Times Square, New York City, and the Influence of Calvin Klein on Underwear Advertising and Social Media Influencers

Times Square, New York City, and the Influence of Calvin Klein on Underwear Advertising and Social Media Influencers

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Introduction

Note: This story is based on observations in a pre-pandemic New York City. May we recover from this pandemic experience, so that we will be able to scale back up with deliberate care–over time–to pre-pandemic levels.

One-time fitness model and personal trainer Kyle Hynick posted some photographs from his photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Jade Young seemingly in Times Square in New York City. The backdrop had people there who appeared not to be looking at a dude posing for photographs in his Calvin Klein underwear. The people essentially appeared to be fully engaged in doing tourist things. Initially, I thought that the background of Times Square was a creation of photo editing.

My thought was not correct. A commentator on Kyle’s photos stated that the commenter viewed Kyle’s photoshoot in person. I was immediately intrigued. Of course, physique competitors seek the limelight and can pose their well-trained and dieted physiques on stage in front of an audience. Posing a physique on a public stage is just a matter of scale.

I discovered that another model, Tyson Dayley, a WBFF pro fitness model, also had a photoshoot in Times Square. In his photos and video that he posted on Instagram, however, the people in the background also were taking photos of Tyson. People were sitting close by.

Times Square, Manhattan, New York City. What draws Photographer Jade Young there? Why a male in underwear appears to be an unsurprising sight? I did a quick Internet search on the history of Times Square to find out.

Times Square: from Gritty to Upscale Tourist Destination and Corporate Location

Times Square, a tourist destination and business area, was once home to adult films and gritty culture. There is a blog post on the history and transformation of Times Square at the Times Square District Management Association website.

Times Square and Calvin Klein Underwear

In Photographer Jade Young’s photos in Times Square, at times the models wear Calvin Klein underwear. There is a connection between Calvin Klein underwear and Times Square: the billboard ads for the underwear brand made history there.

In 1982, Calvin Klein had a billboard ad with Olympic athlete Tom Hintnaus in Times Square. The photographer was Bruce Weber. According to a New York Times article, the billboard ad stopped traffic.

Since then, Calvin Klein ads pushed underwear advertising forward, including the next model, Mark Wahlberg. Following Mark Wahlberg, other models became famous after being featured in a Calvin Klein underwear ad. The New York Times published another article about another former Calvin Klein model, Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Also in Times Square, is a guy who has made a lot of money walking around Times Square in cowboy boots and underwear, the “Naked Cowboy“. Freshpair’s National Underwear Day, August 5, had a runway show in Times Square.

Jade Young and Times Square Photoshoots

When the Calvin Klein ads first appeared, high-speed Internet or social media sites did not exist. But that history seems to have had some influence on fitness models and influencers, who often feature underwear or men’s clothing brands in their social media posts.

In addition, there are more underwear brands in the market. Still, Calvin Klein, now part of PVH Corporation, remains a strong market player in underwear.

Jade Young now also takes photoshoots in Times Square with men in underwear in person rather than in a billboard photograph. I think the transition also humanizes the model as you could interact with the model and the photographer and perhaps even get an autograph. Formerly, you only could look up at a huge billboard ad.

Jade Young and Kyle Hynick

Kyle Hynick, featured on this blog, posted several photos from Times Square.

Jade Young and Tyson Dayley

Tyson Dayley, a pro fitness model and fitness influencer, also posted photos and videos taken in Times Square.

Conclusion

When I looked at Jade Young’s photos of models in Times Square, I did not expect that it would lead to a blog post. But the notion of posing in public so openly was an attention grabber. When doing research and finding articles that traced a story, my old journalistic love for a story was reawakened. I could not resist.

How interesting that a Calvin Klein ad pushed the mainstream culture forward as well as developed many new underwear brands. Despite that, Calvin Klein remains a market force.

If you notice any Instagram posts with other fitness models in Times Square, please leave a comment with the link.

Male Fitness Models: Kyle Hynick

Male Fitness Models: Kyle Hynick

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Introduction

I first saw Kyle Hynick, a mens physique competitor and fitness model from Canada, when he did a photoshoot for Box Menswear in New York.

Kyle by Natalia Reid

According to his portfolio page at his modeling agency, City Models, Kyle is 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall with a 31 inch (78.7 cm) waist. Kyle is also associated with the NUMA Network.

Kyle relaxes during the weekend.

A One-Time YouTuber

In doing a search on YouTube, I found that Kyle had been a fitness YouTuber starting about 8 years ago. At the time, Kyle was focused more on bodybuilding. A transformation video received 2.3 million views in 2013, according to an interview of Kyle in a Canadian newspaper.

