Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Style Profile…Kirk Miller

First job in New York?


When I moved here I needed a job, so I just went around to all the places I really liked: Seize sur Vingt, Paul Stuart, Peter Elliot, Oxford Clothes. Seize was the first to call me back. They were on Elizabeth Street, and sort of the cool downtown tailor.  I opened Miller’s Oath about a year ago, I really love it. We specialize in bespoke tailoring, but make everything from shirts to scarves to ties.


When was your eye for tailoring taken to another level?


When I was at Paul Stuart (which was the opposite of Seize), I worked with the great Cliff Grodd.  He pre-dated Ralph and all the others. He had an eye for detail and taste level that were insane. I would join his meetings, which was pretty unheard of. The man could plow through 300 swatches in 20 minutes, that’s an eye for detail.


Whose style do you admire?


My father. He’s really stylish, I guess some things rubbed off.  When I opened the shop he was the only one I could trust to run it.  He would come from Minneapolis to work for 5 days if I had to travel.


Which shoes do you always wear?


My brother Derrick and I decided to make shoes and started Barker Black, which he is still running. I wear these a lot.  Otherwise I wear well-made shoes like John Lobb and Paul Stuart.  My dad was sort of an influence, because he has a lot of English shoes and loves English everything.


What are some other great English shoes?


Edward Green and Sargent are also made in Northampton, where Barker Black and Lobb shoes are made.



Favorite New York restaurant?


It was Ninth Street Market in the East Village, but nothing has taken its place since they closed.  It was my kinda place; great food, unpretentious, and super intimate.  Plus, they had a fireplace!


Preferred shirt collar?


I’m currently wearing a rounded collar.


Preferred suit/Jacket shoulder?


I introduced a Rope Shoulder into someone’s wardrobe recently– we kept the pockets straight to balance things out (one step at a time) and he ended up suggesting we slant them next time!  I like helping people find the right cut and fit, everyone is completely different.  I’m currently sporting a Rope Shoulder and prefer a rounded cut.


Play any sports?


I was actually a quasi-professional soccer player out of school.  I still play and watch it.


Athletic gear?


I have a bunch of really great soccer socks.


Picky about toothpaste?


Has to be Marvis!


What do you build your daily look around?


Each day is something new, depending on whether there’s a specific tie or pocket square I can’t wait to wear.  Sometimes it’s a suit or a shirt, but I have been known to build an entire outfit around a pair of socks!


I try not to look too fashion, and not too staied. It’s about the length of the jacket, the length of the trouser, the subtle mix of color; the way everything fits together.


Do you travel with shoe trees?


Always. I use plastic ones, actually women’s shoe trees.  Men’s shoe trees are usually too wide in the front, they don’t fit my shoes right.


Signature drink?


Still searching, which allows for a lot of experimentation.  My grandfather drank 7 and 7’s all day, but I don’t think it’s my drink…too sweet.


What shops do you love to visit?


Makie- it’s a kid’s shop on Thompson Street.  They make all their own clothes in the back.  Everything looks and feels incredible, there’s so much attention to detail without being fussy; it’s the perfect shop.  The door is really thick, it’s been painted 100 times.


Never caught wearing?


I never wear shorts in the city, or flip-flops for that matter.


How daring are you with wearing color?


I love color, but it has to be subtle.  It doesn’t have to be a crazy pattern.  Most of what I wear seems pretty classic, but everything is in the details.


Favorite heirloom piece?


My dad is 6’2” with very long arms, and I’m 5’10”, so I just look longingly at his wardrobe knowing I’ll never be able to wear those Anderson suits! But, he did give me an amazing pair of old silver rabbit head cuff links that are really beautiful.


How has your style evolved in the past 5 years?


It has varied so much. I used to be very English centric, very Saville Row; a very straight-laced approach.


When I worked with Thom Browne I was exposed to a totally different point of view.  I learned how to have fun with themes and ideas.  Sometimes we would be making fun of themes, but only to push a boundary or ask a question.




