Gloomy LA

Today was one of those rare, gloomy days in Los Angeles. We found a great location with a superb view of the Downtown skyline and some awesome floral street art. The white, sleeveless hoodie and black t-shirt really stood out well against the scheme of green in the background. It is always safe to wear neutrals, but if you wear them properly, they can stand out to look better than some of your more extravagant looks. 

Contemporary, but Bold...

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Viva Las Vegas!

Last week was a great week for Born and Raised. Not only was it my birthday, but we also had the opportunity to attend Liberty Fairs, Agenda, and Capsule shows in Las Vegas. It was my first time in Las Vegas and both of our first times experiencing these amazing shows.
We had the opportunity to meet so many nice people, some of our fashion idols, and an innumerable amount of brands that were debuting their new spring/fall lines. People like Nick Wooster, Avec Ces Freres, and the rest of the BK Circus all attended, making the experience even more memorable.
Our good friends from OPNK, Pocket Square Clothing, VII Winners and MRKT were all at the show helping us find our way.

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It's a Jungle Out There

August is here and we are ready to Bring The Noise! August is one of my favorite months of the year not only because it is my birthday, but it is also when all the new fall/winter styles start to come out. Although we are in beautiful California I still wanted to give you a taste of what I will be wearing for the fall. Here I am layering different aspects of the outfit to show all the unique styles...

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All Aboard!!

Lions, and tigers, and bears oh my! In this case, I only had to deal with the tiger on my sweater. Today I went to explore Matt's new apartment at Belmont Station. Although there is only a mural left, it is a great place to come and see. The historical Belmont Station has been out of commission for decades now, but there is plenty of history to discover. I thoroughly enjoy pairing my outfits with my surroundings. In this case, I went with this graphic tiger sweater and plain white chinos. Black and white compliment the red and yellow from the mural.
One of our favorite new affordable shoe companies we stumbled across is Giorgio Brutini. Whether it be snake skin loafers like these, something more casual, or even something fancier, they have it all! These shoes in particular have a soft snake skin out sole with a great leather in sole making them perfect if you enjoy wearing your shoes with no socks like I do. 

I love animal prints, but they have to be worn in the right way. I see a lot of people mix and matching different animal prints, which simply looks like they are a walking zoo! I wanted to show a simple way where you can have a tiger on your sweater, and make that stand out in itself. If you  add a pair of simple white chinos and a pair of loafers it makes it perfect for any casual occasion.
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Hotel Hoppin'

What better way to take advantage of an impromptu business meeting than shooting at a 5-star hotel. Matt and I were in Beverly Hills and decided to check out The Montage Hotel. We walked around the hotel playing around with our camera like we usually do. We simply couldn't resist the opportunity to shoot the eerily matching decor with my outfit for the day. There is still a child in all of us and it is nice to go joke around with your friends and take a load off. 
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Raised To Inspire

My good friend from New York, Holden Jaffe is the lead guitarist for the band Del Water Gap. For being some of the youngest kids on the streets of Manhattan, these boys truly know how to rock out! About a year ago they had a local artist draw up this image of a random individual and I fell in love. If you want to check out Del Water Gap's blog and get your own t-shirt click Here.

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Matt's Drink Of The Week: Bloody Sunday

Born and Raised Bloody

- Vodka
- Bloody Mary Mix
- Wet Fart Hot Sauce
- Tajin Clasico Seasoning
- Horseradish
- Pepper
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Celery, pickle and olives
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The Legend Of Born And Raised

I recently re-watched the movie "The Legend of Bagger Vance," and garnered inspiration from the timeless looks in the film. In the movie, Matt Damon plays a young golfer who becomes a hometown hero by winning a match between himself and the two best golfers in the world. While playing golf, all the men show up properly dressed, typically wearing a button down shirt, suit pants, and a sweaters. Matt Damon always sported a tucked-in tie, unlike any of the other characters in the film. I decided to try and conjure up the look myself, but instead of wearing slacks, I want to change things up a bit by wearing an ultra-comfortable pair of sweats I just got from My Vice Sweats...

