A killer pair of shoes may be a Fashionista’s best friend, but the same can be said for fashion-forward Fashionistos as well. To our dismay, well-fitting and impeccably made footwear can be extremely hard to come by and obtain. However, when you do discover that pair, you and your shoes become virtually inseparable. I snapped this Fashionisto in an all-around classic look where his unique double strap monk shoes are the integral piece to his polished outfit.
Name: Jae Hun Khan
Major: Fashion Merchandising Management
CollegeFashionista: Great look! Where did you get each of the pieces in your outfit?
Jae Hun Khan: My pants and coat are from Theory, a brand I like for their nice fits, good fabrics and minimalistic style. I got my double monk strap shoes custom made for me back home in Seoul, South Korea. The leather clutch was made by my friend who’s studying Accessories Design. My ring is Maison Martin Margiela and my bracelet is Gucci.
CF: How would you define your personal sense of style?
JHK: I would say rather modern yet classic. I like having a generally classic look but adding statement-making accessories.
CF: What are your favorite accessories?
JHK: My favorite is the bracelet I’m wearing from Gucci. It’s almost like my emergency insurance; if I went broke it would be the last thing I would sell. I never take it off of my wrist!
CF: Let’s talk about your amazing choice of footwear! Give us the story behind these one-of-a-kind shoes.
JHK: I had the shoes made in a store located in Sin-sadong, Seoul called Greant. The Monk style is classic as people all know, but also sophisticated and fancy, which is why I chose to get them custom-made. The lifespan of a pair of well-made shoes is forever.
CF: Do you think your style changed from when you were living in Korea as opposed to now in New York?
JHK: It has changed a lot, especially my taste in shoes. When I was in high school, my favorites were Nike Jordans; one of my hobbies was collecting them. After I graduated, I began collecting designer shoes in classic styles.
CF: What caused this evolution in your style?
JHK: I think it changed after I saw a collection by Kris Van Assche, I fell in love with his tailoring. Also, I followed more menswear designers, including Robert Geller and Tim Coppens, as well as street style blogs. My favorite street snaps are from STREETFSN.
CF: With the seasons changing as we rapidly approach spring, summer and warmer temperatures, how would you suggest other Fashionistos style the Monk shoe?
JHK: Maybe with a vest and a button-up and white or black chinos, or a pair of suspenders. However, I prefer not wearing socks in the summer if I can help it. My Lanvin and Dries Van Noten sandals are my favorite summer shoes.
How To: Start with the ultimate statement shoe in whatever style fits your own, whether it’s a pair of wingtip brogues or colored oxfords. Build your classic look with a well-cut wool coat, tailored pants and some great accessories such as a structured leather satchel or a simple metal bracelet.