Mens Physique vs. Bodybuilding

In mens physique, the contestants wear board shorts and do semi-flexed body poses. The emphasis is on overall physique not muscularity. The categories are determined by height. According to the Canadian Physique Alliance, contestants are rated on the following criteria:

  • Muscularity and body condition
  • On-stage presence and personality
  • Posing shorts (board shorts)

In contrast, bodybuilding is based on muscularity. There are specific flexing poses, and the classes are based on weight. Competitors wear posing briefs.

  • Bantamweight — up to and including 65 kg / 143 lb.
  • Lightweight — up to and including 70 kg / 154 lb.
  • Middleweight — up to and including 80 kg / 176 lb.
  • Light-heavyweight — up to and including 90 kg / 198 lb.
  • Heavyweight — up to and including 100 kg / 220 lb.
  • Super heavyweight – over 100 kg / 220 lb.

Source: Canadian Bodybuilding Federation.

Bodybuilding poses are the following:

  • Front double biceps
  • Front lat spread
  • Side chest
  • Side tricep
  • Back double biceps
  • Back lat spread
  • Front ab / thigh
  • Most muscular

Source: Canadian Bodybuilding Federation.

Kyle Wins Mens Physique Show in 2019

While at the Texas Box Menswear photoshoot, Kyle was in pre-contest condition. In October 2019, after the Texas photoshoot, Kyle competed in and won the novice mens physique division at the 2019 St. John Fall Classic in Canada. Kyle had some photos from the contest period.

Pre-contest-stage tan applied.
Post-contest-win physique

Kyle’s Social Media

Instagram |

Kyle performs the barbell walking lunge.
Kyle Hynick post-workout, April 2020

Kyle’s Photo Shoots

Box Menswear

New York

In early 2019, Kyle was in New York for a photoshoot for Box Menswear, with Photographer Jade Young. Also, at that photo shoot was New York-based model Josh Riquelme.

Texas

Kyle Hynick, wearing Box Menswear trunks, by Rafa

Later in 2019, Kyle was in Texas for the 2019 Box Menswear photo shoot. (Josh Riquelme was also at this photoshoot.)

Kyle by Carlos “Trey” Salazar
Kyle by Peter Fletcher
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Jade Young in Manhattan, New York City

When Kyle posted these photos on Instagram, I thought they were a photomontage. (No one in the crowds of people is looking at him.) Nevertheless, the 2019 photos are really in Times Square, New York City. Someone who saw him there wrote a comment.

Check out a related blog post on Times Square, Calvin Klein billboard ads and today’s fitness influencers.

Phantasma Photography

Kyle also had a photo shoot with Canadian photography studio, Phantasma Photography.

Photo on Instagram
Photo on Instagram

Some photos from one photo shoot were featured in DNA Magazine.

Michael A. Downs

In early 2020, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Kyle went to Miami, Florida for a photoshoot with Photographer Michael A. Downs.

Kyle in Miami, Florida

Kyle got some great images while he was in Florida.

Kyle by Michael Downs. wears Box Menswear’s king fit boxers.
Kyle at the beach
Kyle resting in Miami by Michael A. Downs
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Hello? @themichaeldowns

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Luis Rafael

While Kyle was in Miami, he also did a photoshoot with Photographer Luis Rafael. Again, Kyle created amazing images with his photographer.

Kyle in Miami sunset by Luis Rafael
Kyle Hynick in Miami by Luis Rafael

Mark Jenkins

While Kyle was in Miami, he also did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Jenkins.

Kyle by Mark Jenkins
Kyle in Miami by Mark Jenkins. Kyle wears Box Menswear leggings.
Kyle in Miami by Mark Jenkins.
Kyle Hynick wears Box Menswear mesh-panel boxers.

Steven Schmidt

While in Florida, Kyle did a photo shoot with Photographer Steven Schmidt. Photographer Schmidt mentioned that Seth Holbrook connected him with Kyle. I have noticed how the models from the Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas have supported each other.

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Winners don’t make excuses. @stevenrs17

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Sunrise swim @stevenrs17

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Stevan Reyes

In addition, Kyle worked with Photographer Stevan Reyes in Florida.

Kyle by Stevan Reyes

Conclusion

Kyle has been involved in fitness and modeling for many years. He had a great physique foundation to build upon to achieve his current physique.

Photo: Kyle’s Instagram

I look forward to continuing to seeing more of Kyle’s work.

Male Fitness Models: Tom Seed

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Introduction


Tom’s social media: YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | SoundCloud | Website | TikTok |

Tom Seed, a business owner, fitness model, physique competitor, and YouTuber, lives in the United Kingdom.

Tom’s birthday is 29- March (Aries).


Tom owns a supplement company, Stealth Nutrition.

Question and Answers E-mail Interview

Tom performs the pushup. Photo by George Mahon.

I had an opportunity to ask Tom about his fitness modeling and other interests by e-mail. He provided responses which are detailed below.

How did you become interested (a) in weight training and (b) in being a fitness model?

“I started training just to get in shape and over time my physique kept progressing and after 6 years of training I decided to step on stage and compete in the UKUP competition.”

