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 [http://hespokestyle.com] 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 [http://bit.ly/13iZBMM]
2. A pair of well-tailored khaki chinos [http://bit.ly/1aicU32]
3. A classic gingham shirt [http://bit.ly/15ViO38]
4. A pair of well-made cap-toe oxfords [http://bit.ly/13j19GH]
5. Subtly stylish cufflinks [http://bit.ly/17w0uRs]
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.
Photo Credit- Rob McIver