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You know the name David Barton from his mood-lit, DJ-filled social gathering spots otherwise known as gyms. They're not just style over substance: The guys (and few girls) who hit the treadmills and dumbbell weights walk out of DBG's three NYC locations looking as ripped and toned as Brad Pitt in Fight Club.
If you've ever had the chance to see David Barton himself working out, you were probably struck by his gym attire. No New Balance Trainers or Nike Dri-FIT for this guy—instead, he's got a look all his own. Below, he breaks down the method behind his madness, one Chrome Hearts chain at a time.
Channel Your Inner Punk: I like to wear Converse sneakers. They are the coolest looking sneakers. I don't want to look like I play professional basketball at the gym; I'd rather look like I'm in the Ramones. Because they have thinner soles, they're actually really good for your feet and proprioception. Shoes were a great step forward for fashion, but a huge step in the wrong direction for human evolution.
Toss the Running Shoes: As alternative to Converse, I like to wear heavy, lace-up boots like customized Doc Martens. I get all my boots from Trash and Vaudeville on St. Marks.
Bicep Curls Are Better in Denim: I like to wear ripped jeans cut off at the knee as shorts. PRPS jeans are my favorites because they can withstand a hard work out and look really cool.
DIY Tees Go a Long Way: I wear vintage t-shirts that I bleach, burn and cut up. I really try to make them my own.
Pile on the Chains: The final touch is jewelry. I wear leather skull necklaces, one earring from Chrome Hearts and another from Stephen Sprouse for Gregg Wolf. Then, I top it off with a great bandana hat from Muji.
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