Most stylish New Yorkers: Manning Leonard Krull

The Web designer has an uncanny knack for making cheap look chic; we show you how to spin his style.

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    "I had owned all of these black and white items for a while and never thought...

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    Krull's shades cost just $5 at H&M, which his French girlfriend and her pals...

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    "I used to be really into piercings in my twenties, and I keep these last few...

    "I used to be really into piercings in my twenties, and I keep these last few almost out of sentimental attachment rather than a conscious stylistic choice," says Krull. Most of them were done at Infinite Body Piercing (infinitebody.com) in Philadelphia. "I used to have 17 piercings, but now I'm down to eight."

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    Krull bought this polka-dot scarf at Monoprix (monoprix.fr), "a big chain store...

    Krull bought this polka-dot scarf at Monoprix (monoprix.fr), "a big chain store along the lines of Target," in Paris. "I never shopped for clothes there normally---Monoprix was my go-to store for hairspray and bleach kits---but this scarf just caught my eye."

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    Krull's half-sleeve dragon tattoo was inked by Troy Timpel at Philadelphia...

    Krull's half-sleeve dragon tattoo was inked by Troy Timpel at Philadelphia Eddie's Tattoo Haven (philadelphiaeddiestattoo.com). "I always want to get more tattoos, but I never seem to get around to it," he says.

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    Another Paris purchase, this messenger bag came from a store called Celio...

    Another Paris purchase, this messenger bag came from a store called Celio (celio.com), which Krull describes as "a bit like H&M." The downside is the magnet closure, "which erases subway cards, as I've learned the hard way."

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    Krull's natty two-tone shoes may look trs chic, but they were actually dirt...

    Krull's natty two-tone shoes may look trs chic, but they were actually dirt cheap. "My girlfriend bought these for me in a crappy store in Pigalle, Paris's red-light district," he says. "They were about 30 euros, and I think they're plastic!"

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    Krull defines this look as "dandy rocker." He pairs a green velvet jacket,...

    Krull defines this look as "dandy rocker." He pairs a green velvet jacket, bought from a store in Paris called Delaveine (delaveine.com), with a Diesel shirt and belt, and pants from H&M---"boys' pants for once."

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    "I never leave the house without sunglasses on," says Krull. "I always have...

    "I never leave the house without sunglasses on," says Krull. "I always have about a dozen pairs, which are constantly being replenished as I lose or break them." He unearthed these striking orange shades at Daffy's for a ten-spot.

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    Krull's lightweight, silvery scarf was another five-buck find at H&M

    Krull's lightweight, silvery scarf was another five-buck find at H&M.

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    These tiger-print pony-hair shoes came from a "really cheap store on South...

    These tiger-print pony-hair shoes came from a "really cheap store on South Street in Philly."

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    "This is probably my quintessential look," says Krull of his H&M women's pants...

    "This is probably my quintessential look," says Krull of his H&M women's pants paired with a jacket from Chateau Denim (chateaudenim.com) in Paris. "I have a ton of black jackets and black pants, and I like finding interesting combinations of shirts, ties, shoes and sunglasses to go with them."

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    The pink shirt was a gift from Krull's sister---"H&M, again!"---and the silver...

    The pink shirt was a gift from Krull's sister---"H&M, again!"---and the silver paisley DKNY tie was a $15 bargain from Daffy's.

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    An H&M vest and Diesel jacket chain lend a Victorian edge

    An H&M vest and Diesel jacket chain lend a Victorian edge.

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    Krull bought these AllSaints Spitalfields shoes a couple of years ago, but he...

    Krull bought these AllSaints Spitalfields shoes a couple of years ago, but he doesn't like the store's current stock. "Now, everything they have looks too intentionally dusty, faded, worn, etc." he says. "I like crisp and shiny."

  • SPIN HIS STYLEash&dans Nik striped scarf, $56 (normally $70), at...

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    ash&dans
    Nik striped scarf, $56 (normally $70), at ashanddans.com. Use the code "TONY" at checkout to receive this discount through May 10.

