Most stylish New Yorkers: Kevin Charles Stewart

The fashion designer fuses modern and colorful textiles with a vintage Americana aesthetic.

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    Stewart has a penchant for iconic American styles and refers to this get-up as his "native" New Yorker outfit. "It's that Urban Cowboy thing I can't shake," he says referring to the 1980 film. He also dons a shirt of his own design and classic Levi's jeans (414 W 14th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St; 212-367-2110, levi.com).

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    "I like to wear a vest most of the time, and finally had an urge to own one with fringe," Stewart says of this suede Scully standout. He bought it at Sheplers (sheplers.com), an authentic Western clothing site he frequents.

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    It was Stewart's connection to his astrology sign that drew him to this bull's-head belt, purchased from Sheplers. "I'm a true Taurus," he says. He accessorizes the look further with a Wenger watch (wengerna.com), Miracle Icons bracelet (miracleicons.com) and a customized chain wallet that he created using an old Versace style and hardware-store chains.

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    The designer purchased this tweed three-piece suit from Kabay, a now-closed Soho store, because he liked the interesting detailing, namely the fine red pinstripe and burgundy lining. "A suit off the rack must be tailored," he warns. "The fit of a suit makes the man." Stewart has been getting his threads nipped and tucked for ten years at Campos & Campos Custom Tailors (237 W 14th St at Seventh Ave; 212-989-7620, camposandcampos.com).

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    "I make shirts that are for a confident man," he says of his Roger Charles printed top. "It's the kind of shirt that sets a guy apart from every other man at a lounge, bar or just walking down the street." He demonstrates how to masterfully mix prints by adding a paisley tie by XMI Platinum (xmi.com), which he received as a gift when he was fashion director at Men's Fitness.

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    "Men have adorned themselves throughout the ages," Stewart muses. Men shouldn't be timid about wearing baubles, he says, because "jewelry adds personality." Stewart chose this Miracle Icons style because it picked up the colors in his shirt.

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    Stewart refers to these attention-grabbing Paul Smith (142 Greene St between Houston and Prince Sts; 646-613-3060, paulsmith.co.uk) kicks as his "stepping-out shoes." He explains, "I had never seen a pair of pink wing tips, I had to have them."

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    "This is my basic working or at-home look," Stewart states. He wears his signature Roger Charles button-up, vintage Gap corduroys and a Hickey by Hickey Freeman (hickeyfreeman.com) vest that he took from a three-piece suit.

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    "I stumble upon many great pieces from street vendors, especially jewelry," he says of this pocket watch, which he scored for $60 from a vendor on Prince Street in Soho.

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    Stewart admits that most of his jewels are from Miracle Icons, including this charm necklace. "I like their use of religious medallions and beading," he enthuses of the brand. "They're beautiful!"

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    The designer modified these boots with a hardware grinder to give them a distressed, worn look. An avid shoe collector, he can't remember where he bought this particular pair, admitting, "I have more shoes than my wife."

Photograph: Chiara Marinai

Stewart has a penchant for iconic American styles and refers to this get-up as his "native" New Yorker outfit. "It's that Urban Cowboy thing I can't shake," he says referring to the 1980 film. He also dons a shirt of his own design and classic Levi's jeans (414 W 14th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St; 212-367-2110, levi.com).

Kevin Charles Stewart, 47, co-owner and designer of Roger Charles New York (rogercharlesnewyork.com); Staten Island

His personal style: "Updated traditional and Americana."

His inspirations: "Male iconography, Native Americans, cowboys and 1970s blaxploitation film stars."

Favorite stores: "I like the Brooklyn Circus (150 Nevins St at Bergen St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-858-0919, thebkcircus.com) for the look of the store—it has the feel of an updated haberdashery. I'm a fan of the in-house brand for its old-school aesthetic; and have bought bow ties and hats there. I like AllSaints Spitalfields (512 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts; 646-862-1832, us.allsaints.com) for their modern take on men's clothing. I buy knitwear and sweaters at Billy Reid (54 Bond St between Bowery and Lafayette St; 212-598-9355, billyreid.com). Billy brings a Southerner's eye to his men's clothing."

His signature item: "A Roger Charles New York shirt. I never leave home [unless I'm] wearing one!"

Favorite New York style icon: "The person that comes to mind is Robert Beauchamp. He was fashion director at GQ in the '70s and Esquire in the '80s and early '90s. Every time I saw him he was impeccably dressed. I've tried to be that way [too]."

How his style has evolved: "I have always been a clothes whore. As my income has grown, so has my taste in clothing. I dress as if I'm my own canvas."

How his style influences his profession: "My personal style has a direct influence on my shirt making; there's an echoing of influences, all rooted in vintage Americana. I'm an American—I love our iconic styles of dressing, from Western to dust bowl-era farmers—and our many versions of masculinity."

How his style at work differs from life outside of his job: "It is one and the same. I can dress as a creative all the time, and I have fun getting dressed every day."

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