Posted on June 19 2017
The Wickliffe Blog
Man, it's been a while since I've stepped in front camera and had a photographer shoot me. But here we are, front and center, styling and working those angles - or well trying to. Don't worry though, I'm not becoming a "model," or trying to be one, but I do think it's important to show who I am to you fellow fashion enthusiast every once in a while.
So hey! Your friendly designer Dwyne Wickliffe here working it on camera and showing you all some love!
Post a comment below to let me know which is your favorite shot or just to share some love!
Posted on June 03 2017
Wickliffe Donovan Leather T-Shirt Lookbook
Here's to an ultra stylish weekend! The Donovan leather t-shirt is available my online boutique now! Shop this shirt here: http://bit.ly/leathertshirtPosted by Wickliffe: Los Angeles on Saturday, June 3, 2017
Looking to spice up your look with a bit more attitude and some slick style, the Donovan Leather T-shirt is definitely the way to go!
I was inspired to create this style by the stretch leather lambskin fabrication seen at the front of the shirt and the back neckband as well. I wanted to create at style that had that edgy leather look but was comfortable to wear throughout the day.
The back of the garment and sleeves is cut from a stretch jersey fabric to allow for comfort and ease of wear. The last thing you want is not to be able to put on a stylish garment such as this one.
So fellow fashionistos, have a little fun with your outfits today! I've just added this little number to the shop for you!
|Shop This Style Here|
Posted on May 28 2017
Wickliffe Bonjour T-shirt Lookbook
Bonjour - Take 2! Now available at www.wlashop.com! https://wlashop.com/collections/shop-allPosted by Wickliffe: Los Angeles on Monday, May 29, 2017
I could literally live in this t-shirt! If you're like me, you love simple and stylish t-shirts with a little bit of character.
I love the french language and definitely sending a simply hello by saying "bonjour!" The great thing about this t-shirt is, not only is it incredibly soft and comfortable, you can say "hello" without having to say a word!
So fellow fashionistos, have a little fun with your outfits today! I've just added this little number to the shop for you!
|Shop This Style Here|
Posted on May 11 2017
The Donovan Leather T-shirt is the type of t-shirt you want to wear when you want to look like a stylish bad-ass - but in the best way possible.
The initial inspiration for this style was a play off of a over-sized shirt with a kangaroo pocket cut from a cotton fabric. It was a simple design with some intriguing elements, like the pocket and seam lines, that sparked the inspiration for me to create my own version of this awesome silhouette. Thus, the Donovan Leather T-shirt was made.
Instead of following the same materials used in the inspiration style that my friend owned, I decided to play with a mixture of jersey and leather fabrications to give the style the attitude I was going for.
I tried the first sample of the Donovan T-shirt with the kangaroo pocket like the inspiration style, but found that too much was going on in terms of the styling.
The whole front of the garment is made out of real leather so it has all the attitude it needs. A simple play with the seam lines while removing the kangaroo pocket detail became the saving grace of this style.
How would I style this garment with other pieces?I'm very much a jeans and t-shirt type of guy - I love pairing my fashion shirts and jackets with a simple pair of fitted jeans.
So, when it comes to styling the Donovan Leather T-shirt with other items from your wardrobe, know that this style was specifically designed to be wearable with your favorite pair of jeans and leather shoes.
Hey, you can even layer it over your favorite white t-shirt if you wanted as well. But I think when you wear something as special as this, it's always best to have a little fun with your outfit. You know, experiment a little!
How would you rock the Donovan Leather T-shirt and what would you style it with?Let me know by posting a comment below! I'd love to know!
Posted on April 23 2017
A Cause Worth Supporting
A Solution to Ending Hunger and Building Community
FoodForward.org's Annual Spring Melt FundraiserFor the past few years, I've been in huge support of FoodForward.org and their mission to collecting and providing food to those in need.
Through this brilliant organization, I've become more aware of the vast amount of wasted produce in our own neighborhoods, and within our food distribution channels, that could become a source of nutrition for the food insecure.
FoodForward.org's efforts in collecting fresh produce that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmer's markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and donating this produce to hunger relief agencies across 8 counties in Southern California is astonishing.
I'm proud to be a supporter of FoodFoward.org's mission to fight hunger, build community, and provide a source of nutrition for the food insecure. With such instant results to helping those in need, it's quite impressive see how much this organization has grown and being a participate in helping Foodforward.org reach its goals.
Thanks to some dear friends of mine, I've become aware of this organization and it's mission. Something I'm so grateful to have been introduced to and to support.
