XL’s Featured Tribesmen Of The Week Briron Samuel
1. What are your biggest fashion obstacles?
My biggest fashion obstacles are finding the right fit, especially in pants/bottoms. It is challenging to find quality fashion that caters to the man of size. In the rare occasions, you do find them, it usually is very pricey.
2. Where are you from and what are biggest fashion trends in your city?
I am from Jonesville, Louisiana and currently reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There is versatility when it comes to the fashion trends here. The typical urban wear is represented well, as well as the tailored, preppy look. I creatively fuse both fashions and rock them together and all between, depending on the occasion.
3. Tell us about your biggest fashion nightmare and if it came true do explain. (attach a picture if you can)
Running out of options, and also ordering something that does not fit. I haven’t run out of options and what I call “combos”. However, I did order a shirt that was way too small. I didn’t try it on until it was time for me to leave for the event. My arms looked like they were going to pop out of the shirt, I dressed it up and threw a blazer on top of it, PROBLEM SOLVED!
4. What are some of your biggest style inspirations?
I pull my style inspirations from everything around me. If you think about it, fashion is art. And there is art all around us. I see various styles on television and social media. Majority of the inspiration comes from my community. Just everyday average Joe type of people. I believe that everyone’s fashion tells a story. From the most tailored person to the person in sweats and t-shirts. I love fashion, but I won’t break the bank on unnecessary things that I can create myself. It’s up to us to creatively express ourselves, and for some, fashion is one of the outlets.
5. Where do you see yourself in five years and who do you see yourself doing?
In five years, I would’ve obtained my Masters; I plan to continue working with various community outreach organizations and to also continue bringing awareness to Mental Health Disorders and the Stigma behind it, especially in the African American community. I see myself being involved in fashion and possibly relocating from Louisiana.
6. What do you feel is missing in fashion for the men of size?
I feel that fashion for men of size lacks creativity. They’re still aren’t as easily available and accessible in stores. What is available in stores are is not up to date with the latest fashion trends. Because of that, it pushes some to become creative in their fashion. For men of size who aren’t creative, they have no choice but to accept what’s available.
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August 2, 2017