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Men of Style
Scott Huver and Carita Rizzo | Photo: Angela Marklew | Styling by Kristina Chanel Sukamto | March 26, 2014
Whether they’re in the spotlight or aiding others behind the scenes, these seven L.A. denizens lead with their most fashionable feet forward. Here, the sartorial standouts—in the fields of acting, medicine, athletics and more—don their signature looks and discuss the style behind their substance at the scenic Montage Beverly Hills.
Canadian actor Nolan Funk needn’t fear being typecast. After roles as the singing antagonist on Glee, the intellectual love interest on MTV’s Awkward, a mercenary member in Riddick, Conrad Birdie in the revival of Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway and an aspiring porn star in The Canyons (writer Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial flick starring Lindsay Lohan), the stylish star now takes a turn fronting the latest menswear campaign for Versace. “It’s an honor,” Funk says of representing the iconic fashion house with Lady Gaga, the face of the womenswear line. “It was something I really wanted. There’s a lot of character to the brand. There’s a lot of history to it. And I just love Donatella—she is such a visionary.” But while Funk appreciates a perfectly tailored outfit—“You feel like a man when you’re wearing a suit,” he says—the 27-year-old is hesitant to let image play too large a part in his life. “The truth is, those of us who are artistic and creative, I don’t think we got into this for glamour. We love to get gritty and dirty,” he says, smiling as he describes the “grimy mess” that he will play next, on location in Arkansas. “I think as an actor, you have to always be a little bit homeless,” he says. “You have to be at home and also not at home in every circumstance. Your job is to be moldable, to be pliable, to be expressive, to be brave.” And if character, no matter how diverse, can be better expressed through fashion, Funk is all in. “Fashion choices are sides of ourselves. You’re expressing something different, and it changes the way you feel.”
Dr. Sam Saleh
“I’ve always had a really keen eye for things looking right and beautiful,” explains Dr. Sam Saleh in a British accent that’s as posh and cultivated as his fashion sense. “Even as a child, I remember telling my dad, ‘You really ought to wear this shirt with that tie.’” That aesthetic instinct would serve Saleh well both professionally and personally: He’s currently the reigning king of cosmetic dentistry in Beverly Hills, perfecting the gleaming smiles of the rich and famous (Tyra Banks is a devotee) while fine-tuning his own lavish class-with-a-hint-of-flash look in the process. “I believe in luxurious clothes and in spending the extra money for something that’s really special and really nice, that lasts for a very long time,” he says. “It can stay with you, and you can even pass it down.” Having ORA Dentistry Spa’s sun-soaked atrium office on style epicenter Rodeo Drive, just minutes from his Bev Hills home, “really suits me down to a T,” says the London transplant. “My friends make fun of me because I live [within] 5 [square] miles. ... Everything’s right there: my house, my office, the shops that I like to go to, the restaurants—I’m very happy in my little bubble here.” The most fulfilling part of being the dental Dr. 90210, he says, is how his teeth transformations impact patients’ confidence and attitude. “Somebody that I look up to in style is Tom Ford, and I believe he said, ‘One of the top 10 things for a man to have is a smile,’” he explains. “If you don’t have one, get it fixed. I do believe that it… finishes your look.”
Perhaps it’s because he’s a member of the LA Galaxy and has to wear a uniform on the field that soccer player Robbie Rogers likes to break away from the pack sartorially. “Per team policy, we dress up on the way to our games,” says the 26-year-old winger and second striker. “I like to change it up, add a polka-dot tie or pocket squares, tie bars, collar stays, the right socks—to not just wear a boring navy suit.” The first openly gay man to play in Major League Soccer, Rogers came into his stylish own while living in London, competing for Leeds United. “I became friends with a lot of different designers,” he says. “That’s when I started to experiment with different garments and enjoy it.” The former United States Olympian describes his assiduously tailored style as “classy and modern, but with a twist. I can wear a suit with whatever print and be daring—as long as it fits right.” His tastes range from suits by Southern designer Billy Reid to Saville Row staple Paul Smith; he loves his rose-gold Rolex and Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope; and he has a classic standard-bearer: “everything Paul Newman did, from when he was just casual to when he dressed up.” His own menswear label, Halsey, continues to expand. “It’s more for the late-30-year-old guys that love to be out on the golf course or [at a] resort,” he says. “It’s a little different than my style, but it’s fun to work with fabrics and the fits.” And then there’s that lingering goal, or GOOOOOOAAAL!: “I want to win a championship!”
George Glasgow Jr.
