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Our Company

Grungy Gentleman is a multimedia, design and merchandise hybrid that pushes the limits of conventional fashion and lifestyle branding. With a distinct perspective on culture, fashion and affluent living, Grungy Gentleman promotes the expression of individuality – being yourself confidently and ultimately having fun.

Our company’s unique position offers multiple services in house, forming comprehensive programs to excel beyond the needs of our partners. Through multimedia production, social media and web, we generate authentic content and deliver to a discerning global audience. With our fresh design style and expertise, Grungy Gentleman creates its own label and collaborative lines of fashion and lifestyle products. Our e-shop features the latest merchandise and limited edition fashions exclusive to our members.

Who is the Grungy Gentleman? He is a collector, a gentleman, a rebel spirit and a man who stands apart. He is building a style collection with thoughtful details and masculine simplicity. He is bold, brilliant, has fierce taste, pours life into his passion and one who takes risks. This is the Grungy Gentleman.

Our Team

Jace Lipstein

Editor-in-Chief

A chance encounter at Barney’s with David Nevile, designer of Rag & Bone, gave Jace the initiative to create Grungy Gentleman; a website that serves as a platform to share his passion for all things menswear. Grungy Gentleman focuses on the classics while evoking a fresh, genuine vibe. After branching out into sports and entertainment, Grungy Gentleman took on more of a lifestyle element; evolving from humble beginnings into the multimedia hybrid it is today. The best part—this is still the beginning.

Sofia Juarez

Managing Editor

NYC Native, Sofia Juarez was born and raised on the UES of Manhattan. From a young age, she was introduced to the worlds of fashion, art and design. She grew up pursuing these passions by working with Gucci, Patrick McMullan, Tory Burch and The Gagosian Gallery, which has promisingly led her to Grungy Gentleman. Sofia recently graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Communications. Follow Sofia @grungysof on Instagram and Twitter.

Matthew Herbert

Account Executive

Matthew Herbert resides in Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. West coast influences and artistic interests
allow him to pursue an entrepreneurial lifestyle. Stemming off his job trades and commitment to
academia in Arizona, a curiosity in street style, film and culture are continually building his repertoire of creative abilities. Embracing his charismatic temperament yields a unique take on style and menswear
elements.

Moises De Pena

In-House Photographer

Moises De Pena, photographer, is a New Yorker hailing from the UES. He has been covering celebrities events, fashion, and portrait photography in New York, Miami, Vegas, Caribbean, and Europe with hopes of further expanding his roster. You can usually find Moises out an about with his camera or wherever there are good people and good times.

Jason Fox

Contributing Author

Born in Guyana, South America, Jason Fox resides in Cincinnati, OH. With a background in art and design, Jason has always been deep into the aesthetics of fashion and photography. Jason prides himself on his creativity, having studied drawing and 2D design. Student of culture and trends, Jason is also interested in film, sports, and most of all music. As an aspiring writer on the team, Jason is relishing the chance to express himself and add his mark to the Grungy Gentleman vision.

Milan Lipstein

Contributing Author

Milan Lipstein, a proud Indiana Hoosiers graduate is passionate about his craft and attempts to put an extra bit of enthusiasm into every feature that he puts together. Focused on the complete Grungy Gentleman lifestyle and all that it encompasses, Milan hopes to bring a unique perspective while adding a youthful flair to the material in which he provides. Fashion wisdom and gentleman qualities are always practiced, under the tutelage of his brother and founder, Jace Lipstein.

Ben Mueller

Contributing Author

Ben Mueller is a writer, editor, and photographer headquartered in New York. His editorial work has been featured on Thrillist, CableTV.com, and Business Insider. Merging thoughtful analysis with his comedic background in both improv and sketch, Ben writes about (and is fascinated by) everything pop culture—TV, film, and “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. Find him on his website—www.mammalvision.com—or back in Chicago down in the boondocks (people put him down cause that’s the side of town he was born in).

Crystal Brunson

Contributing Author

Crystal Antoinette Brunson is currently a student at the University of Bridgeport majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Sports Journalism and a minor in business. Working diligently towards her goal to work as a field correspondent for the NFL, Crystal has become a hardworking, detailed individual who finds new skills and opportunities in every aspect of life. Crystal’s mantra is to strive for success and to not lose sight of your goals, regardless of what obstacles may stand in your way. After graduation, she strives to report for ESPN and become an established writer.

Nathaniel Palmer

Photographer

Nate Palmer is a young photographer born and raised in Washington, D.C. Now living in NYC, he studies photography and imaging at NYU. Though he works in all genres of photography, he specializes in fashion, street documentary and cinematography. He picked up his first camera at the age of eleven and has yet to put it down.

Daniel Wagowski

Contributing Author

Daniel Wagowski is a New York native, living in Manhattan with his wife and dog. His passion for sports, travel, technology and entertainment has led him to pursue one of his other, often neglected, passions - writing. When he’s not in front of his computer or on an athletic field, Daniel is content to spend his time around a table filled with good food, booze and good people. Mixing old fashioned values with the modern world, Daniel is brings a fresh perspective to the entertainment and lifestyle elements of the Grungy brand.

Maggie Maloney

Contributing Author

Born and raised on the Upper East Side, Maggie Maloney grew up with the city as her backyard and took advantage of everything it has to offer. With a love for fashion, art and travel, Maggie puts a feminine twist on the Grungy Gentleman lifestyle and is thrilled to be contributing from her perspective. She is currently a student at Hamilton College and studied abroad in London (causing a severe case of Anglophilia). She has previously interned at AVENUE Magazine and Kara Ross New York.

Brandon Liu

Contributing Author

Brandon is a small town boy, hand writing his letters in a digital age. A nomadic wordsmith, avid yoga warrior, travel aficionado, coffee enthusiast, and tech geek, these are a few commodities keeping his Big Apple appetite in control. His curiosity in technology and fashion comes from his foundations as a word architect. As a fourth year journalism student at the University of California, Riverside, Brandon aspires to weld function, form, and fit, from the basic aesthetics of clothing, to the construction of his words. Literally and figuratively speaking, he identities well with his writing pencils: short and sharp. While he dreams of the day eating becomes an official Olympic sport, you can find him nesting and catching rays in sunny Los Angeles, California.

