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Last week, I joined the Textile team as an engineering intern. I spent the bulk of the week setting up my development environment, reading documentation, and exploring the code for our awesome new photo storage and sharing application, Textile Photos. Since Textile believes in writing well-documented, progressive, and intuitive code, the setup process was fairly simple. Along the way, I learned the basics of Textile’s command line tools, how to setup a local development environment for Textile Photos, and best practices for contributing to our open-source repositories. If you’re interested in contributing to Textile (and you should be), here’s a…


Honestly, what a queen

Since Marie Kondo’s new television series, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, released on Netflix last month, I’ve been thinking about how to apply her organizational principles to my own life. My penchant (re: obsession) for fashion has led me to amass a medley of incongruous garments; I’ve acquired everything from chore jackets to double-riders, black skinny jeans to pooling wool flannel trousers, floral camp-collar shirts to linen popovers. Menswear has hundreds of subcultures, and as my fashion sense has matured over the years, at some point I’ve been smitten by each and every one. …


A picture of me in a tan Harrington Jacket from Topman

If you’re anything like me, the past few months have been sartorial torture; the sun has pushed all of your layering pieces and outerwear deep into the recesses of your closet, and you’ve had to get by on boring shorts and t-shirts. If you tried to wear a jacket or layering piece, you were likely rewarded with a couple hours of discomfort and buckets of sweat (not that I let that stop me 😭).

Fret no more — we’re finally on the cusp of Autumn. That means you can finally start wearing your jackets, flannels, and sweatshirts without drowning in…


My first pair of Bundeswehr German Army Trainers

One of the most popular shoes among the men’s fashion community the past few years has been Maison Margiela’s iconic “GATs”. They are popular because their design is simple, understated, and complements tons of outfits. They are versatile enough to go with most outfits, but they have more flair than a pair simple monochromatic low tops (e.g. Common Projects Achilles Lows).

“GATs” actually stands for German Army Trainers — the military-issue sneakers used by the Germany Army. The original Margiela GATs were actually vintage pairs that Margiela updated and shipped to stores. Nowadays, military supplier Bundeswehr still produces these shoes…


A favorite of mine from PacSun

It’s summer! For me, that means less work, more pool parties, and scorching hot weather. In the process of building my summer wardrobe, I’ve fallen in love with a particular style of garment: camp collar shirts. Their mini lapels are flattering, and since summer styling is all about less constricting garments that give your body some space to breathe, their typically relaxed silhouette is perfect. Plus, they are usually cut from lighter, breathable fabrics like Viscose.

Suffice to say I’m obsessed with these. Although there are a lot of great camp collar prints in the mid to upper price range…


One of my recent outfits

It’s May, which means that if you live in most of the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is rapidly warming up. I own a ton of shoes (way more than necessary), but year after year I find myself reaching for the same shoes in the summer months: a pair of classic vans.

Vans started as a small direct-to-consumer shoe company in California making lace-up skate shoes. Their original shoe design, now called the Authentic, is a simple low-top canvas sneaker with a rubber sole. It’s slim profile, casual style, and association with west-coast culture make it the perfect laid-back summer sneaker…


Me wearing my jacket!

Since I can remember, I’ve wanted a nice leather jacket. I grew up watching dark sci-fi tales like Blade Runner and Akira, and the most badass characters always seemed to have a badass leather jacket. Even before I developed an interest in fashion, I wanted a leather jacket, yet I’ve never owned one. To be honest, I've always faced decision paralysis; there were so many different brands and styles to choose from, and considering the relatively high price of leather goods (there’s a reason why many call leather jackets “investments), I didn’t feel comfortable picking one. What if it wasn’t…


A casual outfit featuring a nice floral button up

It’s almost Spring, which means it’s time for floral prints. Spring is all about working vivid colors, interesting patterns, and casual flair into your outfits; floral prints do all of this at the same time, and they have been on-trend for quite a while in menswear (do you remember all those rose patch vans? that’s what I’m talking about).

Let me tell you a story: when I first became interested in fashion, I spent about two years working on colorblocking; I only bought simple, unpatterned clothing, and focused on putting together outfits with cohesive color palettes and streamlined silhouettes. I…


A Fred Perry olive fishtail parka, a Levi’s rigid two denim jacket, and an H&M black bomber

We all know that fashion is inherently a materialist industry; in order to look nice, we fork over our time and money for pieces that we like. Whether you want to express yourself through your clothing or just wear “hype” brands, fashion is an expensive hobby.

But, you don’t always need more. Often, in fashion, you can mix & match a few well-chosen garments to create a lot of great-looking, interesting outfits. In fact, learning to do a lot with a small wardrobe will will make your style even better once you start incorporating more unique pieces into your outfits…


Josh, Windfall Clothing’s Founder(left)

I had the opportunity to Interview Josh, the creator of up-and-coming streetwear brand Windfall Clothing (which is based in my hometown, Dallas, Texas). I love Windfall’s designs and positive message, and the amount of organic growth and hype they’ve been getting recently, especially on style forums like /r/streetwear, has been really exciting. We sat down at a boba shop to talk about fashion, streetwear, and life in general:

Why’d you start Windfall?

I came up with the idea in high school, and then I actually started it in college. It’s really weird to think about now; I guess I started…

Thomas Hobohm

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