Well-Groomed Engagement: Urban Chic

Clear cut signs that you’re a well-groomed guy are the way you suited up and the way you treat your lady. Our guy, Spencer – who wore slim fit navy blue scattered dash patterned suit paired with white slim fit french cuff dress shirt, fun light blue ice cream cone patterned tie, tie bar, leather belt, red socks and double monk shoes for his engagement photo shoot – was one good example. He was not only suited up with the right outfit for the right occasion, the fit was unbelievably perfect and he clearly made his soon-to-be-Mrs. danced happily! 

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Photo by: onelove photography
Outfit: Suit (similar): JOE by Joseph Abboud at The Men's WearHouse. Shirt (similar): Calvin Klein at The Men's WearHouse. Tie (similar): Salvatore Ferragamo at Nordstrom. Tie Bar (similar): Pronto Uomo at The Men's WearHouse. Belt (similar): Ferrari US. Socks (similar): Calvin Klein at Nordstrom. Shoes: To Boot New York at Nordstrom. Sunglasses (similar): Ferrari US.

WG Encyclopedia: LACMA's The Reigning Men, A Magnificent Exhibit on Men's Fashion Evolution

Thrilled. That was how we felt when we had the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles, CA – a few months back - and visited one of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)’s coolest special exhibit called “The Reigning Men”.

Spanning 300 years of fashionable menswear - dated back from the lavish 18th century until the present uber-chic 21st century, the exhibition was totally spot on! The 200 different looks highlighted the connection between history and men’s fashion, and how live events have influenced men’s fashion for centuries. French revolution, the shift of smoking habits (from pipe smoking to cigars and cigarettes), global trade and commerce, cultural exchanges, changing attitude towards animal fur/products, certain motifs and color, etc. - they all play a part in the evolution of menswear. In the mental level, the special exhibit also showed everyone how us men had the same awareness about our physique as our female counterparts, our same high standard with regards to attention to details, and our concern for our appearance. Hey, we all wanna look good!

Obviously, we're gonna share some of our most favorite ensembles with you. So, check out these awesome images by photographer Satria R. Santoso from Citra West.

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  Suit: Italy, c.1770. Waistcoat: France, c.1770. Sword with Sheath: France, late 18th century

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 Tricolore Vest: France, 1789-94 

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(Left) Designer: Ann Demeulemeester; Belgium. Ensemble: Spring/Summer 2014
(Right) Carmagnole Jacket: France, c.1790. Sans-culotte Trousers: France, c.1790

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 Tailcoat: England, c.1840. Vest: France, c.1840. Trousers: England, c.1840 

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Smoking Jacket: United States, 1890s

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Designer: Gaza Bowen; United States. "In God We Trust" Oxfords, 1988

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Designer: Vivienne Westwood; England. Ensemble from the "Cut and Slash" collection. Spring/Summer 1991

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Designer: Johnson Hartig for Libertine; United States. Ensemble: Fall/Winter 2012-13

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Designer: Walter Van Beirendonck; Belgium. Ensemble from the "Shut Your Eyes to See" collection.
Fall/Winter 2013-14

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Designer: Walter Van Beirendonck; Belgium. Ensemble from the "Shut Your Eyes to See" collection.
Fall/Winter 2013-14

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Designer: Vivienne Westwood; England. Ensemble: Spring/Summer 2014

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Designer: Yusuke Takahashi for Issey Miyake; Japan. Ensemble: Spring/Summer 2014.

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Designer: Tom Ford; United States. Tuxedo Ensemble: Spring/Summer 2014

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Designer: Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons; Japan. Ensemble: Fall/Winter 2014-15

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Designer: Ozwald Boateng; England. Ensemble: 2015

Photo by: Satria R. Santoso from Citra West
Special Exhibition by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Special Thanks to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Suzanne A. Saperstein, Michael and Ellen Michelson, the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, Lenore and Richard Wayne, Vickie C. Elson and Stephanie Rosenbloom, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Johnson Hartig, Walter Van Beirendonck, Tom Ford, William F. Erb, Sue Tsao, Eric and Anne Wu, yoox.com, Wallis Annenberg Director's Endowment Fund, Eugene Sadovoy, Kitzia and Richard Goodman, Janet Chann and Michael Irwin, George Chann, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, Lenore and Richard Wayne, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.