Cameron Wolf

Contributing Author

Cameron is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. Cameron is pursuing all his interests in fashion, music, sports, food and pop culture, looking to bring them all together to Grungy Gentleman. His name is a product of his parents seeing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and means ‘crooked nose’ in Scottish—he believes this fully captures everything you need to know about him. Everything else you can find on Twitter at @camwolf72.

Scott Wicken

Contributing Author

Born and raised on the beaches of Southern California and based in Los Angeles, Scott Wicken’s personal style and influences are a blend of classic and modern, beach and city.  With a diverse range of writing, fashion industry, and e-commerce experience, he embraces every opportunity to expand his knowledge and revels in the opportunity to pursue his passions as a career.  He is an avid cyclist, shoe fanatic, music snob, and appreciator of delicious sandwiches.

Tom Ayling

Contributing Author

Tom Ayling is a writer hailing from London, England and studying in the ancient town of St Andrews, which houses Scotland’s oldest university. Tom joins Grungy as an independent voice on life and style and also heads up the menswear direction of prestigious charity fashion organisation FS. He has proudly never used the #wiwt hashtag.

Ryan Neeven

Contributing Author

Ryan Neeven is a proud graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with a passion in many different fields such as menswear, traveling, timepieces, and footwear. Traveling has been an important aspect in his life, growing up in Boston then moving to Chicago and finally to Pittsburgh. Having lived in Italy during his time at Duquesne University was the start of the love for menswear and learning the style of the Italians. During his time in Italy he played professional lacrosse with the Roma Leones lacrosse team. Having an interest in fashion he also currently writes for A and H Magazine and Editor’s Notes at Opumo.

Careers

Executive Brand Assistant

We’re looking for a multi-faceted individual with experience and knowledge in the areas of Media, Design & Sales to assist company executives with high-level company operations.

Apply at info@grungygentleman.com

Grungy Interns

We’re looking for fresh, driven individuals with passion for the brand to assist with editorial content and graphic design; account sales; and opportunities to assist with events.

Apply at info@grungygentleman.com. Portfolio required

Account Executives

We’re looking for self-driven sales executives to create and manage their own portfolio of accounts, ranging from media sales and advertising to design collaboration management. Commission-based position.

Apply at info@grungygentleman.com

Media & Content Manager

We’re looking for a unique individual with media management or relevant experience to oversee staff for graphic and editorial content.

Apply at info@grungygentleman.com

Super Writer

We’re looking for writers with experience in the lifestyle industry. Areas include Fashion/Style, Entertainment, Sports, Tech, and Food & Travel.

Apply at info@grungygentleman.com

Graphic Designer

We’re looking for talented artists with experience in graphic design for online media content.

Apply at info@grungygentleman.com

Press

For all press inquires please contact press@grungygentleman.com

MRketplace Magazine

June 2014

MRketplace Magazine

Jace Lipstein (Grungy Gentleman Founder & CEO) is featured in MRketplace, The Magazine of Menswear Retailing - June 2014 Issue.

Men's Health

May 2014

Men’s Health

Staple pieces—T-shirts, sweatshirts, sneakers—are essential in every guy’s wardrobe. But if they’re starting to look a little worn, it might be time to amp them up with some fresh takes on classics. These three brands show you how.

Grungy Gentleman: Ditch that ratty undershirt and up your style game by investing in bettered basics. On June 15, the menswear and luxurious lifestyle-enthusiasts over at grungygentleman.com are launching a collection of revived essentials to bust through your loungewear rut. The minimalist sweatshirts and T-shirts come in staple colors, such as a clean white, royal blue, and bright red. The pieces are comfortable enough to wear lounging around with your buds, but the sleek fit and quilted textures make the collection lady-approved.

The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania

May 2014

The Walk

​The WALK took some time to sit down and chat with Jace Lipstein, CEO and founder of Grungy Gentleman, to hear more about the brand and what Jace hopes for the future. Jace and his team, including Sofia Juarez, Managing Editor of Grungy Gentleman, and Matthew Herbert, Account Executive, were just here on campus for Penn Fashion Week, so we wanted to catch up...http://www.thewalkmagazine.com/?p=29047

E! News

April 2014

E! News

​Owning and designing your very own clothing line is one dream job many aspire to have.

But for Jace Lipstein, CEO and designer of Grungy Gentleman, it's his reality every single day. 

Inspired by his success and drive, we sat down with the creative visionary to get the scoop on how his company came to fruition.

Here's what he shared with us: http://www.eonline.com/news/534000/trendsetters-at-work-grungy-gentleman

Mrketplace

April 2014

Mrketplace

​From one strength to the next, the Grungy Gentleman brand has long outgrown its blog beginnings. Testament to the talent and tenacity of the brand’s founder and creative director Jace Lipstein, the brand brought their first apparel collection to market for spring/summer 2013. Now in their second season, the Elevated Basics collection is the latest in the brand’s line of premium apparel, offering a ‘casually comfortable core to any ensemble,’ all produced in the USA.

The 20-piece collection includes monochromatic color groups (white, black, gray, red and cobalt blue) consisting of five classic hoodies with quilted cotton fabric bodies and non-quilted elbow pads ($155); five long-sleeve crew-neck shirts with quilted cotton fabric bodies and non-quilted elbow pads ($90); five crew-neck short-sleeve shirts with quilted cotton fabric bodies ($65); and five v-neck short-sleeve shirts with quilted cotton fabric bodies ($65).

The Daily Pennsylvanian

April 2014

The Daily Pennsylvanian

​London, Paris, Milan...Philadelphia. Fashion Week is coming to Penn.

Penn Fashion Week will focus on how the fashion industry interacts with sight, sound, smell, touch and taste and will be presented by Delta Sigma Pi, the Penn Fashion Collective and the Wharton Retail Club. Events will take place from March 31 through April 5.

Hosted in multiple locations across campus, the Penn Fashion Week schedule ranges from a panel discussion on brand capitalization to a tutorial on product design.

“It’s the most well-developed undergraduate fashion conference in the country,” Executive Director and Wharton senior Lennie Zhu said. “It’s the event that keeps Penn at the forefront of the fashion industry.”

