My Style: Paul Gibson
Describe your personal style. Sartorially speaking, I’m a little all over the place—I like to mix things up. Experimenting with hard and soft, dressy and casual and masculine and feminine juxtapositions is really interesting to me.
What are you wearing today? Bonobos corduroys, a belt from Express, a t-shirt from Target, a Skif sweater vest, a Paulie Gibson denim jacket, a Michael Kors watch and Tiffany rings.
How does your personal style translate into the clothes you design for your professional collection? I like to dress a man for every part of his life: work, the gym, dates, events, etc. No matter what I’m doing in my day-today, my look always has those trademark elements that are “me”—the same goes for my brand.
What is the inspiration for some of the latest pieces you’ve designed? People have always been my primary source of inspiration—I find the lifestyles of others fascinating. I recently drove across the United States to help a dear friend move to California. The colors, landscapes, food and cultures I encountered were amazing, but the people I ran into along the way were the best part of the trip and have proven to be a huge part of what I’m designing now.
What runway trends are you loving right now? I’m always a fan of pieces with mixed textiles, like knits with silks and leather with linen. I also love the elements of shine that have been seen on the runway in menswear lately—it’s very alluring.
What item from your closet can you not live without? My Diesel jeans. I have an extensive designer denim collection (72 pairs), but I still love my first pair of Diesel Zathans that I bought in college more than anything else I own.
What is your go-to piece? I have to admit, I’m a scarf-aholic.
Which designers are you obsessed with? Dsquared2, Michael Kors and Tom Ford.
Where do you shop in STL? I shop everywhere from Neiman Marcus to Target. It’s fun to play stylist and pair things in interesting new ways—that’s what fuels my creativity.
Photo credit: Carmen Troesser