A Collected Interview:

Brian Sacawa of He Spoke Style 

What inspired you to create HeSpokeStyle?

Style is a form of communication. What you choose to wear (or not wear) says a lot about who you are, how you want to be perceived, and what group you belong to. Style is also personal and I created He Spoke Style [] to add my voice to the online menswear conversation and community. As a professional musician, I I have an innate desire to communicate with as many people as possible and I love that I have been able to do that through the medium of style as well.


How does it feel to be on the list of Best Men’s Style Blog for 2013 according to Refinery29?

Man, that was incredibly flattering. Definitely unexpected and very humbling.


What do you want your readers to leave with after visiting your website?

He Spoke Style is all about inspiration, so I hope that my readers find something on the site to inspire their personal style. I am also big on takeaway, so I like to provide something useful to readers in every post. As the saying goes, give a man a fish and he eats for a night, but teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.


Describe your sense of style?

I am a huge fan of classic, timeless style and great basics with an emphasis on superior fit. I really can’t underscore great fit enough. Whether you are on a budget or can afford a more custom wardrobe, making sure your clothes fit really well will make you look great.


What five essentials should every man have in his closet?

1. A great-fitting navy blazer []

2. A pair of well-tailored khaki chinos []

3. A classic gingham shirt []

4. A pair of well-made cap-toe oxfords []

5. Subtly stylish cufflinks []

What season brings the best out of your style?

I absolutely love the fall. It definitely plays to my style sweet spot in a big way. If I could wear a tweed suit every day I would, but summers in Baltimore certainly make that impossible!


Who would you consider your style icon?

From the past, definitely Cary Grant. I know I’m not the first menswear enthusiast to claim him as an influence, but I’ve never seen him in a suit that didn’t fit perfectly. Plus, he carried himself with such humility and grace, which counts for a lot in my book.

From the present, Justin Timberlake and Nick Wooster. I see both of those gentlemen as modern day versions of Cary Grant, who put their own signature twist on classic men’s style. And the fact that they are both extremely talented at their craft just makes them even more stylish to me.

From fiction, James Bond. Maybe a bit of an obvious choice. It’s a fantasy, but a pretty sexy one.


What’s the process when you’re putting together a outfit for your hespokestyle?

Right now, I’m focusing on illustrating classic menswear staples (though I will throw in something seasonal or more outfit-driven from time to time). I think a lot of men have some great pieces in their closets but might only know one, or maybe two, ways to wear them. That’s where the inspiration aspect of He Spoke Style comes in. I love when people come to the site and think, “Hey, I’ve got those things in my closet but haven’t worn them that way before,” and then are inspired to try something new.


How do you feel about the state of menswear?

It’s a very exciting time for menswear. The popularity of shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire have put classic and well-appointed style on the radar for a lot more men. I think it’s really exciting to see so many guys caring about how they look, the details of their outfits, and investigating all the intricacies and traditions of men’s style.


What inspires you?

I have to say that women’s fashion inspires me. So too do people in men’s fashion who push the boundaries. Many times it’s too radical for my personal style, but innovators in any field are deeply inspiring. There is always something you can take away from them and incorporate into your own personal style. You just have to be open to the possibilities.

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A Collected Interview:

Nate of Basics Of Man

ACG: Where did your passion for blogging and traveling come from?

NR: Basics of Man actually started as sort of an inspiration board for myself, and it just grew from there. I’ve always loved to travel; I can’t help it. I feel like there are so many amazing places to see.

ACG: What 5 items should be in every man’s closet?

NR: Jawnz, a white T, crispy Nike’s, a grey OCBD, and at least on piece that is outside of your comfort zone.

ACG: How do you feel about the state of menswear?

NR: The entire scene has evolved so much. When I first got into menswear, either I couldn’t find or couldn’t afford what I was looking for so I would cut apart and tailor my pants, jeans, blazers, and t-shirts to get the right fit. Because if it doesn’t fit, it’s no good.  I was so interested in how my clothes were made and how I could improve them, but information was so limited.  Now, there are hundreds of sites, blogs, and stores educating guys on almost everything they need to know. Canned menswear is a thing of the past. 

