Wall Street Stylist Interview with CNBC

3 ways to dress for success at work, according to a Wall Street stylist

A scene from "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio

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A scene from “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio
We’ve all heard the saying: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

“Your style reflects what you and your company project,” top Wall Street stylist Jacci Jaye tells CNBC Make It.

Jaye, who has worked with many C-Suite execs, high-power attorneys and financiers, says that the biggest problem her clients express is creating a “coherent executive presence.”

To begin, she normally has her clients choose a style icon by asking them: “Whose style do you like that is in line with yourself?”

Here are three pieces of advice she has for anyone looking to boost their work wardrobe and career:

Get suits tailored

With so many articles of clothing that one must take into account, it can be daunting to perfect an executive look, especially for those who have no interest in fashion.

Jaye suggests first picking up some clothing staples based on your body type and height. Both men and women should have a well-tailored suit, says Jaye.

Why tailored? Because having a correctly fitted suit gives off that executive presence. Clothing that is not properly tailored can appear sloppy and unkempt.

Jaye adds that a costly suit does not automatically give off an authoritative look. “You can buy an expensive suit but if it’s not tailored, it can look very cheap and vice-versa,” Jaye tells CNBC Make It.


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Spend money on key pieces

Jaye suggests that men spend the most money on shoes, belts and a watch because that’s what most people pay attention to. “Men in particular always take notice of other men’s watches in the boardroom,” she says.

Women, on the other hand, should invest in quality shoes and a nice handbag.

She adds that these smaller items can really pull a look together and can be worn for years because they are less based on fashion trends.

Don’t let the clothes distract

For women who choose to wear jewelry, the items they buy should be “uncluttered and look very clean,” Jaye says.

Men who want to wear loud colors or patterns should wear them as an accent, for example, a colorful tie or pocket square. “Don’t wear head-to-toe neon,” she says.

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Jaye tells CNBC Make It that it’s common for her clients to spend about $20,000 per year on professional clothing, which she believes is a worthy investment for those at the top.

“First, you never know who you’re going to run into,” says Jaye about the top Wall Street execs she styles. “And remember, you’re setting the look for the whole company. What you’re wearing should be reflective of that and how you want the company to be viewed.”

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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Stylist or Image Consultant

Most people fall into one of 3 categories.  The first group knows what a stylist, or image consultant is, wishes they had one, but sees them as people that only celebrities work with (aka: no way the “average” person could afford a stylist).  The second group of people has no idea what a stylist is or that they even exist, and the third group of people have either worked with or consulted a stylist or image consultant in the past, and have now been converted into the “what would I ever do without my stylist” category.  These people view stylists as part of their team, just as important as having an assistant, a therapist, or a personal trainer.  If you don’t fall into the third category (don’t worry, most of those people didn’t even know what a stylist was 10 years ago), then let me explain what a stylist can do for you, and how valuable they are in saving you precious time and money.

1. Stylists help you to create the image that you want to present to the world

pradawallWe’ve all heard the phrase “You only have one chance to make a first impression.”  This could not be any truer than it is  now in the age of digital communication.    People aren’t spending the time to formulate the in-person relationships that they once did, and image has become INCREDIBLY important.  In an instant, image can convey so many things, such as success, status, character, personality, and of course style. Whether you like it or not, people will formulate an opinion about you before they even know you, solely based on what you are wearing and how you carry yourself.  A stylist will help you to align your “inner” image with your  “outer” image that the world actually sees.  Simply put, a stylist will help you to create a positive brand and a strong professional image.


2. A good Stylist will become a vital part of your team

Wall StreetYou probably already surround yourself with people that help you to streamline your life and make the best use of your time and money, as well as help you to stay fit, healthy, and at the top of your game.   Most busy executives have armies of assistants, employees, secretaries, advisers, drivers, personal trainers, and executive coaches.  With such a strong team in place, the one thing that should NOT fall by the wayside is your professional image.  Just as you would have your assistant schedule your week, it makes sense that you would have a stylist to make sure that your wardrobe aligns with your professional image, and that you are always prepared for that presentation, meeting, event, or trip.  Most people spend countless hours preparing for a meeting or presentation, but only spend about 2 minutes deciding what to wear and how to present THEMSELVES, leaving them to quickly throw something together last minute.  Your image should NOT be an afterthought, and a Stylist will make sure that even though you may not want to focus on it, you are on the top of your game.

