Item Etiquette : Double Breasted Blazer Etiquette Read  -  General Style 99 Comments

JKISSI : The classic double-breasted blazer, many times considered formal, is a piece that in more recent times some brands have avoided like the plague. For this reason, I have stamped this particular style as one of my favorites should I ever come across one in a suit. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me randomly burst out with sartorial aspirations of possessing my own essential double-breasted suit. Some may have the sentiment of the DB blazer as being big and a tad bit too formal.   It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally feel like a well tailored double-breasted blazer adds some eloquence and personality to an outfit. With the current explosion of menswear we have the opportunity to dip our toes in various colors, textures and fabrics simultaneously, while in no way tainting the classic piece.

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Vintage DB Blazer – J.crew madras shirt – TM Jeans – Dexter Hand-sewn  – Vintage YSL Briefcase

Videography/Photography : Due to my own camera ( Canon Rebel XTI ) being out of commission presently, I called on a friend to help me with our new post , Adam Kerchman. A graduating photo/video student,  he pretty much sold me on my next camera purchase with everything from the photos to the video shot with a Canon 7d w/50 mm 1.4 lens . The video was an experimental project that I came up with to change the pace slightly, at the same time bringing life to still images with some personality. There’s a possibility that we may continue to incorporate visuals other than photos to accompany our post. A special thanks to blogger/friend James Jean, no stranger to this blog and one of our ‘Sewn From the Soul’ contributors, for making a brief cameo in the video. Check out his blog.

Location : New York City

Neighborhood : Tribeca

Fit Details : I scored this lovely 4-button double-row double-breasted blazer off the Internet. I knew I wanted a double breasted blazer but for the first time around wanted to stray away from the typical navy blue, 5 -6 gold button blazer I see so often. The double-breasted jacket is really known for its formality, but here I avoid any neck accessories/pocket squares to give it a more casual look, therefore putting my own spin on the jacket.   Ebay can be a mans best friend for thrifting if you have some semblance of patience, and it definitely delivered in this instance.

joshua kissi,jcrew,madras

A great image via LIFE Archives showing the double-breasted blazer being worn by a young gentleman in the 1930s. The blazer has its broad shoulders and overlapping lapels and, of course, one row of functional buttons with the rest being simply decorative.

My good friend  Antonio Centeno from A Tailored Suit and writer for Art of Manliness gives a nice run-down on the double-breasted jacket.

“The original double-breasted jacket has six buttons, with three to close. This originated from the naval reefer jacket. Because shorter men may find that six buttons overwhelms their shorter torso, a four or six button configuration in which only the bottom one fastens may be a better option. The four-button double-breasted jacket that buttons at the lower button is often called the “Kent”, after the man who made it popular – the Duke of Kent”


 


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  • demilade

        posted on May 9 , 2010 :

    nice i love the green double breasted blazer nice touch


  • Jing

        posted on May 9 , 2010 :

    Always love the idea of DB – blazer, vest, sweater, et al….However, it is hard to find a proper one.

    I don’t own any of DB garments to date. Should try harder.


  • Victor

        posted on May 9 , 2010 :

    That is ridiculously awesome for such a simple setup (talking about the video). I’ll definitely be in the market now.

    Great blazer as well, I’m sure you had it tailored? Again, great job.


  • Hussein Yussuf

        posted on May 9 , 2010 :

    the briefcase, the blazer, the setting everything matches perfect. Shout out from Amsterdam


  • Michael D. Levy

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Such a great blog and such great writing. Love this post.


  • Dre

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    haven’t seen a double breasted jacket in a long time. this one looks an fits perfectly


  • JLouie

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    I’ve seen alot of double breasted blazers in thrift stores, and yes they have seemed a bit too formal, but the one you have here is in an awesome color, and the fit is awesome. It doesnt look too formal matched with the madras shirt, and it also gives off sort of a pea coat feel. I like how both rows of buttons function as fasteners rather than having a couple random ones placed just below the lapels that arent used. The lapels also arent too crazy, usually the bottom part sticks out way farther that the top one as shown in the old photo you posted.


