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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 seems to favor Instagram and YouTube, so this blog post will feature the posts that he uploaded on those sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Josh had a photo with Photographer Peter Rock of Rock Photo in Chicago, Illinois.
Photographer Joshua Solano also happens to be Josh’s friend. I found one photo on Josh R.’s Instagram page.
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.
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).
Josh has done a photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Rick Day.
When Josh went to Los Angeles, California, he did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Aquino. The images created were great.
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.
While browsing Twitter one day, I saw a post on a model named Antoni Porowski. I did not know about Antoni, so I searched him on Google. I found that he has a website, www.antoniporowski.com, and that he is an actor, model, and chef, who has co-authored a cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen.
As a home cook that relies on recipes, I was
interested and bought a copy at Target.
I am also a fan of photography. (The book has food (as expected) and some model photography.) The topic of this blog is men’s fashion, and I thought I would provide an observation of Antoni’s fashion style from his photos.
Inspiration: Men’s Casual Clothing Favored by Antoni
It appears that Antoni favors a well-fitted, casual look–t-shirts (mostly without logos), slim-fit denim jeans, and white sneakers (without logos), mostly. One photo has a sharp brown leather jacket.
Colors that Antoni wears in shirts are mostly blue and white, with some tops being purple, grey, or light red.
I typically use recipes from America’s Test Kitchen, so that I am assured of a proper result (excepting my own (rare) mix-ups, lol). Many cookbooks have recipes that will not satisfy a home audience with children or will use up every pot and pan you have (overwork).
From a quick read, I was able to find some
delicious new recipes, so I am encouraged to look further and keep it as a
resource when planning meals for family and friends.
Were it not for the Twitter post I saw, I
would not have known about Antoni or his book. Antoni has a great background
and an interesting career path. I certainly wish him all the best.
For my readers, are you a home cook or do you
eat at restaurants? What are some of your favorite cookbooks, foods, or both?
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Box Menswear, an e-commerce company based in Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom.
(Note: I have a review of my order from the brand in another blog post.)
I will start with a discussion of the brand owner, Luke Mills.
After that, I will present information about preparations for the sale started in October 2019 with a photo shoot in Texas in the United States. Following that, I will discuss Box Menswear’s new item releases.
In the interview with Bang & Strike, Luke provided the inspiration for the name of the brand, Box.
I just wanted super duper soft boxer shorts, that you can wear all day. I used to get told off as a kid for putting my hand down my trousers and rearranging my bits and bobs in my boxer shorts as they get all tangled up and uncomfortable and stuff like that, and I wanted something that didn’t do that. The name comes from my mum, because one of the many words for your private parts was your ‘lunch box’. There is a statue above Lewis’s in Liverpool, and the statue is a naked man with his willy hanging out, and she always called that his ‘Lunch Box’.
Above is the sizing chart for Box Menswear clothing.
The Preparation: The Texas,
United States, Photoshoot
In October 2019, Box Menswear had a week-long photoshoot session in Texas in the United States of America. The group had 19 models and 5 photographers (and the Box Menswear owner, Luke).
The models: Dan Tai, Josh Riquelme, Josh Watson, Josh Jakobs, Daniel Shoneye, Alex Grant, Reno Gold, Carlos Effort, Paul Cassidy, Seth Holbrook, Ridick, Kyle Hynick, Fran Dullon, Refugio Hernandez, Rossilino, Dan Soar, Braydan Ifould, Anthony Stefanelli, Mojib.
(As a side note, through social media posts, I discovered that some of the models traveled to the United States for the first time for this trip: Dan Tai (UK), Braydan Ifould (Australia), Carlos Effort (Spain), and Paul Cassidy (Slovakia). (If there are more, please let me know in the comments.))
The photographers: Alex Wightman, Peter Fletcher, Texas-based Carlos Salazar, Rafa, and Jake O’Donnell.
The photo shoot started in Dallas, Texas, and then in Austin, Texas.
Two of the models, Josh Riquelme and Dan Tai,
are YouTubers. They prepared video logs of their experiences. I attach their
video logs below.
Related Note: Josh Riquelme and Seth Holbrook Visit Box HQ in Liverpool
Josh Riquelme and Seth Holbrook (with Alex Rose), two of the models at the Box photoshoot in Texas, visited Box Menswear headquarters in Liverpool, UK, and posted YouTube vlogs.
During this photo shoot, the images for the
new products were captured. In addition, the photographers captured other model
shots, some of which are on the photographers’ respective Instagram accounts.
In addition, many of the models are active social media producers, with many posting on Instagram and Only Fans regularly. As photography lovers, the models also took photographs and posted many photos on their social media accounts.