Stylists are VERY well connected, and usually work closely with other professionals in the industry such as tailors, hair stylists, nutritionists, personal trainers, plastic surgeons, photographers, and life coaches.

All of these people play a very important part in conveying to the world who you are and what you stand for.  Stylists are connectors, and establishing a relationship with a stylist goes well beyond just clothing.   A personal Stylist will become a close part of your team, and usually a close confidant.  They will know your body better than anybody else, and can be trusted to give un-biased opinions and suggestions that nobody else in your life will give you.

3. You will never have to look at your closet and  think “I have nothing to wear.”

WallStreetStylist (1)We’ve all been there………we stand in front of our closets, which are usually FULL of clothes, yet come to the conclusion that we have absolutely NOTHING to wear.  Although most people may have lots of clothes, a huge portion of them are outdated, don’t fit properly, need to be taken to the dry cleaners, or are items that just don’t go with anything else in our closets.  Sound familiar?  A Stylist will sort and arrange your closet in a way that makes sense.  They will go through your wardrobe and determine what needs to be donated and what can be taken to the tailor (a good stylist will even schedule a tailor to stop by and do alterations on site).  They will then create a list of “fill in the gap” items that will complete your wardrobe, so you won’t have random items that you just don’t have anything to wear them with.   Most importantly, a Stylist will assess your body, your personal and professional image, and your lifestyle, and will work with you to curate a wardrobe fits all of your needs, and will be organized in a way that streamlines your day to day life.

4. You will have a curated closet full of clothes that were hand picked FOR YOU, and fit you PERFECTLY.

WallStreetStyleSMALL (6)Stylists have relationships with stores, designers, and tailors, and always know where to go to get clothes that align with your body type, coloring, and professional brand/image.   They also know where to get the best deals! ;-).  A good stylist will shop from several different stores and designers to bring you a wardrobe that not only aligns with your needs and budget, but also seamlessly integrates into your existing wardrobe.  They will know which designers will work for your style and body type, and which ones to avoid, as well as which items are worth spending extra money on and which items you can save on.  Since no two people are alike, this is a VERY personal experience, as a Stylist will never buy the exact same things for multiple clients.  You will not only have a closet full of clothes that were hand picked FOR YOU, and fit you PERFECTLY, but your Stylist will show you how to pair everything together and will give you a style guide of outfit “suggestions” so you are never left wondering what to wear.


5. You will never have wardrobe envy, as YOU will be the one that has the coveted wardrobe.

Photographer Natalia ArtemievaWe all know someone that is ALWAYS soooooo well put together and “in fashion.”  Their suits are always perfectly tailored, shoes polished with a matching designer belt, sharp tie with a perfectly tied knot, and they always seem to be able to pull off perfectly coordinated accessories such as pocket squares, colored socks, tie bars, cool wallets that don’t create that unsightly pocket bulge, glasses, briefcases/bags, and luxury watches.  To top it off, they always have the perfect jackets, vests, and sweaters to transition with all of the weather changes.  They never seem to have the awkward fashion moments that the rest of us have.

For some people, this comes naturally (usually these people actually enjoy the process), and for others, this is absolutely overwhelming.  This is where having a Stylist comes into play.  A Stylist will make you look like one of those people that can flawlessly put themselves together, but will make it absolutely effortless.

6. When you travel for business or pleasure, your wardrobe and packing will be taken care of.

Executive Travel StylePacking for a trip, whether for business or pleasure, can be overwhelming.  Business trips in particular  can carry an added stress since they are usually last minute, and you already have a million things on your mind.  This becomes even more stressful when you have nothing to wear, or are going to a location that will require specific wardrobe elements such as a warm climate, a cold climate, or even another country with different fashions and customs.  Whether you are meeting an important client, are giving a presentation, are going to enjoy a round of golf with your clients, or are going to dinner or drinks, you can be assured you will have the appropriate things in your suitcase.


7. You will always give the perfect gifts, without you having to search high and low for them.

HermestieGift giving is an art, and one that leaves most people throwing their arms into the air.  Stylists have worked with a million different types of clients, and are consistently “in the know” with trends, designers, sales, stores, and luxury experiences.  They know what the coveted gifts are for different types of people and professions, and know where to get them for the best deals.  A good stylist will consult with you to get the most knowledge and background on who you are getting the gift for, then will curate a selection of gifts for you to choose from.


