#TailoredTuesdays sounds familiar?
Tell us a a bit about yourself
My name is Nick Arrington. I am from Woodbridge, Virginia. Woodbridge is a growing city in the Washington, D.C. Area. I am one of four children raised by a single mother, Mother Arrington. My love for fashion started here; when my Mother went out shopping she had no other choice but to bring her kids along with her. Appearance was very important in the Arrington household. She used to tell us, ‘if you go outside looking any kind of way, people are going to treat you any kind of way’. My love for fashion continued on throughout the years and ended up being voted ‘Best Dressed’ of my senior class in high school. Back then my wardrobe was pretty much based around sneakers….today…I have more than a love affair with the staple every man should wear, a suit.
A degree in Sales and Marketing and another degree in Business Administration, Barclays, JP Morgan Chase as well as an inclination for exquisite fashion and involvement in certain fashion aspects such as styling, modeling. Most people will assume a person with such passion for tasteful fashion styles and involvement will have studied in some fashion school. How do you explain all these in your lustrous resume? and what motivates you?
Wow, I guess you may be right! I did not study at a traditional fashion school. I always wanted to go to an HBCU. After growing up watching shows like ‘The Cosby Show’ and ‘A Different World’, albeit fiction it painted a pretty good picture of how college would be. My older brother went on to an HBCU and after speaking to him and his friends, I knew that was the path I wanted to take. Then going down to homecoming at North Carolina A&T and up at Howard University as a teenager set it completely in stone. I played baseball my entire life and it afforded my college education. I was on academic/athletic scholarship to the one and only Tuskegee University! Best decision of my life. Educationally, I always wanted to work in marketing/business in some aspect. The pie in the sky was Nike. You never know what the world has in store for you and I landed a gig on Wall Street at JPMorgan. In between there and Barclays I had to pick up work, freelancing, it’s the New York way…I found myself a gig as an assistant stylist doing table top shoots for Ralph Lauren.com. Today, I am still working in marketing, in London with Barclays. In my spare time I style and model. I am currently in a bridal magazine (Munaluchi Bridal Magazine) on shelves. This shoot I styled and modeled in. In a nutshell, I guess you can say I am a Renaissance Man.
Can you briefly tell us about Imparali custom Tailors and privileged NY?
Imparali Custom Tailors is a tailoring shop based in Texas and New York. It’s a family shop ran by Matt Harpalani. I met Matt when I first moved to New York and needed some work done. After 4 years of being a customer, I came on board as a style contributor. I write and star in video style blogs on his website. Not to mention I am a walking advertisement. When anyone asks me who tailors my clothes I send them to Matt over at Imparali. I will tell you a quick story, a gentleman ran into me at breakfast one morning and asked me about my suit…the next day he was at our Imparali showroom and he walks in, ‘Are you Matt? I want my suit to look like your client, Nick Arrington’s. He told me to tell you he sent me’. True story, Matt can validate it. Ha! Privileged New York is a lifestyle brand I started with my best friend. We have a love for sneakers and finally found a way to monetize our addiction. We have begun hunting sneakers for celebrities, professional athletes and other clients. Over the years we have acquired contacts in the sneaker industry after working in Footlocker, Athlete’s Foot through high school and seasonally through college. We also co-sponsor sneaker conventions where hundreds of people come to buy, sell and trade sneakers. The underground sneaker culture is fun, profitable and most importantly global. These are my passion projects outside of my everyday career. If you have not seen the show ‘How to Make it in America’ watch it…that pretty much explains my life style. It has been cancelled, so you can catch it on DVD, online or something.
When someone looks the way you combine patterns and colors, one can see that it is not like that of the average man. What was your style growing up and how would you describe your style now?
I kind of touched on this earlier, but my style when I was younger was very much revolved around my sneakers. When we are young we are very impressionable; I think my style was a combination of what I saw on television, my geographical location, older ‘cool kids’, basically my environment. You could typically find me in a pair of Jordans, Timberland boots, Nikes, Addidas, didn’t matter. It got so bad I would have to sneak shoes into my Mother’s house or hide them at a friend’s. The crux of the whole thing…the shoes had to be spotless. We actually had a crew who was known around school as being very well dressed. The yearbook archives can prove this…we all won ‘Best Dressed’ our graduating years. Let’s just say back then, I didn’t have a tailor nor a relationship with one. Ha! My style is completely different. Still addicted to sneakers but I have added monk straps, wingtips, dress boots, suits, sports jackets, tweeds and the like. So I think my style has evolved from trendy…to timeless.
Saw you in some colored suits like light blue, pink. Not many men can pull that off but you did! If someone came to you to style them or give them some fashion tips what's the first thing you would do to help the person look 'dapper' and probably pull off such trends/styles like you do?
Funny you should ask! I receive random emails, Facebook messages or texts from people that have obtained my information through someone else. Anyway, I think when I am styling someone or giving advice I first ask them what exactly is they need the look for. After we have that I ask them who they want to look like, ideally a public figure or a celebrity. It’s very flattering when they reference one of my looks. We just build from there….I don’t push my personal style on them. For example, someone called me and they needed to figure out what to wear to a wedding. I posed a couple of questions, is it black tie? Summer? Indoors/out? Once we figure out the lay of the land we put together the look. This consists of a lot of back and forth via text or email until we get the final product. I wouldn’t expect many people to pull a pink blazer out of their closet…you get to colors like that after you have built up a solid rotation of the staples. I don’t even wear that jacket often…maybe twice.
You have the trending hash tag "TailoredTuesdays" what made you come up with that? And if you could make any particular fashion trend disappear, what trend would it be?
Believe it or not, I created that hash tag in the shower on a random morning! I take pride in my appearance and really enjoy getting dressed in the morning. I figured I would post the photos to Instagram. You don’t judge someone’s fashion sense in conversation…it’s all about how it looks! Right? I will leave you with a personal quote that I think will one day be famous, ‘style or fashion is the purest reflection of ourselves without having to say a single word’. I will have to pay respect to the great Yves Saint Laurent who said it best, ‘fashion fades, style is eternal’. All and all, I started #tailoredtuesdays to share my style with the world and those who care to follow. Maybe in the end I will inspire someone. Who knows for now, it’s just cool. Facebook started out because it was ‘cool’ so we’ll see where this goes.
You seem like a guy who is very likable, sociable and as some would say ' a people's person'. It is no wonder big companies such as Barclays have you as their corporate hospitality analyst. What other positive attribute(s) do you have that we all don't know and would like to share?
I think the one thing about me that people wouldn’t know by the outside looking in…is that I have a big heart. If I call you my friend I will do anything and everything for you…I know I made it this far in life because people took an interest in me and helped me along the way. We have to pay it forward…I attribute a lot of my success from paying it forward. I’ve been told that I look intimidating…that is hilarious because once you give me a simple ‘hello’ I won’t stop talking to you!
You are from Virginia but live in the UK, why the move?
My path doesn’t have geographical barriers its 2013 and 2014 is around the corner. Started in Virginia, studied in Alabama, landed in New York City and now I am across the pond in London…who knows where the next stop is. I move around because that is the only way to stay relevant and knowledgeable in today’s society. I do have to give some credit to my good friend Kenji Summers (@kenjisummers @passportlife). He is a world traveler and encourages people to obtain a passport and see as much of the world as they can starting at a young age through his Passport Life initiative. You should definitely check him out! He was one of my inspirations to getting out of my New York/USA comfort zone. I have my eyes on Singapore next!
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