Sporting a coat from Selvage, with grey culottes and patent boots.

After months in working,  I’m excited to share my newest collaboration with Selvage (check them out here and here), a Swedish avant-garde boutique that carries luxury independent designers. With a focus on off-beat fashion, it’s curation is anything but ordinary and in fact resonates strongly with my taste in fashion. While I pay attention to trends, I always extrapolate the mainstream to fit my styling- somewhat whimsical and even weird. And let’s be real, sometimes weird is cooler than try-too-hard cool. Here’s why: View Post

Post-it signs inspired by Union Square (NY) mural post election

I admit I’m a very apolitical person and find it rather difficult to voice my views publicly when in a diverse-opinion setting. However, in the recent political environment, there’s certain issues that by no doubt need correcting and cannot go by as is. With designers showcasing all sorts of Anti-Trump collections from New York to Paris, there comes the question whether fashion, an image driven industry, can truly promote change in such crucial times. And I say that yes it can, but it should also extend beyond simple displays of progressiveness. View Post

It’s that time of the year again when corporate America blows holidays out of proportions, and have us single boys and ladies feeling overwhelmed. So instead of making a gift guide, I’m simply telling you: yes, go buy yourself a flower, because you deserve it (or maybe a bouquet if you’re feeling extravagant). Valentine’s day doesn’t require you to be blessed by naked cherubs for you to give your inner-self recognition. And of course that commitment shouldn’t fade with the withering flowers, but instead should propel you beyond all February 14ths you’ll ever encounter.

-Matt Chu

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I probably can’t get anymore cliché talking about gratitude during Thanksgiving. But it’s an important topic for a reason. In our fast paced culture, especially with the way we consume media now, it’s easy to forget that our anger, frustrations or whatever negative emotions we feel, are temporary and mere distractions for us to get by day-to-day. It’s not what defines us to be who we are, since they’re just emotional responses our minds dramatize to fill the narrative of our lives. Instead, what makes us human is our abilities to connect with those around us and co-create memories that last. And while that certainly isn’t easy (hence all the break-up songs and dramatic family holiday movies), it’s more valuable than anything to take the time and appreciate those that have an impact on us. Regardless of whether that impact is negative or positive, realize the influences they’ve had on our abilities to change and grow. And that just makes life a little more beautiful, because things are fluid-like-water and there are always surprises we never anticipated. Gratitude can help us realize those instances and make our present happier and more calming. And really, this isn’t just an exercise exclusive to Thanksgiving day, as it should be practiced everyday to achieve the mental state of health we desire.

I hope everyone has a heartwarming and grateful week,

-Matt Chu

 

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Pictures via Vogue.com for GUCCI 

If you keep up with men’s fashion in any manner, you’ll know that the menswear business is growing much faster than the women’s. After all, you can’t blame anyone for wanting to look and feel beautiful (if you’re still too stuck up on masculinity, you’re missing out fellas). And while the men’s industry still needs improving, brands are starting to inhabit the space more with one key ingredient: androgyny.

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