Carl Eric Jabouin on his Style, Inspiration and being Haiti’s Summer “IT” Guy

This summer, we decided to be a little different in picking our “IT” person. We tend to look at women when they walk in a room, and we’re all about celebrating female form. This time however, we met a unique Haitian we felt earned this spot. With his Basquiat-esque looks, and Pharell swag meet Carl Eric Jabouin… Summer’s IT guy!

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He is a man of few words, armed with a sharp tongue, and quirky opinions. Carl Eric is a breath of fresh air indeed.

photo 4When did you become a fan of fashion?

I’ve always been a fan of fashion, I just never knew it. When I was younger I even used to dress my dad every morning telling what I liked and what didn’t.

What draws you to fashion?

I just love looking good. It gives me confidence.

 What is your favorite item of clothing?

I’m a shoe guy.

Do you follow trends or do you prefer to have a timeless style?

I like to think I have my own style doesn’t matter if it’s the trend or not. If I like it, I will wear it no matter what people think about it.

Who is your favorite designer?

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Who is your biggest fashion influence?

I look up to Pharrell Williams and Will-I-Am. Clean cuts, bold colors and effortless.

What is your favorite girl’s clothing item?

I can’t say I have a favorite women’s apparel favorite. But I do love a girl who embraces different styles and changes her look up often. I like women with bold fuchsia hair, it’s sexy and shows confidence.

How do you decide what to wear?

On the spot. It’s easier that way.

 

Meeting this humble young man with a flare for fashion was a pleasure. His style reflects his unapologetic uniqueness. A quiet and cool confidence is always in. Whether roaming the streets of Montreal or spotted in Haiti, look out for this one!

 

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When Haiti meets the Upper East Side

We all love weddings.

The exchange of vows, the first dance

Our favorite part is the dressing up: Ladies in gowns, men in tuxedos…

Or like this one … a la Chuck Bass

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5 things you should STEAL from your Boyfriend’s closet

So we all know how sexy women find androgyny, and menswear becomes a “must” in our closets. We love boyfriend jeans, suits, bow ties etc. Unfortunately, our counter parts tend to think… well “Eww”. Here are a couple of guy clothes you can pull off all the while looking hot for your man.

1. His Tees and shirts

image_123photo_123Oversize shirts are always stylish. They are understated and clean. Be it to stay home, or quickly throwing it on to rush out of the house.

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2. His Jacket

image_147_21Who doesn’t love to the phrase “Do you want my jacket?” on those cold fall nights.

3. His Hats and his watch

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I personally love men’s watches. All women should wear them because they make such a statement.

4. His sunglasses

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5. His perfume

OK this isn’t a clothing item, but the chemicals react differently with your skin, and the musky scents are very sexy.

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Shoes: only a woman’s addiction?

 The word “shoes” has long been part of   a woman’s vocabulary. For as long as I can remember, shoes have been an important (if not THE most important) item when I get dressed, and I’m sure many of you girls can relate to that. While it’s true that we women have had an addictive relationship with shoes since an early age, I’ve come to realize that we are not alone. Some men share this addiction and, in some cases, take it to a much higher level.

The truth is, when it comes to shoes, guys (especially Haitian guys) are equally or even more obsessed with shoes than girls. Don’t believe me? Girls, take a look in your man’s closet and see how many pairs he owns. Between loafers, sneakers, casual shoes … I wouldn’t be surprised to see the number pass 30. Guys tend to spend more money on different pairs of sneakers.  Adidas, Aldo, Converse, New Balance, Nike, Toms, Vans … admit it guys you have quite a few of these styles. With December around the corner, while we girls will concentrate on looking for dresses, I am more than sure that you guys will be adding funky pairs to your “December wish list”.

Guys’ shoe obsession is proudly exhibited in a song by the Haitian rap/Hip-Hop group, Team Lobey : Tennis in which they proclaim, “You can hit on my wife,  but don’t step on my tennis shoes”. The music video displays a wide variety of sneakers in brands and styles while reflecting guys’ obsession with and importance they give sneakers.

Picture Source: Team Lobey video Tennis Youtube: teamlobey1

So, are shoes merely a woman’s addiction? I think not. Whether it’s to follow trends and styles or for their own personal vanity, shoes are a guy’s final touch that complements their outfits.  Usually, guys who choose to wear long sleeve shirts with jeans tend to wear loafers.  If they opt for v-neck or graphic tee, they will most like wear sneakers.