ACG: What are the basics of man?

NR: At the end of the day it’s about those things you really can’t live without, the things that last.

What do you want your readers to leave with after visiting your website?

NR: I want them to feel inspired, obviously, by classic styles and pieces. But also, I want people to be challenged a bit. I hope they see something new and interesting, something that makes them want to go beyond where they are.

ACG: What’s the most you’ve spent on a pair of sneakers?

NR: $$$. Aside from a few investment pieces, I try to hunt deals on almost everything I wear. I like to find a 40-dollar piece and wear it’s like a 250-dollar piece. I love the idea of taking something and making it just a little bit better.

ACG: Speaking of sneakers, what’s your go to pair?

NR: Oh man, I change shoes probably 3 times a day; I feel like it brings a fresh mindset to whatever is coming next. Most popular though, right now, would be either my new Nike Mayfly’s or my Nike Inneva Wovens; the fit is so good.

ACG: If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life who would it be.?

NR: That’s tough. I like to keep certain pieces consistent so I get that growth and development; other pieces I wear only a couple times. RGT definitely keeps me hooked. Really, there are several quality brands I wouldn’t mind growing old wearing.

ACG: What’s your favorite season to dress?

NR: Hot summers simply for the minimalism. I’m all about fall layers, but summer really strips you down and makes you think about what you are wearing and why.

ACG: Who would you say is your style icon?

NR: Anybody pushing the boundaries in an honest and pure way. Different people have had an influence on me at different times. It’s about what speaks to you; you have to look past what everyone wants you to see and find you. Be your own icon. 

ACG: How in your opinion has Tumblr impacted how we look at style, menswear and fashion?

NR: Volume. You can see so much so fast. When I first started, Tumblr was new, and compared to typical blogs, the amount of content available was over the top, easy to access, and easy to post. I literally looked at hundreds of thousands of photos and checked up on sites everyday. I didn’t like everything; I just tried to take away the positives and build something for myself.  

ACG: What’s a typical day for Nate?


6:30am Up chasing my cat around the house

7:15am Out the door to work

5:15pm Home chasing my wife around the house

6:00pm Eating dinner and spending time with Michelle

 7:00pm Challenging myself through riding, cross-fit, blogging, photography, and improving my home

10:00pm Reading old Hardy Boys Mysteries

10:45pm Sleep


ACG:  In 5 years where do you hope to be?

NR: Everywhere man; I’m ready. My family owns a growing business and I have spent a good portion of my life living and working in Wisconsin. I’ve enjoyed it, and I have a great family, but Michelle and I have a few dreams of our own we hope to pursue very soon. I’m just trying to be patient and let things happen like they need to.

ACG: What inspires you?

NR: God’s Creation. Youth. The people and places around me. The challenge of improving/simplifying things or creating something new.


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Style Voices:

A Collected Gentleman 

I was interviewed by Melinda of Melinda Daily this past week and it has officially went live today. Please check it out below and also visit her beautiful site when you’re done reading this. 

Your Hometown…
Burlington, North Carolina

Currently Residing…
Indianapolis, Indiana

Creative Titles…
Photographer & Menswear/Lifestyle Blogger

Who or What inspires your confidence, drive & ambition?
My family. They’ve supported me since I started ACG and I just want to get to the point where I’m successful enough to have them living comfortably; especially my mom. She’s my biggest fan.

How did you make your first dollar?
Made my first dollar working at Cracker Barrel. My first real job ever. I graduated high school early and landed that job a few weeks after. I thought I was the man every time I went to pick up my check, haha.

Why is men’s style important to you?
Because it allows me to express who I am and how I’m feeling. I look at it this way, clothes are the pain and my body is the canvas. My style is a reflection of my identity. There’s no greater feeling than to stop out wearing an outfit that has your confidence level at 100. That’s what I love most; the confidence it brings and builds.

