Hi, Hello, Bonjour, G’day, Hay’up, Holla, Hey and thanks for stopping by the ClobberCalm blog thats’ purpose is to give you an insight into the “Men behind the Menswear” (On Instagram).
This week’s feature is focused on Dr. Andrew Carr. This guy is stellar stylish, extremely humbling and uses the word “Brotha” (which I love). Blatantly a loving father and husband first but with a real thirst for fashion, he helps encourage experimentation and individuality and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise why he represents the everyday man so well on Instagram with a following that exceeds 50K.
Anyway folks enough from me, please sit back and enjoy the thoughts of @inn8chiro
MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE MENSWEAR
NAME: Dr. Andrew Carr aka @inn8chiro
LOCATION: St. Louis, Missouri
1. So Why Instagram?
Because of simplicity and ease of use without all of the extra unneeded fluff of other social media platforms. It’s so much easier to reach your target audience directly, and also to search for your interests in a very organized fashion.
2. Why Denim, Boots, Workwear, Ruggedness?
I believe that every season is boot season and nothing pairs better with a pair of fine boots than a broken in pair of raw selvedge denim. That is not all I wear, I enjoy many aspects of mens fashion and creating my own unique look everyday but classic men’s workwear fashion will never go out of style. It is iconic and has a history all of it’s own. The cut and fit of these pieces are very important to me, so they have to be designed and constructed properly. If you buy the right pieces they could last a generation, and your children may be able to wear them someday! In addition, although it is not impossible, it’s very difficult to look manly in skinny pants.
3. What are your thoughts on the rise in popularity of “Instafashion” and the community it is creating?
I think it is wonderful. I have “met” quite a few wonderful gents on IG. They are always helpful with advice and with finding items you may be looking for. Also, some have become friends that I chat with everyday. They have helped me expand my horizons on different brands, and have exposed me to many more small American brands that deserve our attention. The only negative I see with the fashion community is the people who are catfishing. I see it far too often, an individual will prey on a small start up business trying to get free stuff just to get something for nothing instead of really caring about them doing well. That has forced me to bite my tongue on many an occasion.
4. Top 3 brands to shop and why?
Right now?? That is a tough one. My universe is expanding everyday, so that answer is in constant flux. I am more focused on goods made in America at this time. I feel we should give our support to the small businesses that keep this country running, and provide us with the best quality possible.
1) Alden Shoes: The best made american shoe period. People can make arguments in some other directions, but for quality, legacy and tradition nothing beats a pair of Alden’s on your feet.
2) Freenote Cloth: I recently discovered this american brand out of San Juan Capistrano. They put their heart and soul into every garment they make, and provide the best customer service imaginable. I have yet to get a piece that I do not love. From denim to wovens to knits they have you covered!
3) Vintage: What I mean by this is that I find a lot of the things I wear and style in thrift shops. They are unbranded or the tags are long gone. I feel this important in creating your own style. Everyone can go to a website click on the same thing someone else bought and it’s at your door. Then we have a carbon copy picture of the same outfit from 50 different people styled exactly the same way. Don’t be a part of the herd, use pieces of it here and there but create your own masterpiece.
5. Where’s your favourite place to shop these brands
My go to for Aldens is Adam over at Alden of Carmel. His website and dealing directly with him over the phone or email is my preferred method of obtaining them. The freenote cloth website is my go to place for that as well, we do not have any men’s stores around this area that carry them. In fact we only have one men’s store worth visiting in the STL that has this kind of gear.
6. When did you decide to voice and share your love for your clobber on social media?
It just happened slowly here and there. I had to convince the wife that what I was planning on doing was not out of vanity, but just to show a new aspect of mens fashion from my perspective.
7. What’s the secret behind your great images; Who takes them? When are they taken? How do you capture the magic your followers enjoy so much?
They are usually taken before I head into the office every morning. There are a few really cool backdrops that I use within a couple of miles of my place so that makes it much easier to manage. Sometimes my son takes the pictures for me when I am taking him to school. He really enjoys it and thinks it’s neat to see how many likes he gets on the pictures he takes. I take them the rest of the time with the old cracked Iphone 6 and a tripod!
8. What feeds do you like to follow and check in on? Who should we check out?
9. What tips would you give new starter on instagram to help them get there feed off the ground and successful?
Be yourself, don’t be a clone, create your own image based on what you love. Become a trendsetter and take a step outside of the pack and see what you could do differently.
10. And Lucky Last, You’re going to be stranded on a desert island and you can take 1 outfit (4 items) Only with you.
What would they be? And Why?
We don’t need a shirt on a desert island so that is out…
1) I would take a new pair of midweight raw selvedge denim. So that after years of wearing them I could cut them into shorts and have many years of coverage left. 🙂
2) I would take my Alden indy boots. They are made for adventure and long hikes through the jungle.
3) I would take my Panerai 127 “fiddy” watch. So I could keep track of the days, and with the large crystal I could remove it and use to make fires.
4) It would be hard to choose which one, but i would take one of my leather rucksacks. That way I could carry more of the treasures I find on the island around with me. Like that hidden stash of rum from the east india trading company.
Awesome stuff Dr. Carr, thanks so much for taking the time to be a part of the ClobberCalm blog!
Next week’s 10@10 focuses on smart cat name Nate (@cuffington). His vast attention to detail and specifics have ensured a feed that not only flows like the finest Selvedge Edge but also captures that hard-working, hard-wearing rugged chic so many blokes admire in the slickest of ways.
With many shout outs from the other dudes taking part in this blog @cuffington knows how to dress/impress and thankfully be very generous with his time for little old me.
Next week the 10@10 features @cuffington in the hot seat! And it is great!
See you then peeps.