Grown Man Style

Because you're way too old to keep wearing ironic T-shirts.
-Matt Jacobson

A TSA kerfuffle at LAX meant that my rarely checked luggage into Tokyo was delayed 24 hours.  It’s a good thing that I don’t travel in a Juicy Couture track suit, because Tokyo style is Grown Man Style.  In fact, Mrs. GMS correctly stated that for my very specific style. and for proper replacement options, the only better place for me to lose my luggage than Tokyo would be Savile Row, circa 1962.  

Luckily I made due for a day, and was back in action pretty quickly.  What I did get to see is that in Tokyo, the locals take their personal style seriously, and places like the lobby of Dentsu’s spectacular HQ is a perfect backdrop for understated elegance that means business.  And, while I arrived at my meetings courtesy of Nihon Kotsu’s perfect black taxis, the real ballers arrive in the uber cool, and JDM-only (Japanese domestic market) Toyota Centurys.  The iconic Centurys are too amazing to detail here, so check out the wikipedia entry for all of the particulars.  But, a little teaser is that leather upholstery is considered too “noisy” for the Century’s interior, so wool is the upholstery of choice.  And, the latest version boasts a V12, not for power, but rather for the smoothest acceleration possible.  Needless to say, this is the Emperor’s ride of choice.

Personal style=Tokyo style=GMS.

As the boys at La Vida Leica say, “Not every famous photograph was taken with a Leica, but they were all taken thanks to Leica.”

A Leica corporate video is a rare instance indeed, but in this celebration of it’s 100th anniversary, my beloved brand outdoes itself by recreating 35 of the most iconic images of all time. 

A great story beautifully told and, saving yourself for only the most important moments is most definitely GMS

Thorsten von Overgaard is a photographer, artist, teacher and friend.  We spent some time together, discussing and working with his Leica and people-based shooting techniques around the mean streets of Manhattan Beach.  This film captures Thorsten’s focus on beauty, and how he does what he does with incomparable elan.  
Shooting Leicas, using them as tools, Goyard camera bags and Hermes boots=GMS
Usually, the simple solution is the best one.  This reference 5512 four line Submariner, defined by the four lines of text at the bottom of the dial, is a solid workhorse with great patina.  I was lucky to pick this up from the original owner who used and wore this as the tool watch it intended. Not having a date on a non-quickset Rolex, is actually a luxury—especially when you don’t wear the watch everyday.  
Finding an untouched, one owner example with great patina, on a strap from the one and only Nick Gabarro is most definitely GMS.

Usually, the simple solution is the best one.  This reference 5512 four line Submariner, defined by the four lines of text at the bottom of the dial, is a solid workhorse with great patina.  I was lucky to pick this up from the original owner who used and wore this as the tool watch it intended. Not having a date on a non-quickset Rolex, is actually a luxury—especially when you don’t wear the watch everyday.  

Finding an untouched, one owner example with great patina, on a strap from the one and only Nick Gabarro is most definitely GMS.

Even though the concours d’elegance invitation read jackets preferred; Dockers, golf shirts and logo’d ball caps were the sartorial mainstays at Pebble Beach.  

Fortunately, the youngest in the crowd showed the most swagger—like the group of young Italian bro’s and the prepster in the whale shorts, Ray Bans and Tod’s.  It was an honor to lunch in the Mercedes Lounge next to Sir Stirling Moss, whose race history and gravitas along with his signature  #7 satchel made my day.  And, while there was a general odor of D-baggedness on the fairway, the next generation, one of racing’s all time greatest and a handful of other stylers made for some great people watching.  The cars were predictably great, but I preferred the unrestored “derelicts” exquisitely executed Rat Rods, and the concept cars.

I’m not a Kickstarter recidivist, but when I saw the Moment lens proposal, I had to back this.  I’m a Leica snob for sure, as is well documented on  grown man style, but I also know that the best camera is the one you have with you, and the iPhone 5s is always with me. 

 I’m also a sucker for packaging and, more importantly, build quality.  Both are exceptional, and Moment clearly delivered on the thoughtful bayonet mount—ode to Leica, and the packaging is ridiculously well-done. 

I’m loving the images too.  The tele and wide angle lenses are subtle, but make enough of a difference is worth the extra step of attaching a lens.  The wide angle lens is an ~18mm equivalent, and the tele is a 60mm, about 2x the standard iPhone lens.   Speaking of which, the thoughtful mount allows the Moment lenses to work on either a naked iPhone, or one in a case.

 This story is a little meaningless without pictures, so I will be adding some shots from Pebble Beach Concours this weekend.

In the words of our friends at Moment, “Long Live the Picture Taker…”

Paul Newman, Daytona

Paul Newman, Daytona

The quest for the “right” bezel insert is done. After much searching, I found a faded bezel insert for this radically sun faded tropical-dialed, patent pending Mark II Sea Dweller. Along with the dead stock tritium pearl, this project is now officially done. Googling/ebaying/etsying/craigslisting for the most esoteric bits possible is nutty, cathartic and most definitely GMS.

The quest for the “right” bezel insert is done. After much searching, I found a faded bezel insert for this radically sun faded tropical-dialed, patent pending Mark II Sea Dweller. Along with the dead stock tritium pearl, this project is now officially done. Googling/ebaying/etsying/craigslisting for the most esoteric bits possible is nutty, cathartic and most definitely GMS.

Mason Ho’s Dream Wave

GMS =owning it, and Grown Man Style takes several forms. Mason Ho mixes a little North Shore Style with GMS…”Johnny Boy hard kick out…” Happy Fourth

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