We’re so grateful to have recently been introduced to Chris, a definite trendsetter, and fellow Atlantan. We invited him to be a Tastemaker here on the blog for steve mckenzie’s, and happily, he agreed.
Although Chris isn’t a participant in the interior design community, he has an appreciation for the arts, including interior design, and certainly recognizes the role design plays in personal style and vice versa. And we’re so thrilled to have this opportunity to share a bit about Chris with you today:
Chris W. Joseph has established himself as a trusted lifestyle resource for today’s discerning gentlemen. Chris has become a valued and indispensable wardrobe consultant to his clients by developing and facilitating strategies to refine their physical appearance & presentation. In addition, as the Men’s Style Concierge, Chris is a proven authority on men’s style; thousands have connected with him through various social media platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Both men and women follow his perspectives on luxury style trends found in popular culture within major US markets and around the world.
The Men’s Style Concierge offers image consulting services to individuals, corporate entities, and non-profit groups. All custom accessories created by the Men’s Style Concierge, such as pocket rounds (available at steve mckenzie’s), lapel pins & flowers, and cufflinks, are handcrafted using quality materials and fabrics. The ultimate purpose of the Men’s Style Concierge is to explore the best in men’s style tips, fashion advice, grooming techniques, contemporary etiquette, and much more to help you achieve the most from your personal look & brand.
Chris is Haitian-American. He was born and raised in Miami, FL, but currently lives in the Atlanta, GA area with his wife and two young children.
1. What are three words that describe your aesthetic?
Cool, Confident, and Nonconforming
2. Please share a bit about a favorite project, to date…
My favorite project to date was being able to style the guys in my fraternity brother’s wedding. The bride didn’t want the tuxedos to be too “out there,” so we opted for traditional black, with handsome accessories… and Jordan sneakers to add an element of fun for the guys.
3. What’s the source of your inspiration?
I’m inspired by a lot of different sources: nature, art, the old & new styles, music, and those feelings that come from deep inside of me that know one else would ever know.
4. Name three people – alive or dead – you’d invite to your dream dinner party.
Sam Cooke, Brad Pitt, and a young Muhammed Ali.
5. Please share with us a garment or accessory you couldn’t live without.
I couldn’t live without a white handkerchief… My father always carried a cotton hanky with him where ever he went. He used to either wipe sweat from his brow, blowing his nose, or cleaning a stain from his shirt or tie. Because I saw him do those things all throughout my childhood (and he still uses a hanky), it’s something I’ve done since college.
6. Do you follow a particular set of rules when mixing textures, colors, etc. – how do they work for you?
I don’t necessarily follow style rules when mixing textures or colors. However, I don’t follow the rule of when wearing multiple patterns, I try to wear those patterns in proportion to one another… And when I wear similar patterns, those patterns are in various sizes.
7. Trending… What’s something you’re currently “into” and something you’re “over?”
I’m currently into sport coats with elbow patches.
I’m completely over suit jackets with three or more buttons – guys please stop it!
8. What would be the one thing you would have if you were stranded on a deserted island?
If I were stranded on a deserted island, the one thin I would have is my trusty Swiss Army pocket knife. I think I could survive if I had that.
9. Please share a piece of advice you’d offer to someone looking to break into your industry.
I advise anyone looking to break into the image or styling/fashion industry is to be prepared to hear a lot of “No’s” and to work hard. Also, I’ve found that because I love what I do, the hard work I put into my brand isn’t hard at all because I enjoy it!
We agree – all the hard work is worth it when you love what you do!
Doesn’t Chris seem like the nicest guy?? If you’re in the market for a stylist, or just looking for some friendly advice, we encourage you to reach out to the Men’s Style Concierge and see what they can do for you and your image.
And thank you again for Chris for sharing a bit about him and his business with us as this month’s Tastemaker!