1. First things first – which is your favorite item from this month’s box, The Parker?
Philip Sblendorio (Co-Founder): The watch. [Well said, Phil.]
Alan Luu (Brand Manager): The foulard tie is my favorite. It’s a staple item and super versatile.
Nick Sewell (Partnership Director): My favorite item was definitely the AN IVY micro foulard tie. It’s smaller scaled version of a timeless pattern – and the fact that in came in both Charcoal and Navy – makes it a wardrobe staple.
Nick Urteaga (Lead Photographer): I, like most, would have to say that the watch is a favorite item in this month’s box. However, if I had to pick a second, it would definitely be the tie. This month’s tie is a subtle design but definitely a power tie to add to your wardrobe.
Mike Luca (Customer Experience Specialist & “The Guide” Manager): The Maestro allows me to conduct my entire day in style, with its agelessly clean look. Also, these vibrantly striped socks are one of my favorite pairs to date.
2. Do you prefer the enhanced technology of today’s wrist gear (i.e. FitBits) or the “timeless” nostalgia of watches from yesteryear?
PS: I prefer the timeless style of a watch since I use my smartphone for everything else.
AL: It depends. During a run a smart watch can be convenient, but all other times a timeless analog watch is on my wrist.
NS: I personally do not own a smart watch or FitBit. I’d much rather have a classic timepiece on my wrist with working gears and hands.
NU: I’m personally a big time, old school watch guy. I own a handful of watches and never leave home without one on my wrist.
ML: It’s probably best for everyone close to me that my FitBit literally wore off of my wrist. Now instead of being imprisoned by my steps, I’m back to counting my nostalgia 😉
3. What is your best tip for how the business-casual Dapper can subtly integrate Halloween celebration into their daylight attire?
PS: Wear a black blazer, white shirt and a pop of orange or red on the socks or pocket square. Maybe even throw on a spider lapel pin.
AL: I would say add some fun spooky print. It can be a pocket square or a pair of socks so it’s still subtle.
NS: It’s always fun to be festive and include some spirit within your outfit for any holiday. I’d recommend keeping it on the subtle side with either an Axe tie clip or maybe some pumpkin or skull cufflinks.
NU: I’ve never been one to overly celebrate a holiday with my attire, but I’ll tend to sneak in a few colors and reflections of the current decor. Therefore, if you’re like me, adopt some warm oranges and blacks for the day and subtly throw them into your wardrobe.
ML: I say just go for it anyway, but for the sake of meeting society halfway, I’ll wear this past May’s Belmont bowtie…with a hat!
4. Whether from childhood or more recently, your proudest Halloween costume to date is…
PS: Redfoo from LMFAO several years back when they were popular. I had zebra tights and everything.
AL: Me riding a unicorn.
NS: Dressing up as my parents’ “Crushed hopes and dreams” a.k.a me as a doctor 🙂
NU: I’ve always been pretty awful at coming up with and executing Halloween costumes as an adult. With that being said, I’d have to give credit to my parents for the younger years when they continuously dressed me up as Dracula. The face makeup was always on point and the fake fangs gave me something to keep me entertained throughout those trick-or-treat nights.
ML: Maureen Johnson from Rent. Moo with me.
5. What is the scariest cocktail you have encountered and conquered (or not conquered)?
PS: A punch bowl filled with grain alcohol that is served on fire.
AL: Technically a shot but a burning 80% Stroh Rum Shot.
NS: I think it was called a Prairie Fireball…it was basically a shot of tequila with hot sauce. I would not recommend it.
NU: I was forced to take down an AMD (Adios Mother Fu***er) when I turned 21. If you Google the drink and its ingredients…you’ll understand why this was a scary cocktail.
ML: No two Long Island Iced Teas are curated identically…
6. Which favorite fall trend of yours has fueled your month of October?
PS: To be honest, it hasn’t felt like fall in the city yet so I am still in summer mode with jeans and a t-shirt…however, I have broken out the suede Chelsea boots which are a fall staple for me.
AL: Replacing the tie and incorporating scarves with a suit.
NS: Boot season hands down. It’s a great way to stray away from both dress shoes and sneakers.
NU: This fall I’m all about the shawl cardigans. I’ve already added three or four to my wardrobe in the last month. I preferably want something that has a thick cable-knit or waffle-knit pattern in them to give it a little more character.
ML: An Etip glove on one hand and a turmeric latte in the other.
SprezzaBox Staff // The Guide