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A thing or two about me…
:: About Me ::
First and foremost, hello, welcome, and thank you for visiting monk + eero — the modern gentleman's sartorial gateway to fine fashion, exquisite personal style and contemporary culture!
Now, who am I and what is the sartorial tone of monk + eero?
Well, my name is Lyle (some prefer to call me Eero) and I am a men's image consultant/stylist/model, freelance journalist, and lifestyle blogger hailing from Canada whose humble voice echoes throughout the myriad of sartorial briefings and lifestyle features that are strewn about my digital neck of the woods.
That having been said, and in speaking explicitly to that of my distinctive manner of dress as well as the prevailing tone of my journalistic musings therein, if asked to describe my tastes in style I would best describe my preferred aesthetic as being a carefully cultivated marriage of classic American Ivy-League prep meets the polished elegance of Euro/Riviera spezzato with an impetus on minimalism and a rakish modern sensibility underscoring it all.
A look that is endearingly reflective of my laid-back persona, rather quite flattering to my silhouette, and that makes me feel most comfortable (and capable) in my skin. Both easy-to-wear and timeless in its adaptable smart-casual utility, it is something that (in retrospect) immediately bespeaks unto my traditionalist leanings and romantic spirit. Howbeit, the telltale signature marks of my personal style can easily be found within what you could call the vaunted historical annals of menswear lore and (near) permanent fashionability — think timeless menswear staples such as well tailored (English & Italian) suits, blazers/sport coats, dark rinse (and white) raw denim and a fine array of heritage knits, outerwear stalwarts and (my signature pieces) hats alike (to name but a few choice selections).
Be that as it may, avid trend follower I am not but rather a quite risk averse individual (in matters strictly sartorial that is) who nevertheless does not shy away from venturing off-script — within tasteful reason of course — if the proper styling opportunity arises or presents itself. Consequently, I prefer taking well-calculated and properly educated risks as I go about living life with the belief that in everything I wear and decision I make — and individual I meet — there is something to be learned or discovered for better or worse, whether in failure or success (in every fluid and evolving facet of life).
Ultimately, this manifests into a professional M.O. that has me championing a sartorial discourse that ideally would see each of us pursuing an expressive yet comfortable form of personal style that is endearingly marked not only by a reflectively distinct and unique silhouette that best befits our character but also a cultivated gentlemanly refinement and enduringly charmed patina in which together function as that often elusive proverbial cherry on the top (as it were). In such a manner, I eschew the deplorable practice of distastefully unmerited (and reproachable) criticism, personal ridicule, and competitive/comparative analysis (all of which are so prevalent online today) as I do not believe these to be proper barometers, nor humane means, in which to measure one's style or to ensure his continued growth/personal development.
Because, whether arriving by means of intrinsic aptitude or cultivated virtuosity, I believe that our chosen form of dress and style symbolizes — defines us really — the different chapters (and decades) of our lives; it has a profoundly influential and lasting effect on how we both view ourselves (i.e. self-confidence) and are perceived by others, often bookends our daily routines, provides insight into our lifestyle preferences (entertainment, cuisine, et al.) and alters our habits and perceptive view of the world in a manner that comes to define our very lives and pursuits therein. Insofar as such, I'd go so far as to even proclaim that it alone often acts as a characteristically formative guiding principle (as well as the helping hand + deciding factor) in the immediate process of not only aiding in the crafting of our very personas but aesthetically defining nearly every life-defining opportunity (and milestone) that has or will cross our individual paths whilst we set out to navigate this vast, beautiful planet (be it finding a career/life partner/etc.) we call home.
My point being is that the way we choose to dress and fashionably equip ourselves daily — by means of both our aesthetic preferences and gentlemanly decorum — truly bespeaks unto how we view the world (and our position therein), what our life goals/aspirations/ambitions may be, what our tastes and desires play off as, and how much we respect and value ourselves (self-esteem + confidence) all on a deeply intimate and personal level. And, as such, this is why I believe that we should all choose to properly curate our signature styles' with purpose, taste and intent in mind, as this trident of barometers stand above all others in that they speak volumes (albeit nonverbally) about what matters to us and what we stand for as individuals to all those we meet — casual bystanders/strangers/first time acquaintances — before even a singular utterance of a word can sprout forth from our lips.
All that having been said, it should go without saying that it is my express desire to help you look and feel your best so that you can exude confidence and live life with sartorial aplomb. For you see, and after all, it is often that unexpected helping hand (or second opinion) that can help with the little (style) details in life that make all the difference…
About monk + eero…
monk & eero was founded with an impetus to primarily serve as both an inspirational lifestyle resource and fashion reference for aspiring sartorialists and well-rounded modern gentlemen — of varying means and resources — alike who commendably harbour the desire of becoming more highly cultivated, worldly and refined versions of themselves. In such a regard, it is for those who seek a polished character and a heightened sartorial standard above all else; for those beset upon the task of becoming gentlemen of irreproachable decorum and unparalleled personal style.
With that in mind, I hope to establish a niche sartorial menswear community of avid readers (gentlemen and ladies alike) that not only seek sound, timeless advice — worth revisiting time-and-again — but who will also foster discussions by sharing their own tales, tips, and personal style ad libs so as to bring together a group of like-minded individuals who want to grow together and help each out in a manner akin to that in which I endeavour to do so on a weekly basis.
Inasmuch, my characteristically ambitious disposition will continually ensure that I do not settle for anything less then my goal of one day establishing monk + eero as an influential name in the menswear industry whose brand name is synonymously associated with the notions of refined sophistication and cultivated elegance.
Howbeit, and at the very least, it is my desire that monk + eero helps the average man become a gentleman of true style and endearing substance — whether it be in mannerisms or manner of dress.
Because I want you all to not only firmly believe, but to also take to heart, that you can indeed become whomever you want to be and have it all if you endeavour to putting in the due diligence and required effort to do so as consequence of starting by (quite literally) putting your best foot forward on a daily (sartorial) basis.
And, as luck would have it, monk and eero was created with the sole purpose of helping you accomplish just such a commendable feat…