Open Talk with PKP – December 2013

Today, I am excited to host my fifth, and last, “Open Talk with PKP” for the year 2013.  From college to clothing recommendations to life in general, all questions are welcome for submission! 

When: Sunday December 22nd, 2013 @ 8:00PM EST with early submissions beginning now.

Where: All questions will be answered via comments through this blog post.

How: To submit a question, scroll to the bottom of your page, type in your name, email address, and question you would like answered. (All e-mail addresses will remain anonymous and confidential).

-PKP

Comments

  1. Daniel

    I was wondering if you had any suggestions for winter hats? I’m a huge hat person in the winter but I always struggle to find one with a classic & preppy look. Also what are your thoughts on Daniel Wellington?

    • PKP

      Question 1: To be honest, I’m not much of a hat person mainly because I can’t pull off the look. If I had to give you a recommendation, I would suggest one like this.
      Question 2: Even though I don’t own one of their watches, I’m a pretty big fan of their brand. I think the style of the products is simple and great for everyday wear. This one is my favorite.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: I’m a big fan of topcoats/walking coats right now. I asked for this one from Topman for Christmas and am hoping to find it beneath my tree. If you need additional recommendations, should you check out this blog post (or e-mail me).
      Question 2: If I were you, I would go with something simple (preferably leather). I really like this one from Coach or this one from Frank Clegg.
      -PKP

  2. Tom

    Any suggestions for work clothes for the blue collar preppy guys? Manage a plant and can get dirty but want to still look good

    • PKP

      I would try and buy pieces that are low-maintenance and easy to clean. For example, Brooks Brothers non-irons are great because you can throw them in the washing machine (less dry cleaning is always a plus) as well as J.Crew chinos. When it comes to footwear, I highly recommend a leather boot such as Desert Boots by Clarks or Bean Boots by LL Bean. I think the key to this question is to buy items that don’t get worn out easily from high-levels of wear. Let me know if you need any other suggestions!
      -PKP

  3. Rhyne J.

    Hi, PKP hope you are having a splendided Christmas season. Here are some questions I have for you.
    1. Did you participate in young life? If not what do you think of it?
    2. I bought a nice coat from Brooks Brothers recently it comes about 1 inch past to bottom on the front pant pocket, made of the quilted material. Is this acceptable to wear to school?
    3. What should I do if people make fun of my prep style?

    • PKP

      It’s certainly wonderful to be home for the holidays. Thanks for asking!

      Question 1: I did not participate in Young Life, however, I completely stand behind the purpose of the organization. I was involved in a number of clubs in high school and wish I would have considered Young Life more seriously.

      Question 2: You should definitely wear the coat to school! You can always “dress down” a piece by incorporating jeans and just throwing on a sweater if you’re worried it’s too formal.

      Question 3: Just keep being you. You will always have people who don’t agree with what you do, but that’s life! You have every right to do and wear what you want so don’t let someone’s insignificant opinion impact your style. Wear your threads with pride my friend.
      -PKP

  4. Louis

    What are your thoughts on cowboy boots? Living in Tennessee, I feel like they are essential to my wardrobe, but is it acceptable to wear them day to day with a preppy outfit?

    • PKP

      Personally, I don’t own any cowboy boots and have never even worn a pair. If I were you, I would suggest investing in a set of leather boots, such as these, that you could also use outdoors. I don’t think there is anything “unacceptable” with cowboy boots, however, I feel it would be difficult to wear them with a “preppy outfit.” Does that make sense? Let me know if it doesn’t.
      -PKP

      • Louis

        Thanks PKP! Makes total sense my man. I actually own a pair of Clark’s desert boots and they are my favorite pair of shoes I wear in the colder months. Appreciate you!

        • PKP

          Of course! I will say, don’t let me (or anyone else) discourage you from wearing cowboy boots. If you like wearing them and they suit your style, then by all means rocks them with pride!
          -PKP

  5. Ryan

    When I dress up it looks like i am just going to a wedding or something. why? am i just bland when dressing up?

    average dress:

    rl oxford
    tucked in
    docker casual pant
    sperry

    • PKP

      Hmm…well I would suggest trying to incorporate additional layers or textures to the look. For instance, instead of jeans wear a pair of cool chords (the “Deep Copper” color is my favorite); add a quilted vest instead of a jacket; or trade in the Dockers for a pair of herringbone trousers. I think the solution to your problem is that you need to diversify a bit. Feel free to comment back if you want more suggestions (have to keep moving down the list!)
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I think as long as the weather is appropriate (70 or above) then you can wear the white pants. My only advice would be to not go with too “summery” of a look considering it is December.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      As psychotic as it sounds, I do. I think the reason that I have these moods is that I have a lot of the same pieces of clothing (i.e. 15 white OCBDs). In 2014, I’m really wanting to branch out in the brands and “styles” I wear because I think I’ve fallen into a bit of a pattern.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Nope. I don’t believe I’ve ever personally spoken to Sarah except for the occasional tweet. I think she’s a very talented young lady who seems very passionate about her brand. I certainly hope I have the opportunity to run into her at some point.
      -PKP

  6. Cooper

    1.) Do you know any info about Fairfield or Fordham University?

