Fashion: It's a Man's World
By Benjamin Liong Setiawan with additional reporting by Loren Yandoc
A Propr Man
The brainchild of David Arquette, Ben Harper and David Bedwell, Propr clothing was created specifically with the idea of being 100 percent made in America. From khakis to chinos, Propr offers a range of comfortable clothing. The choice pick for fall: a utilitarian bomber jacket. Made of a lightweight navy broken twill that’s reversible, this hip blue bomber is every American man’s essential. Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica; bloomingdales.com
All Good in the Hood
Thanks to the HoodieBuddie sweatshirt’s ($44) HB3Technology, you can take your tunes with you wherever you go. Machine-washable headphones incorporated into the hood’s drawstrings and a headphone jack in the front pocket let you hook up to your media player and groove while keeping snug at the same time. And to help you get started, purchase the sweatshirt online at hoodiebuddie.com and receive three free song downloads from amazon.com. Journeys, 1427 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; journeys.com
Founded in Sapporo in 1876, Japan’s oldest brewery continues to produce the top-selling Asian beer in the United States, Sapporo. Sapporo uses only the best ingredients, from top-grade Nijo barley to the finest German and Czech hops. Enjoy the evolution of a tradition dating back more than a century— from the original Sapporo Premium to the latest offering in the US, Sapporo Premium Light. BevMo, 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; bevmo.com
Blades of Glory
Think big with Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons’ exclusive line of Mammoth straight razors (starting at $2,200), handcrafted in the US from vintage and recycled materials. The masterfully restored vintage blade and sheath made from fossilized woolly mammoth ivory are examples of a conscientious effort to replace disposability with superior workmanship. American Rag Cie, 150 S. La Brea Ave., LA; amrag.com
Los Angeles native and shoe designer George Esquivel honed his craft the old-fashioned way, as a cobbler’s apprentice. “Growing up I remember being very envious of the kids who had cool shoes,” he says. No wonder he took to designing high-end custom-made shoes of his own in the mid-’90s. Because Esquivel is anti mass-production, each pair from his line is individually made. A 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, Esquivel often collaborates with other cutting-edge designers on the rise, and this fall Barneys New York picked up on one of the designer’s latest projects with Juan Carlos Obando—leather sleeves that slip over your shoes and sit on your legs to give the appearance of boots. 8309 W. Third St., LA; esquivelshoes.com
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Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.