How Hadleigh’s Founder Ed Shaikh Approaches His Personal Style

Occupation:
“I design bespoke menswear and manage business operations for our brand.”

Style Icon:
“Men from the ’50s and ’60s, from Sean Connery and Steve McQueen to Gianni Agnelli and his effortless, iconic Italian style. Also, having worked at Ralph Lauren for years, I learned so much from a brand that truly represents the American dream.”

At the Office:
“By wearing pieces we have designed, while working with clients each day, I’m able to speak not only from a designer’s perspective but from a practical perspective. From fittings to drafting new collections, I’m passionate about continuously innovating and creating classic lifestyle pieces.”

Inspiration:
“It’s all in the signature details; every piece has a story—origin, era, materials. A double-breasted coat originally designed for the military, a wide peak lapel debuting in the 1940s as a dramatic statement, and high-waisted pants with a narrow, short break, reflecting a classic European fit with a modern length. I continue to be inspired by the classic elements of style that are timeless, and the history and passion behind those elements.”  

My Style:
“Modern sophistication with a touch of the unexpected from time to time. From my staple double-breasted suits, white shirts, and solid ties to my Western boots and velvet jackets for celebrations. I’m prepared for any occasion, whether wing shooting or a formal gala.”

Never Without:
“Definitely my glasses. With a rather large collection of eyewear (some may call it an addiction), I’m constantly rotating in new ones.”

Go-to Look:
“My unlined mohair jacket is so versatile, from fittings to flights, and I throw it over a two-button collar shirt, blue worsted tie, and dove grey trousers.”

Acessories:
“Oversized eyewear, my sterling silver friendship bracelet, and the lapis blue cuff links that my wife and daughters gave me a few years ago for Father’s Day.”

Weekend Look:
“Our family of five is always on the go and often in West Texas on the weekends, so my Western boots are a go-to, along with my Stetson Open Road.”

Favorite Store:
“Reinforcing the obvious, but Hadleigh’s, of course. For my more casual looks, STAG at Knox/Henderson curates an incredible selection of laid-back pieces for the outdoors, from Filson to RRL and everything in between. I also look to Gary Black and Black Optical for local eyewear.”   

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