Winter Wardrobe Staples and Accessories That Offer Comfort and Style
Easy, Arty Wardrobe Items
This month, Topman has teamed with the North Dakota-born artist Curtis Kulig (shown) on a line of relatively affordable relaxed-fit wardrobe staples ranging from a $10 pair of socks to a $350 wool coat.
Given your art background, what prompted you to collaborate with Topman?
You took style cues from people like Albert Einstein and Woody Allen. What is it about these figures that you find inspiring?
I think they make fashion look effortless but still handsome. Albert Einstein, Woody Allen, Joseph Beuys, Pablo Picasso, Richard Avedon: Each one has great style, classic with a more relaxed fit. They each have a signature: Avedon in his black button-down, Picasso in stripes, Einstein and his cardigans. I think most men like to have replication but with variation, different details and most of all the fit — loose but tailored.
British Style for the Foot
As it approaches its 150th anniversary, the English shoe company Grenson has opened its first outpost outside Britain. With midcentury lounge furniture and cherry-wood walls, the new shop, in Lower Manhattan, is a welcoming place to try on well-made footwear, like this chunky rubber-soled Archie brogue made to endure the city streets.
Socks for the Stocking
Nick Lewis, the founder of N/A (Necessary Anywhere), has produced knitted socks, some of them made of jacquard, in an intarsia design that are certainly not the usual holiday-time gag gifts. They come in a minimalist black-and-white color palette, so they can be worn long after the yule log has cooled. “I wanted a series of basics for men that would be universally appropriate,” Mr. Lewis said. “I started with socks because they’re one garment that most wear daily, and I couldn’t find anything else I was excited to put on every morning.”