Category Archives: Tools of The Trade

A gentleman and a scholar.

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

Tools of the Shave

Last Night at Bloomingdale’s

Why don’t they serve free drinks at Bloomingdale’s all the time?  Last night GQ x Bloomingdale’s British Invasion brought booze, food and some interesting opportunities.  Of the offerings Harry’s of London and Mr. Natty were the favorites.

Harry’s of London specializes in italian made leather shoes with Vibram soles.  If you bought a pair last night Harry’s was offering to custom dye them any color you wanted on the spot, right there in the store while you load up on shrimp.

The other interesting option, and the reason W+P stopped by, was the Bloomingdale’s launch of Mr. Natty’s line of grooming products.  To celebrate the duo behind the brand, Matt Brook and Matt Raine, were on hand to offer the traditional experience of a straight razor shave.  Yes, it was the kind of night where you can wander into a storied department store, get a hot shave, down some WhistlePig Rye, and try on formal wear that is lined with images from the covers of Beatles albums.

Stay tuned for a full interview with Mr. Natty where we will get the details on how they combined refined with gruff to create the kind of products guys have been waiting for (seriously, where has this Beard Elixir been all my post-pubescent life?) and find out if in fact everyone involved is named Matt.