Written by Greg Elwell
If we could use only one word that describes Bob Barnard, it would be passionate.
A man who lives his life according to the needs and wants of others is merely following. A man who follows his passions, even when it takes him off the beaten path, is a leader. And Barnard leads everywhere he goes.
Building a company. Racing exotic cars. Playing the piano. Volunteering in the community. Collecting fine art.
And, at Steven Giles Clothing, Barnard put together a wardrobe that is fashionable, attractive and, most important, utterly and completely Bob.
“I look for clothing that is classic. Timeless,” he said. “Clothes that feel comfortable and clothes that one feels comfortable in.”
Developing his style took time, but when he walks into the welcoming confines of the store now, the pieces that belong in his collection stand out plainly. That kind of thing tends to happen when you know yourself as well as Barnard does.
His love of exquisite clothing echoes through his other passions.
“What I love about clothes are the same things I love about exotic cars: the customization and the one-of-a-kind feel of real quality,” he said.
When man evolves beyond basic survival, he is free to become his true self. For Barnard that is finding meaning in everything, big or small. Whether it’s a piece of art that speaks to his soul, pushing an automobile to its absolute limits or taking time to help those less fortunate, he does it because it’s what he wants and needs to do.
So when he chooses what to wear, it is the ultimate marriage of form and function. When you live for passion, you dress for life.
Images courtesy of Simon Hurst Photography
“Great style cannot be ignored. Doors just become a bit easier to open when dressed well.” – Steven Giles
Seasonal clothing, spring yarns, color in spring, fall in fall, year round in between
A well-dressed man has a presence about him. Clothes do not make the man–but they do enhance him. He is allowed to be himself in a way, freed from the burden of physical and social discomforts. It’s easier to be heard when people are listening, and people listen to those giving strong, visual cues of power and influence.
“Clothing is a powerful communication tool,” says Giles. “It doesn’t distract. It’s neither a costume nor peacockish. It carries with it a sense of respect–both given and earned.”
Styling is important, but it really starts with fabrics, he says. The higher quality a fabric, the more enduring it will be. Thread count matters, the touch, the feel, the drape, because at a basic level, great pieces are made of the best fabrics.
As the weather begins to chill, Giles recommends milled flannels and sturdier wools, comfortable and warm holding their shape and most importantly just, look appropriate. Usually, darker colors are used in the fall and winter, though that’s not a rule. When spring and summer return, tropical wools–lighter, more breathable–are the perfect mix of comfort and style.
Whether choosing an existing style or exploring the world of bespoke suits, the quality and the relative seasonal weight of the fabric is integral to the finished product, great style and helping build a wardrobe that will stand the test of time.
Behind the scenes watching our friend Simon create his art. Our “Spring 2018 photoshoot, great fun , great friends and a special thank you to Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, Simon Hurst Photography; most photogenic Mr. Brian Henson, Mr. Phil Carlson, and somehow in the picture Brent (we let him think he’s directing). Finally, to be sure, the results of which could not have been possible, but for the generosity of Mr., Mrs. Bob Barnard.
Images courtesy of Mr. Landon Klein