saw throughout the years. A couple of months ago, I began to look around for a single monkstrap, preferably in black on a sleek last. It was a tough search since the popular of double monkstraps is still in full swing. I randomly stumbled onto this pair on a search, and it was an instant buy. This is my second pair of Alfred Sargent shoes, and the quality is top notch as I expected. Very underrated brand in the USA I think.
If I had to start my wardrobe from scratch today it would be pretty minimalist (or boring). No windowpane suits or luxury sneakers. Key focus would be neutral/mundane colors that would allow for easy coordination.
This list is inspired by my recent interest in interior design from a minimalist aspect.
Polos, one in white and one in gray:
Charcoal suit, which would look awesome as separates too:
Double monks. The patina will form quite nicely in this dark brown hue. Though I may be in the minority here, I really like them with shorts.
Alden #8 boots:
A more formal balmoral from Allen Edmonds. You can still order a pair directly from them for about $200.
Dark pair of jeans. This is where almost everyone suggests raw denim so whiskers and honeycombs can be formed over time. With me, I prefer a more uniform look.
3 white dress shirts; one in point collar, one in spread collar, and one in button down oxford cloth:
A couple of t shirts (in black, white and/or gray):
Of course this is not a complete list, but I feel it is a solid foundation to work with.
Got a chance to catch Sin City: A Dame to Kill For last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it, just like the first one. Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character looked really good in the dark slim fitting suit. It wouldn’t be surprisingly if it’s made by Jil Sander or the likes.
I think he’s one of the very few who can pull off the extremely slim tie/lapel look off very well.