Todd Snyder

With American classics such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap and J. Crew on your résumé, and a last name that translates to “one who makes outergarments,” success in the fashion industry seems almost guaranteed. Not one to rest on his Midwestern laurels, Todd Snyder launched his namesake menswear collection in Fall 2011. He has since been named one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers, selected as a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist and picked up quite a list of celebrity clients: Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, and Zachary Quinto have all been spotted in Snyder’s designs.)

Name: Todd Snyder
Current Residence: Larchmont, NY
Hometown: Huxley, Iowa

Describe your style in three words.
Modern, rugged, smart.

Are there any style combinations that you dislike?
The “date shirt” with contrast cuffs and under collar paired with overdone denim and square-toed shoes.

Who had the biggest influence on your style?
Paul Newman.

If I could have one piece of clothing from you childhood, what would it be?
My ID bracelet from when I was a kid.

What is one thing you always remember when getting dressed?
“A man can never be overdressed or overeducated” — Oscar Wilde

What are three pieces that every man should have in his closet?
A perfect navy suit, dark jeans and a white oxford.

What is one thing guys can do to improve their style?
Invest in great basics. You can add anything to your look if you have the right basics.

What stores or websites do you frequent?
I love shopping at Bergdorfs and Mr Porter.

Name a celebrity whose style you admire.
Ryan Gosling.

What is one thing that is always worth splurging on?
Shoes.

What trend would you like to see disappear?
BRIGHT-COLOR-SOLED SHOES.

When I want to make a good impression, what do you wear?
A suit and tie.