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After his wife and kids, Desmond Kinlaw loves two things: clothes and food. After being recognized as one Charleston's 10 Most Stylish by Charleston magazine in spring 2012, he decided to start a blog, Chinos & Cheesecake, that gives how tos and advice on style and the occassional restaurant review to satisfy his love of food (especially desserts). Follow him through his daily activities, travels, and his love for chino pants and all variations of cheesecake.

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Posted: Oct 30 2014 - 11:57am
            Campaign images: hm.com   NYC's darling fashion designer Alexander Wang is...

Posted: Oct 23 2014 - 3:35pm
  Illustration by Me, Desmond Kinlaw   Look inspired by: Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses Alexander Wang x H&M Givenchy...

Posted: Oct 16 2014 - 7:14am
  Illustration by Andrew Mashanov   This time of year is notorious for wonky weather. It can jump from 60 degrees at 8:...

Posted: Oct 6 2014 - 9:12pm
  Illustration by John Martz     I graduated from Berkeley High School (Go Stags!) way back in 2004. That’s right...

Posted: Mar 25 2014 - 5:00am
  Charleston Fashion Week has had yet another successful year. The last showings were over the weekend. And in all the excitement I forgot to...

Posted: Mar 21 2014 - 4:48am
So I missed night 2 due to classes but I was back outside the tents on night 3 shooting some good ole southern street style. You guys know the drill...

Posted: Mar 19 2014 - 4:51am
It's that time of year again. Charleston Fashion Week is here. Once again I'll be armed with my camera out and about around the tents on the hunt for...

Posted: Feb 19 2014 - 7:13am
  Meet Venita Aspen, a barely twenty-something year old who has accomplished much more than the average woman of her age. Oh yeah, she's a...

Posted: Feb 10 2014 - 9:43am
Sassy Fierce and Sassy Shortcake Boutique hosted a fashion show at the Royal Republic Lounge last Thursday night previewing their spring collections...

Posted: Jan 20 2014 - 6:14am
This past Saturday, I was invited to an event introducing a new batch of semifinalists that will be competing during Charleston Fashion Week this...

Posted: Jan 13 2014 - 5:11am
This past Friday, the fashion queen of the Southeast, Ayoka Lucas, threw a New Year's Eve party. If you're checking your calendar, I know—New Year's...

Posted: Jan 10 2014 - 5:03am
Earlier this week, I gave you a list of what I thought to be the top 10 menswear items to splurge on. Well, I didn't forget about the ladies—...

Posted: Jan 6 2014 - 5:16am
Come the start of every year, there are a number of things that people look forward to. Number one, obviously, is New Year's Day. And this past...

Posted: Dec 19 2013 - 11:20pm
For some time now there have been many rumors of an H&M coming to Charleston. Well, yesterday at high noon that finally came to fruition. Right...

Posted: Nov 24 2013 - 10:07pm
I recently caught wind of a fashion show in Mount Pleasant featuring some of my classmates at the Art Institute of Charleston (AI). I decided to...

Posted: Jun 19 2013 - 4:52am
For those living in the city, it’s very normal for a person to leave their home  around 8 a.m. and not return until late that evening (or so...

Posted: Jun 11 2013 - 5:31am
One of the latest "trends" that is trying to pick up some steam are western shirts. I lightly say it's a trend because they've been around for...

Posted: May 24 2013 - 5:30am
Memorial Day weekend is here and it's sure to be filled with parties, cookouts, beach excursions, etc. I'm going to focus on what I think may be the...

Posted: May 19 2013 - 9:55pm
  About a month ago, the #Menswear blogosphere lit on fire with the news of a collaboration on the horizon between UNIQLO, the...

Posted: May 13 2013 - 6:21am
The spring match at Hyde Park Polo Club on Sunday had a very big turnout, which surprised me considering it was Mother's Day. It just goes to show...

Posted: May 10 2013 - 6:57am
This Sunday is the annual Spring Invitational Polo Match in Ravenel (find details at bottom of this post). While the sport of polo is known as the...

