Guys of Style

Meet three stylish men about town whose looks we love. Gentlemen, take note.

David Bryant

41, entrepreneuer

Where do you like to shop?

We’re very fortunate in Madison to have a store of the quality of Context. They have some of the best collections that are out there at the moment. I travel a lot in the U.S. and Europe, and [Context] have one of the largest selections of raw denim that I’ve found anywhere. I also love the Canvas line from Lands’ End, the fit and quality are great and it’s designed right here in Wisconsin.

How do you describe your personal style?

I’m very into American/English heritage at the moment. I like how designers are reinventing classic styles from vintage workwear to more tailored pieces.

What’s your day-to-day uniform? What types of pieces do you feel the most at home in?

My day-to-day uniform is raw denim in various stages of wear. Well-made shoes are very important and a shirt layered with a jacket or sweater, depending on the season. I also have a large collection of trainers/sneakers that I would pair with the same clothes for a more casual look.

Does your wife have an influence on your style?

We both share a love of fashion—she rarely recommends what I should wear—but we do value each other’s opinions. We enjoy shopping, whether it’s in department stores in big cities (Barney’s is a personal favorite), or finding small independent boutiques or going to flea markets and finding that hidden gem.

What piece of clothing would you never be caught dead wearing? What fashion don’ts do you see around town?

I would never wear denim shorts; I’m just not a fan. [For don’ts, mine include] men wearing ill-fitting suits. You can buy a cheaper suit but then go to a good tailor—Monetti's on University is great—and get the suit properly fitted for a few bucks. Also I know some people might not have a lot of time in the mornings, but please, do they have to wear their pajamas in public?

What's on your fashion wish list for spring?

Context has a new line of clothing for spring by an English brand called Tender Co. The garments are all hand-dyed and are amazing quality.

What designers do you love? What about a favorite celebrity’s style?

My favorite designer is Nigel Cabourn. He’s been around for years and he gets inspiration from vintage pieces and his attention to detail and quality of the fabric he uses in his designs stand above the rest. As for a celebrity’s style I love it would have to be Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. They both had an amazing sense of style that is still relevant to today.

Name your most expensive wardrobe splurge.

My favorite item I have is the boots I’m wearing today, from an old English shoemaker called Trickers. They’ve been hand-making shoes in the same Northhampton factory since 1829. They’re expensive, but if looked after, will last a lifetime and get better with age and wear.

What websites do you love?

Thesartorialist.com, ragtopvintage.wordpress.com, context.com, thereferencecouncil.com  and whereisthecool.blogspot.com.

Favorite Madison restaurant and dish at that restaurant?

The Tornado Room. [They have] the best steaks in town. But a close second has to be Tempest Oyster Bar. The raw bar is great and the pan fried trout dish would be at home on any fine dining restaurant’s menu in the world.

What’s your comfort food?

My favorite comfort foods are the pork buns and ramen noodle bowl at Graze—I’m salivating thinking about it!

Where have your travels brought you, and what’s a favorite souvenir?

I have had many amazing trips and journeys in my life, but the one that stands out the most is when my wife and I went on a hiking trip to Sedona, Arizona. What made it memorable is that my wife was six months pregnant at the time and I consider it to be the first vacation we took as a family of three.

My favorite item I purchased while traveling was a full-size cowhide rug in New Mexico. The thing is 8’x6‘, and we had a lot of fun trying to get it in the overhead compartment on the flight back to Madison.

A.P.C. Apparel jacket, RRL plaid shirt, Engineered Garments denim shirt, A.P.C. Denim New Standard jeans, all from Context. Boots, Bryant’s own.

 

Talish Barrow

38, general manager at Graze

Where do you like to shop around town?

Land’s End Canvas, Context, Mr. Porter, Ebay for vintage, my dear friend Kristin Wild’s sorely missed boutique Atticus.

How do you describe your personal style?

Geek chic (although sometimes I only achieve the first part).

What’s your day-to-day “uniform?” What types of pieces do you feel the most at home in?

Dark jeans, nice button-down shirt often supplemented with a tie, vest, cardigan, sweater or some combination thereof.

Does your partner have an influence on your personal style? If so, what does she recommend you wear?

My partner has a huge influence on what I wear; some might (correctly) say that she is my personal stylist. Her vision for my look is a modern-day Darren from Bewitched and a touch of Elvis Costello.

What piece of clothing would you never be caught dead wearing? What about fashion don’ts you see around town?

I think there are certain things that don’t suit me or that I am not sure I could pull off, but I am always glad to see expressions of personal style. One of the biggest fashion don’ts that I see around town is ill-fitting clothes. Especially for guys (since we have such a limited palette of expression), the fit and the styling are so important. Wearing clothes that fit makes you feel good and actually give a damn about staying in somewhat reasonably good shape.

What’s on your fashion wish list for spring?