The week is about bringing Penn’s fashion-minded community together with the industry. “I know there is a very strong contingency of people [on campus] interested in fashion,” Zhu said. “It’s for students to find a niche between finance and fashion.”

The week typically attracts around 1,000 attendees. Director of Marketing and College junior Grace Guan, a philosophy, politics and economics major, emphasized that the events weren’t exclusively for the business-minded. “It’s for people from all different majors, not necessarily just the business way,” she said. “It’s a great way to meet people with a shared interest, from all different backgrounds.”

The organizers also aim to bring in students who are not specifically interested in fashion. “We want to create a buzz on campus,” she said.

Penn Fashion Week offers opportunities to network for future hiring, hear from fashion experts and simply learn how the industry works.

CEO of Barneys New York Mark Lee, Executive Editor of Glamour Magazine Lauren Smith Brody and Founder of e-commerce site Grungy Gentleman Jace Lipstein are among the week’s featured speakers...

SlamxHype

April 2014

SlamxHype

​You may not think that the NFL would mix with the fashion world (because most NFL players dress insane), but you would be wrong. Take a look at this new photo shoot that Grungy Gentleman did with Cleveland Browns star Josh Gordon. The man is a natural in from of the camera, delivering some shots with a crazy-cool vibe that perfectly embody the Grungy Gentleman spirit.

Details

March 2014

Details

Boswell is a premier atelier based out of LA, he is known for dressing celebrities and athletes. His BOSWELL line is collaborating with NYC based, lifestyle brand Grungy Gentleman for a Spring/Summer collection.

The 16 piece collection features cool greys, whites, blacks and calm blues, while putting an emphasis on comfort, elegance, and style.

We particularly love how each piece in the collection can standalone handsomely. The grey and black linen blazers, along with the shirting are two of our favourite pieces.

Stockists will be announced on April 15th, 2014, while limited edition sizes will be available at Grungy Gentleman Shop with Ready-to-wear tall sizes will be available at Waraire Boswell.

More Than Stats

March 2014

More Than Stats

​NBA superstars Lebron James and Chris Bosh clothier Waraire Boswell has collaborated with Jace Lipstein of mens lifestyle brand Grungy Gentleman to construct a sartorial ready-to-wear collection just in time for the fresh spring season. Boswell has stepped out of his niche,(designing for guys 6’2 and taller) to join forces with Grungy Gentleman in efforts of catering to the average-size man.

The 16-piece RTW set puts emphasis on comfort and elegance with its sleek, lightweight designs. More Than Stats had the opportunity to preview the collection and I have to say,  I was impressed with the attention paid to details. The linen blazers feature micro polka dot pattern interior lining, and shirts feature stitched elbow patches.

My favorites were the matching linen pants to the blazers. The pants have trendy ribbed cuffs and display a unique mix of formal and casual appeal. You can yoke them with the blazer jacket for the standard monochromatic look, or dress them down with a basic t-shirt and low-cut trainers. I present to you the full Waraire Boswell x Grungy Gentleman Spring 2014 collection below.

Selectism

March 2014

Selectism

​A 16-piece ready-to-wear capsule collection comes our way via NYC label Grungy Gentleman and Los Angeles-based bespoke suit maker Waraire Boswell. Decribed as “lightweight sartorial ready-to-wear” if you please, the collection takes tailoring and chills it right out. A color palette of white, black, grey, and slate blue can be found across four linen blazers with polka dot lining, four spread collar button down poplin cotton shirts, four slim fit chinos with polka dot pattern lining and four waffle henleys. See it all in the gallery.

Esquire

March 2014

Esquire

​Chances are you have already seen a Waraire Boswell creation. You may not know the LA-based bespoke suitmaker by name (yet), but you definitely know his work. Remember last July at the 2013 ESPYs when LeBron James took the stage to accept his award for Best Male Athlete in that killer red shawl collar tuxedo? That, friends, was the work of Boswell. Or the headline-making canary-yellow jacket Dwayne Wade wore on The Late Show with David Letterman (a subtle nod to the colors of Letterman's hometown Indiana Pacers)? Boswell. The list goes on.

Now the man behind some of the NBA’s most elite players' looks is bringing his sartorial savviness to the masses with a ready-to-wear line aptly called Boswell. The inaugural collection, which debuted last month at the Project tradeshow in Las Vegas, is a design collaboration between Boswell and Jace Lipstein, founder of Grungy Gentleman. Lipstein, a longtime supporter of Boswell’s custom efforts, wanted to help bring Boswell’s 6’2"-and-taller tailoring expertise to men of more average height.

Vibe

March 2014

Vibe

Popular menswear Grungy Gentleman is set to release a 20-piece collection under the name “Elevated Basics” this spring season. 

The lookbook includes “monochromatic color groups” consisting of long sleeve crew neck shirts, hoodies, and short sleeve shirts. 

“We are entering a new era of basic wear for men, this pioneer collection showcases the direction, quality and detail one can expect from Grungy Gentleman as we reach a new milestone in the Company’s history,” said Jace Lipstein, Founder and Creative Director. 

The inspiration for the clothing line aims to provide “a look that’s masculine and fit without compromising comfort.”

Project Trade Show

February 2014

Project Trade Show

Nomination for Best Emerging Brand at Project Trade Show.

4 nominees total out of 2,500 participating brands at the trade show located in Las Vegas.

OUR FIRST PRESENTATION

February 2014

OUR FIRST PRESENTATION

WWB LIFESTYLE AGENCY & Grungy Gentleman presents…

An All-Star Weekend Style Suite

Celebrity & Sports Stylist Calyann Barnett, Khalilah Beavers, Courtney Mays and Brandon Williams will be on hand to offer the latest in style trends, style advice and style services. 

Introducing the Grungy Gentlemen X Boswell Collaboration & Grungy Basics!

Style shop pop up with latest brands available for purchase from the Stylist favorite NY* LA* MIA boutiques

Saturday, February 15, 2014

12:00pm - 6:00pm

E! News

January 2014

E! News

​"Wear Now Trends": Grungy Gentleman x Cotton Citizen pants are tapered with quilting on the inside. 

