16 May 2011
NY Style - Lunch with a Writer & Designer
There's a diversity of style in NYC that Antonio Ciongoli (Michael Bastian) and G. Bruce Boyer (Elegance - A Guide to Quality in Menswear) made clear a couple weeks ago over lunch at Txikito in Chelsea. El Doble burgers, Piperrak peppers and Farnum Hill cider managed to stay off everyone's tie as well.
Each man brings an intelligent creativity along with notes of personal nostalgia. Antonio's inherited WWI watch doesn't work but is worn as jewelry. Why not. Cell phones keep better time than a Rolex.
Bruce wears a surcingle belt with double breasted jacket and slides the buckle to his left. A nod to jazz musicians protecting guitar backs. Brown & tan is echoed in the belt, shoes, hose, tie, watch strap and pocket square. Not loudly. But advisedly. Reverently.
Antonio makes use of texture more than color. A thickly folded pocket square shares depth with desert sand driving mocs worn without socks. No socks make sense here rather than the sockless double monk calf shoe which screams, 'Hipsters with blisters.' Not that there's anything wrong with the blistered hip. Those Piperraks were blistered and there was nothing wrong there.