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/
   
Kyle Ehrensberger by Photographer Balthier Corfi.
Model; Bobby Justice. Photographer: JR Christiansen, NYC. Boxers, Chulo.
Model: Leonel. Photographer: Les Cordovi. Trunks, C-IN2 New York.
Model: Kyle Hynick in Times Square, NYC (2019). Photographer: Jade Young. (blog post)

NYC Male Model: Kyle Ehrensberger

NYC Male Model: Kyle Ehrensberger

Introduction

Kyle Ehrensberger is a male model and aspiring actor in New York City. Kyle is 6 feet tall (1.83 meters) and has an athletic background in U.S. football.

He is also a college graduate, with a major in corporate security.

Management

Kyle is represented by Joe Flowers Talent.

Photo Shoots

Eduardo Fermin

The blog has a post on New York City Photographer Eduardo Fermin. Kyle had a photo shoot session with Eduardo in New York City and in a studio environment.

Michael A. Downs

Kyle traveled to Miami Beach, Florida, to have a photo session with Photographer Michael A. Downs.

Kevin D. Hoover

Kevin Hoover is a New York City-based photographer.

Check out an article in DNA, a magazine, which features an interview with Kevin and Kyle as well as additional photos from the photo session.

Balthier Corfi

Balthier Corfi is a New York City-based photographer.

Gustavo Mirabile

Gustavo Mirabile is a photographer based in New York City.

Conclusion

Based on the number of photo shoots Kyle has had, he is finding his way in modeling. I wish him well.

Is there a photograph that is your favorite? Tell me which one in the comments.

New York City: Falls from the Fire Escape

New York City: Falls from the Fire Escape

Introduction; Model Falls Five Stories and Survives

I found out that a model that I included in a previous post, Christian Rodriguez, fell five stories (16.5 meters) from a Manhattan, New York, fire escape and survived.

I was stunned by the story and decided to look up more information about the fire escapes in New York City.

In New York City, some older apartment buildings have fire escapes, a metal structure attached to the building to allow occupants (a second route) to leave their apartments in case of an emergency. New York City has a regulation for fire escapes.

Fortunately, residents of these buildings can use internal stairways to get out of their buildings. Fire escapes in New York City have a nostalgic feel for those who live there. However, the fire escapes are not needed today and have contributed to several deaths from falls.

The fire escapes are made of metal, which is exposed to water and the sun (which weakens the structure over time). [There was a 2018 TV news report on fire escapes with corrosion.] The fire escape, therefore, provides a false sense of safety.

One story I found explained that as a private engineer was inspecting a fire escape, a 150-pound (68 kilogram) stair tread fell away when she stepped on it. It struck Mr. Richard March-Hart (a pedestrian) in the head, ultimately causing fatal injuries. Another pedestrian, Ms. Nathalia Medllin, also was struck and injured by the stair tread. Ms. Medllin survived. The engineer was able to hold on to the handrail to stabilize herself.

There is another painful fire-escape-related story from Massachusetts in 1975. A photographer for the Boston Herald, Stanley J. Forman, caught an image of Ms. Diana Bryant and two-year-old Tiare Jones while falling from a fire escape that broke away from the building. Ms. Bryant fell onto the pavement and passed away. Tiare Jones survived due to falling on Ms. Bryant.

Fire-Escape-Fall Survivors

Christian Rodriguez

Christian Rodriguez is a stage manager in New York City. He had done a photo shoot with a local photographer, Eduardo Fermin.

After I published the post about Eduardo, I found out that Christian had fallen from a fire escape on September 11, 2021. Christian fell from the fifth or sixth floor. Fortunately, Christian fell first on some shrubs before reaching the ground. While he sustained some serious injuries, with time and therapy he will be able to return to his usual routine.

After all this, Christian is not paralyzed, will be able to walk (after his leg fractures heal), and is in possession of all his faculties. This is a miraculous result given what happened to others who also fell five stories.

Now, he is well on the road toward a full recovery.

Christian Rodriguez by NYC-based Photographer Jozsef Daniels.

[Author’s note: I experienced a much less severe ankle fracture (non-displaced fracture of the lateral malleolus, no surgery needed). I tripped and fell on some stairs at home on the day after Christmas 2020. After being treated at urgent care, there were numerous follow-up appointments (over about five months, with the orthopedic doctor, x-rays, and physical therapy), learning how to get around using crutches, dealing with the soft cast/boot, and the swelling.]

Another Survivor in Brooklyn

I found a 2016 news article about a man falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn. The man was leaning on a railing when it broke loose from the fire escape. The man fell four stories to the ground. He survived but was seriously injured.

Surviving a Five-Story Fall from a Manhattan Apartment’s Roof

While this post focuses on falls from the fire escape, I found an article about a five-story fall from a Manhattan roof. The author, Matthew Knott, is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. Matthew interviewed a researcher, Michael Smith, who co-wrote a journal article about injuries from multi-story falls.

A blog, W42st, had a post about Mr. Knott’s article.

