Rome Flynn | Style Issue 2019

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Rome Flynn Covers the Style Issue of The Quintessential Gentleman

EDITOR’S NOTE

PHOTO CREDIT: GILBERTSON CUFFY

The last few years have been nothing short

of what some may call a modern cultural

revolution. Ideas about race, gender, and

sexuality have been discussed, challenged and

reconsidered in ways not seen since the social

justice movements of the mid-20th century. As

with anything, fashion reflects the mood of the

times and we are seeing a shift in how different

ideas around identity inform how men interact

with clothing.

It is no secret that black and brown men have

an influence on everything considered cool in

American culture, and fashion and style are no exception.

In fact, men of color, despite being few

in number with regard to roles such as designer

or editor in the fashion industry, are arguably

some of the main players in today’s fashion revolution.

Take for example the shift of NBA and

NFL players such as Serge Ibaka, Odell Beckham

Jr., Russell Westbrook, and James Harden,

who went from sports stars to style stars. Both

Serge and Odell have embraced kilts, and Russell

and James have inspired an entire generation to

adopt innovative and creative takes on color, cuts

and patterns. This is not a coincidence.

Despite societal adversities and industry exclusion,

men of color have continuously proven to

be at the forefront of men’s fashion. It is with

this understanding that we acknowledge the

significant role we play in the current fashion

movement and how black and brown men are

intricately woven into the fashion quilt of generations

past.

This year’s style issue celebrates the current wave

of male style stars and trend setters such as the

dynamic new designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of

Pyer Moss. It also highlights other fresh talent,

including actor Rome Flynn, who covers the issue

and stars on the hit show How to Get Away

With Murder. It is our hope that the 2019 style

issue vigorously reflects the impact men of color

have on fashion and exhibits how we lead the way

in defining “style” in the 21st century.

Aaron Campbell

AARON CAMPBELL

FASHION EDITOR

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PG. 5 TOP FASHION TRENDS TO EMBRACE THIS FALL

PG. 8 MEET THE STYLE MONK

PG. 10 BUILDING AN EMPIRE: THE PRSVR WAY

PG. 15 ROME FLYNN

PG. 18 KERBY JEAN-RAYMOND’S LATEST ART PROJECT

PG. 23 SO FRESH & SO CLEAN

PG. 20 3 STYLE CONSULTANTS TO WATCH IN 2020

PG. 29 SUNNI DIXON

PG. 32 CALVIN QUALLIS

PG. 33 FORMER SEATTLE SEAHAWKS PLAYER

CREATES LUXURY SHOELINE

PG. 36 SUITED FOR THE JOB

pg.15

ROME FLYNN

OUR STAFF

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ERIC K. THOMAS

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS DANE YOUNG

FASHION EDITOR AARON CAMPBELL

BRAND AMBASSADOR QUE JACKSON

WRITERS ERICKA BATES, MONIQUE HOWARD,

MANNY ADEYEYE

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DESIGNERS

TOP

FASHION

TRENDS

TO EMBRACE THIS

FALL

BY: AARON CAMPBELL

In the words of former Vogue fashion editor Candy

Pratts Price, “September is the January of fashion; it’s

when I change.” Indeed, after a summer of tank tops and

shorts the transition to fall (and cooler temperatures)

presents the perfect opportunity for stylish gents to dress

for pure fashion enjoyment. In essence, it is a time of change

and a chance to re-engage with clothing in new ways. With

that in mind, the Quintessential Gentleman’s style team has

put together a list of the top trends you should consider incorporating

into your look this fall.

PHOTO CREDIT: BRIMS.COM

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DESIGNERS

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PHOTO CREDIT: ALESSANDRO LUCIONI/LOUIS VUITTON

TOP FASHION TRENDS

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IT’S A KILT, A

KILT

ONE OF THE BIGGEST REVOLU-

TIONS in men’s fashion since the turn

of the 21st century has been the popularization

of the “kilt.” Typically only

seen in traditional Scottish variations,

the kilt has taken over the runways of

many fashion houses with no signs of

slowing down. Historically thought

to be too feminine amongst non-Scottish

men, the kwilt’s new, more mainstream

popularity has been aided by

the fact that athletes, who embody

masculinity in the eyes of many, have

worn it at highly publicized events.

Most notable among these appearances

was Odell Beckham Jr.’s 2019 Met

Gala look. If you have the fashion guts

to attempt the trend this fall, reference

Thom Browne’s 2019 collection for

additional inspiration.

ACCESSORIES

OVERLOAD

ANY DAPPER MAN KNOWS

THAT it’s not just about the

clothes. From hats to jewelry, fall

2019 menswear shows emphasized

unique, complementary accessories

to amplify each look. However,

it is the man bag that will

undoubtedly take over the streets

this fall. In all of its incarnations

including fanny packs, cross bodies,

totes and satchels, what has long

been a staple for women seems to

be here to stay for men as well. If

you are considering taking the

leap into man bag territory, consider

something from Kenzo or

Louis Vuitton’s fall collections. If

you still aren’t ready to completely

embrace man bags, don’t fear. You

can pick up a stylish hat to top off

your look from BRIMS, a blackowned

and operated hat company

launched in 2017 by Archie Clay,

III and Tajh Crutch.

GO BOLD OR

GO HOME

FLOWERS, AND PLAIDS, AND

CHECKS, oh my! Spring and summer

are usually the times of year reserved

for bold patterns and prints,

but fashionable gents should get

ready to transition them into their

fall wardrobes as well. The fall collections

featured during men’s fashion

week had a wide array of prints

shown in unique ways, such as dramatic

tiger print sashes paired with

stark-colored coats at Dior. For

additional takes on how to incorporate

bold patterns and prints into

your fall wardrobe, check out Todd

Snyder and Bally’s 2019 offerings.

IS THAT

VELVET?

AS A QUINTESSENTIAL FALL/

WINTER fabric, designers featured

velvet in full force across various

collections. However, their interpretations

of the material presented

unique options for the well-dressed

man. While highlighted in standard

forms such as evening dinner jackets,

velvet was also a material of

choice for trousers, sweatshirts and

topcoats. Etro and Oliver Spencer

provided various velvet pieces for

the man wanting to indulge in the

luxe material. For more affordable

choices, Suitsupply and J.Crew

offer amazing look-for-less alternatives.

