Matt Louv

Articles by Matt Louv

The Horatio Alger of Project Runway

The industry is definitely warming up.

San Diego native Ashley Nell Tipton’s career as a fashion designer reads like a Horatio Alger story. She first put needle to fabric at age seven on her grandmother’s sewing machine. In 2011, she started ...

Barrio Logan’s Sew Loka: the Nip/Tuck of real life

Gym for health, tailoring for looks

According to Claudia Rodriguez Biezunski, the gregarious owner of Barrio Logan’s Sew Loka, for a man, having your clothes tailored is more important for your looks than working out. “You can go to the gym ...

Scott Rich: San Diego’s most colorful fashion designer

“For people who want to be seen.”

As someone with little interest in high fashion, I was surprised by how compelling I found local designer Scott Rich’s work. Rich, who lives in Santee, is one of San Diego’s few fashion designers. He ...

Stylist Michael Burton: find a good tailor at Picasso Tailoring and Nick’s Tailor Shop

Don’t skimp on the suit

I haven’t bought a new suit since I was 12. The last time I went to a wedding, it was in a suit I got from a thrift store for $7, and it looked pretty ...

Vanessa Valiente: the cure for Costco couture

Does San Diego deserve its reputation as an unstylish city?

Vanessa Valiente is San Diego’s original fashion blogger and an elite personal style consultant. Her services sit behind a long wait list and a battery of screening questionnaires, and for good reason. She knows what ...

Shopping vintage is not only for Grateful Dead roadies

Clothing “foster mom” has some advice for you

For most men, buying secondhand clothing is an alien experience, and that puts them behind a steepening curve. According to industry reports, the secondhand clothing market is set to match or surpass new clothing sales ...

Glam meets feral for Michael Peterson and the Natives

Meet San Diego’s smart-casual punk drummer

It’s hard to look “edgy” and “nice” at the same time. In fact, it’s almost impossible. Which is why it’s so impressive when someone pulls it off consistently. Michael Peterson, member of the San Diego-based ...

Shop Ebay and Poshmark for hot weather deals

Right now there is less competition for sweaters, jackets, and long pants.

Summer is the best time of the year to shop for clothes. As temperatures warm, prices drop. Few men seem aware of this. The hot months bring the lowest prices of the year for most ...

Cut your own hair... seriously

Some people will think you’re weird. That’s worth $480+ a year.

Your first reaction to “cut your own hair” is probably to release a long, hissing breath and do something condescending with your eyebrows. That knee-jerk — brow jerk? — response is costing you an obscene ...