During my time in London, there were three main things that spoke to me: the culture (both business and social), the cuisine, and the style. Through a generous program at my college, I obtained a scholarship to study abroad in London. I was enrolled in International Management, and my top priority while overseas was making sure my class schedule was in order and I was on top of my assignments.
It was through this course that I learned about day-to-day business in London, along with similarities and differences between business in the UK and surrounding countries; not to mention giving me a taste of their culture. The course was extremely eye opening, and I found myself inspired to continue my exploration of both the city and culture.
Each day after our lecture, classmates and myself huddled into a group and decided what to explore for the remainder of the day. Whether it was bar hopping in SoHo, checking out the five-star Indian restaurants (my personal favorite), examining museums or just exploring, something stood out in the clearest of ways: the style was impeccable. It was everything I dreamed of, and more. Never in my 22 years of life have I ever seen so many Bespoke tailors and menswear boutiques. One could compare Savile Row to the holy grail of menswear enthusiast. It is where the term “Teddy Boy” was coined. For those who do not know, Teddy Boy is a type of British style or subculture characterized by young men sporting fashion that was inspired by the styles worn by dandies in the Edwardian period.
After several days of exploring, I stumbled upon a menswear boutique coincidentally called “Teddy Boy” while walking through Camden Market, which is home to over 1,000 shops mainly consisting of food, fashion, and accessories. The owner of the shop was a kind, older gentleman and took the time to show me his inventory. It wasn't long before I made my decision on a beige blazer, with a brown plaid pattern and a hint of light blue stitching. The color itself is something I didn’t have and had to be added to my personal collection. The lightweight wool material is perfect for a brunch date or a casual stroll during a Saturday afternoon. Pair the blazer with light navy or brown trousers and a white oxford - and you can call yourself a true Teddy Boy. Ultimately, I ended up going back a second time and purchasing another blazer, but I’ll save that for another post.
Creative Art Direction & Styling: Ryan Abrams
Photography: Corey Bao
Featuring: Teddy Boy Blazer
Editing: Evan Vickers