8. Your stylist will keep you in the loop with all of the latest trends, designers, stores, and of course, SALES.

wallstreetstyleStylists shop for a living.  Simply put, they are ALWAYS shopping.  They not only have relationships with stores and designers, they also know what is on the market, and where they can get a specific item for the best deal.  Also, since they have relationships with stores and designers, they are usually the first to be “in the know” about discounts, sales, and best of all, sample sales, and of course they are always very eager to pass these on to their clients.  In the long run, Stylists will SAVE YOU MONEY.   No more wasting money on buying things online that don’t fit, or expensive items that you were forced to buy because you needed something last minute and didn’t have the time to price shop.  A Stylist will always have your best interest at heart, and since they usually work on fixed rates, it is always in their best interest to get you the best deals.  Watch out of store personal shoppers, as they work on a commission, and are VERY different than personal stylists and image consultants.


9. With a Stylist in your rolodex you will NEVER have another fashion emergency.

Throughout the course of your day a million things can happen.  Perhaps you spilled your coffee during the morning commute, you ripped your pants getting out of a cab, or plans changed unexpectedly and you are expected to attend a last minute event.  Whatever the case may be, don’t worry, your Stylist has you covered!  They are always on the ready to take care of your fashion needs and emergencies, especially if you have an ongoing relationship with one.  They will have worked with you, know your body and how things fit, and which designers and stores will have what you need.  They will even be able to bring whatever you need right to your home or office so you don’t have to divert from the course of your day.

10. Hiring a Stylist will save you time and money, and is MUCH more affordable than you might think.

Stylists, and image consultants, are no longer just for the rich and famous.  In the past few years, a lot of busy professionals have also hired Stylists to be a part of their team.  Hiring a Stylist is much more affordable than you might think.  Each Stylist works differently.  Some work hourly, while some work on day or “project/package” rates.  They are also usually more than happy to negotiate rates on a retainer or on-going basis for clients that need their services more than a couple times a month.  Depending on their experience, a Stylist can commission anywhere from $40-$150/hour, between $500-$1200/day, or offer packages starting at around $400.  The time and money they will save you will be invaluable, and their fees can usually be written off come tax time.




“The Right Fit” Editorial Published in Cool America Magazine Styled by Wall Street Stylist, Jacci Jaye


Mens Style

The 70’s are back in a big way this summer via large geometric prints, eye-popping colors, and large 70’s inspired belt buckles!  Lulu’s at the W Hotel in Hoboken provided the perfect backdrop for Photographer Geoffrey Badner and I to play with all of the bold patterns and styles of the season.

The key to pulling off these types of looks is to not over-do it with the patterns, allowing your look to have a retro feel with a modern edge.  Choose one key statement piece, such as David Harts yellow and black geometric blazer, or Marc Jacobs floral t-shirt, and  allow the rest of the outfit to really show off this piece as opposed overwhelm it.  These kind of bold statement pieces can be very intimidating to a lot of men, but done right, you will be the most stylish man in the room! (I promise!).  An easy rule to follow when styling an outfit around a piece with a bold pattern is to choose one of the secondary colors in the pattern and integrate that color somewhere else into your look (for example: I paired David Harts yellow geometric blazer with a black Kooples shirt and white Vince Camuto pants).  Yellow is such an overwhelming color that the black and white were really needed to tone down and modernize the look.  You never want to match it exactly, as more often than not this will leave you looking like you are wearing a costume from the 1970’s, as opposed to modernizing a specific trend.

mens suit with trainersAnother way to integrate this trend into your look is via accessories.  I LOVE large belt buckles like the one on the Prada Belt that I paired with David Harts burgundy suit.  Click here to read my article on my favorite large buckle luxury belts this season.