    2.) Do you golf? What is your handicap/clubs you use?

    3.) Brown loafers, boat shoes, drivers? which one with khakis, shirt, tie, and blazer?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I don’t know anything about Fairfield, however, I did apply to Fordham because I was given some “preferred application” where I didn’t have to write any essays (score). If you want to go to school in NYC, I would pursue NYU or Columbia.

      Question 2: I really don’t golf at all unless I’m with my extended family. Tennis is my sport of choice…

      Question 3: Since you’re wearing a tie, I would go for loafers as my first option (drivers second). If you’re looking for a new pair, check out this blog post that has all of my favorites.
      -PKP

  7. Ben

    I have three questions for you:

    1) What is your view on the proper car for a proper person such as yourself being something foreign such as a BMW or a Mercedes?
    2) How big of a role do you let religion play in your life?
    3) Do you like to entertain yourself in your free time with any particular video games, TV shows, Sirius XM radio networks, or anything else of that nature?

    Also, I wanted to note that I have begun reading “One L” upon seeing you talk about it on your website, and so far I think it is a very interesting and enjoyable read. I also have “The Other Typist” in hand to begin reading as soon as I finish “One L”, and based on what you have said about it I am very excited to get started on it!

    Cheers, and Merry Christmas!

    • PKP

      Question 1: There is no such thing as a “proper car” because a label or brand has no impact upon your character. If you’re looking to purchase a vehicle, I would evaluate your needs, determine your price range, and do extensive research about the maintenance, gas, and overall reliability of the model. If I had to choose between the two brands, I would go with Mercedes because (generally speaking) they are more reliable than BMW and have cheaper maintenance costs.

      Question 2: I would say I’m pretty religious, however, I don’t push my views upon others. Religion really depends on how you were brought up as well as your personal beliefs, which I believe we are all entitled to.

      Question 3: I don’t play video games, however, I do watch Netflix. Downton Abbey is my all-time favorite show (it’s amazing) and I think Tosh.O is hilarious (guilty pleasure). Other than that, I like to listen to Pandora when I’m working and spend way too much time on Buzzfeed.

      Question 4: Glad to hear you’re enjoying “One L!” I haven’t made any additional progress on the book, but I hope to finish it by the weekend while traveling for the holidays. You’re going to love “The Other Typist.” The author is supposed to be coming out with another novel in the Spring (I think).
      -PKP

  8. Zoe

    How do you deal with rude/ mean comments from people? Like I have seen some of the stuff they say to you and I have no idea how you refrain yourself.

    What is the most embarrassing moment you have ever endured? (That you are comfortable sharing). How did you cope with it?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I definitely take negative comments more personally than many think, however, I try to frame it as constructive criticism. We all respond differently to things and I think it’s healthy to listen to your critics. With that being said, I operate upon the idea that not everyone is going to agree with my opinion and that’s OK because we all have our own convictions.

      Question 2: Oh that’s easy…when I was a senior in high school I took a dual-enrollment class at the college in my town and ended up walking into the wrong class. The professor was calling roll and I raised my hand at the end and said, “I think you missed my name.” She asked me what class I was in and I said “Psychology 101,” where she responded, “That’s the next class.” In short, it was incredibly embarrassing, but I forgot about it by the end of the week. You should always be able to laugh at your own stupidity…let them laugh with you and not at you.
      -PKP

  9. Unknown

    My cousins always think they are something special. But there not. They always get everything handed to them cars, computers, tuition paid for. Its not fair because I have to work for everything myself! Obviously I am just starting out and it is virtually impossible for me to own everything they have, but here is there thinking.

    I finally finally finally saved enough money (it took two and half years) and I finally purchased an iMac. I purchased it refurbished from 2011 from the apple store online.

    My cousins just got an Mac Pro 2013 and they always make me feel bad because mine is used and almost four years old.

    How do I get them to stop?

