Earlier in the Spring, we met up with Black Lapel customer and style blogger Phil to hang out in Flatiron. Phil’s got an excellent collection of Black Lapel suits but in honor of the changing weather, he came out in denim and cords for our shoot.

Join us as we explore Flatiron together.

We got out to a late start and were all in agreement that food was first in order. Fortunately, Mario Batali’s Eataly was a few steps away. The Pork Braciole (only available on Saturdays) at Rostocceria is one of those singularly amazing things that makes you glad you have taste buds. A note to our readers: stuffing a pork braciole with diced prosciutto, fennel, onions and a white wine reduction is criminally good. As you can see, Phil certainly agrees.

After stuffing our faces, we get to our task of getting Phil to pose for our shoot inside Madison Square Park. With a renewed vigor that can only be credited to Batali’s culinary genius, Phil stands…

leans…

sits…

and walks for our waiting shutters. Phil’s style is one of a casual coolness. His clothing is tailored and well-fitted, which allows him the freedom of wearing things loosely without any sloppiness.

While seated, we snap a shot of his hip wrist wear. Being creatively simple is a great way to accessorize in a unique fashion – here, Phil decided to wear his watch (w/a fresh NATO strap) with the face on the inside wrist opposed to the standard outside wrist.  Well done.

And this – is a money clip re-purposed from a former life as a tie clip. Dope.

We move on to check out the new Brooks Brothers Flatiron shop but along the way, we came across these dark beauties. Sport bike, touring or cruiser? There’s something for everyone here.

In Brooks Brothers, Phil and Warren discuss the merits of seersucker.

The store was impeccably decorated with vintage artifacts like these. This was how your granddaddy drank his Coke and listened to his music.

We saw a narrow and little-used staircase so of course, we had to go exploring.

And came across this little oasis where we threw up our legs and chilled for a spell.

On our way out, we became engrossed in this riveting game of foosball. The old man had his game face on but we thought there was no way this kid was going to lose. Look at that concentration! (The kid lost… being able to see the whole field is an advantage we suppose.)

New York is just so fresh in the Spring!

We leave you with this little nugget of sartorial wisdom from Phil:

“Clothes should help accentuate the individual, not define it. Our styles are a product of who we are, not the other way around.

Want to join us on our next weekend excursion? Get in touch with us at concierge@blacklapel.com!