Michael Mason: I like Ozwald Boateng, however I have mad respect for all the cats on Savile Row (one of my favorite streets in the world). I made a stop by Ozwald Boateng on Savile Row last September when I was in London. I picked up some dope shirts and they were really hyping me up on thinner ties so I picked up a few. Top notch blokes. I rolled with them a little during London Fashion Week as well.
Question: You have mentioned before the Custom Suits help a G gain “access”, can you elaborate?
Michael Mason: Sure. Here is a perfect example:
I was in Miami Beach a month or so ago doing some biz and some sparring at the legendary, newly re-opened 5th St. Gym. I wrapped up dinner early and had nothing to do. I decided to swing by the Fountainebleau Hotel for a drink. Nothing was really happening there except this private party which had mad people and tons of fly girls. Everyone was Suited Down.
Since I was Custom Suited Down myself, I had no problem slipping into the gig (I saw a few weesh underdressed “regular guys” get denied entry) and gorging myself on pro-bono cocktails and Stone Crabs. Made a decent biz connect and left the gig with two fly girls in cocktail dresses and high-heels a few hours later.
If you can pull all of that off in jeans and a T-shirt, you should be selling “Game lessons” to the masses at 100k per pop.
Question: Do you think girls like men in suits?
Michael Mason: Of course skippy. Here is a little tale:
One of my good friends is the opposite of a Suited Down G. However, he is still straight G, a pro surfer; but he typically just rocks boardshorts if it is up to him.
Recently, he pulled me aside at this nightclub and said, “I have to admit after all this time, you are right. My girlfriend told me the other night, that she loves when I wear a Suit.”
And this is coming from a fly rich Southern California beach girl who conventional thinking would lead one to believe she would hate guys that are Suited Down.
Question: Do you always wear a tie?
Michael Mason: I go through phases. A few years ago, I almost always wore ties. Lately I haven’t worn them at all (unless the gig called for it). I think I am on the verge of going on another heavy “tie run”.
If you are not wearing a tie, make sure you wear a pocket square. Matching or non-matching are both dope.
My tie collection is so ill, I figure why not?
Question: Which venues do you think Custom Suits work best?
Basically everywhere a G finds himself on a typical day or evening.
Question: Can people really tell the difference between an Off-the-rack suit and a Custom Suit?
Michael Mason: If by “people” you mean the majority of fly girls you want to swoop, then no.
However, when I first walked into my current tailors’ shop for the first time, I was wearing a Gucci Suit and he proceeded to rip it apart so badly that I would only probably wear it now if I was going to go hang sheetrock or something.
So yes, the trained eye can easily tell the difference.
Question: Which body types work best while Suited Down?
Well, lets see. If you are in mad good shape, a Custom Suit is crazy dangerous. If you are mad skinny, you can look super fresh in a dope suit. If you are a fat f*ck, then you better wear a suit.
So I would say all body types.
Question: What is a “must-have” accessory to a Custom Suit for an up-and-coming G on the rise?
Michael Mason: A pocket square of course. But maybe more important is a lit cigarette. Watch this if you need to know how its done:
Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong – Old 50′s Live show
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Michael Porfirio Mason
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