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

Look by Hecho, available here

Since the most recent election, the media has been portraying Mexico unimaginably worse; numerous violent images are used to characterize a country inhabited by millions. Yet a short visit to Mexico City was more than enough to prove that Mexico houses some of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met. View Post

In today’s Lunch Break Chats, I caught up with friend and style blogger Henry Ng (Street Style Poser) and got a glimpse of his fashion perspective. For my style profile make sure to visit Henry’s site.

Describe your personal style. Is there a fashion icon you look up to?

Someone described my style as “casual perfection”, which I like that a lot, even though it doesn’t really paint a clear picture. I tend to gravitate towards clothes or items that are unique, quirky or interesting. I like the idea of taking pieces that’s unusual and different and working them into everyday wear.

As for icons, I love Roisin Murphy’s style. She mixes elegance with quirkiness so effortlessly – it helps that she’s stunning but I think her ability to not take herself seriously presents an opportunity to have fun with fashion.

Tell me about this outfit. How did you come up with it?

I had this idea of an Oriental mafia who’s also very sartorial conscious in a modern day sort of way – you know not necessarily rough and tough, but still dark and mysterious, if that makes sense.

What are some of your wardrobe essentials?

I tend to invest in pieces that are unique or interesting that work with several outfits and won’t become out of style. I’m not sure if these pieces are considered essentials per se, but since I’m not a T-shirt and jeans kind of guy, I feel they’re more important to me than a T-shirt or a pair of jeans since you can easily replace them. 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