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  1. Lauren

    December 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Good looking guy. I like his pairing of checked jacket and pinstriped trousers.

    The Styleseer

  2. Bohemian Style

    December 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Love those pinstripe slacks!

  3. Hot Sales Blog

    December 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

    that look is good, except too long tie i think. everything else looks really great!

    • Topol

      October 31, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      I think the tie only appears too long because the pants waist is so high.


    December 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Trousers are really original ones

  5. fashionattacksme

    December 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

  6. maria

    December 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

    A well done post and fun to hear Kirk talk about style influence.

  7. Richard

    December 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Handsome man…YUM!

  8. Mallika

    December 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Love this!
    ahahah I wouldn’t be caught in flipflops either!

    x Mallika

    PS: Check out my GIVEAWAY HERE

  9. Ophelia

    December 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

    The patterns look great!

  10. ETC...

    December 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Great profile. Love the jacket…


  11. lintmag

    December 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Very cute and the side buckle on the pants is great. Wish the shoes were in the photo, too!

  12. K

    December 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I love when we get to know the person behind the picture.

  13. proletarian Great Gatsby

    December 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I appreciate this classic style with special touches like the shirt’s collar.

  14. tom

    December 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Great clothes but don’t like the jacket and slacks combo.

  15. Lyli

    December 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

    He’s hot !

  16. Serdane

    December 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

  17. classiq

    December 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I like the rounded collar shirt. I see this style so rarely worn, but this shows just how important is to wear something that represents you. Great interview!

  18. Victoria

    December 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Handsome man :)

  19. Mertxe Hernandez

    December 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

  20. Beet Salad

    December 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Oh, god! I crushed on him the first time you posted this picture. Now I’m crushing again! Thanks for the Christmas gift!

  21. debbie

    December 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

    He seems very genuine and down to earth, unpretentious. Subtly dressed and elegant. And cute to boot!

  22. PammieTaj

    December 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    It makes me incredibly happy that he doesn’t wear flip flops. Flip flops are just wrong.

  23. cigalechanta (mimi)

    December 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Phone number please :)

  24. Kate

    December 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    ‘Do you travel with a shoe tree?’ Interview question of the year :)


  25. Bonnie McCarthy

    December 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Amazing style!! Love learning about his journey -but he should really reconsider flip-flops once in a while…

  26. Thefashionguitar

    December 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Nice interview, pretty good looking man!

    XO Charlotte


    December 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Cool jacket!

  28. Leonie

    December 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Lovely style profile again. Kirk Miller has a great style and I enjoyed reading the interview.

  29. Ella - Dot Tod Dot

    December 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I’m ridiculously attracted to this photo right now…

  30. Sally

    December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Great style, and he’s worked with so many inspiring designers, now to become an inspiring one himself. Another great questionaire, thanks for posting!

  31. debbie

    December 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Kate-no, I think “Picky about toothpaste?” is the interview question of the year :)

  32. enara girl

    December 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    It’s a gentleman.

  33. Wild Dakota

    December 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    wow, im definitely in love with this guy. and im not joking. perfect matches. aaaaaaaaaw

  34. BB

    December 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    love the rounded collar!


  35. Carol Markel

    December 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    It’s so great to see men with a depth of knowledge about classic brands and beautiful tailoring.

  36. Dee

    December 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    He looks amazing! Love the risk he took pairing his outfit..the blazer, tie & pants! Very nice & cool article.

  37. antique enagegement rings

    December 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Wonderful style and a classic watch!

  38. superDAve

    December 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    This guy has killer style; It’s so Off-Glass.

  39. Ness

    December 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Damn! I wish some of this guy would rub off on my husband…. He lives in flip flops and jeans… It’s taken me 3 weeks just to convince him to get a hair cut! Small steps I guess – Maybe I need to introduce small elements at one piece at a time, then by the time I’m 90 he’ll be looking good!

