New York City: Mens Fashion Brands

I discovered some brands based in the New York City (NYC) area while researching and writing articles about local models and photographers.

Perhaps, I missed a brand based in NYC. If so, please tell me the name of the brand in the comments section or by email.

ClothingBrand NameWebsite
Briefcases, accessories  
 Stuart and Lauhttps://stuartandlau.com/
   
Custom Clothing  
 Proper Clothhttps://propercloth.com/about
   
Denim Jeans  
 Mott and Bow (tech pants, jeans)https://www.mottandbow.com/
 Brooklyn Denim Co.https://brooklyndenimco.com/
 Williamsburg Garment Co.https://williamsburggarment.com/
   
   
Casual Clothing  
 Calvin Klein (part of PVH Corp.)https://www.calvinklein.us
 ESNTLShttps://www.esntls.co
 Parke and Ronenhttps://www.parkeandronen.com/
   
   
Gym Clothing  
 Athletegyhttps://www.athletegy.com/
  Fourlaps https://www.fourlaps.com/
   
   
Underwear  
 Mack Weldonhttps://mackweldon.com/
 Calvin Kleinhttps://www.calvinklein.us
 Skull and Boneshttps://skullandbones.com/
 2Xisthttps://2xist.com/
  Chulo https://www.chulounderwear.nyc/shop
  C-IN2 New York https://www.c-in2.com/
   
Model: Leonel. Photographer: Les Cordovi. Trunks, C-IN2 New York.
Model: Kyle Hynick in Times Square, NYC (2019). Photographer: Jade Young. (blog post)

NYC Portrait Photographer: Rob Anthony

NYC Portrait Photographer: Rob Anthony

Introduction

Rob Anthony is a fashion portrait photographer based in New York City. (I first saw his work with Josh Riquelme.)

Many of Rob’s models have some connection to the performing arts or the fitness world.

Model: Mark Delannoy
Model: Jaidus.

Photo Shoots

Josh Riquelme

Rob and Josh create great photographs.

Vince Aldiere

Vince Aldiere is a chef and male model. He traveled with Josh Riquelme on a photo shoot trip to Los Angeles in 2021.

Alexe Restivo Lage and Mariano Lage

Alexe Restivo Lage is a model who lives in Massachusetts. (He has a twin brother, Mariano.)

Baxter Linn

Baxter Linn is a bodybuilder, model, and cinematographer. He has chiseled his physique with years of workouts and good eating habits.

Victor Del Rio

Victor Del Rio is an actor based in New York City.

Eugenio Fernandez Gino

Eugenio Fernandez Gino is a photographer and model. Eugenio is from Venezuela.

Model: Eugenio Fernandez Gino

Conclusion

Rob creates excellent images. Many models return for more photo shoots. Do you have a favorite image that Rob created? Please describe the photo in the comments and explain how the picture grabbed your attention.

NYC Portrait Photographer: Eduardo Fermin

NYC Portrait Photographer: Eduardo Fermin

Model Photo Shoots

Introduction

Eduardo Fermin is a men’s fashion and physique portrait photographer located in Manhattan, New York City.

According to Eduardo’s website, he is from Venezuela, where he studied cinematography and worked in a theater for ten years. Eduardo was first a cook and waiter in New York City. Interested in his new city, he began taking photos with a cell phone.

Eduardo’s Social Media Channels

Website | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube |

Portfolio

Eduardo has a portfolio of models for whom he has created photographs (headshots, studio, and fashion). Eduardo also creates landscape photographs.

I am a fan of his photos which have the City of New York as part of the background.

Photo Sessions

Josh Riquelme

Josh Riquelme, a fitness model from upstate New York, who moved to New York City, had a photo session with Eduardo.

Christian Rodriguez

Christian, a fitness model based in New York City, had a photo shoot with Eduardo. (Read more about falls from the fire escape in New York City.)

Christian, suffered multiple fractures after falling (nearly six stories) from a fire escape in New York City on September 11, 2021. (He has recovered from his injuries.)

Blake Bartizal

Blake Bartizal, a personal trainer and a YouTuber, had a photo session with Eduardo in Miami, Florida. Blake holds an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

See more photos from this photo shoot on Eduardo’s website.

Frankie Lucarelli

Fashion model, actor, singer, and YouTuber Frankie Lucarelli has a photo session with Eduardo.

Darren Jacob

Darren Jacob is a fitness model from Austin, Texas. (His modeling agency, The Heights Agency.)