FoodFoward.org's Annual Spring Melt Fundraiser event is one of my favorite fundraiser's to attend and one of the many ways to show my support towards the mission of this organization. Here, you'll not only get an opportunity to donate to FoodFood.org's efforts but you'll also get to mingle with some the chicest people in town.
What's more fun about FoodForward's Annual Spring Melt Fundraisers are the locations where the event is hosted and their local sponsors. This year's event took place in the original birthplace of the legendary Muppets and home to some of the greatest silent films ever created by the legendary Charlie Chaplin, the Jim Henson Company.
Here are a few photos I took after attending FoodForward.org's Annual Spring Melt Fundraiser last night (Saturday, April 22nd, 2017) with a few of my dearest friends!
Before attending this awesome fundraiser, a stylish outfit is a must! Here I took the Black Jersey Leather Contrast Duster Cardigan that's available on wlashop.com and paired it with a few key essentials: a crisp poplin button-up shirt/henley, dark blue slim fit jeans, black Chelsea boots, and a black belt with a shiny silver Wickliffe Logo Belt Buckle. Oh, and incase you're like me and you hate having to stuff things in your pockets, a nice little simple black bag will always do the trick!
Can someone please tell me what this lovely dinosaur is from? I feel like I've seen this character in a kids television show when I was a child.
Need I say more? The Original Home of the Muppets!
Lights, Camera, Action!!! Time to Support a Fabulous Cause!
Let the festivities begin! So grateful to be a part of a great organization and showing some support!
A gathering of my stylish friends showing our support at FoodForward's Spring Melt in Style!
Annual Spring Melt Smiles! Look at these bombshells!
One of us found the flyest Squirrel of all time!
Time for a drink!
And a little dessert and fortunes! Hope I get a good one!
The perks of being a stylish wallflower!
Time for a photo-op!
Love this Doll and Muse! XOXOXO!
As always, thank you for reading along and make sure to sign up on our mailing list to stay on top of our latests posts.Your friend in Style, Confidence, and Fashion,Dwyne K. Wickliffe, Jr.
Posted on February 13 2017
Fall in #LOVE with style in theA lightweight and stylish piece to elevate your style in all the right ways.
Posted on December 15 2016
Thank the gods for this awesome men's grooming product! No I really mean it!If you ever suffered from oily and shiny facial skin (especially that "T" zone) then you'll want to add this handy product to your arsenal...
Posted on November 19 2016
Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so taking care of it is important. There could be a number of reasons why you would want to improve or maintain the appearance of your skin. One major reason to take care of you skin is to slow down that pesky life process that we all go through known as aging.
Posted on November 09 2016
1 CommentsThere's nothing I love more than taking a trip to the movies for a little excitement, entertainment, and inspiration. One of my favorite Los Angeles cinemas to go to is Arclight Hollywood. It's just a simple step away from home to a comfortable, warm, and entertaining environment where some of us Hollywood locals catch the latests movies. The movies is a great source of inspiration where new designs are born.
Posted on October 20 2016
Fall is finally upon us here in sunny California. Our warmer days will soon be turning into cooler days in more ways than one! If you're a California native like myself, you're probably pretty excited for some cooler weather here in our sunny state. In any case, where ever you are, the fall and winter seasons are a great season for stepping up your style......
Posted on October 08 2016
The Los Angeles Textile Show is beyond my favorite sourcing trade show to find the latest on new trends, fabrics, materials, and trims for each season. Though we are well into October, the show actually took place the last week of September with vendors displaying their latest collections of materials for the Fall/Winter 2018 Seasons.
Posted on September 09 2016
LADY GAGA - PERFECT ILLUSION SINGLE - THE NEW ANTHEM
Electricity pulses through me every time I listen to this song. It seems to touch a part of me that's been through the loss of love expressed in the overall tone of the music. Lady Gaga's "Perfect Illusion" single that is just so addicting.
Posted on August 19 2016
We were just spending some time in the sun and having some fun with our good friend and amazing model Keith Reliford. We had a lot of fun creating this short video for you guys and Keith is slaying in this Leather Panel Tank Top.
Posted on July 14 2016
CALVIN HARRIS - THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR (FEAT. RIHANNA)
Two of our favorite artists, Calvin Harris & Rihanna, team up to create another epic summer jam "This Is What You Came For" and we cannot get enough of this track! We'll be playing this song on repeat all summer long!
Posted on April 16 2016
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you've probably seen this style in the background of some of my videos and studio photos. There's an interesting story about how this Men's Leather Panel Long Sleeve Shirt became to be.
