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8:36 am

Bespoke Python Skin Coat

12/01/2015, Current Affairs

Over the years, I’ve worn a handful of python coats. Prada lent me their runway sample when I worked on a project for them in Tokyo a few years ago. Michael Kors lent me a lovely python trench — Anna Wintour even told me she had the same coat at a show during fashion week. Unfortunately, like a Hollywood celeb wearing a loaner for an Awards show, I had to send them back. That’s the reality of it all.

I bought a number of python skin garments during a trip in Bali two years ago — three python skin shorts and a python biker jacket. I thought they were pretty cool. We’ve already established I’m more of a coat person rather than a jacket person so naturally, that jacket is sitting in my closet gathering dust.

Let me tell you one thing — if pink is the navy blue of India, python skin is the navy blue of Indonesia!

My family and I decided to celebrate the New Year in Bali. Weeks before my trip, I made a mental note that I wanna get a bespoke python skin coat done as a Christmas gift to myself. I’m an adult now. I deserve it. My idea is a simple, above-the-knee natural skin “car coat” with three buttons and a detachable collar made in several colors with a hidden zipper. I like the idea of having changeable collar so I can have a “different” coat depending on my mood.

Before hopping on the plane to Bali, I researched a wholesale provider of python skins in Bali as well as a tailor who can turn my idea into fruition. Naturally, I found one on the internet. I went to the manufacturer the next day I arrived in Bali. We were only there for 8 days — I want to make sure I had it all done before I left.

I’ve had bespoke things made for me in the US and Europe and they usually involve several fittings but my tailor in Bali was eerily confident. He barely spoke English. I didn’t even have a fitting! He took my measurements and told me they’ll deliver it on January 2 — a day before we left. I’ve sent daily text messages for four days, asking for updates and a photo of what they had so far… and the guy sent one or two word replies, usually “YES” or “PLEASE WAIT” but nothing else after that. By January 1st, I seriously thought they ran away with my money.

On the morning of January 2, our villa people called and said there’s a man waiting for me. It was my tailor and he had my brand new coat. My new coat is MAJOR. It’s DIVINE. Sure — the quality is miles different from, say, if I bought one from Prada or Gucci but for US$1,200, the coat is pretty fabulous. It’s BEYOND. You go to Barneys and you probably won’t even get a leather or a skin coat for that amount. No shit Sherlock, you probably won’t even get a cashmere sweater for US$1,200 let alone an exotic skin coat.

It’s still fur season here in New York, a tad too cold, but once the mercury drops a few notches, I’ll wear it out on the mean streets. I’m happy. Truly, truly happy!

Fashion blogger Bryanboy wears a custom made python coat from Bali, Indonesia
Bespoke python skin coat
Bespoke coat in python skin made in Bali, Indonesia

Bespoke python skin coat
White t-shirt by Adam Lippes
Blue linen jacket by Linen & Co.
Blue linen shorts by Linen & Co.
Lizard sandals by Jason Wu

Shot in Bali, Indonesia
Photos by Mr Sweden

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11:15 am

Coat Game On Fleek

11/01/2015, Current Affairs, Fur, Sonia Rykiel

Hey thirsty BAE. I hope my coat game is strong. Is your coat game on fleek? It’s amusing what one picks up on teh interwebz these days. BAE. THIRSTY. STRONG. ON FLEEK. I can’t even.

Bryanboy wearing a white Sonia Rykiel fur coat
Bryanboy in his New York City apartment rooftop wearing a Sonia Rykiel coat on fleek

Coat by Sonia Rykiel

Photos via Luke Meagher

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3:43 pm

Come Fly With Me To Berlin!

09/01/2015, Current Affairs, New York City, Peter Som, Sponsored Content, Tory Burch

Happy new year everybody!

I’m flying to Berlin in the middle of January to attend this year’s STYLIGHT Influencer Awards, an evening dedicated to celebrate extraordinary social media influencers in fashion. Bar Rafaeli and myself, amongst a few others, are part of this year’s Jury.

It’s not every day I run contests on my site but this one is way too good to pass. STYLIGHT is giving away an all-expense paid trip to Berlin for two people (2 roundtrip airline tickets, 5 nights hotel accommodations and a $2,000 shopping spree allowance) to the winner of this online challenge.