    • PKP

      If I were you, I would stop wasting your time worrying about what they think because their arguments are baseless. Life isn’t some competition where we try and have more “stuff” than the other person. Have you ever seen a Uhaul behind a hearse? (Probably not unless the individual built a pyramid for themselves). What I’m tying to say is that more “stuff” doesn’t make someone better than the person next to them. I applaud you for saving up and purchasing your own computer because you, unlike your cousins, know the value of the dollar. Stay strong and just ignore.
      -PKP

  10. James

    Hey PKP,

    I am a high school junior who is looking at colleges. I wondered what your thoughts were on the following schools,

    – UVA
    – Virginia Tech
    – James Madison
    – South Carolina
    – Elon

    Thank you, and I look forward to reading your opinions on each.

      • James,
        As a post-grad who applied to 20 schools and a business major, I’ll give you my insights on some of the schools you’ve listed, if you’re interested.

        – UVA i’ve heard is impossible to get into, so keep that in mind.
        – Elon has a good business program (I applied early action and was accepted but chose not to attend), but has gotten more competitive. I did absolutely love the campus though and it is a good size, not too big, not too small.

        While the acceptance rates have declined drastically (due to increase in applicants), I would look at/apply to Babson College. I’m biased but, it has a great finance program and is unbelievably preppy. The campus is typical north east private school with brick building and beautiful grounds. They really look at your extracurriculars, and your potential and your fit within the school.

        My suggestion personally is to find a place where you walk on campus and feel like you can see yourself being for the next 4 years. A place that feels like home, even as a high school junior. Babson was that for me.

        Hope that helps!

    • PKP

      UVA – I loved UVA (the campus is gorgeous). The only issue with UVA is that acceptance is difficult for students that are out of state especially if you aren’t a legacy. If you’re serious about the school, I highly encourage you to apply early.

      Virginia Tech – I never toured or applied to Virginia Tech, however, they rank high compared to other state schools.

      James Madison & South Caroline – I don’t know anything about these schools (sorry).

      Elon – I have a couple of friends who went to Elon, however, I’ve never been. I know that the campus is huge, but it’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

      Since you’re studying Finance, I would look at universities that have a physical “Business School” instead of a “Business Department.” I’m currently double majoring in Marketing and Finance so feel free to shoot me an e-mail or comment below if you have specific questions!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      DOWNTON ABBEY FOR THE WIN. That show is amazing no matter what anyone says. Other than that, I watch Tosh.O on occasion as well as Parks and Recreation. I was a huge fan of The Office & LOST but they ended the shows…
      -PKP

  11. What is the greatest/most memorable gift you’ve ever given to somebody? I figured this was a fitting question because of the current giving season.

    • PKP

      Love this question. So when I graduated high school, my parents threw me this huge graduation party that I essentially planned as if it were a wedding (I know…I’m a little crazy). As it turns out, the day of the party was also on Mother’s Day. Though the day was supposed to be about “me,” I wanted to give my mom something special because she’s…well…amazing and deserves more recognition than anything that I’ve done in my life. As I was making my speech, I surprised her with this 4×3 foot picture-frame of my siblings and myself. We ended up doing these silly headshots and wrote personal notes on different pages of the book for her. I’ve never seen her react so emotionally to something so simple, which has made it one of the most memorable gifts I have ever given. Thanks for the question!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      When it comes to pieces for men during the summer, our options are pretty limited. If I were you, I would invest in a lightweight blazer that you could wear as a casual or formal piece. There aren’t too many (if any) options available right now, however, I would suggest something that is made out of linen or seersucker.
      -PKP

  12. Levi

    Hey PKP-
    Have you ever traveled to Kentucky, and if you don’t mind me asking, where did you go and did you have a good time? Also, do you have any recommendations for a slim bifold wallet?
    Thanks!

    • PKP

      Question 1: I have! I went to the Kentucky Derby years ago and thought Louisville was a really cool city. The people were super nice.

      Question 2: I really like this “Mill Leather Vertical Flap Wallet” from Jack Spade. If you want additional suggestions, feel free to submit a Tumblr Question or e-mail me!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      My family has this weird tradition of traveling on Christmas Day (we all hate it). Typically, on Christmas Eve, we’ll all go to church and dive into the huge meal my mom has prepared for us. If our flight is early the next morning, which it usually is, we’ll exchange gifts the night before.

      I would say my childhood memories were the best. I remember writing my letter to “Santa” the night before, setting out the cookies, and then not sleeping a wink at night. I would usually set an alarm for 6:00AM, but would wake up early in the morning and creep downstairs to see what was under the tree. In my family, Christmas is really about spending quality time with each other before we all go back to our hectic lives.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      When I was like eight or nine years old, my parents hosted Christmas at our home for my entire family. After dinner, my cousin who was “sick” dressed up as Santa and came downstairs. I was in pure shock and tried to run after “him,” but was grabbed by my mother before I could make my way up the stairs. I can still picture myself sitting in the family room next to my grandmother as “Santa” entered the room.
      -PKP

  13. James

    What are your thoughts on the navy blazer? I do not own one. (tragic, I know) Any suggestions on which one to buy that won’t break the bank. I am open to up to $600. Thank You!

