Men of Style

Seven of St. Louis most fashionable men share what it takes to pull off seriously standout personal style.

 

 

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Jeffery Uslip

Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

A Brooklyn native, Jeffrey Uslip is making the most of his big career move to the Midwest. His New York state of mind has proven to be the perfect match for the role he took over in January at CAM, much to the delight of the local arts community. Describing his personal style as “somewhere between ‰Û÷Blade Runner’ and actor Steve McQueen,” he often dons duds that could be considered a fashion uniform. His signature gear consists of classic staples with an edge: a Brooks Brothers fitted button-down, J.M. Weston penny loafers and Sabah Turkish shoes from designer stores like Seize sur Vingt, Freemans Sporting Club, Atelier New York, Margiela and Barneys, which have become regular stops during his trips back to New York. Uslip looks forward to discovering local spots that can satisfy his penchant for quality threads that fit with his sleek and simple style, and counts R. Ege Antiques and Winslow’s Home among his faves. But don’t let the minimalist nature of his dress fool you: Uslip’s affinity for contemporary art is his greatest accessory‰ÛÓand he wears it oh-so-well.

The Look: Custom-made leather jacket, Brooks Brothers shirt, Levi’s jeans, Cartier belt and rings, J.M. Weston loafers and Barneys socks. Knoll Womb chair courtesy of Centro.

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Seth Feldman & Youk

Owner, 10denza

A little bit flashy and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, 10denza’s Chris Lanter is the living personification of the lifestyle he creates at his hip Central West End boutique. Since 2011, the retail-space-meets-lounge has added a posh twist to the St. Louis boutique scene, offering men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and gear, alongside music finds and books. The result is a culmination of years of experience (Lanter is a former DJ) intertwined with the development of his signature style and well-trained eye. He just so happens to represent a portion of his target customer: the fashionable gent with panache. Lanter prefers clothing that fits well and makes him feel confident, and attention to detail is key to looking the part. Readily admitting that a man should have “at least a dozen watches,” he favors wristwear from designers like Nixon and MSTR, printed socks and quality eyewear. For Lanter, even one’s choice in cologne is an important piece of the well-dressed puzzle (he wears Tom Ford). It’s those fashion-focused details‰ÛÓalong with boldly printed button-ups, tailored blazers and quality denim‰ÛÓthat set Lanter apart as both a man of style, and entrepreneur with an air of unconventionality.

The Look: Moods of Norway jacket, Descendants of Thieves shirt, Cult of Individuality jeans, J Shoes, MSTR watch and Konstantino necklace. B&B Italia P60 ottoman courtesy of Centro.

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The Look: Motivation jersey, Publish Brand joggers, HUF reversible vest, SwedLife hat, New Balance X Saint Alfred sneakers and Persol glasses. On Youk: SSUR Plus bandana. Artek Stool 60 courtesy of Centro.

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Chris Lanter

Owner, 10denza

A little bit flashy and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, 10denza’s Chris Lanter is the living personification of the lifestyle he creates at his hip Central West End boutique. Since 2011, the retail-space-meets-lounge has added a posh twist to the St. Louis boutique scene, offering men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and gear, alongside music finds and books. The result is a culmination of years of experience (Lanter is a former DJ) intertwined with the development of his signature style and well-trained eye. He just so happens to represent a portion of his target customer: the fashionable gent with panache. Lanter prefers clothing that fits well and makes him feel confident, and attention to detail is key to looking the part. Readily admitting that a man should have “at least a dozen watches,” he favors wristwear from designers like Nixon and MSTR, printed socks and quality eyewear. For Lanter, even one’s choice in cologne is an important piece of the well-dressed puzzle (he wears Tom Ford). It’s those fashion-focused details‰ÛÓalong with boldly printed button-ups, tailored blazers and quality denim‰ÛÓthat set Lanter apart as both a man of style, and entrepreneur with an air of unconventionality.

The Look: Moods of Norway jacket, Descendants of Thieves shirt, Cult of Individuality jeans, J Shoes, MSTR watch and Konstantino necklace. B&B Italia P60 ottoman courtesy of Centro.

