Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Style Profile… Bruce Pask

Current job?

 

Men’s Fashion Director at T Magazine.

 

First job? 

 

I was a Newsie in Arizona– I delivered the Yuma Daily Sun (get it?!) on my bike after school. During college I worked at the Gap while interning at museums in Georgetown, then graduated to Esprit the summer after. It was the 80’s after all!

 

First ‘major’ purchase?

 

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watch– I bought it when I was hired at Cargo Magazine. It meant a lot to me as a kid from the sticks of Arizona to be able to buy something so substantial as a young adult.

 

Do you collect anything in particular?

 

I’ve saved a Playbill from every Broadway show that I’ve seen since moving to New York over 20 years ago. I have hundreds of them. I find the experience of theater transformative and these are my reminders.

 

What are your wardrobe staples?

 

I always have a pair of Levi’s 501’s in rotation. One pair. I wear it until it’s threadbare. Then I have to find another of the same. The 501XX 1947 model that is thankfully more widely available…It’s a straighter leg, regular rise.

 

Clark’s Desert Boots have been a part of my wardrobe long before they became the go to footwear choice of Williamsburg.

 

Favorite shops?

 

Dries Van Noten’s Het Modepaleis in Antwerp is my Mecca. Period. I’m sporting my new Dries overcoat with the fur flap, it’s sort of daring for me but I love it so much that I don’t really care.

 

I’d also like to go to Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, I’ve never been!

 

Most stylish movie?

 

Gattaca. I was obsessed with the Frank Lloyd Wright aesthetic and their vision of the fashion future as a very 40’s silhouette rather than space age-y metallic suits. Costume designer Colleen Atwood is consistently extraordinary and one of my idols.

 

Daily reads?

 

I love The New Yorker and am a huge fan of Adam Rapoport’s new incarnation of Bon Appetit. My boyfriend Joey and I cook at least one or two things from each issue; they’re always delicious and inventive without being hard to execute.

 

Drink of choice?

 

I’m a big beer fan. The craft beer revolution has made me very happy. I love IPA’s (India Pale Ales)…they’re quite hoppy and rich…Dogfish Head and Blue Point (a local brewery) are two of my favorite makers.

 

Most visually inspiring place you’ve been?

 

I’ve just returned from Cambodia: the temples at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom, and The Bayon are absolutely unbelievable. Also, the experience of being in Siem Reap was heaven: the Tuk-tuks, the markets… and dinner at Cuisine Wat Damnak was one of my most memorable meals ever in Asia.

 

What do you wear when travelling?

 

I don’t think that comfort should outweigh appearance when travelling. I always wear a sport jacket—my new fave is a grey Muji knit sport jacket. It’s perfect and comfortable.

 

Shoe trees?

 

Just shoe bags, no trees. I stuff socks and belts in them to save space and keep my shoes in shape.

 

Never caught wearing?

 

Square-toed shoes. And leather, other than in shoes and belts. Flip-flops other than poolside or on a beach, and definitely NOT on an airplane.

 

Whose style do you admire?

 

Robert Rabensteiner and Stefano Tonchi have incredible, and most importantly, effortless style. I’m also a sucker for just a well turned out stranger on the street.

 

Best style advice received?

 

I was once told that a sock is not only a transition from a pant to a shoe. It should relate to the shirt and tie in order to bring the whole Sartorial look together. It stuck with me and is absolutely true.

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  1. maria

    January 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I appreciate the simplistic style and it looks real nice. And Bruce, if you’re ever in Dublin, Ireland, I would love to cut and style your hair :)
    Maria

  2. FashionUm

    January 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    This man looks great all day long…Very manly face, and very manly clothes, this is it!

    http://www.fashionum.com

  3. Stylosophism

    January 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I love his beard and his denim shirt

    http://www.stylosohism.com

    • Simone Fraser

      November 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      What a cutie! Very chic man with a very clean look. In the top picture I would rather – and I know I’m being nit-picky – him wear a neck-tie… I don’t adore the shell(?) necklace but i suppose, each to our own…

  4. April

    January 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Exemplary style! The sock transition…finally the missing link for exquisite style disclosed :)
    http://inaworldwithothers.wordpress.com/

  5. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    January 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I love India Pale Ales too!

  6. Zoe

    January 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  7. Elena

    January 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Good style advice! Take note guys!

    http://www.gossipdress.com/blog

  8. MAIALA

    January 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Simplistic and inspirational. The perfect duo. xx
    MAIALA
    http://www.maialathel.com
    Twitter: @Mai_ala

  9. talktomyshoes

    January 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Loving his outfit in the first shot!

  10. eunoia

    January 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I cannot abide any of this. O.K. maybe IPAs in summer months.

  11. Camilla

    January 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    great interview, so inspiring!

  12. Carrie

    January 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I am really loving these Style Profiles – thanks and keep up the good work!

  13. HC

    January 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    He’s good looking.

  14. Bohemian Style

    January 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Love his easy-breezy attitude about his humble beginnings.

    theBohmerian.com

  15. Judith A.Ross

    January 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I hope this doesn’t upset him, but I would love to “shop” his closet. He has great taste!