The Ultimate Groom’s Guide to Honeymoon Planning: For Better or For Best

You’re engaged — congrats — but it’s “Business Time,” and you just want to rock out really: plan (and survive) your incredible wedding and then take an amazing honeymoon. Oh and as a Groom, it is customary for you to plan the honeymoon. You have quite a holiday checklist in store – so simply think about it as the most awesome vacation you’ll be going to.

Put the planning phase into action about 6 months in advance. Simply savor the excitement of brainstorming your adventures as a couple, whether it is flipping through thousands of pages in your Travel + Leisure magazine, discovering options with your travel agent, or even tracking down the coolest waterfall buried in one of your Pinterest boards, you should begin the journey by considering these:

Check with your better half how long you want to venture out for, so that you can plan on taking time off from work and adjust your budget accordingly.

Debate whether you want to ponder the majestic rain forest and eco wonders, take a lazy stroll through the garden of Versailles, or splash around in the shorelines while snorkeling, kayaking, and sunbathing beyond the two miles of white sand beach. Brainstorm a few options and together, you can make the best decision where you both will enjoy your first trip as husband and wife.

Once the location is set, you’ll want to dive into planning. Depending on your interests, get started on booking your reservations! Start out by reserving a decadent lunch at a Michelin Star restaurant, getting a local tour guide to help navigate twisty scenic roads deep in Bali, or plan for the perfect westward sail following the sunset.

There are certainly a handful of hotel deals out there. Perhaps consider splurging a little extra to stay in a luxurious hotel—after all, this is a once in a lifetime vacation! Pick a spot with an unobstructed view of the unbelievable caldera, a boutique hotel with authentic white washed curved wall architecture and full-of-character interior, or even an all-inclusive charming resort. The point is that you might just find yourselves comfortably cuddled up with your S.O. in a posh Louis XVI room - and it’ll feel like everything is right in the world.

You do want to add an ultra personal-something, because she deserves to know she’s the best. After the wedding planning stress, a much-needed royal treatment pampering is always appreciated. Alternatively, surprise her with a (before sunrise) guided mountain treks – if adrenaline adventure is her choice.

Then again, here’s our favorite surprise that’ll last forever—a trip to the jewelry store. Believe it or not, this is the number 1 travelers’ leisure activity when jetsetting. Think of this as a foolproof way to charm your newly wedded wife, but if you’re concerned about making a purchase abroad you’re not the only one.

We got an opportunity to chat with our go to experts at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. Jewelers Mutual® is an insurance company that exclusively insures jewelry. The company was started by jewelers for jewelers over 100 years ago– in 1913 – so if anyone knows anything about jewelry protection – it is our friends at Jewelers Mutual. They really understand the sentimental value of a gorgeous piece of fine jewelry– and they’ve shared a comprehensive guide for us follow to avoid trepan unfortunate purchase while traveling:

Research the stores first. Make sure to pick a well-established business with great respected reviews. With so many reviews online – it is not difficult to pinpoint a solid retailer for your shopping trip.

Choose a well-known brand. You want to get what you pay for – and it’s always more re-assuring to go with a brand that you’re familiar with. You will already have an idea of what price range to expect from them – so the store cannot overcharge you.

Read all in the fine print. Review the return policy and double check that you can return the jewelry without any extra condition. Be aware that occasionally there are some exceptions within the small print that have tiny implications – like no return on certain type / color of diamonds.

Credit card security.  Take advantage of credit card protection – many companies offer this without extra charge. Plus, having an electronic proof makes it easy to dispute if a problem later arises.

Import taxes. Look into whether there is any additional tariff you have to pay, so there is no bitter surprise on the way home. This site has all the information you’ll need.

Lastly, insure the new jewelry. Traveling isn’t easy and being in unfamiliar surroundings whether at your destination or in the airport, it’s important your new jewelry is protected. As Jewelers Mutual offers worldwide coverage to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), it’s as easy as visiting JewelersMutual.com to protect your jewelry before traveling home.

Jewelers Mutual knows that it’s more than just jewelry. Nothing to be overly worried about as long as you are cautious by taking these few precautions—this way, your something-special plan pans out smoothly. Each piece of jewelry tells a story, and we want to protect that memory for all its worth. After all, you want to see her sparkle in her new gem.

Now, are you ready to create the best memory of a lifetime? The coast is all clear from here on out!

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