Hypebeast

December 2013

Hypebeast

Grungy Gentleman, the well-rounded editorial website and brainchild of Jace Lipstein, has partnered with South Lane for a lineup of stylish watches. The minimalist men’s accessories purveyor, South Lane, has offered up its Scandinavian-inspired designs to present a series of watches based on classic fabrications. In this first installment, black quilted leather, herringbone and white leather, herringbone and black leather, selvage denim and wool, and black leather iterations are featured on the straps of timepieces as a nod to popular fabrics found in modern men’s fashion. With each model utilizing the same 40mm matte stainless steel casing with Japanese quartz movement, the design aesthetic combines texture and intricate motifs with a simple watch face for a fashion accessory that is ideal for casual and formal occasions. Watches in this standout collection retail for $250 USD over at Grungy Gentleman’s e-shop.

Hypebeast

November 2013

Hypebeast

​Created as an extension of fashion house Grungy GentlemanNas‘s luxury streetwear label HSTRY has released its 2013 fall/winter apparel offering. Maintaining its signature use of quilted premium leather, the fall/winter collection introduces a selection of flannel shirts with leather accents at the pocket and elbow, while the gentleman vest showcases quilted leather accents upon the chest and back and denim style jacket portrays a wider use use of the material. Check out the series highlights above and head to the HYPEBEAST Store for more.

British GQ

November 2013

British GQ

​When one of America's best-known bloggers teams up with one of the most exciting affordable watch brands out there right now, you can be sure it will grab the attention of the GQ office. Having produced collaborations with a number of American streetwear brands, as well as two capsule collections for Eton, blog founder Jace Lipstein is now turning his hand to wrist wear.

This December will see his first line for Scandinavian watchmaker South Lane, who first impressed us when we discovered the brand's stand at Pitti Uomo six months ago. Here's an exclusive look at the result of their teamwork with sees South Lane's signature, no-nonsense faces remixed with five new straps in leather, dark selvedge denim and grey tweed. You saw it here first. 

£160. Available early December. grungygentleman.com;south-lane.com

The Zoe Report

November 2013

The Zoe Report

​Quintessentially cool brands Cotton Citizen and Grungy Gentleman have teamed up to create a new collection of street-chic luxury sweatpants. And while these stand out sweats may come from the men’s department, that certainly doesn’t mean they’re off limits, ladies!

The comfy, easy to wear pants (offered in 7 colors!) feature lux quilted detailing, as well as a stylish tapered fit, making them the perfect blend of street wear and high-end fashion. Suitable for day or night wear, elevate a pair of these sweatpants for a night out with fierce pumps and your favorite leather jacket. So go ahead, treat yourself to comfy luxury this season!

Availability: Cotton Citizen x Grungy Gentleman Sweatpants ($265)

Chris Paul

October 2013

Chris Paul

Chris Paul @CP3 @LAClippers #GAMEDAY 10/18 inHSTRY x Grungy Gentleman flannel shirt.

Stylist: Courtney Mays (@notasocialite)

Men's Health

October 2013

Men’s Health

​Grungy Gentleman has come a long way since its inception as a small fashion blog three years ago. It’s expanded to a full lifestyle media experience that covers fashion, entertainment, food and travel, gadgets and tech, and sports. And today, they launch their e-commerce site.

Among offered items will be exclusive collaborations with brands like American Rag, Eton, Gents, and Southlane just to name a few. But that’s not it for the ubiquitous fashion scenester and founder, Jace Lipstein, who says he’s expecting to introduce art, tech gadgets, and even automobiles soon.

Esquire

October 2013

Esquire

When Grungy Gentleman first hit the scene back in 2010, during the earlier moments of the #menswear movement, it was your standard-issue fashion blog chronicling style through founder and editor-in-chief Jace Lipstein's eye. Fast-forward three years and the online journal has now evolved into a full-on multimedia hybrid brand, still helmed by Lipstein — who now does everything from creative and brand consulting to styling and design collaborations.

Today, Lipstein is expanding even further by entering the retail game via their just-launched e-shop, an endeavor that's been in the making for a long time. "E-commerce fits into the natural progression of the company," Lipstein tells us. "We wanted to create a seamless, one-stop experience where our readers could shop straight from our lifestyle news and editorials." The online store already boasts an impressive stocklist, including: Del Toro, Shipley & Halmos, Blind Barber, and, of course, GG's own branded collaborations including HSTRY (co-designed with emcee Nas) and Eton x Grungy Gentleman.

Vibe

October 2013

Vibe

​Upscale clothing brand Grungy Gentleman will now allow customers to purchase their exclusive, trendy threads in a new online store, which compliments the company's lifestyle blogging efforts.

GG's most notable fashion collaborations this year include their Cotton Citzen's sweatpants collection and their HSTRY line - developed in conjunction with Nas. The e - commerce site will feature the aforementioned styles as well as others with Del Toro, Eton, Cohesive & Co, KIPDXTR, Gents, Muttonhead and South Lane.

"The e-shop fits within the natural progression of Grungy Gentleman as a company. By combining the shopping experience with lifestyle news and editorials, our audience can read up on the latest men's culture and consumer products then shop these looks seamlessly," says Jace Lipstein, founder and CEO of GG. "Expect the future to bring art, automobiles, technology and other limited edition items."

Shop Grungygentleman.com now!

Hypebeast

September 2013

Hypebeast

​Over the past 50 years, Dr. Martens has been beloved by everyone from punks and skinheads to mods and designers, individuals who’ve adopted — and subverted — the brand as their own. For Fall/Winter 2013, Dr. Martens is celebrating these rebellious characters, subcultures and tribes with “#STANDFORSOMETHING,” a new campaign for the coming season. Front and center is Jace Lipstein, better known as the founder of Grungy Gentleman — a multimedia, design and merchandising hybrid that promotes its own expression of individuality through “being yourself confidently and ultimately having fun” is how Jace stands for his work and life. Click through for a look at Lipstein in some of Dr. Martens Fall/Winter 2013 styles such as the Eduardo and the Dalton and be sure to visit the brand’s website here for more information.

Hypebeast

August 2013

Hypebeast

HSTRY, the streetwear collaboration project of Nas with Grungy Gentleman, has teamed up with New York artist Kelvis Polanco on a series of mock comic book covers that honor the today’s most prominent female models. Featuring the likes of Adriana LimaAlessandra AmbrosioCara Delevingne and Gisele Bundchen, each comic book cover features reworked images of the models to showcase elements of classic comic book artistry. The project, which features 10 covers in total, can be viewed in full above.

