Worn out Wednesday – Kwesi Blair

first_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells If you want to know how to make it, get your mama to give you one hell of a memorable name. Take Kwesi Blair for instance.Originally from South Carolina, Kwesi (a Ghanian name meaning conquerer, but his parent are Caribbean) went to Duke University and then headed to New York City where he landed his first job at the ode to all things gentlemanly, The Ralph Lauren Mansion.  He then worked in PR a bit before becoming a shoe buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue before landing a job in 2006 at Robert Burke Associates where he is Vice President of Business Development and has worked with clients such as Bulgari, Saks and Vera Wang. As Blair explained to us, “We are the business behind the fashion. We provide strategies for brands and retailers while they are growing. We also help investors looking for assets in the fashion world and scout global markets to see what is happening and where.” Kwesi just got back from Nigeria to see if it is ready for key brand growth (Keep a look out for Lagos, people!). In the new year they will be working heavily in the Middle East with some partners to create several cool retail destinations.For such a fashionable man on the go we were curious to hear what brands he goes to for every day wear. Here is what Kwesi had to say:Suits and Blazers – I am more of a traditional dresser. I like structured and tailored suits. Working at Ralph for so long I pivot a lot towards him. His Black Label is great and modern. I have purchased a few amazing Suit Supply suits in the last six months. Michael Bastian is very much aligned with my brand identity too. He loves structure but has fun with it. I am also a double breasted fan!Khakis- I love Unis. They are very easy and basic.Denim – I am a big Acne fan.Shirts – I have a range from Ralph to Massimo Dutti, Hickey Freeman and Michael Bastian.Shoes – Since I was a footwear buyer I love shoes. A favorite pair is from J.M. Weston; they are chocolate brown lace ups. Alden does great boots to dress up and down. Margiela has excellent basic sneakers in different colors. The past summer I wore lots of Superga’s.I recently broke out a pair of Mark McNairy boots and I always have a pair of duck boots handy. Being from the South I know they are perfect for the rain.Sweaters – I have a newly found love of Joe Fresh. They have great basic crew neck sweaters. Michael Bastian again and some good ones from J.Crew.Outwear- I have a handsome Simon Spurr jacket that I bought a couple of years ago. It’s a black cashmere blend that fits well. Aspesi is Italian and they had a great basic bomber I got off of Mr. Porter. I have a Barbour which is kind of a go-to. I also have a couple of Uniqlo puffers that are lightweight and perfect when it is super cold.Accessories- I went with my boss to J.J. Hat’s and bought a handsome fedora. I love it and it fits me well. It will be my winter go-to. My watch is from the Swedish brand Uniform Wares. My office gave it to me for my 30th birthday. I got married last year so I wear my gold band and that is the extent of my accessories.Tech Accessory- I am going to say my Bose headphones. I take them everywhere and I wouldn’t be able to work without them!Apps- There is a new app called Photos to Art. It is an art.com app and you upload your photos from your phone and art.com will put them on canvas and frame them for you. It was the perfect app after my trip to Nigeria.Your next tech purchase- The new iPad Air! Maybe Santa will be kind to me this year. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

Premier Proclaims Womens Institutes Week in Nova Scotia

first_img Premier John Hamm has proclaimed Feb. 15 to 21 as Women’sInstitutes Week in Nova Scotia. “Organizations that encourage women through education andpersonal development are an important part of our society,”Premier Hamm said. “The Women’s Institutes have supported and strengthened NovaScotia’s rural families and communities for more than ninedecades,” said Status of Women Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.”We thank them for their learning, their sharing and forimproving the quality of life for all.” This year marks the 91st anniversary of the first Women’sInstitutes in Nova Scotia. For more information see the websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/wi/ . The first Women’s Institutes branch in Canada was founded in 1897by Adelaide Hoodless, an Ontario farm wife who began teachingwomen domestic skills. The organization now has millions ofmembers in affiliated organizations in 70 countries. PREMIER’S OFFICE–Premier Proclaims Women’s Institutes Week inNova Scotialast_img read more