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JOURNEYMAN: HE SPOKE STYLE

04.09.13

To coincide with our free-spirited 'Journeyman' concept for our AW13 menswear collection, we're teaming up with five top bloggers from around the world to take on the adventurous character. To kick off, we catch up with our Menswear Blogger Battle winner Brian from He Spoke Style. The Baltimore blogger is this month's dapper 'Journeyman', sharing all his latest travel stories with us in this exciting guest blog post.

Do I have the best job ever? It's possible. I spend the better part of 100 days every year on the road across the United States playing music for the American people. Though my travelling isn't as extensive over the summer months, there are a couple concerts in August that are highlights, including our annual performance in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It's always fun to arrive early for a stroll on the Boardwalk, a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean, and dinner and a beer at the famous Dogfish Head Brewpub.

As much as I love traveling, I really look forward to the times when I get to explore what's right around me in Baltimore. Often that's having a night out some place that I should make a habit of frequenting more often and sometimes that's taking an unexpected right-hand turn, where I might usually drive straight or take a left. It was doing the latter that I actually stumbled upon this amazing alley, which not surprisingly, is called graffiti alley. My photographer and I actually used this location for a shoot featuring my blue Reiss linen blazer just a little more than a month ago.

In my neighbourhood, there is a restaurant called Corner BYOB that always has an extremely eclectic Belgian-inspired menu. Mussels by the kilopot are de rigueur, though I'm always more apt to try the more exotic menu offerings, because I haven't come upon many restaurants in town that offer kangaroo tartare, for example. And the BYOB does stand for "bring your own beverage" so it's convenient that my favourite wine, beer, and spirits shop is just around the corner.

When you live in a particular city, it's easy to become numb to some of its most obvious charms. In Baltimore, the Inner Harbor is something of a tourist trap, and one that I tend to avoid, but on one particularly nice evening, I found myself in the area and remembered what a nice spot it can be.

Last week I happened to be downtown getting my hair cut at the best barbershop in Baltimore, the Quinntessential Gentleman, when I also got to catch a glimpse of some cars checking the track out for the Baltimore Grand Prix. Quite a sound!

Back to The QG for a second though. I get questions from readers of my blog about my haircut from time to time. I have to say that my main man Ken at The QG deserves all the credit for that. He's an absolute wizard with a pair of clippers. If you go, tell them I sent you and have a glass of rye from the bottle with my name on it behind the front desk. Cheers.

Just four blocks from my house is one of my favourite local spots, McCabes. It was a staple for years until it closed down but just reopened to its former glory. I'm most likely to be found there on Monday nights, sitting at the bar for the $10 burger and Boh special.

Although this summer was filled with many great times and experiences, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't ready for it to be over. Fall is my favourite season and from a style perspective, it's my sweet spot. It only took a few days of cooler temperatures for my mind to begin wandering to a time--hopefully not too far off--when I step out of my house in the morning to a slight chill, dew on the grass, and maybe even seeing my breath as I exhale into the cool morning air. There are the times I live for.

When the weather turns decidedly towards fall, a lightweight knit in an autumn hue paired with a stylish, slim navy blazer is my go-to outfit. It's simple, stylish, and perfect for business or travel dressed up with a wool trouser or dressed down with some worn in denim. I'm also particularly looking forward to breaking out my fall and winter weight suits, including this one in large plaid - a true gentleman's suit.

For now, however, I'm enjoying the ride as summer breathes its last breaths.