Posted: May 5 2013 - 8:23pm
So remember the post I did roughly year ago about this awesome bakery that was closing down and fell into a deep gorge, never to return?...

Posted: Apr 22 2013 - 6:12am
This last essential will most likely end up being one of your more expensive purchases of the season. However, it's one that will stay with you for...

Posted: Apr 19 2013 - 5:16am
After six months of lifeless, bare trees, this next trend helps remind everyone that blooming season is here. Looking to add a little punch around...

Posted: Apr 16 2013 - 5:12am
After wearing boots and wingtips all winter, it's time to give the feet a break. Let them enjoy a change of pace and lighten the load a bit. How do...

Posted: Apr 12 2013 - 6:06am
The way things work in the Southeast is that we kind of skip the 70-degree weather days. It's just a satanic transition from the 50s to the 80s,...

Posted: Apr 10 2013 - 5:18am
The skies have opened up for us in Charleston and spring is finally here. So it's time to break out all the fun clothes you've had stored away...

Posted: Mar 21 2013 - 9:56pm
Here's what got my attention on Thursday, night 3 of Charleston Fashion Week                ...

Posted: Mar 21 2013 - 5:28am
On night two, I checked out the shows. A little difficult to capture moving subjects in low lighting, but I did my best. Here's what caught my eye on...

Posted: Mar 21 2013 - 5:18am
A look at Wednesday, night 2 of Charleston Fashion Week                      ...

Posted: Mar 20 2013 - 6:19am
It's here, it's here! Charleston Fashion Week is here! I was in search of some fierce dressers in Marion Square for opening night of CFW... Here's...

Posted: Mar 5 2013 - 10:12am
The days of a man being judged by the size of his... wallet are long gone. Well, sort of. A fat wallet says dinosaur, hoarder, inefficient; a slim...

Posted: Feb 22 2013 - 10:36am
So you've already seen what I thought to be the top 10 men's looks of New York Fashion Week. There were also quite a few looks that weren't strong...

Posted: Feb 15 2013 - 10:24am
So another New York Fashion Week has come to a close. I took the liberty of scanning through roughly 45 or so menswear collections to give you guys...

Posted: Jan 22 2013 - 6:14am
This past Saturday night, I was invited to celebrate the Southeast's newest class of couture talent heading into Charleston Fashion Week 2013. This...

Posted: Dec 13 2012 - 7:16am
I want to welcome you all to the wonderful world of layering. In here it's filled with many different colors, textures, and... layers. But don't...

Posted: Nov 30 2012 - 4:09pm
It started out as a simple—and entertaining—list of pointers for getting your deal on during the big Black Friday shopping blitz. But after Desmond...

Posted: Nov 27 2012 - 9:48am
The following blog was originally posted at Angel's Point of View   It's the number one city in the country to visit, a cultural tourist...

Posted: Nov 20 2012 - 7:51am
I'd like to believe in my heart of hearts that there are only two real reasons why people don't dress well. They either A. don't want to/don't think...

Posted: Nov 7 2012 - 5:04am
Yesterday I posted about the pre-ride social for the Roanoke, Virginia Tweed Run. Today I'll show you guys some pictures of the actual ride....

Posted: Nov 6 2012 - 9:55am
This past weekend I crossed a few borders to the north to take part in Roanoke, Virginia's second annual Tweed Run. Organized by David Verde, street...

Posted: Oct 22 2012 - 5:23am
For the days when you're dressed casually and a denim jacket or sport coat just won't keep you warm enough, I would advise employing a down vest to...

Posted: Oct 11 2012 - 5:15am
One of the most versatile pieces on this checklist is the cable knit shawl collar cardigan. Here's a bit of background: Cardigans in general...

Posted: Oct 5 2012 - 6:13am
Why is it we have napkins decorated with reindeers and snow-capped trees on them during Christmastime? Do they clean our mouths better than plain...