I may not need it, but I would love a nice lightweight gray suit.

What designers do you love? What about a favorite celebrity’s style?

Some of my favorite pieces are from Rag & Bone and Steven Alan. My favorite jeans of the moment are from Raleigh.

I have never seen Jon Hamm or Ryan Gosling look bad. I am also really into the way the Jimmy Darmody character (played by Michael Pitt) is styled on Boardwalk Empire.

Name your most expensive wardrobe splurge.

My favorite article of clothing is a Rag & Bone jacket that I got at Atticus. There is something about the cut and feel of that piece that makes me feel a little like a rock star every time I put it on.

Similarly, name an item that you love that you got for a steal.

I have a beautiful vintage Dior tie that I found at ReThreads.

Favorite websites?

Barneys.com and mrporter.com.

How about a favorite Madison restaurant and dish at that restaurant?

Let me see … I would have to say Graze is my favorite restaurant! It is hard to pick one favorite dish but I do love our house pickles (a beautiful example of the bounty of Wisconsin vegetables) and the Graze burger (with three different cuts of Fountain Prairie Farm beef) is a worthy indulgence!

When I am out and about around town I do enjoy the brunch at Sardine (specifically their grilled pork sausages dish). I am also a big fan of the excellent, authentic work that is done at Osteria Papavero (great drinks as well).

What’s your favorite or signature cocktail?

It may be cheating, but I am again going to nominate my dear Graze for this category. The cocktail that springs immediately to mind as especially apropos is the “Model Behavior” featuring Death’s Door Vodka and Emergen-C. However, the drink that is my actual favorite on the list is the “Retox,” which is the essential detox cleanse of lemon, cayenne and maple syrup with cachaça (Brazilian sugarcane rum) subbing in for the hot water. I love that the Retox has complex depth of flavors and a sense of humor.

Also, I would never turn down a High Tea at Natt Spil and visits to Maduro are rewarded with a beautifully curated collection of booze.

What’s your comfort food?

My mom’s family is Italian-American and simple pasta with red sauce is still the most comforting Sunday night dinner I can imagine.

Where have your travels brought you, and what’s a favorite souvenir?

I recently got to visit Italy with my family and had a wonderful time. We got a chance to walk around the small mountain town that our ancestors are from and swim in the bay that they sailed out of all those many years ago. I did not buy much there, but I did purchase a perfectly cheesy brimmed hat that I thoroughly enjoyed while there but was sure to leave behind on my return. The unfortunate fashion choices made in Sorrento should stay in Sorrento.

Shirt, Lands’ End Canvas. All other clothing, Barrow’s own.

 

Paul A.C. Dominie

41, owner of MEEP Design and Consulting

Where do you like to shop?

Banana Republic, Macy’s and Marshalls.

How do you describe your personal style?

Classic with a touch of trend. If you fill your closets with classics you can always jazz it up with the latest trend in a pocket square, jazzy socks or a cool T-shirt! Spend money where it counts.

What's your day-to-day uniform? What types of pieces do you feel the most at home in?

I tend to feel most comfortable dressed up. My day-to-day uniform is a nice suit or blazer with some designer jeans (go-tos are Sevens, Big Star and Rock Revival). I am tall, so designer jeans are a must have as they are cut tall. [I] always [have] great shoes! I possibly have as many as my wife which is hard to beat--we love to shop together.

Does your wife have an influence on your personal style? If so, what does she recommend you wear?

She likes me in a suit best because I feel most confident that way. She also pushes me to sometimes be more casual in a cool retro T-shirt and some Big Star jeans.

What piece of clothing would you never be caught dead wearing? What about fashion don’ts you see around town?

I would never be caught dead with bad shoes. Men tend to obsess about everything but then miss the shoes. It really can make or break an outfit. Plus if you’re trying to get a date, women always look at your shoes!

What's on your fashion wish list for spring?

A very cool linen suit.

Name your most expensive wardrobe splurge.

Ferragamo suede shoes.

What about your favorite websites?

I am more of a touchy feely guy; I would much rather go to the store. I love a bargain.

How about a favorite restaurant and dish at that restaurant here in town?

My wife and I love Bonfyre! Great atmosphere and continually changing menu.

What’s your signature cocktail?

I like a good Latin beer like El Presidente or some good whiskey.

Favorite comfort food?

Cuban--black beans, rice, plantains and carnitas.

Where have your travels brought you, and what’s a favorite souvenir?

I love Miami and Vegas, both which are equally great places to shop. I just bought a great jacket in Vegas, a military-style blazer. Again, I am a bargain hunter and even in the most expensive stores I have found deals. The latest jacket I bought was $39 and was originally $400-plus.

All clothing, Dominie’s own.

 

Shot on location at Graze.

Shayna Miller is multimedia and style editor of Madison Magazine.

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