Most Stylish New Yorkers: Kevin Fernandez

The fashionable cobbler shows off a collection of worldly accessories and enviable footwear.

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    Fernandez covers up in an earth-toned pinstripe coat by Chinese brand Dadi and harem pants from a flea market in Bangkok. "I just got back from a trip to Asia and have been playing with this oversize Yoji-esque look," he says.

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    Underneath, Fernandez pairs a tank handmade by a friend and a flannel shirt by Thai brand Papercuts and the Pencil Sharpener (papercutsandthepencilsharpener.blogspot.com). "The plaid button-down and brown tank definitely play to the dirty East Village boy in me."

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    "I got this necklace on my trip to Asia. It's made from the seeds of the Bodhi tree and is often used for prayer in India, similarly to a rosary."

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    Fernandez picked up these Ray-Bans in Sydney four years ago. "I thought I was gonna be the only person rocking Wayfarers when I got back," he says. "I was wrong."

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    The shoemaker received this Cartier love bracelet as part of a family tradition. "My parents put them on each other and never took them off---until they gave them to my sister and I, both on our 18th birthdays. We both plan to do the same for our kids."

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    "Even before I knew I wanted to work in the world of shoes, I would always get dressed from the bottom up," says Fernandez. These rustic boots are from the fall collection of his favorite shoe line, Dieppa Restrepo.

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     Fernandez displays his vintage obsession with a blue mohair capelet and a Victorian nightgown belted at the waist. "I like to think that vintage stuff has lived a whole other life, long before me; it's like walking a mile in another man's shoes," he explains. The look is modernized with black Tsubi jeans.

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    "I find a quiet confidence very sexy," says Fernandez. "The only thing that matters is you know you look good. Other people will either be into it...or they won't." Here, he models another family heirloom---a charm necklace from his dad consisting of a nickel, an old subway token and a bead from Africa. "The last one is my favorite charm, a star of David with a cross sitting on top of it," says Fernandez.

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    This structural gold bracelet is another score from Fernandez's travels. He picked it up in Thailand.

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    "I slip these on when I'm feeling pretty," Fernandez says of these heeled loafers, which he bought at vintage spot Rue St. Denis (170 Ave B at 11th St; 212-260-3388, vintagenyc.com).

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    A leather biker jacket and plaid Woolrich riding pants, both from Odd Twin Trading Company, create an eclectic look.

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    Fernandez bundles up in his favorite "man shawl," a black-and-white scarf purchased in India. "Its about seven feet long and could probably double as a dress," he says.

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    The black Peter Pan--collared shirt came from Label (labelnyc.com), and the motorcyle boots are Dieppa Restrepo. Fernandez scored the floral scarf from an old lady at an antique store in his hometown of Windsor, Connecticut. "She always has a big smile when I walk in the door, 'cause she knows I'm there to drop some coin."

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Fernandez covers up in an earth-toned pinstripe coat by Chinese brand Dadi and harem pants from a flea market in Bangkok. "I just got back from a trip to Asia and have been playing with this oversize Yoji-esque look," he says.

Kevin Fernandez, 26; shoemaker; Park Slope

His personal style: "I definitely have a bohemian vibe. I love vintage and ethnic clothing, anything that has a quality of uniqueness or rarity. I love when a piece has history or a story behind it."

His inspirations: "Men used to take the time to put themselves together. Pocket watches, tie clips, the perfect overcoat. How you dress was and still is very indicative of who you are, and how people see you."

Favorite stores: "Maryam Nassir Zadeh (123 Norfolk St at Rivington St; 212-673-6405, maryamnassirzadeh.com), because her aesthetic is something out of a dream. She does a fantastic job of cultivating a broad but edited array of up-and-coming designers from around the world to create a space that feels alive, almost as though it could be someone's home. Assembly New York (170 Ludlow St between E Houston and Stanton Sts; 212-253-5393, assemblynewyork.com), because of their dark-color stories and the androgynous appeal of their stock. Odd Twin Trading Company (164 Fifth Ave at DeGraw St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-633-8946) has great vintage for super-reasonable prices, and when you're looking to buy something nice for yourself, you can find it at Jeffrey (449 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves; 212-206-1272, jeffreynewyork.com)."

His signature accessory: "There's no 'item' per se, but I would like to think I have a pretty sick shoe collection."

Favorite designers: "For shoes, Dieppa Restrepo (diepparestrepo.com) is the embodiment of style and function. With near-endless color options, Dieppa's unisex line is truly perfect for every occasion—except maybe for the gym."

How his style has evolved through the years: "I don't try so hard anymore. As you get older, you realize that style has nothing to do with impressing people and everything to do with being yourself."

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