The final trend I focused on in this editorial was the huge trend of wearing white trainers with tailored pieces for a clean, fresh look.  I LOVE these white Penguin trainers with gold accents, as well as these ones from Ted Baker.  Every man should have a pair of basic white trainers in his wardrobe.  They are fresh, clean, modern, and can go with pretty much anything.  I LOVE how fresh white trainers look with outfits that are a bit more tailored and polished…………adding just enough of a casual, fashionable edge.

mens suit with trainers



Wall Street Stylist Guide to Dating & Being a Gentleman

Let’s start with dressing like a gentleman, and the assumption that if you dress like a gentleman, you ARE a gentleman.

OK, now that that has been established, let’s move on to exactly what it means to “dress like a gentleman.”  I know, this is a VERY general statement…………..I will elaborate.

1. Tailoring is SUPER important!

Make sure everything is fitted and tailored appropriately.  This means taking note of your hem length, your sleeve length, and certainly no large or boxy shirts or jackets.  Think modern, clean lines.  Your clothes should skim your body, and show off your best assets.   I HIGHLY recommend you invest in at least one custom suit and shirt.  This will not cost you any more money than off the rack, but will make you look and feel like a million bucks!


2. Details are equally as important!

Jacket linings, working button holes on jacket sleeves, pocket squares, accessories, contrasting dress socks, layering appropriately………..these things are all really important.



If you must wear sneakers wear them because they are fashionable, NOT because they are comfortable or the closest pair of shoes you have to the door.


4. Get inspired!

Choose a theme or style icon to gain inspiration.  This can be a person (or a combination of people), an era, a movie, or even a location.  Having a theme will help you to remain focus and put together a “style guide” so to speak.  I do this for myself, as well as for all of my clients, and it helps tremendously.



 Now that you know how to dress like a gentleman, let’s get to the good stuff…………..what it means to be a gentleman on a date.

Recently I have have found myself having the same conversation over and over again with various clients.  Obviously dressing like a gentleman is a huge first step, but when it comes to dating that’s just what it is………a first step.  Now it’s time to step up to the plate so to speak.

Through speaking to my clients and male friends, I have discovered that most men really want to know what to do, and what will set them apart from the crowd, but are just clueless as to where to even start.  Wanting to be a gentleman really has to come from a genuine place……this is not something that you can fake (trust me, women can tell if it is contrived, or you are just doing it so she will sleep with you).  This is character, and something that will stay with you forever.

As a woman, I have been on several dates, and have experienced the whole spectrum of male behaviors (unfortunately).  I can say with a lot of clarity what the qualities are that I look for in a man, and what sets a true gentleman apart from the crowd.  This is definitely something that sets the men apart from the boys so to speak.

Let’s start from the beginning………..before you even ask a woman on a date.  Most men these days don’t have the courage to actually ask a woman out, so they do it in a very casual, backhanded way by sending a text msg or asking if they would like to “hang out sometime.”  I don’t want to be asked to “hang out.”  If you would like to take a woman on a date, then ASK HER ON A DATE!!!  A man that is forward, confident, and knows what he wants is incredibly sexy, and she will have so much more respect for you if you have the courage to ask her on a formal date.  She will feel like a lady………and yes, this is part of being a gentleman………..treating your woman like a lady.

Now, let’s assume she says yes.  As a gentleman, it is YOUR job to PLAN A DATE.  Don’t be generic.  Take into account who she is, what would make her smile.   Perhaps this means taking her to a really well designed restaurant or lounge, or to see live music (my favorite dates are at supper clubs where we get to have dinner then listen to live jazz), or perhaps to a museum or special event that is happening in your city.  Every woman is different, and it is your job to plan accordingly.

MANNERS ARE EVERYTHING!!! This should go without saying, but sometimes it is the little things that mean the most to a woman.  Open doors (and let her go through first!), pull out her chair at dinner (and let her choose which seat she wants), be polite and show respect to the waitstaff, make eye contact, and pick up the tab.  At the end of the date make sure she gets home safely.  Either put her into a cab, drive her home, or at the VERY LEAST, call her an hour later to make sure she got home safely and wish her a good night.   To me, this seems so obvious, but by the amount of men that don’t do these things, it clearly is not.  It is amazing the amount of men that take me on a date, do NONE of these things, then call me 2-3 days later telling me that they had an amazing time and they would love to see me again…………seriously?!!!  Ummm, no Sir, you will NOT be getting a second date.





