Nov 01, 2012
Men of Style
Five of St. Louis' Best-Dressed Males in Action
Story: Jennifer Wells Styled by Maddie Smith
Photos: Wesley Law
Special Assistant to Mayor Francis Slay
Sure, everybody’s wearing bow ties now, but Patrick Brown has been sporting the look for years. In fact, it’s our 100-percent unconfirmed suspicion that “The Rachel Zoe Project’s” Brad Goreski may have drawn inspiration from Brown himself. As assistant to the mayor, Brown dabbles in eclectic ensembles— slim suits, sweaters and the like—but he also knows when it’s time to dress the part of the conservative politico. It’s what he’s most proud of, after all—representing the community’s interests at City Hall, where he’s empowered to make a difference in St. Louis. As Brown’s career has evolved, so has his style—he’s recently been known to ditch his signature bow tie in favor of classic neck ties. So, how does he still manage to stand out? Much to the delight of his co-workers, Brown (at 5’ 11”) makes the daily trek from his home in The Grove to work on a scooter—oh, and did we mention he never wears socks? If his trendsetting history is any indication, St. Louis will be sock-free by summer.
Outfielder, St. Louis Cardinals
Collecting amazing stats might be what World Series Champ Jon Jay is best known for (that, and taking it to the wall for jaw-dropping catches). But his love of athletic attire has also led to another impressive collection. The sportswear aficionado readily admits to being mildly obsessed with all things Jordan since he was a child. As an adult, the famed Cardinals outfielder has made his childhood sneaker dreams a reality—even installing a separate closet entirely devoted to the brand. With just over 150 pairs (including exotics like The 11 Concord and The Lebron 8 South Beach), Jay just might have the best dressed feet in the game. Other favorite accessories include a collection of hats and a set of watches (the most stunning by Cartier), but Jay’s (and St. Louis’) definitive pride and joy is undoubtedly the much-coveted World Series Ring. Here’s hoping he makes a practice of collecting those as well.
The Italian Influence
Architect and Developer, Renaissance Development Associates
With two small children and a career that has him revitalizing much of the Midtown Alley neighborhood (he’s renovated a number of buildings along Locust and Olive Streets, including those that now house Pappy’s, Hamburger Mary’s and the many creative agencies in the area), you’d think Jassen Johnson would have little time for an opinion on fashion—not so! The architect/developer has a very distinct look—an urban uniform of sorts that takes him from museum hopping with the family to evening charity functions with ease. Denim, a great watch, nice shoes and a sports coat are Johnson’s must-haves for his busy lifestyle, but what’s most important to him is the fit. Johnson favors a tailored, slim fit and has much appreciation for Italian-inspired silhouettes. In fact, Italy is where Johnson discovered many of his favorite pieces. In keeping with his self-described “quirky Italian” vibe, Johnson and family have recently moved from their loft in Midtown to a World’s Fair Italianate in the Central West End.
Global Citizenship Manager, Sigma-Aldrich
It’s no mistake that Jeffrey Whitford ended up working for a Newsweek-ranked Green company—he doesn’t do much without careful planning and execution, and that includes choosing his clothing. The cerebral world traveler once took two years to choose a briefcase. Mulling over a purchase undoubtedly is half the fun, but Whitford goes to extremes because he’s buying clothes for longevity—he’s even been known to throw a patch or two on a favorite pair of denim. At work, it’s Whitford’s job to make philanthropic investments around the world and execute strategies to protect the environment, but it’s obvious he has also incorporated these themes into his own lifestyle. Whitford doesn’t take himself too seriously though, even admitting to a childhood fashion fail involving a pair of M.C. Hammer- inspired harem pants. Since then, Whitford’s style has decidedly taken a turn for great as he continues to fuel scientific discovery through social responsibility—all while simultaneously sporting his signature mixed prints and bold pops of color. We rest our case.
The People Person
General Manager, Niche Home Furnishings
Having grown up in Orange County, CA, David Blakely has a keen understanding of image and how it affects those around him. Although Blakely is a natural when it comes to dressing well, his main fashion focus is to be relatable—particularly in the workplace, where his sense for business is never overshadowed by his love of style. When he’s not planning Niche’s marketing and business strategies, Blakely enjoys entertaining at home where his gracious demeanor and effortless “California casual” sense of style immediately puts guests at ease. When he does go out, Blakely’s state of dress is still most affected by his company—an evening al fresco with friends at Bar Italia might call for straight-leg denim and a crisp dress shirt, while weekend sports (he has a half-marathon currently on the books) demands decidedly more casual attire. While Blakely is genuinely humble about his own sense of style, observers would agree that it’s his outgoing personality that adds the finishing touch to whatever he wears.
All men dressed by Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac. Model: Katherine Howe, Mother Model Management Hair by Valerie Brown | Makeup by Alison Silvagnoli Hampton.
Porsche 911, courtesy of Plaza Porsche, 11830-B Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 888.593.0773.
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