Interviews

Celebrity Image-maker, Marcus Paul weighs in on the importance of originality and representation in today’s fashion.

Celebrity Image Consultant On The Downside of Digital Culture In Fashion And His Advice To New Comers

Words, Delanique Millwood

Photography, Marcus Richardson

Through word of mouth and his extensive connections within the entertainment business, Marcus Paul has been able to collaborate with some of the world’s biggest record labels and luxury brands to elevate his high profile clientele. In truth, Mr. Marcus Paul is the New York based Creative Image Consultant behind the styling of some of our favorite celebrities. Remember the beaded lapel jacket Pusha T wore to the 61st Annual Grammy Awards this year? Yes, that was him, and his resume doesn’t end there. He has garnered an array of authoritative projects rounding out the likes of Complex Magazine, GQ, Lebron James, and Rap legend, Jay Z to name a few.

On the day BOND OFFICIAL met Mr. Marcus Paul for the first time, it was a chilly and busy day in downtown Manhattan — filled with hasty passersby in true New York fashion.

With a tall presence like Mr. Marcus Paul’s (literally, and figuratively) – one that can come off as intimidating as his mesmeric raspy tone of voice, his reserved, and relaxed nature came as somewhat of a surprise.

Almost immediately after he started to resonate with being in front of the camera, something he assured us he’s still not very used to, due to his job requiring him to work on the other side of the lens, we started to engage in conversation about his perspectives as a front man in the state of current affairs in the creative industry – specifically men’s fashion.

For Mr. Marcus Paul, style isn’t contingent on the luxury labels people are wearing, it’s a personal aesthetic that creates a shock value. Piecing a variety of layers within fashion and curating a personal style is what sets the tone for a signature style.

When we asked about preferred style icons, Mr. Paul referred to the likes of Pharrell Williams and Lapo Elkann. Both men whom are coined for their unparalleled sense of style and armor of good tailoring.

As an ambassador of the industry who is always on the road and is fully integrated within the depths of fashion culture, he has access to the fashion influences – sometimes long before they make way to the runway. It is safe to say that Mr. Paul is an insider who is here to help pave the way for original style and representation in an industry that has been seemingly lacking in the last few years.

When it comes to his signature style, he asserted that he likes to leave a stamp of timelessness in everything he does. “I’d like to look at my images ten years from now and still find it relevant” he says. Though Mr Paul’s experiences span across some of today’s most influential creative entities, he considers himself a ‘work in progress’ continuously paying his dues in an industry that is evolving as fast as words can fly.

This sort of modesty from such an accomplished image maker is partly due to his yearn for learning and the lack of men who look like him at the decision making table – a table where he undoubtedly deserves a seat. “Brands continue to miss the mark because they lack diversity within their executive teams. If we had more people of color be a part of the decision making, we would not be having these types of conversations today” he says commenting on the recent controversies that have taken place in the last few months with brands like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and H&M.

“Everyone thinks they’re an expert because they see things through the lens of social media, but no one is really doing their research to educate themselves on references – like how Cristobal Balenciaga is originally from Spain and how he influenced fashion front-runners like Karl Lagerfeld. ” — MR. MARCUS PAUL

Nonetheless, Mr. Paul manages to rise to the occasion with a high end goal to establish a sense of style that is original, and tasteful – a sentimental cue of what some might say the creative fashion industry was before the social media era. As much as Mr. Marcus Paul praised the pacesetting opportunities the platform has been able to bring about, he also didn’t hold back on its downsides as it pertains to industry standards.

“Social Media has sabotaged many individuals in the fashion industry as much as it has helped.” says Mr. Paul, “Now, everyone is a photographer and a stylist, but what truly separates those individuals is the kind of work they put in. In the past, everyone wanted to be original and it seems as though a big chunk of the new generation isn’t able to differentiate between good and bad material. Everyone thinks they’re an expert because they see things through the lens of social media, but no one is really doing their research to educate themselves on references – like how Cristobal Balenciaga is originally from Spain and how he influenced fashion front-runners like Karl Lagerfield. I have a duty to inspire and inform people based on my experiences in the business and from my point of view.”

