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There used to be only three things that never fail to make me cry: Oscar-winner speeches This fucking Google commercial  The first 5 minutes of UP (Note: DAMMIT why did I just watch this on my birthday!?) Now I can add one more to the list… When I get emails like this: 2 years ago I started The Essential Man because I was burnt out as a fashion designer. I wanted something that took me away from ghost designing shit I hated just to pay the bills. I needed an escape from the dark, hot sewing factories in Midtown Manhattan. The Essential Man is not a typical fashion blog. You’ll be hard pressed to find a photo of “what I’m wearing today” on the website. I’ve never run an ad or sponsored post. It’s always been about helping guys become the best versions of themselves. Style is an amazing, effective catalyst…

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.” That magical transition time between spring and summer has passed. lNow we’re stuck in the middle of a hot and humid summer – wearing as little clothes on as we can legally get away with. Hot weather style right now sounds like an oxymoron. Imagine being out enjoying the warm weather, cold beer in hand, looking absolutely amazing in more than a tank top and shorts. All without completely melting into a pool of your own sweat! I’ve updated my biggest and most popular post yet to show you how you can survive hot weather in style. linIn this guide, you’ll learn: How wearing fewer clothes can actually make you feel hotter! A simple trick I teach my styling clients on how to wear more color and pattern (especially if they don’t really wear color and pattern!) My 14 MUST…

I have a rule in life not to judge something until I investigate it myself. Even if my gut reaction is telling me I’m probably going to hate it. This is how I came to learn: • I hate octopus. (Tastes too weird) • I prefer nice hotels over AirBnBs. (Way better service) • I prefer listening to R&B slow jams instead of hardcore screaming metal when I’m working out (No shame here) That’s why when Marie Kondo – the Japanese oracle of decluttering and minimalism blew up with her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, I knew I had to check it out. A system to help people get rid of unnecessary junk and focus on the essentials? That’s right up my alley! Yet, as I read through her two books, I felt like I just got stopped at the airport by some weird religious solicitor trying to get…

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been in New York for 12 years now.  And one of my favorite things about NYC is that in a city of 8.5 million people, you can run into people you know. Take for example last week when I was at my go-to spot The Ace Hotel to catch up with a friend. As I was walking her out and heading to grab another cup a coffee, who do I run into but Megan of Style Girlfriend doing a photoshoot! I’ve mentioned Megan before in a few of my emails but never told our origin story. When I was first thinking of transitioning from the design world to personal styling, I reached out to Megan for advice. You could say without her encouragement, The Essential Man wouldn’t exist. Where did we meet up? At The Ace Hotel of course. To you Essential Man readers who…

Spring is a magical time for style: You get the best of Fall and the best of Summer. Warm enough where you don’t have to be bundled in 30 layers of clothes, yet breezy enough to enjoy all the great outerwear pieces men’s fashion has to offer. In this ultimate guide, I’m going to show you Fall to Spring style swaps you need to make now My 3 favorite spring shoes you need to add to your wardrobe The secret to wearing colors like pink without looking like an easter egg And more! (Including my personal wardrobe this spring) THE ESSENTIAL MAN RULES OF SPRING STYLE Seasonal changes can sneak up on you. As I write this right now, it’s early April, 35 degrees, and raining. On the day I post this, I’ll most likely wake up to a 70 degree sunny day. In my younger years, I never distinguished the difference…