“From a young age, I always had a passion for clothing,” says George Glasgow Jr., the 29-year-old CEO of pre-eminent British bespoke shoemaker George Cleverley, his family business. “I grew up making unique shoes for people like Ralph Lauren, Nicola Bulgari, [Abercrombie & Fitch Co. CEO] Michael Jeffries—these were always guys that I admired,” he says. Living in L.A., Glasgow’s found a stylish toehold in Hollywood, shoeing actors including Daniel Day-Lewis and Kenneth Branagh, and helping to better fit athletes like Alex Rodriguez, Lennox Lewis and Shaquille O’Neal. Glasgow continues to find inspiration in clients he deems “impeccably dressed,” like Jason Statham, David Beckham and Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. “No matter what those guys put on, it just tends to work for them.” His footwear won’t be undercover in a pair of upcoming sartorial spy thrillers: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Hugh Grant sport George Cleverley in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. remake, as do Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service. “We don’t want to just put shoes in a film,” he says. “We want the film to really be something about dress and style,” Glasgow explains. He adheres to sage advice from his father—“Stay with what works for you”—by leaning toward timeless fashions, and typically builds his looks from the feet up. “Always start from the bottom,” he chuckles. “You should always invest your money in a pair of good shoes and a good mattress on your bed because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other.”
He’s the handsome mystery man often seen on the arm of beauties like Kate Beckinsale and Zoe Saldana, but ask Gary Mantoosh about the occasional headlines he creates, and you’ll see the publicist of 14 years squirm. “As flattering as it is—and I should be so lucky to be associated with my client as if I were a significant other—I think it’s silly because I’m obviously not!” says Mantoosh, 35, now a vice president at Baker Winokur Ryder Public Relations. That said, clad in a formfitting Burberry or Calvin Klein suit and Tod’s loafers, Mantoosh never looks out of place on the red carpet. “You can really tell a lot about someone’s character based on his suits,” says Mantoosh, who is rarely seen out of uniform. “My style icons would be Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Rock Hudson. I find that the way they dressed then was chic and so debonair—the definition of what a man and masculinity should look like.” For his sense of fashion, Mantoosh credits his father: a restaurateur from Newport, R.I., who, after catering to the Rat Pack in their heyday, sold his business to become an environmentalist in Florida. “My father always said, ‘Your appearance is the first impression [people] get. They’ll remember that.’ It stuck with me,” he says. “I try to look my best because I am representing, but without the focal point being me. As a publicist, that’s very important. The priority’s the client.”
“I’m from the ‘hood, and I used to watch television and see these amazing clothes on celebrities,” says actor and TV personality Terrence Jenkins. “As soon as I had an opportunity to actually wear some of this stuff, I jumped feet first into it to learn as much as I could about fashion.” Now co-anchoring E! News, Jenkins’ sleek, fitted suits and slender ties draw inspiration from classic ’50s and ’60s films like Rebel Without a Cause and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (“The classic suits for men and the way they wore them really influences my style,” he explains), as well as his contemporary style idols: “Whatever Ryan Gosling does is probably right. Whatever Justin Timberlake does is probably right as well.” Timepieces are his fashion fetish: “I just love watches: Ottomar, Hublot, Rolex… I just bought a Sky Dweller, and I’m obsessed with it.” Jenkins, 31, admits his daily dressed-to-kill look prompts a dressed-to-chill aesthetic at home. “I literally wear the same pair of sweatpants every single day—and I haven’t washed them in quite some time,” he laughs. “I’m totally relaxed and casual, because every single day at work, it’s straight into a suit.” He’s multitasking with his upcoming film Think Like a Man Too and lifestyle book, The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom: The Lessons That Made My Life Rich, that came out last fall. “Once I’m dead, my grandchildren will be able to say, ‘Oh, OK, that was what my grandfather did,’” he reflects. The fashionable philosophy he hopes to impart? “Keep with your individual style, which is all the influences of what you’ve been through in your life, and your thoughts and dreams.”
The way Andrew Weitz commands a room when talk turns to clothes, it’s obvious that his decision to leave a successful career as an agent at William Morris Endeavor to start his own company wasn’t just a smart one, but the answer to his calling. “I knew there was something greater in my life that I was meant to do, and I didn’t know what it was,” says Weitz. Then, six months ago, The Weitz Effect started taking shape. “When you turn 40, you have to think to yourself: Are you going to take a risk? This is the rest of your life,” he explains. Weitz decided to take the leap, and a month ago he launched his own style consultancy firm, vitalizing and upgrading the wardrobes of a select clientele. “I like to help men with their personal style and their brand. I love to bring their best selves out, and I start through style,” he says. Weitz started developing his own sense of fashion in his late 20s. “It was a lot of patterns back then, and striped ties. I guess I looked good,” he says with a laugh. “My style is corporate, edgy, dandy, fun, just a little bit of pop. And so, for years, people would ask me how I shop.” While he spent a decade imparting fashion advice for free, Weitz is now able to capitalize on a booming industry, and he couldn’t feel more at home. “I like to help guys who work in these fields where their professional image has a direct impact on their success,” he says. “When a guy feels great and powerful, he just goes into the world and crushes it.”
Grooming by Teal Druda
Styling assisted by Felipe Avalos