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Style Session #2: Barry Parasram

Wolf + Panther’s Style Session #2 turns the spot light on Barry Parasram, a Public Relations (PR) savvy guru who works at the National Basketball Association (NBA). Barry is effortlessly stylish.  Crisp and polished  yet always ready to cut loose. This man truly understands the art of presentation.

 

W+P: Describe your job?

I work for the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the Marketing Communications department. My job’s focus is to create awareness for the league and the players from an off-the-court perspective, bringing to life their presence in the following industries, entertainment, fashion, lifestyle and philanthropic efforts.

W+P: When did your style become your own? Did it coincide with a particular event/ life change? 

My style became my own the moment I started elementary school – sporting United Colors of Benetton and Le Tigre. Then it evolved over the years to include proper accessories. Now my standard classic style is complimented with a stylish timepiece, tie bar, pocket square, and shoes.  It is all about the details.

W+P: Who are your favorite designers?

My favorite designers span from Hugo Boss, and Uniqulo, to custom bespoke suits including Black Lapel and Knots Standard.

W+P: Who are your style icons?

My style icons include Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant.

W+P: Who is the best dressed in the NBA?

The NBA has probably the best dressed athletes in all sports and they are constantly leading the charge creating new fashion trends. My personal view of the best dressed NBA players includes LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul.

W+P: What is the song that gets you ready for work/ hyped for a party? 

My “Get Hyped” top five (5) playlist – “FutureSex/LoveSound” by Justin Timberlake, “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z,  – Public Service Announcement by Jay-Z, “Headlines” by Drake, and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates

W+P: What is your style philosophy?

Orson Welles said it best “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

Follow Barry on Twitter - @barry_pr  ,Instagram - @barry_pr and on Facebook @  https://www.facebook.com/barry.c.parasram

Photos by Shaun Mader Studios for Wolf and Panther

 

