Harlem Derby Festival: Fashion Show Brunch.

On Saturday April 27, the Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine attended the third installment of The Harlem Derby Festival which leads up to next weeks Rob Owens 7th Annual Harlem Derby Run for the Roses event on May 4th 2019.

20190427_175719(Rob Owens: Harlem Derby Style)

At the Harlem Derby Fashion Show Brunch, chicken & waffles and complimentary champagne along with innovative designers and beautiful Harlem Derby style models was the order of the day!


Dozens of models walked the runway giving the guests a taste of Derby Style fashion in anticipation of the main Harlem Derby event: The Harlem Derby Run of the Roses.



Hat designer Roz Nixon had her hat designs showcased on the runway by models that were as beautiful as her hats!




The Harlem Derby Festival is presented by sponsor Woodford Reserve




20190427_160519(Men’s Fashion Designer Andrei Giovanni showcased his designs on the runway)



After brunch and a great fashion show we headed to headed to Cecil Harlem for the after show party and photo taking.


The Harlem Derby Fashion Show Brunch was a smashing good time!


Be sure to don you’re derby style attire and join us at the 7th annual Harlem Derby Run for the Roses event Sat May 4th. We tip our hats to you Harlem Derby!

See you at the races!


SPY WORLD: On the Hunt to Stop a Fashion Terrorist. Part: 2

In Response to the attacks on the organizations, people of fashion and the state, the Secret Intelligence Service: FCIA Division (Fashion Counter Intelligence Agency) has assigned two agents to deal with the “Mastermind”.

20190424_110004The two agent counter strike team code named: The Stylist’s have been summoned to SPYSCAPE: The Spy Museum New York (the perfect cover to conduct covert operations) to be debriefed and dispatched to stop the fashion terrorist.

20190424_110521The AGENCY has intercepted encrypted communications from the MASTERMIND  sent to his operatives in the Tri-State area. We must decode these messages for information on the location of the next fashion attack, and the Masterminds lair.

The decoded messages have revealed the Masterminds operatives on the move in the city.

Utilizing the surveillance systems at headquarters, we can now track the movements of the Masterminds agents and triangulate on the location of their destination!

We now fix on the Masterminds alleged headquarters. It is crucial that we proceed with caution, for it may be a trap!


Thanks to Agent 13’s “Breaking & Entering” skills we manage to penetrate the Masterminds compound. We must be ready for anything!

The Masterminds fashion terrorist base is abandoned! He knew we were coming. That can only mean that there is a mole in the agency! We must look further for clues.

Seems like they left in a hurry, but we found the Masterminds car. And the information we need to shut down his attacks on all of the remaining targets, as well as the identity of his agency mole!

20190419_231526However the Mastermind himself has gotten away, slipped through our fingers!

Having returned to the home office after completing the mission to submit our report and arrest the agency mole, the Mastermind sent us a parting gift.


While enjoying a much needed Chardonnay, I received a message from the control secretary at headquarters. Appears the Mastermind has been spotted in Dubai by intelligence operative there. Time to contact Agent 13………”We’re Needed”!

Shot on location at the New York Spy Museum Spyscape. 928 8th Avenue New York, NY 10019. A great place to go alone, with a date or the whole family. They are always looking for new Spy recruits!



Jean Germain: The Mastermind

Raya IOffe: Agent 13

Mike Strange: The Elegant Classy Gentleman

Spyscape: The New York Spy Museum

*Special thanks to the Management at Spyscape for granting us free reign of the facility to shoot for the magazine and enjoy ourselves.


SPY WORLD: On the Hunt to Stop a Fashion Terrorist. Part: 1

Communique from Secret Intelligence Agency *FCIA Division: (Fashion Counter Intelligence Agency)

Extraordinary crimes against the organizations of fashion and the state, must be “Avenged” by agents dressed extraordinary.



AGENT: Mike Strange

CODE NAME: The Elegant Classy Gentleman

Status: Active

Speciality: Code Breaking (Cipher & Codes), Master Spy Catcher, Strategic Operations, Logistical Tracking, Trained in Bartitsu: (an eclectic martial art and self-defence method originally developed in England during 1898–1902, combining elements of boxing, jujitsu, cane fighting, and French kickboxing (savate).

Distinguished Attributes: Wine connoisseur, Fine dining, Fine arts, History, Psychology, Medical training, Chemistry, Fashion critic.

