Hailing from the Caribbean, Kairon’s passion for men’s styling evolved into a fashion blog with the intent to promote a sartorial lifestyle to the Caribbean man. His influence is now reaching beyond the Caribbean borders. Check him out below.
Say hello to Kairon:
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I’m from a little island in the Caribbean called Trinidad and Tobago, the Land of Soca and Carnival.
I haven’t done much traveling yet, but I’ve been to New York, Miami, LA, and San Diego.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place has to be Italy, hands down. I love their culture, family togetherness, and architecture. Unfortunately, I have not been there yet, but hope to visit soon.
What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?
On my bucket list right now is attending London, Paris, and Milan fashion week, including Pitti Uomo.
What is your signature styling trademark?
I would have to say cropped trousers. I don’t know why I love them so much, but at least 75% of the trousers I own are either cuffed or cropped.
How would you sum up your visual style?
A mix between preppy college white boy, Chuck Bass from Gossip girl, Tom Ford with a hint of street style, and Kanye when I’m just feeling edgy.
Tell us about your blog, Men’s Sartorial Fashion – what was the inspiration behind starting that?
The blog really started off as a platform for the Caribbean man who wanted to know the latest trends, tips and tricks in men’s fashion. As it is right now, fashion within the Caribbean isn’t really a big thing, especially men’s fashion. One of the major reasons for that is due to our weather. The Caribbean is known for being HOT! So you would hardly ever see someone walking the street in a suit. Thus, the blog was created. The goal was to help, teach, educate and to promote a sartorial lifestyle, while sharing point of views, tips and trends from the leading menswear brands, magazines, icons and fellow menswear bloggers within the industry.
How do you stay current on trends?
GQ is my best friend. You can always find me with the latest GQ magazine to know what’s going on. Attending New York fashion week or keeping up to date with the different fashion shows, Milan Fashion week, LCM, Paris Fashion week and Pitti Uomo. If you want to be serious about fashion, that’s one thing you have to do. Stay up to date on what’s happening at the shows.
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
Right now, I have a few blog posts to finish, and by next week, a couple of shoots with some fellow bloggers.
What challenges do you face in your career?
The biggest challenge for me right now is content. Being that most of the time I’m home in Trinidad, there’s not much I can do. Trinidad isn’t really into fashion per se, as New York or LA. As a fashion blogger, not many brands know how valuable our influence is, so they won’t invest in it. Whereas if I go back to New York, I have brands all around willing to work with me. I try to do as much as I can when I’m here. Even when it comes to schooling, it’s tough. I studied Fashion Management at UTT (University of Trinidad and Tobago), which is the only fashion school in the Caribbean. It’s hard to be a fashion blogger/Stylist in Trinidad.
Where do you hope to see your styling career in the next five years?
I would love to be a Style editor for GQ or a menswear magazine, or even style for fashion week, Nick Graham in particular. I fell in love with his SS17 collection for New York Fashion Week this year – it was probably my favorite show I attended.
What celebrity would you like to style?
Hands down, Dwayne Wade. I think we have similar taste – his style is iconic and really clean. His suit game is always on point and when he’s doing street style, he does it well.
What’s the most memorable project you’ve participated in?
I can’t say it’s my most memorable project because I still have a lot to come, but the most memorable moment has to be attending New York Fashion Week Men’s as a Fashion Blogger for the first time.
Who do you want to give a shoutout to?
Marcus Troy – have to give him a shoutout. He gave me such great advice and opened my eyes to a different way of seeing the industry and how I should make my mark in it.
What fashion trend do you wish would come back?
That’s a hard one – so far, the military trend came back and I’m once again loving it.
Which current fashion trend do you wish was gone forever?
Relaxed trousers – I’m not a fan.
What is the most life-changing event that you’ve experienced?
Like I said above, it has to be attending New York Fashion Week Men’s both FW and SS. I was able to meet so many influential people in the industry, gain so much knowledge, and build connections that can help me along the road.
What’s your greatest achievement, and how has it shaped you?
So far, my greatest achievement is starting my business. It has made me a lot more responsible – being out there in the working world isn’t easy at all, especially running your own business.
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Kairon, keep up the dapper style!
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