XL Tribe Featured Tribes Men Of The Week Sabas Whittaker
1. What are your biggest fashion obstacles?
Having a unique style can be a challenge; I always have an issue finding the true size of shirts and pants. Online shopping is the worst! I can’t tell you how much money I have wasted ordering something that doesn’t actually fit me, and I run out of time to return it.
2. Where are you from and how you describe your style?
My style is heavily influenced by my island boy and my father. I was born on a small island called St. Thomas, which is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and my family moved to Miami when I was 1. My dad is from Honduras, and he has this amazing fearless, confident, and dominant personality that transferred to me and my brand, “Chocolate Papi” – The Lifestyle of the Big and Tall Distinguished Gentleman.
3. Tell us about your biggest fashion nightmare and if it came true do explain. (attach a picture if you can).
I don’t really have fashion nightmares, however when ladies hug me and get makeup on my clothes, it’s a “nightmare” getting it out! Chocolate Papi tip – mix a little bit of peroxide with dish detergent together to get out any stain.
4. What are something’s you wanna see more of from your favorite brands?
I don’t shop by brand, I shop by piece It’s all about the ART – I start with one piece and build until I’ve got my fashion master piece.
5. Where do you see yourself in five years and how do you see yourself accomplishing it?
In the next five years, I see myself making the Chocolate Papi brand a house hold name. I plan to become the most sought out Big & Tall male model and influencer by continuing to put myself out there and working hard. However, I also get a lot of satisfaction by helping other people. While I am building my brand, I also intend use my platform to help others build their confidence and take care of their mental and physical health. This is the inspiration for my new business venture as a personal shopper / stylist. When people look good, they also feel good.
6. What do you feel is missing in fashion for the men of size?
Confidence is the biggest thing missing! A lot of men of size have great appearance but lack the confidence to allow themselves to shine in fashion. Who can feel confident in white tee’s, baggy jeans, untailored-oversized suits, tight and uncomfortable shirts? There is a definite need for more fashionable and tailored clothing for Big & Tall men that encourages them to embrace their size and feel confident.
7. If you could swap styles with one celebrity who would it be and why?
In my opinion, most celebrities don’t know how to dress. However, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s style speaks volumes to big and tall men. His style is very comparable to mine – we both have the same dapper, confident, and charismatic characteristics that can be seen in our style. A man of style can be identified without saying a word.
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Hola Mi Tribesmen I guess I’ll start by introducing myself. I’m Kirklan Hawes the Founder and creator of XLTribe.com. This site was birthed from an old idea I had to create a community of like-minded guys that was tired of being miss represented and wanted to be displayed in the truest form. Changing the way Big & Tall Men are perceived is the goal for XLTribe.com.