Nate Winter

Nate Winter is a fashion model. Nate’s photo session had the beautiful City of New York as the background.

Jake Hilburn

Jake Hilburn, a fashion model, had a photo session with Eduardo. In this set of photos, Eduardo used light and shadow to showcase Jake’s physique and face.

Briefs, Calvin Klein.

Savar Aktamov

Savar Aktamov, a male fitness model, had a photo shoot with Eduardo in New York City. See more photos of Savar on Eduardo’s website.

Totallyrico

The model named Totallyrico had a photo session with Eduardo. See more photos of Totallyrico on Eduardo’s website.

Philip Fusco

Philip Fusco, a longtime model, had a photo shoot with Eduardo. In a session that Men and Underwear Blog featured, Phil modeled Walking Jack underwear. (More photos of Phil are posted on Eduardo’s website.)

In an article with Fashionably Male blog, Phil discussed his Christmas-based photo shoot with Eduardo.

Phil posted a photo-shoot behind-the-scenes video on his YouTube channel.

Travis Maverick

Travis Maverick, a fitness model, went to New York for a photo shoot with Eduardo.

Travis Maverick. Briefs, Calvin Klein.

Carlos Gabriel Rodriguez

Carlos Gabriel Rodriguez is a model from Venezuela.

Carlos Gabriel Rodriguez

Nick Norman

Nick Norman is a fitness enthusiast, lacrosse player, and fashion model based in New York City (like Josh Riquelme and Andrew Morrill). Nick had a photo session with Eduardo. (More photos are posted on Eduardo’s website.)

Kyle Ehrensberger

Kyle Ehrensberger is an actor and a model based in New York City.

More photos are posted on Eduardo’s website.

Nick Boisseau

Nick Boisseau, a fitness model, had a photo shoot with Eduardo. (More photos are posted on Eduardo’s website.)

Baxter Linn

Baxter Linn is a cinematographer, actor, bodybuilder, and model who lives in New England.

Matt Ortel

Matt Ortel, a personal trainer living in New York, had a photo session with Eduardo.

Eduardo and NYC Street Photography

Eduardo also composes his model photos using the beautiful City of New York as a backdrop. One location is at Times Square. (Note: I wrote a previous blog about Calvin Klein’s underwear billboards in this area.)

Andres Miguel Escobar at Times Square.

Eric Guilmette

Eric Guilmette, a fashion model and fitness coach who lives in California, posed for Eduardo in New York.

Casey Brown

Bathtub Photo Shoots

One of Eduardo’s signature photo styles is a model in a tub filled with white liquid. The white background creates brilliant images.

Conclusion

Eduardo’s photos are great and I wish him and his models great success. Have you enjoyed the models in this post? Is there another photo shoot that I missed? Please let me know in the comment section on through e-mail.

Mens Physique Board Shorts for the Stage

Mens Physique Board Shorts for the Stage

Table of Contents

Introduction

Brands of Mens Physique Board Shorts

You decided to compete in a men’s physique contest. Great! You want to prepare for your stage time to present your hard work to the judges.

How will you choose the best board short that will present your best image to the contest judges? How to develop a smooth, confident posing style for the stage? This article will help you find the answers you need.

Athlete: Andrei Gutiérrez. Board shorts by Ulises Moreno, Monterrey, México.

Bryan Blasio, a friend of Josh Riquelme, is a mens physique competitor and personal trainer in New York City.
Kyle Hynick, Novice Mens Physique, St. John’s Classic, 2019.
Photographer: Paul Girvan. Board shorts, Chula Wear

Preparing for a Mens Physique Contest

I found a YouTube video on advice for newbie mens physique competitors. A YouTuber, Brady Oakey, is a mens physique competitor and a coach. He provided five tips for new competitors.

  • Work on the correct muscle groups off season.
  • You are fatter than you think. Stage lean is ultra lean.
  • Take a longer approach to your prep (greater than 12 weeks).
  • Practice posing and stage presence (smile, make poses look as easy as possible).
  • Get a coach.

Ismael Martinez, IFBB pro (mens physique) and online coach who lives in Mexico, offers five tips for those wanting to compete.

(Ismael speaks Spanish. Below is my translation of his five points.)

  • Take risks-sign up for a contest and experience it.
  • Train with people with the same goals.
  • Hire a contest prep coach.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Tolerate frustrations; work consistently toward your goal.

