My winter started with an outerwear guide and it’s going out the same way it came in – with a great jacket. This has been especially useful since I made my move from Atlanta to the bricks and brisk weather of the tri-state region for today’s shoot in ‘Jersey.

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Always been a fan of form meeting function, and this new lifestyle collection by The Presence illustrates this marriage in fine fashion.

Founded by a former Wall Street Advisor, Khalid Semper, the brand satisfies the demands of the hardcore Business Exec’ during the week, as well as being versatile enough for their leisurely after work and weekend activities.

A brand hallmarked by its craftsmanship, this Waxed Cotton Trench is made of naturally water resistant British waxed cotton, and for warmth, lined with a cashmere wool flannell. The lining is also removable for all-season wear in the Fall and Spring. The leather detailing is premium horsehide and looks cool when the collar’s popped or the waist band is tied (as shown above). Words from The Founder on this philosophy:

“…we are going to relentlessly pursue perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect.  But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence.  I am not remotely interested in just being good.”

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I thought the jacket was black, but it’s really a deep midnight blue. I tend to wear these same colors interchangeably or together, so it can go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe. For this look we layered it with their own Raw Selvedge Denim Shirt Jacket and a neutral grey denim. The black brogue boots completed the look.

More to come from this brand collaboration very soon… style is always best with substance. Be sure to tour the Presence‘s online store here. Below is some behind the scenes from my fitting and tour of the Atelier in Orange, New Jersey with Founder, Khalid Sempter (and a cameo from Blue), over some great scotch:

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New Jersey Presence is official. 


‘Champagne Jesse’ Mills

Photography by the gifted, Enoch Eshun & Brian Fraser | All Garments hand made in Orange, New Jersey | Denim by Hudson Jeans | Shoes by Johnston & Murphy

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