Although most folks like to cite their heritage and how their father used to wear Brooks Brothers and J Press, most of us grew up on a steady diet of hip-hop. The #menswear community is embracing its boom-bap roots and placing a new, personalized meaning behind its affair with tailored clothing. Designers such as Mark McNairy and cultural figureheads like Josh Peskowitz have been able to embody the energy and bravado of their hip-hop pasts, and in turn, create new cultural meaning through dandified pocket squares, double monk straps, and eccentric sport coats.

The New York Times recently profiled the #menswear community and some of its prominent members such as Dao-Yi Chow of Public School, Lawrence Schlossmann and Kevin Burrows, co-authors of Fuck Yeah Menswear, and Complex staffer Jian DeLeon. The importance of Tumblr was agreed upon within the article, and how the Internet and hip-hop have taught a generation to embrace personal style. Not only does the individuality of hip-hop help #menswear designers and connoisseurs stay true to themselves, but it also helps break up the stiffness of traditional clothing. But #menswear is out to prove that hip-hop style is much more than baggy jeans, Timberland boots, and The North Face jackets. Do you think this is the right direction for men's style? Check out the rest of the article here.

[via The New York Times]