The Industry’s Top Tastemakers Say: We Care What You Wear

Jessica Hoppe
The Industry’s Top Tastemakers Say: We Care What You Wear
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With men’s market upon us the city is bursting with fashionable gents from all over the world. You’d think there was a casting for Tom Ford’s next film on every corner. It’s quite a treat!

I managed to gain access to some of the top arbiters in menswear to not only find out WHAT inspires them but more importantly HOW we ladies can inspire them.

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Josh Peskowitz: Newly appointed Style Director @ Gilt Man, Josh is an editorial veteran holding longtime posts @ Esqire and Men.style.com, respectively. A widely recognized industry influencer, Josh is on everyone's radar.

1. Describe your personal style in three words.  

Shirt, shoes, service

2. Who's your style icon and why?

Too numerous to count. Find a new one everyday.

3. What's your go-to wardrobe piece for a date or night out?

Boglioli unconstructed blazer from Old England in Paris. I got it years ago and it's like a security blanket for me.

4. In your list of desirable qualities in a mate how does style rank?  1st, 5th, ect?  Why?  

Confidence and a sense of humor are the most important. I think both those things can be reflected in ones sense of style. So it's not really a number it's like an *

5. What's your man repellant? (your most hated women's trend).

I can't really call that. I mean one woman could rock something completely outrageous and it would work for her, while another… not so much. It totally depends on context.

Sean Sullivan: Filmaker, photographer and man about town, Mr. Impossible Cool knows a thing or two about style.

1. Describe your personal style in 3 words.

Whatever feels right.

2. Who is your style icon? Why?

My Grandfather. Custom shoes, bespoke suits, the whole nine yards. He wasn't flashy about it though. It was done because he appreciated well made clothing and cared about the fit. 

3. What's your go-to wardrobe piece for a date or night out?

A black two button sportcoat. All guys need a "goes with everything" piece on their closet.

4. In your list of desirable qualities in a mate how does style rank?  1st, 5th, ect?  Why?

Girls that have a good sense of style, it's not just with the clothing they wear. It always carries over into the rest of their lives with music, food, even the way they travel. It's not the top quality I look for, but it's definitely up there. My personal kryptonite is Isabel Marant (any season).

5. What's your man repellant? (your most hated women's trend)

Hopefully this isn't considered a trend...but the ponytail through baseball hat look is a rough one. Popped collars can be thrown in that mix as well. So far everything I've seen Leandra [of The Man Repeller] feature is exactly what a lot of the guys I know love!

Carlos Campos: Breakout star and industry darling, Carlos was recently named a 2011 CFDA/VOGUE Fund Finalist.

1. Describe your personal style in 3 words.

Simple. Effortless. Refined.

2. Who's your style icon and why?

Depends on the day. Today, probably Pablo Neruda and Mick Jagger.  Neruda has been a constant inspiration to me in both his words and his look. Rugged, yet soft... auténtico. And Mick is Mick.  The guy is a legend, a living treasure.  Awesome style.

3.What's your go-to wardrobe piece for a date or night out?

Right now it's my own slim fit five pocket pant in super light pima cotton in a bunch of different colors with a polo and sometimes my cotton jacket...comfortable yet put together.

4. In your list of desirable qualities in a mate how does style rank? 1st, 5th, ect?  Why?

To me, style is not only what's on your back, but what's on your mind.  I'd put it somewhere after Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty, Humor, Ambition and Passion... put the right clothes on top of these and you got one desirable and stylish lady.

5. What's your man repellant? (your most hated women's trend)

Definitely the square heel pump. They make me want to run in the other direction except with heels like that they probably could catch up to me.  That and those pajama jeans. Why don't you just wear a t-shirt that says "I give up" instead.

Simone Serritella: A hybrid of Italian heritage and New York soul, Simone reps some of the hottest labels in the game.  If you're a buyer-you want to know this guy. Visit Go Bang NYC

1. Describe your personal style in three words.   

Indigo Jazzy Japanese

2. Who's your style icon and why? 

Any Japanese guy in Harajuku, I guess??

3. What's your go-to wardrobe piece for a date or night out?

What's a date ?? Bow Tie !

4. In your list of desirable qualities in a mate how does style rank?  1st, 5th, ect?

Hmm 1st. You gotta look good.

