The Vitruvian Man

Wear It Like You Stole It: Hawthorne Bow Tie

by James Brooks | July 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this week's edition of "Wear It Like You Stole It," we show you how to look like a confident and dapper son of a gun at work. It's already common knowledge that wearing a bow tie exudes a high level of confidence, but a reversible diamond point bow tie? Now that's just ridiculously confident. Fear not gentlemen, a reversible diamond point bow tie is just like a regular bow tie but with extra options. Options are a good thing. Options in your Scotch selection, options for your plan later this evening, or options in the way you want to tie your bow tie. 

In the words of our good friend Ryan (pictured below), "The Hawthorne bow tie paired with my glorious beard makes random strangers give me compliments." There you have it gents. This is a lethal combination so make sure you wear your bow tie responsibly.

To learn the different ways to tie a Bedford & Broome reversible diamond point bow tie, read our post The Art of the Diamond Point Bow Tie.

"The Hawthorne bow tie paired with my glorious beard make random strangers give me compliments."


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Hawthorne Bow Tie by Bedford & Broome

Custom shirt by Marcella

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How to Grill Like a Boss

by James Brooks | June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the spirit of July 4th, we're here to help you hone your grilling skills and make everyone around you line up at your grill with plates in hand. As a modern renaissance man, make sure you're the one in the driver's seat. Follow this quick guide to make some really ridiculously good tasting food.

The Meat

Just like anything else, it all starts from the ground up. In this case it starts with the proper meat selection. Is there a good butcher in your area? If your answer is "yes", pay him a visit, get to know him, and have him butcher up some choice meats for you. Bonus: you'll be able to say to your friends "I have a meat guy." 

These gents know a thing or two about meats.

Here's a quick way to select quality meats without the help of a butcher. There are two families of meats when it comes to beef and pork; luxury cuts and working cuts. Your luxury cuts generally come from the back of the animal - rump, rib, and loin - and they are more tender and tasty on the grill. Working cuts - shoulder, leg, and flank - will be a tougher meat and is better suited for stews or slow-roasts. While you can put the working cuts on the grill, you're better off spending a few extra bucks and getting the finer cuts.

For chicken and smaller game, we suggest looking for free-range organic. The chicken will be a bit smaller, but the flavor and health factor more than make up for it. 

The Marinade

A marinade can make or break your meat. There are many options when it comes to the marinade or seasoning. We'll focus on one - rub and season. A great way to add flavor to your meat is by doing a salt rub followed by an herbal seasoning. Follow these steps and give it a try:

  1. Wash the meat and pat dry with towel
  2. Place meat on large plate, take a handful of salt and start rubbing into the meat
  3. Let meat sit for 30 minutes 
  4. Wash salt off meat under faucet, pat dry with towel
  5. Place meat on plate again, add seasoning to taste (rosemary, pepper, jerk seasoning, garlic - your choice!)
  6. Meat is ready to hit the grill

Another tip for you, avoid using any marinades with too much sugar. It will burn on the grill and taste charred. Knowledge dropped.

Time to Hit the Grill

Whether you're using a gas grill or charcoal grill, every grill has its "hot spots". Put your hand over the grill (not too close unless you want a grill shaped brand) and feel where the hot spots are. Place your thicker cuts of meat over the hot spots and make sure to watch those spots more closely to avoid burning. Slight burning and charring adds nice flavor, but too much will kill the flavor of the meat.

One flip wonder. Give your meat time to cook without over-cooking it. Use a meat thermometer to help you achieve that perfect tenderness, and flip the meat when it is half-way done. Perfect grill marks, check.

Perfect grill marks. This could be your steak.

There you have it. A quick and easy guide to making some perfect grilled meats. You don't need to over-do it. Keep it simple and refined. Grill responsibly and make sure you have a beer in hand. Make sure you look the part of the modern renaissance man and make it a dapper July 4th

Tagged: Bedford and Broome, How to, NYC, Renaissance Man

Wear It Like You Stole It: Washington Necktie & Lincoln Pocket Square

by James Brooks | June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

You want to look like a million bucks but you don't want to break the bank? We've got solutions for you. Follow our new weekly series "Wear It Like You Stole It" and check in with us every week for your dose of Bedford & Broome style advice and inexpensive dapperness. As a modern Renaissance man, you should always look your best but shouldn't have to empty your wallet to do so. Save that extra $50 and add a nice bottle of Scotch to your liquor cabinet instead.

In the spirit of American Independence and to celebrate everything America, let's take a look at the Washington Necktie and Lincoln Pocket Square. Yes, you need this in your wardrobe. Why? Because who else is going to be wearing something even remotely as cool as a stars and stripes necktie. While wearing this necktie, we guarantee a series of high fives, the first burger off the grill, and countless compliments from strangers. Warning: pairing the Washington Necktie with the Lincoln Pocket Square has been known to improve handsomeness ten-fold.

Warning: Wearing the Washington Necktie and Lincoln Pocket Square

has been known to increase handsomeness ten-fold.

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Shirt: Build your own custom shirt for a knock-out price at Marcella

Necktie: Bedford & Broome Washington Necktie

Pocket Square: Bedford & Broome Lincoln Pocket Square

Pants: Solid light charcoal blue pants by Black Lapel

Shades: Selected Aviators found at ASOS

Belt: Ralph Lauren brown buckle belt



Tagged: Bedford and Broome, NYC, Renaissance Man, style, style guide, wear it like you stole it