Josh Watson and Anthony Stefanelli
During the the photoshoot in Texas, among the photos were some demonstrating the height differences among the models. Some photos feature models Josh Watson and Anthony Stefanelli. Josh is 6’4″ or 1.93 meters; Anthony is 5’3″ or 1.60 meters. The difference in height makes for striking photos.
Box Menswear’s Owner Celebrates His Birthday in Texas
Another side note: During this photoshoot, Box Menswear’s owner, Luke, celebrated his birthday.
Josh Watson’s Interview with Only Fans
Josh Watson, one of the Box Menswear models at the Texas photoshoot in 2019, had an interview with Only Fans. In the interview, Josh discusses his background as well as his favorite activities.
Box Menswear: New Item Releases
Box Menswear has released new items for sale:
loungewear, new selections in underwear, and two items related to a campaign
for a UK organization, the National AIDS Trust.
Loungewear: Leggings and Lounge
or Pajama Shorts
Loungewear appears to be a popular clothing
category. The clothing is designed for wearing in one’s home–chilling after a
workday, dressing for a work-from-home day, or just for watching TV or doing
house chores. The clothing appears to be related to pajamas, or sleep clothing,
because you can wear these clothes to sleep in.
The key is that the clothing should look neat,
as stated in an article by Men’s Health.
Box Menswear has responded to this requirement with two items, leggings, and
lounge (or pajama) shorts.
The fabric in the leggings is 95 percent bamboo cotton and 5 percent spandex. According to the company description of the leggings, the fabric is “super soft bamboo cotton material” which are designed to “keep your legs warm without feeling restricted.”
The leggings are designed to be worn by itself
or with shorts. The issue is how a guy would feel having his manhood visible to
the world. I did a quick search engine search and found an article at Men’s Health,
where the author, Brett Williams, asked staff on their opinions on how to wear
leggings in the gym. Most of the guys’ questions would choose to wear shorts
over the leggings in public. The author ultimately decided to wear the leggings
by themselves–but with a shirt big enough to cover his manhood.
The colors that Box Menswear has for sale, grey and white could be more revealing without shorts and a grueling, sweaty workout at the gym or for an outdoor run. One of the photos with Ridick has Ridick in soaking-wet leggings. The fabric becomes transparent, and the fabric does become somewhat revealing (link (nsfw)) in the manhood area but not totally.
[So, dear reader, what is your say, leggings
with or without shorts? Drop a comment with your thoughts.]
(The fabric content for these fishnet-style
shorts is not mentioned in the product description.)
The models on the Box Menswear website,
demonstrate all options for wearing these shorts. These shorts are best left
for the private entertainment of a significant other.
Men’s Underwear: Boxer Briefs
While the product descriptions at Box Menswear
have “boxers”, the fit of the Box Menswear boxers is actually a boxer brief.
Boxer shorts have a full fit, while the Box boxer fit close to the body. For
more discussion about this distinction, you can read my previous blog post, menswearnews.com/2019/11/20/types-of-mens-underwear/.
I am curious about these transparent items, jockstraps and the boxers. Readers,
please share your thoughts in the comments. If this is a fashion trend, it
would be interesting to hear more about it. My thought is that these are
more-intimate items for use with significant others.]
[The request from customers and brand fans for
a transparent thong may have answered, in part, my question about these
transparent items. The reason for liking these garments is still not revealed.
I am interested in hearing from readers about transparent, or see-through,
Men’s Underwear: Red on Red Jockstrap and Briefs
Box Menswear with the red on red jockstrap and briefs is donating a portion of each sale to the UK-based National AIDS Trust in support of World AIDS Day on December 2, 2019.
The fabric content of both the jockstrap and
briefs is 92 percent cotton and 8 percent Spandex. The waistband for these
items are slightly wider than the other jockstraps and briefs.
Box Menswear: Existing Items
In addition, to having a new range for sale, the companyhas existing product lines for sale, sports shorts, Max Wyatt collection, socks, boxer briefs, jockstraps, briefs, trunks, swimming trunks, and swimming briefs. (I will initially discuss the sports shorts, and update the page with the remaining items.)
Box Menswear: Sports Shorts and the Max Wyatt Sports Shorts
When I first learned about Box Menswear, I first looked at the sports shorts 2.0 collection. While these can be worn for athletic pursuits, these shorts could be worn as lounge shorts or as even a trimmer form of the boxer shorts, as discussed in a previous blog post. The fabric content is 92 percent Elastane and 8 percent Spandex.
The sports shorts 2.0 are different from the previous Box sports shorts in that the shorts are label free. As a result, the shorts could be worn as underwear.
The Max Wyatt version of the sports shorts has slightly less length than the sports shorts and demonstrating the wearer’s thighs, glutes, and other attributes. These details were the goal of the redesign.