Quick Chat: David Coggins

David Coggins is a writer, and the coolest guy that you want to know.  His words have popped up all over the place, and he’s an anchor in the #menswear ethos, often photographed, as well as doing collaborations with Drake’s and Sleepy Jones.  He recently released ‘Men and Style’ to much fanfare, and is hopping around the country to the best spots to meet readers, and to sign his book.

When the good folks at Sid Mashburn reached out and let me know he was coming, I was happy to publicize, and jumped at the chance to sit down with him before the event began.  We enjoyed some iced white wine and a chat.  Here we go:

Describe your personal style

[DC]  Easy going formality.  Like an Italian Uncle.  A member of an English Arts Club that stopped paying dues.

What is your quirk?

[DC]  I always wear knit ties, and the back is usually longer than the front.

What is one fashion rule that you always break?

[DC]  I’m always overdressed.

What is your favorite store in the USA?

[DC]  Sid Mashburn.  Seriously.  The vibe is perfect.  People come here to hang out.

Who is your style icon?

[DC]  Luciano Barbera.  He always wears a sport coat, and he always looks happy.

Image: The Sartorialist

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

[DC]  A tweed sport coat.  Unstructured.  You can never have too many.

What is your guilty pleasure?

[DC]  Sleeping in sweaters.  P.S. – he sent me a note after the party saying that NFL RedZone is another guilty pleasure.

What shoes did you wear when you were young?

[DC]  A really good pair of Polo Country bucks.

What is your favorite movie?

[DC]  ‘Trouble in Paradise’.  A great story, and very stylish.

What is the most important aspect of a man’s wardrobe?

[DC]  It all starts with a sport coat.  A well made sport coat shows how you fit into the world.

What is advice you’d like to give to Red Clay Soul readers?

[DC]  Know what looks good on you.  Buy clothes that fit your build and your temperament.  Just because it looks good on John Hamm doesn’t mean it will look good on you.  Find a way to flatter your build, and flatter your personality.  You’ll enjoy the process much more.

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  1. Nem
    12/12/2016 / 9:23 AM

    Good questions RCS, well done. That beard kicks ass!

  2. DCW
    12/12/2016 / 9:29 AM

    Great piece, interesting guy.

  3. MSM
    12/12/2016 / 1:23 PM

    Great post. Now I realize my tweed sports coat sucks and needs an upgrade

  4. Angela
    12/12/2016 / 2:18 PM

    Good read, and I’ll have to check out David’s book. I’d been pining for years to visit Sid’s and finally made my way there two weeks ago. Would have stayed forever if I could have.

  5. Cory
    12/13/2016 / 2:43 PM

    Good read. I absolutely love what Drake’s is doing right now. I would buy their entire lookbook if I could…

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