Ian Marko + The Summer Look

I'm no stranger to trends and my style reflects that. I've always had the hardest time sticking to just one thing. My style changes from season to season. In the winter I tend to be more avant garde with my style, lots of layers and lots of black! In the summer however, it's completely different. In Arkansas it gets HOT. Not only does it get hot, it gets humid. It basically feels as though you're swimming every time you go outside. Needless to say, my style has to be light and cool – because I sweat, is that too much info? Haha.

If you've been on a college campus within the past five years the frat style is everywhere. I'm not much into that, mainly because I don't care to have a huge mountain or fish on the back of my shirt, I don't like sunglass straps, and I actually use my chaco's for hiking purposes. With that being said, this spring I was determined to find a company that gave me the frat comfort mixed with something a bit more classic. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ian Marko. I found these guys on instagram and started following their work. Based in North Carolina, Ian Anderson and Marko Peros founded this classic American made company. Recently, I took part in their "in-home" try on they have available through their website. I selected some items, they sent them, I tried them on and kept what I wanted and sent back what I didn't (which was nothing, lol). Below is how it all played out...

I selected the items that I wanted on their website, used the try on code and they were sent straight to my doorstep! 

I chose two of their classic Bova Tee's, the Classic White and Emerald Green. I also added a Dusk Orange Pique Polo. I'm super particular about the fabric and feel of my polo's so I was anxious to see the type of fabric they used. 

After receiving my shipment, I called my buddy Shane Gray and our friend Luke to go out and shoot some images! My first try on was the Dusk Orange Pique Polo. This 100% American Made polo fit and felt amazing. It was light and felt good. Most polos I own are either Jersey Knit, or they have this weird heavy texture that again, makes me sweat! Ya'll it's HOT in Arkansas!

Next I went for the Emerald Green Bova Tee. Let me give you a little insight about frat wear most of the tee's produced are garment dyed or direct dyed tee's. They are made with cheap ringspun cotton with little attention to detail. Ian Marko could not be further from that. This 100% Cotton Tee is feels good and fits well, it almost feels like it has a bit of structure to it. Not like something you will wash once and it's ruined. It felt and looked nice too.  

Check these guys out and follow their instagram for upcoming products! These are ones to watch!

Images by SHANE GRAY > TWITTER > INSTAGRAM

Special Thanks to IAN MARKO & LUKE MORRIS 


WAKA2015

The Blog team and I are going to WAKARUSA 2015! We want to take YOU with us! Thanks to Planet Sun Tanning Salon we've got TWO Tickets to give away! Wakarusa is a premier music festival that was ranked among the top 5 festivals better than Coachella, according to the Huffington Post. This years lineup is incredible and we will be covering every bit of it! The Music, Food, and of course Fashion, are all going to be the topics as we make our way up the Mulberry Mountain.

Below are the details on how to enter. We will draw the winner on May 14th, and announce it on May 15th via email and Social Media!

We can't wait! Over the next month you'll meet the team that will be going, get info on the best way to plan for your festival weekend, and of course, what to wear! We want to know what you think! Send us your best WAKA advice and we'll share in on the site!

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Use the signup form below to enter so we have your contact information.
  2. Share the image below with #MKWAKA15
  3. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND DISCLAIMERS

  • No Purchase Necessary.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Starts May 5 and ends May 14.
  • Official Prize is 2 Tickets to Wakarusa, we are not responsible for transportation or any other expenses related to the event.
  • The Winner will be announced via email and social media on May 15.
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. We are not liable for product after delivery.
  • Mason Kesner Projects, LLC has the right to obtain and publicize the winners name and likeness.
  • If prize is not claimed within 48 hours we reserve the right to cancel or proceed with another winner.

SUPER ICONIC

This weekend I was able to be apart of the SUPER ICONIC Party of the Century, hosted by the Crystal Bridges' College Ambassadors. The purpose of the event was to highlight the new exhibit Van Gogh to Rothko featuring works from 73 influential artists. Van Gogh to Rothko traces the story of avant-garde art from late nineteenth-century Modernism through Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art in the late 1950s and early 60s. So naturally Avant-Garde attire was expected. I was the Fashion Judge for this 1000+ person event. I must say, Arkansas showed up and brought some incredible looks! 

The night featured a silent rave, screen printing your own art, multiple bands, and of course good food and beverages. I can't say enough of how fun it was! I had a great time and I loved meeting so many new faces! 

I decided to mix up the styles a little, so naturally, I'm in black. I wore Kill City Black Denim, New Look Button Down, and a Leather Biker Jacket. On my feet are the Broadie Leather Chelsea Boots by Christian Louboutin

Photo Courtesy of Zak Heald, IP Film & Video
Photo Courtesy of Zak Heald, IP Film & Video

Meet Ginger, Alahna, and Andrew. Ginger and Andrew were the winners of our "Best In Fashion" for the evening. Alahna was my liaison from the College Ambassador team, it was great working with this group and I look forward to many more events! 

I'd like to thank the Crystal Bridges' College Ambassador team for having me, especially Nick Bolin, my INCREDIBLE team, and everyone who showed up! 


Sunday

Nothing beats Sunday. It's the day to relax, refocus, and get ready for the week ahead.

How do you Sunday?


Arkansas Hotel Series + Take Me Back to NYC

This #FollowFriday goes to Ian Crumm and HYATT Herald Square. I photographed these two while I was in NYC for Fashion Week in February. As I'm gearing up for my Best of Arkansas Hotels series, I'm going back through shoots to get some inspiration! For my Arkansas Natives, or those who have traveled through Arkansas, what are your favorite hotels? We've got some gems in this State (no pun intended) and I want to know what they are! Comment below and let me know. 

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! Get out and enjoy the weather!

-Mason

Blogger: Ian Crumm
Hotel: HYATT Herald Square
Photographer: Mason Kesner