Dries Van Noten, Toru Takemitsu and a Boar's Head
Staff Favorites: John Zientek, Style Writer
As a style writer at GP, I spend my working hours exploring a range of men’s clothing and footwear brands. But, my other interests often make their presence known on the site, from agave spirits to avant-garde music. Below, a selection of objects from my favorite creators.
Yuketen Sports Chukka
These crepe-sole shoes from Yuki Matsuda are sturdy, comfortable and chunky but cool.
Accord Flight Case
If you have an expensive instrument, invest in a case that will protect it. This carbon-fiber beauty is as sleek as it is strong, and gives necessary peace of mind in all travel scenarios.
1976 Rossin Record
Marco Rossin was the lead frame builder at Colnago until 1974, when he started his own brand, Rossin. I picked my ’76 up from a collector in the Bay Area, and I loved to let it shine on weekend rides, twisting through Marin County.
Wild Boar Mount
A statement piece on the wall, inspired by Four Barrel Coffee.
Prada Lace-Up Oxfords
Along with being understated and beautiful, these shoes have lasted longer than any other pair I have owned — year after year, they continue to look amazing.
Where to Sin in San Francisco
Published in 1939, this tongue-in-cheek travel guide to Old San Francisco — its restaurants, bars and places to get lost for a night — is a favorite on my bookshelf. When reading the historic travel recommendations, you quickly realize that though the city has developed a lot, it’s hasn’t really changed.
Dries Van Noten Shirt
Perfectly tailored with beautiful fabric and an understated collar, this is my go-to dress shirt.
Toru Takemitsu’s Music
Takemitsu’s use of space and color, among other things, creates a compelling sonic world based in subtlety and gradients. Though I was first exposed to his guitar music, when I heard A Flock Descends, I realized the immense power behind his use of dynamics and timbre.
‘La Pierde Almas’ by Jonathan Barbieri
While winding through the hills of Oaxaca, Jonathan Barbieri told me about a forgotten cantina on the top of a remote mountain with a bartender nicknamed El Pierde Almas, he who loses souls. Barbieri based a set of visceral cantina paintings on the place, and compiled them in a book with text by Guillermo Fadanelli and Ulises Torrentera. Every time I page through the book, it takes me back to the dusty hills, the incredible mezcal and Barbieri’s intense story.
Cisco’s Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has a truly breathtaking collection of historical pieces from the American West. The past few times I’ve visited, this mask has called my name.