This year, Men’s Fashion Ireland will direct and manage the evolving menswear aspects of the annual Dublin Fashion Festival. It’s an exciting time for us, as our involvement has progressed immensely and we have a hell of a show in-store for you all this September.
In the midst of all the planning, I took the time to talk with three of the most stylish guys in the city centre; finding out about their shopping habits, their opinions on Irish men and their essential Autumn Winter 2016 pieces. Photography by Stephen O’Neill.
Where do you work? I’m the owner of the Demon Barbers at the Ink Factory.
How would you describe your personal style? Original / spicy.
Are you inspired by anyone in particular? My mother!
What’s your favourite tattoo and why? I’ve a huge fighting style pin-up girl on my side; it’s my favourite piece because I got it in honour of my mam. She broke her neck four years ago and made a full recovery, so when I look at that it reminds me of how tough things were and that you never give up on anything.
Where do you shop the most? Why? The past couple of months it’s definitely been H&M. It has the biggest variety of choices and value for your money.
What’s the most you’ve spent on a pair of trainers? €300 on a pair of red, leather Nike Jordans.
What’s the most expensive thing in your wardrobe? I’ve a pair of diesel jeans I paid €650 for- I still don’t no why!
What hairstyles are trending at the minute? The crop is still very current but I’m seeing a lot more of the natural, low maintenance look coming back. I think the fades will fizzle out a little bit over this Autumn / Winter.
Who is your favourite menswear designer? Why? It would have to be Joshua Kane. I’m a little bit fascinated by how he keeps taking classic styles and turns them into very current wearable art.
Essential pieces for Autumn/ Winter? A good over coat and a pair of Docs are always standard for me.
Where do you work? I currently work as a fashion advisor in The Formal Suite Dublin.
How would you describe your personal style? I like to dress smart casual.
Are you inspired by anyone in particular? I would be inspired by a couple of different people but if I was to name one, it would have to be David Beckham – he’s always dressed well.
Is health and fitness a part of your daily routine? Yes. I workout 4/5 times a week because it makes me feel better about myself and I try eat as healthy as I can but its not as easy as it sounds.
Where do you shop the most and why? I’d shop in River Island a lot. I think they always have something nice.
What’s the most you’ve spent on a pair of shoes? The most I’ve spent on a pair of shoes would be €200 on a pair of Timberland deck shoes.
What’s the most expensive thing in your wardrobe? One of my 3-piece suits which I got from the formal suite for €400.
What’s your opinion on the general approach Irish men take when dressing? I think the younger generation puts more effort into how they look and how they dress. Back in the day people just put on whatever, but nowadays Irish men are putting a bit of work into their outfits which is good.
Who is your favourite menswear designer? At the moment, I really like some of Matt Hoye’s designs. His designs always look smart and they’re a bit different as well.
Essential pieces for autumn/winter? Nice tweed pieces and a good leather jacket.
What do you work as? Student / Intern / Fashion Writer
How would you describe your personal style? I would call it Formal Grunge
Who influences your style? I would say I pay the most attention to Lucky Blue Smith, Harry Styles, @BenjaminDaisley on Instagram and I like what Victoria Beckham wears too.
How much do spend on clothes each month? Not a lot really. I prefer to spend money on a few good, quality pieces and get lots of wear out of them.
Where do you shop the most? Why? I’d probably find the most things I like in All Saints, Cos and Urban Outfitters. I’d love to see more men’s boutiques around the city.
What’s the most you’ve spent on a jacket? About €200 on my The Kooples suede jacket. But it was a worthwhile investment, it’s always a great conversation starter.
What’s the most expensive thing in your wardrobe? I have a pair of Beatwear boots from Archie Eyebrows. They’re probably the most expensive thing I have.
What trends do you think are popular right now? I think dressed down suits are a huge trend in menswear at the moment.
Who is your favourite menswear designer? Why? I’m a fan of any designer that pushes the boundaries with what men can wear. I always like anything a little bit feminine. Cavalli is great, I love Saint Laurent, Sandro and Wales Bonner as well.
Essential pieces for Autumn Winter? I have my eye on a camel trench coat for Autumn Winter. I’d love to see more volume and colour in menswear, but we’ll see.