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