Ben is one of the more interesting people I’ve had the opportunity to interact with over the years. His style is a strong blend of 19th century cowboy with modern skater and he somehow pulls it off in a way that’s interesting without looking like a costume.
In this episode Ben and I talk about how his style has evolved, what it’s like to wear unique and interesting pieces, how his career and family have impacted his approach to his appearance, and a whole lot more.
In order to understand the relationship between appearance and masculinity we need to know what it is to be a man.
And, while most of the world tries to tie up masculinity into moral virtues, my guest today articulately makes the point that masculinity is amoral – that regardless of how good or bad a person you are – whether or not you can be deemed a man is on a separate scale.
Jack and his work have largely influenced my own approach to masculinity and, in this episode, we talk about how deeply rooted the principles of appearance are in the amoral world of being good at being a man.
Dan Trepanier has been involved with the online menswear world nearly since its inception.
And he’s been a powerful player the entire time.
However, Dan wasn’t content to just write about the importance of a man’s appearance, he wanted to do something more.
So he created Articles of Style, and commerce menswear brand with a killer style and focus on everyday clothes for successful men.
In this episode Dan and I talk about his own style evolution from rural farmer, to athlete, to sartorialist; his take on the current state of menswear; and his views on how companies can do more than just make clothing.