Wardrobe Credits

Men’s watch black face brown strap: House of Horology 

Suit: Black Lapel

Grey lapel flower : J and HP

Neckwear : Hugo Boss

Orange is the new Black

Style Session #1: Carson Elrod

Wolf + Panther knows that the best way to lead is by example.
We’ve selected seven of our favorite stylish New Yorkers and created a photo shoot of them wearing their own favorite pieces.  The guys range from a Kung-Fu trained Bartender to a PR guru for the NBA who should really be on Dancing with the Stars.
First up in the Style Session Series is stage and film actor Carson Elrod. Carson is known for his comedic timing, dynamic physical acting, and, as we saw him do as a blue painted native in “The Explorers Club” for creating true depth in a character that could have been just comic relief.  The lesser know fact is that Carson is as committed and thoughtful with fashion and music as he is with his acting.
W+P: Describe your job?
I’m an actor.  At this point, I work primarily in the theatre.  I generally learn lines and collaborate with other actors and a director on an agreed upon framework for how we’re going to tell a story together.  And if we’re lucky enough to be part of a good project, then we share a daily recreated living story with an audience that hopefully lets people in on the secret of life. That secret, of course, is that no one is alone and that we’re all in it together.  I love my job.
W+P: When did your style become your own?
I feel like I’ve always had a stylistic point of view on how I present myself to the world.  I would say that I started to take authorship of my style in my early teenage years. I look back at pictures of what I was wearing and it’s interesting.  I was a kid growing up in Topeka, Kansas, but I can see so many influences on what I was experimenting with stylisticly.  My hair, in retrospect, was influenced by the Southern California skateboarders. And my clothes were a hodge podge of stylings.  Around fourteen, I considered myself “punk” in the way I dressed. Torn rock t-shirts, pants, and Docs with an oversized tweed topcoat was a uniform for a long time.  But, I also found myself in patterned rayon shirts and purple pants too. In some pictures I looked a lot like Duckie from Pretty In Pink.  So… the short answer is that I started to curate the way that I looked as a teenager.
W+P: Who are your favorite designers?
Well, now as an adult, I find myself gravitating toward traditional looks with a slim and fashion-forward bent to them.  I really enjoy what Thom Browne is doing with his own line and with the Brooks Brothers Black Fleece collection.  But, I have to admit, I pay more attention to the way people on the street in New York dress or to what certain stores are stocking more than particular designers.  For instance I will find myself spending lot of time checking out Unionmade Goods, Context Clothing, American Rag, and all my neighbors on the L train for ideas and inspiration.
W+P: Who are your style icons?
My style icons have always been people who kind of peacock.  I love people who take a brave, fun, and distinctly personal approach to fashion.  I recently worked with choreographer Chase Brock at The Public Theatre and was floored daily by how incredibly he dressed.  One day he came to work in a two piece suit that was a camouflage print with three or four versions of bright blue and green.  He proceeded to teach us all an intricate dance, wearing a suit and not breaking a sweat.  He became a style icon for me instantly.  Andre Benjamin of OutKast has an absurdly wonderful and distinctive style that I love.  Along the way I’ve had some people who really inspired me to find my own fashion sense just in how they dressed.  Belinda Macabee, who was the sexiest punk rock girl in the state of Kansas in 1989 was a big inspiration.  As were rock icons like Johnny Rotten, Peter Murphy, and Siouxsie Sioux.  Now, my style icons are usually my friends who know how to dress. Like Eric Peterson, who I worked on Peter And The Starcatcher with.  It’s not that Eric was dudded up in the most expensive couture pieces all the time. He just knew how to take pieces from a variety of places and put them together into outfits that just rocked. He showed me daily how easy it was to look good with just a little bit of thought put into how pieces go together.  Again, my style icons are usually my fellow New Yorkers.
W+P: It’s awards season, tell us who you would vote for in the category “Best dressed man on the red carpet?”
I think Russell Brand and Bruno Mars both show up on their on terms and I like that.  I think red carpets are hard places for men to convey their sense of style.  So often, it just has to be a version of a tux or a suit and everyone begins to turn into the same good looking fashion-robot.  But Bruno and Russell have the confidence to show up in materials or with looks that are distinct, unique, and full of personality.
W+P: Bruno Mars is pretty great.  What songs are on your play list to get you hyped for a night out?
Talking Heads ”This Must Be The Place-”
The Pixies ”Where Is My Mind?”
MGMT ”Time To Pretend”
Robyn ”Hang With Me”
W+P: What is your style philosophy?
At the moment, I’ve come around to what the French have always done, which is to emphasize quality over quantity.  A French closet may only have twenty things in it, but they are all very classy, timeless, and versatile.  So now, my closet is more sparse than it’s been in years past. But, it has more of what I would call “heirloom pieces” in it now.  So I have a pair of Red Wing boots that I pretty much wear every day and since Red Wing will always repair them, I plan to have them for the rest of my life.  The Mackintosh coat I used in the shoot is a new piece, but it’s also made for life.  So, that’s what I’m trying to do.  I’m trying to strip down the closet to some bare essentials, but what remains is what’s important, timeless, classy, and in some cases, for life.  So my style philosophy is starting to emulate my own personal philosophy.  I want to strip away all the extra bullshit and noise in my life too and get down to the high quality things that make life worth living.  So…my fashion sense is a mirror of that journey.
Wardrobe Credits:
Jeans: Momotaro x Naked And Famous Skinny Guy CutRed/White/Blue Shirt: Black Fleece by Thom Browne for Brooks Brothers Trucker Jacket: Levis x Filson Oiled Tin Cloth Chambray Jacket: J.Crew x Billy Reid Ludlow Cut Pocket Square: Fine and Dandy Shop NYC Patterned Tie: Tommy Hilfiger Denim Tie: Levis made in Brooklyn Belt: Tanner Goods Natural Belt Buckle: Gift from mother found in her father’s’ house after his passing Shoes: Allen Edmonds Manhattan Oxford Socks: Happy Feet Key Chain: Brass Hardware from Home Depot Raincoat: Mackintosh x Doyle Mueser
Follow Carson on twitter @wanderingcde
And check out his blog The New Myth
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JJ Hat Center: Hats Off, Swag On

A hat is a next level accessory.  You don’t need one, so it’s a deliberate move and clear statement if you choose to rock one.  ”It’s the cherry atop the sundae”  according to Marc Williamson, the sharply dressed manager of NYC’s oldest (open since 1911) and illest hat shop, JJ Hat Center.

W +P asked the question what kind of a guy wears a hat?   Marc’s answer was “a confident guy.”  Marc is specific, making the point that he wouldn’t say it is a “well dressed guy” since “well” is a matter of taste.  Marc builds upon his distinction that a “man who dresses” is someone who thinks about their clothing as opposed to the majority of guys whom Marc says “don’t dress at all.”

Today wearing a fedora or stingy brim is considered the edgier fashion choice, a stark contrast of when a man wouldn’t be caught dead without a proper hat.  JJ Hat center has been around that entire time.  What changed?  Marc points to the Flower Power revolution of the 60′s which was an anti-establishment rejection of the trappings of tradition – the formality of suits, ties, and hats were given over to casual ease of jeans, beards, and t-shirts.

