A Man About Style has partnered with Le Foodie co & Maasi Development Project to help a young entrepreneur achieve her dream. Tomonik is a young Kenyan girl from the Maasai Development Project. Maasai Development Project rescues young girls from Female Genital Mutilation and forced marriage. Tomonik’s story has inspired us since she is an aspiring entrepreneur. After graduating from secondary school, she began baking bread in a coal oven that the MDP has at their center. Her passion for bread making grew with her skills and she began selling bread in her village. Tomonik’s bread has since gained popularity and she has fallen in love with the business of baking. She now wants to open a bakery! With every purchase of a Le Foodie Co bakers delight T-shirt this quarter, they are donating 20% of the net proceeds from the "Bakers Delight" T-shirts and 10% of the net proceeds from the other t-shirts to help Tomonik bring her vision to life! So help us change a life fashionably.
About Maasi Development Project.
MDP Sponsored Children:
MDP Education Center(MDPEC) was founded in November 2010. The centre has been home to over 70 girls throughout the years. Working with the Child Services Department, MDPEC is a home that is a safe refuge for many girls that have been rescued from forced early marriage, FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), or have been “at-risk”. They are orphaned or come from a single parent household who cannot support them and are at risk of being sold into marriage by a close family member. MDP provides a safe environment to live and provides education to each child, through college, university or technical School, resulting from their government qualifying exam scores.
MDP Sponsored Trips:
MDP provides the opportunity for people around the world to join them for free medical/dental mission trips to the interior of Maasailand. Thus, sharing the opportunity to serve the Maasai community in remote areas with much needed medical and dental needs. These trips also provide opportunities to do building projects and work with our children. On the mission trips a safari is also provided with a stay at a 5-star safari camp.
MDP Awareness Speaking:
MDP welcomes the opportunity to come to your school, church, organization, or fundraiser to help bring awareness to the plight of the “at risk” girls in Maasailand. School presentations provide a hands-on opportunity for children to experience another culture.
Networking is a structured plan to get to know people who will do business with you or introduce you to those who will. Typically, ineffective networkers attend several networking groups but talk to the same friend's each time. Obviously, this behavior defeats the entire purpose of networking. Knowing this Laidback Allure in conjunction with The Cloud Room created The Social Club. A gathering where creatives, influencers and business entrepreneurs can converse over drinks and good music.
Remember networking is inclusive, not exclusive. After learning people's names, don't be afraid to add those wallflowers standing on the fringes to your conversation. This practice allows you to seamlessly move in and out of conversations while being a connector. AMAS also suggests you use your wardrobe to your advantage as comfort starts with appearance. A simple rule is to always dress one level better than the suggested dress code. Lastly be an active listener. Listening makes one captivating and will inspire you to ask smarter questions. Consider what we think about speech, "Talk is cheap", "That's mere rhetoric", "Silence is golden". People don't value listeners because they will respond with answers. We value the people who care to listen.
Here at amas, we know dating can be a choir. So we decided to give you some tips on how to attract that special someone. In this episode instead of telling you what to do, we decided to practice what we preach. With Kate Gawlowski of Seattle Models Guild, you will hear her answer some of our favorite date questions. While giving us some tips on these subjects:
- How do you slide in a DM?
- How do you approach a woman at the gym?
- Should we wear boxers or briefs?
Special thanks to Third Culture Coffee for sponsoring our wonderful date:
Bonus: If you still have not checked out our currated date mix with Dj Epop here is your chance.
Paris, London, and New York the fashion capitals of the world. Seattle may have its work cut out for it, but brands are noticing the tastemakers. Like many style journeys, men are behind. Noticing a void Antonio Smith and Avi Soor created a platform for the male creatives of the city.
The Seattle Gents is a menswear collective that looks to highlight Seattle culture through various forms of media. From podcasts to models this group has it all. In celebration of a year's worth of work. The Seattle Gents hosted an event for entrepreneurs, brands, and creatives. As you enjoy the highlights of the night, know this is only the begging for this group gentlemen.
Photography by Blake Gillies
The guy who had frosted tips, braces and lived in his momma's house years after college is getting married. Even if you don't believe in a higher power, at this moment, you know heaven and earth were moved. For your loyalty, through these rough years, you have been bestowed the honor of being his best man. So, now what?
