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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
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
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.
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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
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,
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TO EMBRACE THIS
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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PHOTO CREDIT: ALESSANDRO LUCIONI/LOUIS VUITTON
TOP FASHION TRENDS
PHOTO CREDIT: ALESSANDRO LUCIONI/THOM BROWNE
PHOTO CREDIT: ALESSANDRO LUCIONI/THOM BROWNE
PHOTO CREDIT: ALESSANDRO LUCIONI/OLIVER SPENCER
IT’S A KILT, A
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
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
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.
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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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TOP FASHION TRENDS
PHOTO CREDITS: FILIPPO FIOR/GUCCI
PHOTO CREDITS: ALESSANDRO LUCIONI/OFF-WHITE
PHOTO CREDITS: FILIPPO FIOR/VALENTINO
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.
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
IS THE NEW,
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.
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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THE STYLE MONK:
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
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
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
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! 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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BUILDING AN EMPIRE:
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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BY: QUE JACKSON
PHOTO CREDIT: NEW G OG
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THE PRSVR WAY
HAT IS PERSEVERE LIFE-
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
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
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
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
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.
IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING
& ENJOYED WITH A
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WHERE DO YOU GUYS SEE THE PRSVR
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
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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PHOTO CREDIT: RAUL ROMO | STYLIST: WINNIE STACKZ
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
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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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
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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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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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
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wood, florals, smoke, and spice. Although the
brand is gender-neutral, the warmth hints of
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2. NICK RICARDO COLLECTION
Ciara said it best fellas, and the key to having the ability to
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A great way to start is by finding a signature scent. Discover an
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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
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notes that evoke emotion while wearing it. The four scents
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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.
3 STYLE CONSULTANTS TO WATCH IN 2020
WHEN/HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOU COULD MAKE A LIVING DRESS-
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
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
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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3 STYLE CONSULTANTS TO WATCH IN 2020
WHEN/HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOU COULD MAKE A LIVING
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
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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3 STYLE CONSULTANTS TO WATCH IN 2020
WHAT MAKES FOR A SUCCESSFUL STYLIST AND CLIENT
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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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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3 STYLE CONSULTANTS TO WATCH IN 2020
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
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
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
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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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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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?
What are some misconceptions associated with the
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
years. Either the stories are to shallow or brands just lack
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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FORMER SEATTLE SEAHAWKS PLAYER
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
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KAM CHANCELLOR’S LUXURY SHOE LINE
After retiring, what made you decide to pick up on
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
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.
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
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
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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