By Pascalle Ballard, Art Director and Photographer
Cover Photographer Andrea Hutchinson
Editor in Chief & Stylist Alex Hepfinger
Model Stuart Mercer
Courtesy of Stuart Mercer’s Gentleman’s Shoppe, 119 Clay Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502 stuartmercer.com | 859.309.0357
The slowly darkening days of the season are creeping in; falling leaves, shadowed skies and cooling temperatures are setting the stage for the end of the year. Our VOICE Louisville team decided that we wanted the final cover of the year to shake that up with some luxurious holiday sparkle, offsetting the incoming winter gloom a little bit. Luckily for us, Stuart Mercer graciously agreed to come all the way from his stylish shop in Lexington, and dazzle our December cover! Sunglasses MAY be required.
Stuart came prepared for the shoot with a full arsenal of sharply tailored suits, in spectacular fabrics. Lincliffe’s armchairs were draped in neckties…cufflinks were adjusted…there was even a duotone blazer that shimmered blue and green ever so subtly. It was wonderful to be able to work with so many colors and options than just your traditional black tuxedo – going to show that there’s a lot of creativity and fun to be had with menswear. Mix it up with a pattern or two, or add a fancy pop of velvet? No better time than the holidays to let Stuart’s examples here inspire you!
While Stuart suited up, the rest of us wrapped prop presents, and possibly got a little caught up in a moment or two of swordfighting. The gold wrapping paper that Andrea brought was a worthy weapon, but we were scrubbing glitter off of our hands for the rest of the day!
With Frank Sinatra on the speakers, the shoot went as smoothly as silk. Stuart’s charm really radiates through these shots, and it was wonderful to spend a lighthearted and sunshiney afternoon making this cover. To cap it off, we discovered that it was his birthday! In true VOICE fashion, we had to celebrate with a fizzy glass of champagne (or seltzer) and sing him happy birthday. Somewhere, very silly phone footage of our serenade exists…failing to be able to share that video here, these photos should suffice to bring a little silliness and sparkle to brighten your holidays. As reader, you complete our team – raise a glass of your own and come along with VOICE Louisville into 2022!