James Massey knows the value of a sharp suit
OCCUPATION: Custom expert/style advisor at Q Clothier, Ponce City Market
NEIGHBORHOOD: Old Fourth Ward
How do you describe your style?
I would describe it as very English, but sophisticated and timeless. Where are all the pieces you’re currently wearing from? Everything is from Q Clothier, of course! My suit is the Super 130 silk and wool, double-breasted suit, in glen plaid with pink window paint going through the trim. My shoes are the Q Clothier black velvet slippers. I purchased my glasses years ago from a company named Davante.
What’s an item in your closet that you can’t live without?
My navy suit. I wear it all the time, to meetings, the Buckhead Supper Club and even beautiful dinners out with my family. You can really wear [a navy suit] anywhere; you’re guaranteed to get good use out of it.
Where do you find your fashion inspiration?
My fashion inspiration comes from London and Florence, the two best places for menswear. In London, it’s a gentleman’s role [to wear a suit every day]. They know the true meaning of etiquette and manners, so I try to live off that in my own life. Italy is the best place to build chemistry when it comes to fabrics; it is the place all high-end designers source their suiting fabrics. I haven’t had the chance to visit either of these places, but London—particularly Mayfair Street—is on the top of my list.
What is your lazy day go-to outfit?
I mostly wear suits every day, so when I am [feeling] lazy, comfort is key. I usually throw on a pair of sweats from H&M and a simple t-shirt. My lazy day shoe would be a Nike Air Max.
What is your favorite trend right now?
It’s a double-breasted topcoat with a Clark Gable-inspired top hat and a feather on the side. I also love a classic cashmere scarf and a Chelsea boot.
Who is your biggest style icon?
Ralph Lauren in 2009, when I first moved to Atlanta. Everyone knows Ralph Lauren is an American classic; the brand he has created is truly iconic. He designs using inspiration from other countries and cultures; that’s why I appreciate his style, craftsmanship and work.
What should every man have in his closet?
A navy blue blazer, gray trousers, a black tuxedo, Chelsea boots, a pair of brogue shoes and a Rolex. If he can’t afford a Rolex, then a Citizen watch or even a Fitbit. I believe a watch is a necessity for a man.
If you could trade wardrobes with anyone, who would it be?
I would want to trade closets with my father, even though he is more of the shy guy when it comes to dressing well. I know if he were exposed to the fashion world more, he could really take his wardrobe to the next level.
STORY: Abbie Koopote
PHOTO: Stephen Payne