  • LOLA

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Oh how lucky you are to find that vintage YSL briefcase! Can I say jealous?
    Love the color of the blazer, def looks like a great summer staple piece (what do you think?)

    -LOLA

    P.S: love love love the video. makes me miss NY :(


  • Neal Wellington

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Always love seeing a SE post… The double breasted blazer is a great look but definitely not for everyone. I have to get my Ebay shopping skills up because I feel I am missing out on a lot great pieces. I think the videos will be a great addition to your post, make it come to life even more. The color of the blazer is very unique as well. Keep it up the good work


  • Prêt à Porter P

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    The video came out EXCELLENT. Definitely something you should do again. Good call on going for teal. As always, excellently done. I love ebay too. But darn it hurts when I lose the battle against something I REALLY really want.


  • CAS

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Yes DB Blazers can be difficult to pull off for a more casual/summer look; but the vibrant teal color, narrow lapels, patch pockets and the button alignment definitely make the jacket fit for a sporty look. I always love your selection on color, Josh. It’s typically more aggressive without being overly eccentric. Great buttons on the jacket as well, did they come with the blazer when you purchased it or did you have them switched?


  • Robert

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Win. I totally own that shirt.


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    @demilade: Thanks Demi much appreciated! btw got your text.

    @Jing: I think that’s one of the good reasons it took me a while to get one I really wanted. Like I said in the post you see the usual navy-blue sailor type but nothing with a extra punch unless you want to drop a good amount of funds on. You should try eBay/ thrifting you should come across something of interest.

    @Victor: Yes again great job to our tailor pablo , always alters everything I want to my liking. The video all props due to Adam he did a amazing job with such a time frame that didn’t go over 25 mins of actual shooting. Definitely a good purchase although Adam and another one of my good friends recommend the Canon t2i.

    @Hussein Yussuf: Thanks alot appreciate the support from Amsterdam

    @Michael D. Levy: That means a lot – have been trying to improve every aspect of the site so to hear that def feels all of the work is worth it. Nice blog btw.


  • Tian

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    I’ve been reading your blog, I read about you on Gq.com and I thought it was an awesome idea to have blog that takes on the trends in such a individual and explenatory way.

    I’ve a got a quick question for you guys, I’m 6 feet and skinny, and I read all the time about the fit and the tailor, how good is to buy shirts and tshirts that are actually so close to your size, for instance, I’m 34” on my chest but i tend to buy an M size, I’ve been reading more and more about buying one’s size but, Buying a size S –which would be my size according to the size chart– wouldn’t that make look even more skinnier?

    Again, great blog, waiting for your answer


  • Mark C.

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Cool video; I really dig the vibe created by the music! Cool blazer too–I’m diggin’ the color!


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    @Dre: Thanks man get reacquainted man! lol

    @JLouie: Of course after tailoring I got the desired fit but when I purchased it off the rack the fit wasn’t too shabby at all shoulders seemed to fit well the only thing I needed to do was to taper the body and the sleeves a tad bit. My shoulders pretty much fit in the jacket perfectly the way I wanted it to, It would be odd for the jacket to have 2 more buttons on the top portion since the jacket does have a pocket on one side most likely throwing off the proportions/dimensions of buttons placement. I pretty much left the jacket as is as far as the buttons –

    @LOLA: Lol! , I think I don’t wear the briefcase enough unless I need to pack my laptop in there but this time around I didn’t need to bring around a camera so it worked out perfectly. Thanks again – I hear you NYC gives off that certain nostalgic ambiance

    @Neal Wellington: We love posting them believe me , we are excited just as you guys when we finally see it up a sigh of relief and excitement to take it all in as we were a regular reader who just came across it. The pieces are definitely out there for the taking it’s really if you want them necessary patience and sometimes you get lucky on something you didn’t have to look as hard. The video thing will most likely continue and expand on different locations around the city to around the world when we get to that point and time – I’m excited for it

    @Prêt à Porter P: Oh yes I could feel your pain , I have multiple times built outfits in my head around items I was bidding on and lost at the end lol – The video aspect I think brings a different story to what we’re telling more like ‘this is how I live in the clothing’ and may vary or relate to other people lol and people just want to just see us interact sometimes apart from the stand still outfit pictures which I understand.


