My Style: Garrett Colton

Portrait of Garrett Colton

Photo: Melissa Keller — Courtesy of Garrett Colton

What is your biggest regret?

MC Hammer pants. Yes, I owned several when I was ten. Just terrible.

Please describe your style in three words.

Seventies dad style.

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

Trying to dress like somebody else.

Do you believe in role models?

Yes.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Oxford, mesh, canvas.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Leather on leather.

Which city has the best-dressed men?

I’d say NYC.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Probably more on the conservative side.

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

No rules.

Celebrities and style...

Went hand-in-hand in the 60s and 70s, now, not so much.

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

A plain t-shirt.

A man should always look like...

He is NOT trying too hard.

Who taught you what you know about style?

Trial and error, sadly. Many really bad purchases in my lifetime.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

Sadly, by what’s cleanest and nearest my reach. It’s hot in LA right now, so jeans and a t-shirt. Since I do own a store, I like to wear clothes that I am actually selling. I think people like to see clothes they are considering purchasing in actual use.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

No, but I do have my set of stores that I go to and check on a regular basis.

We will never see you wearing...

Square-toed shoes.

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

My uncle Jerry who sadly passed away when I was young. He was so ahead of his time. I have a picture from 1981 where he is in a tux and some running shoes, holding a cig. So awesome. NOTE: I do not condone smoking.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

His shoes.

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

A picture of my uncle in a tuxedo.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

I like brands that make timeless stuff and throw in some subtle twists here and there. Our Legacy, Aether, RTH, Dana Lee, Velour, Margaret Howell (she’s not necessarily new though).

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

He should pay attention to it all.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My grandfather’s 50th birthday t-shirt that my uncle designed in 1982, A.P.C. jeans, Band of Outsiders suits.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Not necessarily.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

A.P.C.

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

René Holguin of RTH.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

“Enjoy what you are doing.” — Jack Cooper, my grandfather.

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