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By The Editors, Dennis Malcolm Byron and Eric Snider | Photo: By Patrick Heagney | Shot on Location at No. 3405 in Sovereign | August 21, 2017
In order to be prominent among the sea of decision-makers, entrepreneurs, influencers and artists contributing to the hustle and bustle of Georgia’s capital, Atlanta men need to see fashion as one of the most impactful forms of self-expression. Here, a few of Atlanta’s best-dressed gents reveal how wardrobe separates them from the masses.
MINDING THE STORE
Six months into the job as the vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus Atlanta, Todd Hoyles has come to realize he underestimated the humidity in Atlanta. Having recently moved here from Los Angeles, the 30-year retail veteran—who wears a suit to work almost every day—has discovered what the sticky steaminess of a Georgia summer does to sartorial choices. No matter, he won’t let our soupy air stop the James Bond aesthetic he’s come to adopt. “I’m a huge fan of James Bond and look to that film noir and classic, fitted tailoring,” he says. “I’m big on British designers such as Paul Smith and Thom Browne and their tailoring fits my body type.” He leans toward a narrow lapel, owns an excessive amount of white woven down shirts (“mostly with British spread collars,” he admits) and asks, “Would Bond wear a colored shirt?” The answer is a resounding no. Instead, he brings personality and color in with socks, ties and cuff links. “I think men indulge in accessories,” he says. The former vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills also has a Southern California sensibility with his weekendwear. “For me, style isn’t narrow, it’s ever-changing,” he says. “I’m more about having a modern aesthetic. I certainly follow trends, as it’s a huge part of our business that we understand them, but I’m not trendy.”
DRESSING THE PART
Leron Rogers, a dapper attorney and partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, has to stay conservative when he’s donning business-casualwear for work. However, his after-hours attire often has Atlantans stopping him with compliments. “I love fabrics, so something has to catch my eye,” he says. “I look for classically styled clothes with a subtle flair.” Read, he buys custom pieces from Hideoki Bespoke, a Buckhead studio known for outfitting some of the best-dressed men in Atlanta. “Over the years, I have worked with several tailors, but Hideoki’s principal, Dedrick Thomas, and I just vibe on style,” says Rogers. Thomas helps clothe Rogers in custom suits with vivid, kaleidoscopic linings; dapper Italian leather shoes; and striking pocket squares. Besides Hideoki, you’ll catch this lawyer in Ron Donovan shoes; Ralph Lauren Purple Label ties; and colorful socks from sockfancy.com, for which he has a monthly subscription. “I can wear a sport jacket and shirt to the office, then add some funky socks and a handkerchief that brings it all together, showing my personal style,” he shares. Our verdict? A landmark fashion win.
E. Vincent Martinez selects his clothes based on the mood of the day. “Of course, I have to take certain factors into account, such as work, events and playtime,” he admits. But each sunrise dawns something new. The fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Fashionado and faculty member of Art Institute of Atlanta buys some clothes online, but says he prefers “the experience of shopping, touching the fabric and trying on garments,” when it comes to picking out his wardrobe. You can spot him among the racks at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and the new Jeffrey Atlanta Men’s Store within Jeffrey Atlanta at Phipps Plaza. “I love the classic style of Brunello Cucinelli, the richness of Etro and the everyday simplicity and street vibe of Uniqlo,” says the stylish fashion design professor. Like his native country of Cuba, Martinez embraces color. “I like all colors and don’t shy away from them,” he says. “I’ve always been a fan of paisley, but in sharp contrast, I do like a good pinstripe or bold vertical stripe.”
PARTNERS IN STYLE
Dennis Dean’s signature color is orange. Drew Brown is colorblind—the ideal makings of a color-dependent relationship. Those Dennis Dean catering and events trucks you might’ve seen zipping around Atlanta... they match the owner’s pocket square, or his shoelaces, or his bow tie—another linchpin of his look. “I wear something orange every day,” Dean says. His partner of nearly 20 years, Brown, likes to start with a neutral palette of earth tones and zing it up with pops of color. This is where Dean can help—in more ways than one. “He’s very good at finding just the right color detail,” Brown says. “But he’s also not shy about saying, ‘Uh, you might want to rethink that.” One of Atlanta’s premier stylish couples, they live like partners (in a 1929 Tudor-style in Morningside) and dress like partners. “Dennis and I really don’t follow trends per se,” says Brown, who’s the director of visual media for SCAD Atlanta. “If both of us leaned toward an over-the-top style, it would be a lot to take in. I think we complement each other very well.” Dean and Brown have recently partnered in a side venture called Dennis Dean Style, which makes and markets limited-edition bow ties made from fabric remnants. They’re coming soon, so check ’em out. Expect to see a lot of orange.
Dennis Dean Grooming and Hair by Carter Barnes on Paces | Drew Brown Grooming and Hair by Salon V