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The Numbers are in…

I first want to thank all who participated in the promotion this past week. The ballots have been cast and the numbers are in… and the recipients of a Sunflowerman Fashion Synopsis Booklet are the following lovely people (please take the time to view what they do).

Jose Lopez-Perez twitter
Amonfocus Tumblr
Pinolomannaro twitter
IAMAMIR1 twitter
Ghoti Instagram
Leslie Yvonne -Facebook
ib247_tbre Instagram
mpinkleton twitter
Heather Holyan Pinterest
Christaltoso Instagram

The response impressed me so that I got off my bum and produced a few more to send off to some lucky folks

Charleyrt –twitter, Instagram
marinheii –twitter, Instagram

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If you’d like to make your own then you can simply download the pdf  Sunflowerman_Booklet

And if you wanted a booklet and didn’t get the luck of it you can purchase one for $5 at the Sunflowerman Shop on Etsy.

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The Modern Suit is Over 150 Years Old

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As a result of being a men’s fashion illustrator I find myself delving into the history of men’s fashion. I like to know where history can be painted in to each illustration.

Recently I discovered a tidbit of knowledge which was quite interesting. Suits are over 150 years old!

men's fashion illustration-sunflowermanThe styling has been variable over the past century and half or so. When Beau Brummel (the man often credited with inventing the modern suit) decided to wear the first hipster pants in the 1800’s he was just trying to be different and unique. Who knew that he would start a revolution?

It did help that in the 1600’s King Charles the II made a royal change to the dress code of the court. They were to no longer wear the opulent French uniform, but switch to English cuts and fabrics. Politics and environment heavily influenced the change which prepared the way for Brummel.

150 years is still very young in comparison to so many articles of history but the influence it has taken hold of over the world is massive. Nearly every developed nation is marked with the inclusion of the suit in politics and business.

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I often wonder at the oddity of lapels and collars, the need to secure a noose around the neck of the shirt and the overall lack of color in men’s clothing. Where does the desire for retaining vestigial patterns in clothing come from? The most odd thing about it is that I love it! I truly do love it. I love beautifully cut jackets with a perfectly complimenting shirt. I love ties in all of their absurdity and the craft of a well made pair of shoes.

The joy is confusing. All of the descriptions are particularly arbitrary; ‘beautifully cut,’ ‘perfectly complimenting,’ and ‘well made.’ It must partially be contributed to the suits’ symbol of power, but I like to think that it also says something about our past. In the same way an aged wine is born with decades of knowledge and passion I see the modern suit as a sip of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.

So I continue to illustrate. I continue to paint and create and iterate in the fashion of the bespoke tailors in Savile Row. I see and feel the beauty of men’s clothing and fashion and I am excited to participate with everyone in wearing and exhibiting men’s fashion.

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Men’s Fashion Template, Jackets

The next up in the Template series is the Single-Breasted Jacket and the Double-Breasted Jacket.

Please feel free to nab these and use them in whatever way you wish.

The Single-Breasted jacket is one of the single most important facets of a man’s wardrobe.
It’s versatility is unmatched. Wear it to work, to a ball-game, to a reception. Bear in mind that it won’t make you the Ball of the Bell, but you are sure to look fine.

It is important to note never to button that bottom button. I know we all have stood in the mirror with all buttons fastened and wondered why. If you are comfortable with your self in a Single-Breasted jacket then heck I say go for it, but also be prepared for a few glaring eyes.
Men's Fashion Template

The Double-Breasted jacket is becoming popular again (i.e. Denzel on the cover of GQ). The standard is 4 buttons but there are such a variety of Double-Breasted jackets (2-button, 6-button…), all of which I find valid and beautiful. If you are attempting to play it cool and still class up an event it can’t hurt to pull out the 4-button Double-Breasted jacket.

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Men’s Fashion Template, Shirts

I have been wanting to share something special here for a while. This is the first of several templates I will be releasing here at the Sunflowerman Blog.

Please feel free to utilize these (png’s) as you wish. Share with a friend.

If you would like access to the illustrator file feel free to contact me on twitter @sunflowermatt

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A Collected Gentleman

If you have not heard of A Collected Gentleman yet, please stop and see what is going on with that community (acollectedgentleman.com). The posts are all by one man and focus on several aspects of a creative life. A Collected Gentleman highlights great style with an economical mindset.

“My aim is to show style and self acceptance is priceless and that you can look good without breaking the bank.” -A Collected Gentleman

The fashionable mindset is carried through the photography, the styling and even the poetry.

I met Isaiah Johnson (A Collected Gentleman) on twitter. He had inquired about the cost of fashion portraits after eyeing some of my fashion illustrations. We tweeted a bit and below is the result of our conversation.

Isaiah Johnson, by Sunflowerman

Isaiah Johnson, by Sunflowerman

To have your own Fashion Portrait contact sunflowerman at sunflowermatt@gmail.com

or you can meet sunflowerman on…

instagram- @sunflowerman

twitter- @sunflowermatt

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