Danny Chung loves a turtleneck.
Black beatnik turtlenecks, cozy gray cashmere turtlenecks, Reykjavik-worthy nubby cream turtlenecks. Chung has turned this oft-overlooked basic into a signature, regularly incorporating it into the looks he shares on his style blog the modman.
In addition to turtlenecks, Chung’s personal style is a blend of menswear mainstays and updated versions of past trends. But true to his blog’s name, his look remains firmly modern, thanks to sharp tailoring and a minimalist palette of black, white and gray. On regular rotation: leather wingtip boots and 70s Adidas Superstar sneakers; sweeping car coats and 80s-style Members Only jackets; straight-leg trousers and 90s-era skate-punk long shorts. It all adds up to sophisticated, quietly cool outfits that feel wholly current despite the individual piece’s vintage origins or throwback hype.
We met with Chung to learn more about his work as a menswear blogger and the choice designers that have influenced his style.
What’s the story behind your blog?
I was at school in L.A. and I didn't have an outlet for my creativity—there wasn't much of a fashion community like there is now. I started my blog as a form of self-expression and it evolved into something bigger than I could have imagined. The name the modman is an abbreviation of “the modern man.” My blog revolves mostly around personal style but also incorporates the all-encompassing lifestyle of the modern man: a guy who travels, loves adventure, great food and lives an inspired life.
Tell us a bit about your typical readers.
My readers are modern men and women who appreciate what I appreciate. I created my blog [in 2010] because there was a void in the fashion and lifestyle space, and since then, I've found a community that I connect with on so many levels.
Has the menswear blogging community changed since you started the modman?
The space has changed significantly but the core of why guys have started their own blog is the same—self-expression. It is so awesome to see such different perspectives, all through what people wear—a reflection of surrounding and aspiring emotion, culture, music and travel.
Who are your style icons, and how do they influence the way you dress?
My style icons are the designers themselves. The creativity and emotion they search for, unearth, experience and interpret through clothing is powerful and inspiring. Ralph Lauren, Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, Rei Kawakubo, Junichi Abe [designer for Japanese fashion brand Kolor], Hedi Slimane, Tom Ford. They all imagined their own world and created it.
Name one essential a man needs in his wardrobe.
That is impossible! Ha! But assuming that he already has a great pair of jeans and a well-fitted jacket, I would have to say a handsome pair of shoes. [For guys] shoes are usually an afterthought, but they can be deal-breakers.
What are you reading right now?
I just started The Road to Character by David Brooks. Basically [it asks], would you choose to be known for wealth, fame and status or kindness, bravery, honesty and faithfulness?
What is on your playlist?
Mostly remixes. Currently listening to: “Pharaohs by Voyageur (Brendan Fallis & F!ll Jackson Remix)”; “Heaven Only Knows” by Towkio (featuring Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane); “Let You Go” by The Chainsmokers (featuring Great Good Fine Ok; and “Say My Name (RAC Mix) by Odesza.
Fast & Furious Fashion Quiz
Tie or bow tie?
Baseball cap or beanie?
Barber or hair salon?
Beard, scruff or clean-shaven?
Backpack or messenger?
Night out or in?
It's summer—most definitely out
Why did you choose this Vince Camuto Men’s Dell Aria Air Jacket?
Blazers are a staple in my wardrobe, no matter what the season. The hybrid of chambray and check pattern is great for spring and a welcome sight to my solid-color blazer collection. I now have a new one to create shorts-suits with—I live in them come spring and summer.