XL’s Featured Tribe Men Of The Week Anthony
What are some of your biggest fashion obstacle?
I can say not seeing the style of clothing I envisioned in my head to wear to an event or just a regular day-to-day. And then there are times I do find something in my size and the fabric always appears and feel different from the display that for me frustrates me a lot, sometimes it makes me not want to buy clothing. Luckily for me, I sometimes find similar style jeans or shirt and take them to my tailor Ingrid and she makes what I felt impossible possible. There are also times when I cannot find what I am looking for a period and I reach out to my friend Tyre Lajuan to make my idea in my head wearable. It may cost me more having things altered or made, but I know its custom to me and I will be comfortable. He is also coming out with a big and tall line be on the lookout for it.
Where are you from and how do you describe your style?
I am from a small town in New Jersey called Rahway. Rahway isn’t a town where you have a heavy fashion influence. The normal footwear there was timberlands and those boots would be worn with everything through all four seasons…ha! ha! ha!
As a result, I had to watch music videos on BET, MTV to keep up with trends. What also really helped me was adventuring out to neighboring towns and NYC. Also having friends that had relatives and other friends in the entertainment industry and seeing some of them get ready with their custom suits and shirts, jackets captivated my mind and has made an appearance in some of my looks now. Being around so many diverse people and cities I picked up a lot of my style influences from them. I would have to say my style is casual and urban. However, On a regular day, I really can be found wearing a sweat suit with Jordan’s or Nike sneakers.
Tell us about your biggest fashion nightmare and if it came true do explain. (attach a picture if you can)
My biggest fashion nightmare is to squeeze into something that I know I shouldn’t be trying to get all this Body..ody..ody..into and wear it to an event and it rips on me in front of people. That would be a nightmare for me. 1. Knowing that I know better. 2. Being that folks won’t forget that and neither will social media… ha! ha! ha!
What are some things you want to see more of from your favorite brands?
I would love to see brands take some ideas from my XL and up brothers and make clothing our size and stop making our clothes with the cheaper material. I feel we deserve to look good in designer labels as well and not just wear a sneaker or a shoe from them.
Where do you see yourself in five years and how do you see yourself accomplishing it?
I see myself graduating from grad school, married and opening my own business. I am currently working on a lot of things at the moment seeds have been planted, my focus and determination are there.
How long have you been on the journey of being a Big & Tall man? What’s the biggest misconception you hear about Big & Tall Guys?
I have been on this journey for all of my life. My weight fluctuates all the time. My heaviest weight was 389, But where I am now is the smallest I have been in a long time. The biggest misconception I hear that we all are out of shape and are a risk for diabetes and an array of unhealthy diseases. I can stand here and say I can keep up with the best of them. And there are others that I know that can attest to this as well.
If you could swap styles with one celebrity who would it be and why?
I would have to say, Pharrell Williams. Pharrell Williams has always been really clean with all his looks for me and daring, I am really intrigued on how he mixes and matches pattern and colors. When I think of making a statement in urban and trendy he is the first person that comes to mind.
Below is the guy who makes my clothes