“I call this my ‘So St. Louis’ outfit,” says the Missouri native, who combines a John Varvatos (122 Spring St between Greene and Mercer Sts, 212-965-0700 • 315 Bowery at Bleecker St, 212-358-0315 • johnvarvatos.com) leather jacket with a Warren Peace sweater and cargo pants that local designer Todd Snyder (toddsnyder.com) created for a limited-edition Gap x GQ collection. “It’s not how everyone there dresses, but it’s a more urban, relaxed look that always just gives off that St. Louis swagger.”
Twitty combines fashion with function by layering a Miansai by Michael Saiger (miansai.com) key-chain bracelet purchased at Saturdays Surf NYC (31 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts, 212-966-7875 • 17 Perry St at Waverly Pl, 347-246-5830 • saturdaysnyc.com) over a rubber Nike+ FuelBand (nike.com), which measures daily activity.
“I’ve owned this watch for more than five years and I still can’t stop looking at it,” declares Twitty of his time teller from Original Penguin (103 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts, 212-219-3811 • 1077 Sixth Ave between 40th and 41st Sts, 646-443-3520 • originalpenguin.com). “It was inspired by James Bond’s first digital watch, featured in the opening scene of Live and Let Die.”
Twitty tied a patterned silk scarf from Club Monaco around his belt loop for extra oomph. “The outfit is very simple so I wanted to do something that will attract a person’s eye in passing,” he explains.
“I think his pieces are just badass,” enthuses Twitty of designer John Varvatos, who created these leather desert boots. “I respect the rock & roll aesthetic and enjoy adding his pieces to my outfits for a more edgy feel.” He pairs them with K.Bell (kbellsocks.com) camouflage socks that he purchased for $8 from DSW (locations throughout the city; visit dsw.com).
Tortoiseshell sunglasses from Warby Parker (121 Greene St between Prince and W Houston Sts, 646-568-3720 • 295 Lafayette St between W Houston and Prince Sts, suite 501; 888-492-7297 • warbyparker.com) peek from beneath a New Era (newera.com) St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap—a nod to Twitty’s hometown. A Marc by Marc Jacobs (382 Bleecker St at Perry St; 212-929-0304, marcjacobs.com) pendant necklace featuring a pair of boxing gloves serves as a final flourish.
This thick Bulgari ring (730 Fifth Ave at 57th St; 212-315-9000, us.bulgari.com) belonged to Twitty’s father, who gave it to him as a college-graduation gift. “I always wanted it, so he passed it down to me once he felt I deserved it,” he reflects.
Juxtaposed against an artfully untucked shirttail, this webbed belt from Club Monaco keeps everything looking effortlessly polished.
Charles Brunold, owner of Louis Purple (323 Lafayette St between Bleecker and W Houston Sts; 212-219-8559, louispurple.com), gifted Twitty these silk handkerchiefs. “Sometimes I like to [wear] two pocket squares, just to be a bit different,” he admits. The sunglasses are another style from Warby Parker. “I think I have around three pairs.”
Twitty considers this tan suit from J.Crew (locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com) to be a warm-weather essential. “It works for any occasion and really acts as a neutral when you want to wear brighter colors,” he explains. To wit, a gingham shirt from Ledbury (ledbury.com) pops against the subdued hue.
By keeping a Hook & Albert (hookandalbert.com) lapel flower, and a knit tie and bird-print pocket square from Club Monaco in the same color family, Twitty is able to add multiple accessories to his suit jacket without having it look overly busy. A simple tie clip from the Tie Bar (thetiebar.com) serves as a finishing accent.
Twitty carries his iPad, backup chargers, gum and copies of GQ or Esquire inside this Ernest Alexander portfolio. “You know, the essentials,” he jokes.
Classic Cole Haan oxfords keep Twitty looking dapper from head to toe.
“You can tell he takes pride in his product,” says Twitty of Ernest Alexander, who made this leather duffel. “[Each piece is] handmade in Brooklyn, which means every bag is slightly different from the others.”
Together, a Club Monaco blazer, Rugby Ralph Lauren (ralphlauren.com) polo and Jachs pastel pants create “more of a summertime, rooftop-party kind of look,” describes Twitty.
Twitty discovered this oversize watch at a St. Louis thrift store. “It’s so old, the name came off,” he points out. “I like imperfections.”
A Louis Purple pocket square in the same color as Twitty’s pants helps make the ensemble appear cohesive.
“These shoes were designed by a really good friend of mine, Han Josef Yung,” notes Twitty of his pal, who works as a lead designer for Ralph Lauren. “He has a great imagination and his vision on men’s footwear is very innovative yet classic. I hope to see his own line in stores or made-to-order one day.” He dons Hook & Albert polka-dot socks beneath the contrast-sole brogues.
