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He’s the best dressed man I know.”
HIS STYLE: Versatile. “At work, it’s very conservative. But after work, I can be in jeans, a blazer and wing tips or even sneakers.”
WEARING at Delaware Military Academy:
FIRST OUTFIT Blue Calvin Klein suit; white French cuff shirt from Banana Republic and silver/blue cuff links from Men’s Wearhouse; brown Mercanti wing tip shoes with matching leather belt; argyle socks; Phi Beta Sigma FraternityInc. bowtie; and lapel pin from Sigma Exchange.
SECOND OUTFIT Pink Izod pants and plaid Izod shirt, both from JCPenney; navy blue Bally shoes with matching navy blue Bally belt, both from the Bally store in Atlanta; straw Fedora hat; silver Techno watch; silver chain link bracelet; silver David Yurman chain; and Phi Beta Sigma tag pendant.
WHERE HE SHOPS: Macy’s, Men’s Wearhouse, Kohl’s, JCPenney. “If I’m in New York or Philadelphia or another city, I will seek out a designer store.”
HOW HE SHOPS: “I shop with a vision. If there is an event coming up, I get in a mindset about what I want to wear and where I might find it. I can move a lot faster if I am shopping on my own.”
FASHION ICON: Rapper and music executive Jay Z.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS: “I have Ralph Lauren suits, Michael Kors suits, Calvin Klein suits, but I’m not partial to one over the other.”
MOST RECENT PURCHASE: A three piece Michael Kors suit from Macy’s.
OLDEST ITEM IN HIS CLOSET: “T shirts made when I was in college at Temple in 1991.”
GROOMING TIPS: “I am big on neatness. Regardless of whether you wear a beard, a goatee, a bald head or dreads, make it neat, down to the fingernails.”
BEST FOOT FORWARD: “Wing tips are my go to shoes, different colors, different materials. I also have several pairs of Chelsea boots, plus a section in my closet for Timberland boots, plus motorcycle boots, and cleats for my bicycle shoes. And I still wear Jordan sneakers.”
FAVORITE COLOR: Blue. “I’m a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, and our colors are blue and white.”
FAVORITE FRAGRANCE: Kenneth Cole Black.
WORTH THE SPLURGE: “Anything that catches your eye.”
NOT WORTH THE SPLURGE: “If you can walk out of the store without a second thought about going back and buying it, it’s not worth it.”
GO TO OUTFIT ON SATURDAY NIGHT: Jeans, dressy loafers, a button down shirtand a Kenneth Cole jacket.
ORGANIZATION TIPS: “I am a numbers guy, and I like order. In my closet, everything is folded on hangers in the same direction. I keep my casual shirts in one sectionand my work shirts in another section, and so on.”
FASHION EVOLUTION: “My mother helped me to develop my own style at a young age. She encouraged me not to follow trends.”
FASHION NO NO: “I cringe when I see white sweat socks with loafers or wing tips.”
INDISPENSABLE WARDROBE ITEM: “A very nice pair of wing tip shoes.”
ACE ACCESSORY: “My David Yurman chain and tag pendant. My son and I are both in the fraternity, and I got us matching pendants.”
BOW TIE OR STRAIGHT TIE? “I do both, but I like a bow tie. People often ask if I know how to tie it, and I tell them, ‘Yes.'”