MD: You have impeccable style.

In terms of inspiration who kills the men’s fashion game for you?
Everyone kills in their own way and I strongly believe we all influence each other. But I think individuality is “killing it.”

Superhero power you’d like to have?
That’s a hard one! I guess to have superhuman strength and agility that way I would be the first human to play and win a championship in every sport.

If you could compete in an olympic sport what would it be?
I would definitely be wrestling. I played in high school and I wish I would have taken more seriously. I would love to wrestle at the professional level and win gold for my country.

What is your best get your sh*t together advice and what’s the best advice someone’s given you? My advice: I just tell myself that I will be OK. Something about saying that helps me to stand strong. Ever given: “Apply Yourself to Support your Wealth.” That really speaks to me and is pretty much my mantra.

NYC, Paris or L.A?
I would have to pick L.A. Been wanting to visit that place ever since I became a fan of Tupac. I’m hoping to finally touch down in L.A this year. Fingers crossed.

Best Place to Eat in your Hometown
Raleigh, NC: Beasley’s Chicken + Honey. Definitely Recommend.

Go to Drank at the Bar…
I don’t drink so I wouldn’t know…lol.

And finally if you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead who would they be and what’s on the menu?
My grandfather. He was an important part of my life and passed away while I was away at college and it hurt me so bad that he didn’t get to see me walk across the stage. I would love to sit with him at this Seafood spot called “Mayflower” and gum on some shrimp, fries and hush puppies.

Fin./ Deets: A Collected Gentleman

A Collected Interview:

Birdie Duffey of Thrift-O-Rama

My name is Bridie. I am 18 (almost 19!) and opinionated. I’m a Chicagoan who ran away to Western Mass to think about feminism, exercise poor taste and get silly haircuts. My favorite activities and going to a lot of thrift stores and then talking about them on the Internet. I run Thrift-o-Rama, a blog that chronicles my style journey—so far; it’s been a grand (and thrifty!) adventure.

What got you into thrifting?

The summer I turned 14 (so this would have been 2008), I was sitting around watching a lot of Daria and anticipating starting my new, fancy private high school. Influenced somehow, I think, by the fictional lives of overly alternative teenagers from the 90s, I got it in my head that I would go look for school shoes at the Salvation Army. (I got very 00’s high-heeled Mary Janes. They fell apart immediately.) I was hooked. And as with all teenagers being thrust into a foreign environment, I spent the next year or so on a campaign to reinvent my wardrobe. It’s been a process!

But there’s more to it than that. My younger self was uncomfortable with her weight, skin, teeth…pretty much her everything, actually. I hated shopping at traditional stores, where things often didn’t fit me and I always felt like people were staring at me. Thrift stores didn’t feel like that. And in the end, they helped me overcome my body issues. A sad beginning—but a happy ending! After escaping high school and it’s uniforms, my wardrobe grew and my attraction to thrift stores kind of…boiled over. To help me cope, I started a blog.

What’s most you’ve spent ever at the thrift store.

I brought almost no clothes with me when I went to college, so I mounted a ridiculously complicated thrifting venture and spent about $60. It hurt. But $60 for most of a wardrobe ain’t half bad, huh?

Has thrifting changed your views on the thought that you need to spend a lot of money to look and feel good

Yes and no. If you’re determined, secure with wearing things that are not specifically “in style,” wearing a size that is easily located in thrift stores, live in an area with cool thrift stores, and have access to transportation, then you’re set. Thrifting has revolutionized my style and my sense of self. My clothes budget stretches much further than it would if I didn’t buy things mostly second-hand. And I look great!

But I can’t deny that I am privileged, for the reasons lifted above. Thrifting doesn’t reach everybody. That’s a real shame. The good news? Most second-hand stores are indirectly stocked by the community. In this respect, you can help. Donate your clothes! (Provided it’s a reputable charity!)

Do you have any tips for people who are new to thrifting?