Lucky for you, your "honey-do" list is not as long as your female counterpart. You are more than the bachelor party chairman, but for appropriate laughs, let us start there. The number one goal is that the groom has fun. No one wants Bender. The best way to plan this rite of a passage is to enlist the help of your fellow groomsmen. Also, ask the groom if there are any specific things he wants to do and if anything is off the table (i.e. hookers and blow). Once you have a baseline, make sure to inform the goom that his rights to add input have been revoked (trust us, its more fun this way). Please note, this is the central time for embarrassing moments to shine. Don't overdo it at the wedding or during the speeches. Whatever you choose, make sure the night or weekend is structured enough so that your not just sitting around watching SportsCenter or so jam-packed you have to rush. Remember: no matter what you choose to do your bud should look back at this event fondly.
Sure you know about the bachelor party, but you may also be asked to help in the selection of wedding suits and the groom's tuxedo. Some of our favorite places to look for inspiration are The Tie Bar and Generation tux. Even if your not a fashionisto, please be on notice: an excellent pocket square will elevate any suit, and your tie bar holds the tie in place once your jacket is taken off during the reception.
Other pre-wedding duties may include:
1. Helping with rehearsal dinner
2. Being the point of contact for all things groomsmen
3. Helping the groom with honeymoon planning/reservations
4. Organize the couple's departure from the reception
5. Selecting an appropriate - or inappropriate - gift for the groom from the groomsmen
Today you are a “yes” man. It's ok to be stressed as long as it is on you and not the bride or groom. Do everything in your power to make the groom as relaxed as possible. From helping to usher Gram-ma-ma to the dimple in the groom's tie, you're the man with a plan. Honestly, this should go without saying, but make sure the groomsmen go easy on the sauce; this isn't a tailgate. During the ceremony, you will be handling the ring and walking the maid of honor up and down the aisle. If you are confused about where to be or what to do, that is the time to coordinate your movements with the wedding planner.
Other Wedding tasks:
1. Sign the marriage license
2. Make sure groomsmen have the boutonnieres attached properly
3. Make sure groomsmen are where they need to be for pictures
The Best Man Speech
You did it! You - yes you - got him down the aisle! Now is your time to shine: the best man speech. This is not a time to wing it. If you are not a wordsmith, it's ok to research jokes and words of wisdom. Go over your speech with someone beforehand to ensure people will react the way you want them too. The perfectly crafted speech will create moments of laughter and love. Being bestowed with the honor of best man is no small matter, show your appreciation by giving him a speech worth remembering!
Our Speech Tips:
1. Keep it 5-8 min long
2. Stay away from inside jokes
3. Acknowledge the groom and especially the brides family
4. Memorize your speech
5. DON'T get the brides name wrong (Yikes!)
IF YOU NEED SOME INSPIRATION HERE IS MY HUMBLE SAMPLE:
For those who don't know me I'm Richard aka the lost Toebe brother but more importantly, I have been Marty and Stephanie's third wheel for the last half a decade.
First off I want to thank Stephanie's for saying yes because Rich and Gail were running out of ideas to get Marty to move out of the house...he is pushing 30 Y'all.
Speaking of I want to acknowledge Gail and Rich and of course the parents of the bride Susan and Roger without them this beautiful day would not be possible.
Marty, we have been friends a long time, but this isn’t about you and me it’s about you and Stephanie. I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge how beautiful Stephanie looks. Now, Stephanie, could you take your hand and put it on the table. Now Marty put your hand on top of hers. I want you to remember this moment because this will be the last time you ever have the upper hand in this relationship.
Stephanie, I want you to take a deep breath and remember this moment... One day you're going to be tired from a long day at work and you're going to have to do laundry and your going to find one of Marty's draws and they are going to look like they were wiped on a coal minors brow... Remember this moment...Because love endures.
Now, Marty, I want you to take a deep breath, look at Stephanie and tell her "I love you." Remember she will never tire hearing these words from you. As a married man there will come a point in time where you think "well I married you isn't that good enough" and when that happens remember this moment!
As a married man of 0 years, I want to give you some advice since I’m so qualified.
As you embark on this new journey, keep in mind to practice forgiveness. Even though dating is over love can still be a battlefield.
I challenge you to love deeper.
And lastly live with purpose individually and as a couple.
As I raise my glass I just want to end my toast by saying
In your new life:
May your neighbors respect you.
Trouble neglect you.
Angels protect you.
And heaven accept you.
To Marty and steph!
With that, you are good to go. Now go find yourself a bridesmaid.
Special thanks to Marty & Stephanie
Photography by Emily Star Pool
A Man About Style
In the words of Jay-Z "nobody's built like you, you have to design yourself." Many of us feel that buying made to measure is out of reach, even if our we are far from the "average body type." With this in mind, Indochino set out to make buying made to measure convent, cost-effective and accessible. The Canadian based retailer was the first company to deliver mass customized men's clothing directly to consumers and remains the largest in the world. Today we will guild you through two tailored Indochino experiences. For the progressive, buying a made to measure suit is now only one click away. For the classic man, the revered relationship between a man and his tailor still holds value.