Regardless of the industry’s shortcomings in present-day culture, Mr. Paul remains optimistic about the future of the space. For him, it’s all about communicating accurately. To upcoming industry leaders, he says, “See with fashion, it’s either you’re born with wings or without. Do the research and the work. You can’t become great, if you don’t study. If you want to be in the fashion business, know who is who. If someone walks into a room who is a fashion editor, are you going to know who that person is or is it only about the celebrities?”

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Checking Out Pusha T’s Closet

By Bee Shapiro

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Jacket: I love the pieces from ‘By Walid’. It’s this London brand my stylist Marcus Paul put me on to some time ago. This piece is silk with 18th-century embroidery. Every jacket is a one-off. I actually went to the designer’s studio last week in London and got to meet him. It was pretty fresh. He’s extremely artsy and a really cool guy. He had some newer patterns and jackets to choose from. For me, the details matter: Fashion and hip-hop are always about being first and being different and being able to set yourself apart from the bunch.

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For the full NYTimes article, click here.

Going Shopping with Stylist Marcus Paul, from Live Nation TV: Stylings

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Live Nation presents its latest episode of its Stylings series, this time featuring none other than rapper Pusha T. In the episode Pusha T and his stylist Marcus Paul go shopping in London, talk about Pusha’s style, the process of his styling, and Pusha’s view on fashion and its impact on his music. During their shopping tour in London, the two pass through Hostem, one of the city’s best boutiques. Pusha also talks about his own brand Play Cloths and how his personal shopping and style influence the brand’s collection. They go on to A. Sauvage to shop tailored suits for Pusha T, because as the president of G.O.O.D. Music, you sometimes also need a suit. Finally they also pass through BY WALID, for some of the most unique one-off fashion pieces that you can find in London. Enjoy the full episode here.

Marcus Paul: Friend of 3×1

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Story by 3×1 Blog
I’ll never forget the first time I saw Marcus in the shop. Not just because he was tall, cool, handsome, and had great style; no, it was probably more due to the fact that the guy standing next to him happened to be 6’7″ and my favorite pitcher for the New York Yankees, CC Sabathia. And that’s how it began…
Over the past couple years, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Marcus a bit, and slowly but surely, the more he hangs out at the shop and the more we get a chance to see him and his clients, the more I realize that he’s become one of the family. Marcus is here often, and on any given day, usually more than once a week, he’ll stop by to order a couple jeans for LeBron James or Tristan Thompson or Wale (to name a few of his famous clients). Every day I see him standing in the back or sitting on one of our chairs working with Josefina, he always makes me smile. A wonderful guy with great style, a big heart (and glasses), and an even bigger smile. Thanks for all the love, Marcus! -Scott Morrison

 

What’s your style philosophy?
Not to sound cliche but it’s all in the details. It’s more interesting to have just a picture of a small detail-then you can dream all the rest around it. Because when you see the whole thing, what is there to imagine?

 

Complex Kits: Marcelo Burlon on His LeBron James Collaboration, Being Friends with Pusha T, and “Techno-Folk” Style

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Complex Kits: Documenting the style of the stars and personalitites who come through our office.

If you aren’t familiar with Marcelo Burlon’s incredibly dope T-shirts by now, then you’re simply not paying attention. With a resume that spans nearly every type of creative field you can think of, the Argentina-native is about to go well beyond tees in his sartorial endeavors. Marcelo came through the office and dropped knowledge on his upcoming LeBron James collab, how he’s homies with Pusha T, and what to expect from his County of Milan label.

Can you tell me what you’re wearing right now?
I’m just wearing a pair of Jordans, Cheap Monday jeans, my own T-shirt, and these sunglasses. They’re new from Milan, called Tyg Spectacles.

What are you doing for New York Fashion Week?
I’m gonna do a party with Opening Ceremony on Pier 57. It’s going to be me and Devendra Banhart playing back-to-back. Also Virgil Abloh. We’re gonna do a hip-hop, disco, and deep house set. We’re gonna make people [whispers] wet. For real.

You have a great relationship with Pusha T. Can you tell us how that started?
Last year I came to New York for Opening Ceremony’s 10-year anniversary, and I met Marcus Paul. We had lunch and he told me about some of his clients. He said Pusha T, and I didn’t know who Pusha T was, but I knew the Clipse because I was a big Pharrell Williams fan.