I’ve actually written an entire thrifting guide. It’s geared towards thrifting when you’re plus size, but it’s not that specific. You can find it here: (((You might want to make that link a little prettier.)))

To sum it up quickly? Get to know yourself and don’t give up! Thrifting takes practice.

What inspires your style?

I pull inspiration from a ridiculously large number of sources. I love vintage. I love kitsch. I love fashion magazines. Mostly, though, I’m inspired by real people, people working the ever-living bajeezus out of their clothes. Be it a lovely human on the street or a rad one on my tumblr dash, my style is born from really wanting to be as unbelievably cool as the amazing people I see. So, yeah, OK, I’m kind of a copy-cat. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

What season brings the best out of your style?

Fall! It’s cold enough to wear my favorite things (sweaters, tights, scarves, all of it!) but not so cold that I can’t wear pretty skirts short sleeves. The light is beautiful. Everything smells crisp and spicy. Fall is the absolute best.

What do you want your readers to get from your blog?

First and foremost, my blog is about self-expression. It’s a project through which I discover myself. And it’s fun! It’s lighthearted and fun. I want my readers to comprehend how crazy fun style can be.

On a deeper level, I think it’s important for people to understand how radical and powerful fashion has the potential to be. Wielded correctly, fashion says something huge. Loving yourself and adorning yourself because it makes you happy, no matter how far your body strays from that manufactured and patriarchal beauty ideal the media perpetuates, is radical. Liking things you’re not supposed to like (“they’re ugly,” “they’re old,” “they’re for someone thinner,” “stop trying to be different”) is totally radical. Recognizing that? Recognizing that there’s power and depth to fashion, which is traditionally coded feminine—therefore associated with weakness and frivolity? That’s radical. That’s the raddest kind of radical. Getting dressed in the morning happens to be my way of fighting the power, and I’d love it if my readers could do that, too.

Who’s your style icon?

My style icon is a fictional character and I’m OK with that.

When I was 16, one of the chaperones and my homecoming dance came up and told me that I reminded her of Andie Walsh from Pretty in Pink. Even since then, I’ve considered her my style patronus.

(((This is a pretty good picture of her, if you want one: )))

Do you have any fellow bloggers who challenge and inspire your own blog?

SO. MANY. To name a few:

Naomi Shimada. GabiFresh. The Kitten’s Whiskers. The Dainty Squad. Nadia Aboulhosn. Scavenger Hunt.

The list of tumblr fashion bloggers I love is just a little too long to even get into. But wow. Fashion bloggers. You guys are amazing.

What inspires you?

Everything. I like music and art and people who do good things for the world. I like fantasy novels and French philosophers. I like movies that committed intellectuals would carefully call films and I like sappy romantic comedies. I like, if you haven’t noticed, clothes. They all make me want to get up do something. As is probably apparent, I’m a young woman who hasn’t quite figured herself out yet, but there’s about a million and three things that make me come alive. For now, that’s enough. 

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A Collected Interview:

Jamal  Jackson of StyleSocietyGuyBlog 


What inspired you to create StyleSocietyGuyBlog?

Mostly to keep a journal of my looks, how they change depending on my mood. Also Instagram played a big part in keeping track of all my looks…started by just using a hashtag #SSGBLOG

What’s the most you’ve ever seen on a article of clothing or shoe?

The most Ive spent on anything “wearable” were my Hermes wingtips. Luckily I had a free trial when I received a pair from my old internship. I got to see for myself that they were excellent quality, and then I purchased.

What are the misconceptions of blogging?

Theres not that much work involved.

Every blogger wants to be a celebrity.

Bloggers are not really important < The worst of them all

What 5 items should be in every man’s closet?

Black oxford shoe

Very fitted black tee shirt that repels sweat

Tailored or custom suit

A pair of Chucks

A pair of fitted chinos

How do you feel about the state of menswear?

I love this question, which actually means MORE people are paying attention to menswear.

How has New York shaped the way you dress, think and feel?

Absolutely, I was in denial at one point. How can a new location change your wardrobe?

