Interview Series: Jace Lipstein

I dig straight “dude” fashion bloggers – I think they’re ballsy to put themselves out there like that. I found Jace Lipstein aka Grungy Gentleman on Twitter few weeks ago and have been quite impressed by his work ever since. Based in NYC, he’s a regular contributor to StyleCaster, was just featured in Details and is about to release a limited-edition herringbone bracelet in collab with Kiel James Patrick for the holidays.

Meet this young Manhattan bachelor & discover his holiday style picks!


LF: When / how did you start Grungy Gentleman and what was your vision?

GG: I was starting to get encouragement from my friends that I should do something related to fashion. On my birthday, I went to Barneys to pick out a new outfit for an all-black theme party. I was in Rag & Bone pop-up shop section of Barneys and I asked a gentleman, who turned out to be the Director of Sales for Rag & Bone, something along the lines of getting a black and white gingham shirt. He told me that he didn’t work at Barneys, he actually worked for Rag & Bone, so I casually started telling him how much I loved the line. He pointed to another guy and said, “Well you can just tell the designer right there.” I ended up speaking with David Neville (co-founder and designer of Rag & Bone) for about 20-25 minutes and he was very receptive to my thoughts and ideas. Later that day, I reflected on what happened and thought, maybe I really should be following my passion for men’s fashion. My vision is to be the Creative Director of GQ in time.

LF: Male fashion blogging: What do you have to say about it?

GG: Menswear in general has never been in a better state than it is currently. There is a plethora of young talent…Band of Outsiders, Rag & Bone, Simon Spurr, Billy Reid, Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell, Robert Geller, Steven Alan, Burkman Bros. Riviera Club, Textile Elizabeth and James, etc. Young designers are doing a great job at getting men to focus on fit and texture. So naturally, men’s fashion blogging is flourishing as a result of the talent that is on the market.

LF: Tell us about your best interview so far? What are you most proud of so far in your editorial career?

GG: Interviewing Simon Spurr backstage before his Spring 2011 runway show was quite an honor! I’ve created some really radical videos with SPREADhouse for my site… check out my youtube channel to view them!

LF: Who takes pics of the looks you post on LookBook.nu?

GG: A lot of different photographers. I think working with a bunch of creative people, leads to productivity. Everybody has something to offer. Talented people working with talented people, that’s what it is all about!

LF: Do you remember when you bought your first tie? Story?

GG: My father used to give me his ties. I looked up to him, so I used to feel pretty cool when I was rocking the designer neckwear he would give me. I was like 6 years old rocking Versace, Dolce, and Armani ties haha.

LF: You live in New York… how big is your closet?

GG: HUGE! It is my favorite part of my apartment. If I gutted it completely, I could rent it out as a room. But I have my priorities in tact.

LF: What makes you tick / what makes you BUY?

GG: Tick: I hate when the brand whores their label on the garment. Buy: Follow Band of Outsiders landscape and you’re money!

LF If you could give one piece of dating advice, it would be:

GG: Be yourself and you’ll be fine. Do not hold back. This applies to both sexes.

LF: 5 must-have style picks for the holidays?

Oliver Peoples Frames

These frames have an amazing shape and they pair perfectly with a suit. So cool when you can easily pull off the same piece of eyewear for a formal and informal occasion.

Band of Outsiders x Sperry Top-Sider Wool Boat Shoe, Opening Ceremony

A wool boat shoe – how genius? If you ever need kicks, you can never go wrong with Sperry x Band! Ladies who love the preppy look will dig them, too!

Rag & Bone Henley, Rag & Bone

Henley’s are essential. Why? They can be worn alone, under jackets, blazers, flannels, etc and go with just about any pair of pants!

Alexander Olch Tie, Alexander Olch

The best tie designer on the planet. He makes his ties not too skinny and not too fat. Just perfect. The quality of fabric and texture is noticeable.

Billy Reid Denim Shirt, Bloomingdale’s

You can never go wrong with a good denim shirt. You can layer it or wear it alone; very versatile.

LF: How do you live FAST?

GG: Live in NYC. I promise you it’s very fast. I never feel like there is enough time in the day to accomplish everything I need to take care of. There is always something going on, regardless of the time and day.

LF: Fashion talk: what’s your style? favorite designer or trend right now?

GG: The name of my website is a play on words of how I dress. Grungy Gentleman erases the stereotype that all gentlemen
have to be frumpy and grandpa-like. Grungy Gentleman injects
a bit of youth and flair into your step; while still remaining sartorial.

LF: Art talk: what inspires you? Favorite artist or piece of art?

GG: I get inspired by anything that catches my eye. But I do have a funny story about an artist! When I was in 1st grade, my mother was pregnant with my sister. At the time, I was doing a brown paper-bag puppet project for class on an artist and I was assigned Claude Monet. My parents had come with her first name already, which was Brielle. We were in the car and brainstorming for a middle name. I was like, hey – what about Monet? Guess what? Her name is Brielle Monet.

LF: Sex talk: what gets you off? Literally or figuratively.

GG: I am a very sexual person, so that is a very open-ended question… It is important to have good chemistry with the chick; makes for a better time!

LF: Travel talk: favorite destination(s) or stories you want to share

GG: I am a big fan of Aruba and Aculpoco. I enjoy warm weather and beaches. I have always wanted to visit Monte Carlo, St. Tropez, St. Barthes, and Portofino.

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