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DESIGNERS

TOP FASHION TRENDS

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PHOTO CREDITS: FILIPPO FIOR/GUCCI

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PHOTO CREDITS: ALESSANDRO LUCIONI/OFF-WHITE

PHOTO CREDITS: FILIPPO FIOR/VALENTINO

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THE SUIT,

TAKE TWO

SUITING HAS LONG BEEN AN

anchor of a man’s wardrobe. However,

this year the closet staple got

a makeover in several different iterations

we will more than likely see

come to life on city streets this fall.

Alexander McQueen offered up

supremely tailored floral options

in salmon and berry colors. Wide

lapels and even wider shoulders

(with matching elastic hemmed

trousers) came from Gucci. And

Issey Miyake showcased a casual,

unstructured fit covered in bold

prints. In contrast, designers like

Tom Ford and Brunello Cucinelli

presented more traditional, but no

less stylish suiting for those less

daring this season.

MONO-

CHROMATIC

MOOD

A POPULAR FASHION TREND,

monochromatic outfits feature separates

of one color in the same or

different shades of that color, and

stylish men of all types of have embraced

this look. Frere, designed

by Davidson Frere, offered sharp,

suit versions while Fendi featured

more casual options consisting of

jackets, turtlenecks and trousers. A

great way to top off a monochromatic

look this fall is by adding a

corresponding coat. Check out

North & Mark for some great, selections

to go with your monochromatic

ensembles.

THE COAT

IS THE NEW,

COAT...

SPEAKING OF COATS, UNSUR-

PRISINGLY they were in full force

during the fall menswear collections.

As with some of our other

highlighted trends however, they

were featured in styles and variations

not commonly seen in luxury

fashion. One of the more popular

examples is the reincarnation of

the puffer coat, seen at Philipp

Plein, Sacai and Unravel. Offset of

the rap trio Migos modeled a fulllength

lavender version featuring

a matching cross-body fanny pack

at the Off-White show. If puffers

aren’t your thing, try a more traditional

style in an unexpected material,

such as brocade as seen at

Dolce and Gabbana and Comme

des Garcons. Upgrading your coat

game is an easy way to update your

closet this fall.

ARTISTIC

LICENSE

WHILE THERE HAS BEEN DE-

BATE ON whether fashion can

or should be considered art, this

season menswear designers took

direct reference from art and artists

for their collections. Pop Art

inspired illustrations were featured

on sweaters at Stella McCartney

(some featuring her father, Paul).

Valentino partnered with Jun Takahashi

to design artwork including

time traveler slogans, spaceships,

and skulls featured on coats, cardigans

and hoodies in the fall collection

for the house. And the clothes

were splattered with technicolor

paint patterns on Walter Van

Beirendonck’s runway. Whether

you are an art collector or just appreciate

a beautiful picture, you

will definitely want to incorporate

some art-inspired clothing into

your fall style

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DESIGNERS

MEET THE

THE STYLE MONK:

JEROME LAMAAR

BY: DANE YOUNG

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JEROME LAMAAR IS THE STYLE MONK, THE

TREND WHISPERER, THE YOUNG FASHION GURU,

AND A QUINTESSENTIAL GENTLEMAN THAT WE

SALUTE FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE FASHION

INDUSTRY. CHECK OUT WHAT HE HAD TO SHARE WITH US

What nuances from your everyday life

inspire you to create?

I think my understanding of the streets and how it instantly

inspires and translates into money for big brands is what I

pull from. I try to make sure people from the hood get paid

for their personal sense of style by companies that want to

try to take and not give back. This empowers others to build

their own brands and make their own moves.

What are the dynamics of the Black

designers and Black celebrities

relationship?

Well, I think most designers of color are finally being given

the opportunity to show them all what they really can do.

This is the black wave of design, as we are the macro culture

and deserve to be given every single platform to shine.

That being said, we need all celebrities in general to support

young designers of color not only black ones.

Why aren’t there enough Black celebs

wearing Black designers?

They are trying. It’s just not enough stylist pulling them for

fittings… period.

What constitutes a good quality design/product?

I believe a garment should be able to be worn inside out.

As an apprentice in Couture, I discovered that the inside is

something more important than the outside, for it’s actually

touching one’s skin.

In the world of social media and fast

fashions, how do you ensure that your

product is reaching the masses?

I don’t design anymore. I left design in 2018. I never designed

for the I designed for the art of it, which was needed

to shift the conversation in fashion. I’m now the guy everyone

calls to fix their brands, and I prefer this route so I can

help more people find their own creative narrative. Fashion

is fleeting; I’m more into dynamic longevity in products.

We hear that a lot of mainstream fashion

houses take designs and make

them their own, have you ever been

a victim of plagiarism, and what role

does integrity play in your company’s

vision?

Yes, this is one of the reasons why I stopped designing (in

that way). I went in to see clients and saw my designs on

their mood boards. Which is why I called them out and said

you should have me creative direct. They did.

Describe your design aesthetic, POV

and your intended consumers.

I am a fusion of spirituality, sex appeal, smart streetwear

and sleekness. I think with all of the above you can float into

many industries, which is why I am called The Style Monk.

I can adapt and elevate anything that is put in front of me

because I understand my foundation.

As a designer of color, what has been

your glass ceiling thus far and how did

you break it?

Well the main thing is that I look younger than I actually

am, so when brands meet with me they don’t think I understand.

However, I have been in this game since age 15. I’m

34 years old and worked directly with brands without having

to scream and shout about it. There wasn’t social media

then, so my work ethics and talent spoke for me. No need

for stunting. The glass ceiling shattered when I was 17 when

I told a brand that they will never understand the youth because

they have a bunch of old people running things. They

listened...and I never looked back.

What can we expect to see from your

brand within the upcoming months?

My world is moving more into being a costume designer for

shows, videos and movies these days.

What’s most important to you as a

designer–affordability, quality or

creativity?

Creativity! I say this because, with creativity at front, the affordability

and quality can be applied later. There is nothing

I hate more than seeing a lack of creativity. I think it’s lazy to

copy and not use the magic of our God–given imagination

to contribute to newness in this world. It all starts with a

vision... creative has never let me down.

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DESIGNERS

BUILDING AN EMPIRE:

THE PRSVR

IT’S ALWAYS BEEN SAID THAT BEHIND EVERY STRONG BLACK MAN IS A STRONG

BLACK WOMAN. DECIDING TO NOT ONLY WALK SIDE BY SIDE IN HOLY MATRIMO-

NY, BRANDON WILLIAMSON AND HIS WIFE MARGARET ALSO DECIDED TO WALK

SIDE BY SIDE BUILDING BRANDS AND EMPIRES. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS,

THEY HAVE BEEN BUILDING THE PRSVR BRAND AND CULTIVATING THE LIFESTYLE TO

ACCOMPANY IT. THEY TOOK A MOMENT TO SHARE SOME OF THEIR JOURNEY WITH US

AND BRING US INTO THE PRSVR LIFESTYLE.

