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.
Iké Udé /January 6th.
interviews/photographs: iké udé
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 Stylish Film:
UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME
I have two: Sant Ambroeus on Madison in the fall/winter, and Corrado on Lexington in the spring and summer.
Manhattan, Marrakech, Shanghai
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
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
As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public
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!