By Chelsea Young and Gabby Richman
Photos by Mark Morgan
A well-crafted ensemble is an art form that takes a keen eye. Here, seven men share their takes on looking fashionable and how they dress to impress, no matter where the day leads.
Head basketball coach at Ottawa University
Putting together an outfit can be paralleled to a basketball game – all of the players (or shall we say pieces of clothing) need to work together as a team in order to score high in style. Just ask Arizona native Milee Karre, head coach for the men’s basketball team at Ottawa University, who lives out his passion courtside. While his casual wardrobe consists of Adidas and athletic wear, Karre takes influence from icon and fellow athlete David Beckham for his fancier ensembles. The coach’s motto, “look good, play good” is best illustrated when he dresses up for game day (with favorite pieces from Suitsupply and J.Crew) to feel both comfortable and powerful. While his slam dunk style has to include the perfect tie and shoes, the most important aspects of his look are clean lines and a tailored suit. “Fit is everything. You can have the nicest suit on the market, and if it doesn’t fit correctly, it’s a waste.” The finishing touch? An accessory Karre holds near and dear to his heart: His grandfather’s Presidential Rolex for an added touch of class and ’50s swag. His love of fitness continues after the buzzer with just about anything involving athletics, including working out and watching sports.
Anchor and reporter at ABC15
Like anyone in the public eye, it’s important for Nick Ciletti to look the part – at least when he’s on air with ABC15 as an anchor and reporter. As a TV personality, Ciletti always has a freshly pressed (and well-tailored) suit on hand, as the news world is full of surprises like anchoring at the last minute or doing a major interview. Other times, he opts for Banana Republic slacks and a button-down, or if a story takes him somewhere like Camelback Mountain, his go-to is jeans and a black V-neck a la Anderson Cooper. Not only is Ciletti living out his childhood dream on air, he’s also a pediatric cancer survivor and now gives back to kids by volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. During his free time, Ciletti usually sports laidback, unique bargain finds from the clearance racks at Zara, Macy’s, J.Crew and even Marshall’s, giving him wardrobe variety while staying within budget. “Those stores have some really unique things and pieces you won’t find elsewhere. You may have to hunt a little bit, but that’s all part of the fun, right?” His most prized possession, though, can’t be found in his closet (but sometimes probably sneaks in there!) – his adopted French bulldog, Larry.
Attorney at Albee Law Firm
Born and raised in Scottsdale, Michael Albee describes his style as nerdy with a dash of charm – or, he says, maybe more than a dash. The business owner, attorney and self-proclaimed superhero by night (he has a 10-year-old daughter), loves to experiment with color and often takes influence from NBA players, noting they usually have the ability to afford the nicest clothes and they are tall, like Albee. During the week, you’ll find him in colored fitted suits at work and creative, vibrant tank tops or gym clothes by night. For a night out, he relies on solid colors, the occasional blazer and dark jeans from the likes of Banana Republic, Nordstrom and Burberry. Albee swears there’s nothing he wouldn’t wear, and that he’s influenced by nothing and everything all at the same time, with a personal mantra to have fun with his clothes. While a favorite accessory for this budding author is his MacBook Pro, other must-haves include his bow tie, comb and gold obsidian beaded bracelet (meant to eliminate ego and conflict), which he doesn’t leave home without. His fashion tip? Correctly fitted clothing (i.e. clothing that looks good). “When you look good, you feel good, and that message pours into your world a positive vibe that keeps you lucky.”
Fashion entrepreneur, model and fashion stylist
From one look at Shimeon Mattox, it’s clear that the fashion fanatic marches to the beat of his own drum. With his sunglasses on and Starbucks in hand (his two favorite accessories), Mattox is on a mission to let others know it’s OK to be different, hoping to change the world with his life story and ostentatious fashion brand (Royal Black Sheep). While he takes influence from classic black-and-white movies, music videos and fashion blogs, along with stars who were ahead of their time (such as Prince), Mattox’s style is 100 percent his own, citing attitude and confidence as his muses. “I play with gender bending as I feel this is the future, as fashion is a recycle and things from different eras come back in style.” For his day-to-day look, the creative visionary often selects outfits that are shiny, silky and metallic. For a night out, Mattox follows his motto, “Why be the same every day?” He lets his soul do the selecting, often channeling one of his favorite characters like 007. Whether he’s answering emails, out with friends or reading his most prized possession – the Bible his late grandmother gave him – Mattox can be spotted in a mix of Tom Ford and Celine with pieces from Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange.
Entrepreneur and CPA
As an entrepreneur, Mario Aniles is used to making his own rules in business, and that ideal transfers to his wardrobe. As a natural-born leader (Aniles started his first business while attending Arizona State University), the native Phoenician has a self-proclaimed “classic man” style. Aniles often finds himself rushing around from the office to board meetings, admitting his mind goes on autopilot when getting dressed, often selecting navy suits for the workday and a black blazer with a pocket square for a little flair when the sun goes down. Color is definitely key – Aniles takes inspiration from the bright suits wore by Robert DeNiro in Casino and counts on Salvatore Ferragamo for his favorite pieces. “I love contemporary art and sometimes try to incorporate colors that pop, accessories that stand out, and combinations that may not always seem to go together but that hopefully look OK in the spirit of challenging traditional norms.” One traditional norm you won’t see him breaking is the sandals with socks rule, a combination he says he will never sport. When he’s not dreaming up his next big idea, you can find Aniles hiking, enjoying a meal with friends, or relaxing at a local lounge with an Old-Fashioned in hand.
Growing up, Timothy C. Boado moved around the world with his military father until landing in Phoenix, where he’s found his niche as a wardrobe stylist – a job that’s not only his passion but also a craft he considers an art form. While Boado designs new projects for fashion shows, he also creates looks for his clients (and even their kids) through personal shopping, naming his peers and department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus as inspiration for building wardrobes. Though Boado’s most “prized person” is his eight-year-old son, he still loves a great watch, noting that it conveys one’s taste and social status with the ability to serve as a conversational icebreaker. Boado is also all about fashion that works, noting that his style is very utilitarian – comfortable work shoes, seasonal fabrics, utilizing his pockets, and always having a briefcase or backpack that will hold his laptop while completing his ensemble. A tailored look is also key. “There is nothing more inspiring than a well-tailored suit. It’s like looking at art. From the fine craft of the suit and the colors used to the materials and the detail of the seam to the shoes and finely woven handkerchief, it tells a story.”
Director of leadership development at Banner Health
Kevin Patterson wears many hats: father of two, husband, businessman, and community activist (he’s involved in Equality Arizona and running for Phoenix City Council). Similarly, his style reflects his life – versatile and eclectic. He gravitates toward classic colors (gray, black and blue) but also loves to throw in pops of color, pairing timeless pieces with bright ties and patterned shirts. One of his many pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses often ties his look together. When it comes to fashion, he encourages others to be bold and courageous, adding that a great look can be as inexpensive or expensive as you’d like. And he means it; though Patterson loves Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and ties from Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry, he believes the right look is often about attitude and how he wears it, and not as much about the brands. To that end, he rocks T-shirts from Urban Outfitters, H&M and Target, which he frequents with his kids. His fashion influences? The happenings of his everyday life. “One moment I’m in dad mode, the next I’m leading work meetings, and then off to a political event. I need to be able to add a blazer or tie, then switch to the rolled sleeves look, all in one day.”