“Those with little money must count on brains, hard work, and style to get ahead. Good manners and a sense of humor help as well. This is the nature of both the Dandy and Democracy: that our destinies are not written before we are born. I understood this from a very early age, and was lucky enough to have a mother who allowed me to experiment with my vision of myself. My belief is that we all invent ourselves to one degree or another. I tried all sorts of clothes, and noticed how people reacted to them. I carefully noticed how costumes on actors helped them play their parts. And I was quickly aware that some men in our neighborhood got more attention and respect because of their style. Style is neither superficial nor inconsequential.”
"Style to me is something that lasts. There’s also the subdivision one should make between inner-style and exterior-style. Today, sadly, everything is about exterior-style, and very little about inner-style. This causes many so-called ‘stylish’ people to believe they are more stylish than they actually are."
So what exactly is this inner-style?
"Inner-style to me is how you treat people as well as how you behave. It’s about being able to be the same around everyone; being fair; being honest; being brave and having morals and ethics. To me it means that whether I’m talking to you, the president, or my cleaning lady – I’m the same - I don’t change. It’s something that you rarely see in people and the industry today, but to me it’s key. If you have appearance, but you don’t have substance..uh…it’s like the foam in the cappuccino – it fades away."