Sam Newlove shares his first-time natural mens physique contest experience. The organization is the United Kingdom Drug-Free Bodybuilding Association (UKDFBA; its mens physique rules).

Mens Physique Board Shorts Rules

IFBB

The IFBB created the Mens Physique Division on November 11, 2012.

Is there a Weight Limit for Mens Physique?

No. There are no weight categories in mens physique (unlike classic physique and bodybuilding).

For example, at the 2020 Mr. Olympia, there was a competitor, Kim Min Su (height-6 feet 2 inches (1.87 meters) and weight-249 pounds (113 kilograms)).

Ismael Martinez and Carlos De Oliveira (aka Caikepro). Board shorts, Ismael Martinez Coleccion and Darc Sport.
IFBB Pro Misel Lozanic (Serbia). Photographer: CAZ. Board shorts, Chula Wear.

(There are numerous federations to consider. I have listed the rules for mens physique stage shorts for a few federations.)

FederationMens Physique Board Shorts Rules (as of August 23, 2020)
IFBB1. Competitors will wear an opaque, loose-fitting board shorts which are clean and decent. The colour and fabric of the shorts will be left to the competitor’s discretion.   Shorts may have geometric patterns and motives, but no inscriptions and cambered ornamentation. The shorts will cover the whole upper leg, down the upper point of the knee (patella). The use of padding anywhere in the trunks is prohibited.  
2. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed.  
3. Personal sponsors logos are not permitted on the shorts; however a manufacturer’s logo such is accepted.
NPCContestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.)
UKBFFThe attire for all rounds is board shorts, which must conform to the following criteria:
1. Material and colour can be of the athlete’s personal choice.
2. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed.
3. Board shorts should not cover the knees.
4. Personal Sponsors logos are not permitted on the board shorts. However a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike, Adidas or Billabong are accepted.
CPAPosing Shorts: Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts .  Shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button.   No spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.  
OCBBoard shorts (loose shorts that come down to around the knee) are worn for both parts.   Shorts can be of any color and pattern.

Based on the rules of the various federations noted above, the expectation for competition board shorts is essentially the same. The IFBB does not allow cambered ornamentation.

In practice, mens physique contest athletes wear the shorts at the hips rather than one inch below the belly button. In addition, some of the board shorts have some spandex material (Darc Sport, Bro Activewear, Mens Physique Board Shorts, and Alphalete).

Board shorts, Chula Wear
Athlete: Manoli Velonakis. Photographer: Will Cadena.
Stage shorts: Chula Wear.

Miami Pro Mens Physique Rules

For the Miami Pro competition, the mens physique category has

  • weight classes (under 75 kg, over 75 kg to 90 kg, and over 90 kg to 100 kg) and
  • more emphasis on seeing leg development with tighter legs on the stage shorts.
FederationMens Physique Board Shorts Rules (as of May 9, 2021)
Miami ProSwimwear details: Men’s physique competitors should wear board shorts that are waist high and about an inch shorter than the knee. Tight fitting to allow some glutes and legs definition to show.

The posing routine for the Miami Pro is different from the other federations discussed in this post.

ROUND – Men’s physique athletes perform 1 MINUTE free posing in the middle of the stage showing off their front and back and side muscles. Then walk back to the stage to wait to be called out to do quarter turns. Men Physique are to wear board shorts (about an inch above the knees), and are judged based upon muscularity, body conditioning, symmetry, and stage presence. Individual I walk and then quarter turns (front and back turns) and quarter turns when judges do compassion for top 5 placing).

Miami Pro, mens physique

Why Board Shorts?

I could not find the reason why the IFBB chose the board shorts for mens physique. I guess that the board shorts were widely available.

Athlete: Dausen Gourley. Stage shorts: Hurley.

The Board Short, Made for Surfers

Board shorts was created for surfing, but the style and fabric of the shorts have evolved. For more about the board shorts, you can read a blog post on the Old Bull Shorts webpage.

The board short does not come with a liner and fits on the hips.

Board shorts come from big brands (Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong) that come from surfing. You need wide legs to make it easy to move on the surfboard. However, mens physique competitors are focused on physique display on a stationary stage. Some brands have made alterations to the board short focused on that competition goal (for example, coloring, tapered leg).

Mens Physique Board Shorts Style

According to a YouTuber, Hart’s Physique Channel, some of the mens physique board shorts are tapered to show the outline of well-trained thighs. This is a recent development as board shorts are made for surfing and thus have a wider leg opening.