Hypebeast

August 2013

Hypebeast

​Just shy of a month ago we previewed the high-end streetwear line with hip-hop influences dubbed HSTRY; a collaboration between legendary emcee Nas and the New York-based lifestyle brand Grungy Gentleman. Today however, we bring forth an exclusive interview with the fashion imprint’s founder Jace Lipstein as we discuss how his partnership with ‘God’s Son’ came about. In our discussion, Lipstein speaks on his initial connection with Nas, this season’s theme, where Nas fits in, the difference between HSTRY and other rapper-endorsed lines, the manufacturing process, and much more. HSTRY and its 33-piece collection will begin retailing this month via Grungy Gentleman’s webstore.

The Beginnings…

Can you introduce yourself and your role?

My name is Jace Lipstein and I’m the founder of Grungy Gentleman. Grungy is a multimedia, design and merchandising hybrid as well as a web destination for what’s hot in men’s culture. My passion is creative direction, but I lead up web content and product design.

How did the dialog start for a collabo with Nas?

I initially wanted to get some of our Eton gear to the GOAT himself. Coincidentally Nas was looking to get into fashion but didn’t want something typical. His now Creative Director, Kiran Goraya, is an avid follower of Grungy and connected us, feeling confident we could create something dynamic and memorable.

What does Grungy Gentleman bring to the table in this sort of collabo?

Grungy’s been doing collabs for some time – Eton, Cohesive and Del Toro to name a few. The great thing is that we have both design and media avenues. We’re talking product concept, sourcing, manufacturing, market placement and PR. But we can promote through our web channels too. We’re bringing these collaborations to market directly through our online store and retail placement.

What does Nas bring to the table?

Nas is an international icon and, in my opinion, the best emcee of all time. But it’s not just his name that helps. Nas is a businessman. There are a lot of celebrities doing whatever just to get their name out there, and he isn’t one of them. He wants it distinct and well thought-out.

The Theme and Execution…

What’s the overarching theme of the first collection?

Streetwear meets high fashion. We took classic, comfortable sportswear and gave it a modern edge… even a bit of menace.

Predominantly utilizing leather in your debut collection, what other materials are you looking at/can we expect?

We’re working on SS ’14 now and there are some exceptional concepts so far. As far as next season, I have this fascination with shooting Adrianne Ho and Cara Delevingne together as the campaign. Probably will never happen but I wish.

What is the core purpose behind HSTRY and bringing Nas on to the project?

The core purpose: to help Nas create a foundation for his brand. The HSTRY brand name didn’t exist prior to our partnership. It was created after we got a better pulse on what the brand was about and where Nas wanted it to go. It is going to be a monster.

Does HSTRY pave the way for future collaborations with other artists?

This partnership is definitely one-of-a-kind. Nas is a king. I do think it will display Grungy Gentleman’s capabilities to other artists and athletes who are looking to make their own unique mark in menswear. Feel very humbled and blessed for that.

Hip-Hop and Fashion…

What are your thoughts on menswear’s fascination with hip-hop and vice versa?

“Snapbacks and tattoos. Nice whips, fly chicks, all that cause cash rules.”

Is it purely coincidental or are there deeper similarities between the two worlds?

Both are appearance businesses, forms of expression and used in everyday life. I once was asked by GQ India, “What is the most American menswear accessory in the industry?” My reply, “Hip-hop.”

How does the collaboration between Nas and HSTRY differ from the long history of rapper-endorsed fashion partnerships?

HSTRY is rad because Nas isn’t just slapping his name on something. He was involved in selecting leather and silhouettes for the collection, among other steps throughout the process. This brand was started from scratch. Hip-hop artists are wearing luxury brands like Balenciaga and Tom Ford. HSTRY is that cross between luxury and street.

Sportswear — and a fascination with streetwear and techwear — has been creeping into men’s fashion over the past few years. What are your thoughts on this “trend”?

The Movement…

Well sportswear is believable. Real guys wear it. I categorize fashion into two categories; believable and playful. Although I respect playful and at times can be the driving force for keeping our industry innovative, believable garments are what sells.

What was the thought process behind manufacturing the goods in the USA?

I thought it was important to keep it close to home so we could keep an eye on quality, but we source globally for the best materials out there. Our leather is all from Torino, Italy and all ribbing is cashmere-wool. We want HSTRY’s excellence to be in line with respected international brands like Givenchy or Balmain but made right here in the USA.

British GQ

August 2013

British GQ

​You may remember earlier this year that we were hugely impressed by New York blogger Grungy Gentleman's first collaboration with Eton. After a sell-out season, the street style regular (otherwise known as Jace Lipstein) is back with a bigger, better collection and - thanks to the opening of the Swedish shirting label's first shop on London's South Molton Street back in March - this time the line is landing in store on our side of the Atlantic. So what has the Gent got for us this time around? Thankfully those trademark contrast elbow patches are still present and correct, but this time you'll find them appearing on three shades of chambray, as well as checks, and paired up with extreme cutaway collars. There's also another selection of knitted ties in a series of new striped styles and even a showing for one of our current favourite wallet-friendly watch brands: the suitably Swedish South Lane.

Available 1 October. Shirts from £150, ties from £65 and pocket squares from £35. etonshirts.co.uk

BET

July 2013

BET

Nas isn't taking the rapper infiltration of the fashion world with his arms crossed. He has partnered up with Jace Lipstein of Grungy Gentleman to design a 33-piece collection of high-end menswear he's named HSTRY. The sleek sportswear items include coats and vests with quilted leather details and neoprene, soft fleece and leather hoodies, and other contemporary accessories like backpacks, ski masks and beanies.

"Clothes represent happiness. They're our protection  even a reflection of what's in our heads, our thoughts and ideas. Hence the phrase, 'wearing our hearts on our sleeves,'" Nas said. "With HSTRY, I'm embracing our greatest moments recorded in time in the form of premium street fashion."

Nas' line will be available on Grungy Gentleman's e-commerce site and HSTRY's own online shop beginning August 1 with pants, shorts, T-shirts and jerseys already in the works for next spring. 

Think Nas' line will sell out as quickly as Kanye West's A.P.C. collection?