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WAY

BY: QUE JACKSON

PHOTO CREDIT: NEW G OG

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DESIGNERS

THE PRSVR WAY

W

HAT IS PERSEVERE LIFE-

STYLE?

Persevere Lifestyle is the way we live

the PRSVR brand. PRSVR, which is

an abbreviated way to spell persevere,

and is the brand name of our collection of outerwear,

footwear and travel wear. The products my wife and I create

are born from living a life in the city, with long days and lots

of spotlights… the Persevere Lifestyle.

BRANDON AND MARGARET, WHAT MADE YOU

TWO DECIDE TO NOT ONLY COMMIT TO EACH

OTHER IN LIFE BUT IN BUSINESS AS WELL?

We had a very shared vision from the start. We sort of met

each other at a unique time where we had both launched entrepreneurial

projects, so we had more time to spend together.

As we learned more about the other’s past and dreams,

we subconsciously knew that our best chance at success was

locked in the strengths of the other. I could create the right

product, and she could create a business around it. We crafted

an agreed notion that marriage has similar patterns to

business, so we put our heads down and said “Amen”.

WHEN YOU LANDED YOUR FIRST CELEBRI-

TY CLIENT, WHAT WERE THE THOUGHTS AND

FEELINGS THAT WENT THROUGH YOUR HEAD?

HOW WAS THAT CONVERSATION BETWEEN

YOU TWO?

We realized that it was serious and that we had to get

our affairs in order. We weren’t even targeting them,

but we have a saying passed down from Margaret’s dad,

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,”and it

keeps us ready.

When those early calls came through, it was a sure sign

of progression. But the conversation was like, “Oh my

goodness, did you see that?!!!” The feeling never gets

old… that our brand was one that everyone needed to

know about.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE TERM “POWER COU-

PLE,” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?

There is a lot of pressure being placed on people with

that title. I don’t hear any permanence in the term ‘power

couple,’ but I like it as an aspiration for people, as success is

certainly something better achieved and enjoyed with a partner.

Margaret and I have committed for the duration of our


lives, and that makes us true partners… in love, in parenting, in

business. Our power comes from each other.

HOW DO YOU FEEL FASHION HAS INFLUENCED

YOU? YOUR RELATIONSHIP? BLACK CULTURE?

Fashion has taught us a lot in learning how to be heard. It has

been an amazing tool for us to use creatively to compete and

be willing to push to stay fresh and current. PRSVR designs

are meant to highlight YOU, and show your connection to

your crew, whether that’s your wife, your kids, your friend, or

your backup singers.

WHAT INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERISTICS DOES

EACH OF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CONTRIBUTE TO

THE BRAND?

I’m a doer, and Margaret is a thinker. Not to say that we don’t

switch roles, or both have to pull double duty, but that’s how

we’ve finally decided to view it. We try to complement rather

than supplement each other. That distinction made it a much

less competitive environment for two type A overachievers.

BRANDON, WHAT DO YOU FEEL MAKES YOU A

QUINTESSENTIAL GENTLEMAN?

I ran through a bunch of different answers in my head, but after

actually looking up the definition quintessential, I landed

on this: I strive every day to do only what God’s calling me to

do, and in doing that, I am the quintessential man.

SUCCESS

IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING

BETTER ACHIEVED

& ENJOYED WITH A

PARTNER.


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WHERE DO YOU GUYS SEE THE PRSVR

BRAND GOING?

Into your closet. Simply, but truthfully. We are set

to become America’s hero brand. A brand that talks

to the style, grit, and flash of today’s generation of

doer’s.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU WOULD

GIVE TO COUPLES LOOKING TO ALSO

PARTNER IN BUSINESS?

As much as things are connected, they must be separate.

A work disagreement shouldn’t affect you guys

at home. Complain to your spouse about your jerky

boss, even if she is the jerky boss. It’s easy to feel the

desire to have an external release, but it’s best to find

that release at home. You’ll get to know each other

better, and people don’t forget what you told them.

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INFLUENCERS

PHOTO CREDIT: RAUL ROMO | STYLIST: WINNIE STACKZ

ROME FLYNN

BY: DANE YOUNG

Before living in two fictional worlds

both drowning in destitution,

corruption, lust, and fortune there

lived a little brown kid in Springfield,

Illinois discovering that life is

grounded in the parallels of absoluteness

and hope. The memories of humble beginnings

are near for actor, musician and

model Rome Flynn. However, with perseverance

and acceptance, he manifested a

career that those in his small town could

have only hoped for.

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Winning an Emmy for his role on The Bold and The

Beautiful, starring on A Madea Family Funeral, and

making his mysterious character, Gabriel Maddox,

oh so sexy on How to Get Away with Murder is a pure testament to

Flynn’s ability to entice and capture an audience. “It’s all about

me trying to make sure I imitate the life around me, and it’s a

huge responsibility,” said Flynn. “Whenever I get a character

that I’m fortunate to play, I make sure it’s rooted in the essence

of my culture. There is a responsibility, especially for people like

me, people of color that don’t have many opportunities to be

on tv.”

The confident and stylish man we see today formed an immense

appreciation for fashion after settling into his newfound lifestyle

in Hollywood. With passion and humility, Rome spoke about

growing up extremely poor in the late 90s, wearing the knock

off versions of brands that millennials praise and even put their

lives at risk for today. “I wasn’t in tune with the culture of fashion

back then. I just couldn’t afford to be, and it wasn’t something I

cared about until I became an actor,” said Flynn. “The first time

I acknowledged that I wanted to be a figure in fashion was when

I attended my first Emmys the year before I was nominated.”

Being labeled is a constant struggle that men of color face regardless

of their financial standing. And like many of us, our

outward appearance determines our live’s security which is

often met with prejudice and stereotypes. As an Afro-Cuban

talent, Rome Flynn stares adversity directly in the eyes when

going out for projects. “I have fewer opportunities. Lead roles

written for us aren’t as complex as they are for our white counterparts.

