Check out myself & Christopher J Rondo at our recent visit to Boffi Georgetown to an event we hosted with Ernesto Santalla. CSC visits Georgetown
Thanks to Moe Taylor of Art life Studio for the Fantastic video of the Christopher Schafer Clothier shoot with David Hartcorn Photography
83′ World Series MVP and MASN Orioles own Rick Dempsey sits down with Phillip Ko of Baltimore Fishbowl to discuss his signature line of ties. Video edited by Ricky Johnson
Please take time and go to http://fashionawardsmd.com and cast your vote for me in the established category for Best Men’s Tailor. Thank you all for your support.
Hopefully by now you’ve upgraded your wardrobe from those blousy ill-fitting shirts and boxy suits to something trim and proper. You’ve stepped up your shoe game to a decent pair of leather bottom shoes that don’t look like they were stolen from Bishop Don Magic Juan’s closet ….So why are you still using those $3 bag of disposable razors ? You wouldn’t want to go into a five star restaurant and eat with cheap plastic forks, would you? So why do the same when comes to the tools used for your personal grooming ? Enter Imperium Woodcraft .. An Ellicott City, Md based shop “dedicated to producing the highest quality hand-turned grooming accessories available” founded by Dan Janssen.
The products are made from fine heirloom wood and designed to fit your Gillette Mach 3 disposable blades as well as Venus blades for women . I had the pleasure of meeting Dan during a recent event held at Hotel Monaco here in Baltimore, where he took time out to tell us more about his products.
DC King: What inspired you to create your product?
DJ : I think people have come to a point where honest hand-made goods mean a lot. Smart consumers are looking for products that show thought, skill, style and a craftsman’s touch. Most of what is sold today is machine made, mass produced, and quite honestly ugly. I think we do ourselves a disservice by surrounding our homes, and lives with these things. Honest, stylish goods with quality material, and a makers hand, have always been a passion of mine. I have always sought to fill my life with as much quality as I could manage even if that meant having less. I started making small hand-turned things for friends and family a few years ago because I have always liked the look and feel of a good pen and woodworking was something I enjoyed. Quickly realized the demand for what I was making and I expanded to other things. Eventually I began making the razor handles I sell today.
DC King : What sets your brand apart from others ?
DJ: My products are custom designed and built by hand. Each handle, shaving, set, or razor is unique. My handles are waterproof, durable and offer a touch of to our shaving routine. I feel my razors blur the lines between old world style and modern convenience because why not have both? I’m also proud that I can offer a distinct, hand made, honest product at an affordable price.
DC King: Where can people find your product?
DJ: Look for our entire line at imperiumwood.com We are also at Hunting Ground (Baltimore), Randy and Steve’s (Ellicott City), Hell’s bottom Barber shop (D.C.) and Savvy Chic (Fredricksburg VA)
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Music by H. Lee
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Nick J Mosby is sits on the Baltimore City Council for Baltimore’s 7th District. Voted by Baltimore’s City Paper as Baltimore’s Best Politician, Nick Mosby could arguably be one of Baltimore’s most progressive , and best dressed leaders . A family man he is very involved with his community in his 7th District.
Nick has served as an instructor and mentor with the Omega Academy where he served as role model to adolescent boys in West Baltimore, a College Tour coordinator and mentor with the Winning Teams Mentoring Program at Coppin State University, a seminar facilitator with Inroads, Inc., as well as a volunteer with the Upward Bound program.
Educated in the Baltimore City Public School System, Nick attended the prestigious Polytechnic Institute, and would later go on to attend Tuskegee University where he would earn a Bachelor’s in Electrical Egineering and was also selected for Eta Kappa Nu, International Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and later committing himself to the betterment of his community through public service. We took time out to sit with the councilman to find out his philosophy on personal appearance and style.
DC King: At what point in your life did you come to the realization that personal appearance or dressing in a particular manner had an effect in how others perceived you?
NJM: I grew up in an old school house and my mother did not play when it came to appearance. At a very early age she taught me the importance of managing my personal appearance and understanding that the first appearance is a lasting one.
DC King: Reading your bio I see that you hold a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University, what inspired you to make the move from engineering to public servant?
NJM: That was always the plan. I have wanted to be a public servant since I was about 8-years-old. I tell people all the time to trace my roots all way back to elementary school. Ask my classmates what I wanted to be when I grew up, and they will tell you that I wanted to be a public servant in Baltimore. I am the first in my family to go away to college and doing so was a major financial struggle. I wanted to major in an area that would afford me the opportunity to earn the most so I could assist my mother upon graduation, hence the reason I went into engineering. But the plan was to always serve the city that I love.
DC KING: At one time in our youth we may have latched onto a particular style or trend where, in hindsight, we think “What was I thinking?” Was there a particular style or something you may have might have worn at one time that you wouldn’t go near again?
NJM: That’s an easy answer. I always tried to push the envelope on things and be different on my mother’s budget. It worked some of the time, but most of the time they were epic failures. In elementary school I wore Dwayne Wayne glasses to my closing exercise. Middle school graduation I wore a silky button-up pattern shirt I bought from the Alameda Shopping Center. But high school takes the cake. First week freshmen year I wore a sleeveless ruffled white shirt from Merry Go Round.
DC KING: You have worked with a lot of youth initiatives such as The Upward Bound Program, The Omega Academy, and Winning Teams mentoring academy at Coppin State University. If there is one thing you could tell young men about the importance of professional dress & style what would it be?
NJM: Keep it simple and straight to the point. You should define your professional attire and not the other way around. A sharp shape up, nice watch and fly shoes tie a wardrobe together nicely.
DC King: How would you describe your personal style?
NJM: I really like nice thick ties and spread-collared patterned shirts with fitted suits. I especially like my jacket to be fitted. I hate not seeing my shirt sleeve under the jacket sleeve. I love grey or navy blue suits, and I also like to wear brown leather belts and shoes.
DC KING-ALS: Do you have a particular style icon from whom you derive your personal style from?
NJM: I like to mix it up. I have never really followed after a particular person, brand, or trend.
DC KING: What are 4 items you can’t function without on daily basis?
NJM: Cellphones, Watch, IPAD, and extra Business Cards.
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