Stylish Men Of Instagram: Moti Ankari
The Metro Man tells Sarah about getting style inspiration from films and New York City.
BY sarah chong | May 19, 2016 | Fashion
Moti Ankari (@themetroman), founder of the NYC fashion blog, The Metro Man pulls off his looks quite effortlessly. Whether it's an outfit for the day or night, of suits or leather jackets, or just abs, he never gets the fit wrong. Here he answers some of our style questions.
ESQ: Can you tell us more about your personal style, and how did you come to define it as it is now?
MA: My personal style constantly changes. I use to be the guy that always wore a suit and tie everywhere I went. Now, menswear is having a more casual movement with designers creating athleisure collections and that has influenced my style immensely. I just want to feel comfortable and look cool under my threads. If that means wearing a pair of ripped jeans paired with a comfortable t-shirt and bomber jacket then let it be. The one thing that hasn't changed for me is fit. No matter what I wear whether it's dressy or casual I want it to fit right.
ESQ: Where do you derive your fashion inspiration from?
MA: I live in one of the most diverse cities in the world, NYC and I get to travel a whole lot, so I draw a lot of inspiration from culture, art and people from around the world. I also watch a bunch of films and specifically the old ones I always say "damn, that guy looks cool, I want to dress like that" and I would give a stab at it with my own twist.
ESQ: Where do you source your clothing and can you tell us some of your favourite brands?
MA: I love shopping online. It's a really good or bad addiction depending on how you look at it. Mr. Porter is one of my favorite websites to find great stuff. I usually buy two or three big splurge items per season and then fill the rest of my wardrobe with fast fashion brands. A few of my favorite brands are Neil Barrett, Bally, Acne Studios and Valentino.
ESQ: What are your top 5 essential clothing staples?
MA: A badass leather jacket, because every guy needs one. A pair of black denim (preferably with rips on the knees). White low top sneakers. Classic aviator sunglasses (I carry my Ray-Bans every day). The perfect white oxford shirt.
ESQ: What do you love most about menswear and what do you think is missing from it?
MA: For a while menswear was in the shadow of womenswear, and now New York has its own fashion week dedicated to menswear. I love that it's a growing industry, but I will say that unlike womenswear, it's missing the drama, the silhouettes can be repetitive and at times originality is lacking.