So to put it in perspective, I have to work twice as

hard for twice as less to receive success.” But in admiration of

champions and trailblazers like Lena Waithe, Ava DuVernay

and Tyler Perry, Rome foresees a huge shift for actors of color

in Hollywood. “The key is we have to stop relying on someone

else to “fix it.” Now we have Black and Latino showrunners and

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writers who can tell the stories we want to hear. We

have to show people that we are multifaceted and multitalented

to make them pay attention.”

Longevity can be achieved through tenacity and a solid

plan. “I’m at my best when I feel grounded and when I

have my pulse on the world around me. I’m at my best

when I have a strategy to deal with these things,” said

Flynn. Whether the goal is to become versed in the

world of fashion or a voice in young Hollywood, Rome

Flynn’s trajectory is worth following.

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DESIGNERS

KERBY JEAN-RAYMOND’S

Latest Art Project

BY: DARRALYNN HUTSON

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Pyer Moss founder, Kerby Jean-Raymond has paid the

price for making the blackest statement that a black

designer could make during a New York Fashion

Week runway show. He unapologetically expressed

his frustrations as a black man in America - an unheard of concept

in the industry of high fashion. His shows include short

films and sometimes voice tress gospel choirs dressed in allwhite

providing the soulful soundtrack. He once produced a

show in Weeksville Brooklyn, away from the glamour of Manhattan,

inside a neighborhood that became one of America’s

first free black communities, founded in 1838 by a free black

man, James Weeks. Renounced artist Derrick Adams creates

profound prints for the fall collection with beautiful family

portraits over silk pajamas and cocktail dresses. Known for his

thought-provoking, socially conscious way of producing a runway

has made him a sought after event during fashion season.

The East Flatbush Brooklyn-bred, Haitian American Jean-Raymond

burst onto the spotlight with his signature line Pyer

Moss in 2013. Kerby Jean-Raymond is creating his own genre

with his conscience apparel and after winning the coveted

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, Jean-Raymond took a year

off and invested the prized $400,000 back into Pyer Moss and

this year utilizing and unorthodox ‘see-now-buy-now’ model

in presenting his 2020 collection.

“We don’t necessarily do anything that would fit the standard

mode of a fashion company in America,” expressed Jean-Raymond.

“This line has always been a representation of me or else

who needs it? You can get clothes anywhere. This is a people’s

project. I’ve called this an art project. But it’s more of a community

gathering. What I encourage my team to do is include

their stories in their designs. What I realize is that young black

people of color have way more in common then we don’t. I’m

still the first for all of people. The first to see success in this

industry.”

WHAT KERBY IS WORKING ON NOW?

Potential sneaker designer turned clothing craftsmen to documentarian,

sculptor to cultural revolutionary, Kerby Jean-Raymond

is a man that’s unapologetically down for the black nation

but what he’s not down with is putting him and his brand

in a box. This year, we expect to see a softer, less militate side

of the designer. “Fast forward, after making the first doc, we

went to the southside of Chicago, we went to Compton, we

went to Baltimore and we spoke to local activists who are doing

the groundwork of laying the foundation for the youth in

their own communities because we wanted to show this industry

that black people are just people that you advertise to,” says

Jean-Raymond. “These are humans with emotions. Everything

that we’re doing now is essentially working on reversing that

ratio of African Americans and their contributions to society

but we’re also working on eliminating those negative stereotypes.

For me to have gotten to this point, it took a lot of soul

"We dont necessarily do

anything that would fit the

standard mode of a Fashion

company in America."

searching and I took a lot of risk on that very first show. I lost

all of my accounts, my partners became more and more frustrated

and starting doing all kind of weird sh## to increasingly

pull money out. I started to get death threats, I was a fu##ing

target. The one thing that I never wanted was the fame.”

Pyer Moss has infamously carved a niche in the fashion business

where there was no place for profound black voices to be

heard. And doing so nearly cost him the career he so longingly

deserved. After effectively closing his partnership, engaging in

a litany of lawsuits while hitting a wall of depression, Jean-Raymond

re-invented himself as the creator of his own division at

Reebok where he holds the title of Art Director. This lucrative

deal allowed Jean-Raymond to again, take the lead on his vision,

giving new a voice to the African American market of consumers.

“Me going through what I went through is so that someone

else can do this Sh## with impunity later,” says Jean-Raymond.

“So many black designers out here are scared to death to be

black designers. The next one that comes up after me, come up

after Telfar (Clemens), that comes up after Jerry Lorenzo will

never have to apologize for their color ever again.”

This spring, Pyer Moss teamed with Director X on a short film

called Seven Mothers, centered around Jean-Raymond losing

his own mother at the tender age of 7. The film features the

women who stepped in to help raise him portrayed by models

Ebonee Davis and Riley Montana as his mothers. Tom Ford,

the new CFDA’s Chairman, recently appointed Jean-Raymond

to its board of directors and students at Pratt University

awarded him their 2019 Visionary Award which squarely puts

Jean-Raymond is a leadership position going into 2020.

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DESIGNERS

KERBY JEAN-RAYMOND

PHOTO CREDIT: PYERMOSS.COM

PYER MOSS’ SPIRITUAL SPRING/SUMMER 2019 COLLECTION WAS NAMED

ONE OF THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF THE SEASON BY VOGUE, AND

SOON AFTER JEAN-RAYMOND WON THE CFDA FASHION FUND PRIZE

OF $400,000 TO INVEST IN HIS BUSINESS. HE DIDN’T DISPLAY A COLLEC-

TION LAST NYFW BUT IS BACK THIS SEASON TO MUCH ANTICIPATION.

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such as essential oils, butters, vitamins, and antioxidants

that will have you looking good and

feeling restored.

PRICE: $12 to $59

WEBSITE: GOLDENGROOMINGCO.COM

3. JEWLU

There’s a new body polish on the market that we

urge you to try. With their signature fragrances

of naturally derived ingredients that are free of

parabens and harsh chemicals, the product not

only cleanse but it will also reinvigorate your

soul. There’s a vacation awaiting you in each

bottle. Step into the world of Jewlu – just one try

of their lauded products, and you’ll realize it’s

truly “luxury the whole body can feel.”

PRICE: $6.99 to $30

WEBSITE: JEWLU.COM

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DESIGNERS

SCENTS

1. LOVE POTION

We all can use an extra boost when it comes to

learning how to love, and if the message is in the

bottle, then Love Potion it is. Love Potion comes

in four scents that are combined with notes of

wood, florals, smoke, and spice. Although the

brand is gender-neutral, the warmth hints of

florals and woods are great for any man who

commands a room.