Originally, I showcased this style at Magic in Las Vegas a few years ago. At the time, buyers (either reputable or not) told me that this style was too fast and edgy.The months following the show I got a lot of inquiries from fans such as yourself about when this particular style will be come available or if it could be custom made. Well it's finally here! I've heard your calling for this sleek editorial worthy style.
This style is best worn for nights out on the town, or when you're wanting to get noticed. I like to wear mine with leather sneakers and dark blue jeans.
Now you can check out this style here:
Posted on March 24 2016The Leather Panel Short Sleeve Shirt was inspired by one of my favorite fashions styles from a very popular major retail, who will remain unnamed. What I liked about the style that inspired the Leather Panel Short Sleeve Shirt was the U-shaped neckline and the contrast fabric at the center front of the garment. The original garment had a silk contrast fabric at the front of the garment but I decided for the Leather Panel Short Sleeve Shirt it needed to be a little bit more edgy and sexy. A mock leather was used to replace the silk contrast fabric at the front of the garment and was also added as another detail to the sleeves.It's often that some of my favorite styles I love to wear myself inspired items I design and add to the collection of styles found at www.wlashop.com. I love to wear my Leather Panel Short Sleeve Shirt for nights out with friends when I'm wanting to steal the show. The style lines of this style make me look slim and ultra muscular as the sheen of the mock-leather highlight the best aspects of my body. Pairing this style with a pair of my favorite dark blue or black jeans and a pair of leather sneakers is by far my favorite way to wear this style.Now you can check out this style here:How do you rock this style? Let me know by posting a comment below!
Posted on March 20 2016
Inspiration is a key to creation! That's why today I'm sharing some of my favorite Instagram pages to follow for inspiration, laughs, and style. Here are 9 of my favorite Instagrams to follow that no man should be without:
Menswear Dog. Want to know how a dog looks like dressed like you? Look no further. Easily the most catchy, addicting Instagram account we’ve seen. It also surfaces some uncomfortable questions: who looks better in menswear, us—or dogs?
Images from Menswear Dog Instagram.
Men With Class. The definition of looking damn good in a suit. If you want to look like George Clooney every day, click follow for limitless inspiration.
Images from Men With Class Instagram.
Men With Street Style. Men With Class’ rebellious younger brother. The epitome of looking good wherever you go, Men With Street Style will make you want to leave the house.
Images from Men With Street Style Instagram.
Mini Style Hacker. This account shows the mini me of the baller you have yet to be. This little guy has the kind of style that makes you both envious and scared for his teen years.
Images from Mini Style Hacker Instagram.
Fohshay. Two words for this account: simple and slick. These guys nail what it looks like to care about what you wear without trying too hard.
Images from Fohshay Instagram.
Dappered Man….And these guys do the opposite. From men’s bracelets to paisley ties, this is glamor in the manliest way possible. If you want to dress to impress, your inspiration is here.
Images from Dappered Man Instagram.
One Dapper Street. One guy with more style than the rest of them put together. Marcel Floruss is both soft and edgy. He’s got the I’m-a-sweet-sexy-Brit thing down pat and we’re taking notes.
Images from One Dapper Street Instagram.
Jeff Depano. Think you can’t be fashionable and rustic? Jeff Depano proves us all wrong with farm-to-tie looks that women faint over.
Images from Jeff Depano Instagram.
The Metro Man. Sensitive, unruly and down to business, it’s no surprise that Moti Ankari is Bloomberg’s fashion editor. He masters the science of looking like you know what you’re doing.
Images from The Metro Man Instagram.
Posted on February 01 2016
By definition style is the following:
: a particular way in which something is done, created, or performed
: a particular form or design of something
: a way of behaving or of doing things
Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
There are lots of ways that we view style and the great styles of today, in the fashion-related sense. It's often easy to get lost in the many opinions of how people define style. When simply put, style is basically the way in which something is done.
As a designer, I am asked about who are my styles designed are for, meaning what type of person or customer in which the designs were created. There is a particular guy in mind that I design for, but is it limited to a certain age group, ethnicity, or body type? In complete honesty, no. The guy that inspires my designs is mostly a persona made up of confidence, sex appeal, and having great taste. That's a mere short description.
When I design each of our styles I'm inspired by a variety of things such as a fabric, a trim, a certain detail I found interesting somewhere out there in the world. So when I am asked by a client, or prospective client, can I rock this style? The simple answer is yes.
Here is why. I see great style as having confidence in yourself, what you do, and what you choose to adore yourself in each day. Who is tell you that you cannot wear something you completely love? If you honestly feel you can rock it, do it and do it with confidence.
