Glenn O’Brien has been the “The Style Guy” at GQ for years. He has helped countless gentleman define and refine their style. I met Glenn recently and asked him a few questions about his personal style. I have to admit that I have big respect for any guy over 40 who can wear Supreme with Hermes and make it look good.
Best Sartorial advice from your Dad?
I never knew my father but my grandfather said never buy a car you can’t wear your hat in. (He wore a homburg.)
You build your daily look around your?
The first thing I look at in another Sartorialist?s outfit.
Shoes and where the trousers meet them.
I skimp when buying.
I like generic white handkerchiefs and Colgate toothpaste.
I splurge when buying.
I have my suits made in London by John Pearse and Anderson & Sheppard.
(note that the suit he is wearing in the photo is a John Pearse navy pintsrtipe denim DB!)
I always break this fashion rule.
GQ says your socks should match your trousers. I think socks should freelance.
I never break this fashion rule.
I religiously wait until Memorial day to bring out the white.
Must have item for Fall 2006
A new “coppola” from Sicily.
Thelonious Monk, James Coburn
Worst fashion mistake
Shirt tail out, not knowing where your waist is.
Most cherished item
My Anderson & Sheppard tuxedo
Favorite item of clothing
John Pearse double breasted pinstripe denim suit.
Favorite ?fashiony? movie
Pasta, Fiorduva white wine from Marisa Cuomo in Furore ($)
Describe your personal style
You feel best wearing?
Belgian shoes, Supreme jeans, Hermes sweater
Personal Style quirk
When it comes to my feet comfort comes first
Dress to impress who?
Dress to express myself.
Most overrated item in menswear
Most underrated item in menswear
Most stylish city?
Never caught wearing?
When I was in high school I wore?
Shine your own shoes?
Half the time.
reading, bridge (when I can find 4)
Golf, ping pong
Favorite fashion magazine?
Favorite other magazine?
Purple, Self-Service, Another Man
Hermes Rocobar, Kiehls, Pat Wexler’s pink goo vs. old age
I always dress my best for?.?
Occasions when my wife has changed her clothes several times before we go out.