  • Justin

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Love the color palette. Has a nice fresh look for the summer coming up. I’ll be visiting NY next week. I last saw you at Topmans.. hopefully I’ll bump into you again!


  • Adam Kerchman

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Hey All,

    Thanks for the comments on the video – turned out pretty solid. If anyone in the NYC area needs any photo/video, I could be your man.

    -Adam


  • Milly

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    I’m on strike till we get a Hair Etiquette post!! Love the colors, by the way.


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    @CAS: You’re completely right on that I think you pointed out everything that made this jacket look good to me – a little more of the casual/sporty look than formal. The buttons on the jacket came as is – didn’t change them at all even though I did think about replacing the buttons the fist time around but left them because it kind of gave the notion that the jacket is a bit older and wasn’t made recently lol.

    @Robert: It’s a great shirt lol find myself reaching for it a lol

    @Tian: Hey Tian,
    It really depends on how ‘skinny’ or ‘slim’ you are or like to be perceived as. I would buy a size small just based on the body measurement being closer to my body I like that type of fit. Sometimes I find myself buying M’s for the sleeves if I’m going to wear the shirt under a blazer or some sort and want to show the shirt cuff . Either way I think for your case personally you want to compliment your shape if its not unhealthy skinny – it really depends imo.

    @Mark C.: Thanks a lot! dilla always delivers


  • willy cheesesteak

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Damnnnnnnnnn Josh, straight murder. I still need to get that madras.


  • Daniel Martinez

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    sharp blazer! looks great on you.


  • components of enthusiasm

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    my goodness loved the video. super super fresh, kissi. major respect on those white jeans and sockless loafers, i def need to step my white jean game up this summer. that db? sick haha. i just thrifted a single breasted 3 button from the 60′s in a very similar shade of blue last month and currently getting it tailored. perhaps a coe post in the future once the blog is back…

    paul


  • stelise

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    I love your blog! Makes me wanna be a guy sometimes lol….
    Adding videos is a GREAT idea!
    The outfit is well-coordinated — fresh elements like the shirt and accessories balance an otherwise formal jacket, and I like how the shoes pick up in the tones on the shirt.
    Keep up the good work :)
    *~greetings from Jamaica~*


  • Luke James

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Just Dope…
    You brothas always inspire me.
    Keep up the great work and keep the videos coming.
    ~ Lj


  • EC

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Ok, I might have to get a 7d now. Video would be a great addition to the blog.


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  • Seth

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    No one can tell me there is a mens blog in this category better than SE. Great post and video Josh looking forward to more especially videos!


  • @CrosstrainerSA

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Superb individualization of all time classics.


  • JamesLacey

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Just soooo awesome. Absolutely love it. Incredible site overall as well by the way.


  • jon

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    On your last post, i asked if u could show us how u wear the filson leather satchel.

    But this YSL is the BOMB!!! Amazing piece!


  • Nicole Diehl

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    I love YSL! What an amazing piece.
    I am obsessed with custom jackets so whenever I am in Manhattan, I always visit Giliberto Designs for my custom suits and shirts. He doesn’t just take your measurements and create your garments, the tailors there consult with each individual about different personal styles and help to develop a wardrobe that not only flatters you, but can create a complete complimentary wardrobe. If you’re ever in the area, I suggest a stop in. You can go to their website for more information and directions: http://www.gilibertodesigns.com/.


  • Spencer S.

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Awesome post! I absolutely love the fit! And the YSL briefcase is awesome. Quick question: i know in your last post about the jungle boots you got your pants tailored, I wanted to know what do you get done to them specifically?


  • FamLay

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    crrrrazy, i bought that shirt not too long ago, videos should start being a norm now fam!
    good post


  • adambz

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    What jeans are those? I assume TM means Topman? If so – which style are they?


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  • sssence

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Love the color palette here and I really wish I had a madras shirt after seeing this. Props on the video, it looks great and I hope it’s going to become a recurring addition to the posts. Great work, can’t wait for more!