    • PKP

      I haven’t been to Delaware, however, I’ve heard it’s quite nice in the summer! How can someone not know Delaware is a state???
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I would try and incorporate southern décor and food into the party. For instance, your menu could be comprised of “soul food” such as chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, grits, or mac-and-cheese. Your drinks could be served in mason jars and your table could have burlap and mismatched jars with fresh flowers in them. I hosted a dinner party last summer, blog post here, that might give you a few ideas for your party.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I’m actually really excited about 2014 because there are a ton of changes that I’m making across the board. I’ll be talking more about this as the year comes to an end, however, I think it’s going to be pretty interesting.
      -PKP

  14. Brendan

    First I would like to thank you because I bought a pair of Clark’s and they are amazing.

    My questions:

    1. How much money do you think you have in your closet as of right now.

    2. Are Clark’s fine to wear if there is a lot of snow? If not what boot do you suggest to buy?

    3. And even though Christmas is soon, what do you want most?

    • PKP

      Thrilled to hear you’re happy with the Desert Boots! They’re one of my favorites…

      Question 1: Haha, I have no idea…I look at is as an “investment.”

      Question 2: They’re fine to wear in the snow as long as they are the leather boots. With that being said, I highly suggest a thick pair of socks because they aren’t insulated at all. If you’re looking for true snow boots then I recommend purchasing a pair of Bean Boots.

      Question 3: To be honest, there really isn’t anything I need or want. I would love a new piece of luggage since I travel so often, but I didn’t really “ask” for anything this year.
      -PKP

  15. Kyle Phillips

    Hey, PKP! Hope you and your family have a merry Christmas! I only had three quick questions! What kind of clothes would you recommend for everyday wear, know of any nice sports coats, and what about a few bow ties that you think are nice? Thanks for your help!

    • PKP

      Why thank you! Christmas is certainly starting off on a great foot this year.

      Question 1: You can’t go wrong with an oxford and a pair of chinos or cords.

      Question 2: I love this sportscoat from Brooks Brothers (the red detailing is amazing). This one from Club Monaco is also pretty nice.

      Question 3: I think “The Brunswick Blue” is pretty amazing, however, I’m a bit biased.
      -PKP

      • Kyle Phillips

        Thank you very much! Those suggestion tremendously help! Meant to ask you are there any shoes that you would recommend as well! I’ve been wearing mainly sperrys as of lately but would defiantly like to branch out with my footwear. I know you are a very busy man, so no reply needed! Thank you for the help!

  16. Dale

    1) Do you have any recommendations for coats to wear over a blazer?
    2) What winter coats do you recommend to wear on a college campus where the temperatures can get reasonably cold?
    3) Favorite Christmas movie?
    4) (for the summer) what type of shoes would you recommend with a blazer, dress shirt, bow tie, and seersucker pants? White pants? Nantucket red pants?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I would suggest wearing a topcoat. Check out this blog post for my favorites.

      Question 2: If you’re looking for something on the more casual side, I would suggest the “Beadle” by Barbour. It’s a bit pricey, but this coat will last you for years down the road.

      Question 3: Favorite Christmas movie would definitely be the classic version of “The Grinch.”

      Question 4: I would recommend a pair of penny loafers or moccasins. I think it would be wise to invest in a pair of quality brown/tan shoes that could go with either of these styles. Check out this blog post for a few ideas.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: My favorite Christmas movie would definitely be “The Grinch.”

      Question 2: My favorite Christmas song would be “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Frank Sinatra. During the holidays, I basically only listen to him and Michael Buble.
      -PKP

  17. Fletcher

    PKP,

    I was wondering what kind of boots you recommend for these winter months? Also, what kind of sunglasses would you recommend? Lastly, would you consider chubbies a dying fad?

    Thanks,

    • PKP

      Question 1: I would recommend either Desert Boots or Bean Boots during the cold months.

      Question 2: I really like Ray Ban Wayfarers or Oliver Peoples if you’re looking for something more luxe.

      Question 3: I think Chubbies is a great brand that has killer marketing. Are they a dying fad? Who knows! I thought cargos would be gone by now, but I see them spot them on the daily.

      Thanks for the questions!
      -PKP

  18. PKP Fan

    I hate wearing sneaker. I love chukkas (just bought a new pair from RL). I love loafers and driving moccasins.

    But in the winter, my driving moccasins/loafers sometimes get a little ruined/discolored due to snow and salt.

    What do you recommend?

