It's Tuesday after work and we're tucked into a corner at New York's small and atmospheric Great Jones Cafe with a Campari (him) and a Shaggy (Blenheim Ginger Ale #3 with rum—me). "The reason why I love this bar—and the reason I like a lot of bars—is because it's small," says David Coggins, author of the new book Men and Style. "This bar seats about eight people, and that feels like the right size. A good bar should be intimate, there should be one bartender. If I come to a place like this, a lot of it has to do with the intimacy of it. That, and the food is surprisingly not bad."
A longtime fixture in New York's men's fashion media's inner circles, Coggins has earned a reputation as one of the industry's leading tastemakers—as a writer, editor, consultant, and creative collaborator (his Drake's With D. Coggins and Sleepy Jones & David Coggins pieces arrive in stores soon). His first book, Men and Style, published this week, is about fashion as identity, family history, and how influential men have cultivated a sense of place in the world through social signifiers and sartorial decision-making.
He also writes about drinking—and the most stylish places to do it.