+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/RICHARD MEYERSON: talks about his 1st outfit. #1 in seven acts + with introduction


 

Richard Meyerson is one of a handful of New York gentlemen that retains that exquisite gene of the 17th/19th century honnête homme in his disposition, care, gentility, meticulous attention to minutiae of details and inexorable consideration for others.

(Parisian, born and bred, Richard is thus properly pronounced, Rishay: in French as the sound of the third word “Richard” is the French sound for Richard with emphasis on the soft second syllable like the sound in the name “Char”lotte or the color “char”treuse. Please take note)!

We met at Sant Ambroeus on Madison, the summer of 2010 and he’s constantly and remarkably been a honnête homme, the dandy’s twin counterpart. Due to his penchant for scarves, he’s earned the harmonica of “the scarf man” in the garment district where he works.

Monsieur Meyerson arrived in New York in 1983, and had the opportunity to design fur coats, working for the likes of Black Diamant and Guy LaRoche for several years.

For the last 18 years, he’s worked in the garment business here in the city. He no longer designs but now has his own production company. His clients have included large companies and many hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z, the Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast and Beyonce. He was heavily involved in starting their brands.

Besides fashion, his other passions include: New York City, good/strong espresso, art, meeting/interacting with new people, and of course his two children.

In the course of the next seven days, witness honnête homme, Monsieur Richard Meyerson’s overall studious sartorial economy and his poetic gift with scarves, cravats and needless to say colors—which he deftly employs in such a manner and care that few can match.

Thank you,

Iké  Udé /January 6th.
interviews/photographs: iké udé
www.ikeude.com

 

A PROFILE:

NAME:
RICHARD MEYERSON

Age:
N/A

Astrological Sign:
Cancer

Profession:
Import/Export/ Manufacturer

Residence:
Manhattan

Favorite color:
Navy/ all shades of Grey, Monk Orange

Favorite Fashion Designer:
Galliano for women, Tom Ford for men

Favorite Shoe/Accessories Designer:
Berlutti for men

Favorite Perfume:
Terre d’Hermes

Favorite Stylish Film:
UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME

Favorite Hangout:
I have two: Sant Ambroeus on Madison in the fall/winter, and Corrado on Lexington in the spring and summer.

Favorite Place/s:
Manhattan, Marrakech, Shanghai

Favorite Cocktail:
I like Gin and Tonics at the moment

Who is your style icon?
Aristotle Onassis, Inspector Clouseau, Philippe Noiret

What item of clothing would you rather starve for?
Another pair of shoes to match the outfit that I was starving for before

What is your overall impression of how people dress in general?
It depends on the city. I think New York is getting better with time, Paris needs some improvement, and Milan is all poetry

And what do you recommend that they do otherwise?
It’s all about fit! Make sure your clothes fit!

  

PICTURE: #1 IN SEVEN ACTS

SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
RICHARD MEYERSON TALKS ABOUT HIS 1ST OUTFIT

What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Jacket: Arthur & Fox
Pants: Loro Piana
Pochette: B.Cuccineli
Shoes: Berlutti
Tie: Boggi

How did you find the various items that you are wearing?
Whenever I travel I make sure to visit my favorite store to see the new style or fit. I am always open to finding new pieces that fit my taste.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I have been wearing these colors for years; it is my favorite color palate for clothing.  Of course shape and cut have been changing over the years…. and so do I.

Where do you normally shop for clothes and accessories?
Paris, New York, Milan and Shanghai for most of my shirts

How much role does money or the lack thereof play in one’s endeavor to dress very smart or beautifully?
It is very important. Good quality clothing is expensive to buy, but it lasts longer so it is a paradox: “it is cheaper to buy expensive.“

What special recommendation would give somebody who admires your style but don’t know where or how start?
Nobody should admire any one; they should make their own style and become unique in themselves.

Name six famous personages—past or present—who you would invite over for dinner/drinks because of their impeccable individualistic elegance?”
Aristotle Onassis and his wife Jackie
Bernard Henry Levy and his ex-wife
Audrey Hepburn
Fred Astaire
Philippe Noiret
Gianni Agnelli

As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public
Favorable

And how would rather the public perceive you?
Pleasing, Agreeable, Fun

Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
Mostly people wear clothes that do not fit; even jeans and plaid shirts should fit properly!

In retrospect have you ever worn something that you now find particularly regrettable?
Not really, I always try not to embarrass my friends or myself and even less my children.

In the end, do you dress to: (a.) please others, (b.) please yourself or (c.) hopefully be in agreement with everybody?
C is ideal!

Posted in Richard Meyerson | 19 Comments

19 Responses to special guest/RICHARD MEYERSON: talks about his 1st outfit. #1 in seven acts + with introduction

  1. Paul OUZI says:

    As you say in french : “classique mais tellement elegant”. Il like this style “eterne”

  2. Paul OUZI says:

    As you say in french : “classique but so elegant”. I like this style “eternel”

  3. MY RESPECT TO MR .MEYERSON, SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN , HE KNOWS HOW TO KEEP HIS STYLE IMPECCABLE, ELEGANT,AND CLASSIC.
    WE ALL SHOULD LEARN FROM HIM..
    HE IS EXQUISITE INSPIRATION ,FOR ANY MAN ALL MY BEST SILVIA

  4. kalia says:

    always in style and good taste, kalia

  5. kalia says:

    Good taste is always in Fashion

  6. grace says:

    as french born Mr Meyerson could be a nephew to the Swann created by Marcel Proust ( have you ever seen a photo of the writer himself?); on the english side, for the way he takes care of himself and for the fine irony about himself, he is nephew to Oscar Wilde.
    He says that the public perceive him as pleasing, agreeable, fun… and I may add kind, attentive, caring of little but important things, certainly giving his butler the shoes to put on so that they’ll lose the too new look.

  7. La Charrette says:

    Richard , you look absolutely great !
    Albertine La Charrette

  8. LANA says:

    Always liked the way the French dress. Sharp and Chic!

  9. ugo romiti says:

    GREAT !

  10. Stef says:

    Ah, quel bel homme! A classic..

  11. angela smith domzal says:

    Le plus beau …c’est Richard Meyerson…tres tres chic!

  12. Jess says:

    Such a GQMF.

  13. Eva Hanusova says:

    Love the French style ….

  14. la forma piu squisita in questo modo in francese, e il sig meteyerso mette il suo stylo perfetta como vincitore della moda francese ,stylo spettacolare, con un gusto squisito,tutto perfetto

  15. Jessica says:

    So GQ I can’t even!

  16. SARAH GROSS says:

    perfect styling, nice and elegant, the berluti should be maybe darker, otherwise very chic

  17. Bernard says:

    You are Brummell, the arbiter of elegance!

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