Jesse just got interviewed by Say. Big thanks to the folks over there for giving us some shine!
Our thanks to Time’s NewsFeed for including us in their roundup of “30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs!”
As producers Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor say, Put This On is “a Web series about dressing like a grownup.” More specifically, it’s about men dressing like grownups. In the men’s-fashion world, it’s tough to find advice that’s practical and smart, because the general pool from which to choose is far smaller than in the women’s-fashion online world.
This isn’t to lessen the impact of Put This On — it would stand out even in a sea of men’s-fashion blogs. Put This On features high-end wares found at reasonable prices and provides easy-to-use guides on how men can make what they wear part of who they are. Thorn and Lisagor employ a variety of methods — link aggregation, videos, narratives, Q&As — to offer information to men who want to dress well and be sophisticated without a lot of hassle and without being talked down to as if they’ve never worn clothes before.
How do you know you’re officially official? Perhaps when there’s a profile of you in GQ. They followed me on a day of sartorial indulgence in LA - a fitting with a tailor, one with our friend Raul (from our shoes episode) at his new store Don Ville, and a pile of thrift stores.
My thanks to Shona Sanzgiri, who wrote the piece, and Gordon de los Santos, who shot the beautiful photos.
“Not only does [Put This On] spread enthusiasm and knowledge about the art of dressing well, but it does so in a manner that never condescends.”— Thanks, Michigan Daily!
The kind folks at the Kickstarter blog asked if I would take a look at some pictures they shot of some volunteers from their development staff and offer some critique. I was game for the challenge, and they just posted my thoughts up on their site. I’ve avoided makeovers for two years, but there’s a time for everything, right?
Let’s Go Dutch!
The Netherlands’ top free newspaper, De Pers, covered Put This On, and reader Wesley Wong was kind enough to translate the article. Apparently all Americans look the same to the Dutch, as they confused Dave Hill and myself, but we appreciate the kind words nonetheless. Thanks De Pers, and thanks Wesley!
Dressing like a grown up is the theme of Put This On, a serie about men’s fashion. Host Jesse Thorn visits professionals with love for fabric and style. The first episode, a year ago, was about denim. There they discussed the difference between denim costing twenty dollars and five hundred dollars. (In short: traditionally woven fabric and hand made.) Later episodes were about shoes, office attire, grooming and personal style. The shows are finely made, with slow jazz music in the background during visits to stylish clothing stores. But in the show about grooming you’ll hear the noise of a shower, which Jesse Thorn is in.
In the last episode the visite the Corduroy Appreciation Society. Members have to wear at least two pieces of corduroy. Thorn there provokes with wearing a velvet jacket, so he can start the awkward conversations.
Two weeks ago there was an extra edition with the announcement of a second season. Put This On wants to go to London and Milan with a real production crew. The budget is 68.000 dollars vor six ten minute episodes (John de Mol is laughing (t/n: he’s the owner of Endemol)). Your contribution is welcome.
“Adam Lisagor is Advertising’s Quietest Pitchman”