    • PKP

      Definitely an annoying problem at have during the winter. Unfortunately, the only thing that you can do to prevent this is to be cautious as to where and when you wear your shoes. You could spray them with a waterproofer, however, I would do additional research before tying it out. The last thing you want to do is completely ruin your shoes…
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Ha! I hope to God I’m not a blogger at the age of 30 (my aspirations are a bit higher). Realistically, I still see PKP as a “project” that is going to help me figure out what I truly want to do in the future. At the moment, I look at it as a stepping-stone to the next chapter in my life. With that being said, I believe PKP has the potential to continue to grow as more people hear about the brand, however, I never want to “limit” myself or settle with what I have accomplished. In short, I run PKP because it brings happiness (not money) to my life…Does that make sense?
      -PKP

  19. Matthew

    Hi PKP,
    I hope your having a wonderful Christmas season and spending a lot of time with your friends and family!
    I’m from Connecticut and was wondering if you have ever ventured up here and if so where did you go? I feel that you would love Greenwich and all the preppy shops that they have! (The Brooks Brothers is AMAZING). Also, I recently got into Elon University and will be attending it next year and was wondering if you had any thoughts on the school or knew anything about the area it’s in?
    Merry Christmas my friend,
    Matthew

    • PKP

      Why thank you! I’m certainly enjoying being home and back in my own bed.

      Question 1: I have not been to Connecticut before, however, I’ve always wanted to go. I’m really hoping I can spend more time on Cape Cod this summer in order to visit some new places in New England.

      Question 2: Congratulations on your acceptance! To be honest, all I know is that the campus is huge and a little remote. I would suggest doing some basic research, as well as a visit, before moving in next summer. Wish I could help out more…

      Merry Christmas to you as well!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I listen to everything and anything…except country music. Avicii is my go-to for exercise and my Lana Del Rey Pandora Station is almost always on in the background.

      Random Fact: Sirius Radio Station 51 (EDM) is my favorite…bet you all didn’t except that one!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Since the shoes have such a bold pattern, I would suggest pairing them with either white or navy pants/shorts. You want to be careful to not add too much color or you’ll end up looking as little disheveled.
      -PKP

  20. Nikhil

    Hi PKP,
    Can you recommend to me any nice watches that are under $200? I want to wear a nice watch, but I don’t want to pay $5-600 for one. I would probably prefer a black strap, but I would be open to a darker brown one (I have darker skin)
    Thanks!

    • PKP

      Sure! If you’re looking for something on the more classic side, I would suggest the “Sheffield Watch” by Daniel Wellington. The price is just over your $200 dollar budget, however, you’ll get great use out of the watch over the next few years. Let me know if you need additional recommendations!
      -PKP

  21. Jacob

    PKP,

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas! 2 questions for you:
    1. When layering over a button up shirt with a sweater or vest (or both), do you always tuck the shirt in?
    2. What are a couple of your go-to ties for a formal event?

    Thanks!

    • PKP

      Thank you! Merry Christmas to you as well.

      Question 1: If the shirt is longer than the vest (meaning if it sticks out), then I would tuck the shirt in. If the vest is long enough to cover the majority of the shirt tails, then I would think it’s ok to wear it untucked.

      Question 2: I think it depends on what kind of shirt and suit you’re wearing as well as the level of formality of the event. I’m really into knit ties right now and think this one from Brooks is great.
      -PKP

  22. Alex

    Hi PKP,
    I’m going to New York in mid January for the first time and I know that is one of your favorite places. Just wondering if you had any recommendation on restaurants, things to do, and must sees.

    Also what is your favorite pack for your keurig?

    • PKP

      Question 1: You definitely have to go to the MET, Sarabeth’s is awesome for brunch, and China Town is a must if you’re into dim sum (if you’ve never heard of it then you need to take my word and go). I’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty (book tickets in advanced) and highly encourage you to go to at least one Broadway show (Phantom of the Opera is my favorite).

      Question 2: Such a unique question! I actually don’t drink from a Keurig because I always mess up the machine…If I did, it would probably be something simple like a dark-roast coffee.
      -PKP

  23. Paul

    hello PKP,

    what are your recommendations for winter boots?

    what is your favorite sweaters from jcrew, RL, vineyard vines, and brooks brothers?

  24. Cameron

    Hello, I was wondering if you knew of any watch companies for a small wristed person in the past ive resorted to leather watches and removing the links is a hassle if you had any recomindations I would apreiciate it.