PRICE: $85

WEBSITE: LOVEPOTION.STORE

SO FRESH & SO CLEAN

2. NICK RICARDO COLLECTION

Ciara said it best fellas, and the key to having the ability to

level up is knowing how to upgrade your swagger and finesse.

A great way to start is by finding a signature scent. Discover an

aroma that would make introductions, propel your conversations,

and close the deal. You want a scent that leaves a lasting

impression, and we’ve come across a brand that does just that.

The Nick Ricardo Collection, was designed to break boundaries.

Not only is it a genderneutral

line, but it also consists of signature scents with elegant

notes that evoke emotion while wearing it. The four scents

are Turbulent, Onyx, Mention, and Desire. They are a musthave

for any occasion.

PRICE: $64

WEBSITE: NICKRICARDOCOLLECTION.COM

3. EYE OF LOVE

Being attractive may come easy for some and for others confidence

is key but if there was a way to combine them both,

wouldn’t you want to know how? The Eye of Love fragrance

brand found the formula for this in their Arousing Pheromone

Collection. It’s designed to help people attract one another in

any given situation from the boardroom to the bedroom. Used

daily, each pheromone will enhance a positive emotional reaction,

giving you an added advantage to connect with others

like never before.

PRICE: $12 - $39

WEBSITE: EYEOFLOVE.COM

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STYLISTS

PHOTO CREDIT: QUE DUONG

BY: AARON CAMPBELL

FASHION HAS BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART OF CE-

LEBRITY CULTURE, MAKING STYLISTS A NECESSARY

ADDITION TO A CELEBRITY’S DREAM TEAM. ONCE

RELATIVELY UNKNOWN FIGURES, THE GROWTH OF

SOCIAL MEDIA ALLOWS FASHION STYLISTS LARGER

PLATFORMS TO SHOW THEIR WORK, SUBSEQUENT-

LY MAKING THEM MORE WELL-KNOWN AMONGST

POTENTIAL CELEBRITY CLIENTS AND THE GENERAL

PUBLIC ALIKE. LIKE MOST INDUSTRIES HOWEVER,

THIS NEWFOUND NOTORIETY HAS NOT NECESSAR-

ILY DECREASED BARRIERS PEOPLE OF COLOR FACE

IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY OR THE WORLD OF EN-

TERTAINMENT. THE QUINTESSENTIAL GENTLEMAN

SPOKE TO THREE STYLE CONSULTANTS WHO ARE

MAKING WAVES AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE INFLUX

OF NEW AND DIVERSE VOICES IN FASHION.

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3 STYLE CONSULTANTS TO WATCH IN 2020

STYLIST

DOUGLAS HICKMAN

@DOUGHICKMANJR WWW.DOUGLASHICKMAN.COM

WHEN/HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOU COULD MAKE A LIVING DRESS-

ING PEOPLE?

I really didn't discover that I could make a living from styling , until I was able to afford

an apartment on my own , living in New York . I was blessed enough to have small jobs

that didn't interfere with my passion for styling, so i could be able to do what I love and

eventually get paid my worth .

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE CLOTHING FOR CLIENTS WHILE STILL MAKING

SURE THE OUTFITS REFLECT THEIR PERSONAL STYLE?

It's always a collaboration . Especially with new clients . I never want to startle or bombard

them with pieces they aren't accustomed to , just because its a trend , or something

that I would personally love . I'm always about taking your present style , and enhancing

it .

LATELY THERE HAVE BEEN BIG SHIFTS IN THE WAY THAT MEN, ES-

PECIALLY BLACK MEN, HAVE APPROACHED DRESSING. HAVE YOU

NOTICED A CHANGE IN THE TYPES OF CLOTHES YOUR CLIENTS ARE

WILLING TO TRY AND IF NOT, HOW HAVE YOUR CHALLENGED YOUR

CLIENTS TO TAKE GREATER RISKS WITH THEIR WARDROBES?

Yes i've noticed , and I'm totally on board with this movement . But again , it's about a

collaboration at first . I'm always about comfortability . Style is about confidence. If my

clients aren't confident in what they are wearing , ive failed as a stylist.

One word. TRUST .

Honestly , people ask me that question all the time , and i hate it, LOL . Sorry. I have no

dream client . I just want to work with loyal individuals who trust my craft , has amazing

personalities , and is great to work with . I feel like I have that now with my current clients

. I could name quite a few people who i feel i could take their style to the next level, but if

their spirit and heart is in the wrong place , im easily turned off .

So many . But the biggest would be me being treated as though i'm not good enough to

be amongst white fashion stylists. I know im talented , and a lot of white PR agencies and

predominantly white showrooms, only know a handful of what they call successful black

stylists. I really had to develop thick skin. It's taken almost 10 yrs for me to actually be

recognized for my work.

Interchangeable key work pieces/ clothes so you won't be overwhelmed with unnecessary

items .

Take the extra money to tailor your suits guys ! Find a tailor near your area of residence ,

and form a great relationship .

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STYLIST

MICKEY FREEMAN

@MICKEYBOOOOM

WHEN/HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOU COULD MAKE A LIVING

DRESSING PEOPLE?

The idea of styling as a career was always inside of me. In retrospect, I’ve been

subconsciously preparing myself for this career since elementary school. I was literally

my own muse. After high school, I began developing the necessary business

acumen to make it a reality. I would say what Misa Hylton was doing with Bad Boy

records in the late nineties was also a pivotal moment for me. I was literally my

first client I would say. Every time I walked out the door, I was a representation

of who I wanted to be and where I wanted to go in life, which was and still is the

driving force for my career as a stylist and designer.

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE CLOTHING FOR CLIENTS WHILE STILL

MAKING SURE THE OUTFITS REFLECT THEIR PERSONAL STYLE?

There are many methods I use which depends on the individual, but the one thing

I make certain to do is to try my best to connect with the client on a genuine level.

I like to find out about not only their past, but also where they want to go. In

doing so the visual aspect starts to sprout in my mind. Provoking the imagination

and invoking one’s inner confidence will always be in.

PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL CREAGH

LATELY THERE HAVE BEEN BIG SHIFTS IN THE WAY THAT MEN,

ESPECIALLY BLACK MEN, HAVE APPROACHED DRESSING. HAVE

YOU NOTICED A CHANGE IN THE TYPES OF CLOTHES YOUR CLI-

ENTS ARE WILLING TO TRY AND IF NOT, HOW HAVE YOUR CHAL-

LENGED YOUR CLIENTS TO TAKE GREATER RISKS WITH THEIR

WARDROBES?