Valentine’s Day Gift and Seduction Guide

Ok Gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again.  Although you should be showing the woman in your life how special she is every day, this is the time to really shine (no pressure!).  Fortunately for you, I have spent 13 years of my career working with lingerie brands all over the world styling their ad. campaigns and fashion shows.  I have styled the most beautiful and sexy women in the world, and had the privilege to work with photographers and directors that together have mastered the art of seduction.

Executive styling and lingerie…………..never do these worlds collide as beautifully as they do on Valentine’s Day.

I am going to assume you have already mastered the art of style and being a gentlemen, so let’s focus on the woman in your life!  If you missed this, or need to freshen up your skills, check out my previous article on “Dating and Being a Gentleman.”

Valentine’s Day should be about being together, about stepping away from the routine of everyday life to add a serious infusion of love and romance into your relationship.   Every woman dreams of romance…………her knight in shining armor so to speak.  We all want to be swept off our feet and treated like princesses.  Of course every woman is different, but the basic principals never change.  We all want to be loved, adored, admired, and feel like we are the sexiest woman alive.  We want to be courted.

The perfect Valentines Day date will depend on your woman, but honestly, it can go one of two ways.  You either plan an evening out, or you plan an evening in.  Those are your only 2 choices…………either of which involves planning.  Sorry gentleman, this is a tough holiday to leave till the last minute.  A gift alone is NOT enough!!  An evening out can be as simple or extravagant as you like, but I highly suggest planning something that calls for the two of you to dress up.  This can be dinner, a wine bar, a jazz or supper club, or perhaps a rooftop lounge.  Anything candlelit that requires a cocktail dress and heels is a safe bet.  On the other hand, an evening in requires YOU surprising her with a romantic candlelit dinner.  Make sure to set the mood via candles and music.  Ambiance gentlemen, is very important.  Nothing is sexier than watching a man cook and pay attention to all of the little details that go in to planning a romantic dinner.  To add a little spice to your evening in I highly suggest surprising her (and ultimately gifting yourself) a luxury Box of Grey flight case (which comes complete with sexy lingerie, sexy toys, massage oil candles, and anything else you can think of that would add some serious spice and romance to your evening).  You can purchase one of their curated boxes, or customize one yourself to fit your desires.  I promise……..you will thank me later 😉

Now that you have chosen the date, let’s talk about the gift.

No, it’s not a given that you give her something in addition to a romantic evening, but it sure will make her feel special (and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?)  Just like the actual date, the gift can be as simple or extravagant as you wish.  The whole point is to make her feel special, so take the time to think about what it is that would make her smile.

For Valentine’s Day, there are only 4 categories of gifts that are appropriate: lingerie, jewelry, flowers, or chocolate (or a combination thereof).

Whatever you give her it has to have at least one of these elements……………trust me on this one!  Below I have selected some of my favorites.


Just in case you are one of those guys that have left buying a gift till the last minute (as in ordering online is a bit risky), or like shopping in person with a qualified salesperson on hand to help you, I highly suggest you visit either Agent Provocateur or Journelle here in NYC.  Both of these stores provide a very boutique experience, and have very friendly staff on hand to guide you through what can be quite a daunting experience for a guy.


 If you live in NYC, and are going to give jewelry, I HIGHLY suggest taking a trip downtown to Greenwich Jewelers.  Not only do that carry an amazing selection of jewelry, their customer service is outstanding.  A few of my favorite pieces have come from them, and I can’t think of another jewelry store in the city that has such a beautiful and unique collection.   It is a very small boutique style store, so you won’t feel overwhelmed like some of the large chain stores………..and you most definitely will get individual 5 star service.




If you have any questions or are in need of additional suggestions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at Jacci@WallStreetStylist.com.  As worded so perfectly by Box of Grey – “Make your one night outstanding.”



Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

Wall Street Stylist Holiday Gift Guide

For the Dapper Gentleman:



The Dark Knot Luxury Ties

Dark Knot Ties

The Dark Knot is one of my favorite luxury tie brands.  The Dark Knot offers contemporary hand-stitched woven and printed silk neckties of the highest quality.    Not only are these ties of superior quality, but they feature the most luxurious packaging one can find, making them the perfect gift.  They are packaged in an elegant gift box, and each feature a card with shirt and suit suggestions based on the specific tie.  Also, at this level of luxury, these are the most affordably priced ties that you will find on the market, making them a clear winner in my book.  Although there is a vast selection of stripes, prints, and solids in the collection, I have chosen 9 of my favorite Dark Knot ties below.