A lot of people believe that style is having the perfect pieces put together that are carefully directed by a designer or some stylist or blogger in the correct ways to wear each piece. Whoever it may be, no single person defines style. In fact, great style is defined and admired by different types of people and therefore great style can take on various forms, shapes, and sizes. Style is an extension of our inner self displayed to the world on the outside, and having great style is having confidence in yourself.
With that in mind, here are 5 reasons you may be out of style:
1. You're not experimenting with your style enough.
Let's face it, staying the same is boring. If your closet was filled with nothing but blue jeans and white t-shirts, you (and everyone else you know) would feel that your style was pretty much one note. Having great style is basically experimenting with new fashion pieces, taking new ways to approaching situations, or trying something new. How are trends created? Some one had to come up with enough courage and confidence to try something new, right?
Think of a time when you weren't sure something would look great on you. You wear it out just to test out if it causes some reaction from your friends or people around you. Obviously, if you're receiving genuine compliments on how great you look, it's apparent you're on to something new that you should try out more with your style. And if not, then it's time to get back to experimenting with a few more styles until something sticks.
Start small with introducing a new fashion piece to your standard outfits and gradually introduce more new pieces into your wardrobe as you become more comfortable with the new style your cultivating.
“Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.”
– Charles Bukowsk
2. You're not expressing yourself properly through your outfits.
We are all born with a unique voice no matter what industry we are in. There is not one way that everyone must follow in order to be in style or in fashion. Style is merely an extension of how you choose to express yourself to the world. I think we can all agree that wearing a tailored suit expresses a different persona of ourselves compared to wearing a leather jacket and fitted biker jeans. Style is essentially how you express your inner self outwardly to the world. Next time you get dressed, take a minute to think about what you're communicating to the world about yourself.
“To attain style in dress, you must look perfectly happy and relaxed in your clothes which must appear part of you rather than a wardrobe you have just donned.”
– Hardy Amies
3. Your outfits are lacking creativity or inspiration.
The fun part about getting dressed every day is choosing what pieces to wear for the days events. If you're shopping and wearing pieces like everyone else, you're likely to not stand out from the crowd. It's perfectly fine to assess the way that other people are wearing their fashion pieces for your own outfit inspirations. But what makes your style truly unique and special is how you put your special twist to it.
“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”
– Hardy Amies
4.Your outfits are not reflecting your personality.
Remember how I mentioned that style is an outwardly expression of our inner self? Your outfits should speak true to what your personality is and who you truly are. Avoid wearing things just because it's what everyone else it wearing. That's just merely imitation. Your clothes should stand true to your personality.
“One pretends to do something, or copy someone or some teacher, until it can be done confidently and easily in what becomes one’s own style”.
– Cary Grant
5. You're lacking confidence.
But most of all, style is the confidence to adore yourself with your favorite fashion pieces and wearing them with confidence regardless of whether you're on trend.
To quote one of my favorite fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, who said it perfectly that "fashions fade, style is eternal."
When trying out new styles, or sticking to your already amazing style, you should wear your fashion pieces with confidence against all odds. Anyone can spot when you are not comfortable in your own skin from a mile away. Choose the pieces that inspire that confidence within you to feel, look, and act your best. Also, take a moment to look inside yourself to find who you really are and how you can better express that to the world through your attitude, style, and personality. Only then will you have true style.
“Style is the perfection of a point of view.”
– Richard Eberhart
Your friend at Wickliffe Los Angeles,
Designer: Dwyne K. Wickliffe, Jr.
Posted on October 20 2015
In the previous blog posts we talked about the importance of sketching the design to map out every detail of the design and choosing the perfect materials. Next up is to put the two together to create an actual garment. Sounds simple right?
Creating a Stylish & Eye-Catching Leather Jacket - Step Two: Searching For Awesome Materials and Trims
Posted on October 13 2015
When I first started working on this style, I knew NOTHING about working with real leather. So, I decided to educate myself on.......
Posted on October 10 2015
As a designer, we make it look so easy to just whip out a new garment in no time. In reality though, it takes a lot of patience, discipline, researching, and perseverance to making a great design..........
Posted on September 28 2015
It's about that time again to source for new fabrics, trims, and contractors for the Fall/Winter 2016 Season. We're out here once again scouting some of the latest trends, fabrics, and materials to create some awesome designs for you guys with style at the L.A. Textile Show.
Posted on January 24 2015
The Best Styling Service in Los Angeles: Shorty's Barber Shop