Author’s note: Tom had written some blog posts on his 2017 training at his blog for back and for biceps.

Did you participate in athletics before or while weight training for physique contests? When did you become focused on your fitness model workouts for competition?

“I used to play rugby and swim until the aged of 19. Aged 19 I stopped all sport and took up weight training until I competed aged 25.”

How have you adjusted your training and nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic?

“Yes I have had to do more ‘CrossFit’ style workouts from home to keep my cardio and weights combined. I can’t wait for the gyms to re-open!!”

What advice would you give to guys looking to become a fitness model?

“Stay consistent with your diet and training but only pursue being a fitness model if you enjoy the process of getting lean and you enjoy being in front of a camera / the spotlight.”

How have you liked working in the fitness industry and with clothing companies? Any things you would want to see improved?

“I have liked working with brands over social media but I would like to see more fitness events that bring like minded people together. There seems to be a couple of big expos per year. I would like to see brands host events on a monthly basis! I enjoy socialising (if you can’t tell).”

Any hobbies or interests outside of your own training?

“My hobbies outside of training would be Crossfit, Content creating (Youtube & TikTok), Visiting nice beach clubs with good pool parties and I like playing online poker too.”

Tom Seed enjoys the sun while standing on the shore of a sandy beach. Other beach-goers are swimming in the water.
Tom enjoying the sun.

Stealth Nutrition, a Lifestyle Nutrition, Workout Supplement Brand

Tom owns Stealth Nutrition, a lifestyle nutrition brand. Stealth Nutrition focuses on providing designer workout supplements–from pre-workout to nootropic brain support. Check out Stealth Nutrition’s website for further information.

Tom is in process of taking photographs for his brand. Some behind-the-scenes photos follow.

Tom Seed: Mens Physique and Fitness Model Competitor

Tom competed in his first Mens Physique competition in 2019. Tom discussed his contest preparation story in a YouTube video.

Tom shows a transformation video showing how he transformed his physique while going from 160 pounds to 139 pounds.

In another video, Tom shows his contest shape as well as excerpts from his mens physique contest where he won third place.

Following the mens physique contest, Tom participated in a fitness model contest and won first place.

Photoshoots

Alex Wightman

During the COVID-19-related lock-down in 2020, Tom had a photo shoot with Photographer Alex Wightman that complied with the physical distancing needed during the period and still produced great images for Tom’s portfolio.

(Tom’s workout shorts, Box Menswear and Jed North. Interesting note–Alex Wightman was one of the photographers at Box Menswear’s photoshoot in the United States.)

Alex Botic

Tom had a photoshoot with Photographer Alex Botic. Tom mostly was in workout clothing. Tom wore jeans and jeans and a leather jacket in some of the photos. The black and yellow swim brief is from Danny Miami. The denim jeans in one of the photos are from Carpe Omnia. (I do not have the brand for the shorts.)

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Wearing red for the street cred 🔴

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Peter Fletcher, Muscle Mountain Photography

Tom also had a gym photoshoot with Photographer Peter Fletcher of Muscle Mountain Photography. (Peter Fletcher was a photographer at Box Menswear’s Texas photoshoot in 2019.)

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@thorbjornsson I’m coming for the 502 🤨

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Tom and Box Menswear

Tom has taken a few photos with Box Menswear branded clothing. In the photo below, Tom appears to be wearing Box Menswear briefs. Photo by Alex Botic.

In an Instagram post, Tom appears to wear Box Menswear boxers. (I do not know the brand of the cool workout shorts.)

Tom and Zac Aynsley

In 2018, Tom had a training session for arms with fitness influencer and mens physique competitor Zac Aynsley.

Tom with WBFF Pro Tom Coleman

Tom had the opportunity to have a training session with WBFF pro Tom Coleman.

Tom and Dan Tai

Tom and Dan Tai, wearing Box Menswear swimming shorts

Tom collaborated with Dan Tai for a fitness model vs. CrossFit squat challenge. Tom got thirty reps on squats is a great result. (Dan, with amazing tree-trunk thighs, got 38.)

In a 2018 workout/lifestyle video log, Tom shared the activities of his day as well as a leg training session with Dan Tai.

Author’s note: This blog has more posts with fitness model Dan Tai.

As a side note, Tom and Dan hosted a fitness retreat in Ibiza, Spain, in June 2019.

Tom Models for Armani and Mens Health in Manchester

On another YouTube video, Tom provides information on how he and a friend walked on a fitness photoshoot with Armani and Mens Health UK.

Conclusion

Tom is getting a great started on his fitness modeling career as well as having great success in physique competitions. I appreciate his responses to my questions. I look forward to seeing more success from him in the future.

Mens Denim Jeans: A Review of Mott and Bow

Mott and Bow Mercer jeans in blue, navy and khaki, left to right.
Mott and Bow Mercer jeans

Author: Andre M. Email: info at menswearnews.com

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Introduction

Mott and Bow, an Internet-based clothing retailer, sells clothing for women and men.