The Crosby Press

July 2013

The Crosby Press

​Having already notched collaborations with brands from Muttonhead to Eton, we knew the homie Grungy Gentleman was on the up-and-up as a menswear designer. But when I heard his next partnership was a leather-heavy menswear collection called HSTRY, and that it was with Nas], I had to know more of the story.

Grungy Gentleman editor-in-chief Jace Lipstein summed up my surprise better than even I could. "It was a real 'pinch me' moment", he acknowledged in an interview with me. "To me, he's the best emcee of all time." Not a bold claim, but even if you disagree on his precise position in the annals of hip-hop history, it's certainly an accomplishment to be working with Nas.

Anyway, Lipstein emphasized that working with the legendary Queensbridge rapper was an actual collaboration; not just a cosign from a celebrity. "He's an absolute pleasure to work with", reported Lipstein, "and he's a very, very smart guy." It's design compatibility like that, Lipstein explained, that makes the difference in a collection.

Example? Nas had certain key pieces that he wanted in the collection. "He loves bombers, I love bombers, so it was an easy conversation", said Lipstein. The collection extends beyond just outerwear, but there's an echo of the iconic bomber profile in each piece.

Lipstein, who is still an editor as well as an emerging designer, pointed out that his position makes him perfectly situated to see what's coming in menswear. "This was like the logical next step for me". His favorite OG song from God's Son is "If I Ruled The World", after all -- and to go global, you've got to work with global talent.

With that experience, he also understands the cliches of the menswear landscape. "A lot of people claim [of their brands] 'Oh, it?s high-end fashion in streetwear!'", but HSTRY, Lipstein stresses, "actually is [premium]. The leathers are from Torino, Italy; all the ribbing is cashmere".

Grungy Gentleman already has a Spring 2014 collection with Nas' HSTRY in the works, as well as some still-under-wraps projects that Lipstein is stoked about. As for HSTRY, he muses, the sky is really the limit for the rapper because his brand is such an open vessel. "It has such a broad name... if [Nas] wants to do something with technology, or cars, you know, it works".

Imagine a leather-heavy Grungy Gentleman x HSTRY car (upholstered in Italian leather, of course.)

Vibe

July 2013

Vibe

Life appears to still be good for Nas, since the 39-year-old Queens emcee is set to launch a new clothing line in conjunction with fashion/multimedia hybrid company Grungy Gentleman. Their pristine collection, entitled HSTRY includes a heavy emphasis on leather apparel, which adorns everything from their baseball caps to the sleeves of their flannel shirts. In addition to the dreary outerwear, the brand is offering a leather ski mask that seemingly fits the classic, yet edgy theme. All of the 33 pieces included in the premiere HSTRY collection will be available via Grungy Gentleman’s online store on August 1.

Check out a preview of the high- end streetwear line's fresh garbs above!​

Refinery 29

July 2013

Refinery 29

​From Jay-Z's Rocawear to the forthcoming Kanye x A.P.C. collaboration, the art of rapper-turned-designer has long been a thing. So, when we heard that Nas had also jumped aboard the fashion train, we were hardly surprised. What was unexpected? The quality of the line — because it's really, really good.

Teaming up with Jace Lipstein of Grungy Gentleman, Nas has designed a 33-piece streetwear collection called HSTRY. Highlights of the line include leather outerwear, flannel shirts, baseball caps, and ski masks (duh). And, as Stylelite points out, the pieces have very minimal branding, which makes for maximum street cred. 

"Clothes represent happiness," according to Nas. "They're our protection — even a reflection of what's in our heads, our thoughts and ideas. Hence the phrase, 'wearing our hearts on our sleeves.' With HSTRY, I'm embracing our greatest moments recorded in time in the form of premium street fashion." We agree: Clothes are happiness. And our love of menswear means we've got our eye on half your collection right now.

The full line will be available on Grungy Gentleman beginning August 1. Though prices are not yet finalized, some items have been tagged anywhere from $85 to $1,800, running the gamut of price points. In the meantime, check out more of thelookbook. (Stylelite)

WWD

July 2013

WWD

​Hip-hop star Nasir Jones, better known as Nas, has partnered with Jace Lipstein, founder of the men’s style site Grungy Gentleman, on a line of high-end streetwear called HSTRY. The initial 33-piece...

High Snobiety

July 2013

High Snobiety

​Nasir Jones, aka Nas, has teamed up with the Grungy Gentleman to create HSTRY, a clothing and accessories lineup that takes classic sportswear items into tougher, edgier territory by utilizing quilted leather accents and mixed media finishes. The made in the USA line, which debuts for Fall 2013, takes a streetwear approach to everyday menswear gear. Look for HSTRY to hit select stores this fall.

GQ

July 2013

GQ

​Nasir Jones (you may know him as Nas) has teamed up with the Grungy Gentleman himself to create HSTRY, a clothing and accessories lineup that takes classic sportswear items into tougher, edgier territory with quilted leather accents and mixed media finishes. The made in the U.S.A. line, which debuts for Fall 2013, takes a decidedly streetwear approach to everyday menswear gear, so your go-to flannel becomes a statement making shirt or an essential peacoat looks downright futuristic thanks to neoprene fabric. When most celebs, let alone music industry folks, are happy to slap their name on any designs for a fat check, we have to give it up to Mr. Jones and G.G. for trying something new. Look for the HSTRY to hit select stores this fall.

The Crosby Press

May 2013

The Crosby Press

​Before you get any further into this story, you should know: Grungy Mutts is a crewneck sweatshirt. WE KNOW, WE KNOW -- IT'S SUMMER. 

But the Grungy Gentleman is a worldly chap, and Muttonhead hails from Toronto (where it's always cold, because Canada!), so deal with it.

Dealing with it should be easy, though, 'cause this collaborative crewneck is a neatly sewn, reversible French terry staple that'll stand strong on June's chilly nights and October's chilly mornings.

The crew is produced sweatshop-free in Drake's hometown, and boasts quality touches like a flush chainstitch at the yoke & front collar, as well as banded cuffs & hem.

But its most pronounced feature, of course, is its branding -- a big ol' 15 beneath the inscription "Grungy Mutts" on the back, and "Big Leagues" or a baseball logo on the front breast (depending on which side you're showing.)

