If traditional, female-fronted style blogging gets a bad rap, then men who are into fashion and want to have a voice have it even harder: it's a fine line between boasting your one-of-a-kind style and being labeled a hypebeast. There are tons of Instagrams featuring brooding dudes up against minimalist backgrounds dressed in vintage Raf or the newest Palace, but the five Instagrams we've singled out below are serving very different vibes.
1. The Man On The Street: @alexleenyc
Alex Lee, who works for both Opening Ceremony and Procell, uses his keen sartorial eye to find steez on the streets where others might miss it.
2. The Foreign Correspondent: @buraian_x
This dreaded, Tokyo-based vintage connoisseur has the most enviable eye for thrifty '80s and '90s NYC fits. It occasionally veers into costume-y territory, but when he pairs his old-school pieces with modern silhouettes, the results are truly inspiring.
4. The Curator: @veryadvanced
Jordan Page, the vintage curator and eBay expert formerly known as Advanced Boi, scours estate sales and obscure thrift stores for wild streetwear rarities and one-offs. Every post is like a mini seminar.
Nike ACG Zion Low: Another favorite of mine from the underrated ACG archive. Originally released in 1995, this shoe boasted a coarse weave canvas upper with Nubuck™ leather as well as a NIKE REGRIND™ cup sole. They came in mid & low (seen here) options & originally retailed between $50-$60. For the past few years I've only seen a handful of these around, mostly in the Japanese market. Don't know if that's due to a lack of interest from collectors stateside, or if they're actually that rare. Either way I was very excited to finally get my hands on a pair that fit me.
Columbia 'Bugaboo' Detachable Fleece-lined Cap (sans fleece): In 1986 Columbia (founded 1938) entered the ski-wear market with their first 'Bugaboo' parka, featuring their game-changing 'Interchange System' of layered outerwear. The popularity of the Bugaboo line is almost single-handedly responsible for putting Columbia on the map. From the inaugural parka other removable layered outerwear pieces were created. Photo: @guari1x
5. The Moodboard: @brianpc_
California-based Brian Cowell's Instagram is a gauzy pastiche of art, gender fluidity, and textural fits. The account's greatness lies in his ability to find a subversive beauty in the everyday.