The CHALLENGE: You must post a photo of yourself on your blog comprising of a look that combines both a SWIMWEAR and A WINTER item combination. Be sure to include a link to http://www.stylight.com/Love/Berlincontest anywhere on your blog post. Also, you have to post the same photo on your social media account (instagram, twitter, facebook, etc) using the hashtags #SFIA15 and #swinter.

DEADLINE: January 13, 2015 at 11:59PM Eastern Time

For more information about the contest, visit http://www.stylight.com/Love/Berlincontest.

Bryanboy frolicking in the snow at Central Park, New York City
Bryanboy at Central Park during Winter
Snowy Central Park, New York City

Sunglasses by Fashion to Max for Illesteva
Coat by Peter Som
Tank top by WeWoreWhat for eLuxe
Shorts by Alexander Wang
Boots by Tory Burch

Photos by Danielle Bernstein/WeWoreWhat.com

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7:45 pm

Wishing You A Festive Holiday Season!

29/12/2014, Brooks Brothers, Current Affairs

Like the old saying goes, better late than NEVER! As we close the chapter known as 2014, I just wanted to wish each and everyone of you a festive and joyous holiday season, wherever you are in the world or wherever your vacations take you. I recently went to Stockholm and Manila to celebrate Christmas with two of my families.

Bryanboy celebrating Christmas in Stockholm, Sweden

I’m now in Bali to welcome 2015. Expect a lot of big things to happen next year. Big changes. Big! Huge! I can’t wait to roll them out over the next few months. I’m excited!

Shirt by COS
Cardigan by Brooks Brothers

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6:51 pm

That 3.1 Phillip Lim Shearling Coat

21/12/2014, Burberry, Current Affairs, Jil Sander, Joseph, Louis Leeman, Phillip Lim, Stockholm

Over dinner last year, the designer Jason Wu, upon seeing his multi-strap lizard sandals on my feet, told me that the biggest compliment a designer could get is not getting a good show review from a critic or a celebrity wearing clothes pulled out by a stylist but actually seeing a client, a customer, buy and wear things a designer made. His PR people didn’t send me the sandals; I bought them full-price. Jason made perfect sense.

Speaking of buying, there are very, very few designers who I consistently shop from season after season. One of them is Phillip Lim. I simply adore what he does. A running joke amongst my friends is that 3.1 Phillip Lim should just go public in a few years because I buy so much of his clothes that I’m practically a majority stockholder. What isn’t there to love about Phillip Lim’s world? He makes really cool clothes that are easy to wear. His pieces are well made. Also, you’ll never feel like you got robbed at gunpoint after shopping at his store. His price points are justifiable. I haven’t seen a $2,000 neoprene or worse, cotton, sweatshirt from him, thank god.

I fell in love with this (click multi-color patchwork shearling coat) after seeing it at his fall/winter 2014 fashion show earlier in February. When Look 15 came down on the runway, I told myself, “that’s THE one!” It’s *my* coat of the season. I consider fur/shearling coats as a “major” purchase like how the average person consider “cars” as a major purchase. As such, I only allow myself to indulge to one major coat per season. I bought the coat in August when I got back after my summer holiday in Ibiza and have been praying for cold temperatures since. I mean, who, pray tell, is in their right frame of mind when they buy heavy winter coats when there’s a heat wave outside? I know, I know I’m one of those people who like to buy clothes early and have them gather dust in the back of the closet until the mercury drops.

I love my coat. LOVE. LOVE. I can’t even.

3.1 Phillip Lim Patchwork shearling coat
3.1 Phillip Lim shearling coat worn by fashion blogger Bryanboy
Fashion blogger Bryanboy wears a fall winter 2014 shearling coat by 3.1 Phillip Lim in Stockholm
Bryanboy at Nybroviken, Stockholm Sweden
Multi-color 3.1 Phillip Lim shearling coat worn by Bryanboy in Stockholm, Sweden

Patchwork shearling coat by 3.1 Phillip Lim (click HERE)
Metallic shirt by Burberry Prorsum
Wool short-sleeve top by Jil Sander
Black denim trousers by Joseph
Shoes by Louis Leeman

Shot at Nybroviken, Stockholm
Photos via Mr. Sweden

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5:45 pm

Tom Ford Penis Necklace

19/12/2014, Accessories, Balenciaga, Current Affairs, Jewelry, Proenza Schouler, Tom Ford

