Being the capital of the United States is a more than sufficient title. Still, there is an enclave of fashionable individuals that are working overtime to make the District known for style just as much as politics. Image consultant, Grant Harris, is certainly making his contribution. Recently, I talked with Grant about his company, his philosophy on style, and his involvement with one of the DC area’s biggest fashion events–Crystal Couture.
AW: I love the name of your company, Image Granted. Tell the Majic web site readers about your business and the services you provide.
GH: Thank you for the opportunity to share a few minutes with you and your audience. It’s an honor to be part of the Majic family. Image Granted, LLC is a Washington, DC based image consulting company founded in 2009 dedicated to solving the complex image, style & fashion issues of today’s professional man. We provide local and international corporate branding, market research, product development, speaking engagements, private consultations and other value-based services for corporate entities and individuals in need of practical & affordable style advice.
AW: So, are you like Will Smith’s character in the movie Hitch? [laughs]
GH: Fortunately not. Many people get image/style consultants mixed up with matchmakers and love gurus. While image and style have much to do with attracting the opposite sex its only one part of the equation. Most of my individual clients are looking for ways to attract business, not the opposite sex. They are either married or in long term relationships but want to feel better about themselves or are moving on to a different stage in their life or career which necessitates an improved and enhanced overall appearance. Dancing lessons and tips on how to make the first move on a date aren’t part of the process.
AW: On a serious note, you have accomplished quite a bit for Image Granted to be a relatively young company. Of all your achievements, what is been the biggest highlight for you, thus far?
GH: The biggest highlight and what I get the most enjoyment out of is hearing how IG has affected the community. When I receive thank you’s and support from my family, friends, and business associates, this is what I take pride in. The interviews, speeches, fashion shows, invites etc are all nice, but I’m not in this business for recognition—although its nice. I’m in business to leave a lasting legacy on individuals and groups, and to live a life fulfilled through my passion for business and fashion.
AW: How do you define style?
GH: There isn’t one definition. It’s different for everyone and everyone is different. There are categories and sub-categories where people are well, categorized, but style doesn’t stay the same so neither does its definition. To me style is being comfortable in what you wear, who you are, and not being ashamed of either in public.
AW: What is the most common image mistake men tend to make?
GH: Not caring. Not caring is the biggest mistake anyone can make. We are all human and mistakes are inevitable. I can forgive a man for making a mistake if he attempted to do something good and right, but I have no remorse for a man who does not try and ultimately fails for lack of effort. This applies to life as well as style.
AW: Name one thing a man can do to enhance his image without spending money.
GH: Tuck in your shirt. Tucking in your shirt will automatically make you look leaner, taller, more polished and more professional. Wearing your shirt untucked is a young man’s game.
AW: I know your closet is sick, which will probably make this question tough. What is your favorite item in your wardrobe?
GH: Well, that depends on what part of the wardrobe you’re referring to. I’m a big fan of outerwear, sport coats and socks. It’s extremely hard for me to turn down a good outwear piece, sport coat or comfortable socks. I have a closet dedicated to outerwear, three times as many sport coats as suits, and my sock drawer contains every fabric and color you can imagine.
AW: Name three male celebrities that have impeccable style.
GH: I’m not that much into celebrities, mainly because everyone else is but there are a few who get it right more often than not.
1. Hugh Jackman
2. Justin Timberlake
3. David Beckham
AW: Crystal Couture is this week and I hear they have a very stylish host. For someone that’s never been to Crystal Couture what can be expected?
GH: Crystal Couture Show & Sale is a week-long fashion festival where over 40 local designers and independent boutiques display their designer collections and accessories for men and women. I have the honor of co-hosting with Ashley Boalch, Miss DC 2011 on Wed, February 6th. It should be a great show highlighting the current and future fashion scene in DC.
AW: Where can we find more information?
GH: You can find more information on my blog below. The show is free and open to the public.
AW: It was a pleasure talking with you and I look forward to much more from you in the future!
GH: Many thanks to you and your audience for having me. Stay stylish!
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