Imagine someone sitting in the back of a classroom wearing a vintage snapback hat, a mouth full of gold teeth, and a fresh pair of Nike Air Foamposites that couldn’t be found in stores…this is what I wore to class back in 2011.
According to my peers, I was one of the flyest guys on campus. However, if you asked my classmates and professors, they would probably say that I dressed like I didn’t belong in a Masters program. In fact, I vividly remember one of my professors staring at my cool grey Jordan IV’s in bewilderment as he glanced at his freshly polished penny loafers. It was that experience along with many others that created the paradigm shift and inspired me to develop my personal style.
At the time, I was the only black man in most of my graduate school courses, so it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was being judged before I even opened my mouth. Therefore, I decided to use clothing as a form of communication to influence my peers, professors, and the world around me. Since I was still on a college student budget, I used thrift stores and consignment shops to build my wardrobe.
Then, I started taking photos of myself so that I could share some of my best thrift store finds. I even started a blog on Tumblr so that I could document my style evolution as I learned more about menswear. Now almost 6 years later, this platform has become one of the leading online destinations for premium, original men’s style content for young black professionals.
In my opinion, personal style has always meant more than just the clothes you wear. It’s about the way you live your life, the way you treat others, and your appreciation for quality and true craftsmanship.
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