Zip Collar Sweaters


Brioni zip collar cashmere sweater

Established in Rome in 1945, Brioni is synonymous with sophisticated Italian craftsmanship and this cashmere sweater is a fine example. In a classic fit and ageless navy hue, this piece is ideal for understated luxury on leisurely days.

Canali Zip Collar Sweater

Slide this Canali sweater on for discreet, stylish luxury when temperatures dip. Crafted in Italy from a wool and cashmere-blend, this soft piece is lightweight yet warming and features an adjustable zipped collar for extra protection should you need it. The classic blue tone will work with everything in your wardrobe.

Burberry Brit Sweater

Burberry Brit provides the solution to maintaining your sophisticated demeanour on leisurely days with this black ribbed-knit sweater. Crafted from a plush and lightweight cashmere and cotton-blend, it emanates quality.  This is the perfect travel sweater.



V-Neck Sweaters


Paul Smith London Cashmere Sweater

Rich, jewel tones are perfect for the festive season, so invest in this handsome deep teal Paul Smith sweater. The V-neck has a subtle navy trim for a stylish finish.

John Smedley Cashmere Sweater

John Smedley‘s classic knitwear is crafted by skilled artisans in the label’s factory in Derbyshire, England. The lightweight softness of this black fine-knit cashmere sweater makes it the perfect piece to layer over a cotton shirt and tailored trousers


Cardigan Sweaters


Givenchy Cardigan

This fine-knit wool cardigan is yet another classic man essential.  This sweater can be dressed up or down, and will be sure to never go out of style.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cardigan Sweater

Update your wardrobe essentials with Marc by Marc Jacobs‘ navy cardigan. Luxuriously knitted from silk, cotton and cashmere, this understated piece features contrasting black trims, sleek buttons and a comfortable fit.

Faconnable Wool & Cashmere Cable Knit Cardigan Sweater

From the chunky knit and the thick cables to the shawl collar and long, turned-up cuffs, everything about this Faconnable cardigan is built to wrap you up in luxury. And that’s not to mention the soft wool and cashmere-blend yarn and the fine Italian construction that ensure the highest comfort.




Burberry Cashmere Scarf

Nordstrom Cashmere Scarf

Nordstrom Cashmere Scarf

John Varvatos Cashmere Scarf



Quilted layers are a must have this year, and these are two of my favorites.

Belstaff Quilted Vest

Belstaff is known for edgy, stylish, motorcycle inspired fashion, and this vest makes no exception.  I love the zippered pockets, the mock neck, and the quilted shoulder seaming that is reminiscent of a motorcycle jacket.

Ted Baker Quilted Vest

In one of the hottest colors of the season, this wine colored vest from Ted Baker will not only provide warmth, but also add style.  This is a beautifully fitted vest (which is essential when layering).



Belstaff Quilted Moto Jacket

A quilted jacket will see you through every season, and this Belstaff version is a great choice for crafting well-considered looks. The navy piece has been cut for a slim fit and features detailing over the shoulders and arms for dashing, masculine style

Ted Baker Quilted Jacket

No wardrobe’s complete without a classic quilted jacket for when the nights draw in. In true Ted style GARYEN features debonair details including a contrast herringbone zip and buckle collar.



Church’s Beijing leather Chelsea boots

Seamlessly marrying function and form, these Church’s leather Chelsea boots are an elegantly dependable style you’ll turn to again and again. Expertly crafted in Northampton, England, this handsome pair will look just as smart dressed up with a slim-fitting suit as they will teamed with a good pair of jeans.

Mezlan zip up Chelsea boots

A handsomely brogued cap toe begins a hearty Chelsea boot featuring patent leather accents that contrast the well-grained vamp. A side-zip closure and elastic goring offer easy on-and-off.  These boots are perfect for the confident guy that knows how to take style risks and likes to be noticed.

Ferragamo Zip Boot

Sleek lines and a handsome sheen define a versatile boot touched up with tasteful brand hardware.  These boots are a man essential, and the silver buckle details adds just enough detailing to take them from classic to a little edgy.

