To even the mildly reserved male, going out in patterns and prints can be the sartorial equivalent of being trapped in the wilderness without a GPS: scary, and not the kind of place you want to make yourself conspicuous as prey. But those who fear that florals and animal prints may anesthetise their sense of masculinity need not necessarily do so: it’s all in how you pull it off.

Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas takes sharp masculine dressing to the streets of Hamburg. In Julie Adler’s styling, prints – be they on full jackets, splashed across lapels, or thrown around the neck as scarves – add a layer of interest to the mens tailoring. If an all-over pattern is still a little fear-inducing, the accessory option is a place to start that won’t have you floundering in the wilderness – as Kiecksee & Mass’ ambient black and white shots show.

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Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas
Downtown by Julia Kiecksee & Florian Maas

For the full ‘Downtown’ shoot by Julia Kiecksee and Florian Maas, click on the thumbnails above and revel in the dark Hamburg streets.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.