What is your fashion view?
To me, fashion goes hand in hand with liberation. I remember buying cargo shorts and over-sized tees, while attending college in Florida, to blend in with the crowd. At that point in my life, I wanted to fly under the radar and mesh with the masses. Thank goodness I had a â€œfashion epiphany.â€
Fashion is the freedom to tell your story, an opportunity to set yourself apart, and is an extension of my personality.
How do you describe your style?
On-the-go. I choose to stay busy so itâ€™s imperative for my wardrobe to be practical, with flair. I like timeless collections, like Ralph Lauren, mixed with modern touches from stores like H&M or Urban Outfitters. Also, I keep an eye on Mr. Porterâ€™s Facebook page. Itâ€™s a great way to watch new trends and is designed specially for men.
What are your favorite pieces?
My Ray-Bans. I used to sit on every pair of sunglasses until I invested in my prescription/polarized aviators from Gaddie Eye Center.
They are my prized possession. Iâ€™m three years in now, and my shades are safe and sound.
A vintage top coat. I love everything vintage, and found one heck of a deal at Nitty Gritty last spring. Itâ€™s aÂ herringbone topcoat from Rodes, and I paid less than $100. Itâ€™s a generational piece, and the coat Iâ€™m wearing in this photo.
My new backpack. It just arrived, and I may have squealed a bit opening the box. Itâ€™s Vaqueta Leather and smells divine. David King, of Bostonâ€™s leather district, is the designer.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
I shop for my staples at Banana Republic, Dillardâ€™s and Von Maur. Iâ€™m really more into the small shops and vintage stores. We have quite the selection here in Louisville, thankfully.
Who is your fashion icon?
I would have to say the late John F. Kennedy Jr., and his family in general. They cultivated a persona of luminous class and elegance. They were and always will be American fashion icons.