This blog post will cover Mott and Bow’s clothing for men: jeans, shirts, sweaters, t-shirts, sweats, and other accessories. I have bought several pairs of jeans from Mott and Bow. I discovered the company from a Facebook ad.

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About the Company

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alejandro Chahin

The founder and chief executive officer of Mott and Bow is Alejandro Chahin. Mr. Chahin, according to his LinkedIn page, has a bachelors of science (engineering), industrial and operations engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a focus on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and finance.

Chahin’s family has experience in denim manufacturing. The Chahin family owns Intermoda. As Mott and Bow sells directly to customers, it can sell clothes at lower prices.

The brand’s office is in New York.

Mott & Bow – Untangling the Science of Denim Finishing.

Where are Mott and Bow Jeans Made?

According to the website, Alejandro Chahin’s family owns a denim manufacturing facility, Intermoda, in Honduras. The facility has employees that have created denim for the Chahin family for decades.

How is the denim made for Mott and Bow jeans?

The Chahin family, with a background in denim manufacturing, has connections to locate the best cotton for their products.

For readers interested in the details of denim manufacturing, the website provides information on its website.

According to the website

“We source from some of the most well-respected denim mills in the world – Orta Anadolu in Turkey and Candiani in Italy – and buy their most premium denim. This high quality cotton not only looks better; it also performs better. The pricier denim is robust, keeping its shape and aging well over time; unlike cheaper denim that lacks the ability to bounce back after wear. Our goal is to make all our jeans like the vineyard’s finest bottle, and we don’t cut corners to get there, but we’ve set up our business in a way that allows a fair price.”

Orta Anadolu

Orta Anadalu, according to its website, started as a spinning and weaving company In 1953. In 1985, the company transformed into a denim manufacturer.

Denim Production at Orta

Orta Anadolu describes its denim production process at its website. The process starts with raw material (cotton, Tencel/Modal/viscose, polyester/Elastane)). Then these materials go in the spinning process (blowroom, ring spinning machine). Next, the indigo dye is applied (rope dyeing, slasher dyeing). Sizing follows, then weaving, finishing, quality control, and denim service where Orta works with their customers (businesses) to combine designs and fits with washes using Orta’s fabrics. Finally, the fabric is shipped to customers.

Candiani Denim

Candiani Denim, according to its website, is a family-owned business, which started in 1938 in Milan, Italy.

The company describes is sustainability goals at its website.

The blog, Green Matters, describes Candiani’s sustainable denim fabric production process.

Denim Production and the Environment

Denim production has a definite effect on the environment at each stage. A report by the International Solid Waste Association discusses this point in more detail.

 Elastane and Denim

The addition of Elastane, a fabric that has some elasticity, to men’s clothing was once controversial, according to an article in the Atlantic Magazine. Elastane or Spandex was associated with female clothing. Men appear to have had a concern about clothing showing their bodies. As a result, clothing companies associated Elastane with athletic activity, as gym clothing already had Elastane in it, for example, compression shorts.

When Elastane is combined with cotton, the resulting fabric cannot be recycled. In particular, blended fabrics, accessories (zips, buttons, and stitching threads) prove to be difficult for cotton recyclers, according to an article by Adrian Wilson in the International Fiber Journal.

“Yet when it comes to recycling, blended fabrics – as well as accessories, such as zips, buttons and stitching threads – can prove highly problematic, which is why most recycling programs for cotton generally concentrate on pre-consumer waste and those for polyester prefer to recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles rather than post-consumer clothing.

International Fiber Journal

Most denim mills are keen to highlight the use of recycled PET in their ranges, yet these are inevitably in blended fabrics, putting limitations on further recycling in the move towards achieving truly closed-loop manufacturing systems.”

International Fiber Journal

Mott and Bow jeans have some (2 percent) Elastane in them. Mott and Bow’s denim is made to a proposed standard that can help the denim recycling process.

The Jeans Redesign project of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation states that denim fabric should be 98 percent by weight of natural fibers and no more than 2 percent of plastic-based fibers, according to a Fast Company article.

What is LYCRA/Elastane/Spandex?

According to Sewpoint, Elastane is the generic term (used in Europe) for the synthetic fabric with the trademarked name LYCRA. Another generic name for LYCRA is Spandex. The owner of LYCRA’s trademark is the LYCRA Company.

Elastane is made from polyurethane. The fabric is elastic and can withstand high temperatures.

While Elastane was developed in the United States, most Elastane is made in China.

How to care for Mott and Bow Jeans?

According to the website, in general, the customer should turn the jeans inside out, wash the jeans in cold water in a gentle cycle, and lay flat to dry.