Marc is the kind of person that makes you want to buy a hat, his style is effortlessly cool and hats look straight up fly on him.  He’s owns over 30 and when asked how he finds the right one ”the mirror is the best salesmen in the house… It’s that nod of approval that you give yourself.”

When asked where his swagger came up Marc answered: “I grew up in the hip hop culture of Queens.  Baggy pants, one leg up, spotless Tim’s, gaudy gold jewelry… breaking out of that came with time.  I admired it when I wasn’t doing it, but it wasn’t until, number one: having the call, and two: I didn’t want to do it temporarily.  Dress one way one day, than back to the other the rest.  I wanted to wait until I could do it all the way.  Not wear the clothes until I had a closet full of them.”  He says one’s fashion game comes up “when life calls for it.”

Once life calls for it there are some details to learn.  Here is Marc’s advice on headgear wear and care:

Seasonality: “Traditionally it’s felt in winter, straw in summer.  Me? I’ve been wearing my felt all year.  It’s great to have tradition.  Tradition teaches and it trains you to not be traditional, so it’s good to have both.”

Care:  ”Treat a hat like a pair of shoes, don’t wear it in a torrential downpour, if it’s worn in light drizzle let it dry away from heat.  For straw hats don’t grab the pinch, even felt hats get worn out at the pinch.  Use a lint roller or packing tape to get the dust off the surface and a horse hair paintbrush to keep it fresh by brushing it counter clockwise.”

Etiquette:  ”It has gotten a little looser than it was 50-60 years ago.  If you’re in a restaurant take off your hat.  If you’re in a bar, no.  If you’re sitting at the bar in a restaurant, no.  I don’t think you have to take your hat off if you’re in an elevator with a lady.  If you know enough about fashion to be wearing a hat you should just know in your heart when you should take it off.”

Do you have to be dressed up to wear a hat?  ”I’m a believer that the hat you get you should be able to dress it up or dress it down and that’s for stingy brim or wide brim.  I’ll wear the same hat with a blazer or with cargo pants and a denim shirt.  Historically that’s been the case.  You had farmers or construction workers wearing a fedora with their coveralls and then wear the same hat with a suit to church on Sundays.”

JJ Hat Center also owns Pork Pie Hatters.  Check them both out here.

He said:  Hats, like all traditional fashion pieces, were originally created as performance gear.  A straw hat keeps the sun off you in the summertime and felt keeps you warm in the winter and I find hats quite effective in this role.

She Said:  There are few things sexier than a man who knows how to wear a hat.  It takes style and confidence to add that as the final accessory. Personally, I prefer wearing mens hats with my own outfits.  It adds sex appeal to any wearer.

 

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Phillip Lim for Target

Target is at it again with yet another one of their high end designer collaborations.  This time the mega retailer has enlisted Phillip Lim.  Known for cool graphics and tailored silhouettes, finding Mr. Lim’s 3.1 Collection at Target is a big win for the well dressed man.  This capsule collection will be in stores September 15th.

As with all Target collaborations the best way to get what you want is to hit up the store super early on the first day (or take three buses and two trains to the Target in Rockaway Queens).

Check out the gallery below for a taste of the Mens Lookbook.  The collection contains a lot of great essential items to update your fall wardrobe.  The Leather Jacket in Black for $300 is a clear winner for the “most likely to be sold out within two hours” category.  The Shirt in Navy/Camo print and The Blazer and Pants in Navy being tied for second place.  The beauty about a collection like this is that many of the silhouettes are repeated in different patterns. Use this to make a quick getaway when shopping the sale.  If you try on the shirt in Blue, just buy the same size in White and the Navy/Camo color right off the rack.

Stick to braving the lines at the store rather than taking a chance with Target.com.  I’m sure we all remember how the Missoni sale crashed the site the first day.  Besides, at the end of the day its much more fun to rock a fresh purchase right out of the store.

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What We Got at the James Perse Sample Sale

IMG_8635No matter how stylish you are, you may have a Saturday morning when you need to wake up and throw on a t-shirt. Casual can be elegant thanks to the good work of James Perse.  If you secretly have a good job and even better taste, Perse’s sloucher-chic is a necessary addition to your wardrobe.

IMG_8632Get hooked-up at this well stocked sample sale.  There is a great selection of coveted t-shirts, hoodies and sweaters.  Make it pit a stop on your way to have lunch at Madison Park and pick up a few great essentials.  Ends Sunday.