Always looking sharp in well fitted suit. Gyasi H.L. Haynes is a project manager in California and also a passionate personal stylist.
How did your style evolve?
From when I was little boy in NY. My mom told me I always had an awareness for being clean. She would send me to school and I would come back exactly the way she sent me, neat! As I grew into a young man, I was inclined to having my own personal style that was influenced by our move to the South.
Were you always looking for a well fitted suit and shirt?
Yes, I would say how my clothes fit me was always important. As I got older I realized that people were attracted to me because of how my clothes fit me. It would start the conversation and pull them in for an explanation of who I was. Many lack that sense of detail and fit. I find that it always sets you apart.
Is it hard for you to find a well fitted suit in retail?
Because of my build, I'm able to find well fitted suits off the rack, so no. But I have to tell you, I've been wearing custom shirting and personalize suiting for some time now and I don't know if I can go back. Wearing a shirt and suit, exactly the way you like it, is hard not to get used to that. I purchase less and spend on quality.
Do you always go for made to measure?
Not always, sometimes I'm able to find things off the rack that fits my style and preference. However, I do prefer it, with a personalized, made to measure, suit it takes the guesswork out for me. For example, I can just pick the fabric, color, and the styling of the coat, like my current favourite - peak lapels. I become the designer and author of my look and style. Otherwise, I would have to get whatever is available off the rack and what's being offered by the designer. Which is not always so tough to do.
How do you build your outfit in the morning?
It depends on how I feel when I wake up. Sometimes I start with the sock and trousers, other times I'll start with the tie.
What would you say are 3 necessary components (elements) in a man’s wardrobe?
That is a great question. A great fitting suit, dress shoes and accessories, and blue jeans without stitching. You can build anything with these basic components. A very influential X Lady once told me, that she focuses on his grooming, shoes, and his watch. If these three things are in place everything else will fall in line. I've learned to live by that as well.
When did you first start thinking about being a personal stylist and why?
College years, I was very interested in barbering... after getting or giving a haircut... I always wanted my look to be on point. I became good at it. Friends of mine would asked me to not only cut their hair, but give them style advice. From then, I started my journey and research on building my understanding of a well-dressed man. I would also say that women had influence on my "why" as well.
What are your clients usually struggling with?
So many of my clients struggle with what to wear and when to wear it. Others struggle with how to wear what they have.
Can you briefly describe the process of working with a client?
I've designed a simple way finding process to classify their style with their lifestyle and or ideal. Then I work on whatever they put on by making sure it fits and is flattering. One example would be an audit on what is currently in the wardrobe. Afterwards I can take them on the perfect shopping experience.
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