The key to looking like a well-traveled man is to incorporate a variety of styles into your wardrobe without looking like a try-hard.
Easier said than done.
But Mickey Ashmore, the man behind Sabah, manages it with aplomb.
A Sabah is a leather shoe based on a traditional Turkish slipper. As Ashmore tells it:
“I worked for Microsoft in Istanbul for two years. While there, I dated a girl from the region where we now make Sabahs. Her family introduced me to a little-known, very traditional, no-longer-worn Turkish slipper. Despite the fact they were quite traditional, a little genie-esque and no longer part of modern Turkish dress, I fell in love with them, and wore them everywhere. A few months after I’d moved back to NYC, I decided I wanted a fresh pair. I found the original maker — they've been in business since 1880s — and asked him to make me a new pair with some tweaks. Then the Sabah was born.”
So on the occasion of his new store opening in Venice, we asked him to throw together a jaunty summer getup that’ll stand you out in a crowd from Albuquerque to Zanzibar.
Here it is, in five easy pieces.
RTH Chore Coat
“My favorite brand and shop in the world. I'm always inspired when I walk in. My go to jacket is an RTH Chore Coat ... I own this coat in 5-6 colors and am currently wearing it in olive. I like it because it goes between casual and sophisticated, day and night, because it’s very versatile and a great weight.”
RTH Leopard Belt
“RTH is the brainchild of a good friend and mentor, Rene Holguin. Like me, he comes from Texas. He has an incredible eye and a sense of style as well as an ability to create a unique shopping experience. They produce in El Paso and Los Angeles and they make, alter and edit a lot of their items right there behind the shop. The Leopard Belt has a subtle touch of funky, and I like the O-ring look.”
Industry of All Nations Madras Shirt
“Great weight, wonderful materials, and the collar is fantastic. Not to mention the folks at IOAN are fantastic. They make a few classic styles, with great materials, all natural, eco-friendly production and many colors. It's the kind of place you get really high-quality basics that don't feel basic, and that can almost become a uniform.”
Mohawk Man SMOCK Denim Pants
“Lightweight, comfy, cool, and easy ... just like LA.”
Monfefo Ginger Shot
“In my pocket, I'd have a Monfefo Ginger Shot ... to keep healthy and energized while I'm traveling.”
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Sabahs Roatan Rose
“Obviously, a pair of Sabahs on my feet. I've been digging the Roatan Rose lately ... fun, a little different, but still quite subtle. You can buy them online or at our new location in Venice.”