You can cop the crew now at Muttonheads' webstore for $134 USD.

The Crosby Press

March 2013

The Crosby Press

"It's important to have American menswear... we gotta keep New York still on the map, and that's a priority."

Jace Lipstein is Grungy Gentleman's Editor-in-Chief, but recently the outspoken New York tastemaker has gotten even more hands-on in the world of menswear, notching acclaimed collaborations & art direction duties with everyone from Cole Haan, to Del Toro, to -- most recently -- Eton.

We caught up with Jace behind the oaken doors of Soho's Goldbar to hear his creative process, why he thinks American brands need to show more menswear in America, and some of his favorite go-to brands for the coming season.

Check out our interview, dig into the Eton x GG collaboration below, and hit his website for more.

Digging the shirts? Cop 'em soon at OdinThe WebsterSaks Fifth Avenue, or Confederacy.

Esquire

March 2013

Esquire

Walk in these during a weekend getaway.

Edition II Alto Chukka ($335) by Del Toro x Grungy Gentleman, deltoroshoes.com

The Crosby Press

March 2013

The Crosby Press

​While it isn't quite a product collaboration, if this lookbook from Grungy Gentleman x Cole Haan is any indication of the pair's chemistry, they should plan on working together much more in the future. Editor-in-Chief Jace Lipstein uses the brand's clothing to cast its shoes in a raw, washed-out light that's a sharp deviation from the brand's recent imagery. We like the disparity.

The styling and location of the shoot alone are both excellent. Set in downtown NYC's rugged Trinity Boxing Club, Lipstein catalogs the premium clothing and shoes adjacent to models that look like fared poorly in many rounds with Tyler Durden. As for the actual clothes, we'll see chinos, stonewashed joggers, and other contemporary pieces from the Riding Crop this season; a saddle shoe profile headlines the footwear offerings.

The line is set to release today, March 12th, on the brand's webstore.

High Snobiety

March 2013

High Snobiety

​For the second time, Del Toro partners up with Grungy Gentleman founder, Jace Lipstein, for the latest variant of their Edition II silhouette. Inspired by intermixing “playful with believable,” Lipstein’s chukka features dueling panels of navy and brown fleck fabrication with Del Toro’s signature red leather heel tab and laces.

The limited edition Del Toro x Grungy Gentleman Edition II will be available on www.deltoroshoes.com and in Del Toro’s Miami Boutique on March 6th for $335.

Esquire

January 2013

Esquire

What you already know: Pitti Uomo is now fully underway. What you might not have known: the men's-wear trade show just so happens to be the perfect place to launch the new collaboration between Swedish shirt-maker (and friend of The Style Blog) Eton of Sweden and blogger Jace Lipstein (of Grungy Gentleman fame). Because it was at this very event last season that Eton took notice of Lipstein's playful yet done-up approach to sport's-wear via images they saw of him on street style blogs. They soon approached Lipstein — a native New Yorker known on the men's fashion scene for the sporty-meets-preppy blog he launched back in 2010 — about a joining forces. And so, the Grungy Gentleman x Eton spring/summer 2013 capsule collection was born. Cheerful and confident, the lineup of shirting ($245-$255), flecked knit ties ($100, and our personal favorites), and pocket squares ($55) blends Lipstein's camo-fueled aesthetic with Eton's irreverent sensibility, and makes its debut at the clothier's booth at Pitti today. And though most of the clothes we're seeing now won't be available until the fall, these offerings hit 25 stores worldwide — including Lipstein's new online shop — in February. Mark your calendars.

British GQ

January 2013

British GQ

​Since founding his blog Grungy Gentleman back in 2010, native New Yorker Jace Lipstein has become a street style regular. From a well-placed splash of colour at neck-level to a covert injection of camo, Lipstein's effortless remix of American sportswear at the men's shows has cemented his status as one of the most talked about bloggers in menswear. So it comes as no surprise to us that Swedish brand Eton have looked to Grungy for their latest shirting collaboration. Debuting at Pitti Uomo later this week, the collection comprises a selection of shirts, ties and pocket squares which tick the season's trends: fleck and check with camo highlights. Whether you're taking your jeans uptown or your suit downtown, this capsule collection is ready for the journey. Here's an exclusive look.

Shirts from £150, ties from £65 and pocket squares from £35. Available 1 March. grungygentleman.com

MTV

October 2012

MTV.com

​Guide to New York City by Grungy Gentleman.

Refinery 29

July 2012

Refinery 29

What happens when Boy Meets Girl? That's what blogger Jace Lipstein (a.k.a. the Grungy Gentleman) was determined to figure out in his feature "The Girl Next Door Loves Menswear." (The Grungy Gentleman)

If you're inspired enough by the Grungy Gentleman to start pulling items from your man's closet, then you should definitely hope he snaps up the new Ludlow shirt that J.Crew just debuted. Tailored specifically with the brand's iconic suit in mind, the cotton oxford features design details that ensure the two pieces go together seamlessly. (J.Crew)

WWD

June 2012

Cover of WWD

Our Editor-in-Chief, Jace Lipstein, caught in the streets of Milano during fashion week.

​Rag & Bone

June 2012

Grungy Gentleman’s Jace Lipstein

Rag&Bone caught up with the Grungy Gentleman’s Jace Lipstein, to talk about all things style-related...

​Hypebeast

March 2012

GG x Del Toro Camouflage Brogue

Grungy Gentleman collaborates with Miami-based Del Torro to deliver a fresh approach to both men’s style and footwear.

​High Snobiety

March 2012

Grungy Gentleman x Del Toro Camo Brogues

Grungy Gentleman releases Limited edition Sueda Sahara-inspired Camouflage Brogue with Miami-based Del Torro.

Esquire

March 2012

Esquire

Walk in these before one of the 25 limited-edition pairs sells out.

Camo wingtips ($325) by Del Toro x Grungy Gentleman, deltoroshoes.com

Refinery 29

March 2012

Refinery 29

Collaboration alert! We just got wind that one of our favorite local designers, Miami-based Del Toro, is coming out with an unreal, muy exclusive new shoe style. The preppy-but-cool men's accessories line teamed up with fashion blogger Jace Lipstein, aka the Grungy Gentleman, to create the super-irreverent (yet super-trendy) style. The collab-oh is so cutting-edge that this Thursday only they'll be releasing 25 limited-edition pairs of their Camouflage Brogue. Lucky for you (or your boyfriend), we've got the scoop — hit their website when the clock strikes midnight and scoop up as many as you can get your hands on.