  16. J.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Nice to see Gattaca get props as a stylish film- I always thought it was extremely sharp.

  17. Kate

    January 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  18. Lauren

    January 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I really like his style, especially in the first shot.

    The Styleseer
    http://styleseer.blogspot.com

  19. Bridgette West

    January 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Great photos. The types of questions you asked made the interview more personable.
    http://www.CharlotteStyleMag.com

  20. Ken

    January 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Bruce is awesome. Please never leave The NYT.

  21. monkeyshines

    January 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    love the first look!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  22. LeslieBuros

    January 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I wonder if we were on your paper route? You’ve done a great job. My best wishes to you.

  23. alexandra villa

    January 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    this is so inspirationalll. Love him. so cute
    love, alex

    itsmineimadeit.com

  24. Mary

    January 12, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I find these interviews really interesting!
    Thanks for posting!

  25. Tour d'ivoire

    January 12, 2012 at 5:05 am

    This is an interesting interview. His style is simple, flattering and warm, his advice is just as good, he seems to keep a down-to-earth mentality while staying true to his sartorial principles, but more importantly: he’s really, really handsome. Gosh. Please tell me he has a younger brother in Paris that I can marry? P.L.E.A.S.E. If that brother also liked Gattaca, it’d be perfection.
    Also, I love that he’s carrying a fan in the second picture!

    • Pedro

      October 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Purple was going to be another hot color for fall again beaucse,Purple’s always kind of a hot color for fall, it’s a very fally kind of a color ahaha I like that part ^.^ ♥sounded a little like a tongue twister

  26. .

    January 12, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Oh Scott. Please please keep these coming!

  27. beautyincrisis

    January 12, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I love his style! So cool… Especially in the first photo i adore his suit with jean shirt

    http://beautyincrisis.blogspot.com/

  28. PammieTaj

    January 12, 2012 at 7:43 am

    501′s! Flip flops only at the pool or beach?! Socks! Thank the Maker.

  29. Charlotte Wilder

    January 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Great, great interview. Love his work, love his style.
    -Charlotte
    http://www.thewilderthings.com

  30. juanita

    January 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I am totally WITH him about leather!

  31. CCF

    January 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Very inspiring. Merci!

  32. David

    January 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Scott, I just wanted to thank you for doing these style profiles. I really enjoy reading about the people behind the images and as someone who is trying to improve my style and dress I find them rather helpful. Lastly, as someone from Arizona I find this post specifically hugely inspiring.

    Thank You!
    David

  33. mary

    January 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Mr. Pask, Greetings from an Arizonian! I’m currently in New York and I don’t know about you, but much as I hated it then, I sure do miss that heat and humidity this time of year. Happy New Year!

  34. Rebecca

    January 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    My family lives in Yuma! As someone who left to pursue a bigger dream–it’s wonderful to see that someone else did the same and succeeded. :)

  35. melissa

    January 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Hey, the gang from the 80′s surely knows a thing or two, about what it is like to purchase the first big item after, living in poverty as a youth…

    xoxo
    m

  36. antique engagement rings

    January 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    A great look.. fantastic!

  37. Falcon

    January 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I love the style profiles!

    http://www.grove-lane.com

  38. Charikleia

    January 14, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I like what I see and what I read.

    Very very good work dear Sartorialist.

    The sock advice is so true. I am going to pass it on to my dad, he’s gonna love it!

    Big kiss from Greece!

  39. Trevor

    January 14, 2012 at 10:02 am

    When you do get to Hong Kong, or Shanghai, check out one of Lane Crawford’s Joyce stores.

  40. Pedro

    January 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Absolutely love these style profiles! this one is fab! so real!!! soo informational!

  41. louise and nivaldo de lima

    January 15, 2012 at 2:30 am

    We love these interviews. They make the whole thing come to life.

  42. Gilles

    January 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I like the simplicity of the outfit. Are those Clark’s desert boots? They seem to have a square toe and black soles, which leads me to think that they are not. Can someone help identify the shoes/boots? Must have!! Thanks!

  43. clarity enhanced diamonds

    January 16, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I love the denim look!

  44. Beth

    January 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I am a fellow Yuman and am glad to have such a stylish and influential former Kofa King profiled here. Great work Bruce!

  45. Ginger

    January 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

    He makes style look easy. I like the simple, warm colours and textures and there’s a warm, friendly energy about him.

  46. 凱文

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I really like his style.

  47. Dr. Five

    February 21, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I get it.
    The guy from Yuma always
    wears ( wore ) desert boots.

  48. mark w

    April 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

    No…I just don’t see it. Must be something about him you have to see in person.

    The first picture is strange (vague blue pants and a structured brown jacket?), and the second is a slight maybe–the sailor’s top is nice. He should know better than to fill his pants (or jacket) pockets with bulky things–a small bag would do for thatr.

    One of man’s greatest inventions was tempering leather for jackets.

  49. Nate

    November 12, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Got hit by the sock transition too. Good thing you don’t need to mull over socks too much if you’re wearing combat boots.

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