water polo blog Guys of Style
Where do you like to shop?We’re very fortunate in Madison to have a store of the quality of Context. They have some of the best collections that are out there at the moment. and Europe, and [Context] have one of the largest selections of raw denim that I’ve found anywhere. I also love the Canvas line from Lands’ End, the fit and quality are great and it’s designed right here in Wisconsin.How do you describe your personal style?I’m very into American/English heritage at the moment. I like how designers are reinventing classic styles from vintage workwear to more tailored pieces.What’s your day to day uniform? What types of pieces do you feel the most at home in?My day to day uniform is raw denim in various stages of wear. Well made shoes are very important and a shirt layered with a jacket or sweater, depending on the season. I also have a large collection of trainers/sneakers that I would pair with the same clothes for a more casual look.Does your wife have an influence on your style?We both share a love of fashion she rarely recommends what I should wear but we do value each other’s opinions. We enjoy shopping, whether it’s in department stores in big cities (Barney’s is a personal favorite), or finding small independent boutiques or going to flea markets and finding that hidden gem.What piece of clothing would you never be caught dead wearing? What fashion don’ts do you see around town?I would never wear denim shorts; I’m just not a fan. [For don’ts, mine include] men wearing ill fitting suits. You can buy a cheaper suit but then go to a good tailor Monetti’s on University is great and get the suit properly fitted for a few bucks. Also I know some people might not have a lot of time in the mornings, but please,
do they have to wear their pajamas in public?What’s on your fashion wish list for spring?Context has a new line of clothing for spring by an English brand called Tender Co. The garments are all hand dyed and are amazing quality.What designers do you love? What about a favorite celebrity’s style?My favorite designer is Nigel Cabourn. He’s been around for years and he gets inspiration from vintage pieces and his attention to detail and quality of the fabric he uses in his designs stand above the rest. As for a celebrity’s style I love it would have to be Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. They both had an amazing sense of style that is still relevant to today.Name your most expensive wardrobe splurge.My favorite item I have is the boots I’m wearing today, from an old English shoemaker called Trickers. They’ve been hand making shoes in the same Northhampton factory since 1829. They’re expensive, but if looked after, will last a lifetime and get better with age and wear.What websites do you love?Favorite Madison restaurant and dish at that restaurant?The Tornado Room. [They have] the best steaks in town. But a close second has to be Tempest Oyster Bar. The raw bar is great and the pan fried trout dish would be at home on any fine dining restaurant’s menu in the world.What’s your comfort food?My favorite comfort foods are the pork buns and ramen noodle bowl at Graze I’m salivating thinking about it!Where have your travels brought you, and what’s a favorite souvenir?I have had many amazing trips and journeys in my life, but the one that stands out the most is when my wife and I went on a hiking trip to Sedona, Arizona. What made it memorable is that my wife was six months pregnant at the time and I consider it to be the first vacation we took as a family of three.My favorite item I purchased while traveling was a full size cowhide rug in New Mexico. The thing is 8’x6′, and we had a lot of fun trying to get it in the overhead compartment on the flight back to Madison.