  40. Marisa Alma

    December 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Hallelujah! A man who DOESN’T wear flip flops or shorts. Wow. I keep praying for the day the 30, 40, 50, 60 year old guys stop dressing like a 12 year old boy: flip flops, cargo shorts and baseball cap. If you are at the beach this is fine, but not for a date, a business meeting or a startup pitch.

  41. Ines

    December 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Perfecto! clasico. sencillo. elegante.

  42. MolDiva

    December 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    handsome and very stylish

  43. mr. john

    December 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I like this photo alot, pale blue shirt is nice with or without his great plaid odd jacket. Perhaps I’m a bit too conservative ( I am a Texan ) but I would prefer solid gray trousers with that jacket. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing flip-flops and my feet are probably my best feature. mr. john.

  44. jason @ belts and buckles

    December 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    A stylish dad always is a bonus.

    I, therefore, have no chance at all! (Sorry, Dad)

  45. Kinsley

    December 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Kirk, looking great! Haven’t changed a bit. Next time I’m in the city ill try to look you up so we can catch up!! Congrats on your success!

  46. Charlotte Wilder

    December 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    What a handsome guy! I love the tweed with the stripes. Really awesome.

  47. Which me will I be today

    December 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Seriously dapper. I enjoy seeing a very well dresses man. He looks so confident and I really like the collar of his shirt.

  48. Musings by Di

    December 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    F*in BRILLIANT! His passion for menswear is absolutely endearing.
    And of course, a stylish father begets a stylish son (two! including his shoe-store owning bro,) SOOO cute how he says that he only trusts his dad with his store, who flies in to help out. Fantastic style profile and so glad I stumbled upon this :D going to google what rope shoulder is…

  49. shayla

    December 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

    He is very handsome. I’d share my Marvis toothpaste:)

    Mr. Miller sets a fine example. I wish guys in their 30′s and 40′s would start dressing like ‘men’ again.

  50. Suranjeeta

    December 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Love the collar!!

  51. Marcella S.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Very handsome and very stylish! :)

  52. monster beats

    December 22, 2011 at 2:14 am

    he is my tpye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! much appreciate, add bookmark

  53. Johnny

    December 22, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Still he could spend some time in Milan and learn from Italians about shirts….that collar is a disaster!

  54. LUCIA

    December 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

  55. Karla Kitten

    December 22, 2011 at 4:06 am

    To be honest, I do not like anything about either his style or views.

  56. Sara Elia

    December 22, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Love the quite elegance of good quality fabric and workmanship. I don’t know about his ‘handsome’ exterior, he looks genuine and relaxed…

  57. Damoiseau WM

    December 22, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Love the patterns all together!

  58. The life after

    December 22, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Very interesting man!

    The Life After

  59. Etrala London

    December 22, 2011 at 6:13 am

    So stylish!!!!

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  60. Akihiro Itagaki

    December 22, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I feel his life from clothing…

  61. Anna Louisa

    December 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Love how impeccably tailored he is, but that you could still guess he played soccer from a mile away :). I’m still a jock at heart!

  62. melissa

    December 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Sweet guy…….


  63. Hodan

    December 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    another lovely interview, looking forward to future profiles.

  64. Elizabeth

    December 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    He is very hot. Sneaky of him to hide his left hand ;)

  65. Valentine

    December 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    That is the oddest and most pretentious website for a toothpaste I have ever seen.

  66. Beauty Follower

    December 23, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Like his style… alot.

  67. Daniel Dunt

    December 23, 2011 at 4:37 am

    I’m definitely envious of how good Kirk looks in them trousers, and I definitely want them – that is all!

  68. Spencer Edwards

    December 23, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Club Collar and a classy club tie, great fit.

  69. IS THIS IT? models review

    December 23, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I simply love this shirt…

  70. oxford cloth button down

    December 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Besides having a nice selection of clothing articles on, he looks comfortable and that makes it.

  71. Kevin

    December 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Fantastic interview. It’s always nice to read the details a true craftsman finds relevant, especially in clothing. It’s the easiest way to improved taste.

