David Coggins has made a career out of writing about men's style. You may have come across his work on the pages of your favorite publications, which include Esquire, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, A Continuous Lean, etc. In addition to his writing, Coggins has become something of a fixture in the world of menswear and lifestyle. His status has spawned an eclectic array of related endeavors and features like the cotton-corduroy house coat collaboration with Sleepy Jones on Mr. Porter, co-authoring a book with Freeman's empire founder Taavo Somer on the brand's evolution or discussing Fall style with Barney's. And with all of this, Coggins has been able to pour a life's worth of experiences, connections and insights into his new book, appropriately titled, Men and Style: Essays, Interviews, and Considerations.
On a recent evening, Coggins was stationed at the newly opened Todd Snyder flagship store, located on the northeast corner of Madison Square Park, for a book signing, whiskey tasting and Q&A session. The store, which is filled with Snyder's eponymous collection and various collaborations with other popular brands (something Snyder introduced to the J.Crew DNA while serving as their head menswear designer), served as the perfect backdrop for the occasion. Snyder has created something of a menswear clubhouse, which in addition to all of the clothing, footwear and accessories, includes a Moscot eyewear stand, barbershop, in-house tailor and a small coffee shop/bar.
Coggins sat at a small table covered with stacks of his book and a bottle of Balvenie single malt scotch. He introduced himself and made small talk with everyone that bought his book, before eventually signing the inside cover. He came off as sincere, genuine and grateful - truly appreciative that you were spending your hard earned money on this thing that he wrote. "FOR JOSH, A MAN OF STYLE AND TASTE" he inscribed on the inside of my copy. After walking around the store for a while, I left before the Q&A, while the crowd was still fairly thin.
The book itself is the perfect addition to any coffee table. I often find myself picking it up, flipping to a random page, and getting sucked into whatever topic I happen to land on. It's chock full of interesting tidbits, advice and stories from Coggins and his inner circle of influencers. Whether he's discussing dinner jackets, hats, dive bars, bespoke suits, grilling, beards or a whole host of other interesting topics, Coggins imparts a unique perspective, clever writing and a touch of humor and humility. So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy - I promise you'll learn a thing or two.