In the depths of Winter when Michelin man puffer jackets and Timberland boots may be the order of the day for the less initiated, it is a refreshing thought to think of the opportunity to freshen up and lighten up your wardrobe. Last year the Washington Post Magazine asked me to join six other DC style arbiters to share my personal story--as well as my personal style--with the DMV. I was humbled by the opportunity to join other entrepreneurs and style-minded folk making their own path for themselves and the next generation.

The looks chosen for this shoot were in line with the theme of upscale formal. Who better to turn to for classic formal pieces than the NYC/Chicago/Tokyo--and now DC--bastion of menswear; Paul Stuart. Working closely with the Paul Stuart team both aggressive Phineas Cole and more subtle mainline options were chosen to highlight the classic dinner jacket. One version in a silk/linen peak lapel and the other in a wool cream shawl collar.

When it comes to formalwear, the extra 10% is what makes the difference. Notice the turn back cuff of the jacket, the cane, and the precious gem shirt studs. When executed properly, their is no more refined garment than the dinner jacket. I just hope I've done it justice.

Full article available in the 1/17 Sunday edition. Thanks again to the Washington Post and their team for this honor.

Read the full article HERE

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