By Melissa P. Bernier, Style Correspondent
There is something unexplainable and quite magical about a sharply dressed man. This man walks with a purpose, commands your attention and probably looks damn good doing it. Fashion is ruled by trends, but the one trend in menswear that has stood the test of time and remained constant is the well-tailored suit. More than just a look or a style, the suit is about an attitude and a way of being perceived. This rings true no more so than in the urban setting.
Here enters Groomed Success, an organization founded by Mr. Jeff Lindor, affectionately known in the Haitian community as Mr. Community NYC. Last month, Groomed Success hosted its first Gentleman’s Brunch, an “exclusive men’s gathering that promotes fellowship and fosters genuine community.”
Over 65 men learned about the latest fashion trends in menswear from fashion industry professionals including Brandon Utsey – image consultant and owner of Code Blu, a men’s suit line, and Jamaal Rich, fashion contributor to Bleacher Report, Esquire, Marie Claire Italia and Details Magazine.
The event was a complete success and is an event we plan to put together every season, Lindor said. One of the purposes of the event was to allow attendees to meet up with old friends, make new ones and network in a laid-back environment.
With a steady social media presence on both Facebook and Instagram, Groomed Success highlights men from our own communities who are fashionable, career-driven and positive role models.
The organization boasts a very impressive advisory board, which Lindor describes as a “think tank filled with rich ideas from people with different experiences.” This advisory board includes Samuel M. Pierre, community developer and political operative; Samira Deandrade, a seasoned fashion executive; Francois Jeanty, nonprofit leader and musician; and Christian Raymonvil, an image consultant.
We strive “to help reinforce the progressive perception of men in urban settings by showcasing their strong sense of fashion and linking it to their professional accomplishments,” Lindor said about his organization.
As far as future plans for Groomed Success, the organization plans to facilitate Dress for Success workshops in city schools and community based organizations. Moreover, Lindor plans to open a Gentleman’s Shop in the near future which would sell men’s accessories, from local designers, such as pocket squares, bow ties, briefcases, grooming products and the like.
Groomed Success is the perfect example of how fashion encompasses so much more than just clothing. From neckties to networking, pinstripes to positive role models, and cuff links to community, Groomed Success is truly a wonderful and necessary addition to our community.