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 Most people think sweat pants are for lounging around the house or going to the gym, but I think if you have the right pair you can wear them out and about. My Vice Sweats creates premium sweat pants that maintain the comfortable level, but create a look as to where they can be considered street fashion. They come in all different styles including drop crouch, loose fit, slim fit, polka dot, camp, ect. If you are looking to invest, throw away your old Champion sweat pants that you have had for the last five years and get fresh pair of sweats that are more versatile for your everyday life. If you want to check out more of My Vice Sweats click Here.
Glasses: Born and Raised
Shirt: J.Crew
Tie: J.Crew
Watch: Tisot
Bracelets: Psihii
Sweat Pants: My Vice Sweats
Ipad Case: Herschel
Phone Case: Exo


Star Wars Street Art

As you all may know by now, we have a bit of a street art fetish. The Arts District, just East of Downtown LA, is where we shoot a majority of the street. After we stopped by one our favorite stores, Suburban Riot, we decided to head over there and see if we couldn't discover some artwork we hadn't already stumbled upon. What we appreciate most about street art, is that the majority of the work is anonymous and done for the love of art, not for commercial gain. In honor of my daily art craze, I decided to pull out my new favorite pair of Star Wars Vans. I love the look of a slim suit pant with a pair of sneakers or vans. Of course I had to top it off with my Suburban Riot "Beer" shirt...

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Prendy: prend-y [pren-dee], adjective,  prend-i-er, prend-i-est
             1.         A cross between "Preppy" and "Trendy" styles. 

Our goal at Born and Raised is to engage as many different styles as we can, yet continue to showcase them in a way that is more practical for the "everyday man." Today, I decided to dress myself up in a casual button down shirt, sport coat, a pair of joggers, and an old pair of Keds. Normally when dressing with a blazer, I tend to compliment it with slacks and a pair of loafers. However, I wanted to go outside the box a little and play around with some mixing of styles. By adorning my camo joggers and a pair of sneakers, I was able to transform this look into something that isn't necessarily a look you see everyday. This is a presentable look that you can wear on a variety occasions. It is contemporary, but at the same time has a nice twist to make it stand out...

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Four New Accessories

When it comes to accessories, we are always willing to look outside the confined box of your typical styles. Recently, we came across four companies that each ply their trade in a unique way. Considering I do not usually wear socks, and Matt is picky about the ones he does wear, we had to choose wisely. Unique and craftily colored socks can make an outfit look perfect from just the knee down.

Unsimply Stitched is a sock company based out of Los Angeles, who prides themselves on creating unique designs in a variety of colorways as to always keep their customers salivating at what style they will see next. The company has been around only for a couple years now, and they are itching at the chance to take Unsimply Stitched to the next level.

Rock My Socks is an Australian based sock company, in which owners Sean and Crystal wanted to bust out of the mold of corporate, mundane socks. They have taken those basic, timeless patterns, and reinvented these classics into something comfortable and colorful.

As far as jewelry goes, watches and bracelets are always on our list of adornments. However, recently we have been looking for necklaces that give a unique take on a tried and tested idea. West Paris Clothing, whose name is derived from what Detroit was referred to back when it was at the top of the fashion industry in America, have incorporated exotic leathers and graffiti into dog tags. We have never seen this idea being used on this medium, and it is refreshing to say the least! The varying patterns of the leather on each tag is something which helps to create a truly individual item for each customer.

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Mayan Tall T's

Too many men ignore the fact that it is possible to put together a smart, sophisticated outfit, while still maintaining a high level of comfort. Today, I chose to do some layering! I dressed in a black thermal, under an elongated henley tank top, and a sports coat. While adorning the jacket, the look becomes a bit more formal; and when it's only the layered shirts, the look converts to something a bit more casual. The outfit is comfortable and trendy, but still contemporary enough that it is widely approachable. Pair it with a comfortable pair of sneakers and some relaxed chinos to ensure a great ensemble...

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