Considering I spent most of my career in the menswear biz, it is sort of shocking that I have yet to feature a Style Maven with a profound appreciation for tailored perfection. So I am here to redeem myself, by giving a little shout out to my good friend Cody. Cody and I met a long, long time ago, one evening in a hair salon. I was paying my bill and having a little conversation in French with the uncle of the owner and Cody chimed in and put my Francais to shame. Of course, we jumped into English soon thereafter and this down home, southern accent poured out. Turns out my francophile friend was really a good ole boy from a smallish town in Texas. I ran the Calvin Men's Collection business back then and while I was obviously intrigued by his linguistic talent, what I really noticed was his impeccable style... Cody and I didn't really become friends until a bit later on, but we reconnected via my then boyfriend and I am proud to say he is still in my life.
Enough nostalgia...lets get to the good stuff, his style. Cody has traveled the world, he has lived abroad, and as per the title he truly appreciates the good life. This picture says a thousand words...this is exactly how I think of him...wearing some perfectly fitted custom suit, stunning watch, sitting in some regal pose, sipping champagne!!! Now perhaps this sounds pretentious, but I promise he is anything but. He brings a dash of Southern flare and a bold Texan personality to his joie de vivre that is quintessentially American and beyond down-to-earth. I find that sometimes when people who come from our heartland to the big city, who travel the world, who give their lifeblood to the fashion industry, forget where they come from. They lose the innocence and wonder of a simpler life and get caught up in the B.S., not Cody. His bravado is 100% pure USA grade and I love him for it!!!
Cody like me gave up a successful corporate fashion career to become an entrepreneur, a custom tailor. His company is called quite simply, Cody Hammond Custom Atelier. The name pretty much sums up what I have already written, n'est pas? Cody the self-proclaimed, ex-cowboy (yes he competed in the rodeo growing up) becomes a super chic, old world tailor...LOVE IT! Anyway guys, you should definitely check out his atelier...truly beautiful product. And, I say it over and over and over and over that it is time for men to start dressing up again, to look successful, to look powerful, to look stylish...nothing like a custom suit to make the man.
Cody also just, and I mean just launched a witty and quite interesting blog, called TailorsThought. He writes about his rodeo days, about people he sees on the street who inspire him and childhood heroes, all of course with insightful style commentary. He comes from a real place and you can tell that he is baring a little of his soul in his writing...a true Americana view of fashion. Here is a little excerpt to get you started...
Many of my amigos call me Cowboy or Bull or something along those lines as a term of endearment because they know I grew up on a working cattle ranch in North West Texas "swinging a catch twine," on the Rodeo team. I also rode the rough stock, bull and bronc riding. I entered the rough stock events so I could be in contention for the All around cowboy points. But truth be known, I was too big to be any good at bull riding (picture a really strong jockey) and I am not crazy. READ MORE
Well Style Mavens fans, I hope you enjoyed reading about the oh-so fab, Cowboy/Tailor, Cody. I have to say, I had a lot of fun writing about him. Give him big props for going it alone in this recession and if you have the wherewithal, I promise you will love his suits. If nothing else, you will get a kick out of his truly global worldview!!!