5. What's your man repellant? (your most hated women's trend)

Ballerina shoes

Jay Kos: A self proclaimed "visual junkie," designer, chef, and connoisseur. Jay juggles stores in his namesake, celebrity clientele and the ideal family life. Ask him anything.

1. Describe your personal style in three words.

My personal style is to be me.

2. Who's your style icon and why?

I do not have a style icon because style is an individual thing that comes from within.

3. What's your go-to wardrobe piece for a date or night out?

Boots

4. In your list of desirable qualities in a mate how does style rank?  1st, 5th, ect?  Why?

1st because style incorporates an entire being. Style is not something you wear but is how you wear it. Style is not what you eat but is how you eat it. Style is not where you go but is how you get there. Style is not about MAKING LOVE it's how you make love.

5. What's your man repellant? (your most hated women's trend)

My most hated womens trend is in this order gossiping, empire waist and flip flops.

Michael Cohn: Marketing Director, legacy and bona fide cool kid. Cohn's style is next level sh*t.

1. Describe your personal style in three words.

Antisocial Hardcore Rudeboy

2. Who's your style icon and why?

Hard to pick one person when throughout my life i have been influenced in part by many. I have always admired Mike Patton, Vocalist of Faith No More and many more projects. Since the early 90s he was a big influence with a radical neon warrior style throughout the late 90s with his sleek immigrant gangster style comprised of suits and slickback.

3. What's your go-to wardrobe piece for a date or night out? 

A must have in my outfit are braces and 3 hole Dr Martens. Both these items populate my closet in many colors, patterns and styles from solid to plaid braces and steel toe to brogues for footwear. I cannot leave home without my two sets of two and three finger rings from Surface 2 Air or my silver cast cavity tooth necklace for the more casual times.

4. In your list of desirable qualities in a mate how does style rank? 1st, 5th, ect? Why?

We clearly know what the first two are: looks and sex appeal. Sex appeal is very much dictated by your looks but also by your look. I have never been one to have a "type" but there are certainly caveats in a proper mate selection which are, as one can imagine, stricter than sexual partner selections. To answer the question i would have to say it ranks 4th after smarts but it is a very integral part of the first two attributes. hope that makes sense...

5. What's your man repellant? (your most hated women's trend)

I could go on for days with my answer considering these past ten years have been pretty hellacious for women starting from the whole bohemian look to the nerd and over sized eyewear yet if i were to be specific i would have to select flip flops as my main man repellant. They are a clear sign of a women not caring about herself. Why else would you go basically barefoot in a dirty city like nyc? Said this i am not a fan of women that pamper too much but a nice mani-pedi goes a long way especially when you have to wear heels all the time.

Matthew Mol: After more than a decade with Ralph Lauren and spear-heading the launch of Rugby, Matty has curated some of the most famous shops in the world including Colette. Seen it all. Done it all. If you're trying to break out-ask this guy.

1.Describe your personal style in three words.

Gentleman prefer black. 

2. Who's your style icon and why?

Ralph Lauren. I admire his charisma & charm. James Bond in Casino Royale; I'd wear a tuxedo all the time if I could. 

3. What's your go-to wardrobe piece for a date or night out?

A nice pair of shoes. I think women still listen to their grandmothers and judge a man by them. 

4. In your list of desirable qualities in a mate how does style rank?  1st, 5th, ect?  Why? Definitely top 5. I'm attracted to a woman with her own individual style as I believe it speaks to the strength of her character. 

5. What's your man repellant? (your most hated women's trend)

I think, excuse the expression, side boob. Great when it's not your girlfriend. Sucks when it is!

Hao-Chou Joe Hwang: Designer of Repo Brand and true savant in his field. Young and innovative, Joe is taking the old and making it new in an irreplicable way.

1. Describe your personal style in three words.

Composed, practical, classic.

2. Who's your style icon and why?

Steve McQueen, he's a well dressed gentleman on a mission. He understood how to dress properly at the right time, right place, and with the right attitude.

3. What's your go-to wardrobe piece for a date or night out?

A made-to-measure, single needled tailored, button down, Oxford sea-island cotton white shirt with genuine pearl shell buttons.

4. In your list of desirable qualities in a mate how does style rank?  1st, 5th, ect?  Why?

2nd. How a woman dresses determines how she portrays herself, and how she wants the world to see her as.

5. What's your man repellant? (your most hated women's trend)

The JUICY trend and UGG boots.

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