By Gayle Theodora Drake
Dear DREAMS Readers,
I have the distinct privilege of styling many high-profile men who decide to invest in their image. My clients, who all lead demanding personal and professional lives, depend on me for a personalized luxury concierge service that is highly streamlined and efficient. My interactions are solely dedicated to each client and their specific image needs. This may include a red-carpet event, wedding, vacation or building a wardrobe for the office and weekend activities.
I receive a multitude of requests from clients about their wardrobe and I find what is most sought after are clothes which are comfortable, well-made and can take them from the conference room to cocktails. I highly recommend the following brands in Los Angeles and Orange County for all the men out there who want to bring their A-game in style and fashion.
For styling appointments with Gayle visit: www.gayletheodoradrake.com.
For People and Planet
Outerknown is a coastal men’s and women’s lifestyle brand made For People and Planet. Every decision at Outerknown is made with the highest regard for the hands that craft their clothes and the world we call home. From seeds to suppliers to circular design, Outerknown’s mission is to not only craft beautiful, lasting wardrobe staples, but to protect natural resources, empower the people crafting their clothes, and inspire change within the industry and beyond by being completely transparent about their process. From Outerknown’s launch, they created partnerships with companies such as Fair Trade USA, bluesign® and Econyl®. By patterning their supply chain processes around the Fair Labor Association guidelines, they have reached full accreditation by the FLA in just two and a half years. Outerknown proves that sustainability and style can be synonymous and neither has to be sacrificed for the other.
“I started the brand out of what I felt was a chance to educate myself and others about the entire clothing process. I felt if I could do right by the environment with textiles and by people with production then we were on our way to a positive change in this industry,” comments Kelly Slater.
GTD Says: “I turn to Outerknown for my clients when they want comfortable and casual weekend attire.”
Outerknown was founded by Kelly Slater and John Moore in 2015 and is sold at outerknown.com and at select premium retailers worldwide including Huckberry.com, MrPorter.com and Proof Lab (store in Mill Valley and online). To learn more visit www.outerknown.com.
Made Specifically For You
David August Heil is the founder of the much sought after bespoke clothing brand, David August, which caters to the rich and/or famous men with discerning tastes.
With over 30 years of experience as a personal clothier, tastemaker and business owner, Heil has successfully built David August into an exclusive brand that creates exquisite custom wardrobes for leading international talent in business, professional sports, and entertainment. Launched in 2003, the California–based company has dressed thousands of patrons including public figures like, Kobe Bryant, Frank Gehry, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Tony Robbins, Andrea Bocelli, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone, Will Smith, and many more.
Most recently, Heil has launched a clothing line with the always well-dressed mixed-martial arts star Conor McGregor named August McGregor. The line includes “drops” of casual and more formal clothing with the signature fine fabrics Heil is known for.
Head Above The Rest
At 6 foot 7, Matt Mahoney, the founder of clothing line William Mahoney, is well acquainted with the struggles a tall and athletic man faces in a world that doesn’t cater to their needs. While the average-size male enjoys the freedom of finding stylish clothing in ordinary retail stores, the tall man finds himself with ill-fitting clothing for their size and build.
Fed up with his own exhausting shopping experiences, in 2013 Mahoney turned his frustrations into a business, officially founding William Mahoney apparel for men 6 feet and above. He has a passion for helping his fellow tall man, promising clothing that has superb fit for a tall and athletic build. The brand has recently relaunched and GTD attended the official relaunch party at Hotel Erwin in Venice. The guest list included some of Hollywood’s rising stars, professional athletes, models, fashion journalists and business professionals who were all so excited to have a clothing line that felt great right off the rack.
“I’m changing the entire experience for tall and athletic men by offering them a designer brand that focuses on fit, superior quality and attention to detail,” comments Matt Mahoney.
GTD Says: “I know from my own personal experience how hard it is to shop for my sons who are tall and slim. The main problems with the shirts available on the market today are that the sleeves are never long enough and the cuts are too big and boxy. I am grateful to have William Mahoney as an option for my boys.”
To learn more visit www.williammahoney.us.
Dress Like a Gentleman
When Troy Russell was young, his mom would ask what he wanted to do when he grew up and his answer was always “I want to wear a suit”, as he connected wearing a suit and dressing elegantly to being successful. When Russell moved to Los Angeles he started working with better menswear stores and dedicated himself to learning how to wear clothing, style outfits, and carry himself like a gentleman. In 2016 Russell started working in the bespoke side of the industry and fell deeper in love with cloth and how a suit should be properly constructed. He visited Savile Row in London, mills in Biella Italy, tailor shops in Milan, and Pitti Uomo in Florence. These experiences and relationships made him focus exclusively on Italian made garments and tailoring. Russell grants his clients access to the world of cloth, style and fit expertise so they can build a wardrobe that fits their body and lifestyle.
Visit www.troyanthonyclothing.com or email email@example.com to learn more. Visit Troy Anthony at The Kimpton Hotel: 627 N La Peer Drive West Hollywood, CA 90049.