While we were visiting Sault we caught up with shop-keep and general menswear bad-ass Philip Saul (look at that beard!). Philip offered us a little bit of insight into his inspiration behind the store and his own advice for men looking to up their style game. Check out his responses below:
1. Boston isn't exactly known for men's fashion or style. How does the city and people here influence your shop?
Boston is know for being "preppy" and preppy can be styled many different ways. I think about my customer (male and female) whenever I'm buying for the shop. I think to myself, How would the SAULT guy take on this new trend? Is the trend something I've seen on the customers, have they been asking for it? I'm always looking to see what my customers are wearing and asking for. Its key to know your customer and being able introduce new items into their personal style.
2. How would you describe your own personal style?
I would describe my own style as classic with a focus on current trends but always with a nod to traditional prep. I'm a big fan of mixing vintage with new items. I also like plaids and patterns and mixing them with jeans or twills. I always make sure I feel comfortable in whatever I wear.
3. What practical advice would you give to men trying to dress better?
Good question! Always side with the classics and, if you can afford it, invest in good quality. A great fitting pair of jeans, the best oxford, a great pea-coat etc. When it comes to trends, ask yourself will I be able to wear this in a few years, Will I want to wear this in a few years? If you look in the mirror and you feel like your looking at a dude in a costume, better change and/or ask your other half what they think. Dress in what fits your body type and age. If you're 25 don't dress like your dad, If your 40 don't dress like its 1998! And I always make sure to keep evolving my personal style. Its what makes each day different and keeps it fresh.