For black jeans (men, Jay and Barclay) and grey jeans (men, Stone and Leroy), the company recommends the general instructions but use Woolite dark detergent. For the grey jeans, more frequent washing will cause fading. If the customer desires to keep the grey color longer, the customer should use the instructions for black jeans.

For raw denim jeans (Oliver, Norfolk, and Rivington), the fabric has not been washed before the customer receives it.

The purpose of raw jeans is for the wearer to wear the jeans to mold the fabric to the wearer’s body. As a result, the customer should wait a while before washing raw denim. Raw denim jeans must only air dry while laying flat.

Mott and Bow’s Website and Social Media

Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter |

My Experience with Mott and Bow

Mott and Bow Mercer jeans in blue, navy, and khaki
My Mott and Bow Mercer jeans

As stated earlier, I have bought several pairs of jeans from Mott and Bow. I own the slim fit in the Mercer and Stone styles. I own the straight fit in the Horatio style.

My Mott and Bow Stone jeans

Initially, I found out about the company with a Facebook ad, which led me to the brand’s website. I signed up for the email list.

During the summertime, I received a brand email informing me about the jeans for the summer, the Mercer brand. I tried one in the slim fit, liked how it felt and bought two more pairs.

I looked at the styles and colors of the jeans. I had grey jeans that were torn and I was looking to replace them. So I looked for that color and found the Stone version. The denim feels soft and I love the fit.

Mott and Bow Customer Service

I had to contact Mott and Bow’s customer service for one of the Mercer jeans. An olive pair of jeans developed a situation where the zipper came loose from the pants. I emailed the company about the situation to exchange the jeans. I was contacted by one of the customer service representatives who asked for a photo of the issue as well as the inside label.

After I had sent it, the customer service representative sent a replacement pair of jeans and since the same color was not available, the representative included a free t-shirt, which was a nice gesture.

Mott and Bow Men’s Clothing

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For men, the brand, Mott and Bow, offers clothing in the following categories: jeans, sweatpants, t-shirts, shirts, sweaters, and accessories.

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Jeans

Three fits available: straight, slim, and skinny

Mott and Bow offers jeans with three fits, straight, slim, and skinny.

Straight

The straight fit, according to the website, has a mid-rise and zipper fly. The fit is straight through the hip, thigh, knee, and opening. The leg opening is 17 inches (43.2 cm).

Slim

The slim fit also has mid-rise and zipper fly. The fit is straight through the hip, slim through the thigh, and has a 15.5 inches (39.4 cm) leg opening.

Skinny

The skinny fit has a mid-rise and zipper fly. The fit is skinny from hip to the opening with a tapered leg. The leg opening is 13.5 inches (34.3 cm).

Mott and Bow Jeans Models

Mott and Bow has several models of jeans available, with a few available in another fit (in italics).

Mott and Bow Jeans Models, by fit
StraightSlimSkinny
BensonMoscoMosco
JayBarclayBarclay
LeroyLaightLaight
WarrenWoosterBroome
CrosbyCrosbyCrosby
Oliver  
Norfolk  
Rivington  
Bleeker  
Horatio  
MercerMercerMercer
StapleStapleStaple

Mott and Bow Jeans Models: Straight Fit

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Benson-blue

According to the website, the Benson has fabric that is slightly thicker denim, with some stretch—98 percent cotton and 2 percent elastane.

Jay-black

The fabric for the Jay comes from Italy (with a left-hand weave that makes the fabric feel soft).

Leroy-grey

The Leroy started as black denim and was washed to a grey tone.

Warren-blue

The fabric for the Warren comes from Italy. The fabric has a rugged look, with some stretch in the fabric.

This blog will be continuously updated.

Conclusion

In writing this post, I was able to learn more about Mott and Bow, a brand that I have bought from. I have been enjoying the jeans I have bought.

The brand has an interesting story as well as great products and prices. Perhaps you, the reader, will give the jeans, t-shirts, shirts, sweats, and/or other accessories a try?

Let me know about your experiences either through a comment or through an email, info at menswearnews.com

Male Fitness Models: Josh Riquelme

Face portrait of model Josh Riquelme by Photographer Rob Anthony.
Josh Riquelme by Rob Anthony

Author: Andre M. Email: info at menswearnews.com.

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Introduction

This blog is about menswear, mostly about athletic clothing. The models that wear the photos are inescapably part of the industry as their physiques carry the brands’ clothing. The first model I will start with is Josh Riquelme, who I first saw with Box Menswear.

I remember seeing him on YouTube a little while back.

Josh Riquelme, 22 (at the time of this post in February 2020), is from upstate New York. He became represented male model, with BMG Models, in 2019, according to an Instagram post.

Before becoming a signed model, Josh had his YouTube channel where he posted about his preparation for a mens physique competition as well as modeling photoshoots. His videos started in 2016, then had about a three-year break. After that break, he started making videos again.

This blog post will cover Josh’s social media pages, his men’s physique preparation, his return to YouTube after a break and then his photoshoots that he has posted about on his social media channels.