Paul Stuart Phineas Cole navy suede cap toe boots

Phineas Cole shoes adroitly combine old world craftsmanship with a distinctly modern—and thoroughly elegant—aesthetic.  These shoes can easily be dressed up with a suit, or down with casual pants or jeans, defining them as a super versatile infusion of style (check out those lilac colored laces!)



Every man needs a pair of nice leather gloves.  Both of these pairs are not only made from fine leather, but also feature beautiful cashmere linings, the ultimate in luxury.

Dents Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves

This is a beautiful pair of gloves encompassing a classic, luxurious style.  These are a mens staple, which will never go out of fashion.

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Mozart Cashmere-Lined Leather and Suede Gloves

For men with a little more of an edge, this pair of gloves features just enough of a stylish edge with the silver zipper and navy blue suede thumb.




This is the MUST HAVE mens belt of the year (yes, that is a big statement to make).  Every man on Wall Street owns this belt, as well as every stylish, dapper man in NYC.

Ted Baker

This is my favorite mens reversible dress belt.  With one belt you get a beautiful black AND brown belt, making it a must have, and a perfect gift for a man that travels.




Personalized Collar Stays

Every dapper man knows that brass or silver collar stays are an integral part of a nice crisp, polished looking dress shirt.  Collar stays are a man essential, so what better gift than a personalized set of collar stays with your own engraved messages on each pair.





D R Harris 4 pc Shaving Set

This elegant D R Harris shaving set comprises a razor that fits a Mach 3 blade, a badger hair brush and chrome stand and bowl. Storing the brush upside down on the stand helps ensure it dries out properly after each use, prolonging its life, while the bowl can be used to work your soap into the perfect lather. Presented in a classic green box with the brand’s logo embossed in gold on the top, this makes a stylish gift for the gentleman who prefers the finer things in life.

The Art of Shaving Set

Your shaving system becomes a prized part of the morning ritual instead of a chore with The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™. With unique blends of botanical ingredients and 100 percent pure essential oils, these shave-perfecting formulas are ideal for men with sensitive and normal-to-dry skin, ingrown hair, razor burn, or tough beards. They are free of alcohol, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, and other ingredients that can be harmful when absorbed into the skin.

Jack Black Luxury Shave Set

A custom, hand-crafted razor and brush as well as two complimentary skincare products for the ultimate comfortable shave.  Jack Black produces beautiful luxury products that are not only amazing for your skin, but also cruelty-free, which makes it a winner in my book!



Givenchy Play

Regardless of all of the ever changing trends in mens cologne, this continues to be my favorite.  Givenchy Play is sexy and masculine, while remaining light and not overpowering.   Every season I search for a new favorite mens fragrance, and every season, I continue to declare this the winner.




Bond Street Candle

This Bond Street outwood and rum scented candle is pretty amazing……………and masculine.  This scent is my favorite from this collection.   This is a perfect gift for the Bachelor in your life (yes, even bachelors appreciate candles and ambient lighting).  Plus, anybody appreciates a nicely scented home……………and some romance.



Elton John AIDS Foundation Armand Diradourian Wool and Cashmere-Blend Travel Set

The Elton John Foundation is one of the largest private funding institutions for AIDS in the world, and this season the charity have collaborated with five leading brands to create a capsule collection based around the concept of luxury travel. This cashmere and wool-blend eye-mask and blanket set has been created by New York brand Armand Diradourian, known for its sumptuous knitted designs. This pair is just the thing for getting you through long haul flights in comfort and style.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are absolutely for every business traveler.  These cubes allow you to organize and consolidate each category of your clothing and accessories, allowing for maximum space in your luggage.


Tumi Passport Cover

An elegant way to carry and protect your passport. This case from the Monaco collection is made from textured full-grain leather and features a calfskin interior and European turned-edge construction. Comes in a beautiful gift box.  This is perfect for the international business man that prefers to travel in style.

Tumi Hanging Leather Travel Kit

This versatile leather travel kit is designed to hang from virtually any fixture and sit on flat surfaces. It features an easy-access U-zip opening to the main compartment and two exterior side zip pockets. The interior has open, zip and mesh pockets as well as small elastic loops. Anti-bacterial lining. Made from Tumi’s full-grain napa leather.