Milk Studios

March 2012

2012 Burton US Open Travel Journal

Grungy Gentleman’s Jace Lipstein covers the 2012 Burton US Open.

Zegna

February 2012

Monochrome

Grungy Gentleman helps Zegna readers step up the casual office look.

​ESPN

January 2012

Aspen Packing List

ESPN asks Grungy Gentleman to put together a must-have list of entertainment, equipment and gear for the X Games 2012.

Ralph Lauren Rugby

December 2011

Men’s Style: The Grungy Gentleman Test Drives Our Leather Bomber

Grungy Gentleman test drives Ralph Lauren’s new Leather Bomber Jacket.

The New York Times

October 2011

​Grungy Gentleman x J Shoes

Grungy Gentleman x J Shoes was photographed by Bill Cunningham of The New York Times (bottom row, 3rd image from the left side.)

​Indiana Daily Student

October 2011

Prominent Fashion Blogger Motivates Students

Prominent fashion editor, Jace Lipstein, Editor-in-Chief of Grungy Gentleman & SPEA alumnus, motivates students at Indiana University.

Forbes

August 2011

Grungy Gentleman App Provides One-Stop Shop For Fashion–Savvy Men on the Go

Grungy Gentleman iPad app featured in Forbes with commentary by Park & Bond editorial director  Tyler Thoreson.

GQ

June 2011

Blogs to Know: Grungy Gentleman

​GQ features Grungy Gentleman as one of the most innovative fashion publications to know.

​Refinery 29

June 2011

Stella Friendship Bracelets For You And All Your BFFs

NYC's resident men's style savant, Jace Lipstein, better known as the Grungy Gentleman, scopes out the coolest friendship bracelets for your current male and female besties.

GQ

June 2011

GQ

​Not too long ago, Jace Lipstein was working as an Assistant Managing Clerk at a downtown Manhattan law firm. Now he's designing a collection for Dickies, starting a creative house for young fashion brands and giving us the scoop on how to dress at a polo match. Yeah, the blogger known as Grungy Gentleman's hustle is enviable, that much we know. What we didn't know were the specifics - so we asked the man himself...

The GQ Eye: Hey Jace, thanks for hanging out... So, as Grungy Gentleman, I need to know: With the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic coming up, what's a young, stylish dude have to rock to the matches? Can you be "appropriate" and give a nod to tradition while still being current?

Jace Lipstein: I think it's important to embrace it. Add your own little touches to make it you. I'll be at Governors Island on Sunday rocking a seersucker suit with thin, lime green piping. I always let a little ankle show -- I think it's a good look for summer.

The GQ Eye: What blogs do you read every day? What are you liking that is going on out there right now in the men's fashion landscape? Lines? Accessories? Personalities? You're a fiery dude -- What's pushing you? What else have you got in the mix?

Jace Lipstein: GQ.com and Gilt MANual should be in every guys rotation. The level of knowledge and experience these two mega powers possess is something I truly admire. I have always looked up to Jim Moore, Jim Nelson and Michael Hainey in the highest regard. Every Friday I look forward to "The Week in Style." Andrew Richdale's commentary is quite witty. What Tyler Thoreson, Josh Peskowitz, and Jared Flint are doing over at Gilt is extremely innovative and inspiring. Big fan of "The Gilt MANual Minute." The previous spots with Brad Goreski and Michael Williams of ACL were on point.

The consumer is no longer looking to purchase solely the garment. There is more of an emphasis placed on the brand and its message. Luckily for menswear, the industry is jam-packed with a plethora of young talent: Band of Outsiders, Rag & Bone, Michael Bastian, Simon Spurr, Rogue, Billy Reid, Riviera Club, Burkman Bros, Patrik Ervell, Robert Geller, Richard Chai, and the list continues to grow.

My new obsessions are the GQ iPad App, everything Trussardi, and Miansai bracelets.

And the project closest to my heart is SINGER22, where they've added me as Men's Fashion Director. We're adding a retail presence with stand-alone men's shops in NYC, LA, Miami, and Long Island. Our Fall '11 buy is very strong and I look forward to working on collaborations exclusive to SINGER22.

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The GQ Eye: We hear you've got a lot going on -- Tell us about the launch of your fashion creative house, correct me if i'm wrong, SoCreo? How'd it go down? What's in store? Who's on board? 

Jace Lipstein: SoCreo is the name of the fashion house. Creo is the Latin root for creative. Our logo is a pneumonic device for thinking outside the box, which is exactly what we intend on doing for our clients. I'm fortunate enough to have two partners in Barrett Beard and Shallon Hunter that will implement our vision and tailor that to meet our clients needs. So far, we've got Del Toro Shoes, Kiel James Patrick, SINGER22, Dickies, SPREADhouse, and of course Grungy Gentleman.

The GQ Eye: You mentioned Dickies, certainly the most storied brand in that grouping -- you designed the collection for Spring '12, right? Tell us about what kind of inspiration you had for putting together the line and why it works?

Jace Lipstein: I classify fashion into two categories; believable and playful. While I respect playful and think it's a key component to keeping things both innovative and creative in the industry, Dickies spring '12 is a very believable collection. There is a great amount of heritage within the Dickies brand name. I didn't want to lose that. The goal was to give my take on the line, while making it believable to the consumer and maintaining the brand's aesthetic.

This collection addresses staples in a man's spring wardrobe. Today men are always on the go and seek versatility, comfort and functionality. We went after those things, but we also wanted to have a little fun. Seersucker elbow patches, gold buttons on blazers and a little bit of a Navajo vibe never hurt anyone...

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Barneys

April 2011

Blogger Grungy Gentleman Wants to Be Locked in Barney’s Overnight.

Grungy Gentleman shows modern gents how it’s done, blending classic style influences with modern flair.

​Esquire

March 2011

Shoe Porn: Del Toro x Grungy Gentleman Camo Brogues

Esquire recommends a walk in one of 25 limited edition Camo wingtips by Del Toro x Grungy Gentleman.

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