  • SPIN HIS STYLEG.H. Bass & Co. Enfield oxfords, $69, at Tani, 2020 Broadway...

    SPIN HIS STYLE

    G.H. Bass & Co.
    Enfield oxfords, $69, at Tani, 2020 Broadway between 69th and 70th Sts (212-873-4361)

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    Burgundy and Blue
    Balmoral sunglasses, $15, at uniquevintage.com

  • SPIN HIS STYLEStudy double-zipper cuff, $108, at Oak, 28 Bond St between Bowery...

    SPIN HIS STYLE

    Study
    double-zipper cuff, $108, at Oak, 28 Bond St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-677-1293, oaknyc.com)

  • SPIN HIS STYLEKemitch long-sleeved button-down shirt, $30, at Daffy's,...

    SPIN HIS STYLE

    Kemitch
    long-sleeved button-down shirt, $30, at Daffy's, locations throughout the city; visit daffys.com

  • SPIN HIS STYLEA.J. Morgan aviator sunglasses, $16, at Pop, 310 Grand St between...

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    A.J. Morgan
    aviator sunglasses, $16, at Pop, 310 Grand St between Havemeyer and Havemeyer Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-6001, shoppop.com)

  • SPIN HIS STYLERobot & Brucling Chelsea denim bow tie, $35, at...

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    Robot & Brucling
    Chelsea denim bow tie, $35, at robotandbrucling.com

  • SPIN HIS STYLEThomas Pink Sailor plain linen shirt, $185, at Thomas Pink, 520...

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    Thomas Pink
    Sailor plain linen shirt, $185, at Thomas Pink, 520 Madison Ave between 53rd and 54th Sts (212-838-1928, us.thomaspink.com)

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    Toms
    Passport shoes, $54, at toms.com

  • SPIN HIS STYLENeuw Hell skinny jeans, $162, at Oak, 28 Bond St between Bowery...

    SPIN HIS STYLE

    Neuw
    Hell skinny jeans, $162, at Oak, 28 Bond St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-677-1293, oaknyc.com)

Photograph: Zenith Richards

"I had owned all of these black and white items for a while and never thought...

Manning Leonard Krull, 35; freelance Web designer (manningkrull.com); Williamsburg, Brooklyn

His personal style: "I like to think of my style as sort of glam meets dandy. I moved to New York last year after living in Paris for five years, and while the French generally dress really conventionally, they do have lots of well-cut, inexpensive skinny-boy clothes, and I really took advantage of that. Most of my wardrobe was shipped over from France in a giant crate."

His inspirations: "As a graphic designer, my general aesthetic influences my taste in clothing; I'm always looking at what kind of 'design' this item will make with that item. I'm also inspired by glam rockers from the '60s and '70s, and new-wavers from the '80s."

Favorite stores: "Almost everything I own these days is from H&M (locations throughout the city; visit hm.com)—mostly tons of dress shirts, jackets and girls' pants. The trick is choosing the right things, so you don't look like you shop at H&M. I also like Daffy's (locations throughout the city; visit daffys.com) for ties and shoes. Some of my things come from Zara (locations throughout the city; visit zara.com) and AllSaints Spitalfields (locations throughout the city; visit us.allsaints.com). Basically, all the stores I like are a good combination of cheap and stylish."

His signature accessory: "I wear ties almost every day, for no reason other than I like them. I usually work from home, so clearly I don't need to be dressed up, but it feels good to look good."

Favorite designers: "I'm really not interested in brands or names or labels."

How his style has evolved through the years: "I've actually gotten much more conservative! As a kid, I didn't know anything about style or fashion and just went for shock [value], wearing the weirdest and ugliest things I could find in thrift stores, just to be unusual and piss people off. In my twenties, I went through lots of crazy hairstyles and colors, vinyl pants, platform shoes and thrift-store suits. In my thirties, I've gotten into wearing suits and ties almost every day, although I try to keep them weird and interesting."

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