Tumi Tri-Fold Carry On Garment Bag

Carry 1-2 garments with you on board in this convenient, compact design. Features include: curtain with zip pockets, exterior U-zip pocket, ticket pocket and removable shoulder strap.  This is perfect (an also an essential) for the business traveler that goes right from airport to meeting.

Tumi Tegra-Lite Expandable Carry On

Expandable, accessible and effortless: this Tegra-Lite® Max case is the most durable and fully functional hardside case made today. It is expandable and features a spacious, accessible front pocket, plus it moves effortlessly in every direction on our double turning wheels. Tegra-Lite® is constructed from Tegris®, a revolutionary polypropylene thermoplastic composite material created by Milliken® for use in lifesaving armor, Nascar race cars and protective gear for NFL players. Tumi has received the worldwide, exclusive rights to use the Tegris material within the travel industry. This compact wheeled carry-on design is for those who travel domestically and internationally. It expands 2” for extra capacity when you need it and has two packing compartments. There is a hanger bracket for suits and longer garments. Interior pockets for accessories.

Tumi Large Split Duffel

Alpha 2 is made from Tumi’s patented, ultra-durable FXT® ballistic nylon. Sophisticated adventure style that travels anywhere. Whether you are headed to the slopes, a rail tour of Europe or a long snorkeling vacation for two, just load up this large, easy-access duffel and wheel it away. It offers a separate, structured bottom section for shoes or gear with a curtain that unzips to create one large packing cavity when desired. Exterior pockets for accessories.



You know the one.  The guy that can’t stand the sartorial style of a traditional suit and tie, but works in an office environment and likes to infuse his style into everything.  Usually this guy works in IT, some sort of Tech, or perhaps Advertising.  The office environment is business casual, but he likes to up everybody else’s  fashion game with stylish trends and innovative pops of color.  This guy might wear casual pants, a tailored button down shirt with rolled up sleeves (so he can of course show off his accessories), and the coolest pair of chukka boots in the office.  Once in a while he might even wear a sport coat just so he can have the opportunity to show off his cool new pocket square or lapel pin.  Here are just a few gifts that might make this guy smile.




John Varvatos Cashmere Scarf

Ted Baker Camo Pocket Square

Lanvin Suede and Patent Leather Sneakers



Warby Parker Gift Card

Warby Parker Gift Card

Warby Parker was conceived as an alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear available today.  The Warby Parker aesthetic is vintage-inspired, with a fashion forward twist – and every pair is custom fit with anti-reflective, polycarbonate prescription lenses. Even at $95, there are almost a billion people without access to glasses, so for every pair sold, Warby Parker provides one to someone in need.  For all of these reasons, Warby Parker is by far the most popular eyewear brand among fashionable yet socially and culturally conscious men, making a Warby Parker gift gard a very stylish, practical, and thoughtful gift.






How to Tie a Bowtie


I have always had a fascination with bowties.  Perhaps it’s the elegance that they exude, or the stereotype that only gentleman wear bowties, but whatever the reason, I think they are an incredibly dapper fashion accessory.   That being said, all bowties are NOT created equal.  A true gentleman actually knows HOW to tie a bowtie (no cheating with the pre-tied kind).  Like ties, the sophistication lies in the knot, and in this case, the fullness of loops of the bowtie.  There is nothing worse than a flattened bow tie that looks like it is paper thin and has been stuck in the bottom of your drawer for 10 years.  Unlike ties, bow ties are a little more challenging to tie, which is why I have discovered 75% of men don’t know how to tie them.  I am always amazed at how many of my clients have no idea how to tie a bow tie, but am always very eager to give them a tying lesson! Below I have included 2 videos that will walk you through tying a bow tie. The first video is from menswear designer David Hart, www.DavidHartNYC.com. Along with his full menswear collection, David has an amazing line of ties and bow ties. The second video is from Details Magazine. Before watching these videos make sure to have your bow tie and a mirror handy! It will take you a few attempts to perfect, but will be time well spent!

If you still need some clarification, our friends over at “Real Men Real Style” created this brilliant infographic that not only details how to tie a bowtie, but also breaks down styles and proportion.

Bow Ties

Bow Ties

Bow Ties we LOVE!!!

Here are a few Bow Ties that perfectly combine colors, patterns, and textures to create modern, sophisticated looks.



Brooks Brothers