Sometime last week, I saw a line item on my Twitter feed that Tom Ford came out with as penis necklace. After clicking a link or two, I immediately called the Tom Ford boutique to inquire about it. I guess it was my lucky day because they had the large one available (don’t hate on size queens, please) so I placed an order and received it via messenger the same afternoon. It felt like I won the lottery of something. I can’t remember the last time I felt so genuinely happy over some fashion item. Kind of like when he came out with the amazing printed canvas and leather condom holder as part of his Spring/Summer 1999 collection for Gucci back in the day. Remember that collection? The hippie-inspired lewks with the red and blue psychedelic prints? That was MAJOR.

I didn’t even question the price tag. I absolutely despise it whenever I try to reason with myself when faced with a trivial problem like whether I should buy something or not. How many of you QUESTION yourself and ANSWER the same bloody questions in your head like an insane person? Can I see a show of hands?

This item was made for especially for me, no doubt about that.

It’s shiny.
It’s gold. (ok, fine, if you want to be technical, it’s gold-plated brass)
It’s a piece of jewelry.
It’s a penis.
It’s Tom Ford.

Best Christmas present to self EVER!!!

Large Tom Ford Penis Necklace worn by fashion blogger Bryanboy
Fashion blogger Bryanboy wears a Tom Ford penis pendant necklace
Tom Ford Penis necklace
Tom Ford Penis necklace and white Proenza Schouler sweater

Large Tom Ford penis necklace (click HERE)
White cashmere sweater by Proenza Schouler (click HERE)
Sunglasses by Balenciaga (click HERE)
Leather trousers by Acne Studios

Shot in Financial District, New York City
Photos via Jeff Thibodeau

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3:27 pm

Stockhome Is Where The Heart Is

19/12/2014, Acne, Balenciaga, COS, Current Affairs, JW Anderson, MSGM

It’s hard to define where “home” is because I have three special places in my life. My spirit belongs in the Philippines where I’m originally from, my soul belong in New York because that’s where I live “full-time” (though to be honest, my version of “full-time” is a fucked up one because I spend way too much time flying) and last but not the least, my heart belongs to Stockholm aka Stockhome.

I’m back in Stockholm for the first half of my 2014 Yuletide celebrations. I try to go to Stockholm as much as I possibly can. It’s been a very warm winter so far. I don’t think the mercury dipped below ZERO celsius ever since I arrived here. I’m praying for the powers that be for a blizzard to happen. I want snow, dammit, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen any time soon. I always play the same game every year — are we gonna have a white Christmas? I guess we all have to wait until next year.

Oh Stockholm. I love you so much.

Fashion blogger Bryanboy at Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Bryanboy at Gamla Stan, Stockholm wearing an Acne Studios coat
Pub Movitz, Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Bryanboy at Pub Movitz, Gamla Stan, Stockholm
View of Sodermalm from Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Bryanboy at House of Nobility, Riddarhuset, Stockholm
Sergels Torg, Stockholm Sweden

Coat by Acne Studios
Polo shirt by COS
Trousers by Balenciaga
Leather pochette by JW Anderson (click HERE)
Shoes by MSGM

Shot in Gamla Stan and Sergels Torg, Stockholm
Photos via Mr Sweden

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3:39 am

Flora by Kris Knight For Gucci

19/12/2014, Current Affairs, Gucci, Handbags, Sponsored Content

Gucci collaborated with Canadian artist Kris Knight to reinterpret the iconic floral print for their Resort/Cruise 2015 collection. Kris referenced ancient Roman florals and plants in his work. The canvas backpack Gucci sent me as part of their Holiday Collection (click HERE) is very lightweight and can fit a ton of stuff. A good floral print is a fail-safe way to bring some color and joy in your looks.

Kris Knight floral canvas Gucci backpack worn by fashion blogger Bryanboy
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Bryanboy carrying a canvas printed Gucci backpack by Kris Knight
Gucci backpack from men's cruise 2015 collection
Cruise 2015 Gucci backpack
Bryanboy in New Yorm City carrying a Gucci canvas backpack

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Backpack by Gucci. Click (HERE)

Shot at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, New York City
Photos via Luke Meagher

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1:37 am

Tales of My Dearest Natalie

18/12/2014, Current Affairs, Just Cavalli, Max Mara, Phillip Lim, Prada

Over the weekend, Max Mara ambassador Natalie Joos and I raided each other’s apartments –mine in the Financial District, hers in Williamsburg. I’m wildly obsessed with her cool, eclectic style. There are very few “street style” stars who wear clothes in a personal kind of way. She’s a true original.