    • PKP

      Hmmm…I don’t know of any brands off the top of my head. The only suggestion I can think of is to get a watch-band custom made, however, I believe that would probably run you a pretty penny. Unfortunately, I think removing the extra links would be the easiest option for you…
      -PKP

  25. Cameron

    Sorry to ask another question should have included this in my last. But anyways I was wondering what are some clothing options for those of us on a budget? Brands places to shop ect. I would apreciate some advise as im curently low on cash tgrough the holiday season. Thanks again keep up the good work

    • PKP

      Not need to apologize! That’s what this forum is for.
      If you’re looking to save money on clothing, I have two suggestions:
      1. Shop The Sales – Shopping the sales rack is the best way to score a great deal. You should sign up for e-mail subscriptions in order to get access first.

      2. Discount Retailers – I highly suggest signing up with a company such as RueLaLa (my all time favorite) or One King’s Lane. These companies feature different designer brands on the daily with deep discounts. It’s a great way to save money without comprising quality.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: I do golf on occasion, however, tennis is my sport of choice.

      Question 2: Depends upon the climate. If you’re going golfing, I wouldn’t wear a blazer because it’s probably going to be uncomfortable on you. Typically, golfers wear a pressed pair of pants and some type of athletic/lightweight polo or button-down.
      -PKP

  26. Ross

    After reading a previous post about a “preppy car”, it seemed to me you know a few things about cars. Do you consider yourself a car person? If so what’s your favorite type of vehicle? i.e. muscle cars, sports cars, SUVs, etc. Make/ model?

  27. Nicole Joy

    During the holiday season how does your family incorporate religion into your celebrations? I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

    • PKP

      Well we always go to church on Christmas Eve and occasionally on Christmas Day depending if we’re traveling or not. As a child, my parents always made sure that we understood the true meaning of Christmas in that it was a day to gift thanks for one another.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Lots of champagne! You could make everyone dress us in 1920s attire in order to make the theme more “real?” I’m not too good with party planning on the spot…
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Blog post(s) to come about that next year! There are a number of things that I intend to focus on in 2014 that I’me excited to start on.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Well that’s certainly very thoughtful of you. Just send it to my PO Box and I’ll be sure that it gets into my hands. I look forward to reading your letter!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: I was really into politics a few years ago, however, my interest have since changed more towards business. I do keep up with what’s going on in the world, however, I’m far less involved than in the past.

      Question 2: That’s easy. Ronald Reagan!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I have heard of Zara before, but I don’t have too much experience with the product. I know their items are on the more affordable side and have seriously considering purchasing a couple of their blazers before. Other than that, I don’t know anything else.
      -PKP

  28. Thomas

    Hello PKP, We have been emailing each other back and forth this year, and I wanted to talk about architecture internships. You mentioned that you could help me out with applying, and I am going to be in Dallas, Texas this summer since my Aunt and Uncle are out there. I have never applied for an internship and I do not what to do or where to start. What did you do when you first applied for internships and what advice would you give to me? Also another question I have is if you have issues pairing outfits together, how do you come over these issues.

    • PKP

      Question 1: Yes of course! Great to hear from you again, Thomas. In regards to internships, the earlier you start the application process the better off you’ll be. My best advice would be to research the companies you are applying for and know them as best you can. Also, make sure you have a couple of back-ups should you not land your top choice. You might even considering phoning the architecture firms you’re applying to in order to gain a bit of name recognition when your application comes into their office. Of course you don’t want to call and ask redundant questions, however, if you show that you are genuinely interested they will probably look more favorably on you.

      Question 2: When it comes to issues with pairings, I try and look at colors in order to see what goes together. For instance, if you have a bold shirt with a dramatic pattern, go with a pair of jeans, navy pants, or earth tone cords in order to keep the look in check. On another note, avoid patterns that clash with one another as well as incorporating too much color into the outfit.

      You’re more than welcome to shoot me an e-mail if you want to talk more about the internship process.
      -PK

  29. Kyle Phillips

    Sorry, PKP..

    I have already submitted a comment but I forgot to ask ya what kind if footwear you would recommend! I’ve been mainly a Sperry’s loafers type gentleman myself, but I think it’s time to branch out! Sorry for inconvenience and thanks for the help!

    • PKP

      No need to apologize! This is what Open Talk is for.

      I’m a big fan of driving moccasins and loafers because they’re extremely comfortable. If you’re looking to branch out, I would suggest investing in a pair of “Air Grant Driving Mocs” by Cole Haan. You can also check out this blog post for additional suggestions or shoot me an e-mail!
      -PKP

  30. Thomas P

    I don’t have a question; I’m just stopping by to say a few things!

    First off, Merry Christmas and I hope you and your family have a blessed time. Keep up with the good work, and also I have finished reading “Z” it’s worth the read. It may not be completely true, but to have a story about Fitzgerald is interesting to say the least! Take care!

    • PKP

      Well thank you! I wish the same to you and appreciate the kind words.

