John David Breen

The Hanky Panky underwear brand's visual manager models his preppy style; we show you how to get the look.

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    Breen wears a polo shirt and cardigan from U.K. brand Boden's teen line, Johnnie b, which "fits me perfectly," he enthuses. "Coincidentally, Johnnie B is also a nickname my mom called me as a kid."

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    "I married a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn a few years ago, and he collaborated with celebrity jeweler Kimberly McDonald on my engagement ring and wedding band," says Breen. His oversize watch is an Omega Railmaster. "My grandfather had a watch with a big face like this; he was the first one to call me JD."

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    "As a kid, I remember my dad wearing these to work and I was always fascinated by the tassels---they're basically earrings for your shoes," says Breen of these Bass Weejuns loafers, which he rocks sans socks. "I rarely wear socks; ankles are my cleavage!"

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    Breen keeps it classy with a Zara blazer, Alternative Apparel Burnout pocket tee and J Brand jeans. "I've worked with denim brands, so I'm really picky about jeans," he explains. "J Brand is by far my favorite, and their longevity is worth the investment."

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    Breen loads up his wrist with a Zadig & Voltaire skull watch, an Herms Collier de Chien cuff and a Brazilets turquoise Brazilian wish bracelet. "These things stay on forever!" he says of the latter. "Still waiting for my wish to come true, but it'll be worth it."

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    These black velvet Stubbs & Wootton slippers embroidered with a skull and swords were an "amazing recent birthday gift," says Breen. "I'd wanted a pair of these for ages."

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    According to Breen, this necklace---strung with a Tiffany & Co. key that was a gift from a friend's wedding, a Digby & Iona army soldier from Catbird, a vintage evil eye charm and Breen's husband's chai symbol---is "my version of a charm bracelet." He wears it with a feather necklace from Kimberly Taylor in the Meatpacking District.

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    Breen bought his Eubiq plaid shirt with matching skinny tie and black shredded McQ by Alexander McQueen jeans at Saks Fifth Avenue. "I do good there!" he jokes. The Louis Vuitton tote bag was a 30th birthday gift from his husband. "He picked it out all by himself and I love it."

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    A YSL belt and an Invicta watch accessorize the look.

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    Breen scored these woven lace-up shoes at Zara. "It has the best shoes," he says. "They're always reasonably priced and last forever."

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    "I bought these classic gold Ray-Ban aviators on vacation nearly eight years ago and they're still in perfect condition," boasts Breen. "They match my hair!"

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    Breen sports Bonobos corduroys, a bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim and a Topshop button-down. "I always go to Topshop after Uniqlo on my 'Soho Shopping Sundays,'" he jokes. 

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    An Hermes Constance belt cinches Breen's Bonobos corduroys. "It's reversible, with black on the other side," he explains. "It's like having two belts!"

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    A pair of worn Converse Chuck Taylors grounds an otherwise-polished outfit. "They're all beat-up and super-comfy," says Breen. "The blue ink stains are a reminder of a terribly embarrassing accident at a drugstore not to be named."

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    Breen peeks out from behind his 3.1 Phillip Lim sunglasses. "Lim's brand is always on my radar," he says. "A friend is obsessed and I totally blame her for rubbing off on me. I love his clothing, too; amazing tailoring."

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    Breen bundles up with a Caste striped knit hooded sweater, Bonobos khakis and a John Varvatos coat. "John Varvatos and Hanky Panky both have sample sales at the same location on Fifth Avenue, and I basically bribe the guys who work there to keep an eye on the small sizes for me," he admits.   

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    These suede Tod's Gommino Laccetto driving shoes were a "seriously major score at Century 21 on Long Island the day after Christmas a year ago," says Breen. 

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    Breen holds up a Hanky Panky thong adorned with crystals that spell TIMEOUTNY. "These were a gift to my photographer for putting up with me!" he jokes.

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    Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original shoes, $75, at Tip Top Shoes, 155 W 72nd St between Broadway and Columbus Ave (212-787-4960, tiptopshoes.com)

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    Tepper Jackson messenger bag, $99, at endless.com

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    French Connection Lux Yule sweater, $118, at Macy's, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400, macys.com)

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    Timex Expedition military classic watch, $100, at timex.com

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    Brooklyn Industries tooled leather belt, $38, at Brooklyn Industries, locations throughout the city; visit brooklynindustries.com

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    BDG blocked cardigan, $44, at Urban Outfitters, 628 Broadway between Bleecker and W Houston Sts (212-475-0009, urbanoutfitters.com)

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    Ben Sherman pin-tail check tie and shirt, $42, at asos.com

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    Nautica wool Ranger peacoat, $248, similar styles available at Macy's, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400, macys.com)

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    Carhartt midweight plaid flannel shirt, $35, at JMD Square Store, 426 Fifth Ave at 8th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-788-5135)

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Breen wears a polo shirt and cardigan from U.K. brand Boden's teen line, Johnnie b, which "fits me perfectly," he enthuses. "Coincidentally, Johnnie B is also a nickname my mom called me as a kid."

John David "JD" Breen, 30, "glam guru" at Hanky Panky (hankypanky.com); Williamsburg, Brooklyn

His personal style: "Like the soup du jour, it changes daily! Some days, even more frequently."

His inspiration: "I'm a card-carrying shopaholic with a near-photographic memory: I remember images of anything and everything I like and then figure out how to acquire it ASAP!"

How his style has evolved through the years: "The '90s were a lot of following the trends too literally and at-home hair dye. Now, I'm all about adapting/personalizing the trends and making them my own, while acquiring quality wardrobe and accessory staples along the way. I've named my closets 'the Archive,' so my husband understands the art and history of fashion (he still thinks I shop too much). Also, I get my hair done now by Rita Hazan at her gorgeous salon on Fifth Avenue right near Saks."

Favorite stores: "Uniqlo makes the best button-down shirts that come in an extra small, which fits perfectly sans tailoring—so rare for me. Catbird's jewelry section equals danger for my debit card. At Alter, there are always goodies to add to the Archive, and I love Bird—Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Commes des Garons, oh my! Since I'm on the short side and haven't really grown since the '90s, I'm a regular in the boys' department of Bloomingdales in midtown. Polo and Lacoste are so much cheaper for kids. Saks Fifth Avenue is a fun NYC landmark that I love visiting regularly. I opened an account there as a 21st-birthday gift to myself and have been hooked ever since."

His signature accessory: "No matter what the weather, you'll always see me on the street in sunglasses. I had a 'situation' once involving sunglasses, pouring rain and an Olsen twin...."

Favorite designers: "Eubiq (eubiqny.com). [Designer Shirley Lee] can make a simple sweatshirt not so simple with an amazing fit and yummy fabric. Her coats, knitwear and T-shirts all have a home in the Archive. Also, Satya Rai (satyarai.com). I'm obsessed with her scarves; they accent almost every outfit from fall to early spring. They are too soft for words and I give them as gifts to everyone I know."

How he describes New York style: "Confused!"

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