Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Michael Williams, NO.9 Public Relations

I always wondered where “trads” (traditionalists) came from? Was it something you could be born into or ,more likely, was it something you adopted after flings with New Romantics, Rebel, Jock, Nerd or Euro?

Recently I met Michael Williams, a cool, young, New York trad who owns NO.9 Public Relations. He is the perfect example of how any style (no matter how potentially unhip), if mixed the right way and worn with a certain attitude can work on almost anybody, any age.

The Sartorialist asked Michael a few questions about his personal style.
Describe your personal style

Personal style quirk
I love to change outfits in the middle of the day.

You build your daily look around your?
Everyday its something different… sometimes shoes, sometimes pants,
other times a jacket or shirt.

The first thing I look at in another Sartorialist’s outfit?
Overall fit

I always break this fashion rule.
Brown & Black or Navy & Black

I never break this fashion rule.
I really don’t follow “fashion rules” I like to wear what feels good
and looks right to me.

Must have item for Fall 2006
Anything from Michael Bastian AW06

Favorite store(s)
J. Press ? NYC
Steven Alan ? NYC
By George ? Austin
American Rag ? LA
Cable Car Clothiers ? San Francisco

Style icon

Worst fashion mistake
Shirt collars over jacket lapels

Favorite item of clothing
Some great vintage woven shirts from J. Press in the 80s

Favorite “fashiony” movie
Wall Street , American Psycho ? basically any 80′s prep movie

Guilty pleasure
Tote bags, Denim

Most overrated item in menswear
Made in Italy

Most underrated item in menswear
Made in USA

Most stylish city
New York

When I was high school I wore?
Penny loafers

Shine your own shoes?
Of course

I always dress my best for?.?
Carnegie Hall


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  1. Anonymous

    February 23, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    this guy looks dull. he needs to go back to his closet and change.
    Mr. Sartorialist please most more pics from Bergdorf Men’s store.

  2. The Sartorialist

    February 23, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    I have too shoot the windows at night and it is coooold at night in NYC but I will do it again soon, I also love looking at Bergdorf windows

  3. Anonymous

    February 23, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    I like his look. He’s outdoors, sitting on one of those a$$ freezing steel benches, his hair is caught by the wind, he poses for a quick snap… and he still looks good!

  4. Anonymous

    February 23, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    I think this guy looks great. I love the Barbour in vintage finish and the little detail of the grossgrain watchband. I even like his answers to your questions. A great example for neo-trads like myself.

  5. Bobby

    February 25, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael before and was always charmed by his style and kind manner. He looks great here as I would expect.

  6. Anonymous

    December 27, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I appreciate his answer of JFK for fashion icon, it is amazing how all of the Kennedy's were true Sartorilists… hint hint MORE KENNEDY CLOTHES!

  7. Lo

    July 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

    This guy looks amazing. Here someone calls him ‘dull’, but I’d guess if this look was posted now, 6 years later, he’d receive a lot of positive attention.

    PS: I miss when the Sartorialist was about a conversation, and not self-promotion through comments.

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