In Haiti, men are particularly shoe conscious as they have shoes for different occasions. And since social classes in Haiti are so tightly knit, Haitians have to be on point when it comes to shopping in order for them not to wear the same thing as others. For example, these days more and more guys are wearing loafers and although all loafers might look pretty much the same, the difference between a brown and a bright blue is noticeable. The same goes for brands. All converses have the same concept but selecting the right one for any particular outfit or occasion says volumes about one’s style.

These days, men are becoming more and more conscious of how they look. As such, they have to pay more attention and give more value to what they wear. Shoes have become the target for this new mentality. The abundance and diversity of shoes not only gives men options, but also speaks to their fashion sense and ultimately their mindset: why have only one, when you can have more?

Yes guys, you can wear skinny jeans …

How many of you guys have pushed away the thought of wearing skinny jeans, afraid of being mocked? In the past, skinny jeans have been worn exclusively by rockers or gay men, and that’s probably why most of you hesitate or are skeptical when it comes to skinny jeans. Over the years, we’ve found that they have become steadily integrated into the fashion scene in the form of skinny blue jeans, colored jeans and even skinny pants. Nowadays skinny pants have been adopted by many and thus have developed a more ‘urban’ identity.

                                    

Yes, even rappers!

Honestly, I find men in skinny jeans very sexy. Let’s be clear: by “skinny jeans” I don’t mean “pants so tight they look like leggings”. They should be close-fitting and, without delving to much into vulgarity, accentuate the male form.

Men’s Health fashion director, Brian Boye once said, “The most important thing to understand about skinny jeans is that they don’t make you look skinny”. The harsh reality is that not everyone can wear skinny jeans and actually pull it off. Many details should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to wear skinny jeans:

First of all, in order to rock skinny jeans, you must have the right body type. They look best on guys who have an endomorph body type (in other words, a slim body type). Since skinny jeans should sit low on your hips, men who are muscular or who are a little on the heavy side, should refrain from wearing them.

Secondly, a rule of thumb when it comes to wearing skinny jeans is, if your feet are bigger than size 11, DON’T! The fact of the matter is, wearing skinny jeans draws attention to your ankles, and the next logical step are your feet. Longer feet tend to look more awkward with skinny jeans, so that’s a definite “no-no”.

Lastly, what you wear the skinny jeans with makes a huge difference. Our personal favorite combo is skinny jeans with a plain V-neck T-shirt, preferably a solid color. This can be worn as is, or, for a less casual look, underneath a plain blazer. A very fashionable alternative, that is very popular these days, is the skinny jean/plaid shirt combo. As for shoes, best options are Converse® and Toms® for casual attire and distressed boots for a more stylish look. If you feel like being a little more daring and adventurous, try rolling up the hem of the pants and wearing moccasins. It’s a classier and edgier look that is sure to get you all the kinds of attention.

Helpful tip: If you don’t feel like rolling up the hem, or aren’t comfortable doing so, roll up the arms of the shirt or blazer. It makes a difference.

Brave Fashionisto Christopher Thomas sent us his pictures buying skinny pants.

Christopher Thomas Trying on skinny jeans

Our Skinny Jean Favorites: 510 super skinny Levis, Rhigby Skinny 7 for all mankind,

 

MEN MUST HAVE: BEACH WEEKEND

Summer may be over but it does not mean the weekends at the beach are!
Here are 9 items every man must have while enjoying the sun:

1- A Pair of bright and colorful swim trunks

2- For daring men: Try shorter and tighter swim trunks in navy blue. The ladies will love it!

3- White Tops: Try a classic White linen shirt or a White V-neck Tee.

4- A Fun Duffel

5- Fun and Sexy Shades: you can never go wrong with metal aviators!

6- Ditch the flip-flops and get a pair of fun colorful rubber loafers!

7- Straw Fedora Hats: Perfect Beach Accessory

8- Towel for two: Get a “Drap de plage” for you and your special someone

9- Suncare: This is probably the most important item on the list. Get a waterproof continuous spray sunscreen like Coppertone Sport 30SPF and after hanging in the sun all day, remember to use after sun care!

Have a GREAT beach weekend guys!

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