  72. Brummell

    December 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I need profiles on George Cortina and Matteo Marzotto.

  73. Brummell

    December 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    And Robert Rabensteiner.

  74. Ulia Ali

    December 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Very handsome man with loads of style. Great photo!

  75. Ururu Kaigo

    December 24, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Love this pic.
    I like his rounded collar shirt.

  76. Michelle Lee

    December 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

    great photo style and interview!

  77. Lenmeister

    December 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Flawless elegance!

  78. yogarentacar

    December 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Oh Nice Tie

  79. Aluma Wallet

    December 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Great interview and It’s always pleasure to read the details. Good looking guy always carry a good looking wallet and it says all about him .

  80. Aluma Wallet

    December 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    great interview. It’s always pleasure to read the details . good looking man always carry a good looking wallet because it always tell about him.

  81. Alex

    December 26, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I have a photo of my Dad from the 70′s in almost identical pants

  82. cousublake

    December 26, 2011 at 8:06 am

    great and classical elegance

  83. quigley

    December 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    He wears his average-looking tie a bit long….

  84. Anonymous

    December 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks–these profiles are MARVELOUS.

  85. art deco engagement rings

    December 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I love his jacket.. fantastic!

  86. Anonymous

    December 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

    AH! Someone who also loved Ninth Street Market!!! Best restaurant in the city, by far.

  87. adella

    December 28, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I like his eyes…

  88. Matt Deckard

    December 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I do love the forward pulling tabs on those trousers.

  89. clarity enhanced diamonds

    December 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I think his tie is so classic!

  90. kovz

    December 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Good to see how some people still care about the quality, as well as the design of what they are wearing

  91. Simone

    December 30, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Elegante, raffinatissimo…

  92. Fernando Dasilva

    January 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Very handsome and refined man with lots of refined habits…nice interview but I wish men like him would bring fashion (menswear) to common people…the stores his shops, brands his wear and etc its so not people with low paid salary…wish your fashionable people would bring fashion and style to real life…at the end of the day 90% of your readers and featured elegant and chic people are very but very rich.

  93. Mike

    January 3, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I don’t get how Miller’s Oath is from 1906 and Kirk said he opened it a year ago? Barker Black – since 1880??

  94. art deco engagement rings

    January 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    A great elegant look!

  95. Sylosophism

    January 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I love the shirt..


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  97. Erik

    March 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Ducker and Sons on the Turl in Oxford: finest English shoes.

  98. mi.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    hmm…the sparkle in his eye is the most intriguing.

  99. Stylishmartita

    June 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Uh!!! Nice rounded collar shirt!! A type of collar we still don’t have. Great idea!

  100. Brian

    August 9, 2013 at 12:28 am

    This is one of the photos on the blog that I always come back to. It’s very inspirational. I don’t own a club collar shirt, nor do I have wool pinstripes trousers. I don’t have an odd jacket and if I did, I wouldn’t pair it with those pants. I typically wear knit or rep ties (on the skinnier side) and my watch is not nearly as cool as his. And yet, when I leave for work in the morning, in my button down oxford, sports jacket, and tie, I feel the way he looks…like it’s no big deal.

  101. Love him! stylish!

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    September 6, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Excellent blog you have got here.. It’s hard to find good quality
    writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate people like
    you! Take care!!

  103. Tetragpa

    January 29, 2015 at 5:39 am

    And not so happens) )))

  104. Antoni

    February 20, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I love this shirt and nice Tie !


  105. Biziness Attire

    March 6, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing this guys. Love the style of fashion and writing. I shared it on my tw. Take care. I hope my blog aspires to these levels some day!

  106. ChiefBandidos

    August 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    For my taste, the striped pants with that jacket is a little bit risky. I’d rather wear them with a gray or blue plain jacket. But I have to say it looks nice in the picture.

  107. Anne Watson

    April 8, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I’m for rounded collars too. Bespoke tailoring makes the best clothes. It is the oldest yet the best art of fashion designing.

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