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  • PeezoMTF

        posted on May 10 , 2010 :

    Whats really dope about this piece is I honestly didn’t even really notice the blazer (which is classic) until the video was going off. I was so impressed with the video, that I kinda forgot it was a fashion post. Definitely great stuff….I must commend you fellas on not settling for what you did or have done. Trying out a new type of visual is just the type of “info-vation”(my word lol) that I’ve come to expect from you guys….Dope


  • ANTHONY

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    i really like the color on that blazer, and i like the texture a lot.
    i was never a fan of double breasted blazers until i saw this, now im kinda considering one (with caution, lol)
    in the Band of Outsiders spring collection they had a nice beige one if i recall correctly.
    i love the penny loafers with the look btw, works perfectly.
    Did you guys see the LL Bean Signature collection yet? i got a booklet in the mail.
    i think they did a pretty good job on it, but its very similar to J. Crew.

    also love the use of the video, would be a great way to spice up the blog


  • Johnique.Chucks

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    Impeccable outfit… i love the YSL


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    @Justin: Thanks a lot – btw I am no longer employed by Topman anymore

    @Adam Kerchman: Thanks to you Adam – looking fwd to future projects with you.

    @Milly: Lol that’s coming soon sis believe me – lol


  • Demilade of NY

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    but seriously this shot makes me want to take my photography to the next level


  • Herve

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    Love the pic. i have that same Jcrew shirt! i wear it with my white American Eagle jeans. You made me feel great. i think i will look for a DB blazer as my next purchase.


  • Owen

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    Bravo!! my brother killing it in every pics, why you didn’t signed up for Esquire Real Men Best Dress, you would definitely murder those guys!


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    @willy cheesesteak: Thanks Will, you already know my friend

    @Daniel Martinez: Thank you – some tailoring and it fit perfect for my liking

    @components of enthusiasm: I was wondering what happened to the blog? I thought it was going in for redesign or something. Thanks Paul wanted to change up the pace on visuals from a different aspect now its like this is how we live in these clothes compared to just images , and of course we still give a brief visual nothing too long and annoying to readers lol.
    That 3 button sounds swell man definitely a future coe post.

    @stelise: Nice Jamaica we could use some of that sun up here in NYC at the moment lol. Hey not fair at all ! lol Ladies have a array of options to pick from as far as clothing/accessories. On the other hand guys are working with a limitation on what we could do and still be ‘comfortable’ shall I say ? Everything is really preference oriented at the end of the day lol – you just dissected my whole outfit

    @Luke James: The inspiration is mutual trust me and we will.


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    @EC: Sounds like a plan. Like I said in one of my responses the t2i which is a lot cheaper than the 7d has the ability to shoot video pretty much like the one included in this post. I took out some timet look into the 7d vs t2i as far as video and there were no noticeable differences – should look into it could save a lot of $$$ –

    @Seth: Thanks a lot trust me a lot of work goes in.

    @@CrosstrainerSA: Thank you sir.

    @JamesLacey: Much appreciated my friend.

    @jon: No problem at all jon I think it’s even more difficult when you have more bags harder choice as to which one to pick up. Filson satchel definitely is a great bag though I recommend to people just looking to pack their laptop and handheld items on the go .


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  • MarcoBerlin

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    Great video, really!waiting for more stuff like this. I love the blazer too. GREAT fit! Did you make it fit at a tailor?


  • wale

        posted on May 11 , 2010 :

    Great post fam, I have an old woolrich double breasted blazer that I got from ebay ($12 steal) can’t wait till the fall to wear it again, smells really old though.

    you’re making me a believer in white pants, I’m usually against wearing too much white due to my complextion but the white pants are ill. The ring is also a winner, keep up the good work, SE UP!!


  • Reggie

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    Hey Josh, man I spotted that jcrew madras first out of everything, then i spotted the white pants which imo look best on black people. About the db, the color is very eye catching and the material its made out of is nice too.


