Worn Out Wednesday – Randy McDannell

worn out wednesday randy mcdannell
Today we speak to landscape designer and owner of NATURE DETAILED, Randy McDannell.

I have always been tuned into design and style. While pointing at lights in a store while my parents were shopping I uttered my first word, ‘pretty!’ I studied architecture and design at Syracuse University and then headed to New York City where I dove into the world of architecture and design in the boom of the latter half of the 1980s.

After a few years in architectural design, being a fan and customer of Polo, I was drawn to the newly opened Ralph Lauren Madison Avenue flagship store and took a sales position in the Home Collection which turned into Manager of the Home floor. I was then asked to move to Paris and become Director of Home for Europe where I launched Ralph Lauren Home in Paris. After 10 terrific years with Ralph Lauren I moved back to New York to partner in a NoHo neighborhood antique and specialty home shop called Avery on Bond. I enjoyed collecting furniture, furnishings and objects from around the country and around the world from various styles and periods for a collected urban contemporary style with a rustic naturalness. We became a source for notable interior designers, celebrities and a style-oriented crowd.

In 2002 my business partner and I decided to head west and moved to San Francisco. Instead of opening a store again; the post DotCom economy lead me to pursue applying my design abilities to the abundant outdoors and I soon launched RS McDANNELL Exterior & Landscape | Design & Fruition. Today I have a well-established landscape design and installation business with design oriented projects from San Francisco to Napa Valley.

Those various experiences in design have lead to my current launch of NATURE DETAILED Purveyor of Living Well Outdoors. This is a curated online shop offering a collection of wonderful items from artist, craftspeople, innovators, small businesses, historic mills and notable manufacturers for a discerning clientele desiring great design and benchmark quality in the items they choose for their outdoor lifestyle.

I feel great design simply makes life much more pleasurable. Whether it is the terrific cut or texture of a piece of clothing or the right juxtaposition of plantings for a garden or the genuine utility and feel of items used for gardening or hiking. I’m excited about my new venture and taking great design and quality outside!

As for Randy’s personal style:

Jeans: Always Levis. Currently 508 and 514, slightly worn and cuffed. Hecher was a favorite but was discontinued a few years ago.

Shirts: Solids or stripes (makers vary from Gap and Banana Republic to Ralph Lauren and Barney’s) I wear a lot of grey. I asked the lady at the dry clears once how she was able to always pull my shirts out without looking at the tag. She replied, “You always wear grey!”

Pants: Levis (as above), thin-wale cords in grey, naturals. But I’m mostly a jeans guy. They work well for San Francisco and for me being in the landscape/outdoor business and never knowing when I’m going to get in the dirt!

Suits: Grey, black solids and chalk stripes. Burberry and Ralph Lauren. I like the lean what I call, James Bond 1963 silhouette for suits. I am also a fan of sport coats in dark checks/plaids or textural solids also from Ralph Lauren, Burberry. Kind of an Anglophile here I guess but it seems to fit me best.

Shoes: Salomons are my usual here and there choice running between landscape job sites etc. Client meetings are usually John Varvatos or Aldens from Unionmade and evenings run from any of the above to various Ralph Lauren shoes and vintage boots.

Accessories: Baseball caps are a go-to for me and knit caps when in colder weather. My Breitling Navitimer watch is the only jewelry.

Outerwear: Sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, parkas, Ralph Lauren, Unionmade, vintage jackets. San Francisco weather dictates layers year-round so I have lots of things that will layer when needed.

Favorite Cologne: Kiehl’s Musk liquid body soap daily, hint of Old Spice or Eau Savage added sometimes.

Your favorite App: Handy Level

Favorite piece of technology: My 2004 Land Rover Discovery, wear, tear, pinging and all.

Next tech purchase: A new Land Rover Defender if they keep the classic ‘Safari’ style.


Traveling Alone Can Be an Unforgettable Adventure with Contiki

Ever wanted to climb a volcano and make chocolate in the same trip? Check out Contiki and their curated trip to Ecuador.
Fashion & Style

Cop these Men’s Peacoats and Stand Out from the Puffer Jacket Crowd

The coat became popularized for streetwear by the dapper Prince of Wales in 1869 and has been a mainstay of men’s style ever since.
Fashion & Style

Keep Your Digits Warm with the Coolest Men’s Winter Gloves

Never lose feeling in your fingers again.

How to Maximize Your Mini-Moon

Though far less tedious than orchestrating a honeymoon (while also planning a wedding), a mini-moon does require a bit of planning. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Fashion & Style

The Snow Peak Pendleton Wool Blanket Is Camp Comfort Done Right

One of our favorite outdoor outfitters meets our favorite blanket maker in one killer collab.
Fashion & Style

Shop the Hottest Men’s Thermal Shirts Before It’s Too Cold

Thermal shirts are the best casual basic to throw on during a weekend at home.
Fashion & Style

Say Goodbye to Down with the United By Blue Bison Puffer Jacket

Bison fiber is also remarkable for its laundry list of benefits — it regulates temperature, it’s hypoallergenic, and it’s actually warm when wet. 
Fashion & Style

The Best Work Pants for Men That Are Both Sturdy and Stylish

Work pants aren't just for the outdoorsman, but if that happens to be you? All the better.
Fashion & Style

Snow Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against the Best Winter Boots for Men

Brands big and small, expected and unexpected — we’ve got you covered.
Fashion & Style

The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Cold

The parka is the undisputed heavy hitter of any winter outerwear lineup.
Fashion & Style

Stay Dry in Style with the Best Rain Jackets for Men

There's a rain jacket for every style and budget.
Fashion & Style

Burn Your Snuggie and Get Yourself One of the Best Men’s Bathrobes Instead

Pick between styles loved by mountain men, island-hopping billionaires, and modern minimalists.
Fashion & Style

Hugh Hefner’s Iconic Silk Smoking Jacket Is Up for Auction

Worn everywhere from the Playboy Mansion to press and media events, Hef's jacket has been around the block in more ways than one.

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Leather-Working Episode

Levi Martinez of Orox Leather educates us on the basics of leather-working, tips for spotting quality leather, and how to keep good leather looking great.