      Glad to hear a good review of the book. I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile, however, very few people seem to know about it. I’ll be sure to keep it on my list. Thanks for dropping by.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      First: Take a deep breath because everything is going to be fine (the same thing happened to me).

      Second: There is a big different between being deferred and rejected…don’t lose faith!

      Third: I would continue to pursue your second and third options making sure that you application is as good as can be. Also, I encourage you to call the school you go deferred from and ask them why your application was insufficient and see if there is any additional information you can submit. Very few people do this these days and I think it could make the difference between a “yes” and a “no.”

      Remember, the name on your diploma guarantees you nothing in life! Stay strong and good luck with the rest of the application process. You’re more than welcome to e-mail me if you still feel a little lost.
      -PKP

  31. Alex

    1. Favorite football team?
    2. Cats or dogs?
    3. How do I overcome a fear? I’m going on a missions trip to Haiti (leaving Friday) and I heard the spiders there are huge…

    • PKP

      Question 1: Plead the Fifth…I think my answer my might cause a bit of a debate.

      Question 2: Definitely a dog person. I can’t stand cats.

      Question 3: Hmm…well, I would try and reminder yourself of the reasons why you are attending the trip. I actually have a few friends who did a very similar mission trip and heard amazing stories of their experiences within the countries they visited. In short, I think you’ll have a great time and encourage you to leave your worries here in American. Safe travels!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I don’t see anything wrong with them. If you find a watch that you really like, then I say but it (as long as it is made with quality)!
      -PKP

  32. Nikhil

    Thanks for the watch recommendation! One more question–what types of cologne would you recommend? I am a high school junior and have never owned cologne. Also, when would you recommend wearing it (daily or just when going out)?
    Thanks again

    • PKP

      No problem at all! My favorite scent right now is “Pour Homme” by Lacoste. It’s a light cologne that is masculine, but isn’t too strong or powerful. Typically, I wear cologne every-day, but that’s just because of personal preference.
      -PKP

  33. Brendan

    You posted an OOTD picture on Instagram a while ago in which you were wearing nike sweatpants. In a life such as yours where you “dress up” (well compared to the “norm”) how often would you find yourself wearing such a pair of pants? Or in short, how often do you wear casual clothes?

    • PKP

      Right, that OOTD picture was when I was in NYC for the St. Jude’s Walk (details here). In all honestly, I don’t wear sweatpants unless I’m exercising or running outside. I would say I dress casually once a week especially if I was up late the night before.

      On that same note, I don’t dress they way I do because I’m trying to impress anyone or because I believe I’m better than the person next to me. I dress the way I do because I am genuinely interested in fashion and enjoy putting together an outfit every morning. More importantly, I believe fashion is a way to express ourselves, which is accomplished by developing one’s own style. Does that make sense?
      -PKP

  34. Brendan

    Another question aha, I was reading some of the previous open talks and I noticed that you consistently say “we” when you refer to PKP, I know you have many guarded secrets, however I shall still ask how many people work with you in developing this brand? Unless of course you incredibly do all this work by yourself

    • PKP

      So, I really don’t like using the word “I” or “me” when talking about PKP because I don’t believe in the concept of someone being “self-made.” While PKP’s existence is a result of my own work, I would have never been able to get “here” without the help of a list of people.

      My “staff” consists of a whopping two people (me and someone else) that oversee the day-to-day operations. Though I control the social media presence as well as branding, my “assistant” (she’s more of a beset friend) takes care of all the background work including photography and customer service. In short, I’ve had a number of people help me throughout the past year and a half, which has resulted in me referring to PKP as a collective project through the word “we.”
      -PKP

  35. evan

    I am currently a junior at a high school where all the guys think dressing nice is having swag. They think snapbacks and jordans look good while I wear my saddle shoes, penny loafers, duck boots, chukkas, and tons of boat shoes with my sweaters and button downs. I have acquired quite the east coast prep style mostly following in your shoes as well as Kiel James Patrick. It’s no question I have “best dressed ” next year when I graduate. I also am incredibly interested in ivy style and I was wondering if there are any ways I can step up my game and also what you think about me wearing ties to school since I dont go to a very well dressed school. Are there any must haves for my age that I could wear to school as well?

    • PKP

      Question 1: If you’re interested in Ivy Style, I would suggest reading the book “The Ivy League” by Daniel Cappello as well as following blogs such as “Ivy Style” by Christian Chesvold.

      Question 2: If you want to wear a tie to school, then wear one! Just because everyone else dresses differently than you doesn’t mean you should change or alter your preferences. Wear your threads with pride!

      Question 3: I definitely think you should own a navy blazer, a solid pair of dress shoes, and a nice coat (see this post for ideas).

