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Stylish Men of Instagram: and_death

Tokyo-based model Logan Ahl switches up classic suits for vintage workwear.

BY Sarah Chong | Apr 14, 2016 | Fashion

Instagram/@and_death

Featuring patina leather boots and vintage clothing, 28-year-old model Logan Ahl moves far away from three-piece suits and the corporate life. Known as @and_death, this Japan-based Instagrammer pulls off the rugged look quite comfortably.

ESQUIRE: What's the concept behind your signature look?

LOGAN AHL: There are a lot of concepts going on usually, depending on what I want to wear...but I try not to be too literal.  A lot of my clothing is period specific reproductions and vintage, and not making it look that way is crucial for me.  That often requires a blend of modern influence, or mixing period pieces that wouldn't have actually co-existed together. Wearing a vintage Kendo gi with my M-43 army pants, as an example, or Thai fisherman pants with a 1920s -1930s style shop coat. Beyond that, it is about colour tonality, texture, and balancing (or unbalancing) those ideas into a "style" that feels natural to me.

ESQ: How would you classify your look?

LA:  Basically, I just try and look like a vagabond or something - and I've been told my style is like "a vintage Star Wars hybrid" or a "Final Fantasy" character - and really, that's alright by me. But I think it naturally developed this way due to my interest in vintage and the value I place on garment fabric, volume and shape.

ESQ: Where do you source your clothing?

LA: Well, now you know I like vintage clothing - but mostly its WWI - WWII era militaria I take the most interest in, or old Navajo silver. I find a lot of stuff on eBay, or flea markets, and of course vintage stores. I often buy from brands like The Real McCoys (he also works there), Kapital, Engineered Garments, RRL and more recently Nigel Cabourn, now that I have access to his work here in Tokyo.

ESQ: What are your top 5 essential clothing staples?

LA: Top 5 would be: Korean War era M-43 HBT US army pants, Phigvel brown Horsehide Engineer boot, RRL Indigo pocket T-shirt, vintage Pecos boots and HBT Military cap probably see the most wear of anything I own.

 

K  Y  O  T  O - prior to flu.

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Working on my Monte Cristo, clearly.

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Enjoying myself.  Doing a whole Tobias Fünke thing.

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Last Vinter . #therealmccoys #grizzlyjacket

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Protégé ?

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@tomohadachi's cats are like "don't go!! 😿" - probably.

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Mr. Slouch N Smiles. #hewhodreamsofbigpants

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It's not this cold anymore.

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LAME.

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Last fall by @youngjunkoo.

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