My Style: Carl Cunow

Carl Cunow

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Overdoing it. We all want to look great in our clothes, but there is no need to make a parody out of fashion.

Please describe your style in three words.

Simple, classic, easy.

Do you believe in role models?

Yes, it’s always beneficial to have someone you can get guidance from and trust their opinion.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Soft cotton jersey, French terry, and the textured fabrics from Italian and Spanish mills that we work with.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Dress shoes with shorts. There are probably a few men that can pull it off, but I’m a little more traditional in my tastes.

Which city has the best-dressed men?

New York City. This place is a bottomless pit of inspiration for personal style.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Conservative — but in a good way.

What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

Dark is better.

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Good quality tees. It’s great to have the basic t-shirt to turn to. A good quality tee can be worn with so many things.

A man should always look like...

He cares but doesn’t really try.

Who taught you what you know about style?

Steven Alan.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

By selecting whatever is clean.

What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret but also my best decision… not finishing college.

The three essential things a man should know about style are...

Fit, proportion, and colour combinations.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I typically will start uptown with Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue, and work my way down to all the cool boutiques downtown.

We will never see you wearing...

A golf shirt.

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

Japanese buyers at the Capsule trade show — they can pull off incredibly complex ideas with ease.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

I don’t really notice anything on men.

The one image that defined your approach to style...

Not sure I have one. I draw a lot from just observing things and people around me. Refer back to the New York City answer above.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

Timo Weiland because his prints are dope.

The only article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to is...

His denim.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My Theory suits.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Absolutely not. You just have to nail the fit.

Which fashion house never fails to impress you?

Vince.

Who would you like to see next in My Style€?

The guys behind Base in Miami (Steven and Bruce).

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.

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