Steven Alan Classic Collegiate in navy ecru is a
unique long-sleeve button-down with vintage
N.C. — Ryan and Nadira Hurley, founders of the Vert
& Vogue boutique, take a serious approach to style.
Nadira’s background in fashion and Ryan’s longtime
advocacy for the environment led them to open their
clothing store in Durham in 2008 (by way of Paris and
New York City) with a commitment to running it as a
couple landed in Durham thanks in part to the Triangle’s
strong reputation on national "best of" lists.
"And we loved the idea of being part of
revitalizing downtown," Ryan Hurley said. "We
believe in helping create walkable cities in smaller and
mid-tier cities like Durham."
asked the Vert & Vogue team to share its winter wish
list — this time, looking out for the guys.
Hurley says the items they picked are about more than
just a look; there’s a story behind every piece.
of these pieces here are great conversation pieces and
have more meaning to them than just an object that you’re
wearing," he says.
instance, Hurley points to the jeans from Raleigh Denim,
which uses fabric from Cone Denim in Greensboro and
creates manufacturing jobs in Raleigh; and the Shinola
watch company, which is helping revitalize Detroit and
the U.S. watch industry.
all has substance and meaning to it beyond just
appearance," Hurley says. "So it adds an
element to someone’s experience that makes it
A vintage leather sneaker. Hurley picked the Camper
Domus sneaker because of its vintage appeal and elevated
look. "It’s a little bit dressier for a sneaker
and has a great causal, chic vibe," he says.
"We love how the brand re-makes classic shoe
styles." Wear a sneaker like this with dark denim,
chinos or cords. ($165, camper.com)
A sporty cardigan. A sporty, updated cardigan or jacket
in a neutral color, like charcoal, is extremely
versatile, Hurley says. This Ashe cardigan from Billy
Reid is his choice (Reid, a high-end Southern designer,
located his fashion empire in Florence, Ala., and most
of his line is made in the U.S.).
super comfortable and soft — a beautifully tailored
piece," Hurley says. The updated spin is another
plus. "One exciting thing in menswear right now is
updates to heritage pieces that are modern. You don’t
look like Grandpa, but you can see the
this with any outfit — go casual with a T-shirt style
or dress it up with a nice button-down. ($225,
Dark wash denim jeans. As noted, Hurley favors the local
guys for denim. The Jones Original Vintage Wash jeans by
Raleigh Denim are hand-stitched and lightly washed, so
they are a bit softer than raw denim. But the key with
jeans – or any pant – is the fit, Hurley stresses.
These have a slimmer, straight cut.
encourage guys to wear more tailored pieces whether it’s
a shirt or jeans," he says. "We think this is
a classic cut. The trick is achieving comfort but making
sure there’s not too much volume, because that
detracts from the look."
sure to get the dark wash. ($325, raleighworkshop.com)
Long-sleeve button-down shirt. A long-sleeve button-down
is a staple in most guys’ closets, but this Steve Alan
Classic Collegiate in navy ecru is Hurley’s favorite.
"We love that vintage inspiration," he said.
"And it’s linen and cotton dobby, which makes a
beautiful print on the shirt, and has a very unique feel
on the fabric."
with pants, Hurley stresses fit when advising men on
shirts: "We recommend something that’s more of a
tailored fit, because we don’t want guys to look like
they’re wearing a blouse, and for a long time guys in
the U.S. have worn shirts that are too big for them. Now
we’re seeing more shirts with a European cut, which
gives guys more confidence and they feel better with
their appearance." ($225, stevenalan.com)
A cashmere beanie. When picking a beanie (around here,
many natives call them toboggans), Hurley says keep it
simple. "Get something minimalist with interesting
details that isn’t calling too much attention to
itself," he says.
likes Eko-logic because of the company’s eco-friendly
business model: "They’re all made in New York
from reclaimed cashmere — they take old cashmere
sweaters that might have a hole and make them into hats
and gloves and sweaters."
it’s just a great hat: "It’s not heavy. It’s
got that really soft, supple cashmere feel, and it’s
such a unique-looking piece that really rounds out the
whole outfit." ($72, ekologic.com)
A classic leather-band watch. A black leather-band watch
can be worn with anything, Hurley says. He loves the
Shinola Runwell not only because the company is helping
revitalize American manufacturing, but because it has a
"straightforward, elegant" look.
love the update of the classic style watch," Hurley
says. "It harkens back to that heritage vibe in the
’50s ... it really adds beauty to a guy’s ensemble
and telegraphs sophistication." And you’ll be
happy to know that along with that price tag comes a
lifetime guarantee from Shinola. ($550, shinola.com)