Posted: Sep 28 2012 - 6:00am
During this transitional period, the weather can do crazy things. In the mornings, it's in the 50s. By 11 a.m. it's in the 80s. So you need...

Posted: Sep 24 2012 - 4:50am
  Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting all of the important fall essentials that you need to be equipped with to get you through...

Posted: Sep 13 2012 - 8:43pm
Allow me to reintroduce you to Mike Grady. You may remember him from an earlier post. I felt it was a good idea to reconnect with him to do a...

Posted: Sep 7 2012 - 5:17am
Remember last week when I went on a rant about how unacceptable the Fashion's Night Out scene was in Charleston? Well, last night was the big...

Posted: Aug 29 2012 - 9:04pm
  In less than a week, the great city of New York, along with hundreds of other cities all over the world, will partake in what is known as...

Posted: Aug 23 2012 - 4:47am
Nobody would argue that over the past few years, technology has experienced period of exponential growth. We can deposit a check by simply...

Posted: Aug 16 2012 - 7:05am
How many of you know that one of the most popular all-American style staples didn't originate in America? The penny loafer actually came from the...

Posted: Aug 12 2012 - 9:14pm
Chinos & Cheesecake headed out of town for the weekend. I went to Columbia, Maryland, to spend some time with family. On the way up, I took the...

Posted: Aug 7 2012 - 9:57am
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Posted: Jul 30 2012 - 2:49pm
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Posted: Jul 26 2012 - 9:14pm
Mike Grady 26 years old Freelance Wardrobe Stylist, Assistant Army Wives Costume Buyer, Billy Reid Salesman Resides in Downtown...

Posted: Jul 23 2012 - 8:43pm
Ever since the beginning of time, it seems to be that the more money you have, the less you do for yourself. Think about it, most wealthy people have...

Posted: Jul 17 2012 - 10:53pm
As I continue to march through the list of essentials a stylish guy should be aware of, I've come to my next topic: nylon NATO watch straps....

Posted: Jul 12 2012 - 9:34pm
About a month ago, I was approached with the opportunity for my family and me to be a part of a photo shoot. Now this was not your typical fashion...

Posted: Jul 3 2012 - 3:08am
Ever since I was a kid, I've had a thing for stuffed animals. I'm not really sure where it came from, but it's just something about the feel...

Posted: Jun 27 2012 - 11:27pm
  I have decided to start a new series called "Chinos & Cheesecake Style Club." It will feature guys who have a passion for getting...

Posted: Jun 25 2012 - 10:28pm
Elizabeth Tran 22 years old Stylist Charleston   Blouse~Equipment Femme, Trousers~H&M, Shoes~Dolce Vita, Sunglasses~House of Harlow...

Posted: Jun 22 2012 - 5:23am
As I was hanging out downtown a few days ago, I spotted this dashing crew on their way to a wedding at a church around the corner. I can...

Posted: Jun 21 2012 - 10:45am
The French Open has come and gone and we are now on the verge of one my most anticipated sporting events of the year. Nope, I'm not talking about...

Posted: Jun 15 2012 - 3:13pm
BLOG OF THE WEEK: The blog that got us all choked up just in time for Sunday's salute to dads everywhere—this is one post the Grit team hopes...

Posted: Jun 14 2012 - 9:39pm
Lately I've been noticing a trend in guys. A very bad trend, I must say. Simply put, there are things that many men my age and older can't do. No, I'...

Posted: Jun 11 2012 - 8:23pm
["There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."] —Sir Rannulph Fiennes   Lately we've been getting hammered with the rain...

Posted: Jun 8 2012 - 7:50pm
We're all familiar with Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp as the more notable movie stars who have gotten street cred in the fashion world....

Posted: Jun 4 2012 - 6:24pm
Have you ever found a show that you instantly fell in love with? One that you told all your friends they had to see? And then when you finally got...

Posted: Jun 1 2012 - 7:54am
After taking a quick trip this past Memorial Day Weekend—and heading into prime long weekend season (July 4th, Labor Day, etc.)—I started thinking...


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