Operative Locations: New York, London, Paris, New Zealand.

Weapons of Choice:

British Cane Sword Umbrella:

Umbrella Rifle:


Standard Walther PPK with silencer:

images*Agent Mike Strange prefers non-ballistic weapons.

Steel Plated Derby:

images (1)*Defensive/Offensive/Fashion tool




Agent: Raya 13

Code Name: Agent 13

Status: Active

Speciality: Assassination, Sabotage, Infiltration, Tracker, Surveillance expert, Weapons expert, Trained in Ninjutsu: (the strategy and tactics of unconventional warfare, guerrilla warfare and espionage, purportedly practiced by the ninja.)

Distinguished Attributes: International & Domestic Travel, Fine Dining, Fashionista, Medically trained, Psychology and Parapsychology, Analytic, Nuclear Physics.

Operative Locations: New York, Moscow, London, Moldova.

Weapons of Choice:

Standard Walther PPK with silencer:


Lipstick Pistol:


Encryption Decoder Compact:


Lipstick Stun Gun:


*Agent 13 prefers unarmed combat as well as ballistic weapons.


A new threat to the people and the state of fashion has surfaced. These highly (fashionably) trained agents have been dispatched to prevent further fashion terrorist attacks, and if possible stop the threat known only as the “Mastermind”.

Our counter intelligence/terrorist team will conduct these operations under the codename: The STYLIST’S.

These two agents will be debriefed as new intelligence information comes in.


To be continued………



Gentleman Spy Fashion Accessories: Complete the Mission in Style!

The Mastermind is Wrecking Havoc in Fashion City! The Elegant Classy Gentleman Espionage Agent will need a few stylish spy accoutrements to complete the mission, and his partner of course!


Lighter Cuff-Links:

Never get caught without a light for the lady, or to burn through the ropes if your wrists are tied behind a chair if captured to make your daring escape!




12 Hour Voice Activated Recorder Pen

Record Secret Conversations in Stealth for up to 12 hours! Excuse me I think that’s my pen you forgot to return! 😉





Night Vision HD Spy Webcam Watch

Hiding in dark alley ways and corners at night to capture evidence can be tricky work. The night vision spy webcam got you covered (or undercover). Raining? No problem, it’s waterproof!




The Espionage spyglasses let you record high quality videos, take beautiful photos, and even listen to your favorite MP3 tracks, all from the convenience of a pair of these stylish sunglasses. This is the perfect solution for people looking to record undercover video in the field, or simply anyone who wants to have a little fun and document their daily adventures. The pinhole lens is virtually undetectable so you can wear these spyglasses everywhere you go and no one will ever suspect that they are being recorded!”




 Video-calling watch-phone





USB CUFF-LINKSorbitz_travel-gadgets-cufflinksComputer Chip Cuff-Links

In the Tech Heavy Espionage Game, you never know when you have to upload or download digital data quickly. These USB and Computer Chip Cuff-Links is just what the Gentleman Spy stylishly ordered!In the Tech Heavy Espionage Game, you never know when you have to upload or download digital data quickly. These USB and Computer Chip Cuff-Links is just what the Gentleman Spy stylishly ordered!USB_-_16GB_Cufflinks_-_Grey__23391_1545074226_1280_1280


Night Vision Phone Camera Telescopic Lens

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Men’s USB Rechargeable Windproof Flameless Lighter Wristwatch


There are times when you are in a situation where fuel lighters are unfeasible. Welcome to the 21st century!

With the Mastermind on the rampage the Elegant Classy Gentleman Espionage Agent must be prepared for anything.


To find out where to purchase these “spy items” you must DECODE the secret encryptions for each item below………That is your mission if you choose to accept it.

*Due to enemy counter-intelligence activity each item encryption will be posted every three days to avoid interception in Binary Code……….

a) Lighter Cuff-Links:


01001100 01000101 01000001 01010100 01001000 01000101 01010010 00100000 01101111 01110010 00100000 01000011 01101000 01110010 01101111 01101101 01100101 00100000 01010111 01101111 01110010 01101011 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01001100 01101001 01100111 01101000 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01000011 01110101 01100110 01100110 01101100 01101001 01101110 01101011 01110011 00001101 00001010 00100100 00111000 00111001 00101110 00111001 00111001 00101011 00100000 01000001 01110100 00100000 01000101 01110011 01110100 01111001