We couldn’t afford to give any T-shirts to anyone but I pushed my company to launch the brand in December during Art Basel in Miami. So Marcus went to the Webster and they bought 55 pieces and they used it for the first video for Pusha T and Fabolous song “Life is so Exciting.” [Sings] “The life, the life, the life is so exciting!” After the video I said, “Hey, I’d like to do a collaboration with you, Pusha.” We sent him our ideas and he loved it. We met in Paris for dinner, became really good friends, and I think we’re gonna do something together soon.

What’s coming up for Fall ’13?
Collaboration with Marcus Paul and LeBron James. We’re gonna do 1,000 pieces only for my website, for Marcus’ store, and Pusha’s store. That’s a big one. There’s a few other big collaborations that I can’t really say.

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All The Pretty Birds

All The Pretty Birds Feature  

Words by Marcus Paul

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Look 1- I was drawn to The French Fountain hand printed by Florence Broadhurst (Australian Designer) because of it’s elegant simplicity. Not only can I imagine the print being used as wallpaper but also as a fabric in menswear and/or womenswear. The modern, slight pasiley-esque design combined with the tonal use of the my favorite color blue inspired the look in where I wore the Dries Van Noten silk coat.

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Look 2- The photograph of the couple next to the vintage hotel sign expresses my love for design, texture, fonts and most of all color. When you look at this image you see beautiful colors that seem to reflect the passion the couple has for one another in that moment. The different shades of green and the pop of red is what inspired the look where I wore the Green Paul Smith suit and Dries Van Noten Chilas Wool top and Acne overcoat with Black and White Prada Derby shoes.

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Look 3- The Reggia di Venaria I, Piemonte 2007 photographed by Massimo Listri (this is a former royal residence house of Savoy) is such a grand space. It inspires me because of it’s amazing detail. Each detail no matter how big or small equally contributes to the beauty of this space. It inspired the look in which I paired the Dries Van Noten mohair jacket with the Saint Laurent jeans and the Damir Doma trainers. It ‘s all about the details.

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Name: Marcus Paul

Occupation: Wardrobe Stylist/Interior Designer

Passion: Life and Design

Hometown: New York City

Current Town: Brooklyn, NY

Favorite Cities: New York, Paris, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Copenhagen and too many others to name. They are all favorites for different reasons.

Favorite place to shop in those cities: New York-Barneys, and other little gems that I’d like to keep secret. Paris-L’ Éclaireur, London-Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Stockholm-Acne. Berlin-SOTO and Andreas Murkudis, Copenhagen-Storm.

Favorite place to dine in those cities: NY-Blue Ribbon (Fried Chicken), Geido, NY-Nello’s, Paris-L’Opera, Stockholm-Restaurang Shanti (best Indian food) and all my friends in these different cities always takes me to the best places to eat.

What do you do to get your day started: Try not to look at my phone. Shower in silence, then I think about my “to dos” for the day and then I decide what to wear while listening to music.

Favorite Breakfast: Pancakes, Egg whites, Toast, Turkey bacon or very good pastries, and coffee,oj or a smoothie.

Food: Salad, Chicken (all types of recipes), Beef and vegetables, and a good red wine.

Fruit: Pineapples, Apples and Strawberries

Favorite Breakfast spot: Home

What’s your beauty routine: Shower, shave , lotion up and spray one of my signature fragrances.

Skin: Khiels Creme de Elegance

Where do you cut your hair: I shave my head myself or on occasion I go to a barbershop or a private barber

Nails and other personal grooming: Ada’s in Tribeca….no not Ada Kokosar ;)

Describe your style: I don’t think there is one way to describe it. I like variety so my wardrobe reflects that. I use my passion for design (color, textures and patterns) and architecture to cultivate and inspire my looks. (check my inspiration board)

What are your favorite brands: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dries Van Noten, and Saint Laurent and others that I would like to keep a secret.

Any style rules (for instance you only wear black shoes): Black leather shoes with crisp white clean soles (Inspiration) and black suede shoes..there’s something about the texture of suede in the color black that exudes elegance.

What do you do before you go to bed: Pray.