Step 1: GET MEASURED
Like most men, the toils of life seem to always be beckoning. When you shop, you are well educated about what you want. Since you are a self-starter in all things, you elect to go to indochino.com. There are a lucky few who have their measurements in hand. If that isn't your story? Relax, all you need is a few minutes on your feet and a friend that can read a measuring tape. After that, just follow the step by step video prompts and enter your measurements. The final process is to set up your measurement profile, which will take less than 10 minutes and can be done from anywhere you choose.
The Classic Man:
One of the amenities of buying bespoke attire is that customer service is not a suggestion. As men, we have few sanctuaries. Like the barbershop, an Indochino showroom is a place for free thought and expression. We at AMAS suggest you visit the new Seattle location, but they the have many beautiful spaces across the United States and Canada. Upon arrival, the vibes and ambiance make you feel comfortable. Once checked in, your suiting professional will take your measurements. During this process, you are encouraged to be yourself. If you desire peace from the hustle and bustle, this is your refuge. Here at A Man About Style, we promote the art of healthy conversation and dialogue, since we all can learn from the stories and experiences of others.
Step 2: Fabric Choice
While online you will be given the option to choose your garment by model, fabric or color. As a seasoned shopper, you can easily find out the garments makeup. Other running details include garment care, season suggestions, and wardrobe functionality.
The classic Man:
You know that fabric choice is the key to longevity. So being able to discuss how a piece of fabric will breath always be useful to you. An advantage of visiting a showroom is the ability to see how vibrant a color or pattern is. The sharp dresser also knows texture is as big apart of putting an outfit together as color or design. If you are a novice or veteran the interpersonal connection, you will have with your suiting professional will prove valuable for education and inspiration.
Step 3: Customizations
The Progressive and "Classic" man both have similar experiences when it comes to customization. Indochino has a vast selection of options from lapel types, jacket vents, buttons, and monogramming. We do suggest when customizing your garment less is more. If your suit is muted, go bold with your inside liner or vice versa. Whatever you choose make sure that the clothing reflects an image befitting your best self. Indochino is here to inspire confidence that people can admire.
The Final Product
If eyes are the windows to the soul, Ollie Quinn will make you take a second look. Ollie Quinn is a UK based eyewear retailer that is rapidly expanding throughout North America. A man about style draws many of its influence from British Fashion. Their roots may not be native to North America but all of their boutiques are infused with the local heritage. Their boutiques are designed by in-house architects that work with local furniture suppliers and craftspeople. This creates a welcoming home away from home atmosphere that reflects the community it serves.
How to Choose Quinn Frames:
Price will not be a major factor at Ollie Quinn since all of their frames are the same price (currently 125 USD). Prescription frames are available within 1-2 weeks instore or for delivery. They also offer 30-minute eye exams from an in-house optometrist. When styling frames, keep in mind face shape, skin tone, and personal style.
We decided to style the Clemes frames in the tortoiseshell color, dramatically named "Fireflies," since we needed a frame with rounded lenses to soften the sharp angles of our square face. The color and style are a nod to classic 50's style. In addition, Fireflies is a versatile color for all occasions that can be paired with both vibrant or muted outfits--as you can see, we chose to pair it with a vibrant green Indochino suit.
What sets Ollie Quinn apart is their attention to both detail and design. Honoring the unique history and flavor of the various neighborhoods in which their boutiques are located along with their modern approach to classic frame design, Ollie Quinn exquisitely balance both sophistication and expression. Make sure to visit one of their many boutiques in the UK or Canada. So far, Ollie Quinn is exclusively located in Seattle but further expansion into the US is in the works.
Shop the look:
Suite: Indochino, Shoes: Creative Reaction, Shirt: J Crew. Sunglasses: Ollie Quinn, Pocket Round: Ebay, Scarf: Burberry White Linen Pocket Square: J. Crew
Photography courtesy of: www.arturogarza.com IG: arturogarzaphotography
A Man About Style has teamed up with Young Professionals of Seattle. For this episode we give you style tips for the 3rd annual DapperAS Party: Featuring looks from Buki Brand and Hapertas & Co. Along with giving you different ways to stand out this fall. Make sure you subscribe for the giveaway. Tell Next time!
Young Professionals of Seattle have teamed up with AMAS. Here we will discuss: Dance floor etiquette, how to exit a conversation with tact, and how to be memorable with just your wardrobe. Let us know your thoughts...