If there’s one thing I’ve learned having spent a lifetime in the arts, it’s that everything is connected. Like, everything. The world we live in and the culture we’re a part of has a huge influence over such a wide range of things. Visual arts, literature, architecture, movies, media, music.
Take the British Invasion of the 1960s, for example. Much of the music from that era was the perfect antidote for heavy-hearted and dispirited Americans after significant cultural losses, both stateside and overseas. It was a much needed diversion, and one that changed the course of music history. I don’t think it would have happened quite the same way if the cultural landscape did not provide such a perfect storm. The more you see these connections, the more you appreciate things. And it really makes life so much more exciting.
On the style side of things, blue jeans were popularized in the 1950s – once a sturdy garment worn by blue collar factory workers, it was one of the first ways the youth of the 50s and 60s broke away from the “conformist” uniforms of their parents, and has become an iconic symbol for cool and rebellion.
Personal style draws from many different aspects and spheres of influence. Sure, the clothes we wear are the most immediate and outward expression of our personal style, but that’s just one dimension of it—a single chapter in a larger lifestyle story. There’s a tendency in the land of online menswear to make personal style all about personal dress, which can lead to the very logical, but very WRONG, conclusion that a) if I have good clothes, then b) I will have good style.
You guys understand this issue, but it’s worth reiterating—men’s fashion is only one pursuit in a well-rounded modern gentleman’s life, and just one way to show the world who you are and what you’re all about. Your other pursuits and passions bring the complete picture into focus. What kind of car do you drive? How do you decorate your home? Can you appreciate a fine whiskey or cigar? Your musical taste, and so on, is what defines your style.
The Lincoln Motor Company understands how style all comes together. And we recently had the chance to see and experience Lincoln Black Label at Home, a collection of four vehicle interior themes that are meticulously expressed with high-end, bespoke materials. Each theme reflects a different personality, a different feeling and emotion, and a personal style. We were invited to visit the Black Label at Home penthouse, where each theme was exquisitely brought to life in the home design of a four-story apartment space in Union Square, Manhattan. We were there to add menswear to the mix and tell each story on a bigger lifestyle level. So hop in! Let’s go for a ride.
| A FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC | Center Stage is all about making bold choices with self-expression. Inspired by fashion and the theater world, it’s a theme that carries a dramatic expression.
| ELEGANCE WITHOUT OPULENCE | | Inspired by a refined, classic taste highlighting an understated sophistication. This is a theme for those who can appreciate a clean, modern aesthetic, and who aren’t afraid to have a white leather sofa in their living room.
| THE RICH ALLURE OF CHOCOLATE | And I would add, great whiskey and fine cigars. Just like the most exceptional scotch or perfectly rolled cigar, this theme came together with select ingredients, blending flavors and textures into a singular, sensory experience.
| RETREAT FROM THE CHAOS | This theme borrows from Eastern influences. Experience true harmony in an environment that encourages serenity and peace of mind. An escape from the daily grind of an extremely busy life.
Thanks for reading.
He Spoke Style
Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by The Lincoln Motor Company. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Lincoln Motor Company.