Man on the Street: "You don't want to read Kant while wearing Aeropostale"

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(Editor's note: Man on the Street is a new series by Ward Rubrecht. Each month, he'll be snapping pics and chatting with a variety of fashionable dudes who have their own style.)

Name: Ben Davis

Age: 23

Occupation: Violist with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and violin salesman at Claire Givens Violins.

What pieces are you wearing?

Steve Madden boots from Macy's; selvedge jeans, cardigan, and henley from Gap; blazer from H&M; and the scarf was a gift from my great aunt.

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Describe your look:

It's not "hipster"; I wouldn't describe it as that. It's not Seward. It's definitely not Uptown, and not quite Northeast. I've heard people say "European."

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Any new acquisitions you're particularly excited about?

A briar pipe from Golden Leaf Tobacco. I'm smoking the "John B" blend.

What three stores do you shop at most frequently?

H&M, Express, and Gap.

Do you have any advice for fashion beginners?


Take a fashionable lady shopping -- or more than one. I've done this ever since senior year of high school. Be open to being uncomfortable.

I own two pairs of jeans. I have a preference towards minimalism, so I'd say find a couple of things that look good and go with them.

Why do you dress the way you do, instead of in, say, boot-cut jeans and Affliction T-shirts?


There's a certain type of character your clothing presents. I drink Scotch, play classical music, read philosophy, smoke a pipe, and these things drive a particular persona. You don't want to read Kant while wearing Aeropostale.
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6 comments
tekkenmaese
tekkenmaese

For me this gentleman it´s a big cliché

Michael Pickar
Michael Pickar

and any one wearing Aeropostale would probably not want to get caught reading, anyway. it's part of the marketed culture. (sigh)

Emily Cassidy
Emily Cassidy

I think he might be forgetting that 15 year olds don't want to read Kant anyway.

thecodgedog
thecodgedog

You're right, Ward, this young man is very interesting. Great clothing store recommendations too. Hey Ben, where can I find some authentic Mexican food in the Twin Cities?

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