chaos to couture.
¡Feliz día de la Mujer!
“Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.” - Jean Cocteau
I.D. a Detallista: A Style Profile on Andrew Smith
[Name] – Andrew Smith
[Occupation] – Producer
[The Detallista] – Favorite accent color or color combination?
[Andrew Smith] – I like breaking the rules a little bit and finding ways to make brown and black work together. Brown is my favorite accent.
[TD] – Favorite accent or statement piece?
[AS] – Shoes and watches are my statements because they are timeless (well, the watch isn’t exactly… whatever) and add character to any getup. I prefer styles that are 3 to 4 times older than I am––they’re never going away.
[TD] – How does your line of work influence your personal style?
[AS] – Luckily, I get to wear whatever I want at work. Why would we get hired as a creative agency if we weren’t personally creative? That said, I might be the one that takes the most stylistic risks at work, but I think there’s a place carved out in the office for someone to do that.
[TD] – Out of all your creative outlets, which do you feel inspires your style the most?
[AS] – Music. I’m into so many different genres that I can both suit my mood with whatever I want to listen to but also how I feel which is commonly accompanied by listening choices. If I want to listen to hardcore, I’ll throw on a band hoodie and some Vans or, alternatively, slip on a pea-coat for the day to go with some Sigur Ros and Owen. Sounds stupid, but it amplifies the sound for me.
[TD] – Article of clothing you obsess about the most and give an example?
[AS] – I can’t leave the house without a belt; I feel like pants are incomplete without one. I’ve been late many times realizing I didn’t have one and ran all the way back to my closet from the car.
[TD] – One rule of style you follow most?
[AS] – Wear fitted clothes. JNCO should be charged for crimes against humanity, unless you’re a Juggalo or something equivalent. If that’s the case, good luck.
[TD] – Your style icon? And Why?
[AS] – Probably Choi Seung-Hyun. I hate being pigeonholed, and Seung-Hyun is the king of versatility. When I lived in Seoul, I had so much stylistic freedom due to guys like this. Unfortunately, he’s in a South Korean boy band and I’m not even into their music, but he transcends all stylistic limitations––he can literally wear anything and make it look good.
[TD] – An element of style that you love every time you see it?
[AS] – 1950’s and before menswear. Specifically, London’s styles were my favorite.
[TD] – A style you admire on others but don’t or can’t pull off yourself?
[AS] – I think the only kinds of styles that I don’t pull off are the ones I don’t admire.
[TD] – As a creature of habit, do you have any rituals/habits for your daily routines?
[AS] – Every morning, I evaluate my hair from the previous day and sleep it’s endured and decide whether or not to wash it. The funny part is that it’s out of concern for time rather than aesthetics. It needs to meet a minimum style-potential for me to enjoy the extra 20 minutes.
[TD] – Number one style rule that you feel gentlemen forget about?
[AS] – Pretending you don’t care how you look never makes you look better or increases your masculinity. Pretending to not care isn’t tough or manly, it’s insecurity.
[TD] – Favorite place/location in the world?
[AS] – Seoul, South Korea. More specifically, Hongdae.
[TD] – Name a time or place where you were or are most visually stimulated?
[AS] – At a club when everyone’s getting mental and the place is going off.
[TD] – Favorite scent(s)?
[AS] – John Varvatos Vintage.
[TD] – Favorite Southern California hot spot?
[AS] – The Bruery in Placentia. Their tasting room has changed a bit since standing next to barrels and huge fermenters, but it’s still a great place to chill and drink world-class beers. Very privileged to live near by and probably 50% of my craft beer posts are from there.
[TD] – Any motto’s you live by or dress by?
[AS] – Make a lot of friends. Wear good clothes. Drink good beer. Love a nice girl.
[TD] – Any additional tips or comments you would like to add?
[AS] – Don’t worry about anything and do what you’re passionate about. That’s something I really learned about in Korea was that your personal passions shouldn’t be brushed off. People are trying so hard to copy each other and add some minuscule detail to achieve differentiation, but think about the opportunity cost––you’re only gipping yourself.
And, drink craft beer, not crap beer!
You can follow Andrew and his craft beer adventures at Instagram.com/Phacebook.
according to stripes.