      Thanks for the questions!
      -PKP

  36. phillip

    oops! sorry if this is late, but I have a few questions for you.
    1. what are your thoughts on vintage Yves Saint Laurent ties?
    2. have you read the book The Wolf of Wall Street?
    Last but not least, what is one of your wildest dreams?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I’m just now starting to get into more vintage items and actually acquired an old Yves Saint Laurent tie that last summer. The difficult with vintage neckwear is that the “thickness” is too wide to wear with a modern-cut suit.

      Question 2: I haven’t read that book before, but I’ll have to look it up and read the description. I’m always looking for a good read.

      Question 3: My wildest dream? Oh, well I’ve always wanted to be on the cover of Forbes Magazine. I wouldn’t say it’s a “wild” dream, however, it would be pretty cool to be able to do that.
      -PKP

  37. Kyle Phillips

    I was wondering if you wear suspenders with your sports coat? I kind of like the classy traditional look. Would you personally wear them? With belt or no belt? They may be a silly question.

    • PKP

      Question 1: I have a couple of pairs of suspenders, but I don’t really wear them that often because it’s difficult to find pants with the button-holes on the inside lining. With that being said, I wish I could wear them more often because there’s actually some really cool styles out on the market right now.

      Question 2: If you wear suspenders, you don’t need to wear a belt with the pants

      Thanks for submitting!
      -PKP

  38. Ryan

    I have a party coming up. The dress wear is formal. Please tell me what can I wear. With detail. I am willing to spend as much as I may need.

    • PKP

      Did you have anything you were wanting to work with such as a suit or shoes? I think it would help me give better suggestions if you told me a general “look” you were aiming for.
      -PKP

  39. Andy

    PKP,
    Sorry this is late, but just a few questions.
    1. What do you think about Vineyard Vines & Southern Tide?
    2. Have you tried out The Tie Bar?
    3. Is cashmere worth the extra cost?
    4. I’m also from Michigan and am majoring in both of your majors and am curious what you’re trying to do with those degrees.

    • PKP

      No problem! I’m happy to answer these questions for you.

      Question 1: I think Vineyard Vines makes great ties, however, I feel the quality of their clothing doesn’t necessarily reflect the price tag. I don’t buy too much from Southern Tide, however, their polos are quite comfortable.

      Question 2: I have! I bought a couple pocket squares from them in the summer and give the company two thumbs up.

      Question 3: I love cashmere, but the maintenance costs to keep the fabric in good condition is high. With that being said, I don’t buy too much cashmere, however, it’s the most comfortable fabric you could ever put on your body.

      Question 4: That’s great! I’m not quite sure what I want to do with the Marketing-Finance major, however, Finance is a field I intend to go into as a future career because the job market is safe and the industry has high latitude in regards to working your way up within a company. I tacked on Marketing as a result of my work with PKP because I find social media/branding/marketing in general to be really interesting. I haven’t decided on my exact career path quite yet, but I’m confined the combined major will serve me well into the future.

      Thanks for the questions!
      -PKP

  40. Andy

    In regards to your answer to question 1:
    I own a lot of Ralph Lauren and really like it, but am trying to expand my wardrobe. What are some brands that are similar to that and VV, but cost equals quality.

    • PKP

      I’m actually trying to do the same in 2014 and intend to keep a closer eye on the following:
      Everlane – Beautiful cashmere.
      Topman – Extremely affordable. Hoping to do a blog post on them soon.
      Billy Reid – Certainly on the higher end of the price spectrum, but the quality of their pieces is impeccable.
      Sir Jack’s – Anything from their store.
      -PKP

  41. Beau

    I know I am late but I was wondering if you could recommend a good laptop case. I just got the new Macbook pro with retina display. Thank you in advance.

    • PKP

      No worries! Here are a few suggestions:

      Shinola – Currently out of stock, but this I love the design on this piece.
      Tumi – Currently on sale.
      Piel – Really like the color of the leather.
      Griffin – If you’re looking specifically for a sleeve.
      -PKP

  42. Patrick

    I was wondering if you have any thoughts on the navy fleece harbor vest from vinyard vines (link below). Do you think the price reflects the quality of the item? I plan to wear it over any of a few solid polo sports shirts with jcrew chinos/jeans alnd dark brown sperrys. Any ideas on how to diversify this look? Thanks and have a wonderful New Years.
    http://www.vineyardvines.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Vineyard-Vines-Site/default/mProduct-Show?pid=1O0001

    • PKP

      Personally, I think you could get better use out of a vest such as this one. Though the Vineyard Vines fleece is popular, I feel it isn’t that warm and will probably be at the back of your closet by the end of 2014. You can also check out this post for additional suggestions. Let me know if you need more help!
      -PKP

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