Fatal Falls from the Fire Escape

In reviewing the stories related to multi-story falls from fire escapes, I found some heart-breaking stories. The people involved fell onto the pavement. I extend my prayers to those who fell and their surviving families.

  • Ms. Tyler Thorpe fell five stories from a Manhattan fire escape to the pavement. (May 28, 2021)
  • A man was found on the pavement in Manhattan after a fall. He was known to smoke on the fire escape outside his fifth-floor apartment. (July 31, 2020)
  • Mr. Kyle Jean-Baptiste, an actor, fell from a fourth-floor fire escape in Brooklyn. He landed on the street. (August 28, 2015)
  • Ms. Kasey Jones fell five stories after slipping off the fire escape in Manhattan. Ms. Jones landed in the courtyard.
  • Ms. Imogen Roche, 15, lost her footing and fell from a fire escape outside of a fifth-floor apartment in Manhattan. She landed on the sidewalk.

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.

See more photos on Eduardo’s website.

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.

Braxton Van Alst

Braxton Van Alst is a forklift operator,Army Reservist, and model from Massachusetts. The Heights Agency is his modeling agency.

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.

NYC Personal Trainer and Brand Owner: Andrew C. Morrill

NYC Personal Trainer and Brand Owner: Andrew C. Morrill
Andrew C. Morrill, Co-Founder Athletegy New York. Andrew exercises outdoors, stretching pre-workout. He wears Athletegy workout clothing.

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy

Table of Contents

Introduction

Andrew C. Morrill is a Texan who lives in New York City. Andrew was based in Hong Kong and London, United Kingdom for a few years. He has been in the modeling industry for over a decade.

Andrew is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified Personal Trainer.

Andrew Morrill at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, NYC. Andrew explains in his post that he is a cancer survivor.

Athletegy New York

Andrew is a co-owner of a New York-based athletic clothing brand, Athletegy New York.

Andrew works out outside in New York City.

Sign up for Athletegy updates at https://athletegy.com/.

The brand name is a combination of athlete and strategy. Athletegy products combine hard-working, durable fabrics with no-fuss workout style.

Yahoo News interviewed Andrew and brand co-owner Michael Tedesco.

Model: Nick Topel.
Models: Bobby Penney and Walter Savage.

Athletegy: A Review of My Order

My Order

I reviewed the Athletegy website while updating another blog post. I decided to purchase a pair of shorts and a t-shirt for a review. The sizing for the Quad Short runs from small to extra-large. I could not determine which size would fit me. I sent a question to the customer service about this. I received a reply from Andrew. 

After reading Andrew’s email, I decided to try on the extra-large. I would guess the extra large would fit waists measuring 36-40 inches. I note that there is the brand offers a 14-day try-on period, so you could buy two sizes and return the one that does not fit. Also, I selected the large size for the Ace Tee.

The price for the clothing is on the high side (58 U.S. dollars for the Quad Short and the same price for the Ace Tee). The price is comparable to the pricing of other high-end workout shorts and t-shirts. 

In addition, I have been a follower of Andrew’s social media, so I expect that (1) I am helping a small business with owners with whom I am familiar and (2) that I can communicate with them about purchase-related issues.

Clothing

ClothingFabric Composition
Quad Short (five-inch inseam and has a liner)88 percent polyester, 12 percent Spandex
Ace Tee81 percent polyester, 14 percent cotton, 5 percent elastane

The website is built with Shopify so I did not experience any website or payment problems.

I paid for the purchase and received it within three days (the standard U.S. Postal Service delivery time between New York and Maryland). 

Fabrics for Workout Clothes
FabricBenefitsDisadvantages
PolyesterLightweight, wrinkle-resistant, durable, sweat resistantRetains odors, bacteria can grow on the fabric
SpandexElastic (permits full range of motion)Can lose elasticity if tumble dried.
CottonWashable, does not hold odorsAbsorbs sweat.
Source: midwestworld.com; Cnet.

The Unboxing

The package arrived in a compostable black bag. 

Inside is a white bag that contains the clothing that I ordered (wrapped in white tissue paper), a postcard (with a thank-you message from Andrew and Michael (a nice touch that is appreciated). As discussed earlier, there is a return label if the clothes do not fit.

The t-shirt fits well. The fabric is soft to the touch and is lightweight. 

The shorts are mid-thigh on me. There is also a mesh material toward the top of the back of the shorts. I am guessing this feature is to allow better air circulation for runners. The shorts’ inner stitching and overall construction are neat and well done, as expected for the price point.

I used them for a home workout, which included deadlifts and dumbbell squats—the clothes allowed for a full range of motion during the training.

Takeaway

The clothes are well made and perform as advertised. In addition, you get to communicate with the owners who thank you for your business (a sadly rare business behavior). The price point is higher; however, the clothing should have a long life with high-quality and durable materials. 

The brand explained that the brand will be adding more products for sale. I review them to see if I see other items I would buy.

Photos of Andrew

New haircut, March 2021
New haircut, November 2021