*(upload QBit Binary code translator in your browser to decode)(https://www.qbit.it/lab/bintext.php)

Intelligence Communique: 4/15/19

b) 12 Hour Voice Activated Recorder Pen:

01110111 01110111 01110111 00101110 01010011 01110000 01111001 01000111 01110101 01111001 00101110 01100011 01101111 01101101 00100000 00100100 00110001 00110001 00111001 00101110 00110000 00110000

Intelligence Communique: 4/17/19

c) Night Vision HD Spy Webcam Watch:

01000101 01100010 01100001 01111001 00100000 00100100 00110100 00110011 00101110 00110101 00111001

Intelligence Communique 4/20/19

d) Espionage Spy Sunglasses

01000001 01101110 01101011 01100001 01101011 01100001 00101110 01100011 01101111 01101101 00100000 00100100 00110100 00110011 00101110 00110001 00110010

The Benefits of Building a Seasonal Capsule Gentleman’s Wardrobe.



Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with the “minimalist movement” Capsule wardrobe techniques. I have my own “formula” (four module capsules for each season). So what shall be the guidelines??? Each (seasonal capsule) consists for 37-40 items or less that is a reduced wardrobe for each particular season.


Each capsule can only contain no less than 16 items and no more than 40 items, with 37 items being the “baseline” on the limit of items on the high end for each capsule. This does not include accessory items like: ties, briefcases, pocket squares and watches. (Items from other season capsules can overlap to another.)example: (spring/summer-fall/winter).

Each (seasonal) capsule will start with the “essentials”.  Now each capsule should have 4 or five sports jackets (black, grey, beige, blue and red). Three or four button down dress shirts: (white, black, blue and red or brown). Four or five mock necks (if Spring or Fall), turtle necks if Winter, tee-shirts if Summer. Two or three pairs of jeans (black, blue, and white or grey). Four pairs of slacks in (black, grey, blue, and beige) and three suits in (black, brown, blue), one of the suits should be formal or you can make one with the black one for that purpose.

Build-a-capsule-wardrobeFive pairs of under briefs, and six pairs of socks in assorted colors. Three or four pairs of foot wear (two pairs of boots, one pair of casual shoes, and one pair of sports shoes). Finally you should have two outer wear jackets (any color) in leather or denim, and two coats (one causal, one dress) if Winter or Fall. To save closet space you can put in storage your Fall/Winter capsule when in the Spring/Summer period, and via versa.


This capsule paradigm contains about 35 items and leaves open five items to bring to max for new purchases within the four-month capsule season. I have chosen neutral tones and basics colors so that items can be mixed and matched to create various outfits by interchanging items in each capsule (or items from another capsule), use your imagination. Now for those of you who can do with less, I will write an article on a men’s minimalist wardrobe next month using a similar model, but with a twist.

Your Mission: Capsulate your Closet.

SFA PROJECTS ART EXHIBITION: Attasit Pokpong’s The Blooming of New Sense (Self).

SFA Projects has opened an exhibition in their gallery for Thailand-based artist Attasit Pokpong’s for a one person show, which is a first for this artist in New York.


The artist who is very well-regarded in Southeast Asia, became famous for his signature portraiture style of a Sino-Asian woman utilizing a repetition of this single form in which he created a recognizable icon.


 While following another lead to track down the “Mastermind” agent: Raya13 recieved an “Intelligence” tip that we might find an encoded message (hiding in plain sight) at this particular art exhibition.

20190323_162819The artist Attasit Pokpong attempts to demonstrate “the process of becoming” to explain transformative action through shape and form.

20190323_162450“In Eastern thought, all life runs in cycles”

20190323_162614“A container for increasinly complex paintings-within-paintings”

“It is a time of a blooming-self”

20190323_162651“Opening a road to the possibility of an artistic exlporation”

20190323_162717Considered as a rising star of Thaland’s contemporary art scene, Attasit Pokpong has done exhibitions in Hong Kong, Paris, Dublin, Brussels, London, Shanghai and New York.

Pokpong’s exhibition is showcased at SFA PROJECTS, located 131 Chrystie Street, New York, NY. Gallery Hours: Thurs/Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat/Sun 1pm-8pm. The gallery showing runs from March 14th through April 7th 2019.

Stop by before April 7th and see if you can find the “Hidden Message” in the gallery that will provide a lead to the “Masterminds” next target!

“The Games Afoot”!