Most stylish New Yorkers: Maxwell Britten

The Maison Premiere beverage director makes colorful suspenders work behind the bar.

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    Britten models one of his favorite ensembles, consisting of a lamb's-wool sweater from Uniqlo (546 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts, 917-237-8800 666 Fifth Ave between 52nd and 53rd Sts, 877-486-4756 uniqlo.com) and navy chinos and a detachable-fur-hood coat from Topman (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topman.com). "You can almost go anywhere with this getup," he says. "I am able to wear this in the office or to a party."

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    Dark pink Topman socks reveal Britten's bright personality beneath brown leather Union (unionshoes.com) driving shoes.

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    Britten isn't afraid of mixing colors. Here he layers a red silk Herms (herms.com) tie over a pink J.Crew (locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com) dress shirt.

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    Britten often sports faux-designer timepieces, such as this knockoff Patek Philippe (patek.com). "I started wearing these goofy fake watches that I could buy off the street to remind myself to get a real one," he explains. "Maybe when I grow up."

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    "This outfit is my laid-back winter [look]," explains Britten of his white Levi's (levis.com) jeans, H&M checkered shirt (locations through the city; visit hm.com) and Topman sweater that he says reminds him of his Arizona home.

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    This vintage Samsonite American Tourister day bag was a 19th-birthday gift from Britten's younger sister. "I haven't stopped using this since she gave it to me," he admits. "It's really falling apart and I should probably replace it with something nicer, but I am really attached to it."

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    Topman bright blue ribbed socks add zing to brown dress shoes, also from the British chain.

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    Britten cinches his waist with a classic Uniqlo belt.

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    This blue striped dress shirt is from designer Jil Sander's last collection for Uniqlo. Britten wears it with a gifted vintage tie and a Topman suit. "I get so much from [Topman] because the clothes fit me really well and I don't have to get them tailored," he explains.

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    A yellow bandana folded into a pocket square brightens up a dark suit.

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    Topman wingtipped shoes and yellow ribbed socks help push this basic black suit into fashion-forward territory.

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    Yellow paisley Trafalgar suspenders match the socks and pocket square. "This blend of designs is a power play [of patterns]," he says. "It's my Gordon Gekko [look], because I feel devilish [behind the bar]."

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Britten models one of his favorite ensembles, consisting of a lamb's-wool sweater from Uniqlo (546 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts, 917-237-8800 666 Fifth Ave between 52nd and 53rd Sts, 877-486-4756 uniqlo.com) and navy chinos and a detachable-fur-hood coat from Topman (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topman.com). "You can almost go anywhere with this getup," he says. "I am able to wear this in the office or to a party."

Maxwell Britten, 25, bar director at Maison Premiere (maisonpremiere.com); Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

His personal style: "It is definitely a classically inspired '40s-'50s-contemporary mishmash. I go with formal wear far more than any other style. However, I do like to keep my wardrobe up-to-date and diverse."

His inspirations: "I'm really into films [such as] American Psycho. When I saw Christian Bale play Patrick Bateman—particularly the scene where he is laying down on his couch in his office doing a crossword puzzle, sporting black-framed Ray-Bans, black braces, a red tie and striped oxfords—I [said], 'One day, I will find a reason to start dressing that way.'"

Favorite stores: "I like Freemans Sporting Club (8 Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St, 212-673-3209 327 Bleecker St at Christopher St, 212-255-5509 freemanssportingclub.com) for clothes and accessories, and Catbird (219 Bedford Ave between North 4th and 5th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-3457, catbirdnyc.com) for jewelry and stationery. Beacon's Closet (10 W 13th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 917-261-4863 88 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-0816 92 Fifth Ave at Warren St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-230-1630 beaconscloset.com) is fun to visit when you have a lot of free time to browse and hang out. Opening Ceremony (35 Howard St between Broadway and Lafayette St, 212-219-2688 1190--92 Broadway between 28th and 29th Sts, 646-695-5680 openingceremony.us) is great too, if you have the time and money to burn."

His signature item: "I am often seen wearing Trafalgar (trafalgarstore.com) braces. I also like to wear bright socks, and I am pretty much seen with my Samsonite American Tourister (samsonite.com) handbag everywhere I go."

His favorite local designer: "Thom Browne (thombrowne.com). He took some of the great things about classic '40s and '50s menswear and made them original. He has been very instrumental in terms of contemporary men's fashion. He has a great personal style, too."

Favorite New York style icon: "[Men's fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman] Nickelson Wooster is epic. He sets a great standard for style and authenticity. He just looks like a badass you don't want to mess with; his style is phenomenal."

How his style has evolved: "I have gone from being a hip-hop skateboarder wearing tight jeans with holes and super-long rocker hair to [my style now]. I have always loved fashion and all of its extremities and nuances. I think every year my style becomes more and more informed."

Favorite salon: "I get my hair done at Tommy Guns in Williamsburg (85 North 3rd St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-8288, tommygunsny.com). The owner, Russell Manley, is my guy."

How his career influences his style: "I feel like the style I wanted to inherit sort of influenced my profession. Once I did get a job where it was encouraged to be sartorially minded, I got deeper into [fashion]."

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