  • David W. Albert

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    See here is something interesting the double breasted blazer now for me as you have seen I am big in the shoulders and for any jacket it is tough to find one that makes them look less emphasized. And to tailor it would be a waste just because of my chest and shoulders being so wide, as for you being a smaller guy has its benefits. I see it does not make your shoulders to distinguished as any suit jacket or blazer would me. Most of all in the fit I like the fact that you added the shirt underneath with the colors of the blazer in it. Although, I might be able to find one that slims me down who knows I really haven’t looked for a suit or blazer in a really long time. BTW, just saying if I were you I would have gone for a lighter pair of shoes some stylist shit I tend to be on every once in awihle. Overall, great post and I think we forgot to highlight those well-dressed gnagsters from those times that wore those double breasted jackets as well sir. HAHA


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    @Nicole Diehl: Thanks for commenting and it sounds great a bit commercial but I don’t blame you at all lol -

    @Spencer S.: Thanks Spencer it’s the same guy we both go to – Stanton Talior located on 90 Stanton St. Great guy named Pablo tell him we sent you!

    @FamLay: Thanks man – I think that’s the best madras J.Crew has at the moment everyone loves the wash and fit of the shirt and lets not forget the colors – video will most likely become the norm

    @adambz: Yup TM – Topman jeans fit is skinny jeans they’re online too someone on twitter just showed me them and I confirmed.

    @sssence: Thanks Nicholas – I’m pretty sure its still avail in your size if you want to purchase it definitely a recommendation by myself.


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    @PeezoMTF: Thanks man that’s exactly what we wanted to do by incorporating video – changing up the pace from stone faced images to us actually living in the clothes. We would never make you guys sit here for 5 mins to watch us prance around so do know if the video is longer definitely relaying valuable information. We’re looking at incorporating some great video products in the future – thanks again though the respect is mutual.

    @ANTHONY: As soon as I hear comments like that I feel like I really accomplished one of my goals I set out to do. You can look a particular item and dislike it until you see someone wear it in a similar way that you would. Now the lightbulb sparks up and you start to develop your own liking for it.

    @Johnique.Chucks: Thanks! Seems everyone loves the bag

    @Demilade of NY: I hear you , patience and you will have that D90 you’ve been wanting in no time.

    @Herve: Just glad I could provide such inspiration man -


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    @MarcoBerlin: Thanks Marco – yup got it altered at the tailor – it wasn’t anything too extravagant simple things probably only I would notice lol

    @wale: Oh really sounds like a great piece – yeah a simple wash and trip to the cleaners should take care of that if anything. I have always been a believer in white pants discarding the season I would just wear them – the ring was from a African jewelry shop I stumbled across I only spent about 5 mins in there because I had to run but I’m definitely going back to get some more accessories lol.

    @Reggie: It’s funny you say that because ‘wale’ the previous poster thinks different I like to think they appear better on individuals with darker skin tones , but not necessarily meaning that a person of lighter complexion couldn’t attempt to pull it off. I think everyone noticed the jcrew madras shirt lol


  • teena.leone

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    Okay Josh I can’t take you! The new posts continue to take my breath away! Your ensemble is perfection from head to toe. The color on the blazer is fab! I agree that the video concept was a genius idea to incorporate into the post. It definitely made the outfit come to life in real time with real scenery. Nothing’s better than an NYC backdrop. Loved it. I may need to holla at Adam when I’m back in the Big City, lol. Keep up the good work! Oh, and you need to add me to your ladies w/ etiquette links, ha :) <3


  • chrisj

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    hey it’s great to see you guys grow so much in the last year! keep it up!


  • whereisthecool

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    You can find a beautiful one in this vintage shop!
    http://www.achiperachoper.com/?p=790


  • HF

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    Hey J, sorry if it’s been said and I missed it, but what’s the name of the song used in the video?
    Love the ‘fit and great attention to detail, as always!


  • Neef @truebeliever12

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    Pure inspiration!!! i’m not really a double breasted fan but you made this one look extremely welll…. Great post SE! i like to call ya the staplesetters instead of the trendsetters lol


  • Adam Kerchman

        posted on May 12 , 2010 :

    @teena.leone I could be your man! Or if you’re ever in Boston – I’m there!