There are many risks that my clientele are willing to take these days, some of

which that work and others that don’t. Most of my clients are public figures, so I

make an effort to let them know that how they perceive themselves may not be

the same as how the public perceives them. This sets the tone for them to become

more open, not to change but rather evolution.

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WHAT MAKES FOR A SUCCESSFUL STYLIST AND CLIENT

RELATIONSHIP?

Like any other relationship, trust is always the strongest foundation. Trust is also

something that comes with time and can’t be forced. I need my client to trust that

I’m not there to change them, but to elevate them.

WHO WOULD YOU NAME AS YOUR DREAM CLIENT AND HOW

WOULD YOU TWEAK THEIR CURRENT STYLE?

Though I’m inspired by many people, it’s hard to answer this question. I believe

this person hasn’t been discovered yet. My dream is to work with a blank canvas

with unlimited potential, but an astonishing sense of self. Someone who is

incredibly humble, open-minded, and understands how they present themselves

can unleash boundless potential they may not even be aware of.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST BARRIER YOU HAVE FACED AS A

BLACK MAN IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY?

The biggest barrier I have faced as a black man is I believe is ongoing. The overall

perception of the black male and masculinity in so many ways can be very binding.

The way black men in the media are expected to dress can seem so singular.

I’ve been gradually chipping away at it with the male clientele and my line Freeman

by Mickey Freeman as the conduit.

WHAT IS A STYLE HACK YOU USE WITH YOUR CLIENTS THAT EV-

ERYONE CAN DO AT HOME?

I always encourage my male clients to play dress up as often as possible. Try on

different pieces and color combinations that they normally wouldn’t. That’s a

great way to rediscover your wardrobe and inform future style decisions

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT EVERY MAN CAN FOLLOW

TO UP THEIR STYLE GAME?

I always like to say I’m a Darwinist when it comes to style. We are all constantly

evolving, but the only way to inform ourselves on how to do so is imperfection.

So I always tell everyone I work with or encounter, never to be afraid to make

mistakes as long as whatever they were trying to convey was true to who they are

or want to be. It’s very simple; never be afraid to make mistakes. Imperfection is

the key component in the process of evolution.

PHOTO CREDIT: SOPHY HOLLAND

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STYLIST

TROI ANTHONI

@KINGTROI

WWW.TROIANTHONI.COM

WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER YOU COULD MAKE A LIV-

ING DRESSING PEOPLE?

HA! I discovered I could make a living dressing people by

working at H&M in Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA and I

was getting money on the side to put looks for different

customers. This was before I started as a stylist assistant.

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE CLOTHING FOR CLIENTS

WHILE STILL MAKING SURE THE OUTFITS REFLECT

THEIR PERSONAL STYLE?

I go with what I think is hot and I tend to try and bring out

an edge or something different my client isn’t use to. Blend

together their personal style and create something pretty

cool. Usually clients run from color and that’s my go to.

PHOTO CREDIT: ALEX D. ROGERS

LATELY THERE HAVE BEEN BIG SHIFTS IN THE

WAY THAT MEN, ESPECIALLY BLACK MEN, HAVE

APPROACHED DRESSING. HAVE YOU NOTICED A

CHANGE IN THE TYPES OF CLOTHES YOUR CLIENTS

ARE WILLING TO TRY AND IF NOT, HOW HAVE YOUR

CHALLENGED YOUR CLIENTS TO TAKE GREATER

RISKS WITH THEIR WARDROBES?

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I’ve noticed Bold Choices in the way males are dressing

and I embrace that change. I am big on PUSHING THE

LIMIT. I love printed suits, MONOCHROMATIC looks

are my favorites and having fun with clothing. It’s a great

way of expressing yourself and how you feel.

WHAT MAKES FOR A SUCCESSFUL STYLIST AND

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP?

Respect, Loyalty, Trust and Professionalism. In today’s

world were the stylist seeks more fame than the talent. I

know my role and play my position.

WHO WOULD YOU NAME AS YOUR DREAM CLIENT

AND HOW WOULD YOU TWEAK THEIR CURRENT

STYLE?

I always choose someone different when asked this question

LOL always. So today I’d say ANITA BAKER, she is

a legend and I although I feel like FASHION isn’t on her

mind at all......I’d just create something refreshing she is a

VOCAL GODDESS, so id enjoy creating some ICONIC

MOMENTS with her.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST BARRIER YOU

HAVE FACED AS A BLACK MAN IN THE FASHION

INDUSTRY?

Shoutout to all the Black male stylist in the industry I’ve

never been so inspired, literally 4 out of my top 5 are

Black males. To answer the question lmao in the higher

end retail stores while pulling being followed around the

different departments are always annoying when pulling

from showrooms getting denied until you get a name

they want to work with, while I see other people dressing

literally brand spanking new talent in the pieces I requested.

Its so many of us which is dope very dope. But

people in these showrooms don’t do their research and

when they finally do your kind of turned off.

WHAT IS A STYLE HACK YOU USE WITH YOUR CLI-

ENTS THAT EVERYONE CAN DO AT HOME?

Purchase SHOUT WIPES, everyone should own these

they take a stain out of any and everything.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT EVERY MAN

CAN FOLLOW TO UP THEIR STYLE GAME?

Tailor your clothing. It’ll change your life. Step outside

the box. Purchase at least one great fitting suit. Be confident

and bold in your clothing choices. That was more

than one YOUR WELCOME.

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INFLUENCERS

Style influences the world regardless of whether it’s your personal pursuit or something

you stumble upon randomly on your life’s journey. Creating a product for the world

to take a liking to starts with a vision. A vision that is so clear that you know it fills a

void and will fulfill your own passion is exactly what these two entrepreneurs have in

common. One is taking over the male grooming industry, while the other plans to make

an imprint on footwear. Meet the two movers behind brands we should be supporting.

BY: DANE YOUNG

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INFLUENCERS

ARTIST

SUNNI DIXON

PHOTO CREDIT: ELIJAH DOMINIQUE

Briefly describe the type of work you do.

I am a footwear designer and 3D designer.

How does your work impact or stylize our culture?

I think I can help open the doors to some color in the footwear

industry. There aren’t many black footwear designers

and even less black footwear brands. By utilizing conceptual

design and honest self-expression through this medium, I hope

I can bring to the surface a different take on the current styles

and attract those who can relate to support.

Do you consider yourself to be a style influencer?