Well when you travel all day. From work, to happy hour, to events, and maybe partying after you start thinking about how to edit your look depending on where you go. For example Uniqlo Slim Fit Cargo pants make 95% of my looks because of the extra side pockets. I reallllllly need them.

If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life who would it be?

Probably Ferragamo. Suits, and sleek RTW and excellent shoe quality. What else would I need?

What’s your favorite season to dress?

Of course fall, the air is crisp, there are layers, and things just get a little more interesting. But I love people watching in the fall, really interesting.

Who would you say is your style icon?

I really like Mark Ronson’s steez. He’s super clean cut, but trendy. Google “Mark Ronson suit” and be amazed.

How in your opinion has tumblr impacted how we look at style, menswear and fashion?

Ah man, Tumblr is the OG for #Menswear inspiration. I think Tumblr just injected a little menswear into all of us. And the people you follow are just so inspirational, its like the kids you wish you went to school with and Facebook friends are the ones you ACTUALLY went to school with.

What’s a typical day for Jamal?


In the morning I pretty much arrange coordinated times to spend on each social network, totals to about 2-2.5 hours and check emails. Flipping back and forth.


Follow up on latest post for other bloggers


Eat at desk


Stop eating because I was interrupted.


Out and about around the city


Events, working on projects, brainstorming


Working on posts, up thinking about new ideas and ways to innovate.

In 5 years where do you hope to be?

I hope to be documenting menswear and a healthy lifestyle to the world, and with social media I have more of a voice with menswear, the healthy lifestyle part. Well I’m still learning that myself. That’s the great thing about social media you can learn about everything.

What inspires you?

Seeing so many people stand up for one thing and have a voice. It’s beautiful. In New York you get to see that everyday. Whether it’s a topic about abortion, sales tax, unfair laws, fashion, menswear, ANYTHING.

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A Collected Interview:

Daniel Betancourt

 Where did your passion for blogging and traveling come from?

Right about the time when I decided to moved back from Venezuela and attend college in America, I decided to create an online journal about my lifestyle and my travel adventures guess you can said I’m not your typical fashion blogger because i didn’t started a blog for the main purpose of sharing topics about fashion it’s was mainly about inspiring people through my life experience in a new country. that being said once the travel bug bites you will never stop exploring and learning  about cultures….that right  there it’s what turn that little journal 9 years ago into a passionate guy who loves to share with people his   lifestyle.


What 5 items should be in every man’s closet?

 Not sure about every man’s closet but I will said this much it’s essential to always have at least 1) A leather Jacket my style advice this will replace your suit jacket with a leather one for a look that the ladies will dig. 2) A two or three-pieces suit  is the rock of any man’s wardrobe. A good suit can last seasons, and can easily mix with what you’ve already got. 3) A plus size “Outdoor” jacket how I like to call them “Specially if you live in the east coast” it helps a lot when you are looking for an escape route from crazy weather 4) The black dress shoe Your father owned a pair, and for good reason. + has the most wearability. 5) Last but not least the famous “Scarf” it goes perfectly pretty much with every season out there it’s all about personality. 


 How do you feel about the state of menswear?

 I feel there’s is a misconception that menswear needs to be traditional, Too many men feel the need to fit in with the crowd of a certain style specially the European high fashion, all things street wear, or super slim-cut tailored suits.  Style was never meant to be so uptight.  Combining styles together tailored blazer and match it with something the feels right for you?. But thanks to the massive support menswear it’s getting lately from social media, everyday people and the blogger community all those misconceptions are definitely changing.


 What’s your mentality when you’re styling a client?

Because I deal with a lot high profile client my motto always has been easy-going creating a super chill vibe during the fitting allowing my client to express him or herself. When it comes to styling someone in specific…  I like to think that the clothes you

Put on tells a story about who you are!! And that’s exactly the reason why it’s best to allow them to feel comfortable with what they’re wearing.


If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life who would it be. ?