  • Bang Potential

        posted on May 13 , 2010 :

    Your DBB looks amazing, color, buttons, fit, everything. That LIFE pic sums up all the reasons DBB are unpopular, it’s incredibly unflattering. Yours does more to undermine DBBs than anything else in that it looks more like a single breasted than any DBB I’ve ever seen. I wish some designer would make flattering DBBs, but for now it seems like you have to be a Fiat scion to make a trad one look good.


  • Bella Q

        posted on May 13 , 2010 :

    Wow! I am blown away. Don’t usually look at gentlemen’s style blogs, but this one may have me rethinking that policy. I love street fashion, and can’t beieve how brilliant the style is in this blog. YOU gents have it! The handsome factor doesn’t hurt either. But wow, this is really sweet style, done with class and attention to details. Not surprised in the least to see you’re getting print recognition…congrats on the GQ article. YOU are the real thing.

    http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com


  • Allroundgyal

        posted on May 13 , 2010 :

    Wow..
    first time I found such a good blog of a gentleman..!
    what a delicious blog you have darling..


  • Kadeem J.

        posted on May 14 , 2010 :

    I’m just watching you and Trav progress man…good GOOOD look…and Now you have video!! lol
    Much respect Josh


  • Joel Thompson

        posted on May 14 , 2010 :

    I gotta say I don’t love the double breasted jacket but you pull it off. The fit is great and I think the way you matched it with a madras shirt and white denim is just awesome.

    Nicely done. I tip my hat.


  • Natalie

        posted on May 14 , 2010 :

    Ack! Your outifts are always on point but the details just take it even further!

    I love the double breasted blazer, the colour, the simple buttons and the pockets, they look sort of casual but the double breast and the fact it’s a blazer balances it out and those loafers… Another great post.

    I like the visual, it gives something different. You know in the past a photo was the closest thing to being there, now I guess it’s video plus it just seems to make the outfit pop more, seeing your style amongst a sea of “play-it safe-ers” (I don’t know what will be next holographs or something lol)

    xxo


  • Nina

        posted on May 14 , 2010 :

    Love love love the look. Love the YSL attache. One thing, when sporting such an incredible ensemble, do not stuff your pockets. It detracts from the silhouette. When you walked down the train stairs, all I could think about was what you could possible need that wouldn’t fit into that fab case.


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 15 , 2010 :

    @David W. Albert: You have a valid point here David with this particular coat it works very well with people who are tall and slim , but let’s not state it can’t be worn by people who carry a little bit more weight. As far as the shoe recommendation I don’t think it would have worked out the way I wanted to with the lower base being white jeans going with a lighter pair of shoes could really contrast in a not so flattering way. I chose to select dark shoes because it would ultimately balance out the outfit as far as color palettes the color goes right back in sync with the red stripes on the shirt. sounds very much formulated but I didn’t notice this until I actually put the whole fit on and walked outside the house.

    BTW I do recommend looking for some suit pieces you can never go wrong imo.


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 15 , 2010 :

    @teena.leone: Thanks Teena! much appreciated I know how much you loved NYC and was looking to move here I hope this video made it that much harder! lol just playing – I wouldn’t see a problem with Adam shooting you.

    @chrisj: Your username rang a bell in my head specifically from superfuture – thanks a lot its been a journey and were still looking forward to the future ! Thanks

    @whereisthecool: Thanks for the recommendation –

    @HF: No problem, It has only been said on the vimeo page itself the song is J Dilla – Alien Family great tune.

    @Neef @truebeliever12: Thanks Neef – it seems thats the same story a lot of people are stating in the comment section another reason I wanted to take on the item and explore the possibilities with the double breasted blazer. Lol that means a lot but we aren’t doing anything new just from a different perspective – you already know sir!


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 15 , 2010 :

    @Bang Potential: Thank you – as you can see it’s not the most traditional DBB as pictured in the LIFE photograph I picked but thats what really sold me on choosing this one specifically. It’s funny you mention that because the day I wore this blazer I had a conversation with a more older gentleman who talked about the difficulty of finding a well tailored double breasted blazer off of the rack, or on any racks at all for that matter.