Josh’s Social Media

Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube |

Josh seems to favor Instagram and YouTube, so this blog post will feature the posts that he uploaded on those sites.

YouTube

Mens Physique Competitor, 2016

Josh competed in a mens physique contest while a teenager. He covered his contest preparation on his YouTube account in 2016.

Josh prepared for a contest just after he graduated high school. He was 19 and a social media marketing coordinator. He started a video log to show his progress as he got into contest shape.

While doing the contest preparation, Josh also did a photoshoot with lifestyle shots.

Contest Preparation Macronutrients

Josh explained that his contest preparation macronutrients (aka macros) break down was–

Contest cut: 200 g protein, 250 g carbohydrates, and 55 g fat. For carbohydrates and protein, each gram is 4 calories and for fat, each gram is 9 calories. So the calories for Josh’s macros were 2295.

Refeed (for days to regain energy): 180 g protein, 390 carbohydrates, and 50 g fat. The calories for this was 2730.

Josh ultimately earned his pro card at his contest.

Contest Shape Transformation

Josh has a YouTube video showing his progression from the start of his contest preparation through his final contest shape and winning his pro card.

He started contest preparation at about 165 pounds (74.8 kg) and competed at about 148 pounds (67.5 kg).

After the Show

After the YouTube videos covering this contest, there were no updates to the channel until mid-2019. Josh prepared a video explaining what had happened in an update video.

Josh discussed his observations about his journey through depression and after depression on an Instagram page.

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Personas como el valen ORO, el supero su depresion te dejare su historia. 🖤🖤🖤🖤😍😍😍 #DEPRESSION… ⠀⠀ Often dealt with but never talked about. ⠀⠀ Where do I start?… ⠀⠀ Well, I always said that eventually I will talk about this topic & here it is. ⠀⠀ Yes depression is something I was dealing with since 2016 and that’s where it all sorta went down hill. I lost myself and no longer knew what I wanted to do, I felt like I had no purpose. I was constantly using older pictures to hide what I looked like at the time … ⠀⠀ There’s a bunch of different things that can trigger depression such as relationships, family, finances, physical appearance and the list goes on. Those who have dealt with it will understand ⠀⠀ You tend to isolate yourself from everything and everyone, lacking motivation to do anything and wondering as to why? I sincerely want to apologize to anyone who I pushed away because of this. ⠀⠀ Everyone just sees things from the outside and never look at the bigger picture. Those same people that you judge may be going through a hard time in their life… ⠀⠀ But as of now, 2019 I can say I am at the happiest ever. It feels sooooo f*cking good to be back mentally, physically and emotionally. I will continue doing what I have to do in order to get to where I need to be. I will never ever let depression defeat me again. ⠀⠀ If honestly anyone is currently dealing with depression or ever has and needs someone to talk to, feel free to dm me. I know what it’s like to feel like there’s no one there for you ⠀⠀ Don’t let depression win. It’ll take time (3 years for me), but eventually you will defeat it. 💙💪🏽 #boyslove #boystyle #boyfitness__#superacion #postpartumdepression

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Workout Videos

Several of the newer videos were about Josh demonstrating the workouts he performs to develop and maintain his physique. Unlike other videos with muscular fitness models, Josh also shows his personality in the videos. This helps the viewer see the person who is a fitness model as well as gaining workout inspiration. This is in line with the level of disclosure Josh showed in discussing his bout with depression.

Photoshoots

Box Menswear

New York

He did a photoshoot with the new Box Menswear 2019 range in New York City with Photographer Jade Young. Also at this photoshoot was Kyle Hynick, a fitness model from Canada.

The photos from this photoshoot were for clothes on the Box Menswear website. I picked a few of them for this blog post.

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos.

Texas

Following that, Josh went to the Box Menswear photoshoot in Texas. Josh did a YouTube video log of part of his trip. (Kyle Hynick, who was with Josh in New York, also was in Texas.)

While Josh was at the Texas photoshoot for Box Menswear, he was able to create excellent images with the photographers. One from Photographer Jake O’Donnell from Australia.

Muscular model Josh Riquelme holds a garden hose and sprays water on his body, with the sunset in the background.
Josh Riquelme by Jake O’Donnell. Josh wears Box Menswear king fit boxers.

Below are some additional photos of Josh that were from the Texas photoshoot.

Josh also went to the Liverpool, U.K., headquarters of Box Menswear in late 2019, with plans to return to Liverpool from March 15 to 30, 2020, according to Josh’s YouTube vlog and his Instagram.

Josh’s First Time on the U.S. West Coast

Josh also recorded his experience going to the West Coast of the United States for the first time–Nevada and California.

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They’ve left me stranded in Vegas ☀️🌵

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Josh wears king fit boxers from Box Menswear

Peter Rock

Josh had a photo with Photographer Peter Rock of Rock Photo in Chicago, Illinois.

