This week's Profile is Craig Arthur Von Schroeder of Philadelphia Pa. Philly Fashion guru Sabir Peele tells us why Craig is this week's That Guy.
What I like about this look?
At first glance, it appears that Craig is wearing a basic cotton blue blazer and t-shirt, but, after talking to him for a few minutes I learned that both are custom made pieces from his company Commonwealth Proper. When someone in the general public thinks of custom made clothing items, their minds immediately turn to suiting and formal-wear. I love the fact that he was able to take pieces of custom wear and really injected them with that “every day wear-ability” that most guys crave. His outfit is packed with small details that really make this dressed-down look standout from the rest. It is evident that he gets the most out of his clothing from the worn-in detailing of his jeans and adobe color wingtip shoes. One of my favorite features of this look is the functional buttons on the sleeves of his blazer. Even though this look is very casual, his attention to detail and fit keeps this look from moving into slob territory.
Where could this outfit be worn?
When I took this picture of him, he was actually enjoying a happy hour with a few colleagues. This looks really works well during the early spring when the temperate hasn’t really stepped into what we would consider to be “hot”. If you see yourself running errands around the city, grabbing a few drinks or even having a super casual Friday, this outfit could work for you.
Where can you buy this particular look?
Commonwealth Proper located at 1732 Spruce Street in Center City, Philly, can custom make a blazer and t-shirt specifically to your measurements and desired detailing. Brands like Onassis Clothing, H&M and Uniqlo all carried jersey cotton blazers this past year if you are looking to purchase one off the rack. In terms of jeans, stick to the basics with brands like Levi’s, APC and Bonobos. For a pair of wingtip shoes with some pop, brands like Mark Mcnairy, Cole Haan and Prada are all making shoes with eye catching colors this year.
Take a note from him in terms of how to wear a t-shirt with a blazer by choosing a V-neck as opposed to a crew neck shirt. A V-neck t-shirt frames your face and adds a bit of length to your neck. To get the most out of a pair of shoes similar to his be sure to get the heels and front tip of the soles tapped. Take your shoes to a cobbler (shoe repair) and have them tapped. The taps are plastic and cost about $6 to have them added to your shoes. Adding these taps will add years of life to your shoes because the soles won’t get rundown from every day wear-and-tear.
Craig is the co-owner of Philadelphia based bespoke menswear company, Commonwealth Proper located on 17th and Spruce.