Say hello to Brian :
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, from a town called Smyrna (west of Atlanta). Currently, I live in South Atlanta.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
My absolute favorite place in the world is Paris, France. All around, France has always felt like my second native country. I speak French and spent my junior year of college at the Sorbonne University of Paris IV. I’ve visited about five times since. It’s crazy, because I’ve seen more of France than I have the United States.
What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?
Eventually, I would like to curate my own men’s magazine – one that blends men’s style, technology, and etiquette. Also, I am looking to create a proprietary line of classic bespoke-shoes for men.
What is your signature styling trademark?
My signature trademark would definitely be brooches (lapel pins), and putting contrasting patterns together on classic looks. I believe I have a knack for taking a conservative gentleman’s dress to the next level in a way that is appealing and vibrant, yet modest.
Tell us about your blog, Dress Like A Gent.
Dress Like A Gent is a lifestyle blog that centers around men’s classic styles and relevant fashion trends. Not only do I blog about “all things men’s fashion,” but there is also a very prominent component of my blog that showcases my involvement as a media affiliate and freelance writer. You will find all sorts of local events that I have covered for several magazines which include film festivals, boutique openings, fashion charity events, runway shows, restaurant previews, celebrity interviews, and more.
Tell us about your career. How did you prepare for it?
I am a lifestyle blogger and media contributor for several local magazines in the city. I blog about an array of subjects revolving around men’s fashion and lifestyle. Additionally, I provide media coverage for different sources locally, and I am a brand ambassador for Karoo Eyewear and Studio One Afrique. I can say that I have prepared for this by being consistent in networking, writing and branding Dress Like A Gent (DLAG) in the city. Basically, I’m always out participating in events that go along with my vision; which has in turn, caused the brand to grow beyond what I could ever have imagined.
How do you stay current on trends?
Instagram is a great way to stay current on trends and fashion. It’s the place where I began, and has become the primary platform by which Dress Like A Gent has expanded. Also, I spend a lot of time at fashion events and around people immersed in the industry, which helps to foster long lasting relationships, and allows me to see LIVE examples of what’s trending in the scene.
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
One of my absolute favorite and most inspiring written works is from an interview I had with former Spanx executives and curators of Brrr!, Mary Cathyrn-Kolb and Tosha Hayes. You can read about it via my article on Urbanluxmag.com: http://urbanluxmag.com/2015/09/28/brrr/
What challenges do you face in your career?
The main challenge that I face with my career is being able to give DLAG the adequate amount of time and attention it needs to monetize the brand. My goal is to do this full-time and to build a legacy for my family.
Where do you hope to see your styling career in the next five years?
As a stylist, I hope to be able to do personal styling more frequently and would like the opportunity to style men for weddings, photo shoots, personal branding, etc.
What celebrity would you like to style and why?
If I had the opportunity to style a celebrity, I would likely choose Padres baseball player, Matt Kemp. With an active lifestyle as a pro baseball player, Matt also collaborates with The GAP, and just overall has great sense of style. It would be an absolute pleasure to style him for an editorial or any public event that he’d be involved in.
What’s the most memorable project you’ve participated in?
The most memorable project that I was a part of was Usher’s 2015 New Look Foundation Event. I went to the event as a co-contributor for Urban Lux Magazine. The event commemorated Usher’s Sweet 16 for his proprietary non-profit organization – Usher’s New Look Foundation. The foundation seeks to bridge the gap between circumstances and unrealized dreams among our youth. It has reached over 25,000 young people in 12 U.S. cities and 7 countries. It was an experience that is never to be forgotten. Details about the event can be read via http://urbanluxmag.com/2015/07/30/ushers-new-look-foundation/
Who do you want to give a shoutout to?
I would definitely like to give a shoutout to a very dear and gifted team of photographers who have worked alongside me throughout the years, including Lindsay Abarca Photography, TKO Photographic, Be_Atlanta and Eden Photography XXII. Thank you all for your tireless support and linking up with me to provide Dress Like A Gent with some amazing imagery for our readers!
What fashion trend do you wish would come back?
One fashion trend I admired back in the day, which seems to be re-emerging, is overalls. It was a big deal in the 90s, and I’m already starting to see more tailored, modern-looking overalls come back in different styles including khakis, jean and trouser-styles. I just think overalls have a lot of potential, both as a casual look and/or more of a classic chic.
What is the most life-changing event that you’ve experienced?
The most life-changing event for me would be the birth of my now 3-year daughter, Hannah. Any new father could tell you that witnessing the birth of a child deriving from the love of two committed parents is an overwhelming joy! Not only do you feel the weight of responsibility, but you also feel the honor of being an intricate part of framing her world, her destiny, and helping mold her character in a world that desperately needs more heroes and sheroes.
What’s your greatest failure, and how did you overcome it?
Honestly, I’ve failed at many things, but I don’t see them as failures at this juncture in my life. My successes outweigh my failures. Because of my relationship with God, I know that all things work together for good in the end. It is only failure when you give in to it. It doesn’t have to be the final say.
What’s your greatest achievement, and how has it shaped you?
My greatest achievement is receiving Jesus in my life and allowing Him to guide my steps, bring me into greatness, open wonderful doors, keep me inspired and constantly fulfill my earnest dreams in His own timing and His own way.
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