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A thing or two about me…
:: Who Am I? ::
First and foremost, hello, welcome, and thanks for visiting monk + eero — the modern gents gateway to style + culture!
Now who am I? Well, my name is Lyle Eero and I am a menswear stylist/model, fashion writer, and lifestyle blogger from Canada whose humble voice echoes throughout the myriad of style briefings and features in which you will (hopefully) become acquainted with while perusing my neck of the sartorial woods.
On a personal note, and in speaking explicitly in regards to personal style, my tastes play towards that of a playfully informed take on a classic prep meets Italian spezzato aesthetic that is at once endearingly flattering, easy-to-wear and timeless in its utility. As such, what you will find is that a trend follower I am not. On the contrary, the telltale marks of my signature style can rather be found within the vaunted confines of what one could call permanently fashionable men's wears — of timeless menswear staples such as well tailored (soft and padded shoulder) suits, blazers, dark rinse (and white) raw denim and a fine contingent of heritage knits (to name but a few choice selections).
Minimalist yet tastefully rakish in its classic Euro tailoring meets American prep styling is how I prefer to label it.
Be that as it may, I am also a gent who does not shy away from going stylishly off-script — in tastefully experimenting as it were — if the proper opportunity presents itself. In doing so, I opt for taking well-calculated and educated risks as I go about living life with the belief that in every decision I make — and individual I meet — there is something to be gleaned for better or worse, through both failures and successes (in every fluid and evolving facet of life).
Ultimately, this manifests into a professional M.O. that sees me championing the notion of a expressive yet comfortable form of personal style that is marked by not only its characteristic uniqueness but by its underlying adherence to the pursuit of lifelong gentlemanly refinement and reflective self-confidence above all else. As such, I eschew the practices of distastefully unmerited (and reproachable) criticism, personal ridicule, and competitive/comparative analysis as I do not believe these to be proper barometers or means in which to measure or ensure one's personal development or progress.
Because, whether by means of intrinsic nature or cultivated virtue, I believe that our style helps symbolize — defines really — the different chapters (and decades) of our lives; it has a profoundly influential effect on every daily routine, cultivated preference (entertainment, cuisine, et al.) and distinguished habit in which we develop as well as the precise lifestyle we wish to live or pursue. Insofar as such, I'd go so far as to even proclaim that it alone often acts as the formative guiding principle (as well as the helping hand + deciding factor) in the immediate process of crafting and creatively 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 our own.
Be that as it may, the way we choose to fashionably equip ourselves daily — by means of our aesthetics and gentlemanly decorum — truly bespeaks unto our life aspirations and ambitions, what our tastes and desires are, and how much we respect and value ourselves (self-esteem + confidence) — all on a deeply intimate and personal level. And, this is why 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 sole word can sprout forth from our lips.
My overall point being is 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 working in conjunction with the little (style/life) details that make all the difference in life…
About monk + eero…
monk & eero was founded primarily to serve as an inspirational style and culture resource for modern gentlemen — of varying means and resources — who harbour the aspirational desires of becoming more highly cultivated and refined versions of themselves. It is for those who seek a heightened character and sartorial standard above all else…to 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 my advice — revisiting time-and-again — but who also foster discussion by sharing their own tales, tips, and personal style tidbits; to bring together a group of like-minded individuals who are willing to chime in with their own opinions and too help others out in the same manner as I've endeavoured to doing so before you on a weekly basis.
Ultimately though, my ambitious disposition will have me continually chasing after 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.
Nevertheless, 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 manner or style..
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 put in the due diligence and effort. You just have to start by (quite literally) putting your best foot forward. And monk and eero was created with the sole purpose of helping you accomplish just such a commendable feat..