That’s hard one so many good ones, but i will have to stick with basic stuff such brook bros or J.Crew brands they never go out style and also super inexpensive.


What’s your favorite season to dress?

Fall because allows me to wear my favorites suits and over jackets.


Who would you say is your style icon?

Growing up my dad up until this day been my style ICON he’s always been so spot on with his sense of fashion a true class act.  i guess being French/Venezuelan pays off you got the best of both worlds.


How in your opinion has tumblr impacted how we look at style, menswear and fashion?

The impact it’s pretty major thanks to social media outlets such tumblr nowadays average guys like myself are allow to get direct access to so much content the we never been able to see due to being exclusive to major Brands or celebrities, but that’s all changing everyday we get an inside look about fashion weeks around the globe, lifestyle tips, personal outfit choices and many other fields among the community of tumblr inspiring millions of people to re-invent themselves.


What’s a typical day for Daniel?

5:00 am. I don’t need an alarm. Normally my parents are calling me to say hello from Venezuela via Skype and to breakfast with them over a webcam, around 6:30 a.m.. I make my first stop at local coffee shop to get my Latte and go straight to the office. I love getting to work. People around me are super special and each one I have a great affection and respect.  11:00 a.m.. After answering many emails about commercial, editorial, public relations, television to be honest the work never stops but when great people surround you, effective and positive, life is easier. The truth is that my professional life would be nothing if it were not for all of them … ALWAYS I GIVE THANKS.  5:00 PM. Normally at this time I got home but that does not mean I’m done working. Check more emails in the afternoon and a bit of my social networks and around 11pm I’m finally ready to call in and sleep to re-charge my battery for a brand new day of new challenges.

In 5 years where do you hope to be?

 Call me an overachiever but I do see myself as brand of some sort i will like to became somewhat like the male version of Carolina Herrera who’s such class act also like myself she’s Venezuelan.


What inspires you?

 Watching what people wear on the streets it’s pretty a major inspiration for my lifestyle and me.

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A Collected Interview:

Cyndi Ramirez of Taste The Style

ACG: What inspired you to create Taste The Style?

CR: I actually launched Taste the Style a few years ago as a way to review downtown NYC restaurants with a girlfriend of mine. Took some time off from it because I started focusing on other projects but I recently wanted to revive it with more of a focus on fashion since it is now the industry I eat, breathe, and sleep. Since then, I’ve made it into a fun destination to speak openly about designers I love, food inspiration, and the random wildcard story that I think my readers would find entertaining. I try to post whatever genuinely makes me happy and that seems to be really resonating with my followers!

ACG: What would say has been your biggest achievement as a blogger?

CR: I’d have to say the amazing response I receive from people regarding my posts and the projects I’ve been able to explore thanks to my blog.

ACG: You’re a native of New York City. Tell us about about growing up there and how it has shaped you into the person you are today?

CR: I am 100% a product of NYC and it’s shaped me in so many ways from my personality to my personal style. Growing up in NYC, you’re immersed in so many different cultures and backgrounds. My friends were either from another country or their parents were. I really think that’s one of the beautiful things about being a New Yorker: you can really learn so much about others’ culture by just exploring the city and the different boroughs. That’s not to say I don’t travel: there’s nothing more beautiful than immersing yourself in someone else’s territory. But New Yorkers are privileged in that sense: we’re exposed to so many nationalities and I’ve really let that inspire me as an individual and with my personal style.

ACG: Tell us about your position at Third Wave Fashion and what we can expect from them in the future.

CR: I’ve been with TWF for over 2 years now and it’s been an incredible experience so far! Right now, I’m focused on creating even better Meetups so that our members get the most they can out of them. In general, we focus on aiding entrepreneurs in the intersection between fashion & technology. However, the industry is growing and it’s not just entrepreneurs that want a piece of the pie. Brands and VCs are becoming aware and are gaining interest. We want to make sure everyone’s learning and staying up to date on the industry as best as they can, so our monthly reports have been a great way for us to parlay the information so you’ll be seeing a lot more focus on our products: the reports and fashion tech database.