    @Allroundgyal: Thank you very much! I just checked out your blog and bookmarked it very interesting style you have a mix of things we are influenced by also – keep in touch. Ladies check it out

    @Kadeem J.: Kadeem you have seen it from the beginning just trying to push consistently it’s official video will be incorporated in every post we do from now on – unless stated otherwise. You will make your appearances once you come back down to the city from Buffalo lol.

    @Joel Thompson: Thank you Joel ,

    @Natalie: Thank you Natalie – I think that’s a important element to expressing yourself sartorially a great attention to detail could make a ordinary outfit really pop with certain stand out pieces / colors and silhouettes its just that some just don’t care personally lol.

    I know your from London so it’s refreshing seeing NYC in its habitat but I promise no holographs ! lol


  • Seth

        posted on May 15 , 2010 :

    Fabulous style you have here sir.

    Great and interesting writing – I love reading your post it isn’t too ‘formal’ like magazine but isn’t dumbed down I wouldn’t be surprised if you get offers for writing for magazines but that would kind of defeat the whole purpose now that the internet are kind of taking control of things.

    Keep it up sir ,

    you have my 100 % support .


  • Coldsun

        posted on May 15 , 2010 :

    the video was amazing… very well shot…
    It just had a good feel, and you were in Tribeca, so that helps…
    This post had me cheesing… lol
    I co-sign with what everyone else said, but i have to add that ring is tough! i’m feeling it.. very nice..
    Great post as always… Keep doing your thing…


  • Demilade of NY

        posted on May 15 , 2010 :

    its crazy I got my D90 HAHA


  • Lioness

        posted on May 16 , 2010 :

    Oh my God, so beautiful, as usual!!!!


  • Hank Rosenberg

        posted on May 16 , 2010 :

    Great fit and video Josh

    I just purchased that j.crew madras store from the DC store and It’s a really beautiful color and fit – thanks for the post


  • FamLay

        posted on May 17 , 2010 :

    i remember the duffle/toggle coat post, but did you guys ever do a trench/raincoat post?


  • Brian

        posted on May 17 , 2010 :

    I love the beads and the bracelet that you are wearing. I love wearing them as accent pieces, but I always find the really cheap ones and they always fall apart on me. I stop wasting my money on them because of this.The ones you own seem to have a little more quality. Can you give me some guidance on this or anyone for that matter?


  • Philip Green

        posted on May 19 , 2010 :

    I must say, that outfit is on point! Perfect fit and conscious or not, the whole color pallet is utilized perfectly. This might be a weird question, but how old are the both of you/when did you both make the transfer from streetwear to your current styles? I’m turning 20 and sort of in that in-between stage where I feel I should start maturing my style but I still generally prefer my sneakers and jeans over a tie and blazer…


  • Adam Kerchman

        posted on May 19 , 2010 :

    @Philip Green I’m in the same boat as you – turning 21 in a few month. Personally, I’m riding the casual fits for as long as I can – I know in just a few years I’m going to have to be much more mature. Obviously this isn’t the way that everyone thinks, but for now it’s nice to be able to walk around in jeans, a nice Hanes tee, and a pair of boots.


  • jeune_premier

        posted on May 19 , 2010 :

    i love double breasted blazers…and i also love the way you wearing it…
    i just discovered this blog and i have to say that i’m speechless!!!keep up…


  • Abu

        posted on May 19 , 2010 :

    That’s a Nice Video. Very chill. Can you tell me the Beat?


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 20 , 2010 :

    @Nina: Thanks for the lovely comment – It was my wallet in my backpocket which usually goes there in my indigo jeans so I was pretty accustomed to it not even giving it a second thought. Let’s remember in white jeans things tend to bulge out and show more – understood

    @Seth: Thanks Seth , that’s the great thing about most blogs its just a opinion of the writer but of course a fashion blog pictures and a bit more goes into it, there’s still some great magazines to capture inspiration from all depends which one you pick up. Some great mags overseas

    @Coldsun: Thanks a lot Dawson – definitely trying to change it up don’t be surprised if we decide to shoot some footage in the Bronx and your phone rings from me lol it needs to happen soon imo.