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☕️ #mycalvins

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Josh Solano

Photographer Joshua Solano also happens to be Josh’s friend. I found one photo on Josh R.’s Instagram page.

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Hope everyone is having a good week! #ootd

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Joem Bayawa

Josh did a photoshoot with Photographer Joem Bayawa, which was in Eroticco Magazine. Josh was wearing Marcuse, a menswear brand based in Australia, in one photo.

In another photo, Josh wore briefs from Bench/Body, a clothing brand based in the Philippines.

In another photo created by Joem, Josh wears Modus Vivendi briefs.

Rob Anthony

Josh has done some photoshoots with Brooklyn, New York-based Photographer Rob Anthony. I think the two of them have created awesome images. Photos from their work often become fast favorites (like the top photo of this post).

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Quarantine got me like 💭

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Say it again

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Rick Day

Josh has done a photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Rick Day.

Mark Aquino

When Josh went to Los Angeles, California, he did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Aquino. The images created were great.

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I just want to vibe with you

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Jᴏsʜ Rɪᴏ̨ᴜᴇʟᴍᴇ

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Josh wears Box Menswear underwear.

Conclusion

From starting with gym training, to competing in mens physique and building his social media pages, especially Instagram and YouTube, and finally becoming a male model, Josh appears to be moving up in the fitness model industry. In addition, he appears to be a personable and friendly guy, that side comes through on his video logs.

Josh wears Box Menswear’s black king fit boxers.

I wish him continued success.

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

Author: Andre M. Email: info@menswearnews.com

Introduction

I enjoy training legs in the gym. The legs happen to be a big muscle group and I love to do squats, walking lunges, and deadlifts. Many shorts are too long and interfere with leg exercise form.

Perhaps, some guys have great leg development and are physique or bodybuilding or are workout enthusiasts who are concerned about muscle size and development. These guys might want to see the legs working while they exercise.

Leg day goal.

What is Leg Day?

For fitness enthusiasts or people just starting out with weight training, leg day is the day that exercises for the legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves) are done.

Dan Tai

Some people train legs more than one time per week following a full-body training routine. Others do a body-part split training routine. The all parts of the legs could be worked on the same day or the quads, hams, and calves are trained on different days.

The legs, especially the quads and hams are huge muscle groups that carry our bodyweight everyday. Because of this the legs can handle a lot of weight and be exhausting to train. The reward is well-toned legs.

Matt Does Fitness and Mike Thurston

I typically focus on the barbell squat and deadlift for leg day. I have found that shorts that do not get in the way on the movement are better.

Dan Tai

Brands Covered in this Post

I looked into shorts that could work well for leg day. The shorts tend to fall in the mid-thigh area.

  • Box Menswear sport shorts
  • Stay Shredded quads for the gods lifting shorts
  • 2Eros S01 Icon shorts
  • Strong Lift Wear premium lift shorts

Leg Day Lifting Shorts

Box Menswear Sport Shorts

Box Menswear, based in Liverpool, U.K., sells the sport shorts, available in black and white.

Model Zach Beech in New York City, wearing Box Menswear sport shorts.

These shorts are not marketed for leg day. I received a pair of the Max Wyatt white sports shorts as part of my order from Box Menswear. I had a leg day workout with barbell squats and deadlifts, so I decided to try them on for it.

Baxter Linn wearing Box sport shorts.

The fabric is light, thin, and soft. I would not wear white to the gym. My feeling is that white is a high-care color; anything other than white will stain it. Since my workout was at home, I could overlook this worry.

Max Wyatt, wearing Box Menswear Max Wyatt sports shorts

For leg day, the sport shorts were perfect–the right length and room for me to execute perfect deep, high-rep barbell squats. The same was true for barbell deadlifts.

Model: Paul Cassidy (with Box in Texas), also in Box Menswear sports shorts.

I would definitely wear these shorts for leg day.

Stay Shredded Quads for the Gods Lifting Shorts

Stay Shredded, based in Australia, makes shorts designed for leg day. The shorts, named quads for the gods lifting shorts, have a lining like swimwear and a short length (mid-thigh) to allow the flexibility for leg exercises, like squats and deadlifts.

The website states that the fabric composition of the shorts is polyester and cotton. See the website for the size chart for the shorts.

Model Kevi Kinetic at the gym.

My Review

I ordered these shorts to try them out. At the time that I ordered, the sizes that I was looking at (L & XL) were only available in certain colors. I ordered the black with white logo and the black with black logo.

When I tried them on they felt a bit tight around the hips but overall there was good support and flexibility.

I did a workout with them, particularly high-rep squats and walking lunges. The shorts worked well for both the exercises. Going deep with the squats was no problem with these shorts.

They have quickly become one of my favorite shorts for leg day.

