Mill Valley, CA. May 2017. Drummer. Dad.
I try not to be judgmental about clothing. But I do like to see a little attempt at style when checking out bands..like I made a slight, low key effort. I realize for drummers, it’s hot and sweaty and they need the stamina of a long distance runner and street fighter. They should be comfortable, right? maybe I should design a line of stylin’drummer stage wear made with hidden lycra? I digress.. so I DO understand the desire for drummers to wear shorts on stage – which is hard to pull off. Here’s an example of a drummer who pulls off shorts, he’s at a carnival with his kid – not on stage, but it works for both situations.
This dad and drummer likes to wear all black. He keeps it simple in black denim. Vintage Levi vests are flying off the shelves at high end stores and Goodwill’s across the country.
When someone has leg tattoos, they are all “in” – this is the real deal.
he could totally wear this look while performing – it’s cool, low key – but still has the level of “I care about style”.
Terrapin Crossroads. San Rafael, California. April 2017.
Dan Barman, a dad (shown here with a friend’s kid) and well known Brooklyn based drummer.
Terrapin Crossroads is owned by Phil Lesh, bassist of The Grateful Dead. The outdoor patio is open to the public many weekends in the Spring, where families can hear this legend jam with other musicians, eat, drink and kids can play on the playground.
The fashion for The Grateful Dead dad is really all about the hair & the big smile (they are so happy to take their kids to hear Phil Lesh), but here are my observations;
- beards, really thick & long – or just messy & scruffy
- T-shirts from old concerts, or just a soft cotton solid
- Sandals, did not notice any Birkenstocks
- long hair.. the curlier, the better. Dreads always preferred
- bohemian man buns, which are not to be confused with the popular “man bun”.
- bun is looser
- intentional messy look
Such a good dad protecting his daughter’s ears.
This dad has amazing hair, those waves!! It was a gorgeous weekend, very good hair weather.
Ethan and Elliot. Marin County. January 2017.
Dressed like Russians in the late 1700’s, early 1800’s this crew is getting ready to visit Fort Ross in California to experience Russian history…
My own child in the middle, he’s wearing my skinny jeans from Zara, which he had to squeeze into and I had to split the ankles with a scissor so he could manage to get them over his ankles. He’s also wearing a cropped military blazer, which fits him much better than me. Yamato on the right is wearing a fur hat and cape from The Salvation Army, pretty fun to create costumes for kids.
Father and Son. Ethan goes on a lot of field trips, because he is a professional outdoorsman – at least to me – I’m pretty sure he can light a fire with wood and stuff 🙂
I think Elliot is wearing his mom’s moccasins.
Elliot’s sweater could be from the 1970’s or the 1700’s – not sure??
Ryan. Sausalito. December 2016.
Cute dad eating at FISH in Sausalito, 331fish.com, one of my favorite Bay Area lunch spots – bring lots of cash, that’s all they take – and it’s a little pricey or seems pricey when you actually pay with cash – because who uses cash anymore? But it’s delicious, sustainable fish, the highest quality and care go into their food – not to sound pretentious, but you can taste the love and care in each bite.
Scenes from a “seafood” restaurant…
Love this kids very British paddington bear sweater.
Great shoes – so much better than weird sneakers – you guys know what I mean.
This dad’s look is very simple, but still so stylish – especially the shoes. The jeans are also a perfect shade of denim, and I get weirdly excited when I see a perfect shade of denim. It would be a dream to spend a day in the Levi’s vintage warehouse… someone get me in there!!
Andy. Mill Valley, California. September 2016.
Apparently Andy gets stopped often. I asked him if he’s in accounting, because he looks the part – how very wrong was I – he’s an Engineer.
Andy can wear the most simple of things, and always make a style statement. When you are covered in body art, it’s hard to separate from a somewhat permanent persona – I think it looks amazing.
Eric. Aspen, Colorado. August 2016.
Eric and his son skateboarded to a local pizza place in Aspen, after the town’s summer event – The Ducky Derby – a fundraiser where about 30,000 rubber ducks “race” down Aspen’s Roaring Fork River, money raised goes to local youth organizations.
Eric’s wife Sarah owns a store called http://www.grayaspen.com – The store carries a collection of classic pieces with a bit of a bohemian tone – based on Eric’s style, I imagine they are a pretty cool looking couple.
Tank Tops are really current for men right now – they are reminiscent of the late 1970’s California surf culture – — I guess it seems that most men are borrowing from that hippie/intellectual/surfer 1970’s look – I happen to LOVE it.
Man Buns: I love them. They are cool and Eric knows how to pull it off. I know many of you poke fun of the good old man bun, but you know you love it! Let’s talk shorts on men, they can go very wrong, but this dad know how to make shorts look causal and cool – not dorky. The length is perfect, not too long, not too short – no pleats…
Eating a quick slice…
Father/son Van action… love it!!
Marin County. 2016. It’s all about THE jacket.
I saw this soccer dad, and uncomfortably followed him across the field. I shimmied pass the other dads with their Patagonia jackets and weird cargo shorts, to land next to this man – who clearly makes a statement with his style.
Morrissey as a dad…..Marin County. May 2016
I love stopping dads – it’s always a little awkward, but quite rewarding – especially when I see them later, and they tell me how impressed their spouses are at their “blog fame”.
It’s refreshing to see this style on a dad in Marin County. He’s not hiding behind a beard, he’s walking around like a New Age London musician. I adore this look – skinny jeans, edgy hair, sleeves rolled up…ray bans – it’s all perfect.
It’s hard to pull off such fitted clothing, but it really looks best to wear clothing that truly fits- – but it takes exercise and discipline to fit into a Morrissey 1980’s look… you can do it, I know it!
Thomas Palauqui. Marin Country Mart. Marin County. February 2016.
Is Thomas from Brooklyn or Paris? It’s unclear, and I’m onto something here. Parisian men are influenced by Brooklyn style, and do it well.. the American urban style mixed with Parisian tailoring is an alluring combination. Thomas is dressed quite casually, but he’s given his look some thought…and yes, he’s French.
Vogue wrote about Brooklyn’s street style and its influence on Parisian men…. http://www.vogue.com/13354833/paris-brooklyn-men-street-style/
Thomas is General Manager of Monsieur Benjamin, http://www.monsieurbenjamin.com a modern Parisian restaurant and bar in San Francisco.
Thomas isn’t wearing any French designers, he’s in American designs -but Thomas puts them together in a very French manner. From the collar up to his chic diaper bag (aka man diaper bag).
Fashion Notes: Jean Jacket: GAP 1969, Pants & Sweater: J.Crew, Kicks: New Balance, Sunglasses: Ray Ban
See guys, you don’t always have to hem your pants..they look cool a little loose…
I always love a pair of old school New Balance sneakers..it’s a good option, if you are confused which sneakers to buy..always go simple.
Bag: Ika Bags Paris. A very cool looking bag to carry diapers.
Jay and Luke. NYC. December 2015.
Jay is a designer, writer and owner of Jay Kos, http://www.jaykos.com, high fashion for men…