    @Demilade of NY: nice man – cant wait to get my camera upgrade –

    @Lioness: Thanks so much, really!


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 20 , 2010 :

    @Hank Rosenberg: Nice, it’s a shirt I definitely recommend – great wash , fit and color way to spice up the wardrobe a bit.

    @FamLay: One of my favorite post, and no we have never done a raincoat post maybe that can come to fruition in the next weeks or so before the summer comes out in full blast.

    @Brian: You’re totally right on that – I’m unsure on how many elastic threads some beads have but the one I wear are about 3 seeded through the beads to give it more pull and strength. Mine are from vintage shops and topman.com

    @Philip Green: Thank you Phillip – I could say the transition started when I was 18 about to turn 19 but of course it took time to be totally comfortable with the transition and not a immediate jump into things. You can see this progression on the blog one of the great things about the internet period – you can see post where I wouldn’t necessarily tuck in my dress shirt into my pants and would leave it dangling in the wind. With that situation of course it depends on what type of aesthetic you are shooting for whether casual , formal or a ad-hoc mix of both. If you prefer sneakers and jeans over tie and blazer then maybe you can try to mix it up a bit we’re now in a time where you can take a more casual approach but still be considered cleaned up; Instead of sneakers maybe some plimsolls with a more clean silhouette and instead of jeans maybe chinos not full on trousers – approach it with caution and feel it out

    @Adam Kerchman: You’re right on that I’m excited to see what type of approach you go with – all personal preference


  • JKISSI

        posted on May 20 , 2010 :

    @jeune_premier: thanks!

    @Abu: The track is produced by J Dilla – Alien Family.


  • mat ahoy

        posted on May 20 , 2010 :

    it looks superb, lovely colour too


  • Sharpened Lead › Blazer Glory

        posted on May 20 , 2010 :

    [...] I’m in bed surfing on the Macbook. Clue one: I come across this amazing photo from NY blog Street Etiquette (as retweeted by Steve at Style Salvage). Look at that fit! Look at the colour! Look at the buttons [...]


  • The Ca$h

        posted on May 25 , 2010 :

    You Look Great
    I’ve worn suits similiar to this, but not as unique.


  • jeremy

        posted on May 26 , 2010 :

    I love videos, keep them up.


  • Brian

        posted on May 26 , 2010 :

    Thanks a lot JkISSI, I’m going to check TopMan out for the beads accessories


  • Abu

        posted on May 26 , 2010 :

    @JKISSI: Thanks


  • Ken Kay

        posted on May 27 , 2010 :

    I found this site to have a great selection of blazer and suit buttons:
    http://www.mistershop.com/blazerbuttons2.html

    They only charge $2 for shipping!


  • D

        posted on May 28 , 2010 :

    J,

    I shot you a PM on Style Forum but never got a response. You mind telling me where you get your awesome bead bracelets? I’ve been looking for some for a while, but all the ones I find are too over the top. The ones you sport look amazing.


  • Philipp

        posted on May 29 , 2010 :

    Hey, I found this picture of you in a local daily newspaper today, here in Kiev ;)


  • Adam

        posted on May 29 , 2010 :

    @Philipp: Hey any way you can tell us the name of the publication/ take a photo?


  • Anonymous

        posted on June 6 , 2010 :

    You guys need to loosen up a bit more when filming. You look fairly, noticeably stiff in a lot of these videos. It kind of takes away from the natural look these outfits are supposed to have. Relax, move around as if you were in a silk garment like a Saudi prince, be smooth. You guys have the eye and taste for style, you just need to carry it.


  • Cullen P. Farrell

        posted on June 6 , 2010 :

    No intentions of “hating” in the anonymous post I left above, just constructive criticism through observation. Progression through(with) history, you guys certainly illustrate this. Keep up the influence.
    Word is Life

    P.


  • Hank Rosenberg

        posted on June 6 , 2010 :

    Cullen P : They look perfectly fine in videos sir – you just want to pinpoint something that seems wrong to you. Seems like you just found this blog ..


  • louis

        posted on October 28 , 2011 :

    it looks superb, lovely colour too!