Men of Style

By Jennifer Wells
In Feature, Style

 

Styling by Samantha Chadwick Hair & Makeup by Kristen Linares & Valerie Brown Assistants: Alex Kendall, Sam Powers, Stephanie James & Zhen Xu

 

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Les Snead, General Manager, St. Louis Rams

Just as the stunning views from Les Snead’s apartment offer a decidedly optimistic perspective, so does the Rams’ current lineup‰ÛÓthanks in good part to Snead’s penchant for drafting top-quality players. While his status as general manager surely precedes him, Snead’s ego remains perfectly in check. Always one to opt for comfort over couture, he refers to his favorite denim not by designer, but by description‰ÛÓ”holey”‰ÛÓand would much rather don flip-flops than more formal footwear. Yes, Snead favors sportswear (lululemon is a favorite), but he’s entirely capable of high style, especially with his stylish wife, Kara, by his side. It’s usually a crisp Thomas Pink button-down or something chic by LA designer James Perse that makes the cut. And although fashion and football aren’t usually synonymous, most would agree that the home field‰ÛÓand the GM box‰ÛÓhas never looked so good.
Elevee suit; Thomas Pink shirt; Savile Row cuff links

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Danny Baker, Founder and President, Exotic Motors Midwest

Pulling off a feat most of us only wish we could, Brian Simpson is just as convincing donning punk rock attire as he is corporate couture‰ÛÓa testament to his success as a men’s retailer. Simpson’s self-described modern/ classic/minimal style reflects his fashion philosophy of quality over quantity. A die-hard fan of everything he carries at East+West, Simpson feels especially comfortable in Baldwin Denim, Gitman Vintage and Rogue Territory. Although his punk rock ways have mellowed considerably over the years, you’ll still find him rocking out to live music like Local Natives or Vampire Weekend, usually sporting a favorite pair of classic Vans or selvage denim. But for Simpson, perhaps the most rewarding aspect of fashion is when it merges with his love of music, as it did at this year’s LouFest, where his East+West pop-up shop managed to steal a sliver of the spotlight from the performance stages.
J. Crew Ludlow jacket; Gitman Vintage shirt; Baldwin trousers; Cause & Effect belt; Hitsman pocket square

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Greg Lukeman: Executive Director, Food Outreach

As executive director of Food Outreach, Greg Lukeman’s style is very much dictated by his appreciation for life‰ÛÓparticularly health and happiness. You’ll find his joie de vivre on display at many charitable events, especially those with a ’70s theme, giving Lukeman ample opportunity to don his famously dazzling disco shirt. For partywear, he scours vintage shops like The Vintage Haberdashery, where he also scoops up a bevy of unique sportcoats and interesting ties. For day, it’s Neiman Marcus, Saks or Nordstrom Rack, where he seeks out basic pieces to pair with his hefty collection of colorful Cole Haan shoes (his chartreuse pair in particular liven up any ensemble). When it comes to accessories, Lukeman welcomes any opportunity to sport a pair of fashionable cuff links, but admits he gets the most mileage out of his collections of timepieces. His favorite, a classic Cartier Tank watch, keeps fabulous time whether Lukeman is “on the clock” at Food Outreach or attending a can’t-miss local event.
Joe’s jeans; Club Monaco shirt; Jhane Barnes jacket; Cartier Tank watch; Bulgari ring; Eyebobs eyeglasses

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Brian Simpson: Owner, East+West

Pulling off a feat most of us only wish we could, Brian Simpson is just as convincing donning punk rock attire as he is corporate couture‰ÛÓa testament to his success as a men’s retailer. Simpson’s self-described modern/ classic/minimal style reflects his fashion philosophy of quality over quantity. A die-hard fan of everything he carries at East+West, Simpson feels especially comfortable in Baldwin Denim, Gitman Vintage and Rogue Territory. Although his punk rock ways have mellowed considerably over the years, you’ll still find him rocking out to live music like Local Natives or Vampire Weekend, usually sporting a favorite pair of classic Vans or selvage denim. But for Simpson, perhaps the most rewarding aspect of fashion is when it merges with his love of music, as it did at this year’s LouFest, where his East+West pop-up shop managed to steal a sliver of the spotlight from the performance stages.
J. Crew Ludlow jacket; Gitman Vintage shirt; Baldwin trousers; Cause & Effect belt; Hitsman pocket square

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Lamar Harris, Musician, DJ and Educator

Although Lamar Harris (aka DJ Nune) is perhaps best known for his musical skill and well-deserved brushes with fame (he’s performed with John Legend and Bilal and was an official DJ of Saint Louis Fashion Week 2013), recently it’s his sense of style that is consistently wowing fans. Dressing comes naturally to Harris, whose own notably stylish mother, Linda J. Harris, had him donning custom suits by age 5. Since then, his look has evolved with chameleon-like effect to be in tune with whatever he finds inspiring. When educating children on music and hip-hop culture, Harris favors classic American labels like Kenneth Cole. For evening, the musician turns to DNA Boutique on Washington Avenue for unique tees and trendy accessories (right now he’s obsessed with the shop’s Fashion Geek hats). But no matter which style persona Harris is currently channeling‰ÛÓhip-hop or decidedly designer (with custom duds by T. Linnelle Huston)‰ÛÓhis look is sure to hit the right note.
Thrifted vintage pants and leather jacket; shirt from East+West

 

Photo credit: Wesley Law

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