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A Tailored Look For a Confident Man

A men's clothing expert points out the relationship between style and dignity

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a first-generation Dominican-American, born in New York City and raised in Providence. I grew up in the Hartford Projects, near Olneyville Square. Growing up in the projects, I wore Timberland boots, Air Force One Nikes, tall tees and ill fitting jeans. It wasn’t until a trip to the Dominican Republic that all of that changed. I was captivated by the elegance and dignity of the local countrymen. After that trip, I became interested in men’s clothing, and slowly developed my own unique style.

You have used your love of style to develop Spiffy Gents. What can someone expect when they visit the site?
The men’s apparel at Spiffy Gents aims to offer gentlemen a collection of unique, sharp designs that will help them develop their personal style. I want all men, even those of us on a budget, to have the opportunity to look our best.

How would you describe your personal style?
Tailored. I have apprenticed with tailors who have taught me to appreciate the craft, and the quality of the perfect fit. The fit of a pant leg or a waistline can make or break an outfit; the garments I choose for my own wardrobe are specific to my measurements. Fitted clothing is not only more comfortable, but tailoring compliments your body.

When talking about Spiffy Gents you use the word dignity. How can a person’s dress promote dignity?
When I was a mentor at New Urban Arts, I worked with a student, who like myself, went from dressing in baggy, indifferent clothing to button up shirts, dress pants and dress shoes. It was amazing how the change of clothes improved his confidence, self-respect and positive behavior. If someone is wearing an outfit that emphasizes the importance of his or her presentation, that person starts carrying him or herself with more dignity.

How does living in Providence inspire your personal style?
Providence is a city dense with culture; there is a lot for an artist to draw from. One aspect of my aesthetic that I can definitely attribute to the Providence community is my love for bright, bold pops of color influenced by my Dominican heritage and the rich Caribbean culture of the South and West sides. Our city is a blend of the old and the new, which is how I describe my personal style.