“Sometimes the little things you add to your outfit can make a big difference,” declares Twitty, referring to his John Varvatos scarf, Richard James (richardjames.co.uk) pocket square and Polo Ralph Lauren silk knot.
Demonstrating its versatility, Twitty relocates his Richard James handkerchief to the rear of his jeans. “Depending on how simple the outfit is, I like to jazz it up by adding a vibrant pocket square in the back pocket,” he says.
Urban Pipeline canvas cargo pants, $30, at Kohl’s, locations throughout the city; visit kohls.com
Brehedow nautical anchor bracelet, $25, at brehedow.etsy.com
Nixon Re-Run A158 gold-tone watch, $160, at overstock.com
Dr. Scholl’s Sketch boots, $110, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212 695-4400)
Arthur George by Robert Kardashian Camo socks, $30, at agsocks.com
Westward Leaning No 1.2 Children of California tortoiseshell sunglasses, $185, at Jumelle, 148 Bedford Ave between North 8th and 9th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-9525)
G.H. Bass & Co. Logan Weejun penny loafers, $109, at Tani, 131 W 72nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves (212-595-1338) • 2020 Broadway between 69th and 70th Sts (212-873-4361)
Dreadnought Workshop sterling silver classic tie bar, $62, at cufflinks.com
The Tie Bar knitted tie, $15, at thetiebar.com
Wurkin Stiffs Knotz cufflinks, $10, at wurkinstiffs.com
Winn International Harness cowhide Colombian leather duffel, $112, at hayneedle.com
Robert “Max” Twitty—the stylist, Gents Among Men (gentsamongmen.com) blogger and winner of our most-stylish-reader Instagram contest—proves he is one of the most stylish New Yorkers by modeling his dapper looks. As evidenced by his pastel pants from Jachs and vibrant bags from Ernest Alexander, he isn’t afraid of color. Twitty likes to shop at NYC stores such as Epaulet and Club Monaco, and occasionally treats himself to facials at MenScience.
Robert “Max” Twitty, “mid-20s,” stylist and proprietor of lifestyle blog Gents Among Men (gentsamongmen.com), Harlem
His personal style: “It’s British-inspired with a Midwest twist. Being a menswear blogger and stylist adds a lot of pressure in the morning because I have to constantly be mindful of the outfits I wear and how they are styled together.”
His inspirations: “My father and uncle were always my style icons growing up. My father wore mostly suits and my uncle was more on the urban side of fashion, so I had a good balance of how to look stylish in both. As a young man, I always admired the fashion of the Harlem Renaissance era. The men always looked very clean and dapper, and I always wanted to emulate that once I got older.”
Favorite stores: “Epaulet (144 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 212-228-3626 • 231 Smith St between Butler and Douglass Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-522-3800 • epauletnewyork.com) is a cool men’s and women’s clothing boutique with an American-meets-British vibe. I love the house-label candles, overseas clothing brands, but my favorite thing to pick up is Saphir shoe polish. The ingredients are all-natural and it really makes your shoes look great. Ernest Alexander (98 Thompson St between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-775-1199, ernestalexander.com) manufactures great bags in everything from leather to waxed cotton. I’m looking forward to his tailored-suiting collection that’s coming soon. I also like Club Monaco (locations throughout the city; visit clubmonaco.com), the mid-priced casual-clothing retailer owned by Polo Ralph Lauren. I own a few suits from there, and I particularly like the cut of the Grant suit. The fit is slightly slimmer than previous models, and works well with my frame with very little tailoring needed.”
Favorite local designer: “Armand Brito of independent luxury streetwear brand Warren Peace (warrenpeacenyc.com). His aesthetic is urban but it embodies the spirit of the Empire State.”
How he describes New York style: “It’s always interesting. I can’t pull off a lot of outfits I see throughout the city, but I give credit to the ones who can just put on what they love and wear it with confidence.”
How his style has evolved: “I made the transition from oversize jeans, polo shirts and Air Force 1 sneakers to slim-cut denim, blue blazers and wing tips.”
Favorite salons: “I have a personal barber I’ve known for more than four years: Eric Credle (347-880-3749, firstname.lastname@example.org), who does great work. When he is out of town, I go to Levels (locations throughout the city; visit levelsbarbershop.com). It has a classic barbershop vibe—if you’ve ever seen the movie Barbershop, you know what I mean—and if you want a Spider-Man design cut into your head, that’s where you go. I like to visit MenScience (329 Lafayette St between Bleecker and E Houston Sts; 212-219-3525, menscience.com) to get a facial once or twice a month—it’s always good to kick back and have someone else do the work for you occasionally. I like the facial scrub and mask, but my favorite [product] would be its multivitamin. Not a lot of people know MenScience carries a health line. I am always running around doing interviews, so it gives me a good supply of energy to get me through my day.”
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