Grungy Gentleman Men’s Spring 2019

Once again, closing out New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) with a bang was Grungy Gentleman, helmed by designer Jace Lipstein. This season, the show was held at the trendy Dream Downtown Hotel. As guests entered, they were treated to Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey cocktails and the latest tunes spun by DJ Juanyto oh Hot 97. The room buzzed electric as celebs, editors, and tastemakers all intermingled prior to the show.

The show opened with famed rapper and Harlem native Jim Jones or Dipset. Sporting a gray and white polo with black sweatpants, he swaggered down the runway and definitely put everyone in a New York state of mind. Other celebs to walk the runway were former NFL running back and current paralympic trainee Isaiah Reed, basketball player Michael Beasley, and Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith.

Grungy Gentleman is not your typical NYFW: Men’s brand. They don’t try to recreate themselves every season with cacophony of prints and patterns. They don’t have complex cuts and configurations. They don’t select waifish models to wear their clothes. They understand who their clientele is—urban, athletic, real men with real bodies. The brand boasts that they “fuse contemporary culture and style, capturing the core of men’s interests in sports, music, entertainment, art and technology. Each piece from the collection looks to suit and inspire the man who is bold, intelligent, and passionate with fierce taste.”

Don’t let the clean, simple visual aesthetic fool you. Says Lipstein, “we debuted a six stripe wave last season and we’re really taking that to the next level this season—we’re doing mixed media with it, mashing up unique fabrics, for several silhouettes including a polo and hoodie.” He goes on to say “my favorite fabric this season is our oatmeal fabric, which is a light French terry—it doesn’t stifle a man when approaching the rack. We want guys to feel like, hey this can elevate my style a little bit more than when I woke up this morning—without taking them completely out of their comfort zone.”

For this season, Jace chose a neutral color palette of grey, black, and white, accented by a range of blues. His six-stripe motif is placed at typical spots, such as the wrist, bicep, waistline, and ankle, but it really catches your eye as a cross-body wave pattern on shirts and hoodies. Not to be merely a sportswear brand, the collection also includes blazers, pants, and outerwear.

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For spring 2019, the brand celebrates New York and the crossover of fashion and sports with the debut of the Grungy Gentleman X New Era collection in partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB). Runway models sported New York team hats (Yankees, Mets, Knicks and Nets). “We’ll be releasing hats for all NBA teams this fall. We’ll also be releasing hats for 10 MLB teams, the chase teams, which includes the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros, Angels, Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals and then of course we added our Mets—we stay true to our New York roots. These will drop end of this summer at select Lids stores and,” says Jace of the collaboration.(Lipstein sees his brand as “an exciting, fresh take on urban style, athletic tailoring and menswear.”) With the strong reaction of artists, athletes, friends and fans over the past seasons, I think his assessment is spot on.

—Carl Ayers

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