Best Board Shorts for Mens Physique

Mens Physique Stage Shorts: Brands and Creators

Below is a chart showing the brands and creators of men’s physique stage shorts.

TypeName of Creator or BrandWebsite
Custom-Made Stage Shorts  
 Ulises Moreno, Monterrey, Mexico (Example of his work on a post for Andrei Gutierrez.)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pepe_venganza/
   
Pre-Made Stage Shorts  
 Alphaletehttps://alphaleteathletics.com/collections/mens-boardshorts
 ALTAhttps://altathletics.co.uk/collections/board-shorts
 BroActiveWearhttp://broactivewear.com/shop/
 Chula Wearhttps://teamchulafitness.com/collections/men-mens-physique
 Ismael Martinez (IM) Coleccionhttps://imcoleccion.com/shorts/
 Live Fithttps://www.livefitapparel.com/collections/mens-shorts/products/signature-pro-boardshorts-black-maroon
 Mens Physique Board Shortshttps://www.showshorts.co.uk/pages/our-vision
 Narcizohttps://www.narcizo.com/en/our-mission
   
Ulises Moreno

Ulises Moreno, a designer from Monterrey, México, creates men’s physique stage shorts as well as posing trunks for classic physique and bodybuilding competitors.

Live Fit Brand

Live Fit brand is based in California, United States. The founder, CEO, and designer is Randall Pich. (He created a video on how to create a muscle tank from an old t-shirt.)

On December 25, 2020, the brand released a new mens physique contest stage short (signature pro series (maroon and teal), which feature a signature from IFBB Pro Anthony Woods). The price of the shorts is 60 U.S. Dollars.

Chula Wear

Chula Wear is a brand based in the United States. The sizing of the brand’s mens physique board shorts is 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, and 36.

Narcizo

Narcizo is a brand based in Hungary. The brand’s goal, as described on its website, is to create stage (board) shorts that suit the goals of physique competition. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is 28, 30, 32, and 34. The offers two styles—unicolor and patterned. The price of unicolor shorts is 69 euros. For the patterned shorts, the price is 89 euros.

Mens Physique Show Shorts

The Mens Physique Show Shorts brand is based in the United Kingdom.

According to its website, the focus of the brand’s board shorts is to have the right fit and colors (the brand used a horizontal stripe pattern) to make the result of the contestant’s hard work—his physique—stand out to the judges.

The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is 28, 30, 32, and 34. The price (on the day of the post) is 39.99 Great Britain pounds.

Fitness model Tom Seed wears Mens Physique Show Shorts (precontest posing, 2019)
Ismael Martinez Coleccion

Ismael Martinez is an IFBB pro (mens physique), father, and YouTuber who lives in Mexico. His brand, IM Coleccion, has a number of items for sale, including mens physique board shorts.

His website is in Spanish and English.

The sizing of the shorts tends toward the smaller-sized waists and hips–small (chico)-27″-28″, medium (mediano)-29″-31″ and large (grande)-32″-33″.

BroActiveWear

BroActiveWear is a brand based in the United States. The brand states that it creates distinctive styles in its clothing. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is small (28-30), medium (30-32), and large (32-34). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 100 U.S. dollars.

Alphalete

Alphalete is a brand owned by Christian Guzman, and the brand is based in the United States. The brand started its board shorts offering (Titan) on September 12, 2020.

The sizing of the brand’s board shorts has the widest range of waist sizes (28-40). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 55 U.S. dollars.

Model: Misha Koechlin in Central Park, NYC. Photographer: Michael Hallenbeck.
ALTA

ALTA is a brand owned by IFBB Pro Ryan Terry, and the brand is based in the United Kingdom.

The sizing of the brand’s board shorts have these waist sizes (28-36). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 55 Great Britain Pounds.

Growing Importance of Leg Day for Mens Physique

I mentioned that there is interest in having the mens physique board shorts be more tapered to show some evidence of thigh development (with the muscle filling the leg of the board shorts).

For example, Kim Angel, a mens physique pro competitor from Spain has notable thigh development. He is a skilled weight trainer, who is able to keep up in an intense leg training session with Canadian pro bodybuilder Regan Grimes.

Fernando Valdez, IFBB pro (mens physique) from Mexico, works with his coach to improve his leg development.

See a blog post on five-inch inseam shorts, perfect for leg day.
Kim Angel and Regan Grimes torch legs.