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Wale Soluade

Corporate Inclusion and Diversity Manager, Commerce Bank; Fashion Blogger, A Curated Man

For Wale Soluade, dressing dapper isn’t merely a preference‰ÛÓit’s a requirement. From his day job as the corporate inclusion and diversity manager for Commerce Bank to his successful blog that targets the classic, fashionable gent, Soluade is the definition of the well-curated man. He’s often sporting one of his signature three-piece Suitsupply suits, complete with accessories from his enviable collection, to prove it. The fashionisto is rarely found without a bold tie from his designer collection, vintage time-pieces and distinctive eyewear by Tom Ford. Inspired by classic Italian design, Soluade stresses the importance of fit, tailoring and quality, and cites a good tailor as “crucial” for true wardrobe success. He shares his extensive knowledge of classically modern dress on his blog, A Curated Man, which has earned him five appearances on GQ’s “How GQ Are You?” series and guest posts for Details. Soluade is now exploring the possibility of offering made-to-measure menswear through his website, where he will advise on the styling, fit and fabric selections for each piece.

The Look: Suitsupply jacket, tie and pocket square, J. Crew pants, H&M shirt, Magnanni shoes, Tom Ford glasses and Rolex watch.

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Adrian O. Walker

Freelance Photographer

While perusing Adrian Walker’s body of work, it’s hard to believe what the budding photographer has already captured in his short time behind the camera. With an unwavering eye and a passion for urban landscapes, Walker has been meticulously perfecting his craft, specializing in capturing human emotion, events and key players in the world of underground music, art and culture. Case in point: his “Street Beautification” photo exhibit is on view now at the World Chess Hall of Fame through Nov. 23. His personal style and photographic eye go hand in hand‰ÛÓclassically urban, but with a refined edge and a nod to ingenuity. A minimalist at heart, Walker counts among his fashion staples a selection of go-tos that include sneakers (most often Vans or Converse), a Timex watch, glasses from Eye Roc and a neutral color palette. The comfort and ease allow Walker to stylishly weave in and out of the STL social scene, where he is often found snapping photos for a roster of clients such as Strange Donuts, Treehouse Networkshop and Do314, in addition to a personal event list that is practically endless. He seems to be everywhere at once: Where he will pop up next, nobody knows‰ÛÓbut you can bet he’ll show up looking flawless.

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The Look: Vintage Sir & Madame jacket, Stussy Deluxe pants, Michele watch and Converse sneakers. Magis Air Chair courtesy of Centro.

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Ken St•À_ckenschneider

Principal Designer, StÌ_ckenschneider Decoration & Design

Often reflecting his penchant for luxury in his wardrobe, interior designer Ken StÌ_ckenschneider favors rich fabrics and textures ranging from moleskin and leather to cotton and cable-knits. He’s always on the go, so comfort is a huge factor in his fashion choices. Whether traveling to Barbados for an ongoing design project or perfecting the interior of a fishing lodge in Canada, StÌ_ckenschneider is a fashion loyalist, rarely seen on the job without his signature suede driving moccasins and True Religion jeans. Both in and out of his design studio, the classics reign supreme: Billy Reid, Loro Piana and Ralph Lauren outfit the designer on most occasions, with shades of brown and tan taking the lead as personal favorites. On weekends, StÌ_ckenschneider can be found in Lululemon while spending time with his young daughter, who was the inspiration behind the designer’s move from New York City to begin his own design firm in St. Louis just over eight years ago.

The Look: Loro Piana sweater and vest, Goldschmied jeans, Salvatore Ferragamo loafers, Barneys New York belt, Victorinox Swiss Army watch and Neiman Marcus bracelet. B&B Italia Tulip swivel chair courtesy of Centro.

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John Perkins

Chef/Owner, Juniper

John Perkins is making serious waves on the competitive St. Louis foodie scene with his wildly popular Southern-style eatery, Juniper. With a dash of tradition and a sprinkle of soul, his passion for all things local resonates just as strongly in his wardrobe as it does his restaurant. One will rarely find Perkins without his staples: Baldwin jeans (from the Kansas City brand available at East + West), dark-framed glasses and sneakers (preferably in red or blue) by Billy Reid. In the restaurant’s earlier days, Perkins spent his time exclusively in the kitchen, but the instant popularity of Juniper’s focused menu has driven the talented chef/owner to engage more with customers in the front of the house (when he’s not making time for his brood of five at home). Lucky for Perkins, his natural sense of style and penchant for vintage classics fit right in at his hip, rustic establishment, making his image as welcoming as his menu offerings.

The Look: East + West hat, Shades of Grey jacket, Banana Republic shirt, J. Crew tie, Baldwin jeans, Ray-Ban glasses and K-Swiss shoes. Knoll Womb ottoman courtesy of Centro.

 

Photo credit: Wesley Law

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