Care Instructions

The lifting shorts have cotton in them. Cotton, the company explains, can shrink in the first wash, if the shorts are not washed correctly.

Thus, Stay Shredded recommends washing the shorts by hand in cold water or dry clean only.

For drying, the company recommends drying on a flat surface or hanging on a clothing hanger.

2Eros Icon Shorts

The company, 2Eros, is based in Australia. The shorts, S01 Icon shorts, have a mesh brief, are mid-thigh. The shorts are designed for swimwear as well as working out, according to the description on the website. A physique enthusiast named Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011), also known as Zyzz, used to wear these shorts in his social media posts.

2Eros S01 Icon shorts.

The fabric for the shorts is 100 percent polyester and the mesh brief is made of polyester Elastane. A potential issue is that the shorts tend to be small. Check out the 2Eros size chart before buying.

Strong Lift Wear

Strong Lift Wear is a fitness clothing company based in Australia. Of the shorts available on the Strong Lift Wear website, I liked the premium lift shorts for the colors, length, and design. The premium lift shorts are marketed for leg day but they could be used for a cardio session or just relaxing at home as well. The fabric composition is 94 percent polyester and 6 percent spandex. The shorts are made in China.

My Review

I selected the XL size (orange bolt color). It is hard to find the size guide. I have found sometimes that sizes for clothes from Australia can be on the smaller side. After an Internet search, I found the size guide.

I ordered the shorts (before the COVID-19 pandemic) from the US-based website. (The shorts still are shipped from Australia using Australia Post.) At the time I ordered, I was offered a deal to add socks for 10 US dollars and I accepted that.

I had no issues with the shipping before the pandemic. During the pandemic, international mail is affected as flights are being disrupted for the moment.

Shipping and COVID-19-related disruptions. For United States readers, there is a United States Postal Service webpage that details international postal service disruptions. In addition, Australia Post has a webpage for international mail deliveries affected by COVID-19. There are delays in shipments to the United States.

The shorts arrived in a large mailing envelope. Inside, the shorts were in a plastic bag and the sock was in plastic in the same envelope.

The lift shorts have a liner. It is the wearer’s preference to wear the shorts with or without underwear. The shorts fit great and I used them for an at-home HIIT workout and weight-training session.

The length of the shorts was perfect for HIIT training with lots of exercises similar to what was done in my physical education classes in the United States (mountain climbers, burpees, jumping jacks, and so on). The shorts were perfect with the weight-training portion of my routine as well.

I am very happy with the lift shorts. I will order another pair.

Care Instructions

According to the label on the shorts, the shorts can be machine washed with warm water (no bleach) and tumble dry low, removing promptly from the dryer.

Conclusion

Leg day is much talked about because the legs are such a large muscle group that takes effort and energy to train. The benefits of having well-conditioned legs makes the effort worth it.

The shorts (in this post) that have been designed for leg day have worked well. The high quality of the Strong Lift Wear shorts impressed me.

Are there other shorts that you like for leg day? Any favorite leg day exercises or routines you would like to share? Let me know through a comment.

Mens Underwear for Valentine’s Day–Box Menswear

Author: Andre M. Email: info@menswearnews.com

Introduction

Valentine’s Day is a holiday where love is celebrated. The holiday celebrates the relationship with your loved one (or maybe you are getting ready for a great relationship) with food, chocolate, and so on.

Some selections from Box Menswear can also assist you find men’s underwear for Valentine’s Day to present your best self not only for Valentine’s Day but for the rest of the year.

Selections from Box Menswear

Below is a selection of Box Menswear clothing that you can consider for your Valentine’s Day. For more details about these newer items, see my previous Box Menswear-related blog post.

Men’s Leggings

Men’s leggings have proven to be popular at the Box website. Guys seem to love them; their loved ones could love them as well. The leggings have 100 percent bamboo viscose come in grey and white.

Model Zach Beech in Box Menswear white leggings.

Red on Red Briefs

The color red fits on Valentine’s Day. The red on red briefs have 92 percent cotton and 8 percent Spandex, ensuring a comfortable fit.

Box Menswear Texas October 2019. Model Josh Watson.

Black King Fit Boxers

The black king fit boxers are black and suits all physiques. You can choose from two lengths: six inches and four inches.

Model Cross Thompson, wearing king fit boxers.
Model Kyle Hynick in Texas, wearing king fit boxers.
Photo by Peter Fletcher. Kyle wears Box Menswear king fit boxers

Mesh Shorts

This mesh shorts are for the special loved one–see-through mesh shorts. It would be quite a show indeed.

Model Lewis Flint

Thong

This item is revealing (nsfw), so I will provide a link to the website, https://www.boxmenswear.com/search?type=product%2Carticle%2Cpage&q=thong.

Bed Shorts

I bought a pair of Box Menswear bed shorts and love them.

Conclusion

For any reason that you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, have fun. Maybe a choice from the Box Menswear range will help to add fun to the festivities.