In the summer of 1960, John F. Kennedy received a gift from his friend Grant Stockdale, at the time the senator of Florida. The watch was a Tank-style ultra-thin square watch from Omega, with an engraving on the back that read, “President of the United States John F. Kennedy from his friend Grant.” Kennedy was immediately smitten, according to letters his wife Jacqueline wrote to Stockdale. She described it as the “thinnest most elegant wristwatch,” and said JFK immediately traded out the “chunky little one” she’d given him for the new Omega. But anyone who paid attention in history class would be right to point out that during the summer of 1960 Kennedy was still a presidential hopeful in one of the closest races in American history against Richard Nixon. That’s not a typo: Grant just had faith when he ordered the engraving, and the watch turned out to be
The 1990s are an over-examined decade, one whose music, fashion, and film have been run too repeatedly and fervently through the great internet nostalgia machine. Every summer, like clockwork, we numbly nod at the same images of The Talented Mr. Ripley, and every winter we rediscover the oversized bowling shirts of Swingers. But those ten years are nonetheless chock full of what you might call Rosetta Stone Looks: outfits that appear to unlock something magical, that connect our over-analyzed past with our strange present. To find them, you need to move past the well-circulated images that haunt every Instagram archive account—the ones of thinky hunks in Hawaiian shirts, Kurt Cobain in cardigans and dresses, and mussed men in
So, another theory: the Chunky Dunky’s success is due less to its specific design or quantity than its lineage. Nike’s last eye-poppingly popular release was the Travis Scott Dunk that peaked at $1,522 on StockX. Scott’s shoe was also an SB Dunk designed without restraint—the shoe brazenly mixed plaid and bandana prints. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it shot to the top of every sneakerhead’s wishlist. Forget the design, though—what might matter most is its designation as a Dunk. Because so far, 2020 has been the year of the Dunk: beyond Scott’s and Ben & Jerry’s, to name just a few, Nike’s released the green-and-yellow “Brazils,” a collaboration with Comme des Garçons, and a pair of collegiate editions that borrow colors from Syracuse and Kentucky. “There’s been this massive reemergence around the SB Dunk and particularly the SB Dunk Lows, and obviously Travis was a big part of that,” says Luber.
We’re hitting pause on our weekly best-dressed men of the week list and instead bringing you some commendable stay-at-home fits we spotted over the past seven days. Whether self-isolation is bringing out your minimalist side or your wildest fashion instincts, we’re all in this—and our sweatpants—together.
We would give anything to walk a mile in David Beckham’s shoes. And the jacket too.
An advanced quarantine fit challenge: Match your coffee mug to your leather pants.
In jeans and a floral shirt, Steve Lacy cuts the ribbon on casual backyard dinner season.
The perks of being Alyx designer Matthew Williams: early access to his new collab with Stussy.
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We also miss sitting at restaurants, mask-free in suits and loafers.
Dwyane Wade is marking the passage of time with a dye job you can see for miles. Wise.
Over the past couple of years, a strappy and sporty style from longtime sandal makers like Chacos and Teva became a bit of a cheeky trend among the menswear set. The dad-ish sandal style suddenly became cool, somewhere between ironically and semi-ironically, alongside a newfound obsession with the Grateful Dead and that band’s fun-loving style. The shoes even showed up on stylish dudes like Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and multihyphenate star Tyler, the Creator. (Both guys liked the style so much they wore them for GQ photo shoots.) And now it looks like one of those brands—Chacos—has another potential hit on its hands. This time, there is no chaser of irony needed—this is just a straight-up well-designed sandal, for hippies and traditional menswear heads alike.
This style isn’t a nod to the kicks worn by crunchy hikers or free-spirited hippies. Instead, it has more in common with design-minded