“The truly fashionable are beyond fashion.” - Cecil Beaton
Five things with Sean Yashar.
1. Vintage push button telephone, simple tone-on-tone Datejust Rolex.
2. & 5. Sean’s mood board: inspirational quotes and visual collage.
3. Santal 33 by Le Labo.4. ”Gregory Peck” sunglasses by Oliver Peoples.
Style Profile - Sean Yashar
Occupation: Principal, The Culture Creative – Talent management and consultancy for designers.
[The Detallista] – How does your line of work influence your personal style?
[Sean Yashar] – I represent talent in the design and decorative arts category. I’m always in dialogue with artists and makers, and this creative exchange spills over into all areas of my life and certainly into my personal style.
[TD] – How has your upbringing played a role in your style? If any.
[SY] – My father wore a suit and tie everyday, and my mother dressed equally bold in her 80’s ensembles, heels and shoulder pads. They taught me the power of your visual presence, and how to dress with intention.
[TD] - Do you believe you have a signature look or a recognizable persona?
[SY] - Yes.
[TD] – How would you classify your style?
[SY] – Nuanced
[TD] – One rule of style you follow most?
[SY] – There is no avant garde, only those who have been left behind.
[TD] – Any motto’s you live by or dress by?
[SY] – Always wear your invisible crown.
[TD] – How has your style evolved throughout the years?
[SY] – I go to the tailor more often.
[TD] – Your style icon? And Why?
[SY] – Todd Oldham, circa House of Style.
[TD] – An element of style that you love every time you see it?
[SY] – Sprezzatura. Making the difficult look easy and effortless. Making a questionable clothing decision, but carrying yourself with your head held high.
[TD] – Favorite color combination for your personal style?
[SY] – Navy blazer with a white shirt.
[TD] – Favorite statement piece?
[SY] – In Los Angeles – sunglasses. In New York - timepiece.
[TD] – Favorite scent(s) or note(s)?
[SY] – Santal 33, by Le Labo.
[TD] – Article of clothing you obsess about the most and give an example?
[SY] – Structured blazers and sport coats. I love the power this shape can lend to an outfit. You can throw a blazer on top of pajamas, and the message will still convey power.
[TD] – A style you admire on others but don’t or can’t pull off yourself?
[SY] – Hats.
[TD] – Please share a style or trend that you would never do again?
[SY] – Golf punk.
[TD] – Your pet peeve when it comes to style?
[SY] – Logos. Why would you pay to wear someone else’s name on your body?
[TD] – As a creature of habit, do you have any rituals/habits for your daily routines?
[SY] – 15 minutes of crunches and pushups right out of bed, no matter what.
[TD] – Number one style rule that you feel most gentlemen forget about?
[SY] – Boys text, men talk.
[TD] – Out of all your creative outlets, which do you feel inspires your style the most?
[SY] – Writing. To write, is to sort out your feelings. Working on even the most mundane press release, presents a creative challenge. To say the most with the least, is the ultimate goal.
[TD] – Favorite place/location in the world?
[SY] – California.
[TD] – Name a time or place where you were or are most visually stimulated?
[SY] – Dusk. When everything is silhouetted against the backdrop of the sky.
[TD] – Most stylish or fashionable culture?
[SY] – Canadians… just kidding.
[TD] – What is the most inspiring form of art for you, and why? Perhaps a particular piece, artist or exhibit?
[SY] – At the moment, I’m into James Turrell.
[TD] – As someone who believes in branding, do you have any advice for those who are looking to reinvent themselves?
[SY] – Think it terms of purification, not reinvention.
[TD] – Any favorite blogs or sites that you visit for style/visual inspiration?
[SY] – I could look at this for hours: www.muchbetterthanthis.com
[TD] – Your go to style guide (books/magazines)?
[SY] – Elle Decor, World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, France, T Magazine, WSJ Magazine, WSJ Off Duty section, Departures and Cultured Magazine.