ACG: What food spots would you recommend a tourist visiting New York City for the first time?

CR: That’s SUCH a loaded question but one I’m happy to answer in a couple of easy steps:

#1: Don’t revolve your entire visit on what restaurants you HAVE to go to. New York is so much better explored without a set schedule.

#2: Do have at least one food spot a day that you’d like to check out, whether that’s for lunch, dinner or dessert. Don’t worry about breakfast. There’s usually good bagels everywhere– just load up on that.

#3: If you stumble upon a super busy hole-in-a-wall (EXCEPT ANYWHERE IN MIDTOWN), there’s a good chance that place is a must-try.

#4: Brooklyn in my opinion is dominating Manhattan with amazing restaurants. Try to make your way over here (I’m in DUMBO.)

If you must choose a few restaurants, here’s where I would go: Momofoku (Ko, Ssam, Noodle, Milk Bar: they’re all amazing.) Barrio Chino, Dell'Anima, Vinegar Hill House (in DUMBO), Brucie (Carroll Gardens) and Raoul’s is a downtown classic. 

ACG: I’m a big fan of your personal style. What’s the process and inspiration behind the outfits you put together for yourself.

CR: Why, thank you! It varies depending on the day. If I’m lounging, I love a good vintage tee and boyfriend jeans, paired with a leather jacket and booties. Then there’s “business” Cyndi. She dresses the part but packs some punch whether it’s by wearing ripped jeans or a maxi dress. I follow trends but in no way do they define my style– I just stay away from the ones that are on the way out. In the Fall/Winter, I mostly choose my outfit based on what jacket I’m wearing; I think that’s probably the most important part of your outfit.

ACG: What’s the most you’ve spent on an article of clothing?

CR: Hmm, well I’m not rolling in the benjamins and even if I was I’m not one to blow a big chunk of change on an article of clothing. However when I was younger, I used to spend upwards of $500 for sunglasses at least 4 times a year until I realized how ridiculous that was. I kept losing them! Never again.

ACG: Being that you’ve been around the fashion industry for awhile, What tips would you have for people wanting to go the same route as you? Talk about the pros and cons you’ve dealt with and how people can overcome them.

CR: The fashion industry can be super tough, especially when you’re not sure where you belong. I’ve dealt with this for over a decade now, up until pretty recently. In retrospect, I wish I would’ve just taken on more internships and worked on freelance (FREE-lance) gigs rather than focusing on getting involved in an industry that I made money in. No one in this industry worth a damn gets anywhere without putting in the free work first. I would say to immerse yourself. Network and be kind to everyone you meet. Once you land an internship or job you love, give it your absolute all, but make sure you build your own network within every job. Also, attend events and socialize with everyone– not just people in your industry. You never know where it’ll take you.

ACG: Who are some of your favorite bloggers?

CR: For food, I love Eye Swoon and Sous Style. For fashion inspiration, The Glamourai and FrouFrouu really get it right. Menswear, you of course, and Tucked Style. I also love StyleLikeU and The Selby to discover incredible people and Facehunter to browse street style.

ACG: What’s a typical day for Cyndi?

CR: Wake up, walk to Brooklyn Roasting for coffee with my boyfriend and dog, work 10am-6pm from the home office, and then most likely hit the city for an event or to catch up with a colleague or friend. Monday-Thursday nights are always related to work for me in some way, shape or form. Even if it involves drinking. ;-)

ACG: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

CR: Rocking out in my company’s sick office and having such awesome partners and employees that I can travel a bit more and actually unplug every now and then while I’m away (something I can never do now.) My dream is to be able to open a brick-and-mortar lifestyle destination in Tulum with my boyfriend and head there once a month.

ACG: What inspires you?

CR: People, whether they’re in my industry or just amazing humanitarians. They are what challenges me every day and what pushes me to be a better person. Also, my boyfriend inspires me to keep kicking ass in everything I do, and my mother challenges me to become more of an adult in every way possible.

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