No.

What are some misconceptions associated with the

term influencers?

This was a hobby that caught attention. So I never meant to

or aimed to be an influencer. Cause a lot of me is not of the

industry. I’d consider myself an artist before an influencer. My

perception of my brand and self is what I am digging into more

leaving behind this mainstream environment. So I cringe at influencer

questions lol it’s not of my generation lowkey.

What stories are being told through your design work?

Everything I do and intend to visualize is from a black perspective.

It’s inevitable, for me at least. I will have predominantly,

if not all, POC talents in my work. But I think the best part of

my work is that it remains fluid and there will be many levels of

expressions and many stories to tell. But as a whole, I’m really

here to fuck shyt up. Having “A” story is very poetic but I never

want to be put back into a box, I just left the corporate world.

I will have stories although the structure in which I tell it will

change but it will always remain seamless and relate back to its

origin, which is me. My life has taken many different courses

leaving be with a lot of personal experiences and I will convey

that through my work too.

How important is it to be a storyteller in your industry?

I doesn’t seem so important recently, although I appreciate it

when its displayed. I notice that the need for content in marketing

outways the need for purpose behind designs in recent

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years. Either the stories are to shallow or brands just lack

depth.

Briefly describe your personal/brand style?

SUNNI SUNNI designs may be a niche in the market,

specifically in American Fashion. I incorporate technology

into the execution of my design whether its biodesign

skins or 3D designed heels. That’s my way of elevating

my shoes from modern styles while not straddling the

lines of androgyny or avante-garde too much so that it

remains timeless.

Why should appearance matter to men of color?

It shouldn’t. From all the companies that I’ve worked for

I’ve realized that white people’s hair isn’t always done either.

It’s just normalized. Unpack that for me.

There’s a time and a place to have intent in your

appearance but the social demand of it just puts a measure

of value on us based on our looks. Then that system

perpetuates itself in smaller groups.

What makes for the perfect shoe?

One that pops and blends.

What are TWO examples of hurdles/ insecurities

that you’ve witnessed Black Men face or you

yourself when it comes to their self-care choices?

I’ve witnessed hurdles and insecurities but from the perspective

of positive change recently. This is specific to

how men are treating themselves and becoming more

emotionally honest and aware. That kind of self-care is

relieving us from social woes such as sexuality or emotional

suppression and activates humility and open-mindedness

to our environment including those immediately

in it. There’s been a wave of that going on, especially in

our community.

What is the best business advice that you’ve

learned and wished you would have received earlier

on in your career?

Setbacks and progress share the same vain.

What does self-care mean to you?

It means staying in my lane and minding my own business.

Remaining focused makes me feel good. Being out

too long stresses me out when I know I should be productive

at that moment.


INFLUENCERS

ENTREPRENEUR

CALVIN QUALLIS

Briefly describe the type of work you do.

I am the Founder of Quallis Brands Inc. and

men’s grooming brand Scotch Porter. We design,

develop and manufacture non-toxic, multi-functional

products in the Beard, Hair, Face and Body

care categories. As an entrepreneur your work is

never done or simple, so my day-to-day consists

of making sure all touch points of the business

are firing off at all cylinders and driving the impact

needed to grow.

How does your work impact or stylize our

culture?

The work that we do at Scotch Porter surrounds

driving our consumers to live their best lives by

arming them with the tools needed to do so. Because

men’s grooming just isn’t a hair cut and

wet shave, we’re committed to providing him

with access to products and information that

will groom him internally and externally.

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What stories are being told/curated through your

work?

We always look to meet our consumers where they are, in a

tone that speaks directly to them. Through content creation,

product benefits on packaging, user-generated content and

more, our goal is to educate through a lens that is meaningful

and useful. For example, in June we launched our #DaretoCare

mission where we’re driving men to embrace their masculinity.

As we see the conversation growing more, the tide is changing

when it comes to how men want to live and be perceived in

the world. We recognize that and embrace the opportunity to

authentically be a part of the conversation.

How important is it to be a storyteller in your industry?

It’s very important to speak to consumers in the grooming

space from a place that puts you in their shoes. We’ve always

developed and continue to produce products based on needs

state. By doing so, we address pain points that affect our consumers

and have the opportunity to use the multi-functional

elements to speak to “him” through storytelling.

Briefly describe your personal style:

My personal style is relaxed with a hint of classic edge and

streetwear infusion. That means when you see me, I’ll be in a

nice button up with a pair of denim/non-denim bottoms and a

pair of kicks. You can’t go wrong with simple style.

Why should appearance matter to men of color?

Appearance should matter to us all as we are what we project.

If we want to be received a certain way or walk in our destiny,

we must be unapologetic about suiting up in the armor that we

feel defines us.

What is ONE thing you would advise someone to buy

right now to enhance their style?

A great scent enhances any style, season appropriate of course.

Florals with Woods and Oud for the Fall and Winter months.

Citrus and fresh florals for the Spring and Summer months.

What are TWO examples of hurdles/ insecurities that

you’ve witness Black Men face or verbally say when it

comes to their choices self care?

One hurdle/insecurity that I’ve heard too many times to count,

is that men shouldn’t spend too much time in the bathroom

getting ready and the other is that grooming/self-care for me

is a haircut and shave. Just like beauty isn’t just red lipstick and

foundation, grooming isn’t just shaving and a haircut.

What is the best business advice that you’ve learned

and wish you would have received earlier on?

The best business advise that I’ve learned, but wish I’ve learned

much earlier, is that when building a business it is vital to first

get the right team on the bus and in the right seats. First who,

then what.

What does self care means to you?

In my opinion, self-care means looking inward and outward

and being ok with understanding what you need to ensure that

your mental, physical and spiritual wellness is in check. Also,

understanding that those needs may change or shift and it’s ok

to adjust accordingly. It’s important to embrace this journey

called life and to pick up as many tools needed to fulfill your

heart’s desires.

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FORMER SEATTLE SEAHAWKS PLAYER

CREATES

LUXURY SHOE LINE

BY: MANNY ADEYEYE

PHOTO CREDIT: COURTESY OF MARC NOLAN.

JUST A COUPLE YEARS AGO, KAM CHANCELLOR’S NAME WAS

MENTIONED WITH SOME OF THE BEST CURRENT PLAYERS

IN THE NFL. AS A MEMBER OF THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, HE

WAS A 4-TIME PRO BOWLER AND LED THE LEGION OF BOOM

TO A SUPER BOWL VICTORY AGAINST THE DENVER BRONCOS.