Her wardrobe is a terrific mix of the latest and the greatest, upcoming designers and of course, a ton of vintage pieces. She’s a HUGE champion of vintage shopping — she also took me to one of her favorite vintage stores in Brooklyn. Her closet is a well-organized operation with military-grade precision. Every single item had their own space and place. She has an accessories closet that housed her bags, hats and shoes. She invested in a custom-built closet in her spare guest bedroom which stored even more shoes and a ton of dresses. Her coats, like me, go to different rolling racks. Her sweaters (and yes, even socks) are all folded nicely. Even her sunglasses are organized, by color and style, in a really cool rotating stand that you usually find in shops.

It’s very impressive how she mixed different things that I own in ways I never thought of before. She knows what looks good in photos without even trying things on. A strip sweater underneath a printed grid top? Major.

Personal style aside, what I love Natalie the most is her intimate stories about life, living in New York and of course, dating. I live vicariously through her dating stories!

Visit Natalie at Tales of Endearment.

Natalie Joos at Bryanboy's apartment in New York
Bryanboy holding a Philippines bag in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bryanboy wearing a Whistles coat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Natalie Joos wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim coat
3.1 Phillip Lim shearling coat worn by Natalie Joos
Bryanboy in Williamsburg wearing a Tibi coat
Natalie Joos in Burberry Prorsum metallic lilac shirt
Bryanboy carrying a crocodile Max Mara bag
Bryanboy and Natalie Joos in Williamsburg
Bryanboy and Natalie Joos in Brooklyn
Bryanboy and Natalie Joos in Just Cavalli coats
Natalie Joos hair
Natalie Joos wearing 3.1 Phillip Lim pants
Natalie Joos wearing Prada loafers

Click HERE for Fashion Credits

Shot in Williamsburg and Financial District
Photos by: Bryanboy, Natalie Joos and Luke Meagher

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2:13 am

This Is Real Life

16/12/2014, Chanel, COS, Current Affairs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, New York City, Polo Ralph Lauren

Five minutes. That’s exactly how much time I had to come up with this lewk. If you are very well-versed in my personal style vocabulary, there’s no way anyone would even consider this is a typical Bryanboy “lewk”. Where’s the fur? Where’s the texture? Where’s the color?

I’m usually an early riser but after working late the other night, I ended up waking up around nine AM yesterday morning. I find it absolutely rude to be late at business meetings so I had to come up with something quick. I settled for a plain white t-shirt and a black trouser as the foundation and wore that underneath this cute Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket and the gray fleece hoodie I recently bought from Polo Ralph Lauren. I was gonna walk out of my door in white sneakers but my gut instinct told me to wear my favorite black penny loafers from Louis Leeman instead to elevate the look just a little bit. The end result? Street life realness.

After my meeting, I went to Soho randomly to take some pictures. Spent about fifteen minutes shooting within 3 blocks before I left for my next appointment.

I’m very impressed how the photos turned out. I didn’t plan my lewk or the location. Everything just fell into place naturally and a true reflection of the moment. When you think about it, there is NOTHING special at all about this look. Nothing at all. Take the labels out and all you have is just another gray hoodie underneath a varsity jacket with the hood sticking out, a canvas backpack, a white t-shirt and a black pant — a typical look worn by millions of people around the world. This is real life.

Now that’s what *I* find fascinating and special. The idea of real life.

Bryanboy sitting on Fire Hydrant posts in Soho, New York City
Marc by Marc Jacobs Plaid Jacket
Chanel Graffiti Backpack worn by Bryanboy
Bryanboy in Soho, New York City
Gray hoodie by Polo Ralph Lauren
Bryanboy wearing black penny loafers by Louis Leeman

Jacket by Marc by Marc Jacobs (click HERE)
Gray fleece hoodie by Polo Ralph Lauren
White t-shirt by COS
Trousers by COS
Backpack by Chanel
Penny loafers by Louis Leeman

Shot in Soho, New York City
Photos via Kostennn

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