NOW RETIRED, KAM PARTNERED WITH HIS WIFE AND BUSI-

NESS PARTNER TO CREATE “THE CHANCELLOR COLLECTION”.

I SPOKE WITH KAM ABOUT THEIR SHOE COLLECTION AND

MORE

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KAM CHANCELLOR’S LUXURY SHOE LINE

After retiring, what made you decide to pick up on

entrepreneurship?

It was something that I always wanted to do. My focus was

100% football at the time because that’s the career that I

loved at the moment. Entrepreneurship was something that

I always wanted to get into, and that was what I was going to

get into after I finished playing ball.

Tell me about your experience with New York fashion

week

I had a good time walking in the show. Met a lot of models in

the back, and they encouraged me to walk with confidence

out on the runway ‘cause it was my first time ever doing it. I

was a little nervous, but it was fun overall.

Tell me about your love for shoes.

It started from college. I used to always collect shoes, and

I’m a shoe connoisseur. When I got to the NFL, I obtained a

little more money so I was able to get more shoes. So I have

a whole room full of shoes from designer shoes to workout

shoes to a Jordan collection and just your overall Nike. I’ve

always had a big love for shoes. The only problem I ran into

is shoes not being comfortable, which is why me and my

wife started The Chancellor Collection. Most of my shoes

weren’t comfortable and not only that, they were overpriced.

They were expensive shoes, and it just didn’t feel

right purchasing shoes that cost thousands of dollars. That’s

why we wanted to create these relaxed, comfortable shoes

that are also affordable.

How great is it to start this shoe line with your wife?

I think it’s a beautiful thing. our marriage is a marriage, but

it’s also partnership. When it comes to our business, we both

are very hands on. We communicate a lot about the business

we do together. It’s a testament to our teamwork. We want

to be the best teammates possible with our collection and

our company that we run. To be able to be anywhere and

bounce ideas and opinions off each other about shoe designs

I truly think it’s beautiful, and it’s a testament to our marriage

and unity. We definitely want to show that unity and

hope that a lot of married couples can do business together

and work together.

What’s the thought process and inspiration that

you two envision for the shoes?

It depends on the season- that will tell us what we want to release

whether it’s a boot, low top shoe, high top shoe, leather,

[or] suede. That predicts what type of shoe it’s going to be.

We get inspiration from the places we go. When we sit still

and we just look around, we get inspiration and that helps us

with color and what we are going to name shoes. Then we

draw things out and we send ideas to our business partners,

go back and forth on what like, then we create samples that

turn into finished products.

How did you find purpose again when most people

would give up after a career ending injury and just

live off their wealth?

I’m not like most people; I’ve never been one to give up.

When I set my mind to something, no matter what it takes

or how long it takes, I’m going to achieve that until God

shows me otherwise. That’s my mindset, and I believe most

things are possible. It’s just a matter of are you willing to do

what you have to do to get to where you want to get?

Kam and Tiffany look to continue their work together

not only showing us that couples can successfully

do business together, but also that a career-ending

injury only has the power to end that

career. It doesn’t have the power to end your life or

stifle your passion and purpose.


INFLUENCERS

SUITED FOR THE JOB

BY: DANE YOUNG

President Obama once asked “Are we creating enough of a network that kids aren’t falling

through the cracks, and when they make a mistake we hold them accountable?”. We owe our

ancestors and the generations to come a commitment of accountability for the protection of

our youth. This network starts with a movement of doers who are willing to teach and train kids

how to properly navigate through systems that were designed to stifle their willingness. And for

the men at That Suits You, a non profit organization that provides resources and attire to young

men as they begin their professional journey, are taking the initiative to be that network. Founder,

PK Kersey shared with us why organizations like That Suits You are needed for young men.

What essentials are needed to provide a firm foundation for

young Black men to succeed?

For black men to truly succeed I believe they need a few essentials like

a role models. Being able to have someone for guidance without judgement

is a huge benefit. A proven winner that can give much needed

direction would save so much time, money and energy. Also a strong

family setting. Many young men grow up in single parent households.

while I am not saying that 1 parent households cannot raise successful

men, I do believe that having both parents in a solid marriage greatly

aides in their development. Lastly, exposure and representation. Being

able to see, read about and meet successful individuals that looks

like you sets an amazing tone and impression.

How important was it for you to start That Suits You (TSY)

and did your personal upbringing have an effect on the process?

(city, environmental, family etc)

After working for NYS DMV for over 24 years and see men not dressing

appropriately for interviews I felt starting TSY was essential to

help teach, train and provide clothing to individuals in that situation.

My mother and father played a huge role in me having the idea to start

TSY. They raised me, my brother and sister to always have a giving

heart and to consider others. They demonstrated love and care towards

me growing up and that stayed with me till this day.

They say dress for the job you want, but why does appearance

often times overshadow one’s skills/abilities?

It all goes back to the 7/11 Rule. The rule states within the first 7 seconds

of meeting someone we form 11 judgments about them. First impressions

are so hard to overcome. So our principle is to teach never

make a good first impression but always make an impactful one.

In terms of TSY core values, what role does community have in

it?

Community is the heart of the city. If we don’t have strong and caring

communities then the city is doomed. Strong and caring communities

come from strong and caring families.

For someone who’s entering or reentering the workforce what

are 3 tips that TSY suggest for making a good first impression?

First keep your visuals sharp (attire, haircut, resume). Secondly, be

mindful of your tone and body language. Have a firm handshake and

maintain great eye contact. Finally, communication is key. Many people

fail by over speaking or not saying enough.

Tell us about your $2 donation campaign and it’s intended

goal.

Most people often want to donate to a good cause but don’t have the

finances to do so. Well we came up with the idea to have 20,000 people

donate as little as $2 or more to help us continue with the work we

are doing. We are also partnering with homeless shelters and libraries

to reach more individuals in need.

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How can we begin to create dialogue at home to assist with

building up our young Black men before they go out into the

world? What type of conversations should be had?

I believe if we have daily regular communication most issues will come to

light. This will allow for us to address them early on than to pressure these

young men into forced conversations when they start acting out. If men

believe that a person generally cares for them and has their best interest in

mind, they will be more likely to have those tough talks without fear and

concern for their mental well being.

What is the perfect interview suit?

I think the perfect interview suit is a navy blue one. With a crisp

white shirt, a patterned blue tie, a brown belt, a pair of brown shoes,

dress socks, and accessorised with a classic time piece.

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